48. Mark Toro

Mark Toro
Photograph by Colby Blount

Focus Development, Real Estate
Age 57
As managing partner at North American Properties, Toro has a reputation as a developer who sets ambitious targets and hits them. In 2012, when it was little more than a hole in the ground, he declared Avalon—the massive live/work/play community in Alpharetta—would open on October 30, 2014. And it did. Although Avalon is OTP, Toro’s biggest imprint is intown. A tireless online proselytizer for walkability, public transit, and connectivity, Toro (who lives in Midtown) has overseen apartment developments near the Atlanta BeltLine, outfitting them with “gigabit” Internet speeds.

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This article originally appeared in our October 2015 issue.