Frank W. Brumley has built a legendary career as the developer of several well-known planned communities on the coast. Brumley served as CEO and partner of several major coastal developments, including Amelia Island Plantation, near Jacksonville, Fla., Wild Dunes and Kiawah Island, near Charleston, S.C.
Since 1997, he has been the chairman and CEO of the Daniel Island Co. A part of the city of Charleston, Daniel Island is a 4,000-acre island town zoned for 7,000 single-family homes and more than 2 million square feet of commercial space, with 20 miles of waterfront. Brumley served as a development advisor to the Daniel Island Development Co. in the early 1990s when the island was owned by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Following a successful negotiation, the Brumley family purchased the Daniel Island assets from the Guggenheim Foundation in 1997. Today, the ownership and management team is in the process of implementing the island town’s master plan, which recently won the Urban Land Institute’s Award for Excellence as a top example of creative land use and planning.
After graduating from the Terry College in 1962 as a finance major, Brumley spent seven years working as a commercial banker before he began his real estate development career at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, working for 1950 Terry College alumnus and Yale law school graduate Charles E. Fraser. While pursuing his business career, Brumley graduated from the Georgia Banking School and the Kenan Executive Program at the University of North Carolina. At UGA, Brumley was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
Brumley serves on the board of directors of Columbus, Ga.-based Synovus Financial and the National Bank of South Carolina. His civic involvement includes serving on the Board of Overseers for the Terry College, as a state trustee of the Nature Conservancy, and as a trustee and past president of the Historic Charleston Foundation. He also serves on the boards of the Lowcountry Open Land Trust, the Charleston Civic Design Center and the Coastal Community Foundation.
Brumley and his wife Blanche, who also graduated from UGA in 1963, have three grown children—Jane, Leigh and Kate, who is a 1988 alumna of UGA—and eight grandchildren.