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Rendina Sons Build on Late Dad’s Foundation

The Palm Beach Post
Alexandra Clough

Nearly five years ago, real estate developer Bruce Rendina died from a cancerous brain tumor, leaving his Jupiter real estate firm in the hands of his eldest son.

Richard M. Rendina already was working at the Rendina Cos. when he suddenly was catapulted into the job of running a leading developer of medical office buildings.

Together with brother Michael, the company’s chief operating officer, Rendina rose to the task. As the company’s new chairman and chief executive, he navigated the recession, turned some office assets into cash by selling them, built 20 buildings and struck several deals for new construction projects.

Then cancer struck Richard, too.

Rendina, 31, said he developed lymphoma from a drug he took to treat colitis. He spent most of this year battling the disease, and today he says the cancer is in remission.

The experience was eye-opening for a man whose business is building medical offices, and it prompted Rendina to think of health care in a new way.

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Clough, Alexandra. “Rendina sons build on late dad’s foundation”. The Palm Beach Post. 5 September 2011: Electronic.