Clayton idle is Managing Broker of Tortoise Realty Group, a commercial real estate brokerage, and Managing Director of Tortoise Properties, both in West Palm Beach, Florida. Clayton focuses on identifying new commercial and residential real estate investment properties, providing office tenant representation for sale and lease, and driving capital initiatives for Tortoise Properties.
A South Florida native with a B.S. in Hospitality Administration and Management from Florida State University, Idle is well-established in the South Florida business and real estate communities and has a comprehensive sense of the market, property and business owners, lenders and more.
Idle has served as a board member of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County since 2017 and board member of the South Florida Manufacturing Association (SFMA) since 2019. He is an active member of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, serving as a BDB Chairman’s Council Member – Advisory Board Member since 2012, a Chairman’s Council Member since 2021 and a graduate from Leadership Broward Class 29 in 2011.
Prior to joining Tortoise Properties and Tortoise Realty Group, Idle ran the operations for and drove expansion of South Florida Business & Wealth (SFBW), a Fort Lauderdale-based media company that serviced the tri-county market (Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach Counties) catering to senior executives and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries and their business needs. With his signature contagious enthusiasm, Idle directed an expansive portfolio of live and online events and interviews. He also led the SFBW sales and marketing teams, setting and regularly exceeding benchmarks and goals.
Prior to SFBW, Idle successfully built his career in hospitality marketing, beginning as Regional Manager of Corporate Development for the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium. He then assumed the role of Director of Corporate Partnerships for The Honda Classic, a PGA TOUR event, which involved strategically partnering with companies to help grow their businesses by utilizing the event’s premier hospitality, marketing, on-site exposure and advertising options.
Idle started his career in real estate at Riverside Bank in as a Site Acquisition Director acquiring properties all over the state of Florida for future bank branch development. He also was active in commercial and consumer lending at the bank when he served as Relationship Manager for the bank.
In addition to his business activities, Idle has served as a board member of the Jupiter Children’s Foundation since 2008 and was recognized as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) “Man of the Year” in 2019 and then served as 2020 Man and Women of the Year Campaign Co-Chair and now as LLS South Florida Leadership Team Member. He has been a CEO Builder for Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County since 2017, and a Honda Classic PGA TOUR event Ambassador since 2015. He has served on the YMCA Southern PBC Inspiration Breakfast Committee from 2020, as an FSU Renegades of Real Estate Board Members since 2021, and Junior Achievement of South Florida – Ultimate Tailgate Party Committee Member since 2018.
Clayton, his wife Lindsay, and their children Brooke, Brayden and Kate reside in Delray Beach.