Alphonso D. Townsel
President, Al Townsel, Inc.
Alphonso Delano Townsel is the seventh child of Rev. Chester and Claudia Townsel. He was born in Bradenton Florida on December 6, 1941 the day before Pearl Harbor was bombed. His brothers and sisters liked to tease him that his birth not only ushered in World War II but also caused the cancellation of their trip to the Florida Classic football game in Tampa. Al moved with the family to the places where his father pastored Leesburg and Palatka Florida. His siblings during those times were Gwendolyn,
Juanita and Norman. His older brothers Nathaniel, Chester and Ralph served in the war and afterward moved to different communities.
The family moved to Palatka Florida in 1947 where Rev.Chester Townsel pastored Mt. Tabor Baptist church. Al attended Central Academy along with Gwendolyn and Norman. Gwendolyn later moved to Miami, Florida and Norman received a football scholarship to Bethune Cookman College in nearby Daytona Beach, Florida. He later moved with the family to Miami Florida where he entered the sixth grade, graduated from high school and lives today with his family.
Al entered Bethune Cookman College and like his brother Norman played football, sang in the Bethune Cookman Concert Chorale and he also pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. While at BCC Al met a sassy freshman from Englewood, Florida that he was immediately attracted to by the name of Loreine Evans. It was not until their junior year however that the two started to date EACH OTHER! Loreine dated two of Al’s teammates before they decided to talk to one another.
Besides having a beautiful face, a great smile and great bow legs the thing that Al liked best about her was that his teammates, during cut-throat athletes talk time, had nothing to say about Loreine.They complained about her long dresses and seriousness. Off in the corner their teammate(Al) took note. Soon Al and Loreine were everywhere. Where you saw one you saw the other. It was a common thought around the campus that they looked like sister and brother.
That was 1963. The two are together to this day and have two children and one grandchild. Daughter Erika, son Marc and grandson Brandon.
After spending 12 years as Vice-President of Commercial Development at The Babcock Company, Al opened his own real estate development and consulting business in 1991. During that time he provided development consulting services to many of the Community Development Housing Corporations in the Dade County area and formulated partnerships with others including for profit developers to build affordable housing in the area.
Ninety nine percent of his business comes through referral. This perhaps speaks loudly of his reputation in the South Florida development community. Attached you will find a summary of some of the projects he has completed or is currently involved in.
In addition to working hard at his trade Al enjoys road biking, racquetball, physical fitness, travelling, photography (see attachment) and reading. Lots and lots of reading. He and his family are avid Miami Hurricane football fans. He and his son Marc travel to two road games, in addition to the guaranteed bowl game, and they try to include bike riding as a part of the agenda as much as possible. Al enjoys being a part of the Townsel Connection. He is proud of the Townsel family.