Investment Team

Frederick D. Cochran, MBA Managing Partner


Responsible for property Acquisitions, sales, and financing. Mr. Cochran began his real estate career in the Investment Banking Group of Jones Lang LaSalle, where his responsibilities included asset disposition as well as property underwriting, financial modeling, and due diligence.

Mr. Cochran formed Insula Companies in 2009 to acquire multi-family properties in the Southeast. The firm has since acquired approximately 4,500 units valued at $225 Million. The firm now owns and or manages more than 3,300 units in two states.

The firm’s strategy is to acquire B/C class, garden style, value-add communities requiring cosmetic or substantial rehab as well as underperforming properties which may have management induced problems.

Mr. Cochran holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ohio State University as well as an MBA from the University of Florida. Mr. Cochran also holds a Florida Real Estate Broker’s License and is an active member in the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).


Jeff Talbot, Principal


Responsible for property Acquisition, disposition, and financing, Mr. Talbot has over 13 years of experience in all aspects of multi-family investments throughout the Southeast. Before joining Insula Companies, Mr. Talbot was the Director of Acquisitions for Robbins Property, where he acquired and/or sold over 4,800 units, representing $325 Million, in Florida since 2011.

Mr. Talbot held various positions with boutique, Florida-based real estate companies working in investment sales, capital markets, and ownership, transacting over $500 Million.

Mr. Talbot began his career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in New York. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Connecticut, and is a Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker.

John F. Wilkins, Principal


Responsible for raising equity and asset management of Insula Companies’ portfolio, Mr. Wilkins has over 30 years of experience in investments and management of institutional-quality real estate. He has worked primarily in property development, asset management, consulting, and distributing real estate investment products.

Before joining Insula Companies, Mr. Wilkins was the Chief Marketing Officer and Product Manager for ARC Healthcare from 2011 to 2013. From 2002 to 2010, Mr. Wilkins served as Senior Regional Vice President for Grubb & Ellis Securities, a managing broker-dealer for various investment programs, where he was responsible for the distribution of Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT and G&E Apartment REIT. From 1997 to 2002, Mr. Wilkins served as Senior Vice President for Jones Lang LaSalle in the Investment Banking Group, where he handled institutional real estate dispositions and capital market transactions. 

Larry Fox, MBA, Managing Partner


Mr. Fox began his career in 1978 as an Industrial Engineer Trainee at Hobart Corporation. In 1979 he taught himself to program computers and founded Micro Manufacturing Systems (MMS) to develop and sell ERP software to the manufacturing industry.

MMS became Symix Systems and was the leading provider of ERP software for the mid-market manufacturing market. In 1991 Mr. Fox led the team that took Symix public and positioned the company for accelerated growth. Mr. Fox retired as CEO in 2000 at which time Symix had more than 1,200 employees and revenue of over $125M. Symix’s software is currently in use in over 10,000 manufacturing facilities around the world.

In 1997 Mr. Fox led the Acquisition of Alkon Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of process control equipment for the ready-made concrete industry. In 2000 Alkon merged with Command Data, Inc. to form Command Alkon. Mr. Fox became Chairman of Command Alkon until it’s Acquisition in 2005 by a European based private equity firm.