SARASOTA, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2022) – Melissa Harris, SIOR, sales associate at Ian Black Real Estate, has been named the Commercial Real Estate Alliance (CREA) Commercial Realtor® of the Year by the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM). The award is presented each year to a member of the CREA who epitomizes the Realtor® image and has a proven track record of dedication to their fellow agents and community.
“We’re incredibly proud of Melissa,” said Ian Black, partner at Ian Black Real Estate. “She’s an excellent sales associate and a huge asset to our team, and this award is very much deserved.”
Harris joined Ian Black Real Estate as a commercial property manager in 2011 and quickly transitioned into leasing and sales. As a sales associate, she’s worked with some of the largest landlords in the area, and represents local and national tenants and buyers.
The CREA is a special interest group of the RASM, an organized real estate association serving members in Sarasota and Manatee county. Realtors® subscribe to a strict code of ethics and have access to numerous services and programs to enhance their professionalism. Harris has been a CREA member since 2012 and served on the Board of Directors since 2017. She has also served as education chair, treasurer and secretary. Her passion is finding new ways to educate CREA members and helping them grow in the industry.
“Educating our fellow commercial Realtors®, along with our buyers and sellers, and providing access to valuable resources will only help all of us,” said Harris. “This has always been a passion of mine, because it makes our industry run smoother, allows for ongoing success and protects our professional reputations. I’m humbled by this award and appreciate the recognition from all my peers.”
Harris is a member of the National, Florida and Sarasota/Manatee Associations of Realtors. She has earned the prestigious SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors®) designation and is actively pusuing her CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation.
About Ian Black Real Estate
Ian Black Real Estate (IBRE) is a boutique commercial real estate brokerage firm located in Sarasota, Fla. The firm is one of the largest commercial brokerage firms in Southwest Florida and boasts a deep knowledge of the commercial real estate market in Sarasota and Manatee counties and the surrounding area. For more information, visit ian-black.com.
SIOR is the leading global professional office and industrial real estate organization that certifies commercial real estate service providers with the exclusive SIOR designation, based on achievement, knowledge, accountability and ethical standards. Only the industry’s top professionals qualify for SIOR. Today, there are more than 3,200 members in 685 cities and 36 countries. For more information, visit www.sior.com