SARASOTA, Fla. – Ian Black Real Estate has promoted Melissa Harris, SIOR, from sales associate to partner with the commercial real estate firm.
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.
“After working here for almost 12 years, it is an honor to have my hard work recognized and be presented with this amazing opportunity,” Harris said. “Ian Black Real Estate is part of my extended family, and I am really excited to grow and join the amazing team of partners that lead the firm.”
In December, the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) named Harris the 2022 Commercial Real Estate Alliance (CREA) Commercial Realtor® of the Year. 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.
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. She is also 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 pursuing her CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation.
“It’s been wonderful to see Melissa grow and advance in the years she’s been here,” said Ian Black, partner at Ian Black Real Estate. “You can’t teach someone how to be a partner – Melissa just gets it, it’s in her DNA. We’re proud to offer her a spot in the partnership and bring the younger generation up in the ranks.”
The firm’s partners now include: Ian Black, CCIM; Marci Marsh; Steve Horn, CCIM; Jag Grewal, CCIM, SIOR; Nick DeVito II, SIOR; Michele Fuller; and Melissa Harris, SIOR.
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