I am a Florida native.
The only place I have lived outside of Florida is Waycross, Georgia, where I presently live.
Growing up, I lived in Jacksonville, Florida, and I graduated with two masters’ degrees (majoring in business, marketing, and computer science) right there in Jacksonville.
During the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, I completed a Masters of Business Administration degree (with major coursework in international business & management) at Amberton University.
I had started taking courses at Amberton prior to retiring in May 2017 from my last teaching position, which was as a professor at Pasco-Hernando State College. I am a professional student, so it is like I just can’t stop going to school!
To go back in years to July 2000, I began my real estate career with a large real estate company in West Palm Beach, Florida, and I have continuously been working and studying in some capacity in both the professions of teaching and real estate since then .
My teaching career began prior to that in 1977 at Matthew Gilbert Seventh Grade Center in Jacksonville, Florida, where I taught career exploratory classes in marketing.
Fast forward to the mid-1980s. I was working at Palm Beach State College where I was an Assistant Professor of Office Systems/Computer Science courses for 11 years. While there, I started acquiring homes and became a landlord. This is what lead to my interest in getting a real estate sales license so that I could also work as a REALTOR®.
My philosophy in life & work
My philosophy in life, which cannot be separated from where I live and work, is and has always been to strive to have both a home and a career where I can pursue my passions. In keeping with my philosophy, I live and work wherever I feel a calling from God.
My experience as a REALTOR®…
I first became licensed as a real estate agent in 2000 and then licensed as a real estate broker in 2002. (I gave up teaching in 2001 for full-time work as a REALTOR®.) During my first 2-1/2 years working as a REALTOR®, I worked for a large independent real estate company out of a West Palm Beach office. In 2003, I started my own company. In my own company, I closed about 900 sales transactions in six years (2003-2009).
In 2008, I moved to Waycross with plans to get licensed in Georgia and to move my office to Waycross, but a I had a calling to go back into teaching to a job that literally fell in my lap. I wasn’t really planning to return to teaching, but the position in Waycross opened right after I moved to the area, and I felt a calling back into the teaching profession.
Fast forward. I left Waycross in 2011 and returned to Florida for a different teaching position, which was at Pasco-Hernando State College. However, I did not abandon real estate. I kept up with my real estate credentials and even added to them during those teaching years. And in 2015, I created and operated Kelly Property Expert, Inc., part-time from my home in Port Richey while I was still teaching at Pasco-Hernando State College full-time.
Fast forward another couple of years. On May 3, 2017, I retired from my position as a Professor at Pasco-Hernando State College and then returned to Waycross, Georgia. When I moved to Waycross, Georgia, I brought my company with me.
When I got to Waycross, I opened a small office in the Historic Rail Depot in Downtown Waycross, where it was located until December 31, 2019. Upon closing my office in Waycross, I moved my company to the Arlington Profession Building in Jacksonville, Florida, about 75 miles from my home, which has given me a presence in both Florida and Georgia – the two states where I am licensed to sell real estate.
I closed my company, Kelly Property Expert, Inc., on December 31, 2022. Currently, I am in the process of making some changes to the way I am going to be working in real estate sales. Soon I will be posting details of how I will be working.
My Code of Ethics and promises I make to you…
I have always approached my work with both buyers and sellers of real estate as a consultant/teacher offering guidance as it is needed. This is the same approach I use in all of my work now which is primarily as a real estate sales/research consultant.
Embodied in all I do both personally and professionally, I adhere to a code of ethics that opposes discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status sexual orientation, gender identity, and national origin. In addition to my adherence to anti-discrimination, I also promise to go ABOVE and BEYOND for you!
To get a glimpse into my philosophy of life and work, check out my speech on passion which I gave at both the morning and afternoon commencement ceremonies on the day I retired from teaching (May 3, 2017) at Pasco-Hernando State College.
College Degrees & Credentials
Masters (MBA – International Business & Management) – Amberton University
Masters (Computer Education) – Jacksonville University
Masters (Business Education) – University of North Florida
Bachelors (Vocational Education / Marketing) – University of North Florida
Associate of Arts (Business / Office Systems) – Florida State College at Jacksonville
Office Accounting Certification – Okefenokee Technical College (now Coastal Pines)
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