Melissa Harris joined Ian Black Real Estate as a Commercial Property Manager in August of 2011 and in January of 2012 moved into leasing and sales of industrial, office and retail properties in Sarasota and Manatee counties.  Prior to joining the firm, Melissa graduated from Pine View School in Sarasota and then went on to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida.  She became a Human Resource Manager with The Home Depot, where she worked for nine years and managed 400+ associates and managers.

Melissa moved back to Sarasota from Charlotte, NC and is very happy to be back home.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters.

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“I thoroughly enjoyed working with Melissa from the start through to the successful finish. Every step of the way Melissa was professional, available, communicated clearly and did everything I could ask one to do. There will be no hesitation on my part to engage Melissa when the opportunity next presents itself.”…Jack Wolff, Investment Financial Services

“We want to express our thanks and share our happiness in working with Melissa Harris and Ian Black regarding the sale of what turned out to be a difficult property to sell. The property was sold within a few months of listing it with Melissa. The professional methods of Melissa were especially effective. She spent many hours in the days between the acceptance of buyer’s offer and closing helping to solve issues that came up regarding the building’s condition and also dealing with Manatee County. She knew the right people to help the buyer navigate the system as quickly as possible all the while keeping us, the sellers, informed. We are very impressed.…Paul & Carolyn Tojek