Local Agents - Global Experience
We are here for you! We are lifelong residents of the area and your local point of contact for real estate services. So before going into to much, we want you to know we are available to answer any questions you might have. Call us at 813.312.2056
We are the Leisure to Luxury International team of Russell and Patricia Bly. We live, work, and play right in the area you are looking. Few realtors are better suited to understand such an array of potential customers at every level. From Agricultural, to Investment, to Industrial, and Residential - we are likely the best suited Realtors® in the area to understand the wants and needs of both buyers and sellers.
I was born in North Tampa and grew up here in the area. I attended Epiphany, Jesuit, and USF. At USF, my undergraduate area of study was Industrial Engineering and Master's was Engineering Management - kind of like an MBA for Engineers. I was also a student member of the Project Management Institute and hold a certificate in Total Quality Management. And of course, I am an Amateur Radio Operater. KM4YAQ - (usually around 21.250Mhz)
My wife Patricia and I have raised cows, rabbits, and sheep while in what, back then, was rural Wesley Chapel. Currently we raise Tilapia, Crawfish, and Giant Malaysian Prawn Shrimp on our property in Lutz, FL. We have an Aquaponics system and grow fresh herbs and vegetables on a system powered by a Windmill and Solar Panels that I designed and installed. We have “flipped” homes, where I performed most tasks including plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and general construction.
At USF, I served as President of the Student Chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. I was also a member of Alpha Pi Mu, the Industrial Engineering Honor Society. I also worked at USF for 10 years where I ran all the Industrial Engineering Robotics, Human Factors, and Engineering laboratories. I started USF's Industrial Engineering's department Distance Education over the Internet program with Dr. Anita Callahan and Paul Givens. I was also selected as one of Florida's Outstanding Public Servants. While at USF, I served as President of USF Employee Senate and worked on numerous committees including the USF President Search Committee and the USF Equal Opportunity Committee.
I left USF during the Internet boom for FlashNet Marketing. While at FlashNet,since I was able to master both the new and emerging technology of the Internet, along with marketing skills, I was able to build a team of over 200 Internet Sales Associates in a very short amount of time. I was a member of the Leadership Advisory Council, providing direct input to FlashNet's founder and CEO Lee Thurburn. I also provided training at corporate events throughout the country and I helped to develop a state-of-the-art interactive online training system that was used by FlashNet throughout the US.
I moved from FlashNet to Pre-Paid Legal Services, now called Legal Shield. While there, my wife and I built a sales and marketing team of over 4,000 independent marketing associates. I was both a trainer and motivational speaker to audiences of up to 20,000 people throughout the US. My wife and I were recognized as the number one recruiters in 2009, out of over 400,000 marketing associates.
I subsequently partnered with a friend in Virginia to create eVenture Holdings, LLC. At eVenture, I was in charge of acquiring residential and commercial properties for our investment portfolio, as well as providing Project Management for our construction and renovation projects. I also created a trademarked brand called ViLisse, for a skin care company we acquired. We also hold other trademarks for products marketed on Amazon. I created and manufacture a top-selling industrial lubricant called MoPo, also sold on Amazon.
I earned my Real Estate license in 2015 after being frustrated by so many Realtors® not even returning phone calls! I sold properties and vacant land for Homebuyer's Marketing Realty of Wesley Chapel, FL and listed and sold homes and land with Charles Rutenberg Realty of Clearwater, FL. Past land transactions include residential, REO, Investment, Multi-family, and premier real estate.
I am now a certified Accredited Commercial Practitioner (ACP) with RE/MAX HOME in Land O'Lakes, FL where Broker Peter Harris invited me to manage the Commercial Real Estate division based on my diverse background and ability to relate to so many different types of clients. I partner with my wife Patricia Bly on residential, vacant land, and new construction sales. I handle all of the Commercial, Industrial, Multi-Family Investment, and Manufacturing real estate for the office. I found RE/MAX HOME to be a perfect fit. Owners Peter and Monica Harris are experienced, highly professional, and detail oriented leaders who are developing a franchise office in one of the fastest growing areas in West Central Pasco County, Florida. While as a Florida Licensed Realtor® and member in good standing with the National Association of Realtors® I serve the entire state of Florida, our main service area is Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, and Hernando counties for commercial real estate.
Feel free to reach out and touch base with me on any area of concern. If I do not have an answer, I will find one. I look forward to partnering with you to complete one to many successful real estate transactions. Call me at (813) 312-2056 or e-mail Russell@BlySells.Com.
Awards & Designations
Accredited Commercial Professional,
Certified New Home Construction Specialist
3224 Little Road
Trinity, FL 34655