An Electrical Engineer with a minor in Computer Science, JT had an impressive multi-faceted 28-year career of Executive leadership in the corporate world, and in start-ups of Information Technology companies. Over that time period -- as an aside -- he amassed considerable success as a real estate "client", having new homes built as well as renovating for his personal residence.
JT is a recognized national expert on the subject of Customer Service, being prominently featured in the book "Lessons from the Nordstrom Way" in 2000 by best-selling author Robert Spector.
As a realtor today, JT especially keys on the client-realtor relationship. He has a tenacious and unwavering commitment to help and to please his clients. He is knowledgeable about real estate in the Tampa Bay area, is personable, has somewhat of an alpha personality, is attentive to details but also sees the larger picture, is creative, has a highly retentive mind, and is an extraordinary communicator.
JT enjoys playing golf and is an across-the-board sports fan. He also plays the guitar but is surprisingly reticent about performing publicly ... he feels he’s just not ready for prime time.
He enjoys learning new languages, an offshoot of his international, worldwide business and personal travels. He is loosely conversant (to varying degrees) in German, French, Italian, and Croatian.
Historically, JT has quietly provided big-hearted funding support for several Tampa Bay non-profit organizations.
Stephen Gay is a certified accredited luxury home specialist with extensive knowledge of the Tampa, St. Petersburg and Beach markets. With over 12 years experience in real estate and over $200 million in sales, Stephen has consistently been a part of the top 4 sales teams at Smith & Associates Real Estate. Stephen, a Virginia native, has lived and worked in Tampa since 1999. He graduated with honors from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. After graduation, he was highly recruited to take a position as a VP of Operations for Trinsic Communications which led him to Tampa and the city he now calls home. Stephen is a consummate professional dedicated to client service with an in-depth knowledge of the real estate industry and market; he is well respected by his peers. He has an exceptional talent for listening to his client’s needs and helping them make an informed decision. Stephen utilizes all of his talents including design to help each person envision the opportunity to transform property with the right use of color and materials. Stephen leads his team, Andrew Hoek and Katie Glaser with enthusiasm, dedication and guidance.
Andrew Hoek’s enthusiasm for real estate began at an early age while helping his father pick and choose investment properties along Florida’s coastline. Andrew pursued his passion for real estate by obtaining his B.A. from the University of Florida and then attending Florida State University's College of Law, where he specialized in real estate law. After completing his J.D., Andrew returned to the University of Florida to obtain a Legal Masters in Land Use and Environmental law. Prior to joining Smith and Associates, Andrew worked at a law firm representing clients in real estate and land use matters. Andrew's extensive knowledge of Florida's real estate laws, from the development phases to complete buildout, provides him unique appreciation of both residential and commercial real estate.
Katie Glaser’s family has been in the local real estate business for over 45 years, which is where she obtained her passion for helping Tampa Bay natives and newcomers find the home that best suits their needs and lifestyle. Katie has worked in many different aspects in real estate. From marketing, office management, title services, and e-commerce, Katie has a solid background to successfully manage a real estate transaction. After obtaining her license this year, Katie seeks to grow in her knowledge of the family business and has joined the Stephen Gay Team to work alongside Stephen Gay a top Tampa Bay realtor.
Each member of the Stephen Gay Group is actively involved in the Tampa community sitting on a multitude of Boards and committees. Stephen Gay recently was awarded the prestigious Mary Smith Conover award for his philanthropic commitment to the community being recognized by his fellow Realtors for all that he does for his community.