Originally from the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, Denise vacationed in Bradenton in 1988 and went home to pack her bags. She knew she found her own personal slice of paradise and quickly came back to our area. Her career in Real Estate started in Property Management in 1994 and since then she has become an island and vacation rental sales specialist. Denise works diligently for her clients and has a reputation as tough ,but fair at the negotiating table. Well respected by her peers Denise is truly an asset to the Big Fish Real Estate, Inc. Sales Team.
As we approach Mother’s day I got to thinking about one of our amazing agents and all she accomplishes every day. Lori is part of the team “The Producers” and for Big Fish Real Estate I honestly have never seen her give less than 110% to any venture. As an agent she is fierce. She knows her market cold, works harder than anyone I know for a client and is well respected by her colleagues. She is creative, intelligent and wise. Quite simply, professionally I am very lucky to have her with my firm. The picture is a recent honor she received as “Successful Woman of the Month” …there have been so many honors for Lori since I have known her. I wonder, does she ever take any of it seriously? You certainly wouldn’t know it, Lori is not shy…but I have never heard her toot her own horn, she always too busy cheering on others. This is one of the qualities that makes her an amazing mother and friend. Ryan, her son, recently graduated from college and is pursuing a career with social media networking. His blog on Glipho is gaining readers everyday. His slightly sarcastic and refreshingly old-school approach is an odd mix that somehow is just right. Lori describes him as the modern day “Alex P. Keaton” and yes, she is absolutely right. And her beautiful daughter Kelly, the Pre-Med student has all of mom’s talents for directness and honesty. Kelly could sell ice to and Eskimo and have them placing future orders. Nope, the apples did not far fall from the tree. This short little post goes out to my awesome friend and equally awesome mother to Ryan and Kelly…Lori Guerin. Happy Mother’s Day Chickadee!
Nicole Skaggs – Broker/Owner/CDPE
Prior to finding her passion for Real Estate eleven years ago Nicole has had several professional incarnations. This prior business experience included marketing and advertising, community comptroller, commercial property management and both civil and criminal legal assisting. This varied professional background arms Nicole with specialized skills from the negotiating table to the closing table. But rest assured, she believes in continual learning, in the field and in the classroom. In her own words, “As professionals charged with facilitating one of the largest financial transactions of our client and customer’s lives we have a duty to stay current on market trends and changes in the law.” To this end, Nicole has recently added “Certified Distressed Property Expert” (CDPE) to her resume.
Born in Germany, Nicole is a “military brat” that grew up all over Florida, but has been in this area for the last 30 years. As both a local property owner and an investor, she understands the interests of buyers, sellers and future landlords. Nicole is ready to bring the full force of her skills and experience to each transaction. She has earned many professional awards in her career but also strives everyday to provide the most professional, informative, loyal and dedicated service in the industry. She is committed to the development of long-term relationships and a referral business built on trust.
Nicole has one son, Matthew, 24 who is seeking a degree in Criminal Justice. She is married to David Gilchrist, Battalion Chief, East Manatee County Fire Department (Retired) and calls Northwest Bradenton home.
Carmen Pedota – GRI, CDPE, REALTOR
Carmen Pedota, a 24-year resident of Anna Maria, began her real estate career in 2005, when she joined Smith Real Estate as a licensed sales associate. Here she met her partner, Lori Guerin, they formed their partnership on a handshake which endures still. The Producer’s then moved to Betsy Hills Real Estate, and Duncan Real Estate as top producers until joining Big Fish Real Estate in October 2011. Big Fish is a firm of local experts with a global perspective with unique marketing perspectives for not only listing and selling real estate but, in the rental market as well.
Carmen, a graduate of Montclair State College situated in her native State of New Jersey, has also served as a social worker and administrator, manager of the Island’s Fast Eddies restaurant and a successful retail business owner prior to beginning a career in real estate. Carmen believes in educating herself to best serve her clients and has attained both the GRI and CDPE designations.
Carmen and her husband of 37 years, Frank, would never think of moving away from Anna Maria Island. Says Carmen about the first time they visited the Island: “We immediately fell in love with the place, the ambiance and the people and purchased the first house we saw in Anna Maria and have lived there ever since.” Today, she and Frank live with their two dogs, Lincoln, and Lulu. In fact visitors and locals alike can see Frank in his jeep while Lincoln and Lulu lounge in the back enjoying the view. They have one son, Max who resides in NW Bradenton and serves as a manager in the Champs corporate office.
Carmen and her husband are avid swimmers, are involved in Golden Retriever Rescue and enjoy traveling when time permits.
Lori Guerin – GRI, REALTOR
Lori Guerin, a native of Hicksville, Long Island, has resided on Anna Maria Island since 1996. Lori brings several years of retail experience to her practice, first as a Buyer for JCPenney in New York, then as a sales rep for Tropical Garment, which transferred her to Tampa in 1988 as the assistant to the CEO/Marketing Director of the firm. She left fashion shortly thereafter to raise a family, and today is the proud mother of Ryan 20, a junior at Florida State University and Kelly 17, a senior at Manatee High School.
Lori, who has a passion for real estate, helped many of her family members and friends find property. Once her children were old enough, she decided to become licensed and begin a new career. After meeting Carmen Pedota and forming “The Producer’s” team on a handshake the pair moved to Betsy Hills Real Estate and Duncan Real Estate as top producers before joining the progressive firm Big Fish Real Estate in October 2011. Lori and Carmen are pleased to work with such an innovative firm and embrace the company’s philosophy of local experts with a global perspective. In keeping with the teams desire better serve their clients Lori has earned her GRI and AHWD designations and is pursuing the CRS designation.
Lori and her husband love to travel, especially cruising and Lori is also the owner of Land and Cruise, a home based travel agency affiliated with American Express. Giving back is something Lori firmly believes in and has been very actively involved in the community as PTO president of the Anna Maria Elementary School and as a Community Center coach. While building her business with Carmen she still finds time to stay involved. Lori is a member of The Women’s Council of Realtors and has been honored to have been elected their secretary in the upcoming year.
Megan Vaughn, Office Manager/ Property Manager
Megan grew up in Jackson, Tennessee where she graduated high school with honors. There she competed in numerous scholastic events and received state accolades for her efforts. Megan spent many years helping her mother maintain the family’s rental properties. Having grown up in the real estate business, she understands the nuances of property management. Megan moved to Anna Maria’s beautiful beaches five years ago and now attends SCF. Megan spends her weekends managing her mother’s island store, but you can see her smiling face in the office, always happy to be of assistance.
Lori Skaggs, REALTOR joins Big Fish Real Estate
Lori was born in Sharon, Connecticut, but moved to Palmetto at the age of 7, where she grew up spending her summers on our beautiful waterways. She truly loves this area and knows it like the back of her hand. Lori can always identify the most popular local haunts and out of the way gems. After attending MCC (now called State College of Florida) Lori raised her family of three and has had several professional incarnations. She has been an Algebra Teacher/Tutor, a Retail Finance Manager, and an Account Executive for a Employee Payroll/Benefits firm. Coupled with her leadership skills Lori’s professional profile always had a common theme; her positions charged her with managing finances. Plain and simple, Lori is, and has always been “a numbers girl”…give her the toughest financial puzzle and she relishes solving it. The passion she acquired while developing financial strategies in the corporate world has turned into another career for Lori. You will often hear her say, “The truest path to wealth and security will include Real Estate acquisition”. A REALTOR since 2004, Lori’s goal is to help people understand their financial situation and help them best manage today’s finances and prepare for retirement through Real Estate. In today’s uncertain economic times, she feels that people must be proactive in planning for their future. At Big Fish Real Estate, Inc. Lori enjoys the freedom she has to spend time getting to know each client/customer before they make any investment decision. It is in this spirit of honest concern and dedication that she looks forward to working FOR YOU!
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Anna Maria Island Area Attractions
Things to do…
- South Florida Museum • Bishop Planetarium • Parker Manatee Aquarium
- Classic Car Museum
- Dali Museum
- DeSoto National Memorial
- Florida Aquarium
- Florida International Museum
- G Wiz
- Mote Marine Laboratory
- Museum of Science and Industry
- Ringling Art Museum, Circus Museum and Ca’D'Zan Residence
- Dolphin Encounter Cruise
- Fun & Sun Parasail
- Gamble Plantation State Historic Site
- Lowry Park Zoo
- Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
- Myakka River State Park
- Smuggler’s Cove
- Sarasota Kennel Club
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures
- Anna Maria City Pier
- Bradenton Beach Marina
- Galati Marina
- Rod and Reel Pier
- Dolphin Dreams Charters
- Marina Jack’s Luxury Cruises
- Captain Kim’s Boat Rides & Charters
- Busch Gardens
- Adventure Island
- Disney World/Epcot
- Sarasota Jungle Gardens
- Universal Studios
- Buffalo Creek
- Manatee County Golf Course
- David Leadbetter Golf Academy
- Imperial Lakewoods
- Legacy Golf Club
- Peridia Golf and Country Club
- River Run Golf Links
- Stoneybrook Gulf Club at Heritage Harbour
- The Links at Greenfield Plantation
- The River Club
- The Rosedale Golf and Country Club
- Timber Creek Golf Course
- Waterlefe Golf and River Club