Bruno Fernandez, the Founder/Broker of Imagine Realty, was born and raised in Lugo, Spain! Upon graduating from Law School, he moved to the United States in 1996 and has taken the world by storm ever since. His work experience ranges widely from teaching, to becoming an assistant principal and dean, to banking, to creating non-profit organizations, to where he truly found his life work’s passion: real estate. Bruno formally earned his US Citizenship in 2008, and he created his first real estate investment company shortly after. It is here that he discovered his love for helping families purchase the homes that he had poured his blood, sweat, and tears into creating for them. He knew from then on that real estate was his passion and his calling. The name “Imagine” to Bruno represents all of the amazing possibilities and doors that were opened for him upon moving to the United States. He always imagined a life where anything was possible, regardless of one’s background, education, ethnicity, social status- none of it matters here in the Land of Opportunity, and he will never stop carrying out his passion through the motivation he and his wife have ignited inside themselves together with their creation of Imagine Realty.
Katie Fernandez, the Founder of Imagine Realty, was born and raised in Lakeland, Florida, but always spent more time with her friends and family in Tampa and St. Petersburg, so she really has three hometowns! After graduating from Florida State University, she moved to Chicago, Illinois and left her mark on the Windy City for two years. After realizing that she was too far away from her family and the beautiful sunshine, Katie moved back to St. Petersburg and taught high school math for three years. It was actually at this school that she and Bruno met! After their wedding in February 2018, she retired from the classroom to become a full-time realtor, and has never looked back since. Katie and Bruno knew upon meeting each other that they had to use their go-getter, lighthearted spirits to help people together. Katie jumped on board with Bruno’s real estate investment company, and fell in love with the industry from there. She believes that they are an amazing team, and that they work incredibly hard to communicate their ideas and goals with each other. When Bruno mentioned wanting to start a brokerage, there was no question in either of their minds that it was going to happen, and he always had his wife’s support every step of the way. The name “Imagine” to Katie represents not only carrying on the legacy of care, kindness, and inclusion instilled within her by her grandmother, but also letting her imagination run wild with Bruno in their life, their love, and this wonderful, trustworthy company that they have created together from scratch.
Cell: (727) 239-9297
Office: (727) 504-8909
Carrie James is a Kansas City native who has also lived in central Ohio. She has a strong Midwestern work ethic, and an incredibly diversified background. Imagine this: she is a college professor, radiographer, singer, pastor, facility maintenance manager, business owner, and the list goes on! Do not let this sway you- she is tenacious and passionate about the Real Estate industry. Her diversified background is a huge plus in helping her clients spread their horizons, ensuring that they purchase a home they absolutely love!
Mary Skorupa is a native of New Jersey! She has over 13 years of experience with both Real Estate Sales and Community Association Management in Florida. She serves our lush, beautiful Manatee and Sarasota Counties! Whether you are looking to buy or sell, she will provide the very best customer service to ensure your experience through the entire process is happy and stress-free!
Yusmary Rico was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela facing the majestic Avila mountain views. She had the opportunity to travel through various countries, which ignited her passion for traveling. In her native country, she studied Advertising, and proceeded to work in Telecommunications and customer service for over 12 years. When she discovered that she enjoyed the creation and development of new products, she decided to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing as well!
She moved to the United States in 2014, and has lived in Florida ever since (which she attributes to our beautiful weather and welcoming Latino communities!) She discovered her passion for Real Estate and decided to obtain her license. Her goal is to help the Latino community pursue their dreams of homeownership in the beautiful Sunshine State.
Cell: (352) 455-1041
“It was a pleasure working with Jessica. She was highly professional- we will use and recommend her again!”
-Sabina Grbic, First-Time Home Buyer
Cell: (561) 797-0206
Francesca de Laurentiis
Francesca is a Fort Lauderdale native, serving customers across the state of Florida. Born into a culturally diverse Columbian-Italian family, Francesca is trilingual (English, Italian and Spanish), with Spanish as her first language!
Instantly falling in love with the West Coast cotton-candy sunsets, she moved to Tampa to pursue a career in the insurance industry. However, she discovered through working in Real Estate that she has a great passion for helping individuals with the biggest decision of their lives! She has a primary focus of working with first time homebuyers, and provides wonderful coaching and insight into helping her clients make informed buyers’ decisions.
Working at her Colombian family-owned hotel from a young age, Francesca learned to pay great attention to detail, customer service, and property management skills. She is known for her unmatched devotion to her clients, and strives daily to exceed their expectations. Clients appreciate her flexibility, accurate home market pricing, and ability to listen to their goals and desires.
In her free time, you can find Francesca volunteering at animal and homeless shelters, fostering dogs, and exploring nature.
Francesca can help you with any of your Real Estate needs!
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Cell: (813) 607-9628
Greg is a devoted husband and father, helping people find that special house to call “home.” He also specializes in single-family and multi-family investment properties, to help secure a prosperous future for his clients. Let him steer you into the right driveway!
Cell: (610) 463-7787
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Mike has been proud to call Florida his home for over 3 years. His passion for Real Estate is data-heavy and analytical, spanning from investment properties to traditional “retail” Real Estate. Whether he’s researching properties or analyzing the best deals in town, Mike is driven to help his clients find the perfect property.
Cell: (727) 858-0880
Cell: (727) 537-WAVE (9283)
“Wendy Scrimpshire truly helped to relieve all of my angst through the entire process. Whenever I had a question she was right there to help, whenever I got stressed, she assured me that things were right on track and not to worry…my home purchase went smoothly, we got a great house for a remarkable price and I highly recommend working with Wendy to all of my friends!”
-D. Schwenker, Buyer
I couldn’t have asked for a better Realtor than Wendy Scrimpshire! She was very attentive and responsive to our wants and needs. Thank you so much for helping us find our dream home!!!
-C. Hues, Buyer
Cell: (561) 692-1857
Michael Alicea was born and raised in Upstate New York in the wonders of the Hudson before making the move to St. Petersburg, Florida. He enjoys the warm winters that the Sunshine State offers, and does not miss the snow and cold weather one bit! He spent the past 10 years working in the Social Services field assisting individuals struggling with addictions. He now transfers his desire to help people into the Real Estate industry. He obtained his license and set his goal of assisting buyers, sellers, and real estate investors with completing their transactions as smoothly as possible.
When Michael is not working, he spends his free time on the gorgeous local beaches of Pinellas County. He also loves to play handball, and is a member of the Pinellas County 3-wall handball team!
He says: “If you are thinking about moving to Florida…call me. If you are thinking of selling your home…call me. If you are thinking of investing in real estate…call me. Just have a question? I’m here- call me!”
Cell: (727) 342-0259
Crystal has been trained by some of the best in the nation like Gene Rivers from Florida and Marc King from St. Louis, MO. They have trained her to be the top in communication, customer service, and negotiation~ she has even trained with Chris Voss, a former top FBI hostage negotiator to perfect her negotiation skills! Her first year in the industry, she was an active part of 70+ closed properties. The most productive quarter she has ever had was with 47 simultaneously pending properties! She has also worked directly with David Jones, the CEO of Southern AZ and Coach for Mega Agents, and Rob Daniel, the Productivity Coach for Orlando, FL Agents. She worked on a successful high-producing team, grew exponentially, and is now working as an individual. She has always enjoyed growing and improving in her career!
Crystal found her niche in Luxury and Investment Real Estate. Naturally, we know first time homebuyers go hand-in-hand with investment-type-properties,
Initially, there is a strategy planning session in person or online, allowing everyone to best understand how, when, and what to communicate. This session is vital and most Agents don’t take the time to listen and understand each situation to the level that Crystal does. This session sets expectations for both clients and for Crystal, and allows our future conversations to be more productive.
Crystal has previously been recognized as one of the top ISA (Real Estate Marketing) directors. She was also voted and elected as the lead of a team of eight Realtors in a local project based on her skills. Crystal is licensed in both Florida and Missouri, making her well-rounded on relocation. She also graduated multiple extensive extracurricular trainings for marketing and negotiation. The majority of Agents work only part time, but Crystal has dedicated her career to be a full time agent since she was only 21 years old!
Crystal supports the charities Mercy Ministries, CRU, and Gary Keesee. Back in the day, she coached gymnastics because of her love for the sport. She used to model as a hobby, and signed with Richie Walls Entertainment, but doesn’t have time for it these days! She loves to travel a few times every year to the West Coast, desert, or mountains. She and her husband have been together since 2010, and have two beautiful daughters who enjoy dancing and spending time with their friends.
Her commitment to you as a business partner is to consistently keep you updated and informed to make this experience as seamless as possible. Crystal makes the processes of buying/selling/investing about you and your needs, and she does all of this in hopes that you will tell people how glad you were that you partnered up with her to take you through this home buying/selling/investing journey together. Communication and consistent updates prevent emotional roller coasters by being PROactive to situations vs the typical REactive behavior of most Agents.
If you have any questions, or need any recommendations for contractors, architects, repairmen, etc… reach out to Crystal~ she is always happy to put in a good word for other trustworthy people in the industry!
Cell: (417) 414-1361
Sherry “Bonita” Benitez
With a passion for service, Sherry is committed to assisting her clients with buying or selling their homes and ensuring a successful transaction. Her engaging nature, contagious smile, and ease in which she connects with people makes Sherry an invaluable asset in helping you with one of the most important decisions you will ever make! As a proud member of the National Association of Realtors, Sherry carries the values of hard work, integrity, and outstanding client service into everything she does.
With an enthusiasm to learn and share knowledge, Sherry previously served her Central Florida community as a middle and high school teacher prior to becoming a Realtor. With Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Management under her belt, she became a critical asset within the school system. The experience of working in schools taught her to be communicative, thorough, and detail-oriented.
When Sherry isn’t making home ownership dreams come true for her clients, she is spending time with her 2 beautiful boys, Zeke and Gabi. For fun, she enjoys surfing the net and blogging. It’s evident that Sherry truly enjoys meeting and establishing relationships with people and will work hard to help you accomplish your Real Estate needs.
Cell: (321) 348-0688
I have built my successful business by focusing on my clients. The key principal that I run my business on is valuing relationships over transactions. Buying, selling, and investing in real estate is an exciting and complex adventure. It can also be a very time-consuming and costly one if you’re not familiar with all aspects of the process, and if you do not have the best information and resources at hand. I pride myself on educating and empowering my clients to fulfill their dreams. I help my clients balance the qualitive and quantitative choices to obtain the best possible outcome. I know that homeownership is the result of hard work and sacrifice. To be part of the process is a privilege and I do not take that responsibility lightly.
I bring the knowledge, experience, and connections that have come from involvement in many real estate transactions. My comprehensive, high-quality services can save you time and money, as well as make the experience more enjoyable and less stressful.
After graduating from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Finance, I spent the first four years of my career providing consulting services (at Deloitte and Protiviti) to the real estate industry, Fortune 500 companies, and federal agencies. Subsequently, I worked for Freddie Mac in a senior position, so I have truly worked within the full spectrum of the real estate industry. This past experience has been invaluable in seeing the larger picture. These experiences have led to a highly data-driven approach – tracking the heartbeat of the local market and understanding the implications of the macro environment.
Providing my clients with comprehensive high-quality service is my top priority. So when you decide to buy, sell, and/or invest please contact me and let’s get started!
Please don’t hesitate to reach out. I love talking real estate – there is no commitment and no pressure.
Cell: (727) 265-2664
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Heather was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois until the tender age of 10, when she moved to Bradenton, Florida with her family. She has now been a resident of the Bradenton/Sarasota area for over 40 years, and growing up here has afforded her the opportunity to get to know both cities very well. She absolutely loves what Bradenton and Sarasota each have to offer in their own unique ways.
Heather now resides in Sarasota with her daughter, who is on her way to college in the fall! She plans to keep busy not only as a Realtor assisting buyers and sellers achieve their Real Estate goals and dreams, but also as a paralegal with a local prestigious law firm, where she has worked for over 10 years. Heather enjoys all things outdoors and works hard at maintaining a healthy balance between work and play. She is excited to join our team, and looks forward to making your dreams come true!
Cell: (941) 356-3960
Dr. Michael Kowalski
I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself! I was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island, graduating from the “famous” Great Neck South High School. I hold a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I also played baseball. UNC Chapel Hill is known for being an excellent academic institution and the first public university in the USA (not just a great basketball school!).
In 1997 I earned my Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Sherman College of Chiropractic, and have helped thousands of patients achieve their health care goals in South Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, and here in Florida. With me as your Realtor, it’s a win-win~ as we work together to align your real estate goals, I can even align your spine!! Although I’ve been out of baseball and athletics for many years, I enjoy biking, weight training, cooking yummy healthy meals, and traveling. I am married with two children. My wife (LeeAnn) is an anesthesia provider, my son Caleb (Indiana University graduate) is married and living in Kentucky; and my daughter Sarah is an extremely talented actress living in New York City.
As a Realtor licensed in Florida, I’m excited to be working under Imagine Realty!! My primary goal is to focus on my clients’ various needs, dreams, and goals from the moment we meet and beyond by providing strategic marketing and transaction management. I am committed toward helping as many people as possible achieve their real estate goals in whatever capacity that may be. Rest assured, I will listen to you! With an understanding of your needs and wants, I will do my best to help you achieve them all! Look me up on Facebook and Instagram for some spontaneous, fun, informative and entertaining things 🙂 See you soon!
Cell: (813) 317-8287
I am originally from South Georgia, where I obtained my Master’s degree and pursued a teaching career of 20 years while raising a family. I have settled into living in Tampa, and am loving it. My passion for being in and around the water- whether it be fishing, scuba diving or wake surfing, makes Tampa the perfect place to live. I reside in South Tampa with my husband, and on the weekends we enjoy bike riding to the waterfront parks and visiting all of the local shopping and dining spots.
I have always had a true passion for helping others, and a long-life love of real estate. My twenty years of teaching has provided me with the valuable skills of helping others problem solve and reach their goals. My passions, desires, and experiences make it easy for me to offer a client-centered commitment to those I serve. I will listen to all of your needs and work tirelessly on your behalf.
Cell: (229) 563-0629
Cell: (772) 626-6103
LaSonja is a Florida native, born and raised in Manatee County. She currently lives in Sarasota and is proud to be a Floridian! After working with her husband in the construction industry for over 20 years, she has joined our team as a Broker Associate to continue pursuing her Real Estate career. She will be serving the Manatee/Sarasota County areas, and loves helping others- which is why she chose to work for Imagine Realty! LaSonja believes that by continuing to help others fulfill their dreams of becoming homeowners in this great state, she will also preserve her dream of being a successful Realtor.
In her free time, you will find her very active in ministry, where she mentors young women in her community. Whether you are buying or selling, LaSonja can assist you with any of your Real Estate needs!
Tiffany D. Wilson
Though initially news reporting was fulfilling, Tiffany always had dreams of working as a Realtor. She still remembers what a happy time it was for her family when her mother purchased their first family home back in Wisconsin. “My mother was ecstatic,” Tiffany recalls, “And so were my sister and I.” In Tiffany‘s eyes, the dream of homeownership is one that she would love to help everyone achieve. Tiffany has worked in Real Estate and home-related businesses across capacities as a home stager, home furnishings specialist, and vacation home consultant. Through staging property models and residential listings, Tiffany began to have a keen eye for what is aesthetically pleasing and functional when it comes to making a house a home. As a vacation home consultant, Tiffany was able to create a paradise experience for buyers interested in purchasing condos in exclusive St. Pete/Treasure Island Beach. Whether assisting buyers, sellers, or investors, Tiffany is excited to cultivate all of her communication, research, Real Estate, and people skills to deliver a stellar experience to her clients.
Cell: (727) 220-7845
Tira Walsh is a Florida native, born and raised in Clearwater. She served 10 years in the United States Air Force, while also attending college where she received two Associates Degrees in Supply Chain Management and Paralegal Services. After serving her country, having a daughter, and finishing college, she moved back to her home state of beautiful Florida.
Tira currently resides in the rural Central Florida city of Ocala, which is known as the “Horse Capital of the World” with her significant other and her son, Jude (named after a song written by Paul McCartney for John Lennon, who also inspired Imagine Realty with their company’s name!) Upon hearing about this perfect match, Tira knew that entering our agency was not a coincidence, but rather a sign of amazing things to come.
Tira’s experience in the military has taught her excellent communication, reliability, teamwork and attention to detail.
With her geographical knowledge of both Marion and Pinellas Counties, Tira has the ability to provide that “at-home feeling” for homes services in multiple locations throughout the Sunshine State.
She is the newest member of our Realty’s family, and has the drive and determination to assist anyone in making their home buying or selling dreams come true!
Cell: (727) 504-8909
“Helping people with their health and their homes”- That’s Nicole Acquilano!
Nicole is originally from Upstate New York, where she developed a passion for the performing arts and cross country running. After graduating from Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA with a degree in Dance, Nicole moved to New York City, where she lived for over a decade and worked as a professional ballerina, modern dancer, Walt Disney World special events performer, and in sales as Theatrical Accounts Manager for Capezio Dance-Theatre Shop on Broadway.
After working as an inaugural performer for Disney Cruise Line’s Magic and Wonder, Nicole heard the call of Florida’s sunshine, beaches, and lack of snow! She earned her Masters degree in Physical Education from Hofstra University on Long Island and relocated to Orlando, where she had a career as a Physical Education, Dance, and Health teacher while working for Walt Disney World seasonally. Nicole is proud of her unique professional background that combines her skill sets in organization, management, and sales with her passion for educating, motivating, and helping people.
Recently, Nicole started her own fitness company, 651 Fitness LLC, which will soon offer online workouts, exercise tutorials, and health coaching services. She is studying Marketing and Management of Information, as well as Athletic Coaching and Leadership at Florida State University.
Nicole has long been interested in Real Estate, having earned an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Tallahassee Community College, with a focus on Real Property. Her experience with buying a home was challenging (a short sale), yet life-changing. Nicole decided to activate her license and join Imagine Realty to help others in the way she wanted to be guided during her home purchase. She wants to help your experience be as smooth as a walk on the beach at sunrise!
In her free time, Nicole can be found watching college football, working on her own DIY projects at the house with her husband and their beautiful cat, running, reading, at a beach clean-up with her nieces and nephews, or visiting a theme park.
Are you imagining easy access to the beach and to the theme parks? Are you dreaming of your winter home in central Florida? Maybe you are downsizing your home because the kids are off to college? Or perhaps you are upsizing because you can work remotely and you need space for a home gym and an office? Whatever you are “imagining,” call Nicole today to get the ball rolling!
Cell: (407) 758-6581
After serving in the military for nearly a decade, Lupita is ready to serve YOU! Born in Mexico, raised in Los Angeles, and relocated all over the country for Uncle Sam, Lupita is an expert at finding the perfect homes (from personal experience!) Let her be of service to you during your buying or selling journey!
Cell: (813) 648-0293
Stefanie Boettner comes with over 21 years of retail management and customer service experience. Now, she is excited to be turning that customer service focus toward Real Estate. Whether you are buying your first home, looking for investment properties, or selling your home to make way for that next chapter in your life, Stefanie’s passion for service will help you on your way!
As a proud member of Imagine Realty’s team, Stefanie carries the values of hard work, integrity, and outstanding customer service into everything she does. Her professionalism, attention to detail, and commitment to always put her clients first ensure that she continually exceeds her clients’ expectations.
Stefanie’s other passion is spending time in the great outdoors! She especially loves to camp, hike, and kayak. She also enjoys spending time with her adorable cat, George.
Stefanie is located in Port St. Lucie and is happy to call The Treasure Coast her home! She is looking forward to helping with your home buying and selling needs!
Cell: (408) 747-7444