Movers & Shakers


Smith appointed to THE PLAYERS leadership team

 Troy Smith has been appointed as the newest “Blue Coat” for THE PLAYERS Championship. A six-year tournament volunteer, Smith joins the four existing vice chairs who, along with 2017 Tournament Chair Kevin English, lead the 2,100-plus volunteer force that make the tournament possible.

“Troy is going to be an excellent addition to the leadership team,” English said. “His experience with the tournament, coupled with his involvement in the community, make him an extremely valuable asset. We are excited to have him working with us to elevate this event, which has such a strong history of making a difference in Northeast Florida.”

A shareholder for Rogers Towers, Smith is board certified in construction law and is an accomplished trial lawyer. He currently serves on the board as the legal liaison for Learn to Read Jacksonville and the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach.

“Generating charitable dollars for Northeast Florida is something I am passionate about,” Smith said, “and I look forward to helping THE PLAYERS generate a record number in 2017.”

Floryan earns Certified New Home Specialist™ designation

Kathleen Floryan of Ponte Vedra Club Realty has completed the real estate industry courses required to earn national certification as a Certified New Home Specialist™ and Residential Construction Certified™.

Completion of the Certified New Home Specialist™ training involves a total of over 22 hours of specialized course work and successful completion of the CNHS certification test. The courses required to earn the designations provided training in architectural design and planning, blueprint reading, topography, building site design, construction quality evaluation and more.

“This course is recognized as one of the very best ever offered in real estate,” said Floryan, a broker associate for 11 years. “This provides me with the expertise, strategies and tools to more professionally assist anyone interested in a brand new or existing home.”

Traditions Realty welcomes Joy Montgomery; Lauren Rohman named ‘Rising Star’

Joy Montgomery
has recently joined Traditions Realty.

An experienced real estate agent, she has held real estate licenses in Illinois, Georgia and Florida.

Montgomery was born in Nassau, Bahamas and raised in Chicago. She first became a licensed real estate agent in Chicago, where she headed the property management department for a developer. In 2000, her daughter received a scholarship to Spellman College and Montgomery relocated to Atlanta to support her. She obtained her Georgia real estate license while working in the housing division of an investment company.

In 2010, she moved to South Florida, became a licensed Florida real estate agent and began working in real estate full time. She is a member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and was part of the local chapter of the Kiwanis Club in South Florida. She moved to Jacksonville in June and is looking forward to becoming immersed in the community.

Montgomery was educated at Florida State University and Arizona State University, where she focused on business management and psychology.

In other Traditions Realty news, Lauren Rohman has been named one of Jacksonville’s 2016 Rising Star Real Estate Agents. Rohman was nominated for the award by her peers.

Five Star Professional partnered with Jacksonville Magazine to identify the up-and-coming real estate agents in Northeast Florida based on a number of criteria, including license, years in the business, and the agent’s regulatory and complaint history. The two also considered sales and transactions over a 12-month period.

Sherman joins HomeBridge Financial Services

Mark Sherman has joined the Jacksonville office of HomeBridge Financial Services as a loan originator. HomeBridge has 10 offices in Florida, and employs 1,500 associates at its 90 branches nationwide.

Suzy Evans awarded Certified Residential Specialist designation

Davidson Realty Agent Suzy Evans has been awarded the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.

Realtors who receive the CRS designation have completed advanced professional training and demonstrated professional achievement in residential real estate. More than 30,000 Realtors nationwide have earned the credential.

In 2015, Davidson Realty recognized Evans as the year’s top producer and top sales agent. She is a member of the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors and holds additional designations including Certified Distressed Property Expert and Certified Negotiation Expert.

“My top priority is helping buyers and sellers navigate the complex housing market and walk away happy with their experience,” Evans said. “The CRS designation enhances my ability to do that for my customers.”

DeNardo joins Walton Signage

M.J. DeNardo has joined Walton Signage as director of its SE Division. In her new role, DeNardo will establish a new divisional office for the company in Florida and be the key executive for all of its operations. She will also be responsible for creating and executing strategies for custom construction projects and retail programs.  

A Ponte Vedra Beach resident, DeNardo attended The University of Miami and has more than 25 years of experience in the construction/facility management industry. She is also a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach.

Bianca Evans completes Five Points Tavern sale

Bianca Evans, senior business broker for Transworld Business Advisors, recently completed the business sale transaction for buyers Chef Jeffrey Forest, Hannah Alexander and Don Hourihan at Five Points Tavern in Jacksonville.

The sale featured the former O’Brothers Irish Pub at 1521 Margaret St. in Jacksonville’s Five Points area. Forest and Alexander, both longtime restaurateurs in New York and St. Lucia, saw the listing online and worked with Evans to complete the transaction. Five Points Tavern will feature a rustic, chef-curated menu of regional American cuisine for lunch and dinner.