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Ian Black, CCIM, has been a prominent fixture in the Sarasota / Manatee County real estate market since the early 1980’s. Local real estate developers respect Ian’s creativity and integrity in the real estate business as well as his commitment to the betterment of the community. Those qualities have earned Ian some of the most prestigious brokerage assignments in the area.

Ian’s impressive real estate brokerage career began in 1964, when he worked with, and later co-owned, Brian Morton and Company in Northern Ireland, Ian’s homeland. Ian helped Brian Morton grow from one office in Belfast to 22 offices throughout Northern Ireland.

In 1982, Ian and his family moved to Sarasota, where they owned, operated, and later sold a ten-unit motel on Siesta Key. His previous positions include vice president of marketing at Starling Realty, where he worked for seven years, and director of Florida brokerage services for ICORR Properties Realty Inc., where he was the company’s sole broker for the Sarasota / Manatee area. In 2003, Ian opened his own commercial real estate brokerage and management office.


Ian holds the prestigious CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation of the Commercial Investment Real Estate Council of the Realtors Institute of NAR (National Association of Realtors).  This is the highest designation given to commercial real estate specialists.

Community Involvement and Accolades:

  • Board Member of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

  • Board Member of the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition 

  • Past President of the Commercial Investment Division of the Sarasota Board of Realtors and was named that entity’s very first Commercial Realtor of the Year

  • Past Chairman of the Sarasota Downtown Partnership

  • Past President of The Sarasota Film Festival

  • Past President of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

  • Top 100 Most Powerful People in Sarasota – Sarasota Magazine, 2009

  • Received the key to the City of Sarasota October 6th, 2023

  • Was honored with October 6th being Ian Black day in the City of Sarasota 

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