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Melissa Harris joined Ian Black Real Estate as a Commercial Property Manager in August of 2011 and in January of 2012 moved into leasing and sales of industrial, office and retail properties in Sarasota and Manatee counties.


As one of IBRE's sales associates, Melissa Harris is extremely active in all aspects of the industry, working with some of the largest landlords in the area, as well as representing local and national tenants and buyers.  Focusing on sales and leasing of retail, office and flex properties across Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Melissa works closely with Ian Black and Steve Horn on larger projects, as well as successfully building her commercial portfolio of clients.  


Prior to joining the firm, Melissa graduated from Pine View School in Sarasota and then went on to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida.  After college, she was employed as a Human Resource Manager with The Home Depot, where she worked for nine years and managed 400+ associates and managers. When not work Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters taking advantage of all the activities the area has to offer.



Bachelor of Science - Industrial Engineering, University of Florida



Member of National, Florida and Sarasota/Manatee Associations of Realtors

Commercial Real Estate Alliance of the Realtor Association of Sarasota Manatee (CREA) Board of Directors

Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)

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Jack Wolff, Investment Financial Services

“I thoroughly enjoyed working with Melissa from the start through to the successful finish. Every step of the way Melissa was professional, available, communicated clearly and did everything I could ask one to do. There will be no hesitation on my part to engage Melissa when the opportunity next presents itself.”

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Paul & Carolyn Tojek

“We want to express our thanks and share our happiness in working with Melissa Harris and Ian Black regarding the sale of what turned out to be a difficult property to sell. The property was sold within a few months of listing it with Melissa. The professional methods of Melissa were especially effective. She spent many hours in the days between the acceptance of buyer’s offer and closing helping to solve issues that came up regarding the building’s condition and also dealing with Manatee County. She knew the right people to help the buyer navigate the system as quickly as possible all the while keeping us, the sellers, informed. We are very impressed.