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After growing up in Sarasota, Melissa went on to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida.  After college and a move to Tega Cay, SC, a suburb of Charlotte, NC, Melissa was employed as a Human Resource Manager with The Home Depot, managing 400+ associates and managers.


When Melissa moved back to Sarasota in 2011 it was a natural fit for her to join Ian Black Real Estate as a Commercial Property Manager. In January of 2012 Melissa moved into leasing and sales, primarily assisting Ian Black and Steve Horn. As one of IBRE's partners, 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.  Melissa enjoys working in all areas of commercial real estate and has grown her portfolio of clients exponentially.


In 2020 Melissa joined SIOR “A professional affiliate of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, SIOR is dedicated to the practice and maintenance of the highest professional and ethical standards. SIOR maintains a commitment to business and industry by providing outstanding professional services, publications, and educational programs.” Additionally, Melissa is actively pursuing her CCIM designation to better assist her clients.


Melissa takes joy in educating buyers, tenants, sellers, landlords, and fellow commercial real estate agents about the process and intricacies of commercial real estate transactions. As a Director and Officer of the Commercial Real Estate Alliance (CREA) Melissa has expanded her network in the local community.


When not working Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and two 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)


Glass Buildings

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.”

Glass Buildings

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.

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