EXECUTIVE TEAM

Pete Dalton

Broker / Owner


Peter O. Dalton is the broker/owner of Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty, headquartered in Orange Park, Florida. Dalton entered the real estate industry as a salesman in 1973, closing 106 transactions in his first year. A rising star, he soon entered management and just four years later, he and two partners started Vanguard Realty Inc. as a one-office real estate brokerage in Orange Park, and in 1980, he became and remains the sole stockholder. Vanguard Realty Inc. grew from an independent one-office real estate brokerage into what is now the area’s leading national brand, Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty, featuring nine offices and two service centers. Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty is the largest Coldwell Banker franchise in Florida and the largest national brand in the northeast Florida market, as measured by RIS Media. The company is comprised of more than 325 agents and staff, including an in-house marketing team and full-time continuing education center and staff. The company prides itself on the production of its agents with average productivity of approximately $4,000,000 per agent in a market where the average sales price is less than $200,000.

The company strives daily to meet its vision and mission Statements "to foster excellence in real estate through career enhancement programs and tools for our customers and employees and … to be recognized as the most professional and innovative real estate organization in our market."

In addition to his business interests, Dalton is active with many civic and professional organizations, having chaired numerous committees, including having served as:
  • President, Clay County Chamber of Commerce
  • Chairman, Clay County Committee of 100
  • President, Clay County MLS
  • President, Clay County Association of REALTORS
  • Board of Directors, Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS
  • Secretary, Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS
  • Board of Directors, Florida Association of REALTORS
Dalton is married to the former Sandy Taylor and they reside in Jacksonville, Florida.

Mona Gardella

Chief Operating Officer


In a sense, Mona Gardella has been in real estate for most of her life. She has resided in a total of eight states ranging from Michigan to Hawaii and has lived in a total of seven homes in the Jacksonville area alone. Being a wife to a (now retired) career Naval Officer, she has experienced first-hand the physical, mental, and emotional strain associated with packing up her loved ones and all of their belongings. Thus, she realizes the inherent value of a great real estate professional.

She entered the real estate industry as a second career to elementary education during a time that many agents were leaving it. She was warned that it wasn't a good time to start. In response to this challenge and due to her tremendous work ethic, she sold $3.5 million in real estate her first year and was named "Rookie of the Year." More than a decade later, Gardella still loves the business and excels as a member of the Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty management team, having been promoted to Director of Market Development for Fleming Island and Oakleaf in 2015. In 2018, she also assumed managerial duties at the Avondale office. Success in this industry is contingent on hard work, and she has always prided herself on going the extra mile.

Promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty in 2019, Gardella uses her expertise and passion for real estate to mentor new agents in their careers and also help seasoned agents stay relevant and expand upon their previous success. She is proud to be part of a brokerage that makes its agents' success the primary business objective. She truly believes a leader must also be a servant and is honored to serve the agents in her care.

In addition, serving the community means more to Gardella than helping people buy and sell real estate. She loves her community and enjoys spending her extra time giving back to it. She is a past president of CBV Cares, a nonprofit organization founded by CBV agents, the board Vice President of the nonprofit organization, Quigley House, has served on the School Advisory Council for Thunderbolt Elementary and Green Cove Junior High School and the Board of Trustees at Orange Park United Methodist Church. Mona is a proud Rotarian, currently serving as President of her club, and has served on steering committees for Tennis 4 Cancer and Clay County Strides Against Breast Cancer. She also is a 6-year past member and past Chairman of the Clay County Utility Authority Board of Supervisors and is a graduate of Leadership Clay. Each of these roles has allowed Gardella to stay connected with her community and give back to others.

Brenda Taylor

Chief Marketing Officer


Brenda Taylor is the Chief Marketing Officer for Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty. She moved from San Diego to the Jacksonville area in 2002 and joined the CBV team in 2004 when she became the assistant to the VP of Recruitment. Taylor has built a unique marketing platform through CBV Concierge Services, offering exclusive marketing programs for its agents. Some of these programs include utilizing cost-effective distribution options, social media strategies and enhanced online presence to maximize agent market exposure.

Taylor has a strong background in marketing and customer service and leads a team of marketing professionals who manage more than 300 agents' marketing needs throughout the year. Dedicated to improving the career experience for licensed CBV real estate professionals, she has built her Concierge Services team to 16 full-time marketing specialists, including six professional property photographers. Her programs prove themselves by increasing sales for agents and maximize all aspects of the agent experience at CBV. With myriad custom marketing options and campaigns to choose from, each and every CBV agent finds a niche that works best for him/her and their customers.

Taylor has also worked closely with broker/owner Pete Dalton to develop an exclusive group of top Realtors® titled ERN - Elite Realtor® Network, which encompasses only the top 10% of the Northeast Florida MLS Agents at CBV. The ERN level of marketing allows these agents to reach even more potential customers through strategic Concierge Services marketing and counsel.

Catherine Tappouni

Director of Career Development


As an educator, Catherine has dedicated her career to teaching and training. With a Master of Education degree from University of Florida, Catherine has served both children and adults, and she worked in the construction industry as a trainer in sustainable and LEED® building practices. Catherine earned her real estate sales license in 2013 and worked as a residential REALTOR® until 2021, when she was offered the position of Director of Career Development for Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty, a role she describes as “the perfect fit” for her.

As a self-proclaimed Garden Geek, Catherine can most often be found outdoors tending to her extensive space of edibles. She is also a photography hobbyist and chef wanna-be, enjoys fishing with her husband and spending time in the company of friends and family.

Paulina Fluehr

Director of Corporate Communication


Originally born in Buffalo, New York, Paulina Fluehr moved to Central Florida with her family as a teenager and has been a Floridian ever since. Paulina describes herself as an analytical and creative marketer, and her primary experience is in digital marketing with named brands and small businesses.

Paulina started her career at The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) with “The Mouse” in her senior year in high school and left shortly afterward to start college. She returned after she finished college to TWDC and began her marketing and advertising career just as internet (digital) marketing became popular. She also gained experience in event, database, and Customer Relationship Marketing (CRM). She continued her career with renowned organizations such as Starwood and then relocated to Jacksonville to work with Wounded Warrior Project, Guidewell Connect/Florida Blue, and most recently with Johnson & Johnson. She enjoys working with Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty on its digital marketing campaigns and strategies and welcomes the challenges in the current dynamic real estate market.

Paulina resides in Jacksonville, Florida, and loves being close to the beaches, listening to live music, and spending time with her two daughters.

Lori Frye

Controller


Lori Frye was born in San Diego, California, and moved to Jacksonville in the early 1970s as a daughter of a Navy soldier. She graduated from Terry Parker Senior High and received her bachelor’s degree in 2017 from American Public University. Lori has lived in Jacksonville for most of her adult life.

Her career started at a restaurant doing payroll, helping the auditor, and then doing various accounting roles at an aircraft maintenance facility, residential home building, and a non-profit organization specializing in senior living in Jacksonville. I joined CBV in October 2020 as a Senior Accountant and brought an accounting background of over 20+ years of experience. I learned how to process commissions and escrow for the company agents and implemented a new payroll system for the company.

Lori currently resides in Fleming Island with my husband and three dogs. Since 2016, I have served on the Patriot Service Dogs board as their Treasurer. My love and passion are military veterans and dogs. Also, enjoy doing crafty things.

Stephanie Bolden

Operations Manager


Stephanie Bolden was born and raised in Mannheim, Germany. She is a German Citizen and has been a permanent legal resident of the United States for over 13 years. Stephanie is married to a veteran of the United States Army whom she met in her home country of Germany. They have three sons and made Florida their home in 2018.

Stephanie started her career as a high-profile executive assistant for the Director of Foreign Trades IHK (Chamber of Industry of Commerce) of Rhein-Neckar. Early in her married life, Stephanie and her family often moved to support her husband’s civil service career. Stephanie seized each opportunity that each move provided to diversify and cultivate her language and management skills. She’s held positions at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, as well as for the United States Department of State in Kaiserslautern, Germany, working as a foreign national.

Stephanie’s dedication and determined attitude landed her as the Operations Manager at Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty. She enjoys working with a team of great professionals to support agents in their daily affairs.

Stephanie currently resides in the Jacksonville area, where she enjoys watching her sons play football, walking the beach, and traveling around Florida. Her greatest joy about moving to the Sunshine State was getting away from Germany's cold, snowy weather.

OFFICE MANAGERS

 

Leslie Johnson

Office Manager, St. Johns


Leslie Johnson comes to the St. Johns office with over 18 Years of residential real estate experience. She prides herself on the real estate accomplishments she has achieved working throughout Northeast Florida—from the acreage of Glen St. Mary, FL to the sparkling northeast coast of the Atlantic Ocean; from the stately manors on 1-N Riverside to the grand revival of Springfield in downtown Jacksonville to the shores of St. Augustine and all in between, no road was left untraveled. During her travels and long car rides she was proud to have forged lasting bonds with customers while assisting families during one of the largest events in their lives.

Moving to the Jacksonville area in 2002 from Fairfield, CT, Leslie brings over 20 years of Business Management and Development, Marketing, Leadership, and Training to the plate. Honing her skills by working for a custom home builder in Naples, Florida at the Audubon Golf and Country Club then becoming Director of Retail and Corporate Sales for a multi-million-dollar mail order company, setting up retail stores throughout the country. Real estate was always intertwined and not far from her mind.

In 2004, Leslie began her real estate career with another Brokerage in NE Florida, then 6 years ago joined Coldwell Banker Vanguard and never looked back. Her sales increased, her knowledge increased, and her passion grew. She is bringing 18 years of real estate experience to share with current and new agents. Leslie is looking forward to continuing to grow the Coldwell Banker Vanguard culture and values in the St. John's office.

Carol Holmes

Assistant Office Manager, St. Johns


A native Floridian, Carol Holmes graduated from UCF with a bachelor’s degree in business. After spending some time out west, she returned to northeast Florida where she raised a family and built a successful real estate career.

Carol’s background in pharmaceutical sales and retail management enabled her to make a smooth transition into real estate. She brought a process-driven approach to building her business, while always keeping customer satisfaction and relationships top of mind. As a result, her business has grown significantly, and Coldwell Banker Vanguard asked her to share her knowledge and skill set with agents in the St. Johns office as Assistant Manager. It’s all part of the collaborative, highly supportive environment the company strives to maintain in each of its offices.

When Carol isn’t building her business, or helping others build theirs, she volunteers in her local community. She also enjoys biking, tennis and spending time outdoors.

Tina Fader

Office Manager, Mandarin


Gary Davis

Career Development Officer, Mandarin


Gary Davis began his professional career in Tallahassee as teacher after graduating with his degree in elementary education from Florida State University. Over the course of the next 12 years, Davis taught grades 3, 4, and 5 and truly loved every minute. Eventually, desiring a change, Davis decided to test the waters of real estate and realized he had found his new calling. He began his new career with Coldwell Banker Vanguard and has never looked back.

Davis was a multi-million-dollar producer his first year in the business and has earned awards for his production each year since. Davis prides himself on putting client relationships above anything else in his business and believes continuing to learn, grow, and better oneself is truly what makes a good agent great. Davis believes strongly in giving back to the community that has helped him build his business and he does so through his community Facebook pages, website, and charitable events organized by him throughout the year. “Just forget you’re a real estate agent and focus on helping people; that’s the most important part of the job” is a favorite quote of Davis’s and one he feels sums up his mission as an agent and community advocate.

In addition to being a full-time agent, Davis is also the Career Development Officer and Director of Agent Education and Training for the Mandarin and St. Johns offices. Getting to help buyers and sellers with their real estate needs, while also teaching and training fellow agents on how to be the best real estate professional they can be, is truly a perfect career combination for Davis and he is thoroughly enjoying all the hats he wears.

Tina Harp

Office Manager, Town Center and Nocatee


Tina Harp is the Office Manager for the Town Center and Nocatee offices. A 17-year resident of the Jacksonville area, Harp is responsible for attracting new agent talent, retaining valued agents and educating all agents, new and experienced. Her office currently is home to more than 40 agents and is rapidly growing.

Harp came to Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty from a competing brokerage, where she began her career in real estate. While she was successful there, her business doubled within six months of joining CBV by engaging in company generated business and taking advantage of marketing support through Connect U, the in-house marketing department. She was drawn to management because of her passion for mentoring and educating other agents in order to help them grow their real estate businesses. She truly is an example of what CBV can do for an agent's business.

Prior to real estate, Harp's spent more than 10 years in early childhood education. She is also a mother and wife and considers that to be her greatest accomplishment in life. She is an active member of Creekside Christian Church where she and her husband, David, serve in leading classes and she also serves in leading worship.

Harp lives in St Johns with her husband of 23 years and they have two children. Haley attends the University of Florida College of Nursing and their son Andy is a freshman at the University of Florida.

Melissa Burgess

Director of Agent Services, Nocatee


Melissa is a licensed Realtor and Director of Agent Services for Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty's Town Center and Nocatee offices. In this role, Melissa assists agents with training and development to better prepare them for success in the real estate industry. As an experienced Realtor in Northeast Florida, Melissa is edicated to providing the highest level of service to meet the needs of every agent and customer. Melissa’s knowledge of the greater Jacksonville area and the real estate industry equips her to assist our agents, as well as a few customers along the way, through the home buying and selling process.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, playing golf with her husband and enjoying the beach.

David Israel

Assistant Office Manager, Town Center


David Israel is a licensed Realtor and the Assistant Sales Manager for Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty's Town Center office. Being a Jacksonville native - David is your Northeast Florida expert. David has over ten years of prior experience in the finance industry. In his previous finance roles, David has earned a reputation for his analytical skills, organization, and expertise in customer service.

Prioritizing customer services in all his business interactions, David values building relationships with his customers and fellow agents. So whether you are looking to buy, sell, relocate, or downsize, he is an agent with the knowledge and experience to guide you through the entire process.

When David is not working as a Realtor or assisting his fellow agents, he loves spending free time with family and friends and attending various events and concerts in the Jacksonville community.

Kim Knapp

Office Manager, Fleming Island and Oakleaf


Kim Knapp has spent her entire career with Vanguard Realty, beginning in 2000. That year, Knapp was named "Rookie of the Year" and "Top Producer," selling $6 million in real estate. Over the course of her sales career, Knapp had consistently high sales volumes in excess of $30,000,000 annually, and was always the top producing sales agent west of the St. Johns River. She is known in the market for her professionalism, helpful caring and commitment to excellence.

As a founder of the Jacksonville REBar Camp, Knapp has been responsible for bringing top flight education to NEFAR and presently serves as president of the Jacksonville MLS, as well as on the Board of Directors for NEFAR. Her speaking career has led her to become one of the most requested speakers in the prestigious CRS program, speaking at numerous state conventions and the NAR National Convention. Kim serves the real estate community on state and national levels through the professional development committee.

Knapp is a firm believer the real estate community has a responsibility to be the voice of the home owner at the federal level. She does this by serving as an RPAC Presidents Circle Major Investor, and makes personal visits to legislators on the Hill in Washington, DC. Knapp also served on the Clay County Charter Review commission, volunteers at her church and serves on various boards in the community.

Knapp's enthusiasm, common sense approach and systems orientation help the Fleming Island, Oakleaf and Keystone Heights agents achieve their sales.

Julie Dukes

Director of Agent Services, Fleming Island and Oakleaf


Julie is a licensed Realtor and Director of Agent Services for Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty's Fleming Island, Oakleaf and Keystone Heights offices. In this role, Julie assists agents with training and development to better equip them for success in the real estate industry.

As a seasoned Realtor and Northeast Florida native, Julie is committed to providing the highest level of service combined with a personable interaction to meet the needs of every agent and customer. Julie's knowledge of the greater Jacksonville area and the real estate industry equips her to assist other agents, as well as a few customers along the way, through the home buying and selling process.

In her leisure time, Julie enjoys music and theatre and spending time with her two daughters and son-in-law.

Daemon Fields

Office Manager, Mount Dora


From an early age, Daemon Fields learned the value of work from a father who always put in extra hours at the office and a mother who worked tirelessly to raise three boys of her own, two adopted boys and a variety of foster kids along the way. This work ethic turned a lobby-cleaning teenager into a full-time college student managing a local McDonald's. After graduating from college with an Accounting degree in hand and a passion for systems and processes, Fields' career shifted to the business world. This shift opened a series of opportunities for growth and development in construction and manufacturing business management. Six years following his graduation from college, Fields was the Financial Controller for a multi-million-dollar manufacturing company where he worked for the next 15 years.

A sudden restructuring and layoff prompted Fields to explore a new career in the real estate industry. He became the top producing real estate sales associate in his office during his first 12 months and maintained this status for the next two years.

It was during this time that Fields discovered a talent and passion for training and personal development. What started as simply reaching out to help his fellow agents turned into training classes and opportunities. Fields' message of simplicity and practicality helped more than half the team double their production over the course of the year and the brokerage saw a 50% increase in the number of Million/Multi-Million producers. As the current Sales Manager for the Mount Dora location, Fields continues this pursuit working closely with the agents to help them realize the potential they already possess, while working tirelessly to help them achieve the business they desire.

While Fields' passion always lies with his Vanguard team and the agents he supports, he enjoys a very vibrant social life with his beautiful wife, their blended family of four kids and some great friends in the Mount Dora community he loves. You will often find Fields and his wife Heather enjoying their time boating the many lakes in the area or frequenting local establishments to support local businesses.

Ed Akers

Brand Development Manager, Avondale


Michael Daugustinis

Commercial Department Director


Michael Daugustinis began his career in the real estate industry in 1983. He initially worked in residential sales in New York at an office on Long Island. He then moved on to a commercial firm handling office and industrial sales and leasing. As a graduate of St. Johns University, Daugustinis put his Bachelor's Degree in communications to good use and was very successful during his early years in real estate. In 1985, Daugustinis followed family tradition set by his father and grandfather, and pursued a career in law enforcement. He retired as a Detective in 2007, after 22 years of service which included responding to search and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center.

Daugustinis and his family moved to St. Johns County in 2007 and he resumed his sales career in the Jacksonville area with "Top Sales" success in both the automobile and home security industries. In 2009, Daugustinis accepted a corporate position at EverBank as Security Manager. A return to real estate occurred in 2014, when Daugustinis joined the Coldwell Banker Brand, selling in St. Augustine and St. Johns. In his first full year in 2015, he achieved the "MVP" Award at his office with more than $7 million in sales. In 2016, he was awarded "Top Producer Volume" and "Top Producer Units" at his office while reaching almost $10 million in production. Daugustinis continued his performance as a top producing, multi-million Dollar REALTOR in 2017 with more than $8 million in production, and also earned his Broker License that year as well.

In 2018, Daugustinis joined Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty as a Broker Associate in the St. Johns office. In 2020, Daugustinis was promoted to Broker Office Manager for that office. In this role, he builds and develops the office through talent acquisition and continued agent support in every aspect of the business. Daugustinis contributes to company success by utilizing and sharing the knowledge he has gained through his years of training and experience. This includes achieving Coldwell Banker "International Diamond Award" status, earning the GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute) designation from the National Association of Realtors, and Military Relocation certification through Navy Federal Credit Union and USAA.

Daugustinis and his wife Melissa have been married 35 years, and they have two sons; Robert, a real estate attorney, and his wife Jennifer who live locally and Thomas, also an attorney, and his wife Randi, who live in the Tampa area. The entire family loves to travel, especially on cruises, and also enjoy attending sporting events and concerts together.

Jessica Bookstore

Managing Director of Company Relocation Services


When it comes to relocation, Jess Bookstore knows all the right moves. And it’s easy to see why.

Jess started with the Coldwell Banker Relocation Department in 2005. Since then, she’s held every position in the department, giving her a depth and breadth of knowledge that’s virtually unmatched. She recently added to her already impressive skill set by earning her Florida real estate license. She loves working with her colleagues and other agents at CBV and it shows.

When Jess isn’t keeping the relocation department running like a well-oiled machine, she enjoys reading, hitting the beach, and cheering on the Jacksonville Jaguars and Georgia Bulldogs. She also takes any chance she gets to spend time with her son, a Mass Communications Specialist in the US Navy.

Emily Topoulos

Transaction Coordinator Department Director


Emily Topoulos is the Transaction Coordinator Department Director. She specializes in leading her team to provide exceptional service to Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty’s agents and clients.

Growing up, Emily had the privilege of living in many places as a “military brat” as the daughter of a now retired US Navy father. Since moving happened so often, Jacksonville, Florida, became more home to her after roughly 13 years of living here. She has planted her roots in Florida with her husband and is raising her son and two pups in a 1940 family home (from her in-law’s side).

Her prior professional experience included sales, but she was unfamiliar with the real estate business. Upon arriving at Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty as a Transaction Coordinator, she learned the ropes of all things real estate. She has since found a passion in the industry and enjoys finding innovative ways to expand her department’s knowledge, skill, and level of service. After another successful closing, Emily’s favorite part of her day is seeing the excited customers and thankful agents.

Though Emily rarely has “free time,” she enjoys spending quality time with her family, finding new renovation projects for her home, and at-home movie nights.