Broker / Owner
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
Chief Operating Officer
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.
Chief Marketing Officer
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 Represenative 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.
Director of Career Development
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. She joined CBV in October 2020 as a Senior Accountant and brought an accounting background of over 20+ years of experience. She 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 her husband and three dogs. Since 2016, she has served as Treasurer on the Patriot Service Dogs board. Her love and passion are for military veterans and dogs; she, also, enjoys doing crafty things.
Operations Manager / NEF
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.
Operations Manager / Central Florida
Office Manager, St. Johns
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.
Michele De Liberto
Office Manager, Beaches
Now as the Office Manager of the Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty Ponte Vedra - The Beaches office, she shares her effective skill sets with the team. She provides one-on-one coaching sessions to the agents to ensure they are equipped with all the necessary information, support, and tools needed to provide the ultimate customer service experience that leads to developing lifelong clients.
The cornerstone of Coldwell Banker's existence is giving back. She championed that pledge to the community and was humbled to receive the company's Humanitarian of the Year award in 2012.
Florida remains one of the most popular destinations that she is now happy to call home!
Office Manager, Mandarin
In November 2022, after being with Vanguard Realty for over 19 years, Tina transferred her skillset to the position of Office Sales Manager of the highly lucrative Mandarin office. With her strong passion to teach and coach, this has been a dream come true for her. Her objective is to work diligently to assist agents in meeting their individual Real Estate goals while growing their personal and professional skills.
The Mandarin office is home to an extremely hardworking, dedicated team of agents with extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the diverse Northeast Florida market. Education is high on the agenda, and most weeks, there are at least three workshops to choose from and at least one continuing education credit course each month. This is a friendly office where the agents are glad to assist each other when needed. During lunch on most days of the week, you will find these agents breaking bread together for lunch, enjoying each other’s company, and sharing ideas. We are centrally located in the heart of Mandarin close to the St. John’s River, the charming and historic waterway that defines our area. This is an office whose agents appreciate its roots and is proud to give back to the community through its humanitarian efforts within CBV Cares, our agent generated charity. Tina raised four children in the Mandarin area who still live close by, and is a proud grandmother of six!
When Tina is away from the office, she enjoys spending her leisure time being a “foodie” and loves to cook for her family, as well as her Mandarin office “family”. In addition, she shares her home with two rescue terriers and an African Grey parrot. She enjoys her faith, listening to music, fishing off her backyard dock, and weekend getaways in Hilton Head, SC, and looks forward to her next adventure and what it may bring!
Career Development Officer, Mandarin
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.
Office Manager, Town Center and Nocatee
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.
Director of Agent Services, Nocatee
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, playing golf with her husband and enjoying the beach.
Assistant Office Manager, Town Center
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.
Office Manager, Fleming Island and Oakleaf
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.
Director of Agent Services, Fleming Island
In the early 2000’s, Jennifer began a long and rewarding career in the real estate and relocation industry as a Corporate Relocation Consultant with Prudential Financials’ Global Relocation Group designing, developing, and implementing programs of relocation support for Fortune 500 Corporations, Inc. 500 Corporations, and Non-Profits. In 2005, Jennifer made the decision to transition to real estate and to devote 100% of her efforts to assisting the public.
Licensed in 2005 as a Florida real estate agent and in 2007 as a broker associate. With her experience in the relocation industry, Jennifer built a reputation of excellence with Cambridge Realty Services in South Florida. It was here that Jennifer found her love for nurturing and mentoring other agents. In 2013 Jennifer joined Watson Realty Corp. in Fleming Island serving as a Broker Associate and later as Assistant Broker Manager. In 2019, Jennifer was promoted to Vice President and Managing Broker of Watson Realty Corporations Oakleaf office.
Jennifer transitioned to Director of Agent Services with Coldwell Banker Vanguard in September of 2023 where she brings personal and vast professional knowledge to her work in the Fleming Island office. She spends her time supporting the managing broker and agents in a multitude of ways. Her greatest passion is in assisting other agents start their careers and in helping them achieve success.
General Manager / Tavares Sales Manager
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.
Office Manager, Lady Lake - Servicing The Villages® Communities
Real Estate has always been a part of my life in one way or another. I’ve not only been a homeowner several times over, but my husband and I also used to buy, sell, and flip houses. I felt great satisfaction not only as the buyer but selling a new and improved home to another family. When we moved to Oxford, I decided to become a Realtor® for Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty. I know the uniqueness of this community, and I wanted to be a part of sharing this with others.
I am married to the love of my life, and I have four amazing children, ages 22-29. My oldest is an attorney out in California, followed by my daughter, who graduated from the University of Florida and is now in nursing school, getting her second degree. My third completed his Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Central Florida, and my youngest is a Division 1 hockey player for Bentley University in Massachusetts. Along with our 17-year-old senior citizen pup, my life is full of fun!
I am passionate about helping others, feeding the homeless, and participating in outdoor sports such as pickleball, tennis, power walking, and water aerobics. I am also a big dog/animal lover! As a Realtor, I pledge to provide you with quality service. Whether you are buying or selling, my goal is to help you in any way I can and to make your experience as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Branch Development Manager, Avondale
Edmund transitioned to the mortgage servicing industry in 1998, managing large-scale complex development programs for a Jacksonville-based multibillion-dollar mortgage technology corporation for over 13 years. With abundant industry knowledge and an eye for detail, Edmund was promoted to corporate risk management within the same company. He was the lead Risk Director over Information Security, Information Technology, all corporate department functions, and Mortgage Origination technologies. After nearly 18 years in the corporate world, Edmund left to go back into Real Estate Sales with Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty. Edmund gained a plethora of experience in mortgage servicing, including the appraisal process, mortgage and real estate data analytics, and title servicing.
Edmund’s strong record of professional achievements, including selling all forms of real estate over the Northeast Florida market, including our local historic districts, allows him to serve as an exceptional source for leading and mentoring other Real Estate Agents. He has meticulous attention to facts and details, and he realizes that each Real Estate transaction is unique and multifaceted, and practicing Real Estate is a one-on-one experience with buyers and sellers. His leadership and mentoring capabilities allow other agents to create a well-rounded, individualized service that ensures a high level of success in their own real estate careers. As a Jacksonville native who has resided in both Duval and Clay County, Edmund has an extensive and comprehensive understanding of the lifestyle, communities, schools, neighborhoods, and businesses in the area, plus has a profound love for the city where he lives, works, and volunteers.
Commercial Department Director
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.
Managing Director of Company Relocation Services
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.
Manager, Rental Gurus
Transaction Coordinator Department Director
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.