MEET OUR AGENTS

Sophia Sanchez

SOPHIA SANCHEZ

Owner/ Team Leader/ Broker-Associate
CLHMS Guild, CRS, GRI, CDPE
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With over a decade of real estate experience in Tampa Bay, and over 129 million in closed volume, Sophia Sanchez’s success stems from being service focused and providing mobile tools and systems to encourage an easy process for her busy clients. She is committed to connecting her customers to the area and to help them build lives they love in Tampa Bay. Sophia has built her business by referral focusing her attention on the customer experience and providing world-class service beyond a sale.

Sophia is a proud 3rd generation Tampa native and brings her professional experience in marketing, film, art, and interiors, to develop a specific marketing strategy for each property she represents. She focuses on a win-win negotiating style and works to build strong Realtor® relationships locally and across the country to keep her customers in the best negotiating position possible. Sophia’s highest priority is to keep her clients well-informed and to empower her customers with resources and options to help ensure their overall satisfaction. You can expect balanced professionalism and fun as you discover the life you want live and you will want to do it all again!

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JONATHAN RIVERA

Broker of Record/REALTOR®
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Born in Puerto Rico, Jonathan Rivera moved to Tampa in 1984 and has lived in a variety of neighborhoods throughout the area since. Jonathan brings to the team over 16 years of experience having worked through the downturn of the market in the lending industry with large Wall Street firms including HSBC and Goldman Sachs. He has first hand experience understanding risk analysis, financing and contracts which gives him a unique perspective when working with buyers on finding the perfect home at the right price. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys spending time on the water. From the Hillsborough River to the offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Jonathan is a competitive dragon boat and outrigger paddler and competes nationally and internationally. Jonathan is fluent in both English & Spanish.

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MELISSA LABRIT

Executive Assistant, Licensed REALTOR®
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Melissa was born and raised in Miami but has called Tampa home since 2008. She received her Associate of Arts degree from Hillsborough Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Fine Art at University of South Florida. Melissa has been employed at SANCHEZ&CO since 2019, working in a number of roles which she has been able to leverage under the title of Executive Assistant working closely with Sophia. Melissa’s unique talents and education in the Arts are utilized to effectively market listings and carry out the company brand. As a licensed Realtor®, Melissa supports the team agents in how to effectively implement their marketing efforts and systems. Melissa provides direct support for Sophia and handles a number of administrative tasks on a daily basis. Personally, Melissa enjoys cooking, binge watching objectively bad tv shows, and spending time with her husband Ben.

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KAYLA KORTE

Buyer Advocate/ REALTOR®
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Kayla is native to the Tampa Bay Area. She has grown up in Brandon and is very familiar with many of Tampa’s surrounding suburbs, especially on the east end of Tampa. She has attended both Florida State University and the University of South Florida, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies. She enjoys reading and studying literature. She highly values her quality time with her family and loves spending time with her nieces and nephews. Kayla values her clients’ home buying experience and strives to make their experiences as stress-free as possible.

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ISHMAEL SANTIAGO

Buyer Advocate/ REALTOR®
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Ishmael Santiago is a University of South Florida graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, a Minor in Entrepreneurship, and a Certificate in General Business. He takes pride in being highly attentive and hardworking for his clients. Ishmael can be described as a sociable, tenacious, and goal-oriented individual with a sense of humor. He loves traveling, meeting new people from all walks of life, and learning new things. He states, “one of the most important traits of a good real estate agent is being a good listener.

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PHYLLIS HESLEP

Buyer Advocate/ REALTOR®
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After two decades as a successful executive in the insurance industry, Phyllis was looking for her last career when she found SANCHEZ&CO. Having moved 9 times in her adult life, she’s no stranger to how stressful finding the right home can be if you aren’t partnered with the right team. Being committed to customer service and having a passion for helping others, Phyllis is looking forward to serving the Greater Tampa Area. Phyllis is the proud mother of 3 grown children and has 4 grandchildren, whom she adores. She enjoys staying active at the gym, tennis, scuba diving, boating, cooking, wine collecting and travel as well as community involvement and leadership development.

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AMANDA CLAY

Buyer Advocate/ REALTOR®
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Real life experience mixed with a genuine passion for continuous learning and growth make Amanda Clay an approachable and authentic Realtor®. Having relocated more times than she can count, Amanda understands the planning and execution that is involved from packing to opening the door to a new home whether across town or across the county. Loyalty, relationships and outstanding service are how she operates her business and she strives to build relationships that last far past closing she holds an Associates of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and has lived all over- from her roots in Montana, to the jungles of Hawaii, and the forests of the PNW, plus many more places. Prior to beginning her real estate career, Amanda managed boutique hotels, managed five star resort restaurants and worked in event design, luxury weddings, and travel consulting. As the wife of an 82nd Airborne Veteran and dog mom to a youthful border collie, she enjoys adventures in the sunshine state with them by exploring Tampa Bay’s captivating beaches and natural springs. Amanda enjoys scuba diving in the Florida Keys and Caribbean, checking out new restaurants in Ybor, Hyde Park, and Seminole Heights, and planning the next exotic travel destination with her family and friends.

How We Influence Tampa’s Growth & Community

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Over 71 community events hosted or sponsored

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More than 23K homes shown

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Approximate miles we have biked, ran, or rowed in Tampa

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Over 73 years of shared professional experience in Real Estate and Finance

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More than 850 clients served in Tampa Bay

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More than 90 Local Businesses referred to and supported

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More than 230 Realtors® that work relationally like we do, are in our National Relocation Network

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More than $220 million in closed sales volume since 2014

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