The Organization Has Been A Force in the Region's Growth Through Luxury Development Sales and Board Philanthropic Giving Strategy.
Tampa Bay's largest independent real estate brokerage, Smith & Associates Real Estate, is celebrating twenty years in Pinellas County. The company expanded to Pinellas County in 2002 with the opening of the Beach Drive office. Once sleepy, Beach Drive has evolved into a bustling avenue with a variety of outdoor cafes, top-notch restaurants, luxury residential dwellings, and waterfront enjoyment.
Led by President and CEO Bob Glaser, the company has been interwoven in Pinellas's growth through the sales launch of premier developments, engaging in collaborative partnerships, relocation services and global affiliations, and its commitment to giving back to the community served.
Since the Pinellas opening, Smith has been the exclusive listing agent for 19 of the most prominent residential towers in Pinellas, sold almost $7 Billion in over 15,000 Pinellas real estate transactions. The developments that have come to market have been some of the most recognizable and iconic condo towers in the county, many of them changing the landscape of Pinella’s luxury offerings and raising the bar for real estate sales.
By working with developers to bring signature properties to market that are aesthetically pleasing, have top-notch amenities, and acknowledge the dynamics of the neighborhood, Smith has helped to move the needle on the exciting transformation of the area. The company has helped to position the area as a place that attracts top business leaders, celebrities, and corporate relocations. From downtown to the beaches, Pinellas is one of change and revitalization.
"It's hard to remember a time when St. Petersburg wasn't brimming with energy. We are grateful to have been a partner in Pinella's growth, debuting developments like Parkshore, Signature Place, and ONE which have been significant in attracting new residents and professionals to our area. Our success is not just measured in sales but also in how we have contributed to the overall good of our communities," says Bob Glaser, CEO & President Smith & Associates Real Estate.
Smith is founded on the idea that being a good corporate citizen gives rise to happier communities and more enjoyable places to live. Over the last twenty years, the organization has contributed $1.5 million to local non-profits. Studio 620, the Florida Orchestra, Mt. Zion Academy, and Pinellas Foster Care are just a few organizations that Smith has established long-term relationships in an effort to support their missions.
In 2021, Smith launched the Smith & Associates Real Estate Foundation to cement its giving strategy and reach non-profits in need. In addition, Glaser participates in over 50 organizations throughout Tampa Bay, including serving on numerous fundraising and non-profit boards, and is known to go above and beyond to help his Smith team members when in need.
"Working with Smith, you get a tight-knit family of agents who are knowledgeable, caring, and deeply embedded in the community. I take that commitment to each other and to our community seriously. Our support of non-profits and the arts make us happier to come to work and also benefits the soul of our community through access to the arts," added Glaser.
Over the last twenty years, Pinellas developments brought by Smith & Associates Real Estate include Parkshore, Signature Place, ONE, McNulty Lofts, 400 Beach, 1010 Central, Water Club, Bliss, Sage, Saltaire, Art House, Sage, Salvador, Orange Station, Nolen, 475, 341 Lofts, Casablanca, and Calla Terrace. Smith has been serving real estate in Tampa Bay since 1969.