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Meet our Team

Island Real Estate Vacations has recruited the best of the best local leaders to develop our Vacation Rental Division.  Those that were with Island Real Estate in prior years will recognize a few faces below.  We are prepared to invest in our business and that starts with the core leadership team managing our vacation rental properties.  No history with Island Real Estate?  Visit our testimonials page to see first hand how our employees from the past have made a big difference for our owners.

Jodi Nichols

Our Chief Executive Officer, Jodi ensures that all facets of our vacation rental management program meet both owner and vacation guest expectations.  Jodi has over a quarter century of resort hospitality and vacation rental management experience including all aspects of resort operations from Front Desk to Employee Training and everything in between.  Jodi started with Island Real Estate in August 2012 and with her wealth of knowledge in Hospitality, Operations, Property Rental Management, Team Building, and Training & Development helped take Island Real Estate’s vacation rental division to the next level.   

Lawrence Chatt

Larry received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology.  Previous Executive Leadership experience with General Motors, General Electric and Precision Castparts Corporation has prepared him well for his leadership position as Broker/Co-Owner of Island Real Estate.  Larry has owned Anna Maria Island investment property while residing in Europe, New England, Ohio, Iowa and Colorado.  The first-hand experience as an absentee owner gives him a unique perspective of all the concerns involved with the purchase and management of a resort property.  Larry is very active in the community as the Vice President of the Anna Maria Island Vacation Property Association and is a former Chairman of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.   

Kacey Varga

Island Real Estate Vacations welcomed Kacey back February 2020 as our Vacation Rental Revenue Manager. As the Revenue Manager, Kacey manages the day to day rate yield operations for our vacation rental bookings with the primary goal of maximizing rental revenue for Owners. Kacey originally started with Island Real Estate (IRE) January 1999.  During Kacey’s 18 years with IRE she progressively excelled to higher leadership roles and took on many duties across all departments to include assisting Rental Owners, Vacation Rental Guests, Real Estate Sales Clients and Community Leaders. Kacey will develop LOCAL pricing strategies for each vacation rental and use forecasting tools along with statistics to ensure our vacation rental rates stay competitive in the Anna Maria Island marketplace.  

Jimmy Peters

Island Real Estate Vacations (IREV) welcomed Jimmy back April 2020 as our Property Operations Manager. As the Property Operations Manager, Jimmy oversees the vacation properties on the IREV rental program responsible for managing the appropriate team members to include Property Technicians, Property Dispatcher(s), and Lead Property Inspectors. As the Property Manager, Jimmy is also the key point of contact for owners on the IREV rental program by responding to owner property concerns and acting as the liaison between the owner and IREV’s internal departments.  Jimmy was previously with Island Real Estate (IRE) for 4 years starting in 2012 as the Maintenance Manager overseeing the IRE Maintenance Technicians and the Maintenance Dispatch Team. During his time at Island Real Estate Jimmy earned the highest level of respect from Owners and staff and was a valued member of our Operations team. Since leaving IRE in 2015 after moving further south to be closer to family, Jimmy worked as a Project Manager building new homes and is currently in the process of getting his General Contractors license. 

Claudia Perez

Claudia originally started with Island Real Estate (IRE) in DEC 2013 as an inspector for Housekeeping. During her 4 years with IRE, Claudia had progressive growth from HSKP Team Lead Inspector to MAINT Dispatch Coordinator to MAINT Supervisor to Guest Services Manager. Claudia was a valuable resource for our Operations Team who developed many positive relationships with owners and vendors. After the sale of IRE to Vacasa, Claudia decided to use that opportunity to return to school. Since leaving IRE, Claudia has been working part time at the Center for Physical Medicine while attending school at the University of South Florida. She is working on getting her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then going for her Masters in Occupational Therapy. Claudia is originally from Havana Cuba and currently lives in Bradenton with her fiancé. She is fluent in English and Spanish.  With Claudia back on the team, we see her helping in many departments and will be part time while continuing her education. As a Vacation Rental Specialist, Claudia will help with booking our vacation rental properties and will assist in-house rental guests with their requests. WELCOME CLAUDIA! We are excited for your return!

Lewis Hughes

Island Real Estate Vacations welcomed Lewis back April 2020 as our Senior Property Technician. As the Senior Property Technician, Lewis’ main duties are to perform minor maintenance repairs and other maintenance related tasks for IREV. As a member of our design team, Lewis will also assist with IREV interior design projects and renovations.  Island Lewis originally started with Island Real Estate (IRE) in January 2013 as a Maintenance Technician. During his 5 years with IRE, Lewis showed his expertise through proven results and quickly progressed to become our Senior Project Technician for Owner Relations. Prior to working for IRE, Lewis worked with his dad renovating residential properties and later utilized that knowledge to team up with Jodi Nichols to renovate and update over 30 rental properties on Anna Maria Island. He is one of the top technicians working on the island today and few have the experience he does. Some of Lewis’ skills include but not limited to, residential construction, pool and spa, electrical, plumbing, handyman service and a keen eye for detail.