MEET THE BEN LAUBE HOMES TEAM!
Angela Simmons was born in Brooklyn, New York, but calls Atlanta, Georgia, home. Angela grew up in a military household, and as a result, moved around frequently her entire childhood. Angela moved to Orlando in the summer of 2018 and loves the quality of life living in Central Florida has to offer.
Prior to real estate, Angela spent over 10 years within property management and hospitality. She learned the value of superior customer service, and the importance of being consistent in providing that level of quality service to each customer she interacted with.
Angela made it a goal of hers early within her career to advance her skill set and become a licensed realtor. She always had a passion for helping others, and real estate has always been an industry she knew she could make a significant impact in transforming her customers’ lives.
Outside of real estate, Angela enjoys working out, partaking in outdoor activities, and spending quality time with her family.
Brett is originally from Madison, Alabama, and went to the University of West Florida (UWF) in Pensacola where he pursued Public Relations and Nutrition. Brett relocated to Orlando after college and has lived here for 10 years.
Brett pivoted to a major passion project in Central Florida, owning his personal luxury pet resort business in Downtown Orlando. Real estate has always been a desire of his, and after being very successful in commercial business, he decided to explore a career in the real estate industry.
Over the years, Brett became a local area expert on all things Orlando which serves as a huge benefit to one’s home buying experience. He is here to guide and be there for you every step of the way in attaining your real estate goals, while making the process as seamless as possible.
Brett is passionate about animals (especially dogs) and working out. It is through his love of animals he launched his luxury pet resort business. Brett owns 8 dogs, and they mean the world to him. He is also enthusiastic about staying fit, health and nutrition.
Brett prides himself in being a proponent of an active and healthy lifestyle. In 2023, it is his goal to compete in a bodybuilding competition. Outside of his professional life, he also enjoys spending quality time with his friends and family.
Bryan Ruzicka was born and raised in West Haven, Connecticut. From a very early age, Bryan was always very creative, and as a result, he went to college to pursue a career in the arts. After graduation, Bryan moved to Florida to work at Walt Disney World as part of their College Program, primarily within Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. As a proponent of constant learning, Bryan went back to Full Sail University and received a master’s degree of Fine Arts (MFA) in Media Design. He also received a second master’s degree in 2020 from the University of Florida in Mass Communication with a specialization in social media. Bryan got into real estate to take his enthusiasm for creativity, and interior design to help people with one of the most important steps in their lives, homeownership. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Claire Fernando is originally from the Philippines but left home shortly after attending college to work abroad as a flight attendant. Presently, she lives in Windermere and enjoys its quaint vibe, as well as running around the lakes of Windermere when time permits her.
Claire’s 20-year career culminated as a Purser for the world’s largest international carrier. One of her responsibilities entailed ensuring her customers had a world-class experience during their various travels.
Throughout her career, Claire started selling several quality properties in Dubai and Manila in her spare time. After realizing the positive impact she made within the field of real estate, she ultimately decided to switch career paths and cultivate her legacy within the industry.
Outside of real estate, she is a fitness fanatic and an avid runner who has completed half and full marathons. However, what she enjoys doing most, above all else, is traveling the world with her husband and their three (3) children.
Delandre was born on the beautiful Caribbean Island of Jamaica but grew up in Fort Lauderdale. He moved to Orlando in 2015, to pursue his studies in Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida, and subsequently obtained his bachelor’s degree.
Customer service, along with helping others has always been a passion of his, and he had the opportunity of working at the Advent Health I.T. Service desk for two (2) years. Through his experiences there, Delandre learned the importance of adapting to a variety of situations, and how to effectively communicate, and problem solve while dealing with a myriad of personalities.
Delandre fell in love with real estate through touring new construction homes with his family when he was younger. This, in part with the experience provided by their realtor, inspired him to want to do the same for others. Delandre prides himself on being a resource that his customers can rely on, and trust with their business.
Outside of his professional life, Delandre enjoys the beach, architecture, and décor. He also loves spending quality time with his family and friends.
Devin Boilard hails from the great state of Maine where he grew up enjoying the beautiful midcoast region. Devin originally attended college in Washington D.C. before transferring to the University of Maine at Farmington where he earned his bachelor's degree in secondary education with a focus in history.
Presently, he lives with his partner, Sam, at Laureate Park in Lake Nona. Laureate Park has a modern and clean aesthetic of homes and businesses, within proximity of luxury venues and eateries, and its selection of high-end amenities make it an Orlando hot spot.
Prior to real estate, Devin was employed in the field of education for 8 years. His educational background serves as one of his greatest assets to anyone looking to purchase their first home or is relocating and unfamiliar with Florida’s real estate laws and procedures.
Devin has a keen level of organization, and his number one goal is to keep a smile on your face during this journey and to make sure the champagne is ready to pop in celebration! It is also his promise to communicate effectively to make the process transparent and help alleviate any anxieties that may arise.
Outside of real estate, Devin is an accomplished runner, having competed in over 100 races, including 2 full marathons. He enjoys visiting the epic springs of Central Florida, and he is an avid traveler, having visited over 20 countries.
Devin is thrilled to serve within a career that allows him to incorporate his lifelong love of architecture and design along with his passion for helping others, and he is ecstatic to be of service and make your real estate dreams come true!
Douglas is a native Floridian originally from Tallahassee. He acquired his degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Central Florida and capitalized on being in one of the main hospitality hubs in the world by working for Universal Orlando and Marriott International. Douglas spent many years as a performer for Walt Disney World and carries into real estate a passion for helping others and extensive experience in service that matches his clients’ needs. He also has a background in Sales and Interior Design. Outside of his professional life, Douglas enjoys traveling, working out, new dining experiences and visiting theme parks.
Erika is originally from New York but grew up in the Dominican Republic. She returned to New York to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy and spent over 15 years in the healthcare industry as a Recreational Therapist, volunteering and working with various patients, clients, and residents of different ages. After relocating to Florida, Erika decided to channel her passion of service and helping others into a real estate career and has never looked back. Outside of real estate, Erika enjoys exploring Florida with her kids, going to the beach, hiking, and working out.
Jasmine is a Central Florida Realtor, born and raised in Orlando. She loves being of service and has over a decade of experience within the customer service industry. Apart from customer service, Jasmine is passionate about education and photography. After spending eight (8) years of doing real estate photography, Jasmine decided it was time to take a leap into the dynamic field of real estate and never looked back. As a proponent of education, Jasmine makes it her duty to learn something new every day as she strives to be the best Central Florida Realtor possible. In her free time, she enjoys working out, traveling, trying new food spots, and spending time with her loved ones.
Javier “Jay” Rodriguez is originally from El Paso, Texas, where he was raised with four (4) siblings by his mother.
After the birth of his daughter, he continued working while simultaneously attending school for business management. Ultimately, he took a step back from college, and subsequently moved to Orlando with his wife, Ashley, and their dog, Jack.
He made the move to Orlando to launch his career as a professional mixed martial artist, which he is actively pursuing. Throughout the years, he held positions within customer service, customer care, the service industry, and multiple sales positions, culminating in a wealth of experience that has prepared him for the next chapter of his life in the real estate industry.
Outside of his professional life, he enjoys exercising, mixed martial arts, and spending quality time with his wife.
Jennifer Burns is originally from Siagon, Vietnam, but made Central Florida her home in 2011. She initially moved to Central Florida to be a part of her family’s contractor business and found her interest to explore other opportunities to expand. Jennifer spent the last 30 years within luxury retail management, and after retiring in 2020, decided to begin her career in real estate and be of service to families through one of the most rewarding transactions they would ever make in their lifetime. Outside of real estate, she enjoys cooking, interior design, gardening, home improvement projects, spending time with her dogs and quality time with her family.
Jessiane is originally from Western Massachusetts but moved to Central Florida in 2003. Being involved in customer service for approximately nine (9) years, Jessiane decided to take her experience and transition into a career that she always loved - real estate. Outside of real estate, Jessiane loves spending quality time with her daughter, their family, working out, boating, and enjoying Orlando’s many local attractions and restaurants.
Jordan Toohey is originally from Ft. Hood, Texas but moved to Central Florida with her family before she started High School. Jordan worked in the field of hospitality for nearly 10 years, specifically the restaurant industry, and ultimately decided to get into real estate to work alongside her mother. Jordan quickly discovered what she could accomplish in her life and impart on the lives of others because of real estate and started her career within the field. Outside of real estate, she enjoys experiencing local art shows, cycling around Lake Baldwin, and spending quality time with her friends and family.
Jose is originally from Pennsylvania but decided to make Florida his new home. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Rollins College and served 11 years in the United States Marine Corps. With nearly 10 years recruiting in the military and corporate sector, Jose has learned the importance of efficiency, accountability, and responsibility. Coupled with his passion and desire to serve others, he decided to start a career in real estate and is dedicated to ensuring that his clients have an enjoyable experience throughout their real estate journey. In his spare time, Jose enjoys spending time with his family, home projects, travel, history, geography and learning about cultures and people.
Joshua is a native Floridian born and raised in the Orlando area. He attended the University of Central Florida and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies. Joshua chose to pursue a career in real estate to combine his genuine interest in enhancing lives along with his dedication to building long-lasting personal and professional relationships. His background in legal studies helps significantly in the negotiation and contract process, allowing him to provide the best service possible. Outside of real estate, he loves to travel and explore new countries, cities, and small towns. Joshua also cherishes spending quality time with family and friends while bonding over a delicious meal.
Kilisitina Ho Ching is of Tongan- Hawaiian descent born and raised in Orlando. Her grandparents owned a Polynesian entertainment show that performed at the Sea World Luau and various locations throughout Florida and the nation for approximately 40 years. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. Through her family’s entertainment business, Kilisitina learned the importance of providing top-notch customer service, and grew an affinity for helping others. After learning about the power of real estate investing, she decided to become a real estate agent to share that knowledge with others and foster the creation of generational wealth. Outside of real estate, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their children by creating memories together exploring all that Florida has to offer.
Nette is originally from a small neighborhood in Wisconsin and made the move to Davenport, Florida, in 2015. A significant portion of her life was spent raising an incredible family and nurturing many wonderful relationships with friends and loved ones. It is her pleasure helping others, and she decided to transition into real estate because of her ability to make a significant impact, while cultivating an environment of care and encouragement along the way. Nette’s strong work ethic ensures she will do her best to make your real estate dreams come true and she prides herself on this. Outside of work, Nette loves biking, pool lounging, reading, and spending time with her amazing husband.
Lydo is originally born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico but made the move to the United States in the year 2000, making Central Florida her home for the past seven (7) years. Her very first job had a profound impact on her, resulting in Lydo dedicating her professional life to enhancing the lives of others. Lydo spent over 12 years within non-profit management, but decided it was time for a change and pursued her love of learning and traveling by becoming a flight attendant. After spending 10 years in this role, she decided to branch out and become a realtor, to positively impact the lives of those on the journey to homeownership. Outside of her professional life, Lydo enjoys volunteering, kayaking, the beach, reading and spending time with her family.
Matthew Pagan is a Florida native from the beautiful community of the Brandon/Valrico area just outside of Tampa, FL. He is the oldest of five (5) siblings, and a father of one (1) amazing daughter. His background is primarily in hospitality, team leadership, management, coaching fitness, and entrepreneurship. Matthew has always been interested in real estate and home improvement by way of television shows he watched with his mother when he was younger. After having a conversation with a co-worker who shared similar sentiments as he did in becoming a licensed realtor, Matthew decided it was time and took the leap in starting his real estate career. Outside of his professional life, Matthew enjoys DIY projects, theatre, music, weightlifting, cycling, traveling, and spending quality time at the beach with his friends and family.
Matthew is originally from Vineland, New Jersey, and spent most of his childhood with his grandmother. Presently, he lives in Orlando, Florida, and enjoys the fast-paced atmosphere being surrounded by Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. Matthew obtained his bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminology, with a minor in English, from Rider University. Soon after, Matthew earned his master’s degree in Criminology from Florida State University, with a focus on police reform. While working in the service industry, Matthew discovered his love for interacting with people and providing exceptional customer service. An enlightening conversation convinced him to change career paths, and Matthew became a licensed realtor in New Jersey, and Florida, to further his impact and commitment to excellence. In his free time, Matthew enjoys going to the gym, hiking, kayaking, camping, and traveling.
Melanie Bello was born and raised in the Philippines before moving to the United States after college at the beginning of the millennium. She began working at Hilton International Hotels and within one year she was recognized then promoted to management. She led that hotel to being awarded as one of the top two in the nation.
After an incredible experience of over two decades in hospitality, she met her soulmate and they decided to start a family. She found her place in the world of real estate and now her passion and life’s work is dedicated to guiding families in making the biggest financial investment of their life.
Outside of real estate, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, hosting dinner parties and preparing gourmet meals for loved ones. Every holiday season, she plans a family road trip, venturing to new places and creating memories. They also love weekend getaways and finding new places to taste different cuisine.
Meraris is originally from Puerto Rico but moved to Wisconsin to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Architecture. She began her professional career in architecture; however, made the decision of getting into real estate to combine her experiences in architecture, interior design, and her drive to help others in the homebuying process. Outside of real estate, Meraris enjoys spending time with her family, boating, discovering new places to eat, traveling, counseling parents and coaching fitness and nutrition at the local community church.
Nick is from Kenosha, Wisconsin and has always had a passion for real estate through exposure to his father’s brokerage firm. Upon graduating with a degree of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, Nick traveled the country in national tours, cruise ships and theater productions. When he moved to Orlando, Nick quickly got into the real estate market and currently owns three (3) Airbnbs and subsequently decided to become a realtor under eXp Realty LLC. In his free time, Nick loves theatrical productions, dogs, traveling, reality TV and spending time with his husband, Norm.
Rasheed was born and raised in Central Florida and spent his entire life there. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Central Florida. He spent a year and a half volunteering in the Cardiology Department at Advent Health, while simultaneously employed as a Management Trainee for five and a half years at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Although each of his past experiences shaped him into the professional he is today, Rasheed decided to take the leap and explore a passion he had since childhood and got into real estate full time. Outside of real estate, Rasheed enjoys the beach, trying new food, working out, running, hiking, and spending time with his sister and parents.
Rodney Melendez moved from New York to Central Florida in 1995 and began his first career in outside sales with Westinghouse Security.
Rodney quickly discovered that mastering the ability to network and build strong relationships, trust, and a solid referral base, contributed to his success throughout the years. In 2003, Rodney started his own low voltage company, which he expanded to cover and service major cities throughout Florida, with clients ranging from local residential customers to fortune 500 companies.
Rodney’s passion for real estate moved him to achieve another personal goal; curate a space within the real estate industry and help buyers, sellers and investors be a part of the American dream. His personable nature, negotiation skills, and knowledge of the market are a few traits that contribute to his success and help make his clients’ dreams a reality.
Outside of his professional life, Rodney enjoys travelling, various cuisines, spending quality time with his close friends and family, as well as experiencing everything Florida has to offer.
Saxon is originally from North Conway, New Hampshire and graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in Psychology and a double minor in Asian Studies and Philosophy. Upon moving to Orlando, Saxon gravitated towards the service industry, as from an early age, his main experiences came through customer service opportunities. After amassing additional experiences and refining his skillset in different careers, Saxon decided to focus his energy in real estate on a full-time basis as he got to combine his love of learning and helping others in this dynamic industry, and he never looked back. In his free time, Saxon enjoys volunteering, working in his grandfather’s fine art painting company, going on walks, exercising, writing, reading, photography, participating in local events, trying different cuisines, shopping, traveling, boxing, rock-climbing, learning new languages, and spending time with my family.
Scott is a New York native, but decided it was time for a change and moved to Orlando, Florida. As a lover of customer service, Scott spent a large portion of his professional career as a Factory Representative and was the General Manager of an Equipment Dealership in Florida for over 12 years. Over the years, Scott developed a skill for negotiating different types of deals, diffused a plethora of situations, while adapting to the varying personalities he encountered. Scott then left Corporate America to become an entrepreneur in the field of real estate. He is now a seasoned real estate professional committed to providing top-notch service, and always exceeds his customers’ expectations. Outside of real estate, he loves boating, skiing, exploring new restaurants, rafting, traveling, racing, and spending time with his loved ones.
Suzanne is a Florida native originally from Ocoee. She moved away 10 years ago and spent time in North Carolina and Colorado, while her husband served in the military. She and her family moved back to Central Florida in 2021.
Suzanne’s enthusiastic, can-do attitude and caring nature are ideal for identifying each client's desires and skillfully guiding them to fulfill their real estate goals. Prior to real estate, she was a cosmetologist for 16 years which fueled her desire to listen and help others become the best version of themselves.
Suzanne ultimately decided to channel her desire and passion for helping others into a career in real estate. She understands and appreciates the many unique benefits of having someone in your corner as she will be for you in reaching your real estate goals.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, cooking, and crafting.
Taylor Hintz was born and raised in Eastern Michigan. He grew up in the Metro Detroit area before moving to the countryside where he spent the remainder of his childhood. Upon completing high school, Taylor did some traveling and ultimately settled in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg, Florida, where he began his career in real estate. Taylor is passionate about providing superior customer service and quality animal care, he has been within the customer service industry and actively involved in animal care initiatives for over several years. Taylor chose to pursue a career in real estate (in part) due to his amazing personal experience upon purchasing his first home and wishes to do the same for others. Outside of real estate, Taylor enjoys the beach, photography, and exploring the city with his 4-year-old husky Atlas.