Meet the TeamMeet the Ben Laube Homes Team
Ben is a Florida native, originally from Apopka and has lived his entire life within Central Florida. After graduating high school, and while attending college, Ben developed a habit of moving every year. As a result, he has a keen understanding of the various neighborhoods in Orlando and the best places to eat. Beyond real estate, Ben is passionate about the arts, food, and culture within Orlando. He currently sits on the board of the Downtown Arts District and is involved in the local Chamber of Commerce. Ben also enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, adventuring and loves scuba diving.
Kellie is a Central Florida native, and has spent most of her life there. She has an unwavering desire to help others and has done so in every facet of her career choices. She has been around the real estate industry most of her life and decided that the next natural progression for her was to become a realtor. She brings skill, knowledge, and a drive to make her clients happy. In her spare time, Kellie enjoys pro sports, music, theater, the beach, reading, traveling, gardening and Formula 1 Racing.
Carrie, a licensed Broker Associate at eXp Realty, seamlessly merges her love for people with professional skills honed as a small business owner. With a diverse background in education, research, marketing, management, and negotiation, Carrie expertly guides clients through crucial real estate decisions. Beyond her impressive credentials, clients appreciate her energy and enthusiasm. A University of Iowa graduate in International Business, Carrie, an Iowa native, chose Florida as her permanent residence after living and working in multiple states. Apart from real estate, she passionately supports various organizations, indulging in beach walks, biking, snorkeling, yoga, music, and boating.
Serving Central Florida
Ashley Bock, your dedicated real estate guide, embarked on her career at 22 as a builder's representative, delving into new construction intricacies. A licensed Texas Realtor within a year, Ashley prioritizes understanding the financial aspects of homeownership. Her commitment shines as she attends every buyer pre-approval meeting, guiding clients through the journey step by step and achieving top producer status. Now in Orlando with her husband, Ashley, a fitness enthusiast and bodybuilding competitor, values quality time with family. Cooking, listening to music, and training for jiu-jitsu are her cherished at-home activities.
Brigitte Bugallal Correa
Brigitte Bugallal Correa is a former flight attendant and ground instructor who was born and raised in Cadiz, Spain. She spent 20 years working in the aviation industry in Germany before moving to Orlando in 2022 to pursue a career in real estate. Fluent in English, Spanish, and German, Brigitte values good communication in every interaction. She is now part of the Ben Laube Homes Team brokered by eXp Realty, where she utilizes state-of-the-art technology and resources to guide families and individuals through real estate transactions. In her free time, Brigitte enjoys working out, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.<p style="text-align: justify"
Bryan Ruzicka, a Connecticut native, followed his creative passion into the arts, eventually earning a master's degree in Media Design. After working at Walt Disney World, he pursued a second master's degree in Mass Communication, specializing in social media. Bryan's entry into real estate stems from a desire to blend creativity and interior design to assist others in the crucial journey of homeownership. Beyond work, he finds joy in travel, exploring new restaurants, and cherishing moments with friends and family.
Celene, a dedicated Orlando real estate agent, draws on her military upbringing's values of hard work and service. With experience in various parts of the U.S. and Bogota, Colombia, she empathizes with the challenges of relocation, offering personalized service rooted in customer care, leadership, and effective communication. Celene's genuine passion for real estate, commitment to exceptional service, and understanding of clients' unique preferences make her a standout choice. Orlando is close to her heart, and she's devoted to guiding clients through every step of the real estate process. For a personalized journey, Celene welcomes you to reach out and schedule a consultation today.
Originally from the Philippines, Claire Fernando left home after college to work abroad as a flight attendant. Now residing in Windermere, she appreciates its quaint vibe and enjoys running around the lakes when time allows. With a 20-year career culminating as a Purser for the world's largest international carrier, Claire ensured customers had a world-class experience during their travels. Selling properties in Dubai and Manila during her spare time, she recognized her positive impact in real estate and decided to make it her new career. Beyond real estate, Claire, a fitness enthusiast and avid runner, finds utmost joy in traveling the world with her husband and three children.
Delandre, originally from Jamaica, grew up in Fort Lauderdale before moving to Orlando in 2015 to pursue Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida, where he earned his bachelor's degree. With a passion for customer service cultivated during two years at the Advent Health I.T. Service desk, Delandre values effective communication and problem-solving in diverse situations. His love for real estate stems from childhood experiences touring new construction homes with his family, inspiring him to be a reliable resource for his customers. Beyond work, Delandre enjoys the beach, architecture, décor, and quality time with family and friends.
Devin Boilard, originally from Maine, brings a personal touch to his real estate career in Lake Nona, Orlando. With a background in education and a degree in secondary education with a focus in history, Devin's expertise extends to guiding clients through the intricacies of Florida's real estate. Currently residing in Laureate Park, known for its modern aesthetic and luxury amenities, Devin is dedicated to ensuring a seamless and joyful home-buying experience. His organizational skills, coupled with effective communication, aim to ease any anxieties throughout the process. Outside of real estate, Devin, an avid runner and traveler, integrates his love for architecture and design into his passion for helping others, making him eager to fulfill your real estate dreams.
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 De La Cruz
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.
Javier "Jay" Rodriguez, originally from El Paso, Texas, was raised with four siblings by his mother. While working and attending school for business management after the birth of his daughter, Jay eventually moved to Orlando with his wife, Ashley, and their dog, Jack. Pursuing a career as a professional mixed martial artist, Jay brings a wealth of experience from customer service, care, and various sales roles to his new chapter in real estate. Beyond his professional life, he finds joy in exercising, mixed martial arts, and 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.
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.
Lydo, originally from Puerto Rico, has called Central Florida home for the past seven years. Her deep commitment to enhancing others' lives began with her first job, leading her to spend over 12 years in non-profit management. After a decade as a flight attendant fueled by her love for learning and traveling, Lydo transitioned to real estate to make a positive impact on the journey to homeownership. Beyond work, she finds joy in volunteering, kayaking, the beach, reading, and quality time with her family.
Matthew Wynne, a Florida native with a background in accounting and aviation, found his way into real estate after obtaining his mortgage broker license. Returning to Orlando with his wife, a Realtor, he seized the opportunity to make a positive impact on clients' homeownership journeys. Beyond real estate, Matthew, an avid traveler and aviation enthusiast, looks forward to partnering with clients to help them find their dream home.
Originally from Vineland, New Jersey, Matthew now resides in Orlando, surrounded by the vibrant energy of Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. Armed with a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Criminology, along with a master's degree in criminology focusing on police reform, Matthew's career journey shifted when he discovered his passion for exceptional customer service in the service industry. Inspired by impactful conversations, he transitioned to become a licensed realtor in both New Jersey and Florida. Beyond real estate, Matthew finds joy in fitness, hiking, kayaking, camping, and travel.
Melanie Bello, originally from the Philippines, made her mark in the hospitality industry at Hilton International Hotels, achieving recognition and management promotion within a year. After over two decades in hospitality, she transitioned to real estate, where her passion lies in guiding families through significant financial investments. Beyond real estate, Melanie cherishes quality time with family and friends, hosting dinner parties, and preparing gourmet meals. An avid traveler, she enjoys family road trips during the holidays and weekend getaways to explore new places and cuisines.
Meraris Brignoni Diaz
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.
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.
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, a New York transplant to Central Florida since 1995, began his career in outside sales with Westinghouse Security. Mastering networking and relationship-building, he found success. In 2003, Rodney founded a low-voltage company, expanding its reach across major Florida cities. Motivated by a passion for real estate, Rodney entered the industry to help clients achieve the American dream. His personable nature, negotiation skills, and market knowledge contribute to his success. Outside of work, Rodney enjoys travel, diverse cuisines, quality time with friends and family, and exploring all that Florida has to offer.
Scott, a New York native turned Orlando resident, transitioned from a successful career in customer service as a Factory Representative and General Manager of an Equipment Dealership to pursue entrepreneurship in real estate. With over 12 years of experience negotiating deals and navigating diverse personalities, Scott is now a seasoned real estate professional dedicated to exceeding customer expectations. Beyond real estate, he enjoys boating, skiing, exploring new restaurants, rafting, traveling, racing, and quality time with loved ones.
Zaray Harvey, originally from Bogotá, Colombia, brings a culturally rich background to her passion for helping others in the Orlando area since 2011. Residing in various neighborhoods, her fluency in English, Spanish, and Portuguese provides a unique perspective for effective communication with diverse individuals. Zaray's current focus is empowering people through real estate to create generational wealth. In her free time, she enjoys movies with her husband, traveling, beach outings, and quality time with her golden retriever, Buddy.
Serving Greater Tampa Area
Cedric Britton, originally from Louisiana, has proudly called Tampa, Florida, home for over two decades. With a background in IT consulting across diverse industries, including beauty and healthcare technology, global marketing, and real estate, Cedric has honed his skills. His journey as a first-time buyer and seller motivated him to transition into real estate, where he is committed to delivering exceptional client service that extends beyond transactions. Outside of real estate, Cedric cherishes his roles as a husband and father, occasionally indulging in DIY projects at home.
Christina, originally from Manila, has over two decades of experience as a Real Estate Agent and Mortgage Loan Officer, holding licenses in Florida, Nevada, and California. Inspired by her grandmother, a successful real estate investor, Christina excels in facilitating smooth Escrow transactions. Known for personalized service, she passionately helps buyers find dream homes and sellers maximize returns. Beyond real estate, Christina enjoys travel, water sports, and music. Contact her for a free consultation, and let her guide you through your real estate goals! She speaks fluent English and Tagalog.
Christina, a dedicated real estate professional, serves clients in the vibrant Tampa Bay area and the scenic Twin Cities of Minnesota. With a background in marketing and advertising, Christina's commitment to integrity and innovative solutions has earned her recognition, including features in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and City Pages. Working across various price points and property types, Christina is particularly passionate about assisting clients transitioning to the lock-and-go lifestyle, whether it's enjoying winters in Florida or summers by the tranquil lake shores in Minnesota. Beyond transactions, she is devoted to cultivating lasting relationships through tailored attention and unwavering support.
Earl Thomas is a seasoned real estate professional with 5+ years of experience. Originally from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, he's worked in real estate across the South, Mountain, and Western regions. With a bachelor’s degree in journalism and ongoing master's education, he settled in Tampa, Florida, three years ago. Leveraging his 30+ years of sales and management experience, Earl focuses on exceeding expectations in real estate transactions. His diverse background and geographic versatility allow him to offer expert guidance and a comprehensive approach to your needs. Whether buying or selling, Earl Thomas is dedicated to ensuring a seamless and successful real estate experience.
Leah Bedar, hailing from a small Wisconsin town, embodies integrity, resilience, and loyalty. A business management graduate, she showcases leadership and effective communication skills. With experience as a Realtor in Minnesota and in Real Estate Technology, Leah feels fortunate to serve her clients in an industry she loves. Since 2020, her sociable nature and passion for gastronomy have deepened her understanding of St. Petersburg and Tampa. As a dedicated representative, Leah is eager to turn your Real Estate aspirations into tangible achievements.
Matthew Pagan, a Florida native from Valrico, is the eldest of five and a proud father. With a background in hospitality, team leadership, and fitness coaching, Matthew was inspired by home improvement shows he watched with his mother. This led him to pursue a career in real estate after a conversation with a like-minded co-worker. Beyond his professional life, Matthew enjoys DIY projects, acting, music, weightlifting, cycling, and quality time with family and friends.