Meet Our Team
Cyndi King – Chief Operating Officer of Blair Group | Director of Sales & Marketing, Lic. Real Estate Broker at Cypress Lakes®
Originally from Southern California, Cyndi came to Florida in 1983, getting her start in the manufactured housing industry in 1984. She first spent nine years with a builder developer of 55+ communities prior to joining Blair Group in 1992.
Over the years, Cyndi has managed multiple properties and onsite teams. She has been a part of building 5000+ homes in Active Lifestyle 55+ communities and has managed every Blair Group community. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Blair Group, overseeing all five locations. She also oversees the marketing and advertising efforts for all communities and the brand.
Cyndi has been very active in the Florida Manufactured Housing Association (FMHA), currently serving on the Board of Directors; having formerly served as president. She is also a member of the National Communities Council—an entity of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)—and holds both a Real Estate and Mortgage Broker License.
Robert Parody, CCM – General Manager
Robert offers 15+ years of hospitality experience managing large scale clubs, and directing various food and beverage operations. His leadership style is positive and very hands on … he looks forward to the ongoing interactions he’ll have with both the Residents and Staff of Cypress Lakes and Big Cypress as he’s committed to exceeding the expectation, striving for operation excellence. Says Robert, “Service is love made visible.”
Becky Higgins – Receptionist
Becky moved to Florida from Syracuse, New York back in 1996 and officially started working for Cypress Lakes® in December of 2005. Becky is truly an asset to the community, and is known as our “director of first impressions.” The fact that she loves helping all of our residents and future residents that come in the door however she can is a bonus. Becky enjoys spending time in the Florida sun with her husband and daughter, and their dog.
Tom Cain – Housing Consultant
Happily married with six grandchildren, I started working in sales for Blair Group back in 1990. I spent 14 years at our StrawBerry Ridge community, and then transferred to our Cypress Lakes® community in 2003. I love coming to work each day, and especially enjoy helping our customers. I am high energy and nothing thrills me more than selling a home!
Patty Lunski – Housing Consultant
Patty and her husband, John, are originally from Hanover Township in Northeastern Pennsylvania and are now full time residents of Cypress Lakes®. Says Patty, “We fell in love with Cypress Lakes® before we even looked at one home.”
Throughout her 10-year real estate career, which began in 2005, Patty served on her local area board of directors, was a member of the community service and public relations committees, and was recognized by her brokerage as “Top Sales Agent” year after year.
Says Patty, “I love the real estate business and have always said it is the best ‘job’ I’ve ever had. … I’m excited to be back doing what I love to do in this community I now live in and have grown to love in just the few short months we’ve been here [since June 2016].”
Come by our community today to meet Patty, as she is very eager and happy to share with you the lifestyle her and her husband enjoy day after day!
PG Holden – Housing Consultant
Originally from New Bedford, Mass., PG joined the U.S. Army as a Communications Specialist after high school while she raised her family. She later changed career paths and spent the majority of her years working for various senior care facilities that dealt with dementia-related conditions in seniors.
In 2021, PG decided to take a different path when she chose to join Team Cypress selling retirement homes here in Cypress Lakes®. “I’m now able to continue my work with seniors who just so happen to be in a different phase of their lives,” she says.
Proud mom of two sons, and a grandma to two handsome grandsons, PG enjoys spending time with her family, riding motorcycles and raising awareness/funds for US Military Veterans suicide prevention here in Polk County.
Mike Townsend – Housing Consultant
I was born in Charleston, W.V. and relocated to Florida when I was just 17 to kickoff what turned out to be a long, successful career in construction. I’ve worked on well known projects associated with Walt Disney World, Circle K, Publix, and more, and more recently led the final stages of new home construction right here in Cypress Lakes®.
After a brief leave, I decided to rejoin Cypress Lakes® following a different career path in home sales. I look forward to fulfilling the rest of my career here while enjoying my beautiful family of eight, who come second, only to God.
Leslie Croft – Marketing Coordinator at Blair Group | Lic. Real Estate Sales Associate/REALTOR® at Cypress Lakes®
Leslie left the Philadelphia suburbs in 2013 to lead the marketing and lifestyle teams at Blair Group 55+ Communities.
In early 2021, she completed schooling and received her real estate license where she now assists the ever-busy home sales team, Team Cypress, with the listing and selling of homes that are located on purchased land here in Cypress Lakes®.
“I truly enjoyed my time with Blair Group, specifically the discovery and deployment of new tools that help attract future residents from all over the US to our beautiful Central Florida communities!”
As for her latest endeavors in real estate … “I’ve enjoyed helping many wonderful retirees discover their new lifestyles and homes for years to come.”
Joshua Sult – Food & Beverage Director
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Allen Tener – Golf Shop Manager
Allen is a rare kind … a true Floridian, born and raised in Lakeland, Fla. who enjoys spending time with his three children.
Allen joined Blair Group’s team starting in the Big Cypress Pro Shop at Cypress Lakes® back in August 1998. Working here and serving the residents has always been a strong focus of Allen’s. He believes in providing stellar customer service; always striving to display a positive attitude.
“The people of Big Cypress have become my family, and I have enjoyed forming meaningful friendships and relationships through the years.”
When he’s not working or out on the links, you can most likely find Allen standing around a lake with a fishing pole in his hand, waiting for a bass to bite.
Gary Newcomb – Golf Course Superintendent
Golf Course Superintendent, Gary Newcomb is GCSAA certified and holds an Associate of Science Degree in Golf Course Operations from Lake City Community College. Gary is a Florida native with three year’s turf grass experience in Virginia. His focus is maintaining high-level playing conditions while staying committed to long term sustainability. When not working alongside his crew, Gary can be seen at the range working on his game or doing a quick turf test playing nine holes before calling it a day.
Ron Doughty – Access Control Manager
I’m originally from New Jersey but spent nearly 30 years in Georgia after a job transfer. I worked in the high-tech industry and had the opportunity to work in many countries.
After retiring, I decided to head back to the workforce where I focused my efforts in security and landed a second career with Aldi Supermarkets distribution center.
After my second career retirement in 2014, I relocated to Cypress Lakes where I later began my third career as a front gate guard. After spending five years in the role, I was promoted. … I just can’t get enough of working with people.
I found a wonderful home here in Cypress Lakes to spend my time with friends, and also my family, which both my children and grand babies happen to be close by.
Dean Zarlenga – Grounds Manager
I started doing landscape maintenance a few years after high school at the Lakeland Yacht & Country Club, and managed to land a part time gig as well working for Professor Thomas Mac of Florida Southern College where I landscaped high-end residential homes. Following that, I worked for the City of Lakeland. City layoffs wound up pushing me along my journey to landing my dream job at Cypress Lakes®. … I started at Cypress Lakes® back in 1990 and have been here ever since! I worked my way up from a lawn maintenance worker to the now Grounds Manager. I take pride in my job and can honestly say I love it. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, hiking, fishing, golfing, and of course, working in my yard.