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.
Amy Mendez – Sales Specialist, Lic. Real Estate Broker
Amy grew up outside of Mansfield, Ohio and relocated to Florida in 2000 with her young son. Having been in most every aspect of real estate since 1986, Amy jumped right into real estate in Florida and is now a Licensed Real Estate Broker. Amy has been working with Blair Group since 2012. She says, “It has been very rewarding and have met a lot of wonderful people. It is a pleasure working with such a wonderful developer [Bob Young]; he genuinely cares about his residents and is very hands-on. Cypress Lakes® is a wonderful community that ‘sells itself,’ so that makes my job easier! When you come into our community, you will be welcomed by the residents and employees and see the pride and care we take in Cypress Lakes®. Imagine living on a resort; that’s what it is like here every day.”
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!
Mike Kelly – Listing & Rental Coordinator, Broker Associate
Mike brings more than 30 years of real estate experience to the Cypress Lakes® Sales Team. Originally from the metro area of New York/New Jersey, Mike and his wife Patti (who now works in the Big Cypress Pro Shop at Cypress Lakes®) relocated to Southwest Florida back in 2000. Shortly after, they both became licensed real estate brokers, opening an office in Cape Coral. Throughout their 10+ years as brokers, the Kelly’s became known for their excellent customer service—to both their buyers and their sellers—Mike feels communication is key.
Mike resides right here in Cypress Lakes® 55+ Community, and he and his wife love it! In a short period of time, they both realized they purchased far more than a home here, they say, “We bought a lifestyle that’s just priceless.”
Mike’s focus is educating those residents with homes for sale all about the manufactured housing industry so that they have the opportunity to get their homes ready and priced right according to the current manufactured housing market here in Central Florida.
Says Mike, “There are a number of reasons residents decide to move on from the Cypress Lakes® lifestyle, whether it be family, health, and so on, and my goal is to make the sale of your home here at Cypress Lakes® as easy as possible.” If you must go, he will help you get your home listed at the highest value possible, and along with the rest of our Sales Team, help find you a buyer in the shortest amount of time possible.
Adam Mauro – Food & Beverage Director
Adam, who currently resides in Clermont with his wife and two children, joined the Cypress Lakes® team in March 2020 bringing over 20 years of hospitality experience to the Big Cypress Grill. Some of his notable roles include serving as executive chef in Las Vegas to managing Orlando-based establishments like Graffiti Junktion, the Mission Inn and Resort, and 23 Restaurant Services, which operates several different restaurant brands like Ford’s Garage.
Iris Corujo – Activities Manager
Iris, a native of North Brunswick, N.J., is a mother of four plus three fur babies. She relocated to Clermont, Fla. in 2015 joining Team Cypress in November 2019.
Iris has a solid history of achievements in health and wellness, and her distinct passion focuses on improving overall quality of life.
Iris’ outgoing, energetic and friendly personality lends well to the role she serves. She says, “I’m open to hearing new ideas and am always striving to come up with new activities and events. So, if [our Residents] have a moment, come by to say hi!”
Allen Tener – Golf Shop Manager
Allen is a rare kind … a true Floridian, born and raised in Lakeland, Fla. Happily married to his high school sweetheart, he 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.