EDUCATION AND AWARDS Elise Beard is a proud University of Florida Gator graduate, has a MBA and has spent nearly 25 years in all areas of real estate - with experience in corporate asset management, acquisition and development, shopping center management, auditing, and her current specialty of luxury and investment real estate. She holds designations as a Realtor, Loss Mitigation Specialist, and Certified Property Manager (inactive). Elise has been recognized by Watson as a top producer, earning the Silver Pinnacle sales award for being in the top 5% of all sales agents and was featured in The Jacksonville Business Journal "Book of Lists" as the #16 real estate agent in Jacksonville. BACKGROUND: Elise grew up in Jacksonville and graduated from Wolfson High School, the University of Florida and the University of North Florida (MBA). After college, she moved to Ponte Vedra and planted roots. Outside of the office, Elise is a Leadership Jacksonville alumnae and member of the Ponte Vedra Chamber of Commerce and Palms Presbyterian Church. She has been a past board member of the Gateway Girl Scout Council, The Florida Ballet and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. She also founded the St Johns County Junior Miss - a scholarship program that recognizes bright and talented senior high school girls with money for college -and in the two years she ran the program, it awarded over $10,000 of college scholarships. INTERESTS: Elise is an athlete and entertainer at heart and has been a lifelong fitness and cycling instructor. She actually took a P.E. class every semester in college! You'll find her teaching "Cycle Rock-n-Roll" and "Celebrity Fitness" classes at the Winston Family YMCA and previously at The Ponte Vedra Club and The Lodge, where she has made many fantastic friends. Elise is a passionate person and has abundant enthusiasm that extends (over-extends many times!) to all areas of her life. In her spare time she loves reading (a lot), cooking (sometimes), and eating out (always). She hates to clean. She thinks DVR is a miracle. Real estate is her ministry and she strives to live and work with integrity and character. Her mantra is Carpe Diem ~ Seize the Day! Elise married her high school sweetheart, Murray, also a Gator graduate and her real estate partner. Murray is a past "Red Coat" (volunteer chairman) of The Players. He is also a tireless youth leader and session member of their church. Murray is both a Leadership Florida and Leadership Jacksonville graduate. PERSONAL: Elise & Murray have two children. Laura is a University of Florida graduate with a piano major, masters of business and law degree. She was proud to be the 2011 Miss University of Florida and elected to the Hall of Fame, with such other famous leaders as Steve Spurrier. Laura is currently clerking for an 9th Circuit Federal Appellate Court Judge in Seattle, WA. Son Max graduated from Nease High School where he was an active four year Navy ROTC member and a third degree black belt in Taekwondo. Max was an active volunteer at The Players Golf Tournament and received Standard Bearer of the Year Award. He received a nomination to the Naval Academy but when not accepted, opted for a gap year in Japan as a Rotary Youth Exchange student. He returned to the good ole' USA and is now attending the University of North Florida. His current major is bio-medical and he hopes to a doctor of some kind.