Meet the Staff

Jim Jacob, Licensed Real Estate BrokerJames C. Jacob, Jr., CCIM

Licensed Real Estate Broker

Jim Jacob was born in Tampa, Florida on August 2, 1956, and was raised in the Tampa area, attending Gorrie, Wilson and Plant public schools. Mr. Jacob received a BS degree in Business Administration from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina in 1978. After graduation from college, Mr. Jacob served on active duty as an armor officer in the United States Army. Upon leaving the Army in 1983, Mr. Jacob supervised new home construction and lot development for General Homes in Tampa. In 1985, Mr. Jacob obtained his general contractor’s license and real estate salesman’s license while he was head of the Land Division of Resource Capital Corporation. In 1986 Mr. Jacob joined the firm of Preston & Farley, Inc., Realtors, where he specialized in property management, commercial investment brokerage and land brokerage. Mr. Jacob is an associate member of the Urban Land Institute, is a member of the local and state Realtor organizations and holds the CCIM designation from the Realtor’s National Marketing Institute of the National Association of Realtors. An Eagle Scout, Mr. Jacob supports the Boy Scouts of America, is an elder in the Presbyterian Church, is Board President of ACTS, former President of Florida Commercial Brokers Network and is active in a variety of other civic, social and professional organizations.

Kathleen D. Jacob

In 1979, Kathy began her advertising and marketing career at Louis Benito Advertising working with a variety of clients including McDonald’s Restaurants, General Telephone Company, the Tampa Port Authority and Paramount Pictures. In late 1983, Kathy accepted a position with Wendy’s International Restaurants as their Regional Marketing Manager for the Southeastern United States and Caribbean where she handled both company and franchise markets. In 1987, Kathy joined Creative Directions, a real estate advertising firm, to pursue her interest in real estate marketing. While with Creative Directions, the agency was purchased by Benito Advertising, and Kathy was Senior Account Executive handling the Jack Nicklaus golf course communities throughout the United States, Talquin Development Scarborough-Sembler Developments, Ibis Golf & Country Club in West Palm Beach, The Oaks in Sarasota County, and many smaller projects. In March, 1991, Kathy left Benito Real Estate to join Jacob Real Estate Services where she is responsible for marketing planning and tracking of all of our client’s for sale and for lease opportunities.

Lorraine Thomas

Lorraine graduated from the University of Florida with a masters in Finance and a minor in Economics. Over the past 15 years, Lorraine has established an excellent reputation for results and quality of service in the Florida property management communities. Her career managing residential and commercial properties include multi-family management, working for a developer controlled HOA and COA with 77 units, audited ledgers, created rules and regulations, policies, websites and handling all maintenance and janitorial staff. Lorraine also managed luxury high rise condominium communities as an onsite manager, established budgets, analyzing cash flows and working from the ground up with new communities. Lorraine has also handled medical office buildings, restaurants, retail centers and high rise office buildings. She is a licensed real estate agent, a licensed community association manager as well as a member of the National Association of Residential Property Managers and the Community Associations Institute.

Yvette Chevallier

Yvette joined the Jacob Real Estate Services family a year ago and comes with a large amount of background and experience. She graduated from the University of South Florida and is responsible for all monthly and annual financial statements, review of monthly performance of all accounts and accounts payable and receivable management. Yvette also supervises the timely reporting and payment of all local, state and federal taxes and the annual 1099 and 1096 preparations. She handles over 52 property management and escrow accounts to include income and expenses and is well versed with property insurance requirements, payroll and has an expert skill set for QuickBooks, e-Quantum, CMAS, SAP, PowerPoint and Peachtree.


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