Our Team

Listing a premier property with Judy Kepecz-Hays ensures professional service and satisfying results! with over 40 years in the Real Estate industry, her talent is in equal part instinct and experience. She has achieved her goals and earned Coldwell Banker’s most prestigious award, the Legend of Society for 9 years in a row. This award is presented to the top .5% for all Coldwell Banker Realtors worldwide. The Judy Kepecz-Hays Team has established an extensive network of Realtors in several European countries, which has resulted in a number of leads and has helped Judy’s team to sell over $173 million in the last 2 years and 5 months. Career Sales to date is over $2.2 Billion! Judy is aware that marketing and networking are the keys to success. If you are thinking of selling, look no further than Judy Kepecz-Hays.


Since 1978, Judy has developed a thriving real estate business with clients from all over the world. Judy’s talent is equal part instinct and experience. She worked with Arvida until they had no more land to develop on Longboat Key. 

She has earned Coldwell Banker’s prestigious award, the Legend Society for 10 years. Her primary focus is waterfront and luxury properties in Sarasota and Her Islands including Longboat Key, Lido Key, Bird Key, downtown Sarasota, Siesta Key, and Casey Key.


Steven has been in real estate for 18 years. He moved to Longboat Key in 1978 and has 2 children. He is an avid Golfer and Tennis player and has been a driving force on both the
Ethics Committee and the MLS Development Committee.


Steven specializes in luxury new development in addition to luxury waterfront property located on Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armand’s Circle, Siesta Key, Anna Maria Island, Casey Key and downtown Sarasota.


Gabe transitioned into real estate sales over 23 years ago from the architecture profession. He has a Masters Degree in Architecture and Engineering from the University of Chicago, Illinois campus.

 Gabe is an avid sailor and a member of the Sarasota Yacht Club. Specializing in luxury waterfront property located on Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armand’s Circle, Siesta Key, Anna Maria Island, Casey Key and downtown Sarasota.


Deborah Manasco has been in real estate since 2012. She has joined Judy’s team from the Coldwell Banker Venice/Englewood branch where she worked as the assistant branch manager helping to lead approximately 113 independent sales associates and bringing the team to top 12 in the country.

Prior to that, she was a broker-to-broker referral coordinator/relocation specialist for Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate working with over 1000 agents out of Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Prior to real estate, Deborah served as Corporate Development Director for Family Home Health Services offices covering Florida, Michigan, and Ohio and leading the company with her sales teams.


Charles partnered with his father Gabe in 2001 after working on Wall Street. He has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of South Florida with a focus in Real Estate and Accounting.

 Charles specializes in luxury new development in addition to luxury waterfront property located on Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armand’s Circle, Siesta Key, Anna Maria Island, Casey Key and downtown Sarasota.


Jenifer Elliott is our Licensed Closing Coordinator. As a Sarasota native she has worked as a Real Estate admin for 4 years after being an active Realtor for a total of 12 years. Her 9 years’ experience as a Legal Assistant and Closer, as well as a former Home Inspection company owner, prepared her for your closing. Before starting her Real Estate career, Jenifer was a flying trapeze artist for 14 years and now enjoys spending her spare time with her 2 rescue dogs and 4 grandchildren.


Victoria Newman (Tory) was raised in the Philadelphia/Main line area and lived there and on Block Island as a youth. She moved to Boston in 1976 to begin a lengthy career in the travel industry. In 2005, she relocated to Longboat Key.

 Tory is a board member of the Longboat Key Garden Club and the Buttonwood Harbour homeowners’ association. She is an avid photographer and travels extensively with her husband, John.


Lori is from Minnesota and worked as a top sales producer in the Medical and Pharmaceutical industry. She has lived in Sarasota for almost 20 years. Her extensive knowledge has helped many transition to life in Sarasota. Her passion for helping others while catering to their needs has made her an invaluable resource. She is excited to be part of the Kepecz-Hays Team. In addition to Real Estate, Lori has written a cookbook and has been featured on national and regional television.


Janette Schafer has been a real estate broker for 16 years owning her own brokerage. She understands the caliber of professional service and personal attention it takes to satisfy her real estate clients. Rest assured that this highly experienced, attentive agent will always be available to answer your questions, manage solutions to challenges that may arise, provide guidance in your best interests, and support your transaction with a comprehensive selection of tools, resources and support staff.

Veronika Humphreys

Veronika Humphreys is the Global Marketing & Licensed Publication Coordinator to Judy Kepecz-Hays. Orignally from Munich, Germany, she moved to Sarasota in March 2011. Coming to the US with only two suitcases and her cat, Veronika was ready to start a new and exciting chapter of her life after winning the Green Card lottery in 2009 unexpectedly.


The newest member of our team brings several years’ experience in the real estate industry. Since 2010 George was a realtor for Douglas Elliman Real Estate in New York representing a diverse clientele of buyers and sellers. He is also an experienced transaction coordinator having worked for an investment firm/mortgage servicer just outside Washington DC, facilitating the liquidation of properties from listing to closing. More recently, he has worked in property management handling both seasonal and annual rental properties which has added to his real estate background.  In George’s free time he enjoys spending time with his family, partner and being out in the sunshine whether the beach, pool or gym.

George holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the City University of New York.

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