Meet Our Team
Robert B. Young – President of Blair Group
Mr. Young has been in the commercial and resident real estate industries since graduating with his MBA from the Wharton School in 1973. Initially working in commercial real estate lending for Citibank of New York, he went on to act as general contractor, and Vice President of Marketing and Operations for a regional developer located in Southwest Florida.
Mr. Young is the former president of the Florida Manufactured Housing Association and currently serves on the executive committee. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, Manufactured Housing Institute and the National Communities Council.
Since 1987, Mr. Young has operated his own regional real estate development and investment firm, Blair Group … one of Florida’s largest developers of affordable active adult communities.
Over the last 30+ years, Mr. Young has designed and built 12 active adult retirement communities throughout the state, providing high-quality manufactured homes at an easily affordable price.
Blair Group has been awarded Developer of the Year and its Lakeland-based 55+ community, Cypress Lakes, has been voted Number One Community in the United States by the Manufactured Housing Congress year over year.
Cyndi King – Chief Operating Officer
Originally from Southern California, Cyndi came to Florida in 1983. She first started in the manufactured housing industry in 1984, spending 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 5,000+ homes in Active Lifestyle 55+ Communities, managing every Blair Group community, and currently overseeing all five locations as acting COO. She also oversees all marketing and advertising for the communities and company.
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.
Leslie Croft – Marketing Coordinator & Lifestyle Consultant
Leslie is originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia having made the move to join Blair Group’s team as Marketing Coordinator back in 2013. Since that time she’s grown a family of five all of whom “make the daily grind worth it!”
Leslie has a BA in journalism/communications with additional certifications in traditional, web and social media marketing. Additionally, she holds a real estate sales associate license. To date, her marketing/sales career has been quite diverse, which has provided her with a solid understanding of the multiple facets of business operations.
She says, “I’m lucky to have gotten an opportunity to work for such an exceptional company made up of some pretty great individuals.”
Sue Childs – Lifestyle Consultant
My husband and I are originally from the Ohio-Great Lakes area, but we’ve also spent time in Georgia and Indiana. We retired eight years ago and chose to move to the beautiful Florida community of Cypress Lakes. We knew when we drove through the gates that it was exactly what we were looking for.
Cypress Lakes is a well planned community with two beautiful golf courses and many other warm-weather activities that we take part in. We’ve developed a number of wonderful friendships with our neighbors, and feel blessed to be surrounded by happy, caring people not to mention the beautiful views and sunsets. I love waking up to the sunshine and the birds singing every day!
Not only do I live here, but I work here, too. For over seven years now, I’ve been working in Blair Group’s marketing department and it’s given me the opportunity to learn so much, while having fun as I share with people about the lifestyle and all that we have to offer. It’s just easy to talk about what great communities we have.
Joanne Miceli – Lifestyle Consultant
Joanne and her husband hail from the great state of New York, and it’s written all over her accent. Not only does she work part time in the marketing office for Blair Group, but Joanne has lived in our Cypress Lakes 55+ Community for the past seven years, and in her words is, “Loving it.”
Joanne truly enjoys helping people on the hunt for a community since she was in their shoes not too long ago. She also enjoy music and dancing. … You’re likely to find her at many of the concerts/dances put on at Cypress Lakes.
Excited by helping others find their happy places, Joanne and her husband are extremely happy with their decision to retire to Cypress Lakes!
Janice LaVare – Lifestyle Consultant
My husband and I are from upstate New York. We retired to Cypress Lakes in 2014 … never to shovel snow again!
We spent over 20 years vacationing in Aruba but living here now, we no longer feel the need. Cypress Lakes is as beautiful as any island; plus we’ve met and made such wonderful friends here.
I worked for over 20 years in the advertising industry; and an additional five was spent working for a reputable manufactured home builder here in Florida. When the opportunity came along to work for Blair Group’s Lifestyle Team, I couldn’t pass it up! I work where I live and am so happy to help others find their piece of paradise in one of our five communities. We have a great team so it really isn’t like work at all!