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 – Vice President of Operations
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 VP of Operations. 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. “I’m lucky to have gotten this opportunity to work for such a great company full of dedicated people.”
Leslie’s BA is in journalism/communications and she has additional certifications in traditional, web and social media marketing. To date, her marketing career has been quite diverse, which has provided her with a solid understanding of the multiple facets of business, both internal and external.
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!
Vicki Heise – Lifestyle Consultant
My husband and I have lived in New Jersey, Ohio, Illinois and Texas before finally settling down here in Florida at Cypress Lakes.
With an extensive background in customer service and having a helping nature, I am happy to assist you in finding the right lifestyle for you at one of our communities. Each community has its own features that provide you with a wide variety of options from which to choose.
I love the absence of snow, the daily sunny skies, my great neighbors and all the things to do, both here at Cypress Lakes as well as in the rest of Florida – from the Gulf to the Atlantic, and from the Panhandle to Key West. Come join us and live the great Florida lifestyle!
Julie O’Hara – Lifestyle Consultant
After my first visit to Florida, this Big Sky Country Montana girl was ready for another adventure, not to mention warmer weather!
My love affair with Florida is comprised of the ocean, Disney World, the vibrant cities of Tampa and Orlando, and of course my neighborhood of Cypress Lakes in beautiful Lakeland.
I’ve worked as an administrative assistant in both public and private sectors, and have experience in marketing and retail, so I was very excited for the opportunity to work for Blair Group Communities. Not only is Cypress Lakes part of Blair Group Communities, but because I live here, I’m able to walk or ride my bike to work. … Did I mention that I can swing by one of our pools for a quick dip before heading home for the evening, too?