Robert Hudgens
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I can honestly say, I've learned the real estate business from the ground up. In the afternoons after high school, I'd dig post holes in the front yards of new listings, mow yards and paint for my parents new real estate office. After going to the University of Florida and earning my degree in Business Computer Science and then the University of West Florida earning my Master's degree in Business Administration, I received my salesperson's real estate license and then soon thereafter my broker's license in 1985. Since then I've worked every aspect of a general real estate brokerage business. I've also participate in local, state and national Realtor association leadership and advocacy. I love to fly general aviation and am currently working on my Instrument rating.
  • Florida Real Estate Broker
  • Florida Association of REALTORS, 2006 Secretary
  • Florida Association of REALTORS, 2008 Treasurer
  • Florida Association of Realtors Director
  • Florida District 9 Vice President National Association of Realtors Director
  • Emerald Coast Association of Realtors, Past President 2001
  • Emerald Coast Association of Realtors  Secretary/Treasurer 2 years
  • University of Florida, Computer Science Business Administration
  • University of Florida, Masters of Business Administration
Denise Hudgens Bavarian
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My parents began working in real estate when I attended Fort Walton Beach High School.. I suppose you could say I was raised in real estate. As a young person, I painted apartments, cleaned and helped in the office. All topics of real estate were discussed around the dinner table. In 1993 I returned to the Fort Walton Beach/Destin area and began working real estate in earnest. Having been in the large convention hotel business for a number of years, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the fact, I loved it. Twenty five years later I still love it. I have an extensive background in real estate investing, development, sales, property management and office management.
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
  • Certified Residential Broker (CRB)
  • Member of ECAR Board of Realtors MLS Tour   Director
  • Member of Women's Council of Realtors
  • Member of National Association of Realtors
  • Eglin AFB Ceremonial Band Manager  Christian Symphonic Band
  • Belmont University Alumni Nashville, TN
Tyler "Ty" Whaley
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I'm Ty, stepping in as the new CEO at Coastal Realty Services, a position that fills me with both immense pride and a deep sense of responsibility. My introduction to real estate started right here, with hands-on tasks like assembling for-sale signs, mowing lawns, pressure washing rental properties, and handling front desk duties. These early experiences laid the foundation for my understanding of our business and instilled in me the value of hard work.<.

Before returning as CEO, my career journey took me through various sectors, including technology, finance, and healthcare. I led Artificial Intelligence product strategy at 5/3 Bank and managed IT Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance, focusing on AI and other advanced technologies. My tenure at GE Aviation as a Senior Technical Product Manager, where I oversaw large dataset processing and analytics, honed my technical and leadership skills.

Now, as I take the helm at Coastal Realty Services, I'm not just excited about the future; I'm deeply honored to continue the legacy my grandparents built, and which my uncle and mother transformed into the organization it is today. Learning from their experiences, wisdom, and the values they've instilled in the business is something I look forward to every day. Their examples of leadership and commitment to our community are the benchmarks I aim to uphold and build upon.