Coastal Realty Services is a local family-owned company, founded in 1973. Community involvement is part of the fabric of Coastal Realty Services corporately and individually among the owners, agents, and staff. Each year Coastal Realty donates both volunteer time and money to the community-wide Relay for Life event sponsored by the American Cancer Society. It is also company policy that each time an agent sells a property, any amount of his or her commission donated toward Goodwill Easter Seals will be matched by Coastal Realty Services. Each month a check is cut to Easter Seals for the amount raised by agents for that month. In addition to active involvement with the American Cancer Society and the Goodwill Easter Seals, which benefits special needs children and their parents, our agents and staff are involved in the community in a wide variety of activities and organizations.
Bob (Robert S.) Hudgens is a co-owner of Coastal Realty Services and the son of founders Bob (Robert V.) and Edna Hudgens. Fort Walton Beach became home when Bob’s father was stationed on Eglin AFB, and then retired to the area. Bob graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School, received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from University of Florida and his MBA from University of West Florida. Bob is heavily involved in the Real Estate industry at the national and state levels serving on multiple committees and organizations affecting private property rights and improving the Real Estate industry. (Read more about this.) Locally, he served as president of the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors for 10 years and continues to be actively involved on their Board of Directors.
In addition to his political activism and leadership in the Real Estate industry, Bob is committed to giving back to his community and supporting local military personnel. He married his high school sweetheart and has three children, the youngest of which is in high school. Bob is an active band parent and church member. He currently serves as treasurer of the Choctawhatchee High School Style Marchers, of which his daughter is a member. He has also been instrumental over the past several years helping to establish a new non-traditional local church, Beachside Community Church.
Denise Hudgens Bavarian is a co-owner of Coastal Realty Services and the daughter of founders Bob and Edna Hudgens. With a father in the United States Air Force, Denise also moved around with her dad’s assignments in the military, but when her dad retired from the Air Force, Fort Walton Beach became home. She graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School and attended Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on a vocal music scholarship, earning a bachelor’s degree in business with a focus on music business. Denise was involved in sales and marketing in the convention hotel business in St. Louis, Missouri, for ten years before returning to her hometown where she has been involved in her family’s Real Estate business for over 20 years. She has earned impressive industry credentials in her own right as a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and Certified Residential Broker (CRB) as well as a Florida Real Estate Broker. Denise is an accomplished flautist and actively participates in a number of community bands and orchestras including the Eglin Ceremonial Band, which plays for special military occasions on base. She was a busy soccer mom and band mom until her son’s graduation from college, and now she enjoys traveling the world with her husband.
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Jim Anderson began his second career as a Realtor several years ago. Both he and his wife were children of military dads. They met and married in another state, but moved to the Fort Walton Beach area many years ago for Jim’s work as a member of the clergy. Their son grew up here and attended Choctawhatchee High School, and Jim’s wife is a math teacher in a local charter school. Like Bob Hudgens, Jim has been heavily involved in helping to establish a new local non-traditional church, Beachside Community Church. In addition to his local involvement, Jim loves living near the water and participates in all types of water sports and activities.
Nicole Blatt, originally from Huntington, California, graduated in the first class of women from the Air Force Academy. She was a pilot who moved up the ranks in the military to become Squadron Commander and afterward a Deputy Group Commander in the United States Air Force, retiring in 2011 with over 20 years of service. She was Commander on Eglin AFB as her last assignment and liked it so much that she stayed. Nicole became involved in Real Estate after many years of investing in property on her own, and now enjoys being on the sales end of things as well. In her free time she enjoys water skiing, hang gliding and paragliding. She also enjoys snow skiing, and something called “helicopter skiing” done in Canada in which a helicopter flies her up to the top of a mountain where no one usually skis (therefore no ski lifts or trails), and she skis down the mountain. Her daring hobbies were curtailed two years ago when Nicole became a new mom for the first time. Her current contribution to the local community includes a support group for moms, Okaloosa County Moms, which Nicole formed and manages on Facebook for the purpose sharing support and information. There are currently 200 moms participating. In addition, she began a side branch of the organization to help moms who have their own businesses in order to market and support one another.
William Creekmore is originally from Mobile, Alabama and attended Auburn University. He has lived in the Fort Walton Beach area since 1970, and has had a multi-faceted career, including teaching in our local school system for 10 years as a high school band director at Fort Walton Beach High School and later as a local store owner, with three pet stores and a hobby shop. He became involved in property management and became a Community Association Manager (CAM). He has been officially involved in Real Estate since 2007 while also continuing to work in management on Eglin AFB. William recently served his community for two years as the mayor of Mary Esther, Florida. He is an accomplished violinist and is involved in the orchestra at a church in Shalimar as well as in the Eglin Ceremonial Band. His goal is to learn how to play the electric bass.
Jason Kenyon is another newer member to the Real Estate community, having been working as an agent for just a couple of years so far. Both of Jason’s parents served in the Air Force, and retired in this area in 1995. He spent his middle and high school years in Niceville and graduated from Niceville High School. He considers this area HOME and enjoys paddle boarding, fishing, and all things water. Jason himself also serves in the Air Force as a reserve officer, which requires a commitment of one weekend per month. In addition to his active military service, Jason is a Relay for Life volunteer through Coastal Realty Services.
Kevin Krueger moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1978 and has been involved in Real Estate since 1988. His daughter is heavily involved in the traveling volleyball team and the beach volleyball team at Choctawhatchee High School, which makes Kevin a busy volleyball dad. He is also an active member of the Auburn University Alumni association. He enjoys playing golf at the many municipal and local courses in his free time.
Sue Laushine and her husband are both retired officers in the United States Air Force. They moved to the area in 1991, and after four assignments here, retired to the area. Sue and her husband are active in the community as members of the Krewe of Bowlegs. (The Billy Bowlegs Festival is held annually in Fort Walton Beach to celebrate the history of the founding of our town, supposedly by a pirate of that name). The year 2014 was the 60th year, the Diamond Jubilee, of the festival, and Sue was named the Queen of Bowlegs, a very prestigious honor. As Queen, she and her Krewe represent Fort Walton Beach at other festivals around the Panhandle of Florida as well as in other states. In addition to her involvement in the community, Sue is a competitive ballroom dancer.
Tara McKinney was born in Pensacola, Florida, and graduated from the University of West Florida with an undergraduate degree in Business Management. There she met her husband and together they took on the ever-changing role of a military family. After 15 years traveling the US, which has included 7 moves, they are finally back home on the Panhandle. Tara decided to join the family of Coastal Realty Services lending her years of experience in customer service to a career in real estate. She is also a dedicated military wife and mother to two children, who spends her spare time volunteering on base and at her children’s activities.
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Janet Bishop was born in New Jersey into an Air Force family. When she was in the 9th grade, her dad was stationed at Eglin Air Force Base. She graduated from Niceville High School and calls this area home. In fact, she is currently involved in planning the 40th class reunion for NHS. Both of her daughters graduated from Choctawhatchee High School before going on to college, and both still live in the area along with her 93 year-old-mom. Janet has been involved in the Real Estate industry in a number of areas including mortgage lending, real estate development, and worked for a real estate attorney. For the past 12 years Janet has been a part of the team at Coastal Realty Services. She is a volunteer with the annual Relay for Life event. Janet also plays the clarinet in a local church orchestra as well as in special programs at other churches when needed. In her free time, Janet enjoys kayaking and fishing. In fact, in 2013 she won 2nd place in the Destin Fishing Rodeo, a local charity event. Her catch was a 4.2 pound Spanish mackerel.
Joe Capelotti was born in Hampton, Virginia, but calls the Emerald Coast home. United States Air Force Master Sergeant Capelotti served from 1983 until 2009, and retired to this area. He has been involved in Real Estate since then. Joe was the 2014 Event Chair for the local Relay for Life event for the American Cancer Society. He invests a great deal of time in this event every year. In addition to his work in real estate and his volunteer work, Joe is an avid yolo-boarder.
Kara Capelotti, Joe’s daughter, and a “military brat” was born in Mt. Olive, North Carolina, but moved to Fort Walton Beach in 2002 and graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School. She started out in Real Estate in 2009 working at the front desk of Coastal Realty Services, and has worked her way up, earning her Real Estate license in 2011. She is a volunteer with the annual Relay for Life event.
Tyler Capelotti, Joe’s son, and also a “military brat” lived in North Carolina, Germany, and then Florida as his dad received new assignments in the USAF. Tyler moved to the area in 1994, and was a member of the inaugural class at the Collegiate High School, a charter school on the campus of Northwest Florida State College. After earning his bachelor’s degree from University of Central Florida, Tyler returned to the area, and has been involved in Real Estate for about four years so far. He was this year’s Volunteer Coordinator for Relay for Life, and has invested a lot of time in the event annually. Tyler enjoys the beach and the outdoors in his free time.
Carryl Gibb moved to the Fort Walton Beach area in 1968 when his dad was assigned to Eglin AFB. He was in the 8th grade at the time, attending Pryor Middle School followed by Niceville High School. After finishing college in central Missouri and working there for a time, he returned to Fort Walton Beach. He has been working in the Real Estate industry for about 16 years. He is involved in the local Methodist church and volunteers with the Chrysalis youth program for his denomination.
Angelica Pazmino is originally from Colombia and is bilingual. She is one of the smiling faces you’ll see as you walk into the front office at Coastal Realty Services. In addition to serving as a volunteer with Coastal Realty’s Relay for Life team, she is a band mom busy with her son at Fort Walton Beach High School. She is also involved at her church with the annual Vacation Bible School outreach.
Steven Rodriquez is originally from Texas, but like many of the staff members at Coastal Realty Services, his father was in the United States Air Force and moved frequently with his family. Steven’s dad was stationed at Eglin AFB in 1995, and Steven grew up in the area, graduating from Niceville High School. He loved the area and decided to stay and raise his own family here. Now a father of two, he enjoys his job in Real Estate and volunteers with Coastal’s annual Relay for Life team.
Courtney Weeks is our Maintenance Director here at Coastal Realty Services. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but split her growing up years equally between Baltimore and Niceville. She graduated from Niceville High School and calls this area HOME. She has been in management her entire adult life, and particularly in rental management for the past 10 years. Courtney is the busy mother of two sons, both of whom are now students at Northwest Florida State College. She is an excellent cook and a football fanatic.