The Team


Deborah WardDeborah Ward, Lead Listing Specialist       

An Ireland native, Deborah owned and operated several successful businesses with her husband before they won a Visa lottery, allowing them a move to the U.S. to spread their wings in the Sunshine State. Having been in the real estate business for many years, she firmly believes that customers benefit most from a customer service oriented team format, and is very happy to be with a company that is so supportive of this concept. Deborah is a multi-million dollar producing agent, and works as our Lead Listing Specialist – ensuring that Deborah Ward & Associates sellers are kept informed and that their property is kept at the forefront of the market. Having benefited from the training of real estate greats, Deborah brings a variety of business expertise and real estate wisdom to the team and her clients.


Deborah WardJill Long, Listing Specialist   


 Jill is one of the most dedicated, committed and educated real estate agents working in the Pinellas County area.   She is a broker associate, is licensed in Florida, North Carolina and Georgia and has earned multiple designations including Accredited Relocation Specialist and Accredited Buyers Representative.  She is a certified in  short sales and foreclosure transactions.  Jill is a previous committee member of  the Women’s Council of Realtors where she was an Education Chairperson, which put her on the front line of all the changes and growth in our area.  Jill has been an outstanding performer over the past 15 years with multi-million dollar sales every year.  When you choose Jill, you get 20 years of experience in remodeling and interior design to help you stage your home for a fast sale at the highest price.  Jill constantly maintains the reputation of being service-oriented and prides herself in really listening  and understanding her clients’ needs.  If you are looking for knowledge, experience, professionalism and quality personal service, you are  


Deborah WardPat Sidwell, Buyer Specialist    


Pat is originally from Delaware and has been enjoying the pleasures of Largo for over 2 years. Pat graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Processes/Gerontology and also earned a Master of Science in Human Service Administration/Gerontology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Pat has over 20 years experience working in Nursing Home Administration where her responsiblities, skills and experience give her a strong base for her real estate career. Most importantly, her background in customer-focused, people-oriented and timely communication services are exactly what a good real estate professional needs! When licensed as a real estate agent, she continued her education working with seniors and was trained and certified by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors and certified in real estate as a Mature Move Specialist. She is a long-time member of the Alzheimer’s Association serving on committees and as a guest speaker for support groups and annual family and professional caregiver conferences.


Deborah WardMike Barrett, GRI, Buyer Specialist   

Mike was born in Boston and raised in upstate New York until his last year of high school. He moved to Tennessee where he finished high school at Bearden High in Knoxville. Later he attended the University of Tennessee and East Tennessee State University where he graduated with a BS degree in Business Management. After college Mike volunteered for the Peace Corps and spent two years in Swaziland Africa as a small business consultant to the local tradesmen. Returning to the United States, Mike lived in North Carolina where he pursued a career in resort management and ski school operations at Ski Beech NC. Mike moved to Palm Harbor, Florida in the late 1980’s. He maintained a career as a manufacturer’s representative for Bauer Nike Hockey and as a territory manager for Nike’s inline roller hockey and ice skating division for the state of Florida. In 2003 Mike chose to make a career change and acquired his real estate license. Mike brings a customer-focused attitude along with his business training and education to find his client’s their dream home

Deborah WardSusan Wendling, Showing Specialist



Born and raised in Kettering, Ohio, Susan has lived in Pinellas County for over 20 years. She and her husband (and two Labrador Retrievers) enjoy fishing, gardening and relaxing at the beach. Her professional history includes 25+ years in various roles in Human Resources for large companies such as AT&T and Lucent Technologies as well as smaller organizations. Working with employees who were relocating throughout the country provided her an introduction to the exciting the world of real estate. Susan’s career in HR has enabled her to develop numerous skills that are invaluable to a real estate agent. You’ll find that Susan is very focused on listening to her customers needs and building strong relationships. She provides her customers with honest feedback, attention to detail and a “customer- focused” way of doing business. Susan takes her profession as a Real Estate Associate very seriously and conducts business with honesty and integrity. Exceeding her customers expectations as well as her own, is key. “My customer’s confidence and trust is the highest compliment I can receive. It would be my privilege to be your business partner.”


Tara JacobsenTara Jacobsen, Marketing Maniac       

Tara has been marketing obsessed for YEARS! In the .com heyday she worked at Digital Chainsaw as the Executive Producer of Web Design and Development and since then has become a successful realtor and rolled that into owning her own marketing company. As Marketing Artfully’s owner she has acquired a huge following of small business owners and others with an interest in marketing. She is an amazing resource of information and is constantly working on obtaining more through networks, masterminds, and teaching opportunities. Together with Mary Dado of Business Writing Inc., Tara has created the most comprehensive client contact program available on the market today- the Thrive System. If marketing is your hot button, Tara is your girl!


Star Title PartnersMimi Patrick, General Manager
Star Title Partners, LLC    

itle insurance is unique and so are we! We integrate our premier customer service into your real estate transaction. Our highly skilled and experienced team works efficiently and accurately to ensure that you are able to proceed with this all important purchase or sale. It is as important to us as it is to you.     


Brian P ForresterBrian P. Forrester, Vice President of Loan Origination
Tri-County Mortgage Corporation

Brian’s financial career is founded in the banking industry where he is very highly regarded and enjoys an impeccable reputation. His knowledge and perseverance has enabled thousands of people to become homeowners. Over the past two years Brian placed in the top 5% of his company due to the number of transactions completed and the caliber of customer service he provided. He brings such integrity and reliability to his profession that Brian’s base clientele is comprised primarily of friends and family of past and present clients. These values are at the cornerstone of Tri County Mortgage Corporation’s philosophy. It is predicated on the “customer for life” principle. When Brian decided to transition into the world of correspondent lending brokerage, the obvious choice was Tri County Mortgage for just this reason. This is the pledge he and this company has made, to do their best every day to assist people through the process.    








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