Our Team

Never too busy for you!

The success of the Susie Kirkland Team is a team effort. Susie Kirkland is the skilled leader of this award winning team. Tara Blankenship provides the best service for your real estate buying needs! Jon Russell & Lee Warren keep our team up-to-date with the latest & greatest in advertising, technology, & unique marketing experiences. Together we are an unstoppable force in the Destin real estate market.

Susie Kirkland

Team Leader

Susie Kirkland has been selling real estate for 53 years. She is originally from Louisville, KY, and she attended college at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. Susie is a Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI). She has consistently been rated as the #1 agent with RE/MAX Southern Realty since 1996 in the Destin. She was #9 in the State of Florida with RE/MAX in 2003, #10 in the state in 2004, #9 in the state in 2011, and #9 in the state in 2012. She is also rated in the Top 1% of all Realtors in the local Association of Realtors. In 2015 she received one of the most prestigious awards with RE/MAX, Circle of Legends. In 2021, she moved to EXP Realty, LLC and took only one year for her to make one of EXP Realty’s top award, Icon Agent.  Currently she & her team are working under LPT Realty LLC where she will continue to excel and move her team forward.

Tara Blankenship

Buyer’s Agent

Tara is a Midwest native, born and raised in Illinois. Tara graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2003. After vacationing along the Emerald Coast her entire life, Tara and her husband Chad decide to move to Destin in 2009. With nearly 20 years of experience working in sales she decided to move into real estate. Whether you are looking for a family home, second home or an investment property, she is ready to find you the perfect property! When Tara is not working you will find her with her 3 daughters and probably doing something crafty. And you may have seen her and her family on HGTV’s House Hunters.

Jon Russell

Licensed Assistant

Jon is from Niceville, FL and joined Susie’s team in 2004. As Assistant to Susie & Tara, he is always available. Jon keeps the girls in good working order. He is a computer wiz and ensures that the newest technologies and equipment are used by the team. He handles advertising and ensures maximum exposure through internet presence, print advertising, and designs flyers for listed properties.  With over 19 years of real estate & technical experience he can help with almost any of your real estate needs.

Lee Warren

Creative Director

Lee has been The Susie Kirkland Team for 10 years.  Originally from Santa Rosa Beach, FL and is the newest addition to our team with over 26 years of experience in graphic design and advertising. He is our in house photographer and is a commercial licensed drone pilot. Lee has always had a passion for the arts whether it be graphic, cooking, or sculpture and has even owned his own restaurant in Grayton Beach, FL. If you don’t find him doing something artistic, he will be fishing in our beautiful Gulf Coast waters.