Rutland Commercial Florida Gulf Group provides skilled commercial real estate representation in St. Petersburg and the surrounding region.  Rutland helps investors, developers, and businesses acquire, develop, and lease commercial property. The firm’s deep roots in St. Pete real estate are reflected its commitment to making deals that make the most sense for the community, looking at the uses that will continue to grow and add value to St. Petersburg for generations to come.

Melissa Rutland
CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member)
Rutland Florida Gulf Group

For more than two decades, Melissa Rutland has matched investors and real estate properties in sophisticated commercial real estate transactions. A St. Pete native whose family has been involved in real estate for four generations, she specializes in off-market investment and development properties. Melissa expertly identifies acquisitions for investment and development, including land assemblages. She also negotiates leases for expanding businesses, large franchises, and multi-tenant complexes. Her favorite types of transactions are those that requires a lot of creativity.

Melissa is experienced in consulting, investment, valuation, asset management, construction, development, design, financing, property management and tenancy, including historic downtown commercial properties. She has closed transactions for a variety of property types, such as hotel, restaurant, retail, self-storage, industrial, undeveloped land, office, multifamily, and agricultural.

Melissa received her bachelor’s degree from Flagler College and was one of 30 women selected to take part in the Women’s Executive Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton School. She is active in the CCIM Institute, which designates leading experts in commercial investment real estate, as well as in NAIOP and the Urban Land Institute.  In addition, Melissa’s commitment to the community shines in her volunteer work. She serves on the board of the YMCA of the St. Petersburg Area and the Downtown Partnership.