RAYMOND A. PLOUCHER, CCIM, is a principal in Real Estate Advisory Corp. – Tampa (R.E.A.C.T.), a full-service commercial real estate brokerage & management firm located in Tampa, Florida. Originally from Philadelphia, Ray has been actively involved in the commercial real estate market in west central Florida since 1985. He has been responsible for the sale, leasing, and redevelopment of over $70 million dollars of commercial real estate transactions. Ray is qualified in all aspects of the commercial real estate market with extensive experience in tenant representation, investment sales, site selection, property management, development & redevelopment, and acquisitions & dispositions. Ray, as an active investor in commercial real estate, has redeveloped numerous retail and office properties. Ray has represented financial institutions, national anchor tenants, freestanding national users, and office and industrial tenants.
A graduate of Temple University, Ray captained the university’s track team, while obtaining an undergraduate degree in Business Administration. In 1988 he received the CCIM designation, the highest commercial investment designation available through the National Association of Realtors, after successful completion of 240 hours of graduate level curriculum. Ray is past president of the Rotary Club of Tampa Bay, and served as a member since 1990. He has also been actively involved and past Board member of the Forest Hills Youth Baseball Association. Ray is a current member of the Florida Gulf Coast Association of Realtors, and a member of the National CCIM Institute.
THOMAS S. KRAUSE, CCIM, a principal in R.E.A.C.T., has been involved in the real estate industry his entire life. The third generation of a family involved in real estate in Ohio, Tom came to Florida in 1983 to attend Florida State University. After obtaining his undergraduate degree in real estate, he went to work for The Elmer J. Krauss Organization in Tampa. The Krauss Organization was the largest and one of the oldest industrial developers on the west coast of Florida. While there, Tom’s responsibilities included investment analysis and acquisitions, development and property management. After spending four years working in this capacity, Tom decided to focus on real estate marketing. He became a full-time broker, where he specialized in industrial and investment real estate, consistently ranking among the top brokers for the firm.
During his five years as an active broker, Tom has participated in the sale and leasing of more than $18 million dollars of commercial real estate. With the foundation of R.E.A.C.T., Tom left the Krauss Organization in 1992 with a desire to become more active as a principal in commercial investment property. R.E.A.C.T. provided an opportunity for “hands on” experience in formation, management, and disposition of investment real estate. Tom received his CCIM designation in 1996. This designation is the the highest commercial investment designation available through the National Association of Realtors, to specialists in commercial investment real estate.