Mingling Business and Whimsy (Bradenton
When she was a little girl Brenda Boyd used to ride with
her dad, Wilbur, all over Manatee Country as he looked at
real estate he was buying or selling.
Today, the daughter of the developer and 20-year state legislator
is adding her whimsical touches to the business he established
First there were the black and white checks bordering her
signs, repeated on antique painted furniture in her office
and reinvented as bright-colored checks on her fish logo.
Then there was the new vocabulary she invented to describe
neighborhoods in Manatee County - "agrichic" for
the decidedly un-barn like new construction on large rural
lots, "River District" for an established neighborhood
near downtown Bradenton bordered on the north by the Manatee
River, and "Coastal Living" referring to waterfront
homes that are one of the firm's specialties ('Think local,
buy coastal," is her motto).
Boyd Realty is a boutique firm that focuses on the character
and charm of niche markets, in keeping with the personality
of the broker/owner, a vivacious mother of two. The company sells properties currently on the market,
some before they got to the market, and some that never get
on the market, she says, adding, "We are not the biggest
fish in town, but we swim with the sharks every day!"
May employs 11 associates, including her daughter and daughter-in-law,
and is proud that the firm is a third-generation, family business.
The Boyd family created and built more than 25 projects in
Manatee and Sarasota counties, including the Bradenton Financial
Center downtown. Boyd realty
has handled more than 25 developments for other developers.
With an impressive list of developments and exclusive agency
agreements, the private client broker says the more personal
her sales, the better; her favorites include first-time home
buyers who are friends of her children.
She and her husband, Milt May, a former major league baseball
catcher and coach, split their time between their Riverview
Boulevard home and one on Anna Maria Island, where the company
has two offices, Catchers Marina, 5505 Marina Drive in Holmes
Beach and renovated cottage at 409 Pine Ave. Anna Maria.