Our Staff

Michael Hodges

Michael Hodges

Michael Hodges earned his BS in Accounting in 1981 from Jacksonville University and has held a real estate license in the state of Florida since October 1988. Michael worked in property management since 1990 and in 2005, he purchased a small firm, First Place Management, Inc., with 112 accounts and grew it to 400. Michael is active in the National Association of Realtors, Florida Association of Realtors, Northeast Florida Association of Realtors, National Association of Residential Property Managers, Florida Association of Residential Property Managers and the Northeast Florida Association of Residential Property Managers. He serves on several committees and chairs of FARPM. He is also involved in the Chamber of Commerce and BNI. Michael is an avid enthusiast of the Miami football program and likes spending time with his daughter, Shelby, an art psychologist.

  • PRM (Professional Residential Manager)
  • RMP (Residential Management Professional)
  • PME (Property Manager Expert)
  • MPM (Master Property Manager) 1 of 139 nationwide
  • NEFAR Property Manager of the Year (2006)

Brenda Needham

Brenda Needham

Brenda Needham is the Business Development Manager for First Place Management, Inc. where her primary responsibility is new business.

Born and raised in Jacksonville, Brenda began her real estate career in 1998 as a sales agent, quickly switching to property management after seeing so many opportunities in the industry. The desire and ability to service many customers and manage one of their most expensive assets was exciting and bringing it all together is a challenge that she enjoys. She describes property management as a job with many moving parts.

Continuing to serve on various committees and holding leadership positions while giving back many hours to her community and the property management industry, she is an active member with the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors, the Florida Association of Residential Property Managers, the National Association of Residential Property Managers, and the local Jacksonville Chapter of Northeast Florida Association of Residential Property Managers.

Brenda was nominated as sNEFAR Property Manager of the Year in 2005 and 2008. She is well known for mentoring other professional property managers and is very conscientious with regard to ethical and professional issues. When she does take time off, she spends it with her grandchildren Nikolis and Alexa.


  • PRM (Professional Residential Manager)
  • NEFAR Property Manager of the Year (2005 & 2008)

Kalen Farah

Kalen Farah

Kalen Farah has over 5 years of customer service experience and 4 years of property management experience. She continues to successfully grow with the company utilizing the skills that she demonstrates in leadership and customer service. Kalen is currently accounting and the office manager. In her free time, this Jacksonville native enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family.

James Jackson

James Jackson

James Jackson comes on board with a background in construction, plumbing and customer service. When not at First Place Management, Inc. James enjoys spending time with his two children Nikolis and Alexa.

James Hubbart

James Hubbart

My Client-First Philosophy

There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional - integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills and a high-quality professional network, all of which are hallmarks of how I work.

That said, in my experience as a Jacksonville real estate professional, I've also found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting my clients first. This means keeping myself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to your needs.

This "client first" philosophy has always been my approach and it requires me to continually improve my skills and ways of doing business. In addition, I've found that the latest technologies are enabling me to do everything I've always done, only much more quickly and efficiently. They've also helped me to extend the range of services I provide to my clients.

So when you decide that you'd like to buy or sell a home in the Jacksonville, Florida area, please contact me.

Realtor Awards & Designations

  • A Watson Realty Top 20 Producing Agent (2003-2013)
  • Previous #1 Watson Hodges Office Agent
  • Multi-Million Dollar Producer
  • 5 Star Client Satisfaction Award: 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Gold Pinnacle Award (Watson Realty)
  • Silver Pinnacle Award (Watson Realty)
  • Presidents Award (Watson Realty)
  • SRES - Senior Real Estate Specialist
  • GRI - Graduate, REALTORĀ® Institute
  • ABR - Accredited Buyers Representative
  • AHWD - At Home with Diversity
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10365 Hood Rd. South, Suite 205
Jacksonville, FL 32257

Main: (904) 246-1200
Toll Free: (800) 626-2383
Fax: (904) 241-9991

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