The Local Advantage


Jessica Cowart
Team Leader

Born and raised in Gainesville, I graduated from Buchholz High School and attended the University of Florida graduating with a degree in Advertising. I spent the next 4 years as a property manager in the Gainesville area. In 2004 I decided to follow my advertising roots and joined The Curry Team as the Marketing Director and team manager, which eventually led me to become a selling partner and Listing Agent helping achieve the #1 Sales Team at Re/Max in Gainesville in 2003-2006 and #26 Sales Team in Florida in 2006. After 3 years my husband and I decided it was time to go out on our own and joined the largest by agent count company nationwide Keller Williams and now we are in the top 10% of Keller Williams Gainesville and sit on the Associate Leadership Council.


During my first year as an agent I sold over $2 Million in sales and over the past 3 years have been involved in over 400 closings.  My main goal is assist my clients to achieve their goals and find their dreams. If you ask any of my past clients they will undoubtedly tell you I never meet a stranger and consider them all a friend. For my buyers, I pride myself on really learning what home will make their life complete and as for my sellers what price and time frame will enable them to make to most of their new surroundings.


As for our local advantage, you probably can’t find a couple with deeper roots than us. My father is a retired Fire Fighter and taught me everything I know about the Gainesville grid and neighborhood make up. I still go to him if I have a question.  My grandparents have lived behind the Millhopper Publix for over 30 years and both of my parents graduated from Gainesville High School.  I bleed orange and blue and will always call Gainesville Home.


Meet The Team


Marquis Richardson
Team Listing and Buyer's Agent

Marquis is a highly motivated former firefighter with an A.S. degree in EMS. He coaches football with the Newberry Parks and Rec center, enjoys volunteering in the community, and loves spending time with his family. Marquis is a proud father, and his oldest son is currently serving in the U.S. Marine Corp. Marquis no nonsense negotiating and heart for the community have made him one a rising star in real estate! 

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Adriana Mayaan
Buyer's Agent

Adriana is one of our realtors with a vibrant history. Being born in Argentina and raised in Israel from the age of nine, Adriana moved to the Gainesville area in 2002. Adriana has spent many years in the Real Estate industry being in property management for 15 years, and now she's turning her attention to buying and selling property. Due to her extensive history with customer care, proficiency in handling real estate matters involved with property management, and being proactive in the Gainesville area, Adriana is a top choice when it comes to agents in our region!

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anthony Davis
Team Listing and Buyer's Agent

A native Floridian and  Paramedic Fire Fighter Anthony has a background in farming and agriculture and is a member of KW land which enables Anthony to bring a wealth of knowledge about timber, land use and the area to his customers. He lives in Fort White with his wife Kelly and two children and enjoys hunting, being outdoors with his family and helping people. You will not find a friendlier guy with more local knowledge than Anthony!

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Amy Brock
Buyer’s agent

Married for 19 years, Amy  understands compromise and commitment. She is proud of the strong roots she has  grown in Gainesville and the surrounding areas, and there is no body of water in North-Central Florida that she has not visited! She was an elementary school teacher in Alachua County for 8 years before returning to Real Estate with Keller Williams Gainesville Realty Partners. She understands the daily demand put on families and strives to help make your real  estate transaction an enjoyable one.  


Shannon Bass
team leader and co-owner

Shannon was born and raised in local area and started her career in real estate with The Local Advantage as a part time assistant but quickly became multi million dollar producer her first year in full time real estate. Shannon is a mom to two beautiful children and wife to Alachua county native, Toy Bass. They have enjoyed investing and owning real estate for many years before she pursued a full time career in the business and her spunky personality and willingness to go the extra mile for her customers is what makes her one of the area’s top real estate agents! 

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Kim Mitchell
Buyer's Agent

Kim has one of the most extensive real estate profiles in our Gainesville office, with her list of accomplishments ranging from property and leasing management in Oregon to directing sales & marketing in commercial development in southern California. Kim his sold property from coast to coast including mixed-use high rises in Los Angeles to luxury waterfront properties in South Florida. Her expertise with marketing and the art of the sale makes her an extremely efficient listing agent, and she promises to make properties move! 

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Ginny Adams
Transaction coordinator

Ginny is the guardian angel  over the contract to closing  process. She keeps a watchfuleye over every transaction,  communicating with every  party, from customers,  lenders, outside agents, etc.  to ensure the buying or  selling process is expertly  administered.

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Mckensie Cowart
Marketing assistant

Mckensie is part of a real estate family including our team leader and her mother Jessica and her father Andrew who is a commercial construction project manger as well as Realtor. She is a true ACR (Alachua County Resident) and currently dual enrolled at Santa Fe College while earning her HS degree in 2019 from Newberry High School where she played varsity volleyball and lacrosse. Mckensie has been certified in all 5 Adobe applications since she was 14 and facilitates the operation manager by maintaining the teams social media, marketing and listings. Despite the fact she is the youngest member of the team she is the one we all go to for tech help and her brand a sass that come with her assistance is why we all love her!



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The Matterport camera is a tool to create 3D models that you can walk through as if you were there! It works much the same way that Google Street View does, our marketing specialist Nathan goes to the home with the camera and scans the space, each spot that you are able to stand in virtual reality is a scan taken by the camera. Once the scan is complete it is sent to the cloud were the model is processed and fine tuned. After this process is complete it is ready to be sent to the client via a link to the showcase page, or via embed here on our team website! If you don't have the time to run all over town to view multiple listings you can even walk though with a pair of virtual reality goggles! 



The DJI Mavic Pro is a small yet powerful drone that turns the sky into your creative canvas easily and without worry, helping you make every moment an aerial moment. Its compact size hides a high degree of complexity that makes it one of DJI’s most sophisticated flying cameras ever. 24 high-performance computing cores, an all-new transmission system with a 4.3mi (7km) *range, 5 vision sensors, and a 4K camera stabilized by a 3-axis mechanical gimbal, are at your command with just a push of your thumb or a tap of your finger. Using this asset we take a short video of the home advertising its most glamorous features such as large lots, conservation or waterfront property, and so on; then we take that video and post it to various social media outlets for everyone to see!

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