When Dwight Blissard formed Blissard Management & Realty, Inc. in 1981, the concept of a business devoted exclusively to property management was little more than an interesting notion in Central Arkansas. Beginning with a small inventory of residential and commercial properties and with Mr. Blissard at the helm as president, Blissard Management & Realty, Inc. has burgeoned from a fledgling start-up company to become one of the twenty largest property management businesses in Arkansas today.
With the perfect blend of training and work experience, Mr. Blissard was uniquely qualified to pioneer the field of property management. After graduating from Mississippi State University with a business degree, he served as a bank examiner and then as a stock broker before transitioning into real estate sales in the Central Arkansas area. He began his real estate career in residential sales at the Rector Phillips Morse Company and subsequently held the position of Vice President of Leasing for General Properties before returning to RPM to sell commercial real estate.
At that point in his career, Mr. Blissard began to explore the possibility of opening his own business; one that would utilize his extensive financial and real estate experience. He decided that his background and the relatively new field of property management would be a perfect fit, and Blissard Management & Realty, Inc. was born. The focus from the beginning was to furnish all managed properties with a full array of services from leasing and bookkeeping to 24-hour maintenance.
Today, Mr. Blissard and his seasoned staff of professionals can boast that collectively, they have more than 70 years of property management experience at Blissard Management & Realty, Inc. That level of experience and continuity in personnel gives Blissard Management & Realty, Inc. the edge in meeting the day-to-day challenges inherent in the property management business.
Currently, the portfolio of Blissard Management & Realty, Inc. comprises of 50% commercial and 50% residential properties. The company's accounts include office buildings, shopping centers, mini-warehouse complexes, condominium and property owner associations, apartment complexes, and single-family residences. Blissard Management & Realty, Inc. boasts a customer base buoyed by a significant number of referrals from other local real estate firms. The company even manages property in the portfolios of several local brokers.
From the inception of Blissard Management & Realty, Inc., Mr. Blissard has strived to offer service based on the highest professional standards and to actively support his profession's various associations. He has been licensed with the Arkansas Real Estate Commission as either a salesman or broker for thirty-three years and holds the designation of Certified Property Manager conferred by the Institute of Real Estate Management.
During his tenure at Blissard Management & Realty, Inc., he has served as president of the Little Rock Realtors Association and as a legislative committee member for both the Little Rock Realtors and Arkansas Realtors Association.
Mr. Blissard holds memberships in:
- The National Association of Realtors
- The Institute of Real Estate Management
- The National Association of Residential Property Managers