Our Story

In late 1977 Catherine and Aidan Surlis and their three young children moved from their home in Long Island, NY to Camp Springs Maryland where Aidan took a position working for Mike Casey Realty as a sales agent. Mike Casey, the broker and owner of the company, was a distant cousin of Aidan’s and served as an early mentor in the Real Estate industry. Within the next couple of years Mike opened an office in Crofton Maryland and Aidan became the manager of this office. At that time the community of Crofton Meadows was being built and Aidan worked as a builder’s representative for a portion of the community. Also at that time Catherine and Aidan themselves purchased and moved their family into a new town home in the new Crofton Meadows.

Aidan eventually joined a new Real Estate company in the area, RE/MAX becoming one of the first agents in the county to join. Over the next twenty years Aidan continued day to day to work and build a strong base of satisfied clients in Anne Arundel and Prince Georges County, helping over 600 families to buy or sell a home in the area. Catherine has also built her business, Lissadell Property Management over this time, which today manages over 60 residential homes in the area.

Catherine and Aidan’s daughter Cathy earned her Real Estate license while still in high school and worked as Aidan’s assistant part time during the year and over Summer Breaks and vacations. After earning a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Rutgers University in 1995 Cathy joined Aidan full time in Real Estate.

Shortly after, in 1996 Catherine and Aidan’s son Aidan Jr. graduated from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland with a degree in Philosophy. At the invitation of Aidan Sr. he then also joined the Surlis family partnership and they began to work under the name ‘Team Surlis’.

Just two years later, after returning from a 10 month around the world backpacking tour, their youngest daughter, Tara joined the family business working first as an administrative assistant, then earning her real estate license, followed by her Associate Brokers license. Thirteen years later, Tara has served as the Vice President for Anne Arundel County’s Masters Club, a highly respected real estate sales club, and earned recognition in the industry as a seasoned professional.

Chris Gress, Cathy Surlis Gress’ husband, joined the team after working for over ten years as a teacher and in administration in the Baltimore City School system. Chris joined the team after completing his second Master’s Degree, and since has earned his GRI designation and completed his Associate Broker coursework.

Tim Kelly, married to Tara Surlis Kelly joined the team in 2006, after completing deployments in both Bosnia and Irag while with the US Army Reserves. Prior to his career in real estate Tim worked as a classroom teacher in the Baltimore City school system. Tim’s work in representing his clients interests, whether selling their existing home or in finding a new home, has earned him a significant amount of repeat and referral business.


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