Finger Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty Vision

At Finger Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty we understand our clients are searching for different lifestyles. For some an ideal setting is a stately village home, close to schools and the energy of downtown. Others may want a waterfront property and the opulent lifestyle living on the shoreline can provide. Upstate New York is a truly unique area that requires more than a one size fits all marketing approach.  Our team caters and customizes the sales and marketing process to provide our clients the unparalleled service they desire; to exceed expectations as they embark on a journey and a transition in life.  Finger Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty evolved from the need to provide a tailored, data-driven approach to high-end home sales. We live in the communities we serve.  We possess a range of marketing options to showcase your property in a preferential position; strategizing and adjusting as needed along the way, unlike the giant franchises.  Teaming with Finger Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty, and placing our lightning logo sailboat sign in the yard, inherently adds value to homes and development sites; buyers know this is a local one-of-a-kind company that they trust and appreciate.

The Partners

Our team of real estate experts are committed to providing you the best realty services in the Finger Lakes area.

Jerry Morrissey

Jerry Morrissey

Jerry Morrissey grew up in Skaneateles and after graduating from college, spent five years pursuing his dream of playing professional ice hockey. Three of those years were spent in Europe playing semi-professionally. After ending his hockey career, he moved back to Skaneateles and began his quest as an entrepreneur in developing healthcare products, as well as in real estate.

After working for a global real estate franchise and winning numerous sales awards; Jerry and his partners started FLR in early 2010, in the midst of the down market. As managing partner, Jerry has lead the growth of the business extensively over the last 10 years, establishing FLR as the premier, independently owned, boutique real estate company in the Finger Lakes Region.  Whether you are searching for your dream home or looking to sell your current one; Jerry’s insider information and extensive years in the industry will garner you the best outcome for your next transition in life.

Ross & Ryan Team

Team Ross & Ryan

The team of Ross – Ryan brings 25+ years real estate experience to the Skaneateles market and surrounding Finger Lakes region. Jane Ross and Lauren Ryan have considerable knowledge of the current competitive market, past sales history and pricing, and upcoming listings.

Their innate ability to work together and individual strengths complement one another providing an unparalleled level of service with every transaction. (for clients)

Jane prides herself on her high level of organization and attention to detail. Her dedication in forming exceptional relationships with her clients has been rewarded with considerable repeat and referral business. Jane graduated from Clarkson University, and worked for 16 years as a Systems Analyst / Manufacturing Engineer before deciding to dedicate her career, full-time, to real estate. Jane’s problem-solving capabilities and direct approach provide her clients a unique skill set to help them navigate even the most complex transactions.

Lauren possesses an ambitious work ethic and experience utilizing new technology to reach her intended audience. Strong negotiation and communication skills have helped Lauren to build a diverse real estate portfolio. Third generation in Skaneateles; Lauren received a BS in biology from University at Albany and MSEd from LeMoyne College; working as a high school Special Education teacher before becoming a full time agent. Her leadership and communication strengths facilitate a strong partnership with clients for a seamless transaction from start to finish.

Ethical, conscientious, and hard working on all transactions; every buyer and seller receive the highest levels of honesty, dedication, and service.

Tom Morrissey

Tom Morrissey

Tom recently moved back to Upstate NY after 27 years of living in the Washington DC area. His expertise will allow the firm to provide  a full array of real estate advisory services; including tenant and    landlord representation, leasing, sales and consulting, along with    investment property valuations/asset management.

Tom will be heading up the formation of Finger Lakes Realty      Partners Commercial Division, and will be leaning on his experience practicing real estate in Northern Virginia since 1998. Tom has been a licensed broker in the state of Virginia since 2004, and became a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) in 2008. CCIMs are recognized experts in all facets of commercial real estate         brokerage, and Tom is excited to bring this level of professionalism and knowledge to the Finger Lakes Realty Partners team. 

During his career, he has produced over $175 million in sales and leasing activities. His area of expertise will be Upstate NY with a   special emphasis on office and industrial properties as well as land sales. 

Ray Tapio

Ray Tapio

Ray permanently relocated to Central New York in 2013 while attending SUNY Oswego after falling in love with the region. While earning his bachelor’s in electrical engineering, he served as a founding member of the IEEE chapter at his alma mater, serving as vice president and campus ambassador.
After graduation, Ray’s employment in the engineering field at multiple global corporations put him hands on with technologies ranging from industrial furnaces to medical devices. On top of his commitment as an engineer, Ray’s service as a volunteer fireman includes two departments. He was voted a member of an emergency dive team after getting his certification wreck diving at Alexandria Bay.
He follows a three-generation family tradition of real estate and insurance brokers, and focused his interest in land and dwelling sales to his current position.
As an engineer, Ray brings attention to detail to his dealings with clients, with the same approach brought to complex land purchases and residential sales. Outside of his busy work schedule, Ray still finds time to continue his pursuit of a pilot’s license and regularly adds to his knowledge of the hidden gems of the region via motorcycle touring during the warmer months.
Jacqueline Jones

Jacqueline Jones

Jackie Jones, a second generation native of Skaneateles is excited to bring her energy, exceptional customer service skills and her natural ability to work well with others to assist and meet the needs of each and every client.

Retiring early from Verizon, along with owning and managing long term rentals and vacation properties, Jackie has invaluable experience as a true professional and entrepreneur. She will bring a thoughtful demeanor along with a “think outside of the box” creative approach to help others achieve their real estate dreams.

Jackie’s friends and family will claim her highest achievement and true “pride and joy” has been raising her two wonderful children right here in the community in which she was raised. Jackie looks forward to helping others find that perfect location in which to settle, relocate, invest, or vacation with their family and friends.

The Benefits of Finger Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty

With Finger Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty you are not paired with one sales representative, you get a team of representatives.  A team approach comes with inherent advantages on day one; most notably working together collaborating through every aspect of buying and selling property. From a transactions conception to its completion, we are able to capture and accentuate each phase of the listing timeline. Our combined years of experience provide us an unparalleled network of clients, partners and vetted professional resources. The exclusivity that comes with being aligned with FLR as a client commands the attention of the region and world’s most qualified buyers; in turn yielding a higher premium for the properties we represent. Driven by our extensive experience in the luxury and waterfront markets, as well as country and village homes throughout the Finger Lakes, we are able to tailor our efforts to the unique attributes of your property.  Our team creatively approaches each transaction, dedicating more resources and capital, to leverage the sales process into specific marketing outlets within the Finger Lakes region, as well as national and international exposure.  FLR is not bound by corporate bureaucracy, providing us the flexibility to be innovative, competitive, and targeted on a grander scale than any other brokerage.

Our Marketing is Tailored Solutions

Every property is assessed with the homeowner, in partnership with the Finger Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty team. We will formulate a customized road map, creating accountability and deliverables tied to specific expectations and realistic time-frames. Our goal, from print and public relations, to targeted media outlets, is to elevate each property above others for sale in the Central Finger Lakes region and beyond. People recognize a Finger Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty listing when they see it, and appreciate the creativity in preparing the appropriate value proposition for their home.

Finger Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty Consultation

Daily market intelligence plays an active role in what we do every day. This knowledge paired with collaboration of some of the world’s top resources; help us to leverage the evolving local market for buyers and sellers, as well as every pertinent data point possible. We provide our clients the most accurate information possible; advise strategies based of market trends, local expertise and years of experience.  If you are a buyer or seller, Finger Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty has the distinct ability to find opportunities where there seemingly are none. Purchasing a home in the Central Finger Lakes is a unique experience, and demands a level of service and knowledge that is commensurate with the financial investment when selling. Let us use our technology, insight, and experience to help customize the unique marketing strategy and value proposition your property deserves.


An idea in the 1930’s became a concept and then a reality in Skaneateles, NY, that changed the sailing world.  This change was the Lightning sailboat and benefitted both racers and pleasure sailors.

The Lightning is a 19 foot sloop rigged sailing dinghy originally designed by Olin Stephens in 1938.  The Lightning was built by the Skaneateles Boats Company and was first sailed on Skaneateles Lake.  Skaneateles is considered the Gateway to the Finger Lakes.  The introduction of the Lightning made an impact on sailing throughout the entire area, then gradually the USA and the world.  More than 15,000 Lightnings have been built since then.  There are over 500 fleets of Lightnings worldwide, many of which participate in racing.

Awarded ISAF International Class status, the Lightning is sailed in more than 13 countries and in the Pan American Games, and the class provides a professionally managed association that is among the largest in all of one-design sailing.  A World Championship is held every two years.  North American, South American and European Championships are held each year as are innumerable regional and district championships.

The concept, development and launch of the Lightning is a true Finger Lakes’ success story.  This type of success is in direct correlation with the concept and goals behind Finger Lakes Realty Partners.  A remarkable idea combined with the right team of real estate professionals is capable of taking a traditional business to a greater level.  Finger Lakes Realty Partners strives to provide professionalism, compassion and value in serving our clients throughout the Finger Lakes Region.  Ultimately, creating the same unparalleled success as the Lightning.