Meet the Team

Chris Lumia, MBA, Ed.S, CPLP

Chris Lumia, a third-generation Florida native, founded the Sawgrass Real Estate Academy in 2015. Chris was born and raised in the Tampa Bay Area, and completed a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stetson University (DeLand, FL), a master’s degree in business administration from The University of Tampa, a specialist degree in higher education leadership from Northcentral University, and is a Certified Professional of Learning and Performance (CPLP).

He is a licensed Florida Real Estate Broker, Community Association Manager, Registered Appraiser-Trainee, has a Florida Real Estate Instructor Permit, earned the e-PRO® and Pricing Strategies Advisor certifications through the National Association of Realtors® and is a Certified Real Estate Pricing Specialist (C-REPS) through the National Association of BPO Professionals.

Chris has worked as a Realtor®, an adult education teacher, a college instructor and administrator, and as a corporate trainer for one of the nation’s largest Multiple Listing Services. He is passionate about sustainable economic development, community empowerment, and adult education, and feels that the real estate industry plays a crucial role in shaping and transforming local, state, and national economies. The Sawgrass Real Estate Academy blends Chris’ interests in helping adults achieve their educational goals and in seeing the real estate industry, and the economy, thrive.

Chris lives in Pinellas County, Florida with his wife Taryn and daughter Carley. Together, the Lumia family enjoys jogging and exploring Florida’s beaches, parks, and attractions.

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Taryn Lumia
Creative Director

Taryn Lumia moved to Florida in 1995, and can think of no greater place to call home. She graduated from Durant High School in Hillsborough County, and then went on to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Music Performance from the University of South Florida as well as Florida Professional Educators Certificates in K-12 Music and 6-12 Drama. Taryn currently serves as Music Teacher/Performing Arts Director at St. John Vianney Catholic School in St. Pete Beach, where she leads the student Praise Band, Drama Club/Jr. Thespians, directs and choreographs the annual middle school musical and prepares students for the Pinellas All-County Chorus. In addition to teaching and leading church worship music with piano, guitar and the organ, Taryn is a sought after performer in the Tampa Bay area with a dual specialization in classical voice/opera as well as contemporary voice/pop. She has been featured in the Tampa Bay Times and the Brandon News for her performances throughout Florida and, recently, for her role as Maria in Tarpon Arts’ production of The Sound of Music.

Taryn applies her passion for both the arts and education to the Sawgrass Academy, where she is the Creative Director. In this role, Taryn produces photos, videos and electronic materials and advises the school on how to increase its social media presence.

In her free time, you can usually find Taryn, her husband Chris, and daughter Carley enjoying the Florida lifestyle of swimming, visiting theme parks, and spending time with friends, family and pets.

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Chris Lumia
Sawgrass Real Estate Academy

Phone: 813-444-6102


The Sawgrass Real Estate Academy offers Florida real estate sales associate and broker pre-license, post-license, exam preparation, and continuing education courses fully online.