Taylor & Associates, now [THE BLACKSTONE TEAM], has expanded to create the largest, savviest and most experienced collaborative team of real estate professionals on the East Side of Providence. [THE BLACKSTONE TEAM] at Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty is an industry respected team employing the power of a collaborative business model to create the most savvy and successful team of real estate professionals that exists in the state of Rhode Island. No matter what member of the team you use as your primary agent, you will always have the presence, knowledge, and experience of [THE BLACKSTONE TEAM] behind you.
Based on the historic East Side of Providence, year in and year out [THE BLACKSTONE TEAM] has been one of the top producing sales teams in the Providence marketplace and throughout the state of Rhode Island. With over 60 years of collective real estate experience, each member of [THE BLACKSTONE TEAM] brings refined skillsets to the table with the single goal of providing our clients with the highest level of customer-service and sales results available.
Clients of [THE BLACKSTONE TEAM] receive the passion, professionalism and perseverance of a boutique real estate agency, while also having access to the award-winning marketing, regional connectivity and international presence of the Mott & Chace and Sotheby's International Realty brands. [THE BLACKSTONE TEAM] is: Managing Partner, Nelson Taylor; Partner, Robert Rutley; Junior Partner, Benjamin Kean; Junior Partner, William Sherry; Sales Associate, Karen Wilder; Sales Associate, Ben Guglielmi; Sales Associate Katie D'Amico; and Client Coordinator, Robin Lake.
Nelson is a Founder & Managing Partner for [THE BLACKSTONE TEAM] (formerly Taylor & Associates), a top producing team of real estate professionals collaborating under the umbrella of Mott & Chace Sotheby's International Realty. 15 years ago, Nelson was one of the original creators and practitioners of the team concept in real estate in Rhode Island. [THE BLACKSTONE TEAM] is the culmination of 20 years of experience in the business, not only the highest producing team at Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty, but consistently one of the top teams by sales volume and transaction sides throughout the state.
Nelson is dedicated to his clients' success—be they be buying, selling, leasing or investing. With 20 years of experience as a real estate broker, Nelson is a tireless and savvy advocate for the best interests and goals of the buyers and sellers he works with. And with the help of the team process, Nelson offers his clients the best customer service in the local marketplace. While Nelson works in all facets of local real estate, his passions are educating first time home buyers, spearheading the pursuit of vacation/second homes, strategizing with investors on building portfolios and pinpointing emerging markets.
Nelson was born September 27th, 1969 in Dallas, Texas. He holds a BA from Rollins College, an MA from the University of North Texas and an MFA from the University of Alabama. Before embarking on a career in real estate in 2001, Nelson was a freelance travel journalist and is a published fiction writer. After taking a hiatus from writing while growing his family and career, Nelson again finds time to write fiction and lyrics. An album based on his lyrics, Alstead’s Songs of Lies, can be found on Spotify.
Nelson has two sons, Will and Reid, 17 and 14 respectively, who both attend The Moses Brown School. He owns two rental properties, an historic three-family in Providence’s Armory District, and a ski condo in Jay Peak, Vermont. Nelson is an outdoorsman and enjoys snow skiing, fly fishing, sporting clays and camping. He’s an avid reader, following contemporary writers and collecting signed first edition novels and short stories. Nelson lives on the East Side of Providence.
As a Realtor® licensed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Robert’s goal is to make your home sale or purchase simple, seamless, and complete by utilizing a full network of high-quality, real estate savvy resources. His team-based concierge approach, with your interests at the center, prepare you for better and quicker negotiations, proven strategy and improved outcomes.
As a founding partner of [THE BLACKSTONE TEAM] at Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty, he leverages the power of collaboration by working with other top tier professionals that, year after year, outperform other teams in Providence including the East Side. [THE BLACKSTONE TEAM] is one of the highest performing teams in the state of Rhode Island, winning multiple industry awards, notably Platinum Plus status from the Greater Providence Board of Realtors for 2015-2020. Last year, Robert and his team helped over 100 buyers and sellers, surpassing $45,000,000 in sales totals.
Robert is your Relocation Specialist. If you're moving to the Providence Area, let him give you a city tour through key neighborhoods. If you're relocating from Providence to another city, he has an extensive personal network of well-vetted real estate professionals in many metro areas and countries.
Featured in the Providence Journal, the New York Times, Providence Business Journaland Realtor.com, Robert Rutley is the only Providence real estate professional that has earned the CLHMS designation from the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. Robert also holds designations for ABR, SRS, MRP, and is a certified Luxury Estates Advisor.
Robert lives in a splendidly restored historic home in Providence, Rhode Island, with his husband Antonio and rescue pup Pepper-Monkey. He believes that his extensive community involvement is key to understanding the many facets of the city, its drivers and initiatives, needs, and market. He currently sits on committees and boards at The Washington Park Association, CityWalk, FireBall at WaterFire, and the Roger Williams Park Conservancy. Robert is a member of The Hope Club and he also supports initiatives with The Providence Preservation Society, Rhode Island Historical Society, Recycle-a-Bike, and is the past managing director of the Ocean State Pride Volleyball League.
Robert brings proven marketing strategy and negotiation skills honed from a 20-year career at a Fortune 500 company. Robert has a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and a BS in Information Technology from Capella University, in Minneapolis.
Robert has been recognized with Rhode Island Monthly's Award for Professional Excellence in 2018, 2019, and 2020, with the Providence Journals nomination as Rhode Island’s Best Real Estate Agent in 2019, and The National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) Top LGBT+ Agent top 120 agents in the nation in 2018-2020.
Robin Lake excels as the Client Coordinator for [THE BLACKSTONE TEAM] at Mott & Chace Sotheby's International Realty. As the Client Coordinator, Robin juggles a wide range of behind-the-scenes tasks allowing the rest of the team to remain at the top of their game, focusing on their time with clients. Her specialty is assuring that everything is in place and that everyone has exactly what they need for each and every transaction. She has a true passion for real estate, which shows in her knowledge and energy. Robin has helped [THE BLACKSTONE TEAM] (formerly Taylor & Associates) achieve Circle of Sales Excellence Platinum and Platinum Plus Awards since 2015. Her support has also played a large role in the team continuously being one of the highest performing teams in Providence and the East Side.
The daughter of a commercial airline pilot and educator, Robin grew up in Denver, Colorado; Leesburg, Virginia; and Portland, Oregon. She received her Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in Education at the University of Virginia. She served as the Client Care Coordinator for a Washington, DC Realtor before spending six years as Director of Operations for a small wireless business in Maryland. The corporate experience and passion for real estate she brings to [THE BLACKSTONE TEAM] certainly benefit the team and its clients.
Robin and her architect husband, Jeremy, live in East Greenwich. Robin spends her free time on lacrosse fields, baking delicious treats or finding new places to walk with Jeremy and their Whoodle, Chewie. Their two teenage children - daughter, Mason and son, Cooper - keep them quite busy otherwise.
Ben embodies integrity, energy, and innovative service in every facet of his clients’ real estate journey. His early career included serving in the United States Coast Guard and upon Ben's return to New England, he helped establish one of the most successful restaurants in Providence's historic Federal Hill before making an industry leap into residential real estate. Ben's early success in real estate can be attributed to his tall commitment to education, having been coached by several acclaimed and distinguished industry professionals. Whether it's guiding first time home buyers trying to build a foundation for their future, or assisting in a luxury market, Ben's experience and knowledge in sales and client satisfaction, combined with his understanding of the Rhode Island market and synergistic spirit make him and [THE BLACKSTONE TEAM] the ideal choice.
Ben was born and raised in the Gaspee neighborhood of Warwick and attended Pilgrim High School. His family has long-standing roots in the community as well--his grandfather having owned and operated the Kean Garage in Pawtuxet Village. Ben spent his summers on Wakefield Pond in Northern Rhode Island and there he gained an instant attachment to the wonder and beauty that each season brings to the Ocean State. Currently, Ben lives in a multi-family house in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Providence--a sound investment he believes first-time and/or millennial buyers should consider as an inaugural real estate step. He lives with his wife Alisa, who has a background in architectural history. She is employed as a preservation consultant with the Public Archaeology Laboratory (PAL) , specializing in state and federal historic tax credits. They are both enthusiastic members of the community and are constantly finding new ways to give back to the place they love. Outside of real estate, Ben spends his time working on a local true crime podcast (yet to be released) and trying to keep up with his 10 year old lab rescue, Kirby.
I am not a salesperson. I am a researcher, a storyteller, and a matchmaker. I have been those things all my life, and after more than 27 years in areas of real estate including title search, underwriting, planning, zoning, litigation, renovation, and more, I feel they are roles that uniquely position me to assist my clients at a level uncommon in the local marketplace.
I approach my work from a position that is equal parts analyst and creative, and I bring it all together as a fiduciary through my natural inclination to serve. A longtime Rhode Islander, I have lived everywhere from a carriage house on Providence’s East Side, to a beach house in Snug Harbor, to my old wooden boat tucked into a cove in Portsmouth. When I am not educating and advocating for my clients, I am writing, boating, or spending time with my senior rescue dogs.
I love to travel and have worked on writing projects in places as disparate as Portland, Oregon and Charleston, South Carolina. I enjoyed a year in a cottage among the redwoods in Northern California while serving as Writer in Residence at Westhaven Center for the Arts and teaching at Humboldt State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Spending time in other places has given me an appreciation of all the ways Rhode Island’s beautiful coastline and communities nurture the lives of residents. I’m proud to be a member of [THE BLACKSTONE TEAM] that does an exceptional job here in Rhode Island real estate. I feel that selling real estate should be the last job of any Realtor. I’m grateful every day to help my clients live their story with confidence and authenticity.
Ben Guglielmi is a licensed Realtor and was born and raised in Providence. With almost two decades of experience in local business, he knows the communities of the Ocean State inside and out. He’s a homeowner on the west side of Providence, a vibrant and diverse neighborhood where he actively contributes to improving the area by serving as a WBNA member, having volunteered to remedy homelessness and passionately working to better his community.
Ben is a family man who enjoys hiking, great restaurants and spending time with his wife and young son. A vegan, Ben loves to explore all the possibilities of a plant-based diet. He’s also a traveler, and when he isn’t working for his clients, he can be found riding a motorcycle in the Himalayas of Nepal, smoking a fine cigar in Havana or barracuda fishing in Nicaragua.
Ben brings a positive, detail-oriented and creative attitude to the real estate process. He harnesses the power of [THE BLACKSTONE TEAM] through the education, support and savvy of industry leaders. Ben listens intently and works with tenacity and diligence to both sell houses for his seller clients and find the perfect matches for his buyer clients. Ben believes the real estate process should be seamless, exciting and fulfilling.
Katie was born and raised in West Warwick, Rhode Island. She earned her Associate’s degree from The Community College of Rhode Island & Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Event & Entertainment Management from Johnson & Wales University, where she was also a fierce defender on the soccer team. After graduation, sheworked at The Halstead at Slatersville Mill & Slater Cotton Mill where she specialized in luxury rentals. In 2012 she began her successful career in real estate in Providence, bringing the same enthusiasm and focus to her real estate endeavors that she brought to the soccer field. When an opportunity arose to relocate to work in real estate in Southwest Florida she eagerly embraced it, where she worked 2 1/2 years in Naples with a high performing luxury team.
Her experience in real estate, local knowledge of the neighborhoods and use of state-of-the-art products and services makes Katie a wise choice for all your real estate representation needs. Her ability to provide a savvy market analysis gives her buyer and seller clients a clear path to achieving their goals. Katie works closely with her clients, tailoring their experiences to suit their individual needs. Her dedication to providing exceptional customer service is what sets her apart. Whether searching for your dream home or selling your starter, Katie will ensure you have access to the best tools and her personalized service.
Katie & her husband are avid travelers and enjoy spending the Rhode Island summers on Narrow River. She actively participates in women soccer leagues and is a volunteer at the Cranston Animal Shelter.
Katie currently has licenses in Rhode Island & Florida. She is excited to join The Blackstone Team, a move that will offer her the best ability to represent her clients in an actively competitive marketplace. Katie currently lives in the Garden City neighborhood of Cranston with her husband and Frenchie, Opie.