SVN | Saunders Real Estate hosted their annual BBQ held in the locally famous antique barn of Wanda and Leland Young in Alturas, FL. For the first time, the company also hosted a pre-event “meet and greet” for SVN corporate executives and Florida SVN brokers. Obie Walli, executive management and SVN Vice President of Operations, attended from Parsippany, New Jersey, and represented the SVN corporate team. Seventeen Florida SVN brokers and agents traveled from as far as Jacksonville to attend the meet and greet portion of the event.
This year’s event included the newly formed commercial real estate firm, SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty. SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty launched in the first quarter of 2011 as the only commercial real estate firm in Polk County with a national and global presence. Since 2006, SVN Saunders Real Estate remains the only land brokerage in the county with a national and global presence.
In attendance were several county commissioners, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, and other elected officials.
The highlight of the event was the unveiling of the next in a series of paintings commissioned by Saunders each year. This was a special unveiling as it marked a series theme change to The Saunders Collection, Natural Lands of Florida. Last year’s painting concluded six years of the “Wildlife Series” all by well-known wildlife artist Thomas Brooks (www.thomasbrooks.com/). This year starts the new “Agricultural Series” by known artist David Escudero (InArtSantaFeGallery) who came from Santa Fe, New Mexico to attend the event. Mike McKosky, the artist’s representative and gallery owner attended with Escudero.