Saunders Named Highest-Producing Land Broker in the Nation for 2021

LAKELAND, FL, April 5, 2022 – The REALTORS Land Institute (RLI) APEX Awards program’s most coveted and prestigious award, the APEX 2021 Top National Producer, has been awarded to Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM, Founder, Managing Director & Senior Advisor of SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler in Lakeland, FL.

The award recognizes the applicant with the highest overall qualifying transaction volume across the nation. This is the third time Saunders earned the top honor among national land brokers, winning the award in 2020 and 2018. Saunders earned the honors based on transactions totaling more than $532 million in 2021.

The APEX Awards celebrated its fifth year with 203 applicants totaling a combined $8.4 billion in qualifying production volume. All land professionals recognized as part of the RLI APEX Awards Program are active members of RLI and had at least $5 million of qualifying production volume in closed land sales in 2021. 

He received this award as well as the 2021 National Broker of the Year in Residential Land Sales from RLI CEO Aubrie Kobernus, MBA, RCE, as well as The Land Report’s Co-founder Eric O’Keefe on Thursday, March 24, 2022, during RLI’s 2022 National Land Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Additionally, three Senior Advisors at the firm were recognized as part of the RLI APEX Producers Club. David Hitchcock, ALC, CCIM, Clay Taylor, ALC, and Marvin Puryear, all had at least four million dollars of qualifying dollar volume in closed land sales.

Saunders currently serves as the 2022 National President of RLI, a national membership organization for the land real estate profession. Members of RLI specialize in land brokerage of all types of land including farms, ranches, recreational, timberland, vineyards, orchards, undeveloped tracts of land, transitional and development land.

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Since 1985, Dean has specialized in Florida agricultural and transitional land and conservation easements. He served in the U.S. Senate as Agricultural Liaison, Special Assistant, and Director of External Affairs to U.S. Senator Lawton Chiles, then Governor Chiles (D-FL) and was instrumental in the creation of Florida’s first conservation easement legislation. He also was named one of Florida Trend’s Florida 500 in 2019 and 2020 for his work in the real estate industry. Learn more at


SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate is a full-service land and commercial real estate brokerage with $4 billion in transactions representing buyers, sellers, investors, institutions, and landowners since 1996. We are recognized nationally as an authority on all types of land including, agriculture, ranch, recreation, residential development, and international properties. Our commercial real estate services include marketing, property management, leasing and tenant representation, loansales, valuation, advisory, and counseling services for office, retail, industrial, and multi-family properties. With over 60 expert advisors located in Florida and Georgia, we provide our clients with professional knowledge and resources to ensure the buyer’s and seller’s needs are met.

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