FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – LAKELAND, FL (October 19, 2011) – Benjamin Gibson recently joined Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate in Lakeland, Florida, as a Licensed Real Estate Associate. Although originally from Wauchula, Ben has deep ties to the City of Lakeland, where his grandfather, Horace Gibson, was a past mayor for the City of Lakeland and owned the Royal Crown Bottling plant. Ben’s father, Bob Gibson, grew up in Lakeland and was a past director of field representatives for Florida Citrus Mutual. As a 5th generation Floridian, Ben’s family has a long history supporting Florida agriculture as his great grandfather, both grandfathers and father were all citrus growers.
Ben has been a licensed real estate associate since 1995 and is a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser No. 1740 since 1993. He has over 26 years of experience appraising agricultural properties. Ben’s real estate specialties include farmland, ranches, citrus groves, packinghouses, and various specialty operations, such as blueberries and dairies.
Ben joins a team of land real estate professionals who provide land real estate services across the state and who earn top industry recognition each year for sales and customer service. Dean Saunders, CCIM, ALC, owner and broker states, “We are glad to have Ben on board as a part of our land professional team and look forward to working together. His extensive expertise is a good fit for our firm’s services to clients.”
Ben obtained a BS degree in Fruit Crops (citrus) from the University of Florida. For eight years, he worked as an assistant vice president with Farm Credit of Florida. His responsibilities included originating new loans, special asset management (problem loans) and appraisals. Throughout his appraisal career, he completed appraisals on a wide genre of land types, such as ranches, professional offices, residential developments, citrus groves, warehouses, irrigated farmland, industrial buildings, conservation easements, packinghouses, and phosphate mining operations.
Ben is active on the Citrus Advisory Board of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service for Hardee, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties. He is a member of the Florida Farm Bureau, the Florida Association of REALTORS®, the National Association of REALTORS®, and the Heartland Association of REALTORS®.
Ben resides in the Bradenton area and covers the Florida west coast and the Central Florida areas.
About Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate
Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate (CBCSRE) is regarded as an authority on all types of Florida land, transacting nearly $1 Billion in sales from 1996 to 2011 and $800 Million in sales from 2004 to 2011. Located in Lakeland, Florida, CBCSRE is one only of two brokerages in Polk County with a local presence that offers national and global branding. The other, a sister company CBC Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty, is a commercial real estate brokerage.
CBC Saunders Real Estate offers a broad range of services to meet the real estate needs of landowners through long-held relationships with key government and industry decision makers. The firm also provides consulting on government issues both locally and on state and national levels. For more information, please visit www.saundersrealestate.com.