Annual SVN Saunders Real Estate BBQ Event Hosts SVN Corporate Executives, Florida Brokers, Unveiling of Commissioned Painting Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – LAKELAND, FL (November21, 2011)-The 7th annual 2011 SVN | Saunders Real Estate BBQ, held in the famous antique barn of Wanda and Leland Young in Alturas, FL, provided 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.

SVN Saunders Real Estate, a highly-recognized land real estate brokerage firm located in Lakeland, Florida, hosts the event each year for clients, business friends, and SVN corporate team members as a thank you for a great business year. In addition, the unveiling of the yearly-commissioned Florida land painting for the series: The Saunders Collection: Natural Lands of Florida is an annual tradition.

This year’s event proved significant in the life of the company, as the hosting for the 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 this year 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.

Surrounded by the ambiance of a working barn, walls loaded with interesting antique signs, tools, and farm implements, grabbed the attention of over 300 guests, who attended the homemade BBQ dinner. Dean Saunders and sales agents personally cook the BBQ meat in a professional BBQ cooker for 24 hours to create the best BBQ found. All side dishes, cowboy beans, potato salad, cole slaw, cornbread, and dessert cakes were prepared by the Saunders’ family, wife Gina and daughter Lauren, with others pitching in. A lively country band provided festive musical entertainment throughout the evening.

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 ( 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.

Each guest received a signed and numbered print of the painting and as an appreciation gift to Leland and Wanda Young for the use of their antique barn for the event, a Giclée reproduction was presented to the couple.

About SVN | Saunders Real Estate

SVN | Saunders Real Estate is regarded as an authority on all types of Florida land, transacting nearly $1 Billion in sales from 1996 to 2010 and over $750 Million in sales from 2004 to 2010. The Saunders team of land real estate professionals offers advisory and transactional services through its home office in Lakeland, FL and its network of SVN affiliate offices nationwide and worldwide.

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