Commissioned Painting Unveiled at Annual BBQ


Photo of 2011 “Florida Landscape” David Escudero

2011 “Florida Landscape” David Escudero

LAKELAND, FL November 21, 2011 -The 7th annual 2011 Coldwell Banker Commercial 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 Coldwell Banker Commercial corporate executives and Florida CBC brokers.

Obie Walli, executive management and Coldwell Banker Commercial Vice President of Operations, attended from Parsippany, New Jersey, and represented the CBC corporate team. Seventeen Florida CBC brokers and agents traveled from as far as Jacksonville to attend the meet and greet portion of the event.

CBC 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 CBC 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, Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty. CBC 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, CBC 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, coleslaw, 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 Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate (CBCSRE) is regarded as an authority on all types of Florida land and conservation easements. Offering land, forestry, and conservation easement real estate services through CBC Saunders Real Estate and the CBC Saunders Real Estate |Forestry Group, the Saunders team of land professionals and foresters offers advisory and transactional services through the home office in Lakeland, FL, the North Florida office in High Springs, FL, and its network of Coldwell Banker Commercial affiliate offices nationwide and worldwide. We provide services to land and commercial clients through both CBCSRE and our commercial real estate brokerage, Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty.