Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM Named One of Florida Trend’s Florida 500

The List Recognizes the Most Influential Executives In Vital Economic Sectors Across the State

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Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM

LAKELAND, FL, September 20, 2019 — Dean Saunders, founder and managing director of SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty, was recently named one of Florida Trend’s Florida 500 for his work in the real estate industry.

Founded in 1958, Florida Trend is recognized with numerous national and regional awards as a valuable source of information about issues, people, and ideas that define Florida business. The Florida 500 is a special edition of Florida Trend highlighting the 500 most influential executives in different economic sectors throughout the state.

“I love what I do selling land and helping friends, clients, and landowners solve the challenges we all face as Florida grows,” said Saunders. “This honor from Florida Trend is a humbling reminder of the support and commitment of an incredible team of partners, agents and staff.”

The executives listed in the Florida 500 are selected based on extensive contacts in regional business circles, hundreds of interviews, and months of research, and are considered Florida’s most distinguished industry leaders. Inclusion in the Florida 500 is intended to be an honor that represents an individual’s commitment, energy and effort to continue moving Florida forward and shape its future.

About Dean Saunders

Hailing from an eighth-generation Florida agricultural family, Dean started his career in Florida land and conservation easements in 1985.

He served in the US Senate as Agricultural Liaison, Special Assistant, and Director of External Affairs to US Senator Lawton Chiles, then Governor Chiles (D-FL). From 1992 to 1996 he served in the Florida House of Representatives, where his strong passion for supporting landowner property rights and conserving the integrity of a property’s natural resources culminated in his authorship of groundbreaking conservation legislation.

In 1996, Dean formed the real estate brokerage firm as Saunders Real Estate, LLC and affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Commercial brand in early 2006. In 2019, the brokerage announced a new affiliation with SVN®, a global commercial real estate brand, and the integration of its sister commercial real estate brokerage, Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty, to become SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate.

To date, the firm has brokered more than $2.8 billion in transactions and earned numerous awards including Saunders’ recognition as the 2018 APEX Top National Producer by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) organization for land professionals, the Realtors® Land Institute (RLI).

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SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate is a full-service land and commercial real estate brokerage with more than $2.8 billion in transactions representing buyers, seller, 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, loan sales, valuation, advisory and counseling services for office, retail, industrial, and multi-family properties. Our firm also features an auction company, forestry division, international partnerships, hunt lease management and extensive expertise in conservation easements. Located at the center of Florida’s I-4 corridor, we provide proven leadership and collaborative expertise backed by the strength of the SVN® global platform.