Dean Saunders, ALC, Speaks on Conservation Easements RLI 2010 Conference


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Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM

LAKELAND, FL May 5, 2010 – Dean Saunders, ALC, Licensed Real Estate Broker, and owner of Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate in Lakeland, FL, recently spoke to a group of land real estate professionals and brokers from all over the country. The RLI 2010 National Land Conference was held in Fort Worth, Texas.

Speaking to the national Realtors® Land Institute (RLI) group, Saunders was a part of the speakers’ session “Facing the Elements in Government Affairs: Air, Wind, Water, Carbon & Conservation.” As a former legislator involved in the creation of significant conservation legislation, as well as an author of the award-winning publication “We Create Solutions: A Primer on Conservation Easements”, Saunders has built a solid reputation as a conservation easement expert.

During the session, Saunders spoke about conservation easements, why clients need to know about this opportunity, the process for conservation easement acquisition, the tax advantages of donating conservation easements, and the way conservations easements are used in regulatory environment and mitigation banks.

Organized in 1944, The Realtors Land Institute ( is the a branch of the National Association of Realtors® ( that focuses on land brokerage transactions of five specialized types:  farms and ranches, undeveloped tracts of land, transitional and development land, subdivision and wholesaling of lots, and site selection and assemblage of land parcels.

About Dean Saunders

Dean Saunders, owner of Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate (CBCSRE) is a Licensed Real Estate Broker, Realtor®, ALC (Accredited Land Consultant), and CCIM Candidate and has been with the Coldwell Banker Commercial organization since 2006. Annually, Saunders has earned top sales

awards both within the Coldwell Banker Commercial network and within regional and state-wide real estate networks, becoming the number one sales professional worldwide in 2006 and in 2008 in the CBC network. He has led the company to the CBC “Commercial Elite” designation of the top 15 offices worldwide for three consecutive years.

Saunders comes from a sixth-generation Florida agricultural family; earned a BSA from the University of Florida in Fruit Crops, Food and Resource Economics; and is a former legislator who assisted in the creation of important conservation legislation. He served as Agricultural Liaison, Special Assistant, and Director of External Affairs to US Senator Lawton Chiles.

He is the former chair of the Florida Real Estate Commission and one of an elite group of brokers nationwide to be certified as an Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) by the Realtors Land Institute (RLI). He is a past president of the Florida Chapter of RLI. In 2003, Saunders was selected as one of the exclusive nine “Notables” by the National Association of Realtors®.

Saunders is a member Realtor® of the Lakeland Association of Realtors® and is near completion of the extensive requirements to become a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). As an industry expert, Saunders is often published and quoted in a variety of respected journals, such as Florida Real Estate

Journal and Florida Trend. Saunders authored the benchmark and award-winning consumer publication, “We Create Solutions: A Primer on Conservation Easements”, and produces a popular real estate conference on a variety of real estate market subjects. Saunders resides in Lakeland with wife, Gina, and their four children.