Dean Saunders Named in Florida Trend’s Florida 500 for the Third Year

List Recognizes Most Influential Executives in Vital Economic Sectors Across the State

Dean SaundersLAKELAND, FL, October 20, 2021 – Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM, founder, managing director, and senior advisor of SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate, was recently named to Florida Trend’s Florida 500 list for the second consecutive year. Florida Trend had previously honored Saunders in 2018 and 2020 for his work in the real estate industry.

Florida 500, currently in its fourth edition, is a special publication by Florida Trend that highlights the 500 most influential executives in different economic sectors throughout the state. According to editors, the year-long research initiative results in a personal, engaging look at the state’s most influential business leaders.

“Over the course of 2020, decades of experience and dedication to clients have proven successful,” said Dean Saunders, Founder & Senior Advisor of SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate. “The real success for me is witnessing the next generation of advisors share the same passion for the industry.”

Considered Florida’s most distinguished industry leaders, the executives listed in the Florida 500 are selected based on extensive contacts in regional business circles, interviews, and thorough research. The intention of the Florida 500 is to recognize an individual’s commitment, energy, and effort to continue moving Florida forward and shape its future.


Hailing from an eighth-generation Florida agricultural family, Saunders 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. 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 founded his real estate brokerage. The firm has earned numerous awards, including Saunders’ recognition as the 2020 APEX Top National Producer by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) organization for land professionals, the Realtors® Land Institute (RLI).


SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate is a full-service land and commercial real estate brokerage with over $3.2 billion in transactions representing buyers, sellers, 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, valuation, business brokerage, and advisory and counseling services for office, retail, industrial, and multifamily properties. Our firm also features an auction company, forestry division, international partnerships, hunting 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.

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