Richard Dempsey, David Goodlett, David Hitchcock Earn SVN Corporate Awards for Top Performance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (LAKELAND, FL April 4, 2011)– Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM, owner of SVN | Saunders Real Estate in Lakeland FL, announces the 2010 SVN sales awards just released and earned by several land professionals in the company.

SVN Top Two Percent 2010

Richard Dempsey, ALC, has been recognized as one of SVN’s® 2010 “Top Two Percent,” a designation that is reserved for the elite top two percent of producers from among the almost 2,200 SVN sales professionals organization-wide.

“Being named as one of the top two percent of producers within SVN is a tremendous honor for our sales professionals,” said Fred Schmidt, President and COO of SVN Affiliates Inc. “Richard hasdemonstrated exceptional performance that exemplifies excellence in client service for which SVN professionals are known. He is a true asset to our organization and leader among his colleagues.”

SVN® Circle of Distinction SILVER 2010

Richard Dempsey, ALC, received membership into the Circle of Distinction Silver level based on his transaction revenue for 2010. The Circle of Distinction is an award earned by the top ranking producers among SVN®professionalswho produce between $350,000 and $549,999 in Closed Adjusted Gross Commission Income from franchisablecommercial services for 2010.

SVN Circle of Distinction Silver Award Winner

  • Richard Dempsey, ALC

SVN® Circle of Distinction BRONZE 2010

David Goodlett and David Hitchcock received membership into the Circle of Distinction Bronze level based on their transaction revenue for 2010. The Circle of Distinction Bronze is an award earned by the top ranking producers among SVN® professionals who produce between $200,000 and $349,999 in Closed Adjusted Gross Commission Income from franchisable commercial services for 2010.

SVN Circle of Distinction BRONZE Award Winners

  • David Goodlett
  • David Hitchcock

About the Award Winners

Richard Dempsey, ALC, has over twenty years of real estate experience in agricultural and acreage properties that includes sales and appraisal work throughout Florida. He is past president of the Lakeland Association of REALTORS® and former Chairman of the Lakeland Association of REALTORS® Commercial Investment Division. He has served on committees at the SVN corporate level. Richard has received numerous industry awards for outstanding sales in real estate, including top 25 worldwide among all associates in the SVN affiliate network and top-two rank in the region for sales performance by FGCAR (Florida Gulfcoast Commercial Association of Realtors), among others.

David Goodlett is Vice President of Governmental Affairs at Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative, located in Belle Glade, Florida. As a real estate associate, he specializes in all types of farmland, production agriculture, ranchlands, conservation easements, and has considerable experience with muck lands, organic soil, and raw sugar process and refining. As former District Manager for Florida congressman, Tom Lewis, where the Congressional District encompassed the heart of Florida’s agricultural region including the Everglades Agricultural Area, David dealt directly with agricultural leaders and many of the state’s largest landowners. He graduated from Florida State University and received a Masters of Pubic Administration (MPA) degree from Nova University.

David Hitchcock is a thirty-year veteran of the Florida Agribusiness industry and has an excellent background in citrus, industrial, and agricultural businesses. David’s real estate specialties include Central and South Florida agricultural properties, agriculture transitional properties (transition-to-next-use) and land use issues. He graduated from the University of Florida where he was the Most Valuable Player and co-captain of the 1973 Gator Football Team.

About SVN | Saunders Real Estate

SVN | Saunders Real Estate is an independently-owned, multi-million dollar Company established by Dean Saunders in 1996. Saunders’ real estate career goes back to 1985 and has a long history in citrus, agriculture, land, and conservation. He is a former Florida legislator who helped to create important property rights and conservation legislation and is known as a unique resource in the complex transaction process of conservation easements. He is an author on the subject and an accomplished speaker.

Brokering nearly $1 Billion in sales from 1996 to 2010 and over $750 Million in sales from 2004 to 2010, the Company is highly regarded as an authority on all types of Florida land. The Saunders team of notable 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.

The Company offers a broad range of services to meet the real estate needs of landowners. Through long-held relationships with key government and industrydecision makers, the firm provides consulting on government issues both locally and on state and national levels to assure maximum return on investments. For more information, please