RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

DEC 2018

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68 December 2018 RISMedia's REAL ESTATE LUMINARIES | The iconic leaders MIKE PAPPAS is presi- dent of the Keyes Family of Companies, the largest independently-owned broker - age network in Florida. This year, he led Keyes through the launch of a new technol - ogy platform with a real-time property activity tracking task manager and a smart CRM, making transactions easier and more transparent for consumers. "It's a privilege to be part of a fast changing, trans - forming industry," he says. "We need to leverage and maximize our leadership talent to embrace these changes. With the squeeze on margins, size matters." President, MRIS Investors, Inc. David Charron represents the 25 associations of REALTORS® shareholders in overseeing the physical and liquid assets that didn't convey in the recent forma- tion of Bright MLS, Inc., which was created from a desire to be the change that real estate professionals demand. Bright is owned by 44 Associations of REALTORS®, is broker-governed, and serves over 90,000 agents in six states and the District of Columbia. Charron most recently served as the chief strategy officer for Bright MLS, which facilitated $91 billion in residen- tial real estate transactions in 2017. "Standing still is not an option," says Charron, who has over 35 years of experience in the industry. DAVID CHARRON W ith $5,000 borrowed from an acquaintance, sin- gle mother Michael Saunders founded Michael Saunders & Company in 1976, to fill the need for a local real estate company serving Sarasota, Fla. It grew into a full-service firm with 26 offices in three Flor - ida counties, offering mortgage, title, relocation and in- surance services, as well as commercial, rental and new homes divisions. According to Saunders, the company's success was formed around solid core values, driven by knowledge and hard work, and based on the mutual trust that develops from cultivating lasting customer relation - ships. In 2003, Saunders was joined in the business by her son Drayton, who shares her insistence on remaining an independent company. The firm gives back to the communities it serves through the MSC Foundation, founded as a way to en - gage agents, management and staff with those members of the community most in need of shelter, sustenance and a path to self-sufficiency. With a global reputation for representing some of the finest properties on the Gulf Coast, Saunders is closely connected to the worldwide real estate community, including Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, Luxury Portfolio International, Christie's International Real Estate, Mayfair International Realty and The Realty Alliance. MICHAEL SAUNDERS Founder & CEO, Michael Saunders & Company

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