Thirty Years of Friendship Pay Off at Michael Saunders & Company

Posted by Tom Heatherman — June 9, 2008

SARASOTA, Fla. – (June 10, 2008) – Don Hughes, an active real estate broker in the Sarasota-Manatee market for over 30 years, has joined the Palmer Ranch office of Michael Saunders & Company, it was announced today by company founder and president Michael Saunders.Don Hughes, a 30-year broker and friend of Michael Saunders. He recently joined Michael Saunders & Company.Throughout his lengthy and distinguished career Don has served as vice president of Elizabeth Lambie Real Estate, vice president of Strathmore Realty Company and also of the former Mount Vernon Real Estate. He also served as president and CFO of the former Palmer Real Estate Company.“It only took me 30 years of trying,” quipped Michael Saunders in introducing Hughes at the regular weekly meeting with her associates, “but I am pleased to announce that my good friend Don Hughes has finally joined the company.”She has good reason to be pleased. Hughes has been a consistent producer in both the residential and commercial areas of local real estate. He holds many top-production awards and focuses his specialty on Siesta Key and investment-quality real estate properties. His experience also includes transactions of motel and commercial developments, raw developable land, single family homes and condominiums.Hughes has been active in international marketing and was associated with Lowery’s International Company of Great Britain and Orlando, Florida. He is also a member of the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations where he is a contact agent for the group’s international membership. As well, Hughes is a member of the Commercial Industrial Investment Development Division of the Sarasota Association of Realtors.Active in a number of community-based organizations, Don has been a member of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, Antique Automobile Club of America, St David’s Welsh Society, Gulf Gate Home Owner’s Association and the First United Methodist Church.Prior to his arrival in Sarasota, Hughes was a real estate broker in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and had been with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a Regional County Planning Director for a five-county area in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He is a Graduate of the University of Scranton and New York University’s Graduate Program; and has done advanced study at the University of Washington at Seattle and Drew University.About Michael Saunders & CompanyNow in its fourth decade of service to Southwest Florida, Michael Saunders & Company has grown from a single small office into a network of 16 full-service offices—with more than 500 professionally trained associates and 200 staff members. Powerful world-wide affiliations—including Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Luxury Portfolio, Christie’s Great Estates, the European Real Estate Network (EREN) and Mayfair International Realty extend the company’s message to qualified buyers globally, ensuring the broadest possible exposure for our properties.Michael Saunders & Company is ranked as the 75th largest brokerage in the nation in the 2008 Power Broker Report compiled by RIS Media, the and is included among the 35 most influential Realtors in luxury real estate.Customers of Michael Saunders & Company are assured of a comprehensive array of real estate services that will address every need and exceed all expectations. These services include commercial sales and leasing through the company’s Commercial Division, along with mortgage loan origination and full title and closing services. MSC Mortgage provides a full array of mortgage products through its partner, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; while the expert team at MSC Title includes title examiners, processors, and closers dedicated to building on the reputation of Michael Saunders & Company for unequalled service and solutions. Backed by the underwriting strength of First American Title and Chicago title, MSC Title provides peace of mind by assuring that a buyer’s new property is free of liens and title defects. The award-winning MSC Relocation Division provides corporations with a wide range of relocation services to smooth the transition and assure immediate employee productivity in the new environment.At Michael Saunders & Company, ours is a company-wide commitment to enrich the lives and culture of the communities we serve. Each year, the company makes significant contributions to more than 75 charitable, educational and cultural institutions throughout the region. These include Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota, Junior Achievement, Child Protection Center, The Dyslexia Foundation, Florida Studio Theater, Mote Marine Laboratory, Westcoast Black Theater Troupe, Manatee County Schools Foundation, Manatee Community College, University of South Florida Foundation, Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and the Community Foundation of Sarasota.For more information about Michael Saunders & Company, please call 1-888-552-5228 or visit us on the Web at

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