Fourth-Generation Floridian Returns to Michael Saunders & Company

SARASOTA, Fla. – (Sept. 3, 2008) – Denby Smothers, a fourth-generation Floridian and native of Ft. Myers, has returned to Michael Saunders & Company, it was announced today from the company’s headquarters in downtown Sarasota.Denby Smothers, a fourth-generation Floridian who has come back to Michael Saunders & Company.Smothers, who was most recently associated with Premier Properties, will work as a sales associate in the company’s Longboat Key South office managed by Drayton Saunders. A specialist in luxury waterfront properties, her six years of real experience is supplemented by related careers in marketing, public relations and interior design. In the early 1980’s she was associated with Robb & Stucky before launching her own interior design firm.A descendent of one of the five original families who settled inside the fort that would later become Fort Myers, Denby Smothers’ roots in Southwest Florida are deep. She attended Georgetown University and University of Mississippi where she studied political science. Since settling in Sarasota nearly a decade ago she has become active in numerous community organizations, including GWIZ Children’s Museum, The Sarasota Arts Council and Sarasota Comedy Fest. She is committed to supporting Sarasota’s continued growth and promoting its reputation as Florida’s culture capital. Smothers, who resides on Bird Key, is a gourmet cook, master gardener, teaches classes in both and proudly counts her five children and five grandchildren among her greatest accomplishments.The Longboat Key South office of Michael Saunders & Company is located at 440 Gulf of Mexico Drive, near the southernmost tip of Longboat Key, and can be reached by calling 941-383-7591. Denby Smothers can be reached by calling 941-586-2142, or by email at DenbySmothers (at) 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