SARASOTA, Fla. – (Sept. 9, 2008) – Monica Slater, a multi-million dollar producing real estate associate – and before that a 25-year career professional with Fortune 500 companies – has rejoined Michael Saunders & Company, in its Main Street office, it was announced today from the firm’s headquarters in downtown Sarasota. She was previously with Premier Properties.A native of Boston, Slater earned her bachelor’s degree in economics – with honors – from Columbia University in New York City. Since then, she has enjoyed successful positions in both New York City and Sarasota, most notably as a vice president for Godiva Chocolatier – where she won awards for design and product development – and as founder of Monica’s Best, a nationally acclaimed chocolate company.As a talented, top-producing real estate associate, Slater specializes in recognizing values and opportunities and bringing together buyers and sellers whose real estate needs compliment one other. She is a firm believer in top-tier customer service and finds that by staying on top of the latest trends in business and technology continually strengthens the respect and trust she earns from her clients and colleagues.As both a private citizen and businessperson who cares passionately about Sarasota’s history, future and its identity as a cultural hub, Monica Slater co-founded the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Sarasota, which annually awards over 500 pre-kindergarten scholarships to children in need. She is also an active supporter of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and Habitat for Humanity.The Main Street office of Michael Saunders & Company, managed by Gary Loughlin, is located at 1801 Main Street – at the intersection of Osprey Avenue – in downtown Sarasota; and can be reached by calling (941) 951-6660. Monica Slater can be reached by calling (941) 302-0011 or by email at MonicaSlater (at) michaelsaunders.com.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 www.MichaelSaunders.com.