Mary Hellhake Returns to Michael Saunders & Company

A Leader In Luxury Sales, She Specializes In Waterfront, Golf Course And Lakewood Ranch Properties

SARASOTA, Florida—(November 11, 2008)—Mary Hellhake, who has built a noteworthy career selling luxury waterfront, golf course and Lakewood Ranch properties, has returned to Michael Saunders & Company, it was announced today from the company’s headquarters in downtown Sarasota.

HellhakeA native of Michigan and a Manatee County resident since 1984, Hellhake has dovetailed success in real estate with an equally successful career as an executive vice-president of retail banking. Previously with SKY Sotheby’s International Realty, she has resumed working with Michael Saunders & Company in the company’s Lakewood Ranch office, located at 8325 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard.

Hellhake has earned national recognition from the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing, both as a “Million Dollar Guild” member and by earning the guild’s prestigious designation of “Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist” (CLHMS) in recognition of having successfully demonstrated expertise in the luxury home market and by meeting strict performance requirements. In addition, she has successfully completed the Realtor® e-PRO course, offered through the National Association of Realtors® and joined the ranks of a special community of highly skilled and continuously-trained professionals who provide high quality and innovative online-based real estate services. She was named “Rookie of the Year” in 2001 at Michael Saunders & Company and continues to be one of the top-producing associates in the Lakewood Ranch market.

Actively involved in the community, Hellhake is a current member and past board member of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce. As well, she has been active in the United Way, the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and is an alumna of Leadership Manatee.

About Michael Saunders & Company:

Now 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.

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