Michael Saunders & Company Hires Jim Hammar to Manage Charlotte County Operations

Posted by Tom Heatherman — November 19, 2010

1290187377SARASOTA, Florida—(November 4, 2010)—Michael Saunders & Company has named James Hammar, a longtime Gulf Coast real estate and development professional, to manage the firm’s two newest offices in Punta Gorda and Burnt Store, it was announced today from the company’s headquarters in Sarasota, Florida.

Hammar, whose management-level experience includes overseeing property development, product marketing and sales coordination as president of his own real estate development firm—as well as conducting sales training and Realtor incentive programs—will assume his new responsibilities immediately. These include managing the firm’s newly opened sales office in downtown Punta Gorda—at 101 Taylor Street—and a second one in Burnt Store, at 15500 Burnt Store Road. He has been a licensed real estate broker and certified general contractor in the State of Florida for over 25 years.

1290187328“Jim possesses the exact breadth of real estate and management experience we were looking for to help grow these important new offices and recruit the area’s best agents,” said Michael Saunders, company founder and CEO. “Jim is very familiar with Southwest Florida, having worked extensively or developed properties in markets from Naples to Sarasota and Longboat Key. Drayton and I are very excited to have him manage our Punta Gorda teams, where his experience will greatly enhance our strategy for growth in the Charlotte Harbor region.”

Hammer, a Pennsylvania native and graduate in marketing from the University of Detroit, was most recently president of SeaTek, a Naples-based real estate development company that specialized in high-end luxury condominiums. As such, he was responsible for every aspect of the company’s management and operations, including land acquisition, product design, budgeting, market research, employee training and sales coordination. Prior to that he served as a senior sales executive for Kensington Golf & Country Club, also in Naples, where he was responsible for successfully revitalizing sluggish sales by introducing an entirely new product mix, new marketing plan and entirely new sales team.

Jim Hammer can be reached by calling (941) 639-0000; or by email at jimhammar@michaelsaunders.com.

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 23 full-service offices—with more than 500 professionally trained associates and 150 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 dollar volume in the latest Real Trends 500 Survey of the 500 largest brokerages in the U.S,; and is included among the 35 most influential Realtors in luxury real estate.

For more information about Michael Saunders & Company, please call 1-888-552-5228 or visit us on the Web at MichaelSaunders.com.

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