Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM Named APEX Awards’ 2019 National Ranch Broker of the Year

Industry: Real Estate

Saunders’ Transactions Totaled $49.4 Million with $25.9 Million in Ranches to Earn the Realtors® Land Institute APEX Award for Second Consecutive Year

Lakeland, FL (PRUnderground) April 15th, 2020

Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM, founder, managing partner and senior advisor of SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate, received the Realtors® Land Institute (RLI) APEX Awards Program’s 2019 Broker of The Year Award in the Ag Land Sales – Ranches category, winning the award for the second year in a row. The award recognizes the highest-producing agent in the country for ranchland sales based on qualifying production volume for the year. Saunders’ total transactions in 2019 were $49.4 million, with $25.9 million transactions in ranch land.

Saunders was also recognized as an APEX 2019 Top Twenty Producer by the Realtors® Land Institute. He received the awards from RLI CEO Aubrie Kobernus, MBA, RCE, as well as The Land Report’s Co-founders Eddie Lee Rider Jr. and Eric O’Keefe on Monday, March 30, during RLI’s Virtual 2020 National Land Conference (NLC20).

“We are proud of Dean and all of our members that were recognized for their accomplishments in 2019. They truly are the crème of the crop when it comes to land real estate professionals,” said Kobernus about the award winners.

All land professionals recognized as part of the RLI APEX Awards Program are active members of RLI. RLI is a national membership organization for the land real estate profession. Members of RLI specialize in land brokerage of all types of land including farms, ranches, recreational, timberland, vineyards, orchards, undeveloped tracts of land, transitional and development land. The organization provides expertise, resources and networking support for real estate professionals in the land industry.

“I love the work I get to do because I have a deep respect for the land, its history, our clients and the amazing team we have at our brokerage,” Saunders said. “RLI is an exceptional organization and I’m proud to be a part of its community of professionals.”

The APEX Awards Program administrators reviewed 2019 sales by RLI-affiliated land agents totaling more than $2.65 billion in qualifying transaction volume.

About Dean Saunders

Dean comes from an eighth-generation Florida agricultural family and is a recognized Florida land and conservation easement authority. He is the Founder, Managing Partner & Senior Advisor of SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate, an industry-leading firm recognized by The Land Report magazine as one of “America’s Best Brokerages” with over $2.9 billion in transactions since 1996. In 2018, he received the APEX Top National Producer Award as the highest-producing land broker in the nation overall and in the ranch category. In 2019, Dean was named as one of Florida Trend’s “Florida 500”. He is the national Vice President of REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI). Learn more about Saunders’ experience and industry leadership at

About SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate

SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate is a full-service land and commercial real estate brokerage with over $3.1 billion in transactions representing buyers, sellers, investors, institutions, and landowners since 1996. We are recognized nationally as an authority on all types of land, including agriculture, ranch, recreation, residential development, and international properties. Our commercial real estate services include marketing, property management, leasing and tenant representation, valuation, business brokerage, and advisory and counseling services for office, retail, industrial, and multifamily properties. Our firm also features an auction company, forestry division, international partnerships, hunting lease management, and extensive expertise in conservation easements. Located at the center of Florida’s I-4 corridor, we provide proven leadership and collaborative expertise backed by the strength of the SVN® global platform. To learn more, visit

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