Realtors® Land Institute (RLI) Elects Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM as 2020 Vice President

Industry: Real Estate

Serving Four-Year Term to RLI Executive Committee, Saunders Will Become RLI National President in 2022

Lakeland, FL (PRUnderground) September 24th, 2019

The REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI) recently announced the election of Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM, founder and managing director of SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate, to serve as the organization’s 2020 National Vice President.

The 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.

In this position, Dean will serve a four-year term on RLI’s Executive Committee making him the association’s 2022 RLI National President. He has an extensive record of service to RLI, serving as Chair of RLI’s Governmental Affairs Committee, as a member of the ALC Designation Committee, and on their Board of Directors. Additionally, he served as the President of the RLI Florida Chapter. Dean has been a member of RLI since 1998 and he earned the elite Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) Designation shortly after in 2001.

Dean brings extensive experience to his new role. Among his many accomplishments, in 2019, he was awarded the 2018 APEX Top National Producer Award for being the highest-producing agent in the country for land sales based on qualifying production volume. He has also been recognized as the Florida Realtor® of the Year by the RLI Florida Chapter and earned the #1 Sales Professional annual recognition in the CBC affiliate network five times, most recently in 2018. Also this month, Dean was named one of Florida Trend’s Florida 500 as a distinguished industry leader based on extensive contacts in regional business circles, hundreds of interviews, and months of research.

About Dean Saunders

Hailing from an eighth-generation Florida agricultural family, Dean started his career in Florida land and conservation easements in 1985.

He served in the US Senate as Agricultural Liaison, Special Assistant, and Director of External Affairs to US Senator Lawton Chiles, then Governor Chiles (D-FL). From 1992 to 1996 he served in the Florida House of Representatives, where his strong passion for supporting landowner property rights and conserving the integrity of a property’s natural resources culminated in his authorship of groundbreaking conservation legislation.

In 1996, Dean formed the real estate brokerage firm as Saunders Real Estate, LLC and affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Commercial brand in early 2006. In 2019, the brokerage announced a new affiliation with SVN®, a global commercial real estate brand, and the integration of its sister commercial real estate brokerage, Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty, to become SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate. To date, the firm has brokered more than $2.8 billion in transactions.

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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