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Mark Bruce

Mark Bruce, Realtor and PGA Professional

PGA Professionals Professional & Realtor®

Originally from Indiana, and Ohio, Mark moved to Sarasota in 1986. He graduated from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, in 1991 and started in the golf business shortly thereafter. An accomplished player, Mark competed at the collegiate level and launched his professional career in 1993 as an assistant PGA professional at University Park Country Club, Sarasota, FL. In 1998 Mark earned full membership into the PGA of America and served as Director of Golf at Bent Tree Country Club from 2000-2008.

During that fifteen year span the growth of golf course communities in the area expanded rapidly and Mark watched carefully as the various country clubs created their own message or niche in the market. This knowledge, coupled with a marketing mind, led Mark to start the area’s most prominent golf-related marketing company, Play Golf Sarasota, in 2009.

Play Golf Sarasota works with over thirty area courses and private clubs providing expert advice to new-comers looking for the perfect fit for their new Florida lifestyle.  As a licensed Realtor with deep knowledge of the local Country Club communities, Mark has the unique ability to find the perfect match for those looking to bridge the gap from their home up North into the right community here on Florida’s Suncoast.

Transitioning from the Northeast or Mid-West to the weather in Sarasota is easy, finding the right social environment and country club lifestyle is a critical decision for long-term happiness.

With over 20 years experience and hundreds of industry relationships in the market, no one is more qualified to help new-comers find the perfect Home and “Club Life” match.

Tony Panico

Tony Panico PGA Pro

PGA Professionals Professional & Realtor®

Born and raised in the Northeast, Tony made his transition to the Sunshine State following a four-year term in the Armed Forces. While serving in the United States Coast Guard, he fell in love with the game of golf. Tony moved to Southwest Florida in 1991. He spent the first 7 years of his golf career at The Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida where he honed his skills as a fine player competing in many PGA Chapter and Section tournaments. He also began the process of becoming an established PGA Professional.

I have always treated my members and guests like family for the last 18 years, and now I take that same passion and knowledge to help visitors and new residents find everything they need to feel at home when making that transition from the North to the Sarasota market. Making sure my clients feel like they are in the best possible hands is always my top priority.”

In 1996, Tony was one of the first PGA apprentices to attend the new Golf Professional Training Program and received his Class A membership in 2000. He spent the next ten years serving as Head Professional at two wonderful private clubs in Sarasota before starting his own golf-related marketing company, Play Golf Sarasota. Play Golf Sarasota is a full service marketing extension of over thirty area courses and private clubs that provides a complimentary service to golfers looking for the perfect fit for their new Florida lifestyle.

Family man at heart, Tony is the proud father of 2 beautiful daughters and is married to his lovely wife Kristen who is a native of the St. Petersburg area where she was born and raised and now is the proud owner of her own law practice.

Whether it is setting up tee times for a golf vacation or finding the home and club of their dreams, Tony has the knowledge, passion, and dedication to make your dream a reality.

Elsa Kauffman

Elsa

Graphic Designer/Social Media & Realtor®

Elsa was born and raised in Hanover, PA and is the youngest of five children. She obtained her AA in Graphic Design at Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts (now Antonelli Institute) in York, PA in 1994. In 1999, Elsa journeyed to Sarasota, FL. She was employed by Coastal Printing, Inc. until 2007 when she made the decision to focus on her design skills and building her freelance client base. In the interim, she ventured into the world of Real Estate. Joining a family-owned, independent real estate company as their Relocation Coordinator and developing a referral program for inactive agents in Florida, Elsa was introduced to yet another life passion.

In 2009, she was introduced to Mark Bruce and Tony Panico, owners of Play Golf Sarasota, a media group based in Bradenton, FL. Together, they have published five seasons of their golf publication which features the areas finest Private Clubs and Area Courses.

In June of 2014, Elsa received her real estate license and is excited about the bright possibilities that lie ahead in 2015. Elsa is driven, competitive, detail oriented and creative; balanced with caring and nurturing tendencies … she has what it takes to market your property and negotiate the deal.

Elsa loves spending time with her long-term boyfriend, his teenage son, and her Maltese, Sebastian. Elsa focuses on health & fitness during her down time and enjoys experimenting with raw, vegan and organic foods. She simply loves living in paradise!

Todd Merriott

Todd

Realtor®

Todd is a licensed Realtor with an extensive background in construction, remodel, and repair of commercial and residential properties. He has designed and managed hundreds of projects from service and repair contracts to massive $1 Million remodel projects. Todd attended The University of Central Missouri, earning a degree in Science Education while playing NCAA baseball, even playing in the Division II College World Series twice. He began painting houses during the summers to earn extra cash and discovered that he loved the process of improving properties. After teaching high school for one year, he spent the next 12 years expanding his knowledge of remodeling high-end homes, excelling at faux finishing and premium cabinet and paint finishes. In 2007, he began working with a real estate investment company as a project manager, designing and overseeing the full remodel of 14 homes in 2 years. In 2012, he moved from Kansas City, Missouri to Lakewood Ranch with his wife Allison and their two children, Ava and Corbin. He jumped right into real estate, closing almost $2 Million in his first 12 months while managing over $300,000 in remodel and painting projects. He has earned the trust of many great clients over the years and looks forward to working with many more!

David Brillinger

David

Realtor®

As a professional, David recognizes that today’s clients are sophisticated buyers and/or sellers with specific goals and objectives; he also understands the unique needs of home buyers, sellers, and investors. He believes communication skills go hand-in-hand with his personalized approach to service and he is committed to providing the best buying and selling experience possible.  David’s attention to detail, extensive local knowledge and integrity are the critical factors enabling his clients to realize the results they are looking for, whether buying, selling or investing.  It is David’s passion for the Sarasota area real estate industry that provides him with the verve and competitive drive to deliver the results that exceed his client’s expectations.

Kristie DeSantis

Kristie

Realtor®

In order to stand out in this real estate market, you need a knowledgeable Realtor® with a strong sense of commitment to help you achieve your goals. Whether buying or selling, Kristie always follows through and keeps her clients top-of mind while taking extra care to focus on the details of every transaction. Kristie brings an unusual enduring skill-set to finding or selling a home for her customers; creating a rewarding experience for all parties involved. A New York native and a graduate from New York State University at Fredonia; Kristie made the decision in 2003 to follow her dream to live in paradise and moved to Sarasota FL. Kristie has 10 years specializing in residential real estate and seven of the years involved in property management within the luxury vacation rental industry. During her ten years, Kristie refined her skills in property investment maximization, market analysis, problem solving, customer service, time management, and contract negotiations. Kristie is an active member with the Sarasota board of REALTORS, as well as, the National Board of REALTORS.

In her free time, Kristie enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and two dogs.

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