Why Choose Michael Saunders & Company?
An Unequaled Reputation for Experience & Top Performance
In 1976, a woman named Michael Saunders opened the door to the first Michael Saunders & Company real estate office on St. Armands Circle. Little did Michael know, that single small office would grow to include 24 branch offices along Florida’s Gulf Coast; and an influence on the real estate business felt around the world.
In its first year of operation nearly four decades ago Michael Saunders & Company closed on $11 million in sales volume; and in 1985 topped $100 million in sales for the first time. Only five years later, the company achieved over $1 billion in sales for the first time and has never looked back.
Leading the Way with Knowledge
Jennifer is the area leader for the entire Punta Gorda region, north through Port Charlotte and Deep Creek, and south to Cape Coral and Burnt Store Marina. She works from both Michael Saunders & Company offices in Punta Gorda. The downtown office is located at 101 Taylor St., in the heart of the city. It is just over the bridge to Charlotte Harbor, Port Charlotte and the Deep Creek area. The Burnt Store office is in the Turtle Crossing Center, at 16480 Burnt Store Rd. just a short distance to Burnt Store Marina and Cape Coral, and across the street from Burnt Store Lakes and Pirate Harbor. It is within easy reach of the entire Burnt Store Corridor including Burnt Store Meadows, Seminole Lakes, and Burnt Store Village.
Known for Exceptional Service, Trusted for Exceptional Results
Michael Saunders & Company agents are hand-picked for their knowledge, integrity and professionalism. In fact, when Michael Saunders herself was looking to expand to the Punta Gorda area, the Mayor at the time personally recommended Jennifer Calenda. One interview was all it took for Michael to see that the mayor was right! Jennifer was one of the first Michael Saunders & Company agents in the area.
The MSC difference goes beyond the selection of superlative agents. Once part of the team, every agent is given the tools they need to be marketplace leaders. This includes in-house marketing, technology and accounting teams, as well as a comprehensive training schedule with in-person classes, webinars and more.
Over four decades, giving back to the community has been a priority from the top down at Michael Saunders & Company. Many agents, managers and staff volunteer their time, talents and services to organizations throughout the community, including Michael and Drayton; who actively and passionately participate in their hometown’s most important community, business and philanthropic initiatives.
To build on this legacy of philanthropy, and further involve agents and staff at every level of giving, the company founded The MSC Foundation in 2011 – with a mission to improve lives in the communities we serve by providing funds to organizations that offer shelter, sustenance, education and path to self-sufficiency. Jennifer has served as a member of the MSC Foundation counsel since its formation and contributes to the foundation on behalf of each client when they buy or sell a property using her services.
Local organizations who have benefited from this are
Now in her fifth decade as the dynamic force behind a real estate enterprise that today employs over 700 professionally-trained agents and a staff of nearly 200, Michael has propelled the company toward a new level of international distinction.
After receiving twin degrees in history and psychology from Florida State University, Michael began her career as a history teacher at Manatee High School in Bradenton before joining the Manatee County Court System as a juvenile court counselor. Then, as a single mother raising a child on her own, she sought a new career direction that would provide greater independence and financial security.
Michael debuted the company in 1976 as a single small office on Sarasota’s St. Armands Circle. Since then, Michael Saunders & Company has grown into a regional network of 24 full-service real estate offices spanning Florida’s Gulf Coast from Bradenton to Punta Gorda. In addition to its worldwide capabilities, the company now offers a comprehensive range of customer-oriented services, including residential and commercial sales, rental, new homes marketing, commercial property management, resort management and corporate relocation. Additional services include MSC Mortgage, MSC Title, MSC Assets Management and REO Divisions.
Although he grew up immersed in the culture of the company, Drayton Saunders didn’t formally join Michael Saunders & Company until January of 2003. Since then he has held a number of key leadership roles that have culminated in his current position as company President.
A native of Florida, Drayton was born in Sarasota. He attended high school at The Bush School in Seattle, Washington; and graduated in 1995 from Colgate University, in New York, where he majored in philosophy, minored in economics and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.
After college, Drayton spent eight years in Santiago, Chile conceptualizing then opening New York Bagel Bakery, Chile’s first bagel coffee shop. In 2003 after selling the business, he returned to Sarasota where he joined Michael Saunders & Company. He managed the firm’s Venice and Longboat Key offices and then went on to assume President position of MSC Title and MSC Mortgage. In 2009 he also became President of Michael Saunders & Company.
Michael Saunders & Company understands the importance of bringing Florida’s Gulf Coast and its properties to a global audience. For this reason, the company has chosen its extended family wisely, partnering only with other independent brokers that share in our values and commitment to excellence. Included in this powerful network is Christie’s International Real Estate, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Christie’s, the oldest art and antique auction house in the world. Our carefully considered alliances are one of the many ways Michael Saunders & Company continues to reaffirm our status as the local market leader.