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Bill Geller, a broker-associate with Re/Max Platinum Realty, has been recognized as a member of the Florida Realtors Honor Society for the 13th year.

The Honor Society recognizes members of local boards who are active in the state association. Geller has been a licensed Florida real estate broker for 30 years.

He was president of the Sarasota Association of Realtors (now the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee) in 2009 and has served on numerous committees, earning the Realtor of the Year Award in 2012. He currently serves on the board of directors for Florida Realtors.

Prior to his real estate career, Geller held staff positions at the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, including general manager and director of membership.

He is a Certified International Property Specialist and a Resort and Second Home Property Specialist.

Geller is based in the RE/MAX Platinum Realty downtown Sarasota office.



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How a banker from Ohio became a successful real estate developer

  • Brett Kaufman became a banker in Ohio after graduating from college and he “hated it.” For a long time, he says, he thought “this is just what people did, they worked.”
  • Years in, when he gave banking advice to a real-estate developer, his interest was piqued, and he left in 2000 to take a shot at becoming a developer himself.
  • In 2011, he launched his own company, Kaufman Development, which has since developed over 2,000 units and in developments across the Midwest.
  • Here’s how he did it.
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Brett Kaufman has been redefining community living through art and innovation for over a decade. 

Currently the founder and CEO of Ohio-based Kaufman Development, Kaufman’s story begins as a banker, first as an analyst then as a mezzanine lending team member.

“I hated it. I was not a good banker,” he told Business Insider. “I thought

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