Dia Wilson and Mary Moore have joined Wagner Realty's Longboat Key office as sales associates. They work as a team, listing and selling homes and condominiums on Longboat Key.
Wilson was born in White Plains, N.Y., and has been a resident of Longboat Key for 25 years. Before getting her real estate license, she worked in the mortgage division of a local bank. That experience enables her to offer financing options for buyers and sellers.
Moore moved to the area from Ironton, Ohio, 10 years ago. Like Wilson, she has focused on Longboat Key properties and knows that market well.
Larry Berkery has joined the commercial banking team at Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida as vice president and commercial Real Estate lender. Berkery will specialize in cultivating relationships with real estate investors, home builders and developers in the Sarasota and Manatee markets.
Berkery has 33 years of commercial banking experience primarily within the Sarasota/Manatee markets. Most recently, he served as commercial real estate manager for BMO Harris Bank. Berkery has managed a$150 million loan portfolio, and is experienced in developing and expanding relationships with local developers and real estate investors.
Berkery holds a bachelor of mathematics degree from Marshall University. He is actively involved with the commercial investment division of Sarasota Association of Realtors. He will represent Gateway Bank at Gulf Coast Builders Exchange events as a Bronze Keystone member.
Rebecca Samler has earned the 2013 Five Star Real Estate Agent Award, which recognizes agents who provide quality service to their clients. Based on an independent survey of recent homeowners, the Five Star Award is given to fewer than 7 percent of real estate agents in a market. This is the eighth consecutive year that Samler has received this honor.
An associate in the Bradenton office of RE/MAX Alliance Group, Samler is a consistent multimillion-dollar producer. She has served buyers and sellers on the Florida Suncoast for 19 years. The Bradenton office is at 3007 Manatee Avenue W. Samler can be reached at 941-737-7955.
James O. Fergeson Jr., founder and shareholder in the law firm of Fergeson, Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron & Tirabassi, P.A., has been recognized by The Florida Bar for having retained his board certification in tax law and "legal expert" status for 30 continuous years.
In Florida, only board certified lawyers may use the terms "specialist," "expert" or "B.C.S." for Board Certified Specialist when referring to their legal credentials. Board certification evaluates attorneys' special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice.
About 4,600 of Florida's 93,000 lawyers have earned board certification. Florida offers 24 specialty areas for board certification, more than any other state. Board certification is valid for five years, during which time the attorney must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses.
Dianne Anderson, Gail Grimley and Gabriel "Gabe" Hartmann have joined RE/MAX Platinum Realty's Sarasota office.
Anderson, a Realtor, is a 30-year resident of Sarasota. Born in London, England, and raised in Orlando, she obtained her bachelor's degree from Furman University in Greenville, S.C. She began her career as a financial adviser/broker, helping clients protect and grow their assets, including real estate. Mother of three, Anderson has served as a volunteer, mentor and fundraiser in educational and school programs. She serves on the executive committee for the YMCA and volunteers as a Y Angel -- helping to provide outreach, support and funding to more than 1,000 homeless children in the community.
Grimley, a broker-associate, has been a licensed real estate broker for 32 years, specializing in luxury properties, new construction and tax-deferred exchanges. The New York City native moved to Florida in 1971 and has lived in Sarasota for more than 20 years. She has a fine arts degree in interior design from the New York School of Interior Design. She has been involved in several new construction projects, including serving as the broker of record for a custom builder in Laurel Oak Country Club and doing onsite sales in Lakewood Ranch when that development first started.
Grimley earned the Women's Council of Realtor's (WCR) Member of the Year Award for 2009 and holds the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) and Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designations. She has served for many years as a board member of the Florida Real Estate Exchangers, and is currently a member of the Sarasota Association of Realtor's Global Real Estate Council.
Realtor Gabriel "Gabe" Hartmann was raised on Siesta Key and specializes in Siesta Key properties. He is the second generation of his family in the real estate business. His parents have been involved in various aspects of real estate from rental properties to real estate sales.
He also works as a staff member of The Inn on Siesta Key, a family owned vacation resort. Hartmann is currently working toward a degree in marketing at the University of South Florida.