Business Briefs: RE/Max Platinum going international

May 9, 2013 

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- RE/MAX Platinum Realty, a luxury real estate brokerage with five offices in Sarasota and Manatee counties, has opened a Global New Homes Division. The division will provide international sales support to builders and developers, starting with those in the Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice market.

Builders and developers who partner with RE/MAX Platinum Realty will have access to sales associates in the five local offices, as well as the international brokers in the Global New Homes Division network. Builder and developer properties will be marketed through networking, international trade shows and active company sales efforts.

Heading the new division is Global New Homes Sales Manager Teresa Witte, who brings more than 20 years of experience in new homes sales and management. Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Witte has worked for many of Florida's top developers, including Levitt and Sons, Maronda Homes and Coscan Homes on the Florida East Coast. She opened a Coscan Homes presence in Brazilian real estate brokerages, and was responsible for the high percentage of sales to South American clients at the developer's Point of Aventura luxury condominiums.

She earned the Treasure Coast Builders Association Gold Medallion Award as the Top Sales Leader for the Tri-County area (St. Lucie, Indian River and Martin County) in 2004.

Prior to joining RE/MAX Platinum Realty, Witte was a Sales Associate for Lennar Homes, where she specialized in luxury condominium sales in the River Strand Golf and Country Club in Manatee County. She is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Witte's efforts will be concentrated initially in South America (Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia), Canada and the United Kingdom. She will work from the RE/MAX Platinum Realty Lakewood Ranch office at 8215 Natures Way, Unit 109, Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202. She can be reached at (941) 302-2585 or teresa@platinumrealtyflorida.com.

MetroPCS partners with Ben Zobrist in contest

MetroPCS is giving one lucky Tampa Bay area student in kindergarten through the eighth grade an opportunity to take Tampa Bay Rays player Ben Zobrist to school before the school year's end.

Along with pictures, autographs and prizes, Zobrist will spend his time participating in activities in the winning student's classroom, as well as mingling with the rest of the student body.

Parents may enter their child in the "Take Ben Zobrist to School Contest" simply by filling out a form by May 12 at any Tampa Bay area MetroPCS store.

The contest is open to students in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Hernando, Citrus, Highlands and Polk counties only.

SCF touts mobile app with class listings, maps, more

BRADENTON -- A video about the newest features on State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota's (SCF) mobile app is now available at scf.edu/scfmobile.

The video "SCFmobile: Evolution" traces the technological progression from the telegraph to modern technology featuring SCFmobile, a free mobile app for students, staff, faculty and friends who want to stay connected with the college while on the go. Available for both Apple and Android mobile devices, SCFmobile offers quick and easy access to the directory and class listings, maps, library resources, latest news and much more.

The video was conceived and created by Jimmy Perez, SCF graphic design technology student and SCF information technology services intern.

"Technology is something that students are familiar with because it's modern. Technology is in, and the SCFmobile app allows students to access information about the college more quickly," Perez said.

-- Herald staff report

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