Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Charles (Charlie) Willits as its new Director of Information Technology. In his new role, Charlie directs every aspect of the company’s Information Technology department, supporting 24 branch offices, over 650 agents and nearly 200 staff members. His team includes eight highly specialized, locally-based individuals focused on helpdesk and desktop support, application development, network infrastructure and managing vendor relationships with technology partners.
“We are thrilled to welcome Charlie to the team and continue to see the evolution of our technology through the eyes of a seasoned real estate business professional”, said Michael Saunders, Founder and CEO of Michael Saunders and Company. “His passion for data, security, and innovation will serve us well as the dizzying pace of technology continues to reshape how real estate is bought, sold and marketed to consumers in the digital age.”
Charlie brings 25 years’ experience in real estate and technology. Most recently, he was Director of IT at Watson Realty Corp. in Jacksonville, FL. Prior to that, Charlie spent over two decades with the Naples Area Board of Realtors® and MLS of Naples, where he served as Chief Information Officer. Charlie has achieved various technology and real estate designations, including e-Pro, Certified Multiple Listing Executive (CMLX), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Google Analytics Individual Qualification. He has a BA in Political Science from Stetson University in Central Florida. In his spare time, Charlie enjoys scuba diving, martial arts, traveling, playing the piano, and practicing his Portuguese.
Charlie will round out the experienced agent services leadership team consisting of marketing, business development, accounting, rental and property management, and the appointment call center. Located at 1801 Main Street in downtown Sarasota, the unique and highly-qualified staff of over 50 individuals are the backbone of the business – offering the 650+ agents of Michael Saunders & Company the seamless services needed to market, list, and close thousands of transactions per year. This unique full-service business model to its Realtors® has been instrumental in the company’s success, resulting in multi-year market share dominance in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties.