I moved to Southwest Florida from Mequon, Wisconsin in 2001 and have never missed a snow flake or a wind chill index since. My wife Pam and I decided that after 30 years in securities and retail clothing industry, it was time to stop and smell the roses, or rather the hibiscus. I was unable to stay away very long however, founding and running a private asset management firm, Shadow Wood Advisors, PLC; becoming a Florida Notary Public; and acting a Neutral (arbitrator) for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). I held the professional designation of Certified Financial Planner® and have earned a Masters Degree in Financial Planning.
As a direct result of client needs, I revisited the Real Estate industry in 2008 joining Prudential Florida Realty where I was given the opportunity to work with some of the top agents if not some of the nicest, in southwest Florida. In 2011 I moved my practice to Keller Williams Elite Realty to expand my knowledge. In 2017 after a very successful career in the Bonita Springs – Estero market, we decided to relocate to Lakewood Ranch and I decided to go on my own with Mike Kozlow Real Estate.
I was able to earn my GRI®, Accredited Buyers Representative® designations, and became eCertified® . I also spent considerable time expanding my knowledge and gaining Resort & Second Home, Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource designations. I have spent significant hours gaining a background in commercial real estate by actively working and continuing to pursue a CCIM certification. As part of the KW Commercial world-wide network of commercial agents, I had access to buyers and sellers of all interests. I played a significant role in leasing for Bonita Springs employers.
I feel that my 40+ years in the financial services industry has made me uniquely qualified to assist in the buying of a home or professionally assisting in the orderly transfer of ownership of a personal residence. I have been party more that $12 million dollars in transactions in the past 7 years. I was the recipient of the 2013 and 2015 Golden Bear Award for my work with buyers and sellers.
I am an avid golfer who has played or visited almost every course in the Ft. Myers – Estero – Bonita Springs – Naples and a few here in the Sarasota – Lakewood Ranch area and am confident I can find the right golf course property for a buyer. I bring a unique feel for play-ability coupled with friendly surroundings to make that perfect match for life here in paradise. My golf background includes chairing the Wisconsin State Open won in 1989 by Steve Stricker, two MDA golf tournaments and co-chairing a National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis LPGA Pro Am tournament Milwaukee. I worked with and for the Wisconsin section of the Professional Golfer Association of America (PGA) as a rules official for both section events and state tournaments to include qualifying tournaments for the Greater Milwaukee Open (GMO), a former PGA Tour event.
I have been an active member of four country clubs over the past 48 years. I served on a multitude of committees and an elected member the Board of Directors of North Shore Country Club in Mequon, WI from 1979 to 2001. I then joined Shadow Wood Country Club in Bonita Springs, FL, where I worked on the transition committee and was elected to the first member board. I spent considerable time as a neighborhood representative to the Shadow Wood Community Association spending two years as the chairman of the landscape and hard-scape committee. The Club and Home Owner Association experience has given me that necessary background to assist prospective buyers in the selection of a gated golf community. I know what to look for and what to avoid! I now am a member of the brand new community The Esplanade Golf and Country Club at Lakewood Ranch, just north of Sarasota. Here there is an opportunity to buy both existing and new construction; with a challenging 18 hole lay out, two resort style pools, major fitness and spa facilities and an active lifestyle.
I have been active with the Back-country Fly Fishers of Naples serving as the President and as the Membership Chairman. The club is developing an active role in the restoration and support of native habitat in the Southwest Florida Gulf coast. It also has been an active participant and sponsor of local youth programs centered on the sport of fishing and the ethics of catch and release.
My history of fair and honest dealing, abiding by the rules, and knowing where to find the answers ,gives me that ability to not sell someone a house, but assist in the purchase of a home.