Meet The Team
Gail Wittig, Broker – Associate, Five Star Real Estate Agent
With over 38 years in the field, real estate professional Gail Wittig has cultivated a reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the local luxury sector. The former schoolteacher, mortgage broker and lifelong Sarasota resident launched her career in new home sales three decades ago, and has found long-term success in representing buyers and sellers of some of the region’s most elegant and upscale properties.
Early on, Gail’s tenacity and professionalism attracted the attention of broker Michael Saunders, who offered her a position in her then start-up firm. “I connected with Michael immediately,” recalls Gail. “She is a very dynamic woman, highly motivated and with a real understanding of the industry. Michael remains very active in the company, traveling across the United States and abroad in search of new ideas and trends to share with us.”
Her love of the business, and her knack for exceptional customer care have earned Gail recognition as one of the region’s most accomplished luxury real estate agents. Since restructuring her team and joining forces with her son, Ian Addy, Gail continues to set the standard for excellence. In addition to numerous Top Team and Benchmark Sale awards, the team has been awarded with Top Team on Longboat Key for the last 7 consecutive years.
Gail’s background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Florida, a Florida Real Estate Broker’s License acquired in 1982 and she previously co-owned a local mortgage company. She was also involved in many successful projects from the ground up and as an onsite sales agent with properties such as Longboat Key Club & Resort, L’Ambiance, Sanctuary, The Oaks, Promenade, Marina Bay, Sabal Cove, Weston Point, Mount Vernon, Our House at the Beach, Winding Oaks and Lawrence Point, which gives her unparalled, intimate knowledge of these properties. When not selling real estate, Gail enjoys hosting large dinner parties for friends and family, boating and traveling abroad.
Ian Addy, MBA, PA – Realtor
As a second generation realtor and Sarasota native, Ian brings his vast knowledge about the area and experience to every real estate transaction. With an emphasis on finance and real estate he graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida and started his career as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch. While at Merrill Lynch Ian generated over $186,000 in revenue through hosting seminars and cold calling placing him within the top quarter of the firm. Deciding to change gears and go into the family business, real estate, Ian returned to his alma mater. After earning his MBA he joined Smith Associates as a New Home Sales Associate for several high-rise developments on the Gulf Coast. He thrived earning sales in excess of $20,000,000 per year for an impressive four consecutive years. His undergraduate and MBA level coursework has unequivocally enhanced his ability to successfully achieve prominence in the industry.
Like his mother, Ian caught the attention of Michael Saunders who saw an opportunity to join forces in marketing and selling Bleu Claire, an elegant beachfront condominium community located on Longboat Key. Now part of the Addy & Wittig Team, Ian’s analytical strength and customer service focus is an immeasurable part of the team’s overall success. A testament to this success is the teams’ most recent top honor awarded within Michael Saunders & Company of the 2014 Top Team Longboat Key for the fifth year in a row.
When relaxing, Ian enjoys spending time with friends and family. He loves boating on Sarasota’s amazing waterways.
Barbara Milian, PA – Realtor, Business Manager
With over 23 years in the business, Barbara has combined her love of real estate with her fluency in Spanish to cultivate a successful and diverse career in the industry. Her first taste of real estate came during college, when she worked on-site with a Florida developer in Miami. Her interest was piqued and Barbara went on to work as a leasing agent for Oakwood Apartments, the world’s largest corporate housing company.
Setting her sights on a position with more responsibility, Barbara moved to California where she became an on-site property manager, overseeing nearly 500 apartments and managing office employees and maintenance personnel. Eventually Barbara and her family returned to Florida in 1995 and settled in Manatee County. She joined Michael Saunders as a rental agent, and was then quickly promoted to Anna Maria Island’s property manager before becoming an assistant with Gail’s previous team in 2000. Barbara brings her extensive knowledge in property management, real estate services, bilingual skills and exceptional customer relations to all of the teams transactions making them flow smoothly from contract to closing.
Barbara enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, going to our beautiful beaches and decorating projects.
Heather Russell – Marketing Manager
With over 16 years of real estate experience, Heather brings to our team a wealth of leading edge marketing expertise. Originally from Burlington, Vermont, Heather started her real estate experience as a Marketing Assistant with MaceRich at a commercial mall property in downtown Burlington.
Heather moved to Sarasota in August of 2000 to hone her skills further as the Marketing Director for Southgate Plaza under Jones Lang LaSalle Group’s retail property management division. After Westfield Corp. purchased both Southgate and Sarasota Square Malls, Heather flexed her marketing muscle as the Senior Marketing Director of both properties and immersed herself in community relations, online/print branding campaigns and really developed the tools that now help her expose your property to the real estate market locally and internationally.
Heather enjoys spending time with her daughter, listening to live music, watching Patriots football and traveling whenever possible.
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