"All I can strive to be is the absolute best possible version of myself."
My name is Laura Kopple and I am the owner/broker of Laura B. Kopple, Inc., Realtors® in Venice, Florida. I am active in the Venice Area Board of Realtors having continually served on the education committee, finance committee, grievance committee, data services committee, as a Director for 3 years, as Vice-President/Secretary, as President Elect, and as President in 2007. Currently I chair the Data Services Committee, the Finance Committee and serve as the Board's Treasurer. I have also served as a Director for My Florida Regional MLS, our MLS service, and currently serve on their finance committee.
I was born in Pittsburgh & am the oldest of 7 children. In 1973, Mom & Dad packed up the tribe & moved us to Ft.Lauderdale. No more “snowed-in” winters for us.
After meeting my husband, Bob, in Miami, I went to work for his title insurance company as a bookkeeper & closing agent. When the business was sold, I expanded my knowledge of the real estate industry by working as a rental agent for a commercial real estate broker and later, a closing coordinator for a large law firm before opening our own real estate office. In the early 80’s, we relocated to Venice, Florida, and opened our office, specializing in resort & second homes. That small two-man team has grown but we have not lost our ability to provide professional, personalized service to our growing client base.
In addition to my real estate career, I am active in The Plantation Community Foundation & The Gulf Coast Community Foundation as a sponsor for fund raising events that benefit local organizations. Also, I have set up an endowment fund in my husband’s memory wherein the monies go directly to the Hospice organization. Currently I am serving as a President of the Board of the Venice Theatre.
At home I enjoy what I call my own “Garden of Eden”, Glenaerie, which is nestled in a forest of live oak & cabbage palms. Registered as a natural backyard wildlife habitat, I emphasize xeriscaping in the design and the utilization of native landscape plants. In 2005, I added two German shepherd puppies to my family. Being a first time parent, I had no idea how much joy they could bring. In 2009 I rescued Annabelle from the shelter. She's a 50 pound mutt with a lot of attitude but happy to have a permanent home of her own. My shepherds have crossed over the rainbow bridge but I have once again been blessed with a special dog, Murphy. He & Annabelle became fast friends and both enjoy the gardens.
May your life be filled with love & laughter, today and ever after.
Laura B. Kopple
I have completed courses to acquire my Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) designation and my Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation. I also hold the GRI designation, Graduate of Realtor Institute.
2014 PRESIDENT VENICE ARA BOARD OF REALTORS®
A native of Lancaster Pennsylvania, I became a Realtor® in 1975, and began my career at the Jersey Shore in Avalon and Stone Harbor.
After 18 years in New Jersey, and in late 1993 relocating to Venice, I joined Laura B. Kopple, Inc., Realtors® in 1994 and serve as Broker / Associate. A licensed Broker in New Jersey and Florida, I also hold the CRS Designation (Certified Residential Specialist).
At the Venice Board, I have served as a member and / or Chair of numerous committees, but have been most active in RPAC (Realtors® Political Action Committee), Political Affairs and as an MLS (Multiple Listing Service) Instructor for new members.
In 2001 I received the Exceptional Service Awarded, and in 2002 was honored as Realtor® of the Year. In 2003 I became President-Elect, and had the distinction of serving as the 2004 President.
In 2006 I was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. I served on the Board of Directors for nine years, from 2000 to 2009. Being selected President - Elect in 2013, I will again serve until 2015. Last year I was honored to receive the President's Award. It is my privilege to once again serve as Venice Board President.
At Florida Realtors® I have served on a number of State Committees, and was twice appointed to a three year term as the District 13 representative for the RPAC Trustees, being chosen as Chairman in 2007. In 2008 I was elected Florida Realtors® Vice-President for district 13 and in 2009 was Chair of the MLS Practices Forum. I continue to serve on various Committees.
My wife Rosalie is also a member of the Venice Board, and we have two children and three grandchildren.
Thomas H. Sponaugle
As a real estate professional with more than 30 years’ experience in Venice and neighboring communities, Barbara Saputo has the market knowledge to facilitate the sale and / or purchase of your property successfully and with the utmost professionalism.
Barbara is a member of the Venice Area Board of Realtors® (VABR), has acted as Chairperson of several committees and is currently Chairperson of the Professional Standards Committee and an Ethics instructor. She is a State certified instructor of Negotiation & Counseling and was elected to serve as the VABR President in 2009.
Barbara is licensed as a Broker - Associate with the State of Florida Department of Professional Regulation. Over the years, she has sold a variety of lifestyle homes in golf & country club communities, maintenance-free villas/condominiums, deed restricted neighborhoods, and new construction. In 2009, Barbara affiliated her license with Laura B. Kopple, Inc., Realtors® because she believes that an independent Brokerage firm enables her to provide the most personalized service to her customers. Laura B. Kopple, Inc., Realtors® has been in the Venice area market since 1984 earning an excellent reputation for satisfying the needs of homebuyers as well as providing reliable marketing plans for their listings.
Away from the office, Barbara enjoys volunteering for Tidwell-Hospice as well as participating in church and community activities. Her greatest joy is time spent with her children and young grandchildren.
Barbara earned her B.S. in Education at University of Kansas prior to launching her real estate career in 1979. Most recently, she has earned her Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), Short Sale Foreclosure Resource (SFR), and Graduate Realtor® Institute (GRI). These designations reflect Barbara's commitment to professional growth that enables her to better serve her real estate clients.
Barbara F. Saputo
Born and raised in southern Ohio, Stacy and her family moved to the beautiful Gulf coast town of Venice in July of 2015. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College of Pharmacy, she practiced in mail order and the retail setting for fifteen years prior to relocating.
While enjoying her role as a health care provider she had a desire for a new and exciting professional direction. Having always held a passion for real estate and design she decided to break into the real estate industry as a second career and earned her license as a real estate agent in May of 2016. She is very pleased to be a member of the Kopple Realty team. As a dedicated and dynamic professional, she is determined to provide the highest level of service to all of her customers. Whether buying your new dream home or selling your current residence her commitment to you is excellence!
Away from the office, Stacy loves spending time with her husband, John, and two young daughters, as well as, going to the beach, swimming, crafting, and horseback riding.
She is a member of the Venice Area Board of REALTORS® and the Young Professionals Network. She is also a member of the International Organization of Professional Home Stagers and holds a certification in home staging.
Stacy A. Kushman
Cell: (941) 716-0416
Office: (941) 493-3359
Born and raised in Springfield, New Jersey, I am entering my 28th year in the Real Estate business.
My resume includes being a salesperson, New Jersey Broker, RE/MAX franchise owner, as well as, being a Florida Real Estate Broker. Residential resales have spanned the majority of my career but I have extensive new home construction sales experience as well.
A former Board of Directors member with the Hunterdon/Somerset Board of Realtors in New Jersey for 8 years, I became a Florida Broker in 2005.
As a resident of Sarasota National in Venice, Laura Kopple, Inc. will enable me an excellent opportunity to serve its residents with experienced listing and selling skills. Over the years, I have sold a variety of lifestyle homes in golf & country club communities, maintenance-free villas/condominiums, deed restricted neighborhoods, and new construction. Whether you ae selling or buying, your satisfaction and success will be my #1 prioity!
Away from the office I enjoy fitness training, golf, tennis and going to the beach, and really just taking advantage of the beautiful area we have to share here in Venice, Florida.
Hello! My name is Patti Calkins, I am a real estate professional and Broker – Associate with Laura B. Kopple, Inc., Realtors®. I am a native of Western, NY and I have lived in Florida since 2001. I am happy to call Venice my home and to raise my family here! I enjoy the people, culture, and the many outdoor activities that are available to us.
In my real estate career I specialize in Property Management of private residences here in Venice. In the 10 years that I have been with Laura B. Kopple, Inc., Realtors®, I have successfully leased and fully managed a variety of property types, styles and locations. I take great pride in providing a positive experience for all parties involved in the leasing transaction. Whether your needs are a vacation rental overlooking an 18-hole golf course or a single family home to settle into and begin to call Venice your home, contact me to find your place in Paradise!
When I am not in the office I spend time trying to keep up with my daughter and son. I enjoy the beach, and biking on the legacy trail. I volunteer on the Suncoast BBQ Bash Committee, and I am Chairperson of the Dessert Contest. The event raises funds for the Suncoast Handicap Children Foundation.
Patricia A Calkins