"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
In our quest for a place to retire, as soon as we saw what Venice had to offer, we knew we had found our new home. The familial feel of Venice and all it has to offer; the Gulf, the wonderful weather, tennis courts, as well as the abundance of activities both recreation and theater, checked off all of our wants and needs. The past four years here have been more than we could have ever hoped for!
I grew up mostly in New England; Connecticut for over twenty years and New Hampshire for over thirty years. I attended Central Connecticut State University where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, then continued on for my Master Degree in Reading. I then moved to New Hampshire where, through the next thirty years I taught grades one through eight. However, my love was teaching middle school literature for more than fifteen years. During my teaching career I was very involved in many aspects of education; chairing committees both at the building level and the district level, as well as attending workshops and classes to keep with current trends in teaching/education and technology.
I chose Real Estate as a new career for many reasons. I enjoy meeting and talking to people, and as a past educator helping others is important to me. Real Estate allows me to continue to grow and learn as an individual as well as to continue to challenge myself with a career very different from what I had been doing.
During my free time I enjoy playing tennis, bike riding, cooking, cooking classes, reading, walking and being outside enjoying the beautiful plants and birds of the region.
Allow me to help you find just what you are looking for. Welcome Home-
Cell: (603) 860-1411
Office: (941) 493-3359
ABOUT TOM T.
I was born and raised in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. I grew up in an environment rich with family connections where the ideals of family, friends, and home were a continual part of my life. In my teens my family relocated to New England where I spent the next fifty-three years, most of which was in New Hampshire. Despite the cultural and other changes between the mid-West and New England, those same essential characteristics that were ingrained in my youth continued to flourish and became an ever-stronger influence in my life.
I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts and supplemented that with my MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts then followed that up with post graduate work at Harvard University.
My working career consisted of forty years in the aerospace and defense industry, largely involved with engineering production. My wife Sue and I met in New Hampshire, were married in New Hampshire, and spent over thirty years living in New Hampshire. This past October we were blessed to celebrate the marriage of our daughter Theresa, and yes, that too was in New Hampshire.
Sue and I spent considerable time contemplating our life after retirement, and most of that soul-searching clearly focused on relocating to Florida. After a three plus year search, we finally found our new home right here in Venice. We’re now into our fourth year in our new home and really love it here. And, despite the new way of life, I feel that those very same concepts of family, friends and especially home, are more than ever the key to happiness.
In my newly established real estate career I intend to grow my existing business skills and broaden those with personalized customer service. It is my intention to bring to my clients the same sense of well-being, satisfaction and warmth that have been an important part of my life…particularly the concept of HOME !!!
And that is why I will strive, first, foremost, and always to be…Here for you…
Cell: (603) 860-3990
Office: (941) 493-3359
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 14 + 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!
Patricia A Calkins