"All I can strive to be is the absolute best possible version of myself."
My name is Laura Kopple and I am the new Broker/Manager for RE/MAX Palm Realty in Venice. Prio to July 1, 2019 I have been the owner/broker of Laura B. Kopple, Inc., Realtors® in Venice, Florida, since 1984. 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, as President in 2007, and Treasurere 2017-2018 . Currently I chair the Data Services Committee, and serve on the Finance Committee, education committee and professional standards committee. I have also served as a Director for My Florida Regional MLS, our regional MLS service, and previously served 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 support 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). As of July 1, 2019, along with Laura, joined RE/MAX Palm Realty of Venice.
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