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Get to know Mike Kozlow
I'm a "Cheesehead in Paradise"!
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).
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 to expand my knowledge and contacts. In 2017 we relocated to the Esplanade Golf and Country Club in Lakewood Ranch, FL and I have gone independent.
I was able to earn my GRI®, Accredited Buyers Representative® and eCertified® designations. 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.
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 than $22 million dollars in transactions in the past 6 years, with the majority coming from REFERRALS. I love referrals.
I am an avid golfer. I 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 1989 Wisconsin State Open won by Steve Stricker, two MDA golf tournaments and co-chairing a National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis LPGA Pro Am tournament. 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 Great Milwaukee Open (GMO), a PGA tour event.
I have been an active member of three country clubs over the past 40 years. I served on a multitude of committees and served on the Board of Directors for North Shore Country Club in Mequon Country Club from 1979 to 2001. I then joined Shadow Wood Country Club in 2001 and worked on the transition committee and was elected to its 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 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 have been active with the Back-country Fly Fishers of Naples as the President. The club is developing an active role in the restoration and support of native habitat in the southwest Florida 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. I have now joined the Manatee fly fishing club and am learning the waters with guides.
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. Did I meniton that I love REFERRALS.
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Graduate Realtor Institute - GRI
Accredited Buyer Representative - ABR
Given my extensive background and experience in the world of golf, I have chosen to specialize in the golf communities but I am well aware that for some golf isn't a piroity. Lakewood Ranch properties offer a full range of amenities guaranteed to suit any of your desires.
I will work for the buyer to insure that they can have that slice of paradise just as I do.