A lifelong resident of Bradenton, Ben Bakker brings a wealth of community knowledge to the Commercial division of Michael Saunders & Company. With an extensive background in sales and customer service, Ben has over 13 years’ experience in the sign sales industry. Extraordinary levels of community relationships built through years of networking have given him tremendous success, and make him a natural choice t... more.o assist with your commercial real estate needs.
Ben also serves as Vice President of HJB Properties, a family-owned commercial property entity. He oversees management, development, leasing and tenant relations for the multiple commercial parcels, office buildings and warehouses that he and his family hold throughout Manatee County.
A 2010 graduate of Leadership Manatee, Ben is deeply committed to the continued growth, revitalization and redevelopment of his hometown. Currently, he holds positions with the Chamber’s Downtown Redevelopment Committee (Chairman) and Manatee Co. Infill Redevelopment Taskforce, and has been appointed by Mayor Wayne Poston to serve as Chairman of the Planning Commission for the City of Bradenton. A past Chairman of the Manatee Young Professionals, Leadership Manatee Alumni Association and Manatee Tiger Bay Club - he has also served on the board of directors for three additional community non-profits - including as a founding board member of Realize Bradenton.
Ben was named one of 2014's "People To Watch"by Biz941 Magazine and was also awarded a medal of honor as a "Magnetic Man of Manatee County" for distinguished citizenship. In addition to being named Michael Saunders & Company’s "Top Rookie" in 2014 and to the Tampa Bay Business Journal's "40 under 40" list in 2015. Most recently, he was awarded the MS&C Masters Award and top producing agent for 2016 for number of lease and sale transactions.