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Meet John Sebree

May 18, 2011 - 6:00pm

"My wish? I would love for the economy to make a speedy recovery for the sake of every working Floridian and American."

Name

John Morton Sebree

Where do you work, what is your position there and how long have you worked for this company?
I am vice president of Public Policy for the 115,000-member Florida Realtors. I moved to Tallahassee seven years ago from Washington, D.C., to take this position.

Age
44

If you graduated from college, where did you go?
Undergraduate Northern Kentucky University. MBA from George Washington University in D.C.

How long have you lived in Tallahassee?
Seven years.

Are you married? If so, how many children do you have?
Single and no children.

What brought youto your current job?
I was the senior lobbyist for the National Association of Realtors in Washington, D.C. After 13 years with the National Association, I was ready for a change and the Florida Realtors asked me to move here and run the Office of Public Policy.

Describe what you do.
I advocate on behalf of property owners and potential property owners. I am very focused on quality-of-life issues, as Realtors in Florida dont just sell houses and buildings, they sell everything that goes along with that schools, white sand beaches, etc. I work hard to bring these issues and real-life examples to the attention of elected leaders and regulators at the state and national level.

What were you doing the last five years of your life?
I was living Florida real estate these past five years. It has been a tough period for our members and I have spent much of my time making my way to every corner of the state helping them through oil spills, turbulent markets, tough constitutional amendment campaigns, etc.

What do you want to do with your life long-term?
I love to travel.I want to see more of the world. If I could find a way to combine my love of travel with my career, that would be a great way to complete my career.

What do you do in your free time?
I travel. I spend as much time as possible with my nieces and nephews on my farm in Kentucky.

If you could be granted one wish right now, what would it be?
I would love for the economy to make a speedy recovery for the sake of every working Floridian and American. We have so much to offer and we just need for the world to start visiting and buying Florida property.

What would you change about Tallahassee and/or the capital if you could?
I have been so pleasantly surprised with how much fun Tallahassee can be. There are wonderful events, such a spirit of charity. I would change the citys reputation from a sleepy Southern town to a vibrant capital city.

Jolisa Canty, Sunshine State News intern, collected this information. Contact Jolisa at jolisa@sunshinestatenews.com, or at (850) 727-0859

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