The 1st I-4 Commercial Corridor Conference Morning Session takes place at 10:25 am then rotates at 11:15 am to the 2nd Morning Session. All five panels listed below will take place during both sessions. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose which two out of the five morning session panels they wish to be present.

Entertainment Panel

  • R. Todd Dantzler, CCIM (moderator), Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty
  • Adrian Jones, LEGOLAND Florida
  • Kris Keprios, Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing
  • *Others to be added

Land Panel

  • David Hitchcock, CCIM, ALC (moderator), Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate
  • Dean P. Saunders, ALC, CCIM, Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate
  • Bill Eshenbaugh, ALC, CCIM, Eshenbaugh Land Company
  • Daryl M. Carter, Maury L Carter & Associates Inc
  • Brian G. Philpot JD, Ag America Lending

Equity Capital Sources

  • Roman Petra Esq., CCIM, CRE, Broad and Cassel
  • Ronn Medlock, Private Equity Finance\
  • Roy Abrams, RealConnex
  • Thomas S. Ablum, Ablum Brown & Company

Using ARC GIS & Business Analyst

  • Helen Thompson, ESRI
  • Gary M. Ralston , CCIM, SIOR, CPM, CRE, CLS, CDP, CRX, FRICS, Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty

Publix Story

  • David Goffe, CCIM, SFR, CDPE, (moderator) Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty
  • Brad Crenshaw, CCIM, Publix Super Markets

Speaker Biographies

Thomas S. Ablum
Albumn Brown & Company

Thomas Ablum has more than 30 years of experience in corporate and strategic finance, including private placements, leveraged buyouts, securitizations, workouts, turnarounds, strategic planning, financial structuring and troubled debt restructuring. In real estate finance, Tom is active in raising equity, structuring joint venture programs, construction loans, term debt, and refinancing commercial institutional grade assets for established developers, real estate operating companies, owners/investors and operators. Before co-founding Ablum Brown in 1988, Tom was co-head of corporate finance at the broker/dealer firm of Rodman & Renshaw, and prior to that with the investment banking group of Prudential Bache Securities. Before switching to the investment banking, Tom held corporate positions with Borg-Warner Acceptance Corp., Household International and the Walgreen Co. Mr. Ablum earned his BS in Finance at the University of Illinois, and received his MBA from DePaul University, with a specialization in accounting.


Roy Abrams

Roy Abrams is a seasoned real estate professional and business leader with a 25 year proven track recordin the industry. He has held senior positions in Blue Chip technology companies in UK, Africa, and the USA. He has an accomplished history of leading companies in both the private and public
areas. In 2005, he founded GPI RE Group a Real Estate development and Investment organization
with a presence in the UK, Poland, Romania, and latterly in the USA. His most recent venture,, brings together his extensive real estate, technology, and business skills.

Daryl M. Carter
Maury L Carter & Associates Inc
Work: 407-581-6205
Mobile: 407-701-0964

Daryl M. Carter is President of Maury L. Carter & Associates, Inc., a commercial real estate investment and brokerage company and Vice President of M. L. Carter Development Corporation, both based in Orlando, Florida. Daryl directs investments, build-to-suit commercial development, and brokerage operations. Responsible for investment/asset management of $450 million portfolio of Florida and Virginia properties consisting of raw land, retail and office, he has guided Maury L. Carter & Associates, Inc. to over one billion dollars in transactions.In partnership with Scott Crossman, who personally owns a portfolio of 13 income properties, totaling over 275,000 square feet. Graduated from University of Florida in December, 1985 with B.S.B.A.; majored in Real Estate. 

Brad Crenshaw CCIM
Real Estate Manager
Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Brad Crenshaw is a real estate manager for Publix Super Markets and has worked at Publix for seven years. As a real estate manager, he oversees the market strategy within a specific territory which includes, new store site selection, existing store redevelopments, remodels and site acquisitions. He has experience working in multiple markets throughout the southeast, including Central Florida, south Florida, North Carolina, and most recently Virginia. He graduated with a bachelors of science degree from Florida State University, has an MBA from Florida Southern College, and received his CCIM designation in October 2015.

R. Todd Dantzler, CCIM 
Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty
Mobile: (863) 287-3586

Todd Dantzler, CCIM, is District 4 Commissioner, Polk County, and managing partner of Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty. He is a well-known authority on commercial properties and land use in the Lakeland-Winter Haven metro and surrounding areas. Todd has been active in East Polk County real estate for over 33 years and is a 2nd-generation real estate leader where his father served as chairman of the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) in the early 80’s. Todd received the 2012 Florida Realtor® of the Year award and in 2000, he was elected president of the Florida Realtors® — the youngest president in the history of Florida Realtors®

Bill Eshenbaugh, ALC, CCIM
Eshenbaugh Land Company
Work: 813-287-8787
Mobile: 727-410-9595

Bill Eshenbaugh, ALC, CCIM, Founder and President of Eshenbaugh Land Company, a land brokerage firm based in Tampa, FL. Bill has been awarded Land Realtor of America, Land Realtor of Florida 3 times, and the FAR Outstanding Commercial Achievement Award. With 30 plus years of real estate experience, Bill has grown his expertise into a highly skilled team of award winning land brokers. Tenacity and a fervent passion for the business earned him the nickname, “The Dirt Dog,” and inspire the company to transcend the limits of excellence.

First licensed in ’83, Bill launched his career in land and commercial real estate investment, development, and brokerage. He went on to run the RTC, where he developed an invaluable set of skills and knowledge of all things land. Today, Eshenbaugh Land Company has closed more than $989 million in transactions. Mr. Eshenbaugh attributes his success to his loyal clients and the guiding principles of ethics, education, experience, enthusiasm, and empathy.  

David Hitchcock, CCIM, ALC 
Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate
Work: 863-648-1528
Mobile: 863-557-0082

David Hitchcock, ALC, CCIM, is an associate broker at CBC Saunders Real Estate, specializing in central and south Florida agricultural, agriculture transitional (transition-to-next-use), and residential development properties. A thirty-year veteran of the Florida Agribusiness industry, he has an excellent background in citrus and agricultural businesses. He has earned numerous industry sales awards.

He graduated from the University of Florida (UF) on a football scholarship, and obtained a bachelor of science degree in physical education. David lettered in wrestling and football and was the Most Valuable Player and co-captain of the 1973 Gator Football Team.

Adrian Jones
General Manager
Work: 863-318-5340
Mobile: 863-307-7330

For more than two decades, Adrian Jones has devoted himself to fun. The UK native currently spends his days overseeing the operation of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, the world’s largest LEGOLAND site and a place uniquely #BuiltForKids. As general manager, Jones launched the kid-focused vacation destination in October 2011 on the former site of Cypress Gardens, Florida’s first theme park, and since then has overseen more than five years of rapid growth and success that has generated nearly $1 billion (USD) of economic activity, all within the shadow of the world’s largest concentration of theme parks and visitor attractions. Under his tenure, what opened as a single theme park designed primarily for children 2-12 has expanded into a multi-day vacation resort that now boasts more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, LEGOLAND Water Park, the 152-room LEGOLAND Hotel, and LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, village-style accommodations that will more than double the resort’s on-site room inventory when it opens in mid-2017. Not bad for a chap who started out selling ice cream to theme park guests as a teenager. During his lengthy career with Merlin Entertainments Group, Jones previously served as divisional director of Midway Attractions in the western United States, where he was responsible for LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Schaumburg, Ill., Madame Tussauds Las Vegas and Madame Tussauds Hollywood, the first of the premier celebrity wax attractions to be built from the ground up in 200 years. His varied roles in the attractions industry have included marketing event coordinator, business development sales, events manager and sponsorship manager. Jones received a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from England’s Nottingham Trent University and has lived in the United States since 2004.

Kris Keprios
Senior Tourism Sales and Marketing Manager
Central Florida Visitors & Convention Bureau / Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing

Kris Keprios is the Senior Tourism Sales and Marketing Manager for Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing (PCTSM), the official visitors and convention bureau for Polk County. Kris started his career as an intern with PCTSM in 2003, while attending Florida Southern College. In his role as Senior Tourism Sales and Marketing Manager he develops and manages PCTSM’s strategic marketing plan and all advertising, sales and promotions initiatives that promote Polk County as a tourism destination throughout the U.S. and internationally. In addition to tourism marketing, Kris oversees PCTSM’s tourism sales initiatives that involve consumer travel shows, group travel, meetings and conventions and other tourism sales initiatives. Kris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Southern College in 2003 and has lived in Polk County for more than 30 years. He is also a graduate of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Tourism Marketing College, a three-year educational program for tourism industry professionals and is a member of the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association, where he served as President in 2008-2009. Kris was selected as one of the “Forty for the Future” in the U.S. travel and tourism industry, by the Southeast Tourism Society, he was also selected as the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Rising Star”, an award that recognizes extraordinary performance by one person in the Southeast region who is new to the travel and tourism industry and shows the greatest potential for future leadership in the industry.

Ronn Medlock
Private Equity Finance
Ronn Medlock is a private equity finance/
hard money broker/investor. He has been a
Central Florida/Winter Park real estate and
mortgage broker for more than 30 years,
offering private equity real estate financing
to commercial, residential, and investor
clients. The firms and individuals in his group
are investors that have a specific investment
focus on the real estate sector. His investors
are active in the placement and lending of
debt and private or institutional equity capital
in the real estate market – his clients are
American and foreign nationals.

Roman Petra Esq., CCIM, CRE 
Broad and Cassel
Work: 407-839-4247
Mobile: 314-496-2441

Roman Petra, Esq., CCIM, CRE  is an attorney with the statewide law firm Broad and Cassel.  He is a member of the Affordable Housing and Tax Credit, Real Estate, Taxation and Public Finance and Capital Projects Practice Groups.  Mr. Petra has closed more than a billion dollars in real estate financing transactions and is well-versed in various products and programs, including Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5); he also counsel’s clients on alternative fundraising options, including crowdfunding, online platforms and Regulation A.  He is a graduate of Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill., and received his juris doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law. He holds a master’s in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., a master’s degree in real property and development from the University of Miami School of Law, and holds both the CCIM designation and CRE designations. Mr. Petra also is AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and was listed among the Florida’s “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine in 2015 and 2016.

Brian G. Philpot JD
Managing Partner
Ag America Lending
Work: (863) 607-9500
Mobile: (863) 698-9151

Brian G. Philpot is the President/CEO and principal owner of AgAmerica Lending – a nationwide agricultural real estate lender.

Founded by Philpot in 2009, AgAmerica’s unique brand of agricultural lending has grown into one of the premier financial brands in the country. Its spectrum of loan products serve the ag market in a way that no other lender can – providing short and long term solutions across a broad range of loan terms and interest rates.

Brian has an extensive background in real estate law, growth management and land use issues, market analysis and negotiation.

One of the founding partners of Land South Group, Brian was the project leader on the acquisition and sale of timberland, ranches, groves, residential, commercial and industrial projects.

Brian has been a principal in the acquisition of more than 160,000 acres.

Brian received his B.S. in Finance from Florida State University, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida’s College of Law

Brian has served on the Polk County Land Use Planning Commission, the Lakeland Regional Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors, and the Platinum Bank Advisory Board. His leadership roles include Chairman of the Lakeland Economic Development Council and former Chairman of the Lakeland First United Methodist Church Board of Trustees. Brian lives in Lakeland with his wife Brandie and their two children.

Gary M. Ralston CCIM, SIOR, CPM, CRE, CLS, CDP, CRX, FRICS Managing Partner of CBCSRD

Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty
863-877-2828 Direct
863-738-2246 Mobile

Gary M. Ralston, CCIM, SIOR, SRS, CPM, CRE, CLS, CDP, CRX, FRICS is a managing partner of Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty, LLC – the premier commercial services provider in Central Florida (Polk County). He is a recognized subject matter expert on retail and commercial properties. His experience includes the complete spectrum of commercial real estate services. In addition, he is a successful real estate developer, investor, and group investment sponsor. From the early 1990s through 2004 Gary was the president and a member of the board of directors of Commercial Net Lease Realty, Inc. (NYSE:NNN) the industry leader in single-tenant corporate net-leased real estate. During that time he guided the company’s growth from less than $15 million in real estate assets to over $1.5 billion.

Dean P. Saunders, ALC, CCIM
Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate
Work: 863-648-1528
Mobile: 863-287-8340

Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM, is owner/broker of Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate in Lakeland, Florida. Since 1985, Dean has specialized in Florida land and conservation easements. He served as Agricultural Liaison, Special Assistant, and Director of External Affairs to US Senator Lawton Chiles, then Governor Chiles (D-FL). He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where assisted in important legislation supporting landowner property rights and conservation. He comes from an 8th-generation Florida agricultural family; earned a BSA from the University of Florida in Fruit Crops, Food, and Resource Economics; and is a recognized Florida land and conservation easement authority. He has earned the #1 Sales Professional recognition in the CBC affiliate network multiple times and has led the company to CBC’s highest honor, the Commercial Elite award  multiple times.

He produces an annual Florida Real Estate Land Conference based upon his innovative work through tracking hard sales data for verified Florida land sales across the State for specific land property types. The annual Lay of the Land Market Report provides verified land sales data.

Helen Thompson
Director, Commercial Marketing
Work: 909-793-2853 x:3586
Mobile: 909-653-5376

Helen Thompson is an advocate for advancing analytics and geographic literacy. Every twenty-first century data set contains location yet most people and businesses remain blind to the importance of geography when making decisions. The Internet of Things, Connected Vehicles, Social Media and every purchase provides a geospatial exhaust that can be used to create opportunities or understand for both consumers and businesses. She believes this geographic context is central to creating a new society as well as solving some of our biggest challenges. These range from global economic shifts and risk reduction to driverless cars, smart buildings, 3D technology and the ongoing acceleration in the interconnectivity of our world.