REALTOR® + TEAM LEAD
Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH)
I am originally from Canton, Ohio and grew up in a community called Lake Cable. My family was in the hardware/fireplace/furniture business for over 43 years. My dad founded the company originally called Home Supply Company in 1949. As the company grew, the name was changed to Zellers, New Dimensions in Living and included locations in Akron, Ohio as well. I attended Jackson High School in Massillon, and graduated from Bowling Green State University. I had a double major and earned a Bachelor of Science in Regional Geography and Speech and Drama. I also attended the University of Southern California working toward a MFA in Tec Theater. I had the opportunity to work for the 1970 "comeback" for Perry Como at the International Hotel in Las Vegas as the Assistant Lighting Director. I met my beautiful wife, Suzanne, while at Bowling Green.
We sold our family business and I joined Burdines Department Stores in Sarasota, Florida as a Sales Associate in the furniture department and was with the company for 21 years. I retired in 2003 as V.P. General Manager of the Burdines in Altamonte Springs (Now Macy's). During my career at Burdines, I was promoted and relocated to 7 different locations. I ran/worked in stores in Sarasota, Melbourne (twice), Fort Meyers, Gainesville, Boca Raton, and Altamonte Springs.
After I retired, I was invited to join Saks, Inc. and moved to Spartanburg, SC. After only 20 months with Saks, my division (Proffitts & McRaes) was sold to Belk. Shortly after, I was promoted and moved to Biloxi, MS where I held the position of V.P. Regional Store Manager. In Biloxi, I had the responsibility for all stores located in the Gulf Coast Region in Mississippi and Louisiana. My move to Biloxi took place 3 weeks before Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. For the next 14+ months, we repaired and rebuilt all the Belk stores in the region. In fact, the Biloxi store, which was completely destroyed during the hurricane, was open and doing business on cement floors in 74 days.
After 5+ years with Belk, I retired for the second time and moved to the Ponte Vedra area. I have 2 outstanding children: Philip Janson Zeller, National Sales Manager for Prine Systems in Jacksonville; and Kimberly Marie Chandler, a Registered Dietician in private practice also in Jacksonville. Kim is married to Jeff Chandler, former University of Florida Football Star and NFL Kicker for the San Francisco 49ers. They have two amazing children, Chloe Marie and Carson Jeffrey. Our newest grandchild, Simone Elizabeth, was born this Spring to Philip and wife Caitlin.
Community involvement is very important to me. I have served as Retail Chairman for the University Way Campaign in Orlando, Appropriations Committee Member for United Way of Spartanburg, SC. I was also very active in the Chamber of Commerce in Orlando, Melbourne, Boca Raton, Spartanburg, Altamonte Springs, and Biloxi. My hobbies include kickboxing, sailing, football (my father was a founding board member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame), offshore fishing, and tennis.
Watson Realty Corp. is a "First Class Company!" The Company is still being run by Mr. Watson. We focus on high principles concerning our customers and customer service and have all the latest tools at our fingertips to bring sellers and buyers together.