MEET THE TEAM
I grew up in the small southern town of Clemson, South Carolina, the home of Clemson University. My father was the physician for all the sports teams at Clemson University, so I became a Tiger fan at an early age. After high school, instead of going to Clemson, I decided to “see the world” and made it all the way to The University of South Carolina in Columbia, which was only a few hours down the road. USC was Clemson’s arch rival, however I was, and still am, a big Clemson Tiger fan. I love college football and was thrilled when the Tigers won the National College Football Championship in 2016. While at USC, I also became a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority.
After graduating with degrees in education and marketing, I expanded my idea of seeing the world by heading to Nantucket, MA and later to Stowe, VT for a winter of skiing where I met my husband Kevin. We were married in 1979 and later moved to Burlington, VT. During this time, I also began a career with Trans World Airlines and finally had an opportunity to really see the world!
Following a visit to Naples in January of 1982, we returned to freezing weather in Burlington and decided that Pina Coladas at the Beach Club Hotel and 85 degree weather in January was a much better way to live. Over the next few months, we sold everything and made the move to Naples. It was such a small town then and everyone knew each other. Anything north of Pelican Bay was considered to be “out of town”. When the Ritz Carlton opened its doors in late 1985, the world discovered Naples. Our daughter Caitlin, who is a native Neapolitan, grew up in a much more cosmopolitan Naples than the one we discovered in 1982. She has now returned to live in the town of her youth and once again loves living in paradise.
I began my career in real estate in 1982 selling the most exclusive residential areas of Naples and joined The Lutgert Companies in 1990 as Project Sales Coordinator for the Le Ciel Venetian and Park Towers. In addition to these projects, I represented several other luxury beachfront high-rises including Le Jardin, Provence, Sancerre and Aria. After 35 + years selling Naples properties, particularly beachfront condominiums in Park Shore, my business is largely based on referrals from past customers and I love sharing my in-depth knowledge with the many buyers and sellers I have helped to find their perfect home in Naples.
I am a native Neapolitan, and an unabashed proponent of the relaxed and refined quality of living the area provides. I offer my second-generation realtor’s background and lifetime of insider’s knowledge about where to find the right accommodations fitting with each individual’s personal taste.
What I loved about growing up in Naples and still love today is the opportunity to be outside and on the beach or on the
water all year long. My dad and I hunted quail in what is now Pelican Bay, and my family fished from the shore, cooked buckets of shrimp in Gulf water, and had dinners on the beach. As an athlete I swam always in outdoor pools as a member of the Royal Poinciana Country Club team that competed throughout South Florida. Then again, shopping for clothes meant trips to Fort Myers or Miami, there were few restaurants, and the only movie theater was in an old Quonset hut where you couldn’t hear the soundtrack when it rained.
I went away to college, and returned with my husband Lance. Both of our daughters, Caroline and Whitney, were born and raised here and reside here as active members of the community, and we believe in giving back. For many years I served on the boards of organizations that develop life skills and provide housing for those in need. We continue to be thankful for living in an area with the advantages of unbeatable weather and beaches, which are now supplemented with the area’s many offerings in fine dining and shopping, golfing, tennis, musical and theatrical performances, art galleries, and plenty of movie theaters – all of this and many beautiful residential structures, with the growth accomplished tastefully and in the spirit of maintaining comfortable surroundings.
My career in real estate began in 1995 working with my mother, Ramona Quayle, who was one of the top agents in the area for 35 years with the Lutgert Companies which developed Park Shore and own what is now Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. Dinner conversations when I was growing up often featured the next beachfront building to be released, and the interesting people who were looking at properties. My daughter Whitney, who also heard “realty talk” often as a girl, is now working with me at Premier Sotheby’s, adding a third generation to the profession.
As one of the top-producing agents in beachfront sales, I have been afforded my share of accolades and awards, and with that success comes an understanding that what really counts is what I do for each and every person going forward. I take pride in my ability to listen effectively to what my clients have to say and devise a property search that is carefully tailored on that basis. Each situation is exclusive and requires a creative approach to match. My understanding of the history and qualities that make Naples such a special place, coupled with extensive product knowledge and experience selling the Naples beachfront, give me a unique perspective that I take pleasure in sharing with my clients.
A Naples native, Whitney is part of a 50-year legacy of selling Naples properties beginning with her grandmother, Ramona Quayle, in 1963. She has fond childhood memories of visiting her grandmother in the Park Shore high-rise buildings where she represented the Lutgert Companies in beachfront sales. As a third generation Realtor®, she has a unique understanding and perspective of Naples and the surrounding areas and has a love for coastal living extending to a small enclave called Epworth on the west shore of Lake Michigan, where she spent her summers.
The pathway of her success began to take shape with her love of team sports, particularly the game of basketball. Whitney was afforded the opportunity to travel and compete against other top echelon teams from across the country beginning in her middle school years. This carried through her high-school years with the pinnacle being the Florida Final-Four championship.
Whitney’s collegiate career was inevitably destined for The University of Mississippi as she swore allegiance to Ole Miss at age 3! Oxford, Mississippi, a literary mecca, full of southern charm and grace, fed into Whitney’s love for education. After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Education, Whitney returned to Naples where she taught elementary school for several years. In 2016, she had an opportunity to join her mother as an agent with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. A career in real estate with Premier Sotheby’s was a natural progression from grandmother, to mother, to daughter. Whitney brings the perspective of three generations of real estate expertise as well as her hometown knowledge to her approach in helping customers find their perfect home in the Naples area.
Alexander Casement brings to the realty profession a Neapolitan’s knowledge of his hometown, an understanding of house construction, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a strong sense for aesthetics. He grew up in the Park Shore neighborhood, attended both public and private schools, learned construction arts from his grandfather, and pursued a love for music. During his teenage years he worked for his family’s art gallery, where he first came to know Sotheby’s through the affiliated auction company’s sales of fine art, and began developing his customer service skills while delivering and hanging paintings.
He also established his own music recording business operated from a studio he built in his garage, and still found occasional time for the beach. Alex earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Production at the Purchase Music Conservatory (State University of New York) before returning home to pursue his career interests. Alex is a world traveler as a veteran of the Semester-at-Sea program in which he circumnavigated the globe on a cruise ship that visited many ports, and through other trips abroad ranging from Alaska to Europe to Dubai. His continuing interest in constructing things led to his building several custom electric guitars and gutting and renovating a house. In addition to his real estate career Alex still owns a local music recording studio (long gone from the garage) and is one of the founding members of the multimedia company Sugarshack Sessions. Alex loves to talk about the virtues of living in Naples – the relaxed atmosphere, the beaches he grew up with and that his travels allow him to say authoritatively are unsurpassed anywhere in the world, and the many fine homes conducive to a South Florida lifestyle.
I was born in Baltimore and grew up in Potomac, Maryland. Summers were spent at my grandparents’ beach house in Ocean City, Maryland. I loved the beach so when I decided to relocate, Florida seemed a natural choice. I made that move in 1986 and all four of my children, three girls and a boy, were raised in Naples. We are a very sports and outdoor oriented family. One of our favorite things to do in Naples when they were younger was to camp out on Keywaydin Island or go to the Keys to fish or dive for lobster. We love watching football and basketball together and are all big Washington Redskins and Miami Heat fans.
With two children at Florida Gulf Coast University and one son in middle school, my weekends are often spent watching my children play in soccer, football or football games. Music is another love. My musical taste runs the gamut from Garth Brooks to Aerosmith. I once drove all the way to Atlanta for one night to see Garth Brooks in concert.
After working as a preschool teacher for four years, I began a career in real estate working for Marion is 2003. My mom was in real estate and it seemed like a natural career path. I joined Anne and Marion again in 2011. We all work so well together, and it has been a pleasure to be a part of such a professional and caring real estate team.