Major personnel note: John Sebree leaving Florida Association of Realtors

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John Sebree may not be a household name in Florida, but he is in state politics and the latest personnel note about him is a big deal to those involved in the process.

Sebree is currently the Vice President of Public Policy for the Florida Association of Realtors. In this position, Sebree directs all public policy activities, programs, product and services. He sets the direction of current and future public policy proposal and activities and he is responsible for RPAC fundraising.

That last part is what makes this a major personnel note. As the executive who directs the Realtors’ political donations, Sebree is one of most sought after donors in the state because the Realtors are easily one of the top five contributors in Florida politics. Sebree’s job is a big, big deal.

But now he is leaving to become State AE for the Missouri Association of Realtors

Prior to joining the team at FAR, John worked in the government affairs division of the National Association of Realtors in D.C. for 13 years.  Sebree was NAR’s senior lobbyist working with the congressional delegations of eight states, most important among them was Florida.

Sebree, a native of Kentucky, says he has enjoyed his time in Florida. “I keep telling myself that change is good,” said Sebree via email. “I spent 13 years with the National Association of Realtors in Washington and never thought I’d leave there when Florida Realtors enticed me away to Tallahassee. I have the same feeling now, I am so happy in Florida and had no intention of moving but Missouri worked hard to entice me away and to take over their CEO position.” 

News of Sebree’s leaving is causing quite a buzz on social media (h/t Nancy Riley). Sebree has taken note of the sentiments of his colleagues.

“It will be tough to say goodbye,” said Sebree. “Facebook is blowing up with such kind comments.”

In case you want to say goodbye to Sebree one last time, he said he plans on making a final appearance at the annual conference of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.