Sani­bel Re­al­tor set to rep­re­sent Florida busi­ness­women

Times of the Islands - - Departments - BY CRAIG GAR­RETT Craig Gar­rett is Group Ed­i­tor-in-Chief for TOTI Me­dia.


If any one per­son is the face of South­west Florida busi­ness­women, it’s Mary Bon­durant. A suc­cess­ful Sani­bel-Cap­tiva Re­al­tor, Bon­durant is also the two-term pres­i­dent of the Sani­bel-Cap­tiva char­ter chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Busi­ness Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion (ABWA) and is a can­di­date for the as­so­ci­a­tion’s na­tional board. She plays a prom­i­nent role in women’s health is­sues, is a huge Sani­belCap­tiva booster and is ac­tive in such events as the Sani­bel Thanks­giv­ing cel­e­bra­tion. She’s a can­cer sur­vivor, a par­ent and the wife of Fred Bon­durant, her busi­ness part­ner and travel com­pan­ion. Born in Ire­land, she also stages elab­o­rate and wellat­tended St. Pa­trick’s Day par­ties at the cou­ple’s is­land home. Whew. “I have al­ways con­tin­ued to strive and grow,” she says. “And learn from other women.”

Mary learned work val­ues early, an ethic, she says, that has pro­pelled her into adult promi­nence. Her fam­ily pur­chased a sum­mer re­sort in the Po­cono Moun­tains, putting a young Mary to work wait­ing tables, clean­ing laun­dry and serv­ing as ac­tiv­ity di­rec­tor. “At 16,” she says, “guests thought I was 21. [You] just learn to take charge.”

Re­sorts also taught Mary about the real es­tate busi­ness (her fa­ther bought, sold and re­pur­chased the re­sort), the art of man­ag­ing a busi­ness and staff, ab­sorb­ing the les­son that be­ing gen­uine and hon­est with guests and work­ers is best, she says. She joined the U.S. Air Force in 1982, later serv­ing with the Penn­syl­va­nia Air Na­tional Guard, where she met Fred, a trans­port pi­lot. The cou­ple has two adult chil­dren. Fred re­tired as an air­line pi­lot, com­mut­ing from Florida to Michi­gan in the last years of his ca­reer. The cou­ple had al­ready set­tled on Sani­bel af­ter vis­it­ing, sell­ing their Min­nesota home and mov­ing to the is­land within a month. “Driving over the cause­way,” Mary says, “[you] know you’re home.”

Mary’s role in is­land busi­ness spills into South­west Florida. She was named the 2015 Coun­cil Woman of the Year by the ABWA South­west Florida Coun­cil and was the Sani­bel-Cap­tiva chap­ter’s

I have al­ways con­tin­ued to strive and grow. And learn from other women.”

2014 woman of the year. An eight-year mem­ber of the ABWA, she has rep­re­sented the lo­cal chap­ter at re­gional and na­tional con­fer­ences. Her goal this year is to be­come an of­fi­cer with the na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion, which was founded in 1949 to rep­re­sent working women. The group to­day has 15,000 mem­bers and 400 chap­ters that pro­vide pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment and other tools to its mem­bers. Chap­ters also of­fer schol­ar­ships to women.

Along with her busi­ness af­fil­i­a­tions, Mar y is rec­og­nized in South­west Florida for help­ing other can­cer sur­vivors, care­givers and fam­i­lies. She leads such events as Re­lay for Life and Let’s Pink Out, which brings a mo­bile mam­mo­gram bus to Sani­bel.

Mary and Fred’s busi­ness, Bon­durant Re­alty Group, is the ti­tle spon­sor of the Sani­bel-Cap­tiva Lu­mi­nary, which is or­ga­nized by the lo­cal cham­ber of com­merce. Mary is also closely in­volved with Sani­bel’s Thanks­giv­ing cel­e­bra­tion, with pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ing Friends in Ser­vice Here (FISH), which is a non­profit serv­ing low­in­come and at-risk fam­i­lies on Sani­bel and Cap­tiva.


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