As one of Northwest Florida’s most experienced and distinguished real estate Broker’s since 1976, Bill Abbott has come full circle in his illustrious career, by joining Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty, which is co-owned and operated by his son, Chris Abbott, who at one time worked for his father in his own thriving real estate company, Abbott Realty Services, Inc.
After growing up in Ft. Walton Beach and Destin in the 1950’s and 1960’s, Bill attended Husson College in Bangor, Maine, receiving a B.S. degree in Business Administration. He served in the military, and began a career in the group insurance business in Boston, and later, co-managed the New York office of Union Mutual Life Insurance Company, (UNUM).
In 1974, at the urging of his father, he decided to return to Florida to join both he and his brother in the real estate business, and co-founded and served as President and Chairman of the Abbott Realty Services, Inc., and Abbott Resorts.
With their commitment to integrity, excellence, attention to detail, and unsurpassed customer service, the sales and management companies grew to employ more than 1,000 people, making it the largest employer in Destin, as well as the biggest vacation property management company in the southeast.
In 1998, the company was sold to ResortQuest, where he remained a consultant and served as a board member. ResortQuest is now owned by Wyndham Vacation Resorts, which is the largest vacation resort company in the world.
Not surprisingly, throughout his remarkable career, Bill has been the recipient of countless awards and has earned several top designations, including serving as Governor Appointee for the Florida Advisory Committee on Condominiums, honored as Business of the Year and Businessman of the Year, and Okaloosa County Economic Development Council Above & Beyond Award, just to name a few.
By joining Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty, Bill will continue his “Clients First” philosophy, proving that while much has changed in the real estate market since 1976, top customer service isn’t one of them.