Laurie Dubow is the Co-Broker of one of our Luxury Divisions, Signature Paradise Realty International, LLC, as well as Co-Broker of our Commercial Division Signature Commercial Real Estate, LLC. Laurie brings a unique perspective to the current Real Estate Market. Along with her extensive Real Estate and Mortgage expertise, she has a 20 year background in counseling, with a Masters Degree in Psychotherapy and a Post-Masters in Business Administration.
As the founder and owner of the full service Real Estate Company, Paradise Realty International, LLC, Laurie merged her Real Estate Brokerage with the Signature Real Estate Companies in September of 2014, forming the Signature Paradise Realty International, LLC and one of our referral divisions, Signature Paradise Realty Associates, LLC. This marriage has created the best of both worlds, offering the opportunity to continue providing the personalized “Concierge Service” that she has become known for while utilizing the infrastructure of the expansive Signature Real Estate Companies. The result has become a true Real Estate Concierge, and we are very proud of the work that we do.
A Licensed Real Estate Broker and a Licensed Mortgage Broker, Laurie acquired her CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) Designation as well as her (REOS) Real Estate Owned Specialist Designation in order to better navigate through the challenges of our current market. This training included instruction on how to perform a Broker Price Opinion (BPO) or Letter of Opinion of Value, which she has utilized in her extensive experience testifying in court as an expert witness regarding the value of homes and circumstances surrounding the sale of homes. She is a published author of more than 20 articles on a variety of current real estate and mortgage topics, and is currently the Real Estate Editor of Attorney at Law Magazine.
In addition to helping her customers consider their housing options, and mentoring her Team of over 20 REALTORS®, Laurie is often asked to give workshops and speak to organizations on a myriad of Real Estate related topics.
Specializing in working with couples going through divorce and individuals going through other types of life transitions, she was the sole Real Estate and Mortgage presenter for 4 years at a monthly workshop entitled “Second Saturday: What Women Need to Know About Divorce”, where she was referred to as the
"Real Estate and Mortgage Expert". Other related projects have included being the speaker at the Divorce Expo, and a guest on two internet TV shows, Divorce Connection Network and Good Karma Designs.
Laurie’s presentation and perspective of “the Emotional, Psychological, and Financial Factors to Consider When Deciding Whether or Not to Stay In Your Home” is the culmination of over 35 years of experience. She is uniquely qualified to help customers, REALTORS®, and other professionals understand and analyze Real Estate options and achieve goals through real estate and mortgage restructuring, and follow through with a plan that best suits individual needs and circumstances. Known as a "Real Estate Concierge", Laurie's mission is to coordinate each transaction in order to reduce the stress and make the process as easy as possible.
Ben G. Schachter is the Real Estate Broker and President of Boca Raton-based The Signature Real Estate Companies. Ben’s role is critical to Signature’s day-to-day operations and long range goals and his unique and extremely effective hands-on management style ensures top down quality control and proper delegation of tasks for an extremely diverse organization.
As an undergraduate at The University of Florida, Ben majored in Political Science and gained valuable experience working part-time at a Gainesville real estate brokerage. He quickly concluded that real estate was his passion. Upon graduation in 2000, Ben relocated to South Florida, where he became an integral part of his family’s mortgage banking business. He continued his real estate career, concentrating on the luxury and ultra-luxury real estate markets as well as commercial real estate development, which allowed him to develop valuable experience working hands-on with sophisticated customers from around the world. In 2006, Ben joined The Signature Real Estate Companies and soon became President and one of the firm’s owners. Under Ben’s leadership, Signature has grown to more than a dozen residential and commercial real estate brokerage offices with over 600 Real Estate Professionals! Signature’s exponential growth is evidenced by its nearly 5,000 annual transactions, which ranked Signature as the #1 real estate brokerage in Boca Raton, #25 in Florida and #336 in the nation for transaction volume according to the 2017 Real Trends 500 Report.
With Ben’s guiding hand, Signature has also successfully ventured into several other real estate related industries, including Signature Title Group, LLC, an attorney-owned and operated title insurance company, Signature School of Real Estate, LLC, a fully-accredited real estate licensing and educational school, Signature Insurance Advisors, LLC, a full-service insurance agency, and Signature Senior Placement, LLC, a senior community placement service.
Ben is a Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker, Real Estate Instructor and Property Manager and has earned the prestigious Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI)® designation. With unrivaled passion, a constant hunger for success, an unmatched support for his co-workers and an aggressive plan for growth, Ben is taking Signature in a very positive direction by focusing on the firm’s industry-first, “Agent Centric” culture that can be seen throughout the organization.
Ben is a loving husband and proud father and lives in Boynton Beach with his wife Jodi, two sons, Max and Brody, daughter, Sloane and the family’s two dogs, London and Aspen.
Andrew Soowal’s beginnings can be found in the South Florida area he still serves today. He grew up working on his father’s wholesale ornamental nursery before going off to Florida State University. After receiving his Bachelor’s in Marketing in 1983, Andrew continued to work for his father for a short while before taking a risk and trying it on his own.
Alongside his wife in 1986, Andrew started a small landscape installation company. By 2002, Andrew had grown it into the third largest landscape installation company in Florida, employing well over 100 employees and offering a variety of additional services, including landscape architecture, management, and maintenance. Andrew’s notoriety as a businessman and a grower was evidenced over this period by numerous PRISM Awards, Florida Home Builders Association Awards, and Florida Nurseryman and Growers Association Awards, including Grower of the Year in 1987. His experience in successfully negotiating with some of the largest builders in the country during this time has allowed him to seamlessly transition into the field of commercial real estate.
Since starting his career in commercial real estate, Andrew has masterfully pieced together some of the largest real estate deals by a single agent/broker in the South Florida area. Andrew’s extensive experience working in the agricultural field gives him a unique and unmatched vision into commercial real estate. Andrew’s business experience has allowed him to successfully aid in the startup and completion of seven fully operational large nurseries. Andrew’s success as a commercial real estate (broker/agent) has prompted surrounding brokerages to use his services to represent them in commercial transactions.
Over the last few years, Andrew has successfully transacted commercial real estate deals with Real Estate Investment Trusts, Local and Regional Developers, Local Businesses, as well as successfully negotiated millions of dollars’ worth of tenant lease representation.
Mark Askinazy brings decades of sales and marketing experience to Signature Commercial Realty.
After attending Voorhees Institute of Technology and majoring in Tool and Dye Engineering Design, Mark built a business manufacturing two and four drawer metal filing cabinets. After growing its sales to include major national retailers like Target, Ames and Jamesway, Mark successfully sold the business to pursue opportunities in the burgeoning voicemail / answering service industry. Within a few short years, starting with no customer base, Mark grew his new company into one of the largest answering services in Manhattan with more than 5,000 active accounts. Sensing the looming threat posed by cellular phones growing in popularity, Mark sold the business to a major telephone company in 2000. Since that time, Mark has owned and operated two eight-family apartment buildings in Brooklyn, New York while also owning and operating three different full service car washes in New York and New Jersey and also brokering the sales of multiple other car wash and oil service businesses to others in the Tristate area.
Mark also served as the Vice President of Palma at Mizner Country Club's Homeowner's Association from 2010-2015. After selling his multiple business in New York and moving to Florida as a full-time resident, Mark is utilizing his experience as a business owner to assist his clients with the purchase and sale of commercial real estate.
Mark is a current member of Florida Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, Beaches MLS and is a licensed Florida Real Estate Agent.
For those seeking a proven real estate professional, Scott Field is a dedicated leader who is always ready to serve. Scott has served as a trusted Realtor adviser since 2002 to hundreds of buyers and sellers throughout South Florida. Scott's deep transactional experience, community knowledge and relationships, and substantial professional network provide great value to his clientele.
Scott was recognized as 2014 Realtor of the Year by the Realtors Commercial Alliance of the Palm Beaches, where he has served in leadership positions since 2011. Scott was elected as 2017 RCA President and was called again to serve as 2018 RCA President of the newly merged Realtors Commercial Alliance serving both Palm Beach County and Broward County.
Scott gladly shares his wealth of knowledge and experience by helping clients buy and sell commercial and investment property, relocate businesses and homes, and achieve their varied real estate goals across South Florida. Scott has considerable experience in executive and physician relocation, and in selling properties in distressed situations, including foreclosures, short sales, divorce, and estate properties.
Scott's knowledge, experience, interpersonal and communication skills are proven resources when navigating complex transactions, researching and delivering hard to find properties, determining valuations, and aligning the interests of all parties toward the common goal of closing the transaction.
Scott strongly believes in giving back to the community, including serving in senior leadership positions with the Realtors Commercial Alliance, helping local non-profit organizations, and as an active member of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. Among his numerous community activities, Scott routinely volunteers with FAU, Habitat for Humanity, Palm Beach County Food Bank, Boca Helping Hands, and DECA, among many others. Scott has taught business courses as an adjunct professor at Lynn University, served on the Career Academies Advisory Board for Spanish River High School, and non-profit boards and committees.
Continually seeking to enhance his knowledge and skill, Scott has earned degrees in computer programming, economics, and business administration. His career experience includes business consulting, senior management and board positions, entrepreneurial ownership and management, manufacturing and operations, sales and sales management, and international economic development.
Scott is a longtime Boca Raton resident with knowledge of local schools, businesses, beaches, and entertainment. He enjoys time with family, running with his dog, learning Tai Chi, reading, fishing, and community involvement.
MBA with honors, Olin School of Business, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
B.A. Economics, Oakland University, Rochester, MI
A.A.S. Computer Science, Mott Community College, Flint, MI
2018 President, Realtors Commercial Alliance, Palm Beach County and Broward County
2017 President, Realtors Commercial Alliance, Palm Beach County
2016 President-Elect, Realtors Commercial Alliance, Palm Beach County
2014 Realtor of the Year, Realtors Commercial Alliance, Palm Beach County
Director, Florida Realtors, 2018
Director, Florida Realtors, 2017
Director, Florida Realtors, 2016
Treasurer, 2014, Realtors Commercial Alliance, Palm Beach County
Treasurer, 2013, Realtors Commercial Alliance, Palm Beach County
Director, 2011-2012, Realtors Commercial Alliance, Palm Beach County
2005 Project LEAP Leadership Program Graduate, Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches
Buying and selling residential or commercial property can become very complex very quickly unless you have the right professionals behind you. My goal is to make the complex simple for every customer.
With the rapidly raising value of properties over the last 10 years, a purchase or a sale of residential or commercial property is one of the highest value transactions that a buyer or seller will make in the life time. Whether it is a residential, commercial, or a business opportunity transaction you must have professional representation and confidence in your agent to process the details and insure your best interests are cared for every step before during and after the transaction. You want and agent that will negotiate the best possible price in the shortest period of time with the least amount of problems.
My education and years of professional Senior Sales Management and high value complicated residential and commercial transactions has provided me the knowledge, discipline, tools and a team of experts to professionally represent your interests. Please feel free to read the testimonials of my past clients. I would be pleased to provide you with the same expert level of service.
Whether you are a first time buyer or an experienced investor, the pages included here will help you in your search for up to date real estate information in Palm Beach County with a concentration in Delray Beach, Boca Raton West Palm Beach and surrounding areas.
- As a Commercial Broker Associate at Signature Commercial Real Estate, LLC John is focuses on the sale and leasing of Income Producing Investment Properties.
- As a diversified commercial real estate agent John has leased retail spaces, office spaces and sold institutional properties, multi-tenant, land and mixed-use properties as well. His sales have also included bank owned commercial properties and he has averaged over 30 transactions per year for the past eight years.
- Prior to moving to Signature Commercial Real Estate, LLC; John has received awards and recognition at Weichert Commercial Brokerage, Inc. and Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT.
- #1 Commercial agent in NJ
- Largest single transaction in a year
- Ranked #3 of the year
- Ranked as top 10 of the year
- Prior to becoming a Real Estate Agent John also founded and sold PhoneXtra, Inc... a telecommunications and data service business with $40MM in annual sales and a staff of 160 employees.
- North Central Jersey Association of Realtors (NCJAR)
- National Association of Realtors (NAR)
- International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
- Licensed Real Estate agent in NJ
- Licensed Real Estate Broker in FL
- John has served, as one of twelve key advisors, on the exclusive Avaya Business Partner Council.
- He was a member of the NATD (North American Telecommunications Dealers Association); President of the association from 2007 – 2009.
- Secretary of the Spruce Edge Condominium Association in Mt. Lakes, NJ from 2010 – 2015 and President from 2015 – present.
- John is a graduate of Montclair University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
With over 30 years of management experience, Doug Shavel brings a broad understanding of the inner workings of the business world to the Signature Commercial team. Prior to joining Signature Commercial, Doug worked as a Global Investment Banker and Private Equity Consultant. In his most position as Chief Operating Officer of Momentis Property Group, Doug played a crucial role in the management of day-to-day operations of Momentis. Doug was also responsible for the management and disposition of several residential condominium projects and commercial properties, notably Las Olas Riverfront. Doug has been involved in the sale of over $10MM in real estate transactions over the last 4 years and been involved in numerous transactions representing tenants. Doug also served as the CEO of Galante Studio Distribution, LLC. As CEO of Galante, Doug worked to reposition an 80-year old family wholesale manufacturer business into an e-commerce retailer.
Doug’s understanding of the acquisitive nature of commercial real estate should not overshadow his experience closing deals, and the process by which that is accomplished. As a consultant with the Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, Doug was active in the due diligence and transition of companies acquired by Cerberus Capital Management. As an investment banker, Doug worked as a global product team leader, and head of equity syndication. During his time as an investment banker, he was responsible for closing in excess of $7 billion in transactions globally.
Doug brings his extensive business career to the Signature Commercial team, while also volunteering with SCORE, offering his expertise and knowledge to business owners who so seek it.
Hailing from New Jersey, Lois Soowal made her way down South via an academic scholarship to the University of Miami. Lois graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor in Business Administration, majoring in Finance with additional concentrated studies in Economics, Statistics, and Real Estate. Shortly after graduating, Lois met her husband, Andrew, and together they started one of the largest landscape installation businesses in Florida. By 2002, their business had well over 100 employees and had accounts with some of the largest national and local builders, working to serve the South Florida area.
Over Lois’s career she has started multiple multi-million dollar businesses, and has been involved in nearly every aspect of the process of running a successful company. Lois has experience dealing with insurance, corporate compliance, human resources, contract administration, budgeting, and sales. Notably, Lois is experienced in the planning and zoning aspect of land acquisition and disposition. She has personally been involved in the process of rezoning multiple parcels of property.
Lois has taken her decades of experience in the agri-business industry to the world of commercial real estate, allowing her to keen in on business brokering and tenant representation. Her past business experience makes her one of the most knowledgeable and qualified business brokers in the entire South Florida area. Although Lois’s roots lie in the agricultural realm, her business experience has allowed her to assist clients in a wide variety of business fields.
When not at work, Lois enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two grown children. During her down time, she follows world financial news, reading fiction, and working in her organic garden.