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Michael Santos

Michael Santos
Realtor Associate

450 E Las Olas Blvd #140
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Office: 954.874.0740
Mobile: 727.207.2198

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Michael Santos is a member of the Douglas Elliman Sports and Entertainment Division as a Real Estate Associate in its Fort Lauderdale office. The division is the first of its kind operated by a major real estate brokerage and provides superior real estate service with a global reach to athletes, artists and entertainers as well as other elite and high net worth individuals. Michael is also a Managing Partner of S & Z Development, LLC, a Florida limited liability company which develops and sells real estate.

With an extensive background managing the events, operations and legal affairs of professional hockey organizations, Santos applies his broad and practical knowledge of the law combined with excellent business acumen to the purchase, sale and leasing of development, investment and residential property. He provides years of experience closing major business, entertainment and sports transactions and excels at drafting, negotiating and reviewing contracts, legal documents, rules and regulations.

Michael began his career with the NHL's New York office before working two years for the AHL's New Haven Nighthawks. He returned to the NHL in 1991 spending six seasons in Philadelphia, Montreal and New York. As the league's Manager of Special Events, he established both the Super Skills and Heroes of Hockey programs in addition to overseeing arena operations for the All-Star Weekend, Entry Draft and Stanley Cup Finals. He went to work for the New York Islanders in 1997 as Assistant General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations and the club's minor league affiliates won three conference championships and the 2000 Turner Cup Championship. The Florida Panthers hired Santos as Director of Hockey Operations and Corporate Counsel in 2002 and he negotiated a partnership with Spurs Sports and Entertainment for the acquisition and relocation of an AHL club that qualified for the AHL Playoffs as an expansion team. He was named Commissioner and President of the North American Hockey League in 2003 and led the league through three seasons of unprecedented growth drafting a league constitution and by-laws, expanding from 16 to 21 teams, raising franchise value 400% and promoting more than 350 players to NCAA institutions with academic / athletic scholarships. Michael accepted a position as Director of Hockey Operations for the Nashville Predators in 2006. During his four years in Nashville, the Predators qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs three times and the club's minor league affiliate won the Kelly Cup Championship twice. Santos returned to the Florida Panthers as Assistant General Manager in 2010 and was a driving force behind the club's qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 12 years while capturing its only Division Championship in club history.

While in the hockey industry, Michael managed annual operating budgets averaging more than $90 million and negotiated player contracts with an average annual value of $75 million. He managed collective bargaining agreements and salary cap compliance, successfully defended grievance challenges and won salary arbitration cases, scouted, drafted and developed prospects and assembled championship caliber hockey organizations built upon character and a culture of winning.

Born in Boston and a native of Lowell, MA, Santos is a graduate of Boston College. He received his Master's Degree from the United States Sports Academy and earned his Juris Doctorate from St. John's University School of Law. In addition to being licensed by the Florida Division of Real Estate as a sales associate, he is also a member of the New York State Bar, National Association of Realtors and USA Hockey Legal Council.

 

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