Linking a pair of Florida family-owned enterprises via a merger, Tamarac’s Gold Coast Schools, with five Florida campuses and distance learning programs serving students statewide, recently acquired the Sarasota-based Bert Rodgers Schools of Real Estate.
Gold Coast Schools ranks among the nation’s largest providers of traditional classroom and distance learning in real estate, appraisal, mortgage, insurance and construction.
Bert Rodgers Schools of Real Estate has provided distance education for real estate professionals from its headquarters in Sarasota since 1958 when it was founded by Bert Rodgers to provide real estate instruction and was most recently owned by Rodgers’ daughter, Lori. The merger will enable both outfits to continue under their present identities.
“Both companies will continue to operate under their respective brands and leverage shared resources,” John Greer, Gold Coast Schools director, said. “This is a great opportunity for the Bert Rodgers staff to join a larger organization. Combining with Bert Rodgers Schools allows us to pool resources and provide the best educational offerings in Florida to an expanded audience.”
Once united, the schools will serve almost 100,000 students annually. Greer added that the merger is the first phase of continued expansion plans for Gold Coast Schools.
“I have known the Greers for more than 25 years and have great respect for them personally and for their organization,” Lori Rodgers, who will continue as a consultant, said. “They have a bold, powerful vision for growth. I couldn’t imagine better owners to take care of the brand my dad and I spent close to 60 years cultivating.”