Meet the Platinum Associates
|Ken Wright, Erica Wright, & Dee Sufnar|
Ken Wright is a local native to Niceville, FL where he graduated from Niceville High School in 1978. With a brief career in the construction business after graduating from High School, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard where he served for over 22 years. While serving in the military, he rose from the enlisted ranks to a commissioned warrant officer in the United States Coast Guard. During his career, he served a variety of assignments, which included Search and Rescue, drug interdiction, migrant interdiction, aids to navigation, and several others. These assignments put him in various locations in the United States and the Caribbean waters. While serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Ken Wright as the Director of Military Housing Programs for the entire Southeastern United States, where he received the prestigious U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal for demonstrating exceptional leadership, strategic insight, and managerial ability while serving over 3,500 military personnel and over 12,000 dependents in over 5 states. Ken Wright also received a myriad of medals for his service, which included many U.S. Coast Guard Commendation Medals, U.S. Coast Guard Achievement Medals, Special Operations Service Medal, and Humanitarian Service Medals to name a few.
After completing his U.S. Coast Guard Career, he returned home to Niceville, FL and began a career in Real Estate. He was instrumental in creating and owning a new Real Estate Company, Turkey Creek Realty, where he served as Vice President. After a couple of years managing the day to day activities of this Real Estate Company, he later joined a local native and former Coast Guard shipmate who is the Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Southern Realty. As the result of the selling of the Fort Walton Beach RE/MAX Franchise, Ken Wright then transferred his real estate license to Keller Williams Realty Emerald Coast. Not only does Ken Wright act as a Realtor®, but is also a developer. He owns and manages various real estate in the area and assists in the development of a number of real estate projects in the area. One of the most notable projects he has ownership in is the Landmark Center Project in Downtown Fort Walton Beach, FL, which is a 5-story Mixed Use Project consisting of 112 Room Hilton Home2 Suites Hotel, 24 Loft Apartments, 35,000 SF Commercial Lease Space (Retail, Restaurants, Convention/Meeting Room), plus a 6 Story Parking Garage.
Ken Wright has volunteered a lot of his time in the community. Most notably, he served as President (2011-2012) and Vice President (2008-2010) of the Northwest Florida Military Officers Association. Ken serves as a board member on the Crestview Military Appreciation and Recognition Celebration Committee, which is instrumental in showing appreciation to the men and women of the military both past and present with an annual event. He also is an Executive Board Member for the Distinguished Young Women of Okaloosa County, a scholarship program for Juniors in High School. Ken continually dedicates his time as one of the Founding Board Members for the Morgan Invitational Golf Classic since 1986. Some of his other volunteer positions held have been a Board Member of the Emerald Coast Marine Institute, also known as, AMI Kids of the Emerald Coast, a school for troubled youth, Board member for the Builder’s Industry Association of Okaloosa/Walton County, Supervisor for Heritage Plantation Community Development District, Supervisor for the Freedom Walk Development District, Member of the Economic Development Council, as well as a variety of committees with the local Chamber of Commerce’s and the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors. In November 2010, Ken Wright spearheaded the dedication ceremony for the Petty Officer Lonnie Jones Memorial Project at the Coast Guard Station Destin to recognize a fallen Coast Guard Shipmate, who died in a search and rescue mission in the waters of the Destin Pass.
Ken Wright is married to the former Ms. Erica Knapp and has two children, Drew Wright and Madison Knapp.
Director of Marketing & Operations
Erica Wright is our Director of Marketing and Operations for Platinum Real Estate Associates of Coldwell Banker Real Estate.
She started her career in the Mortgage Industry 15 years ago and quickly moved from being an assistant to loan assistant, area assistant, and finally an accomplished mortgage loan officer introducing and marketing numerous companies to the Panhandle of Florida. Erica understands business and marketing as well as the importance of communication with the people she is trying to help.
After her mortgage career, Erica transitioned in 2010 to her true passion for marketing real estate. She began using her skills and knowledge to create a new website, listing presentations, lead follow up, and daily operations. Erica continues to propel the company forward with the latest marketing resources and in-depth knowledge of the real estate industry.
Erica has lived in the Panhandle of Florida for over 13 years and enjoys painting, running, and yoga. She continuously volunteers her time to many non-profit organizations including Distinguished Young Women of Florida, Military Appreciation Recognition Celebration, and many local Chambers. She is married to Ken Wright and has a beautiful 13-year-old daughter that keeps their life fun & always interesting!
Military Relocation Professional
Dee Sufnar grew up in a small town called Phoenix, New York located in upstate NY. Her father was a 52-year Fire Fighter Veteran and her mother retired from General Electric (GE) after 47 years. She graduated from Phoenix High School in 1981. She met the man of her dreams in 1986 at Charleston Air Force Base. As a military spouse since 1988, Dee started her Real Estate career in 2003 as a receptionist and worked her way to an assistant property manager within 1 year. She received her Real Estate License in 2005. Dee continuously stays up to date with the most current designations such as earning the Florida Military Relocation Specialist and the Certified Property Manager. She has received many awards such as the $2 Million Club Award (2016), Bronze Certificate of Achievement (2016), Silver Circle Award (2015), Silver Circle Award (2014), Top Listings Individual (2012), Top Individual Transactions (2012), Top Agent of the Year (2011), Top Listings Individual (2011), Top Individual Transactions (2011), Performance Plus (2008), Top Listing Agent Individual (April 2007), Top Sales Agent Individual (April 2007), Outstanding Performance (2007), and Volunteer of the Year – Ahlhorn AFB, Germany (1991).
Dee believes in serving where she lives. She has been an active volunteer locally as a Board Member for the Charles Mason Hupp Scholarship (2008 – Current), Committee Member for the Annual Turkey Bowl (2008 – Current), plus Dee is a lifetime VFW Auxiliary Member (1981 – Current). She notably served as a Youth Volunteer for St. Mary’s Catholic Church (2010 – 2012). Dee has a love and passions for Soccer. She donated her time as the Choctaw Soccer Parent Manager (2006 – 2012), Choctaw Soccer Fundraising Committee (2006 – 2010), PASA Treasurer (Playground Area Soccer Association) (2005 – 2008), WAVE Travel Soccer Fundraising Committee (1999-2006), WAVE Travel Soccer Tournament Board Member (2000 – 2005), and WAVE Girls Travel Soccer Team Manager (2001 – 2004). She also served as an OVAL ART Volunteer – Shalimar Elementary School (2000 – 2003), Cub Scouts Leader – Shalimar Elementary School (1999-2003), Girl Scouts Leader (1999-2000 Shalimar, FL), and as a Girl Scouts Leader (1989-1991 Ahlhorn, Germany).
Dee is married to Michael Sufnar and has 2 Children: Aaron and Amber Sufnar, as well as 1 Golden Retriever, Chester. Dee recently became a grandmother to a precious baby girl, Adelynn.