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LEADERSHIP

A Tradition of Integrity

Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty leads the Lowcountry market with our highly skilled sales and marketing expertise. Founded over 35 years ago, by Celia W. Dunn and her husband J. Laurence Dunn, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty has cultivated two outstanding real estate offices with more than 55 agents serving the Lowcountry area of Savannah, Georgia and Bluffton and Hilton Head South Carolina.

Our affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty allows our sales associates to leverage proprietary marketing and cutting-edge digital strategies. Built on the philosophy of community involvement, passion and integrity, we pride ourselves on being able to acquaint newcomers and natives alike with the best the area has to offer regardless of the price point.

OWNERS

Celia Dunn

Celia Dunn

Principal Owner/Broker

For Celia Dunn, the phrase, “never take a shortcut” has been a theme throughout her career and life. As founder and president of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty, she has worked to create a unique model with good people at its heart. Dunn has proven that good business and integrity go hand in hand. With her company’s genuine 'clients first' approach and warmth, reminiscent of a dose of good old-fashioned Savannah hospitality, clients return time after time.

Known for business and community leadership, her achievements are many. She was born and reared in Savannah, Georgia. Celia was graduated from St. Mary's School in Peekskill, New York and Sweet Briar College in Virginia where she served on the Friends of Art Board for many years. Work ethic and giving back have always been very important to Celia. During her high school and college years, she worked in both retail and insurance. Surprising to some, she also taught in public schools in Savannah, focusing on troubled youth.

In 1974 she founded Celia Dunn Realty Company, and her husband Larry, joined in the venture in 1982. While running her company, Celia made it a priority to devote time to service and volunteerism. She is a lifelong member of Christ Church and has enjoyed being on the vestry. Many prominent organizations have noticed her leadership and service to her community throughout the years. Her awards and accolades include being named Outstanding Citizen by the American Red Cross. She was the first and only female realtor to be honored by Junior Achievement Savannah Business Hall of Fame. She was Outstanding Alumna from Savannah Country Day School in 2013.

She has also served as President of the Junior League of Savannah, and as Chairman of Georgia Week. Celia has also been appointed to the board of the Historic Savannah Foundation, which has become one of the most “respected local preservation organizations in the country, emphasizing not only the protection of individual historic buildings but also the revitalization of blighted neighborhoods”.

She has also served on the boards of the Savannah Music Festival, Savannah Technical College, and Savannah Children’s Community Choir. She was a Director for Savannah Multi-List and earned the Distinguished Sales and Service Award for the past thirty-nine consecutive years. Celia represented Savannah on the Community Advisory Board for Southern Bell Telephone beginning in 1978.

In her spare time, Celia enjoys her weekly tennis sessions, yoga practice and spending time in her garden. She and Larry are proud parents of two adult children and three grandchildren. Visits to Jacksonville to enjoy time with family are many, and when travel takes the Dunn’s a bit further from home, they enjoy the captivating sights of Paris, France, New York City, and Highlands, North Carolina.

J. Laurence Dunn

J. Laurence Dunn

Chief Financial Officer

CORPRATE LEADERSHIP

Judy Collins

Judy Collins

Director of Bluffton & Colleton River Offices

Judy relocated to Bluffton, SC from Savannah, GA two years ago and brings with her a combined knowledge of coastal living and historical small town charm. With an extensive background in marketing and customer service, she brings the experience necessary to deliver a greater level of service for her clients. Judy is committed to the successful buying process - from the initial search for the perfect home to the closing of a successful sale...her goal is to 'provide a level of service that surpasses her client's expectations'. Judy is from Chattanooga, Tennessee where she received her degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BS degree in Criminology with concentrations in History and English. Judy made her career in the hospitality industry as Director of Marketing and Employee Training for a local hotel corporation and then went on to serve as Director of Hope School for Hearing Impaired Children. With a love of the outdoors, Judy is an avid golfer, tennis player and water sport enthusiast. She resides in Bluffton with her husband, Michael and three dogs.

Kelli Weis

Kelli Weis

Chief Operating Officer

Kelli Weis is Director of Sales and Marketing for Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty. She has both a Georgia and a South Carolina real estate license.

Kelli’s extensive marketing skills help connect clients to local and global buyers. She coordinates the marketing of properties using her local connections and the global reach of Sotheby’s International Realty with its extraordinary array of marketing techniques.

A proven salesperson, Kelli was named to a previous telecom employer’s President’s Club. In a nine-state region, she was recognized for being one of the top three sales producers. She was the only individual; the other two top performers were offices. She also worked at a regional real estate firm as a Realtor and assistant manager of three offices. She was responsible for agent training and corporate relocation, and she also served as the community liaison and marketing team coordinator.

Kelli is committed to giving back to the community. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for her Neighborhood Association, she is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Pooler Chamber of Commerce, and Weis also served on the City of Pooler 10-year planning committee. She served on the gala committee for Hearts for Heroes and has volunteered with AMBUCS and with Abilities Unlimited.

Kelli graduated from University of Georgia with a B.S. in Speech Communications. She and her husband, Albert, live in Savannah and have three children, Kathryn, Albert IV and Sam. They are members of Isle of Hope Methodist Church