As newlyweds in pursuit of the American Dream, Dane’s parents borrowed money to rent a U-Haul and moved to Cape Coral from Michigan in 1979. They saw the potential of Cape Coral with empty land as far as the eye could see. After working as a laborer in construction while obtaining his real estate license, Dane’s father started Eagle Realty of Southwest Florida with his father in 1984. Since then the family firm has literally grown up with Cape Coral. Eagle Realty has played a key role in much of the city’s growth and has also been an outstanding community partner, assisting in many projects such as the development of the Pine Island Road Corridor, the VA Clinic, and the Army Reserve Center, and donating Eagle Skate Park to the city’s youth.
Working to support young Dane and his four sisters, Dane’s parents instilled their work ethic in every Eagle in the nest. They taught the Eagle children valuable life lessons that continue to serve them well, such as treating others with kindness and respect and to always speak the truth. Dane’s older sister, Raemi, is an attorney and recent UF Law graduate while being a full-time mother of two. His younger sister, Kiki, is a transient oncology nurse, aiding those in need all over the country. His youngest sisters, Maddy and Gibby, twins, are working hard to put themselves through college.
Dane started working at Eagle Realty at age 16 and began learning at that early age the opportunities and challenges of operating a small business in Southwest Florida. After graduating from Bishop Verot High School with honors where he served as his Class President and played football, he was excited to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and went on to obtain his real estate license at age 19. He bought and sold Southwest Florida real estate full-time while attending Florida Gulf Coast University.
With a burning desire to help those in need, Dane aspired to become a Pediatrician. He transferred to the University of Florida where he volunteered at Shands Hospital, completed the Pre-medicine curriculum, and earned his B.A. in Economics. However, after the Mayor of Gainesville appointed him to a citizen advisory committee to the City Council, Dane discovered his calling for public service and upon graduation from UF in 2005 he moved to Tallahassee to work in politics and government.
Through his leadership and hard work, Dane quickly caught the eye of state leaders and was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor at age 24 – the youngest in Florida’s history. In this position Dane essentially helped manage the Executive Branch of the State of Florida and its agencies while working very closely with the Legislative Branch. He served as the Governor’s liaison to the Office of Tourism, Trade, & Economic Development, the Florida Housing and Finance Corporation, and the Department of Citrus, and had the opportunity to extensively travel our state, our nation, and the world, helping those in need on a daily basis and meeting with some of the world’s most distinguished leaders.
When the local economy began to take its toll on the business his family worked so hard to establish, Dane returned home to Southwest Florida to lend a helping hand. He serves Eagle Realty and his family as a real estate broker and provides the same dedicated service to his clients that state leaders and taxpayers came to expect from him in Tallahassee.
Dane remains an active Republican and is very involved with the local community. He is working hard each and everyday to earn the trust and confidence of the voters in Florida’s 77th House District and is looking forward to dedicating his experience, passion, and strong work ethic as their next State Representative.
Involved in our community:
- Leadership Cape Coral, Class of 2011
- Lee County Republican Executive Committee, Strategic Planning Committee
- AMIkids Southwest Florida, Board of Directors
- Bishop Verot High School, Advancement Board
- Cape Coral Council for Progress
- Cape Coral Republican Club
- Cape Coral Civic Association
- Cape Coral Association of REALTORS
- Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce
- Cape Coral Construction Industry Association
- Cape Coral 9-12 Patriots
- Real Estate Investment Society of Southwest Florida
- St. Andrew Catholic Church, Lifetime Member