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Harvey Mars

Harvey Mars

Restaurant Properties Inc.
Business Broker
Sarasota County, FL
Restaurant Properties Inc.

About Me

Ron Basescu, founder of Restaurant Properties Inc. is a licensed real estate broker. For more than 30 years, he has operated exclusively as a real estate specialist to the food service industry. As president of Restaurant Properties, Inc., he brings to his specialty a wealth of experience in the restaurant business. Ron has more than 40 years of experience in designing, building and operating his own restaurants. From fast food and cafeteria to fine dining, he has owned 24 restaurants. Please visit our website at He served the Board of directors of the Colorado-Wyoming Restaurant Association for more than six years, working with the judicial committee to review legislation that affected the restaurant industry in Colorado. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Sarasota-Manatee restaurant Association in Florida. He has participated on the boards of other professional and related industry associations, as well. Simply stated, Ron is dedicated to his work. He enjoys working closely with the people throughout the restaurant industry. Perhaps that's the best reason why Ron succeeds at providing a top professional service as well as sharing friendship and respect with those he serves. Harvey Mars was Vice President of Operations for Gannett Broadcasting. He retired from the Gannett Company in April of 2009. He previously served as President and General Manager of WXIA, Gannett’s NBC affiliate in Atlanta. Mars joined WXIA in 1982 as Vice President and Station Manager. In June of 1986, he was named Vice President and General Manager. He had been with Gannett since 1974. Mars has always been an active participant in community service activities. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, and was a member of the board of trustees for the Alexander Tharpe Fund. He has also served as an honorary chairperson for Meals on Wheels, the UNCF Telethon, and the State of the Dream Address. Mars graduated from Ohio University. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Radio and Television. Mars holds a commercial pilot’s license and is a certified flight instructor for single engine and multi engine aircraft. A father of five, Mars makes his home in Sarasota, Florida with his wife Amy, a retired pilot for US Airways, and their two sons. With his experience in marketing and building lasting relationships, Mars is uniquely qualified to join Restaurant Properties Inc.


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