of The Villages-News
By Meta Minton
Published January 26, 2020
The Villages has gone to federal court to try to stop rogue
breakaway salespeople who were formerly in the fold with Properties of The
The former salespeople named in the lawsuit are Jason and
Angela Kranz and Christopher Day.
The three successful Properties of The Villages salespeople
set off a bombshell on Dec. 16 when they each announced – by email to their
colleagues – their abrupt departure from Properties of The Villages, which is
led by Jennifer Parr, daughter of H. Gary Morse and granddaughter of Villages
founder Harold Schwartz.
Those emails were followed by a social media announcement that they had founded
KD Premier Realty LLC.
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, The Villages alleges the trio is in
breach of independent contractor agreements they had signed which made them
privy to valuable and sensitive information about The Villages and its
customers. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges the three are in violation of the
Defend Trade Secrets Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The suit alleges
the trio has in their possession “confidential and proprietary information” they
plan to use in their competing business.
Angela and Jason Kranz
Day’s time as a Properties of The Villages sales agent dates
back to 2005. Jason Kranz became a salesperson for Properties of The Villages in
2010. His wife joined the sales force in 2017.
The three had re-signed their independent contractor agreements as recently as
2018, according to the lawsuit.
The suit points out that salespeople are under a 24-month non-compete agreement
after leaving Properties of The Villages.
Day allegedly texted a former Properties of The Villages colleague informing him
the non-compete agreements had “expired.” He urged the former colleague to “come
with” him. Day and Kranz allegedly reached out to several Properties of The
Villages sales force members, encouraging to leave.
Jason and Angela Kranz live at Oxford Oaks, the family development created by