Allison Sledge, Founder, CEO, Writer
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Each Of Our Stories Matter.  Stories make us human. They allow us to connect with our world and with ourselves, bringing meaning to our lives.  

Why are stories so powerful? Well, they are more memorable than facts. Our brains are wired to respond to stories. 

Stories bring you and your readers into a multi-dimensional world, full of colors, sights, smells and emotions, making us feel as though we are actually living the story.  

In today’s information-saturated landscape, one of the most valuable skills you can acquire is the ability to tell stories.  Storytelling allows us to be present with our experience, and to draw others into that experience as well.

The world becomes a better place when we share ourselves with others, letting them into our story.
Because we want out clients to stand out as the premiere Military Relocation Professional in their City and State, we offer our Press Release services to Just ONE or TWO MRP's Per Base or State. 

Since we have grown and expanded, we have decided to have ONE Military Veteran and One Non- Veteran per Military Base or State. 

This is a very unique opportunity for you to stand out among your competition and let the Military communities know that you have taken the extra steps to help them buy or sell a home because you earned your MRP Certification. Congratulations!

Our clients think big!!! They are thrilled to have their Press Releases on all of the Military Bases across the United States, and around the world, telling their story and why it is important for them to help our Military members find the home of their dreams!

All of our clients stories are very interesting and unique. Please take the time to get to know who they are, by reading their Press Releases.



                        ******* ALABAMA *******

ALABAMA - Jerry Bourrell ~ Redstone Arsenal

Press Release

By Allison Sledge


"I believe that the knowledge, skills, and experience gained through my Naval career have given me a heart to serve my community. ”
Jerry Bourrell

HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA, USA, September 25, 2017 / -- Jerry Bourrell is an intelligent, well-informed and resourceful Associate Broker at Leading Edge Real Estate Group in Huntsville, Alabama.

Jerry grew up in Laurel, Mississippi and attended R.H. Watkins high school. His passion for the outdoors and his belief in service to others led him to the Boy Scouts of America. Recognized by his peers for service, leadership, and brotherhood, He was selected to become a member of Scouting’s National Honor Society, Order of the Arrow and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. 

He says, “I believe the Scout Oath and Law were an integral part in forming who I became as an adult. My family has a proud tradition of serving our country in the Military and I wanted to continue that tradition, broaden my cultural understanding of the world, and continue my education.” He graduated from boot camp in the top ten percent of his class, gaining promotion prior to transferring. The USS Abraham Lincoln was his first ship and he was assigned to the Oxygen and Nitrogen (O2N2) shop in Engineering. He stood out by quickly qualifying as a supervisor on the complex O2N2 generating system. A senior Non- Commissioned Officer normally holds this position with an advanced degree in cryogenics. Jerry requested special permission from the Commanding Officer to waive the rank and school requirements in order to qualify and after his tour on the ship, he transferred to Meridian Naval Air Station.

Once again, he was appointed to a supervisor position, being placed in charge of three sailors in the O2N2 shop. He seized the opportunity to purse his education and completed forty-four hours of college credit receiving his AA degree while simultaneously, completing an Emergency Medical Technician course and volunteering at a local fire department.

It was during this time, that Jerry met his wife and decided to transfer to Marine Corp Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. He had already visited Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, and Australia and wanted to share the experience of learning about other countries and their cultures with his wife. Prior to their departure, Jerry attended an advanced engineering school on cryogenics, and air conditioning, refrigeration and graduated third out of thirty students.

Jerry supervised a team of nine American and Japanese workers producing oxygen and nitrogen on recently purchased O2N2 generating plants for the US and Japanese military. He created and developed personnel qualification standards, engineering operating procedures and strategic short and long- term preventative maintenance plans, which increased safety for the equipment and operators. He and his wife immediately immersed themselves into learning the Japanese culture, heritage, and language through classes at the University of Maryland. They enjoyed learning about the Japanese culture, and desired to continue expanding their international experience while representing America overseas. Their next opportunity was on board the USS La Salle in Gaeta, Italy, where he supervised and managed the Valve Shop, Oil Lab, Gauge Calibration Lab and maintained the ships repair parts inventory worth over $250, 000.00.

Jerry developed detailed written plans, using them to brief and lead a 25-man multinational team on the safe transfer of over 4 million gallons of fuel in port and at sea. Discovering a gap required certifications in the quality assurance program, which Jerry initiated and then implemented a command wide training program resulting in a successful review of the ships quality assurance program. After decommissioning the USS La Salle, he transferred to the USS George H.W.Bush.

Nine months after starting his new job, Jerry was selected “Sailor of the Year” for the ship, earning recognition as the top- rated sailor in his rank. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer and led forty-three sailors in six work centers, in the successful completion of 1,047 preventative and corrective maintenance items, including emergent repairs on three AC plants, one refrigeration unit, and one oxygen plant.

Jerry also volunteered to serve with the Army, conducting Detainee operations in Iraqi for a year. During this time, he managed and supervised 35 sailors and 45 Iraqi Correction Officers responsible for the care of over a thousand ideologically extreme, high-risk detainees. Upon his return, he transferred to the US Embassy in Rome, Italy to work in the Defense Attaché Office where he managed and directed five Italians in the administrative and operational support of six Attachées and two Liaison Officers. As the Diplomatic Clearances Program Manager, he supervised and obtained diplomatic clearances for four thousand eight hundred Military flights, over one thousand hazardous material flights, and over a hundred US ship visits by communicating and coordinating in Italian with the Italian Air Force and Navy.

Jerry also organized and coordinated distinguished visitor appointments to Italy, for the President and VP of the United States, two Ambassadors, four Congressional Delegations, The Secretary of Defense, The Secretary of State, and The Secretary of Navy, with multiple agencies involved.

Jerry says, “I believe that the knowledge, skills, and experience gained through my Naval career have given me a heart to serve my community.” His motto is: “Life is a Journey and a Pocket full of Memories and that if I can help someone put a Memory in their Pocket, then I done something worthwhile.”

After becoming a Real Estate agent, Jerry felt that is was very important to have the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification. “You see, I fought for our way of life and the American Dream. When I retired, I wanted to find a way to help people reach the American Dream.”

As a Real Estate agent in Huntsville, Alabama, Jerry serves the areas around Redstone Arsenal including Decatur, Madison, Toney, Owens Cross Roads, New Market, Meridianville, Harvest and Hazel Green.

For more information about “Military Friendly Agent” Jerry Bourrell, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Jerry Bourrell
Leading Edge Real Estate Group
(256) 527-6544
[email protected]

Click Link Below To See Jerry's Published Press Release:

                        ******* ALASKA  *******

ALASKA - Chris CalhoonFort Wainwright; Eielson Air Force Base

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"I was on the Cambodian border, by myself. I was made a Battalion Senior Adviser with a South Vietnamese Infantry Battalion, the 52nd Regimen - Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN)”
Chris Calhoon

FAIRBANKS, ALASKA , USA, August 2, 2017 / -- 

Christopher “Chris” Calhoon is a highly regarded and immensely respected Vietnam Veteran.  Chris is also immensely decorated, being the recipient of the Purple Heart Decoration, Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star of Valor awards, the Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star, Sea Service Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Parachutist's Badge, Air Assault Badge and Master Army Aviator Badge.

Chris was born in San Francisco, California, raised in San Rafael and attended the University of San Francisco, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. Chris says, “My mother wanted me to be an Attorney, but I excelled in history, and because of the war, it was mandatory to be in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) in college. I loved it. I worshipped the NCO’s there. I was drafted in 1968.”

Chris worked 3 jobs while in college and received a scholarship for ROTC, which paid the tuition for his Junior and Senior year and deferred his draft status until he graduated. In his Junior year, he was the number one Cadet as a Brigade Sergeant Major and in his Senior year he was the Brigade Commander and won the Military Science Award.

In June of 1970, Chris was commissioned to 2nd Lieutenant in the Army and went to the United States Army Officer Candidate School for training as an Airborne Ranger, where only 40% graduated, due to its level of difficulty. Chris was then assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in the 82nd Airborne Division 3rd Brigade 1-505 Infantry and his job was 1st Rifle Platoon Leader. He was selected to be the Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, where there was only one Leader per Infantry Battalion.

Then, he went to Vietnam.

Chris says, “I was on the Cambodian border, by myself. We didn’t go in Units. I was made a Battalion Senior Adviser with a South Vietnamese Infantry Battalion, the 52nd Regimen - Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN).”

Chris traveled with them on combat operations until March of 1972. He then went on his R&R. While he was there, his Unit in Vietnam got overrun and decimated. He flew back and couldn’t go back to them because of the remnants. Every single one of them were surrounded and wounded, due to the Offensive of 1972. Chris recalls, “The casualties of the advisers were so severe that I had to help out another regiment advisory team and didn’t rejoin my team until July.”

Chris spent the rest of his tour in Anlock and left in 1974. He says, “Subsequently, I went to Fort Wolters, Texas, to train to become an Army Helicopter Pilot and then went to Advanced Helicopter Training at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Then, I was assigned to Fort Richardson in Alaska and they put me in the 120th Assault Helicopter Company. As a result, I was a UH-1 Section Leader and the AH-1 Cobra Platoon Leader and Operations Manager.”

Chris then left aviation and moved over to the Infantry Brigade, where he commanded an Infantry Company. He states that Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., was the Brigade Commander and “Norm put me in Command of the 173rd Aviation Section, so I went back to Fort Benning for the Infantry Officer Career Courses.”

He relocated to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, for the 101st AirborneScreaming Eagles as the first Leader of the Attack Helicopter Battalion - 229, the AH-1 Cobra. He then became a Company Commander and moved on to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, to attend Air Command and Staff College. He says, “From there, they sent me to the Navy Base Coronado, where I flew off Amphibious Assault Ships with the UH-1N. Then, I worked on the USS Tripoli and Tarawa as an Air Operations Officer and wrote the daily air plan. I spent almost 12 months at sea, all in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Hawaii, the Philippines, Hawaii, Okinawa, Korea, Australia and San Diego.”

Chris met his beautiful wife, Rina, at the Marine Corp’s Recruit Depot Officers Club and it was love at first sight for him. He was then promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and sent to Alaska, having been selected to Command the 222nd Aviation Battalion at Fort Wainwright.

Chris then went to the Army College at Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania, before being sent to Hawaii as Commander of Chief of the Pacific at the All States Headquarters. He says, “I was selected as a speech writer for Huntington Hardisty, the great 4 Star Admiral-in-Charge and then selected for Brigade Commander as a Full Colonel. I was very honored to have this position because I got along very well with him and his wife. I was privy to the personal side of his life and he was truly a stand-up guy. This was my last assignment.”

Chris was sent back to Alaska at Fort Wainwright and commanded the Aviation Brigade of the 6th Infantry Division until he retired, where he had also practiced Real Estate part time while he was a Pilot, flying commercial helicopters for Hele Lifts & Air Logistics of Alaska.

After three years, he decided to become a full-time agent because, “My Real Estate checks were doubled to my Pilot checks and I was tired of being overworked and underpaid, so I opened my own business in 1998. I became the first exclusive buyer’s agent in Fairbanks.”

Fairbanks, known as ‘The Golden Heart City,” is located in the central Tanana Valley, straddling the Chena River near its confluence with the Tanana River. Immediately north of the city is a chain of hills that rises gradually until it reaches the White Mountains and the Yukon River.

The service areas for Chris are Fairbanks, the North Pole, Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base.

For more information about “Military Friendly Agent” Chris Calhoon, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Chris Calhoon
The BUYER’S Brokerage
(907) 460-7905

                        ******* ARIZONA *******

ARIZONA - Mary (And Logan) Wolf ~ Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

Press Release

By Allison Sledge


"I’m a member of the Military Affairs Committee and the Tucson Chamber of Commerce to help those affiliated with Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.”
Mary Wolf

TUCSON, ARIZONA, USA, May 22, 2017 / -- Mary Wolf is an exuberant, diligent and thoughtful Real Estate Agent with Tierra Antigua Realty in Tucson, Arizona.

Mary was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her parents moved to Tucson when she was seven years old, and her dad worked in the copper mines in San Manuel. 

As a single mom raising her daughter, Amanda, Mary worked at various jobs in the restaurant industry, a CPA firm, American Airlines, a Veterinary Technician and as a Private Investigator. 

Mary has always been a go- getter and says there is no “impossible” in her book. Mary has always been a people-person and decided to go to work as the General Manager and Marketing Director for five McDonald’s restaurants. She says, “I was able to support my community by reaching out to those in need who were staying at the Ronald McDonald House. I did fundraisers and cooked for the families who were staying at the house.” Mary also worked with local schools to help raise money for the PTA, and she would escort Ronald around to meet all the kids. She has been a big part in putting on “McTeacher’s Nights” in local McDonald’s restaurants.

Mary has always wanted to help children. One of her fondest childhood memories is getting “See’s Candy” from her grandmother and aunts. “I remember going into the See’s Candy store and the smell of chocolate made we want to try all of the pieces.” She says, “I also noticed how happy and friendly everyone was. So, when I became an adult, I decided to work part time with See’s Candy. I work at the store during the holidays. I love meeting all the customers who come in.”

Mary has self-dedication and compassion for her community and has volunteered for several outreach programs, such as the Southern Arizona Center for Sexual Assault (SACASA), where she underwent seven weeks of intense training to be a part of the crisis line. She currently volunteers at ‘Stand Up For Kids’ where she helps feed and clothe the homeless kids in Tucson.

Mary feels very blessed to be a part of this wonderful organization, as she has met so many kids that have become a part of her life. “It’s very rewarding to help our kids get a fresh start. I help in fundraisers to raise money to help support such a wonderful cause and I am diligently working on obtaining an outreach facility for them.”

Mary met her future husband, Todd Wolf, in 2009. They were married in 2015. She knew he was the one. “He always makes me smile and laugh and he has been very supportive in anything that I want to take on. We merged two families; one daughter and three sons.” She says. “Two sons served in the Marines – in Iraq, Afghanistan and Honduras - and a daughter-in law who was in the Coast Guard. We also have nine grandchildren.” Mary loves spending time and watching all the grandchildren grow, because they are all amazing.

Mary and Todd are also investors and do their own ‘fix and flips’. Mary was having so much fun in Real Estate, she decided to get her Real Estate license to be able to share this experience with others.

A very important person to Mary is one of her best friends and preferred Lending Partners, Krista Anderson. “Krista was my client at first, that’s how we met. I love her. She’s my rock and my business partner. She’s closed more deals for me than any other lender because she’s ‘Johnny-on-the-spot.’ She’s wonderful and she keeps me sane. She’s a little blonde firecracker and she takes exceptional care of my clients.”

Todd is an Engineer at Raytheon, which is a Defense Contract Company. Mary and Krista offer a special deal for Raytheon employees and their extended families. It includes a $500.00 home warranty and up to $500.00 in closing costs.

Another great love of Mary’s is her beloved Wolf dog, Logan, whom she is most identified with on her marketing material. “We had to go through extensive interviews so we could understand Wolves. We got Logan at four weeks old and he went to work with me for sixteen weeks. He’s very gentle, warm, loyal, calm and a protector of his Mama. He loves everybody he meets. He’s a people- person and so very intelligent. I’ve learned so much respect and honor by having a Wolf, because he’s not like any other family member (dog.). Logan loves meeting my clients and they love to have a picture with him.” Mary also has two other babies, Ellie Mae and Dallas. Both are very dear to her heart and she loves spending time playing and enjoying cuddle time with all three.

Mary has an affinity for the Military because of her family members who have served in the Military. Her three uncles served in the Marines, the Navy and Army. “I got my Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification because I want to serve our Military in their home-buying or selling. I believe that since they protected us, it’s our turn to protect them. They’ve given their lives for our country and it’s an honor to do all that I can for them." She says, “I’m also a member of the Military Affairs Committee and the Tucson Chamber of Commerce to help those affiliated with Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.”

Tucson will always be her home.

Mary proudly serves Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Avra Valley, Green Valley, Marana, Rita Ranch, Vail and Sahuarita.

For more information about "Military Friendly Agent" Mary Wolf, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Mary Wolf
Tierra Antigua Realty
(520) 551-5669
[email protected]

Click Link Below To See Mary's Published Press Release:

                        ******* ARKANSAS *******

                        ******* CALIFORNIA *******

CALIFORNIA - Howard Curry ~ Los Angeles Air Force Base

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"It was a natural fit for me to get my Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification, due to my Military background. I have an affinity for people who have served."
Howard Curry

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, January 11, 2017 / -- 

Howard Curry is an impressively skilled Broker Associate at Century 21 Beachside Realtors in Southern California.

Howard was born in Japan and is the son of a career Army Veteran. 

His family moved every two years to places such as Frankfurt, Presidio, Okinawa, Washington D.C., and Denver before his father retired in San Antonio, Texas. He says, “As a kid, I personally had a tough time because we moved so often. Just as I began to make friends and look forward to the new school year, we had to relocate. Because of that, I never had any lifelong friends, with very few exceptions, such as my dad’s friends’ kids who were my age. We would run across each other at various Military bases. It was a way of life which offered a lot of opportunities for world travel, but it could also be very difficult.”

After high school graduation, Howard attended Texas A&M University and received a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering.

During his early professional career, he worked for Fortune 100 companies in the telecommunications industry designing telephone circuits and cable television systems. Subsequently, he transitioned to the defense electronics and aerospace industry to build high tech aircraft electronics and weapons systems.

Additionally, he also distinguished himself as an entrepreneur having owned a successful engineering consulting firm and was one of the co-founders for a start-up Information Technology (IT) company.

Howard says, “I enjoyed almost every endeavor I was exposed to in my life. With so many interests and opportunities, it was a challenge to zero in on just one thing. While I was in college, the Navy approached me on a program for Pilots and I always had a desire to fly. My preference was to be a Fighter Pilot and I felt that Navy Pilots were special due to their capability to operate off an aircraft carrier. I discussed this opportunity with my father as it was a dilemma for me. Should I graduate and become an Engineer or a Pilot?

One year after graduation, the same recruiter called me and asked me what I was doing for lunch. We met and unexpectedly we were 'wheels up' in a T-34C where he allowed me fly the aircraft. I was exhilarated! Shortly afterwards, I reported to the Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) in Pensacola, Florida. Anecdotally, AOCS was the premise for the movieAn Officer and a Gentleman’. Initially, there were approximately 48 people in the class; however, only 16 graduated due to the demanding nature of the program.”

Howard’s Naval career spans over 20 years and is interspersed with both active duty and reserve time. He served as a Senior Intelligence Officer and attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. His experience included assignments at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), National Reconnaissance Office, Naval Special Warfare Command, and in the aviation community. He has held various positions of increasing responsibility to include serving as Commanding Officer and attaining the rank of Commander. He says, “My experience with the intelligence community has been a blessing as it provided me with interesting aerospace and defense electronics opportunities working as a Systems Engineer and Project Manager.”

One of his key contributions to the community was his service as a Los Angeles Reserve Police Officer. He graduated from the LAPD Reserve Academy and was assigned to the 77th Division in South Central Los Angeles for 3 years.

There he worked as a Patrol Officer. Aside from performing typical law enforcement duties, he was recognized for actively supporting various local events for the homeless. He also received a letter of commendation for his participation in restoring order during the 1992 LA riots.

Howard says, “I love challenges; however, I’ve worked for so many years in a fast paced, high stress environment that I was simply burned out. I wanted better control of my destiny and to transition to something completely different where I could work on my own time, so I decided to get into Real Estate.”

Howard’s Real Estate background includes residential investment properties. He studied Real Estate at Mt. San Antonio College. He is currently a ‘Million Dollar Producer’ at Century 21 Beachside in Chino Hills. He is an expert property valuations professional having provided extensive Broker Price Opinions for major financial institutions.

His certifications and designations includes Military Relocation Professional, Certified Distressed Property Expert, Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource, Broker Price Opinion Resource. He is a designated USAA Preferred Broker and Navy Federal Credit Union Realty Plus Agent.

He is a member of Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals and sits as Vice Chair on the Commercial Committee for The Inland Gateway Association of Realtors.

Howard says, “It was a natural fit for me to get my Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification, due to my Military background. I have an affinity for people who have served. As a Realtor, you serve your clients and Military Veterans are a very special group. I’m qualified to assist them, but you also need relevant experience and credentials to leverage that knowledge and build a profile which allows others to recognize that you mean business.”

Howard’s service areas in Southern California encompasses areas within Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties. The cities that he works in include Chino, Chino Hills, Upland, Los Angeles, Claremont, Diamond Bar, Eastvale, Glendora, Riverside, Moreno Valley, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Corona, Temecula, Murrieta, Arcadia, Covina, West Covina Glendora, Azusa, San Dimas, Pomona, Montclair, Duarte, Monrovia, Norwalk, Rialto, Loma Linda, Redlands, Walnut, Yorba Linda.

For more information about “Military Friendly AgentHoward Curry, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Howard Curry
Century 21 Beachside
(714) 696-1996
[email protected]

Click Link Below To See Howard's Published Press Release:

                        ******* COLORADO *******

COLORADO - Jean Plank ~ Fort Carson; Peterson Air Force Base; Schreiver Air Force BaseU.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA); Buckley Air Force Base

Press Release

By Allison Sledge


"The affiliation I have with Homes for Heroes is a fantastic occasion for me to interact with our Firefighters, Police Officers, Teachers, Healthcare Workers, EMT’s. Active Duty Military and Veterans.”
Jean Plank

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, USA, October 12, 2017 / -- Jean Plank is a distinguished Military Veteran who spent twenty-one years in the United States Army. He says, “I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps and serve my country.”

Jean went through basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey and continued advanced training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in Field Artillery Weapons Systems. 

He then relocated to Fort Carson, Colorado and served in the 1st Battalion 27th Field Artillery. It was here that a friend introduced him to his future wife Kimberly. They got married and had their first child, Ricky, before transferring to Wertheim, Germany where they welcomed twin daughters, Alexandra and Ashley.

Jean retired as an Operation Sergeant and decided to pursue a career in Real Estate, “because it gives me pleasure to help people find a home, just as people helped me and I enjoy talking and interacting with people.” He began working at Sellstate Realty in Colorado Springs in 2015 and shortly thereafter, obtained his Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification from the National Association of Realtors.

Because Jean is conscientious, diligent, responsive and easy to work with, he wanted to be immersed in his community on every level possible. He was subsequently introduced to a wonderful program called “Homes for Heroes,” which harmonized perfectly with his dreams and ideas. He says, “I was very excited about this opportunity because it’s such a fantastic occasion for me to interact with our local Firefighters, Police Officers, Teachers, Healthcare Workers, EMT’s and Military (Active/Veterans), in terms of being able to provide them with unprecedented rewards when they sell or purchase a home.”

Homes for Heroes was created shortly after the tragic events of 9/11 as a humble way of saying, “Thank You” to those who serve and sacrifice so much for the safety, security and well-being of our country and the local communities they serve. Jean says, “Homes for Heroes truly resonated with me. I was deployed on a one-year tour in the first Gulf War in Iraq, where I served in combat operation. We were shooting rockets for four straight days with no sleep – pushing the enemy as far back as we could push them from Kuwait into Iraq. The counter-fire was tremendous and it was very scary. Not everyone gets to come home from war, and the most important thing in the world is having a home to come home to.”

It is for this reason that Jean wants every first responder, teacher, healthcare worker and Military member in his community of Colorado Springs, to know about how he can assist them in every way possible to make home ownership a reality for the local heroes. “To me, Police Officers are the first-line of defense. They have earned the reputation and the right to wear the uniform and serve our residents. It is an extremely difficult and dangerous profession and they are often underappreciated when it comes to getting their fair share of accolades.”

Jean continues, “Teachers are very important heroes to me as well. They set the standard for learning and push us to achieve more than what we would expect for ourselves. Money is often tight for teachers, so I’m thrilled to be able to give back to them financially and in other ways, but more importantly, to bestow upon them the recognition they deserve.”

Firefighters are, by their nature, people of action who are not inclined to stand idly by when others are in danger, whether on-duty or off-duty. Jean says, “Firefighters are often overlooked when it comes to being rewarded. I have the utmost respect and honor for them and what they do. They are ready, willing and able to put their lives on the line for our citizens, every single day by running into burning buildings and saving lives, often at the expense of their own well -being.”

Most first responders do not regard themselves as heroes because they do what the business requires. This is what they were born to do. The Homes for Heroes program recognizes this, because service deserves its rewards, despite the humble nature of these selfless professionals. Jean concurs. “I have a personal appreciation for these altruistic individuals because I am proud to have served and defended my country, our democracy and our way of life. When it comes to our Military, it is a great honor to give back to them, especially those who are serving now, protecting my rights and sacrificing their lives and time for the United States of America. It’s all connected. Locally, we have our phenomenal Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s), but how often do we talk about the Doctors, Nurses and Psychologists who work in the trauma units and deal with debilitating issues such as the loss of a child or PTSD every day? I’m proud to be able to serve them.”

As a highly regarded Real Estate Agent, Jean only works with the finest mortgage lenders in Colorado Springs. “I find myself drawn to and surrounding myself with other professionals who have the same mind-set as I do in terms of giving back to the community.”

Jean believes that working with the ‘best-of-the best’ lenders insures that the hometown ‘heroes’ of Colorado Springs will experience the highest quality conceivable when it comes to buying, selling or refinancing a home. His philosophic and philanthropic nature is aligned with his moral and ethical values, where he believes that “giving back is the concept that when you give, your biggest and sole reward is the realization that you’ve made a significant change in someone’s life. That’s what I love to do and I’m all fired up for ‘Heroes savings’ in Colorado Springs!”

To learn more about Jean Plank, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Jean Plank
US Army Retired (SFC)
Sellstate Summit Realty
Homes for Heroes
[email protected]

Click Link Below To See Jean's Published Press Release:

                        ******* CONNECTICUT *******

                        ******* DELAWARE  *******

DELAWARE - Kate Gleeson ~ Dover Air Force Base

Press Release

By Allison Sledge


"That company was FAMILY. They helped groom me to be the leader I am today and I am forever grateful. I still have strong relationships to this day with many of those Soldiers”
Kate Gleeson

DOVER, DELAWARE, USA, June 22, 2017 / -- Kate Gleeson is a United States Army Veteran who is dedicated to serving Veterans and Active Duty Military members and their families find a place they can call home.

Kate is a Realtor® at eXp Realty, the Agent-Owned Cloud Brokerage®, in Dover, Delaware, where their network of agents and brokers build their businesses by attending classes, strategizing, collaborating, innovating, and building unity amongst each other in a virtual environment.

Kate was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, raised in Doylestown, and graduated from Central Bucks High School West, where she played soccer and was a captain her senior year. She worked in the summer as an Activities Director at a day camp, running a rock wall and low ropes course for 9-12 year olds.

Kate graduated from the University of Delaware, majoring in Criminal Justice with a Spanish Minor. She had always wanted to be a federal law enforcement officer and even did her high school senior project on the Secret Service because “My uncle was a Philadelphia cop and when the Secret Service came to town, he was the point man. I was so interested in that line of work and knew that was the direction I wanted to take!”

However, just when Kate was about to graduate from high school and ready to start college, her guidance counselor mentioned, “I think you would have been good at one of the military academies.” No one had ever said that to her before and so that seed was planted. Because of that seed, Kate decided to join an ROTC program at UD. Early in that first fall semester, a stranger approached her between classes and said “You’re Kate, right? You would LOVE Ranger Company class!” That stranger got Kate hooked and later became a best friend. The class taught different infantry battle drills and leadership tactics and concluded with a Field Training Exercise. Towards the end of her freshman year, Kate was offered a 3- year scholarship from the Army ROTC program. “I knew from Day 1 that I was meant for the military,” Kate says. She willingly accepted the opportunity.

As a cadet, Kate was chosen to attend and graduated from the United States Army Airborne School. She also won the prestigious Marshall Award for being the top cadet in her senior class.

Kate’s first choice of branch was to be in the Signal Corps. She was accepted and attended her Officer Basic Course at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and got orders to the 112th Signal Battalion at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She was a Platoon Leader and one of only 3 females in her company. They supported the Special Forces Units when they deployed with their communication equipment. She says, “This was by far my most favorite job of my career... that company was FAMILY. They helped groom me to be the leader I am today and I am forever grateful. I still have strong relationships to this day with many of those Soldiers.”

Kate was deployed first to Mosul, Iraq and also to Qatar before returning back to Fort Bragg and taking over as her company’s Executive Officer. Shortly after that she got orders to be the Executive Officer at Bravo Company, 3rd Psychological Operations (PSYOP) Battalion - the TV and radio broadcast company that supported the other battalions in the 4th PSYOP Group.

While Kate was at the POG, she “sold her way” into Jumpmaster school. “I remember that there were only four slots open, and there were five us on standby to get in the class. There was an SF Sergeant Major who only wanted to let one more in, but I guaranteed him that the last two of us would graduate if he let us both in. That got a nervous look from the E-6 next to me. Good thing the SGM believed me. We both were first time ‘GOs’!”

Kate did decide to get out of the military after 4+ years for personal reasons yet landed an incredible job with Ethicon Endo Surgery, a division of Johnson&Johnson, selling medical devices used in surgery. It was an incredible training opportunity to learn and hone her sales skills.

After she bounced around to Long Island, Seattle, and Denver with J&J, Kate decided to take a leap of faith and move back east so she could marry her college crush. Leaving J&J was necessary, so she took her father’s advice and started a career in real estate. It clicked! She signed up for the real estate class and has never looked back!

Kate has thrived in every aspect of her new calling ever since. She takes a consultative sales approach with her clients and her main goal is to keep the process simple while keeping more money in their pockets.

Kate has never forgotten the importance of educating and informing the public of the sacrifices that our military men and women experience every single day – whether overseas or at home. She has lost a number of friends and Soldiers to suicide and is focused upon bringing a deeper awareness to the reality of this tragedy.

In that same spirit, Kate partnered with fellow eXp Realty Realtor® Dan Sawyer to create a fundraiser for the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund, sponsored by the Friends of Delaware Veterans, Inc. The Friends’ sole job is to raise money for the fund, which has ZERO overhead, meaning 100% of the fund goes back to Delaware Veterans.

Kate works in the Dover Air Force Base community and loves working with anyone moving in and out of the base. She is familiar with VA loans, has incredible connections to VA lenders, and is knowledgeable in the military moving process.

For more information about “Military Friendly Agent” Kate Gleeson, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Kate Gleeson
eXp Realty Delaware
(302) 632-8699

Click Link Below To See Kate's Published Press Release

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FLORIDA - Karen Fay Ottewell ~ MacDill Air Force Base

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"There is nothing more satisfying than giving back to Military. I want to give a polished approach to perfecting the art of finding the ultimate house for our Veterans and Active Duty Military families”
Karen Fay Ottewell

TAMPA, FLORIDA, USA, October 2, 2017 / -- Karen Fay Ottewell is a brilliant, charismatic and an astute Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Bay to Bay, in Tampa, Florida.

Karen is known as “The British Realtor.” She was born in Southampton, England, which is on the south coast of England, and is the largest city in the ceremonial county of Hampshire, seventy-five miles south-west of London. 

She says, “I came from a University town where the legendary Titanic took sail from Southampton on its maiden voyage. Our town lost hundreds of people in the tragedy.”

Karen has very fond memories of her childhood there. “I grew up in the New Forest, which includes one of the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pasture land, heathland and forest in the heavily populated south of England.” She says, “Ponies ran wild and I rode them bareback as a child. Queen Victoria had a summer retreat on the Isle of White and the Queen owns the New Forest. I personally met Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, who was one of the ninety elected hereditary peers that remain in the House of Lords.”

With such an idyllic childhood, Karen wanted to indulge the people of her community, so she attained a catering degree for Hotels and Restaurants in England and Europe. She was a well-respected Commissioned Chef working at the Royal Hotel in Southampton, and went on to work for Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey. Founded by Thomas Sutton in 1611, where Hereditary Peers and Princes attended and still do to this day.

Karen met her future husband, Simon, a businessman who owned his own Company, selling appliances, and they had an instant connection. Together, they decided to get into business and opened two “Impulse Discount Stores” which retained a catalog clothing return line, which is equivalent to outlet malls in America. Karen and Simon wanted to expand their businesses, so they opened a Printing and Computer Designing Company and named it “ABD” after their son, Alexander Benjamin David. She says, “A wholesaler bought both of our businesses, which financed our move to America.”

Karen and her family moved to Brandon, Florida near Tampa, with a Business Visa in 2000. The terms were in writing. As long as they owned a business and employed a minimum of three American citizens - they were fully funded on an E-2 Visa. They employed 38 staff members and bought a house and a housecleaning business called “The Cleaning Authority.” Their company outperformed the number one house cleaning service, ‘Merry Maids’ in Florida and won many awards due to their conversion rate of 95%.

As the business ran so efficiently, Karen elected to get into Real Estate so that they wouldn’t miss any opportunities to help non-represented customers whose houses were up for sale. Karen obtained her Real Estate License immediately, joined the Re/Max company and took off from there. Unfortunately, while driving to an appointment, she got into a major automobile accident with a Direct TV vehicle, which almost ended her life.

Once she settled that lawsuit; she gifted her son Alex, $50,000.00 to do whatever he wanted to do. She says, “Alex graduated from Leonard High School as an ‘A student’ in design, technology and computers and went to Orlando Technical College. Alex was wise. He didn’t want to rack up debt with student loans, and upon his mother’s advice, he went away to become a Marine Mechanic.”

Karen was a proud mom. Not only had she raised and taught her son well, but she advised him to have a trade to fall back upon should anything happen. Alex did so, and with the money his mother gave him, he decided to invest in properties, just like his mom and dad, and has become a very successful entrepreneur in Florida.

Karen, herself, has accumulated many prestigious awards through Re/Max, which Alex proudly posts on his social media pages. In 2016, she became a 5 time Award Winner, which was a huge unexpected celebration.

Karen is very proud of her family members who served in the Military. Her youngest brother served with the British Army in the Gulf War, and her Great Uncle in the Burma War with Lord Louis Mountbatten of Burma, the uncle of Prince Charles. She says, “I sincerely enjoy working with Veterans and Military families. They can be disconnected with day-to-day life when they return. You should always empathize when working with people who lead such a dangerous life and count your blessings as you thank the servicemen and women you come into contact with. They literally need to switch gears and deal with the world they left behind, fighting for the rights of their fellow citizens. People tend to forget that. They take their freedom for granted.”

Karen earned her Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification because she wanted to help evaluate every situation for her Military clients. “I fight for them,” Karen says, “I want them to have the best deal possible. They have such a burden on their shoulders – and just like the wars they fight for us – we have to fight for them. It’s our responsibility. There is nothing more satisfying than giving back to Military. I want to give a polished approach to perfecting the art of finding the ultimate house for our Veterans and Active Duty Military families. House buying should be a joyous, exciting experience. It should be thrilling and a high!”

Karen serves the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Wimauma, Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, Lithia, Seffner, Palmetto, Bradenton, Sarasota, Maderia Beach, Treasure Island, Reddington Beach, Wesley Chapel. Lutz, Dade City and Dover. ‘Sterling Service in The British Tradition’ has always held true to heart!” she says.

For more information about “Military Friendly Agent” Karen Fay Ottewell, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Karen Fay Ottewell
RE/Max Bay To Bay
(813) 625-1371
[email protected]

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GEORGIA - The McLain & Batson Team - Bob, Gail And Morgan - Fort Benning

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"If I were in the Military, I would want to work with an MRP because they went the extra mile to show that they care and that they are knowledgeable about VA loans and all aspects of Military life.”
Gail McLain

COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, USA, March 20, 2017 / -- Bob and Gail McLain along with their granddaughter Morgan Batson, of CENTURY 21 Premier Real Estate in Columbus, Georgia, are Certified Military Relocation Professionals (MRP’s).

Bob says, “My Dad was in the Army Air Force (AAF) and worked in Aviation as a Radio Communications Technician.”

Gail says, “My Dad was in the Army so I understand the situations that they are put in. Women who stay home while their husbands are deployed go through a tremendous amount of stress, worrying about the safety of their spouse overseas while handling all the responsibilities at home and raising the children – my heart just goes out to them. I care about them deeply because they sacrifice so much for our country.”

Morgan reveals, “The Military are such a wonderful group of people who are so loyal to one another, which is why it is very important to give them excellent service. It’s imperative to understand their language, their needs and their circumstances because they deserve the utmost respect for protecting our country and fighting for our freedoms. I never take what they do for granted and I am truly honored to be able to assist them in any way that I can.”

After high school, Bob worked in the textile mill as the Weaving Mechanical Supervisor while attending Southern University College. He later worked for Kimberly Clark Corporation before becoming a tire builder for Michelin Tire Company. It was during this time that Bob decided to get his Real Estate license & begin his current career.

Bob is a Certified New Home Specialist; Certified Marketing Specialist; USAA Certified; Multi-Million Dollar Club; Lifetime member of the Columbus Board of Realtors Circle of Excellence; Phenix City Board of Realtors Circle of Merit; a facilitator of Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University, proud owner of German Shepherd dogs and a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Ellerslie, Georgia.

In the 1980’s Gail became a licensed Realtor and like many other homemakers, she thought it would be a ‘cool’ part-time job. “It didn’t quite work out that way!” She says, “I loved working in real estate but with teenage children still at home, I soon realized that it was too much of a sacrifice of family time.” Therefore, Gail decided to attend Columbus State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. She worked in banking for 15 years before retiring in 2011. “To be a great Realtor, you must be full-time and very committed, so many years after my children were grown, I retired from Wells Fargo and became a full-time Real Estate agent working with my husband, Bob.”

Gail is currently a member of the Columbus Board of Realtors, the Phenix City Board of Realtors, the Georgia Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. A member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Gail facilitates Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University classes, loves her German Shepherd dogs, cats, chickens, cooking, sewing, gardening and volunteers at Sound Choices Pregnancy Center.

Morgan graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science. She says, “I really wanted to be a Physician’s Assistant because I always wanted to help people. Then, my grandparents came to me and said ‘We really need your help… why don’t you come join our team?’ I had no idea of what I was getting into, but I was excited and I loved it! I got my Real Estate license in two months and I am so very blessed to have my grandparents in my life. They are extremely supportive of me and encourage me in everything that I do.”

Morgan is a member of the Columbus Board of Realtors Circle of Excellence, the Phenix City Board of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors. She was awarded the Rookie of the Year for 2016 by the Columbus Board of Realtors. An avid fitness expert, she teaches BUTI yoga and loves her daily workouts. Morgan is a member of the Junior League of Columbus and enjoys playing on a kickball team with her high school sweetheart & boyfriend of 10 years.

Bob says, “I am so proud of Morgan and I’m so grateful to have her with us, and Gail is my best friend… she keeps me on the straight and narrow. We value the Christian principles and we treat our clients the way Jesus would treat anyone.”

Gail says, “I couldn’t be more excited to have Morgan on our team, and I love the fact that Bob is such a good Christian. He’s got a beautiful heart and soul. We give credit to God for our success. It is a blessing from God and we acknowledge that. All of our clients were sent to us by God and we are here to serve them.”

Bob likes working with buyers and meeting new people. He enjoys showing them houses and guiding them through the homebuying process while Gail loves helping the sellers and giving them good home staging & financial advice. It’s a match made in heaven!

Morgan says, “We’ve built our brand around the Military and Veterans. If you don’t tap into that, you’re missing out on a phenomenal group of people! They can make a choice as to who they want to work with and we’re here for them. We know what we’re talking about.”

Gail agrees. “If I were in the Military, I would want to work with an MRP because they went the extra mile to show that they care and that they are knowledgeable about VA loans and all aspects of Military life. 90% of our clients are Military so we thought it was very important that we all have the Military Relocation Professional Certification.”

For more information about “The McLain & Batson Team”, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
The McLain & Batson Team
Century 21 Premier Real Estate
(706) 888-4063
[email protected]

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IOWA - Barry Hesse ~ VA Central Iowa Health Care System

Press Release

By Allison Sledge


"I wanted to finish my career by helping as many Military families as possible as I BEST relate to them and our shared values."
Barry Hesse

DES MOINES, IOWA , USA, December 5, 2016 / -- Barry Hesse is a “street smart” educated, ethical and experienced REALTOR® at RE/MAX Real Estate Group in Des Moines, Iowa.

Barry says, “My practice is to inform my potential Clients about ALL aspects of real estate which may pertain to them and simplify it into smaller bites to answer their questions. Today’s information is instantly on the internet, it’s easy for people to acquaint themselves with ALL the data they THINK they NEED, however if they do NOT know where to apply the 

RIGHT information at the RIGHT time, it’s POINTLESS, because real estate is such a TOUGH subject."

Barry was born in Perry, Iowa, and graduated from Panora-Linden High School. Drake University was next in his educational travels, majoring in History and having a strong interest in Religion as it historically related to his Major nearly resulting in a double Major of the two subjects. He muses, “I find it interesting the three major religions originated in the same area of the Arab world, yet many viewpoints and practices are diametrically opposed to each other.”

Barry feels he had a blessed childhood growing up on an Iowa farm that his mom and dad worked together calling it their “hobby” as well as both working 2nd jobs, his dad as a carpenter and his mom an elementary school teacher providing a comfortable life.

He feels he learned a lot about 'people' from working livestock with his dad by showing him how to read various animal signals and observing his parents people skills, whether working on someone’s farm buildings OR interacting with parents regarding their children’s education. He took his combined experiences and knowledge applying them to his real estate career.

After college, Barry went to work at Ryder’s Automotive Diesel Mechanic School as a Student Services Coordinator, i.e. student housing, loans and job placement. He began as a Lead Developer going to high school shop classes to inform students about his school’s curriculum and its six full ride tuition scholarship awards in their auto/diesel program each year.

Because of the multifaceted things he was doing, Barry asked for a 10% raise and was denied it, thus changing the direction of his life. He recalls, “I decided I wanted to do something where no one could tell me what I was worth, so I went to real estate school, got my license and began working for Universal Realty.”

As a twenty-five year old when Barry entered the world of real estate, it was a time when there were very few young Agents in the business. “I was a baby-faced kid who looked at real estate as a way for me to have the most flexibility...”

Barry says, “…the only way I could compete with those older Agents who had been around for a long time was to trade knowledge for experience and primarily I worked with 1st time home-buyers who didn’t care about my age as I was one of their peers and NOT someone bossing them around like a parent.”

To that end, Barry has consistently taken classes offered by the National Association of REALTORS® - NAR® beginning with his GRI® which he compares to a first year on-the job apprenticeship by gaining knowledge or refining his habits so as not to spin or reinvent the wheel.

NAR® states the Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI®) is the mark of a Real Estate Professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation.

Barry says, “As Agents, we quickly learn to communicate with other REALTORS® who share similar values and education, especially when we are referring clients to one another. GRI® is a great starting designation because it really solidifies the processes... as a house has a basement, GRI® provides the foundation to establish an Agent early in their career.”

NAR® educationally has a natural progression which normally is to earn a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS®) designation. The CRS® is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers and brokers and truly enhances what the GRI lays out as a foundation. Less than 4% of over 2 million licensees in the United States have a CRS® designation.

Barry holds the ABR® - Accredited Buyer’s Representative and SRES® Senior Real Estate Specialist designations as well.

Most recently he earned his Military Relocation Professional (MRP®) Certification - training REALTORS® to the special real estate needs of our Military and their families. “My Dad, two Uncles, my Sister and numerous others in my life have served in the Navy OR the other Military branches,” he says, “I wanted my MRP® Certification to better understand and appreciate who my potential Military Clients are and what their needs are TODAY. An example is when Military people come in, they are very limited on time and what they must accomplish during that short window of opportunity, so it’s very important for me to walk in sync with them and not the other way around. I wanted to finish my career by helping as many Military families as possible as I BEST relate to them and our shared values.”

Barry understands the significance of the internet and social media in its importance to the real estate industry. “People are shopping for knowledge and personalities when they go online to search for a real estate Agent. Many people don’t have an Agent and they’re hoping to find someone similar to them helping them and representing their interests during the buying or selling process. My mission, what drives me in my business, is to find and provide better real estate services than 90+% of the other Agents, before they work with another Agent who provides less… by being a Military-friendly real estate professional, is one way to accomplish my mission.”

Barry is proud to be of service to those relocating to be near the VA Central Iowa Health Care System.

For more information about “Military Friendly Agent” Barry Hesse, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Barry Hesse
(515) 249-0084
RE/MAX Real Estate Group
[email protected]

Click Link Below To See Barry's Published Press Release

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NEVADA - Robert "Rob" Keller ~ Nellis Air Force Base; Creech Air Force Base

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"I’ve been in their shoes. I know, firsthand, the struggles that they face are real. They’ve served our country and I’m here to serve them how ever I can.”
Rob Keller

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA , USA, January 2, 2018 / -- Rob Keller is an exciting, adventurous and stellar Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As a career Navy Veteran, Rob has a passion and desire to assist all Military families with their Real Estate needs. He says, “I’ve been in their shoes. I know, firsthand, the struggles that they face are real. They’ve served our country and I’m here to serve them how ever I can.”

Rob was born in Pomeroy, Washington, grew up in Forest Grove, Oregon where he learned his work ethic as a logger in his dad’s logging company starting at age 9, he graduated from Forest Grove High School and enlisted in the Navy. He was sent to the Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, for basic training and transferred to Millington, Tennessee, for Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) “A” School, where members receive a combination of hands-on and classroom instruction in aviation technical training.

Soon enough, Rob was assigned to Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington, where he was in the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) working as an Aviation Hydraulic Technician. On his second tour, Rob went to Oahu, Hawaii, attached to Patrol Squadron VP-1, Screaming Eagles, which is an aviation squadron operating the P-3C Orion aircraft from its home port at NAS Barbers Point.

While in Hawaii, Rob became deeply involved in scuba diving, becoming a dive-master, working at a dive shop assisting the instructors in dive safety during open water training dives. He recalls, “There’s nothing in the world that compares to living in Hawaii as a young man while in the Military. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Now stationed back at Whidbey Island, Rob worked with Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-129, Vikings as Phase Maintenance Supervisor. VAQ-129 was the Navy’s Fleet Replenishment Squadron for EA-6B Prowlers serving the Navy. VAQ-129 trains and provides continuing education for Aviators and Naval Flight Officers.

Following VAQ-129 Rob transferred to VAQ-140, Patriots as Corrosion Control Leading Petty Officer. While attached to the Patriots Rob deployed to Aviano Air Base, Italy during the Kosovo war as part of a Joint Squadron with VAQ-138 and VAQ-209. He oversaw 26 men in the completion of scheduled maintenance on the Joint Squadron’s 10 Prowlers. Rob says, “I love the camaraderie of the Military. That’s why I enjoy helping Military families now. I love having that connection, because it’s a team mentality for me. Being on deployment with the guys, being overseas with the other sailors. Nothing compares.”

After VAQ-140 Rob returned to AIMD Whidbey as a Welder, and Safety Manager overseeing the Safety Program for the 1000+ personnel facility. Rob’s final tour in the Navy was with the VAQ-138, Yellow Jackets where he served as Airframes Leading Petty Officer and Quality Assurance Petty Officer ensuring safety of flight for the squadron’s four aircraft. He says, “I loved every moment of being a part of such a fantastic group, then and now. It’s a lifelong brotherhood.”

During his career, Rob deployed to Diego Garcia and Adak Alaska with VP-1 and on board the USS Stennis,USS Carl Vinson, USS Kennedy, and USS Eisenhower with VAQ-140 and 138. His sea time took him to Dubai, Bahrain, Turkey, Greece, Israel, Portugal, Guam, Singapore, Oman and Croatia. “I never wanted to do what all the other guys did” he recalls. “They wanted to go to the first bar or restaurant off port and I wanted to explore the deepest parts of the area, you know, where the best food was, the greatest experiences you could have there. In Croatia, we were treated like Kings. It was incredible. We met a bar owner there who was so thrilled to be with us – He was genuinely excited and proud to have American Navy members in his company – and it meant a lot to us as well.”

The highlight of Rob’s overseas tours was meeting General Wesley Clark and President Clinton. “It was such an honor to be acknowledged for our service by two of the most respected leaders in the world. There are no words to describe that feeling of pride.”

Rob retired from the Navy in 2007, moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, and played poker for 5 months. He simply wanted to be where freedom was the only feeling he had. After a much-needed respite, Rob got a job with Vestas American Wind Technology Inc., as a mechanic, where he traveled across North America servicing and repairing wind turbines. Rob’s hard work earned him four promotions in two years, working his way up to Construction Manager in charge of construction of multi-million-dollar wind farms. He says, “Things were going great. I was out there on the road for six weeks at a time, overseeing construction and making sure everything was installed correctly, having a good time and then out of nowhere, our projects went from 23 to 8 in less than a year. I was laid off.”

Rob decided to take time off again to travel and hike. He spent the next two years delving into the great outdoors, exploring many National Parks and attractions such as The Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Death Valley, Olympic, Crater Lake, and Vancouver Island in Canada, meeting lifelong friends along the way, including his girlfriend, Lisa.

When the time came again for Rob to combine his love for freedom and service, he decided to get into Real Estate because he wanted to live and work in Las Vegas, without being tied down to any hours other than his own. He volunteers at the USO because he wants his life to have a heartwarming meaning.

To that end, he always has his beloved dogs, Sierra and Ruby at his side because of his lifelong love for dogs and their unconditional love.

For more information about “Military Friendly Agent Rob Keller, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Rob Keller
(702) 815-9478
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
[email protected]

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NEW YORK - Jean SingletonNaval Support Activity Saratoga Springs; Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU); Stratton Air National Guard Base

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


The MRP Certification Is The Newest Designation From The National Association of Realtors

"The MRP Certification is very important to me because it helps to show my commitment to our Military Families"
Jean Singleton

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK, USA, September 11, 2015 / -- Jean Singleton, Associate Broker at Ron DiDonna Real Estate & Appraisals increases her level of commitment to the community of Veterans and Active Duty Military by earning her Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification.

Jean was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and went to Morrisville and Houghton Colleges in Upstate, New York, majoring in Journalism and Christian Education. Her father was an Air Force Veteran, History teacher and Principal. He also was a “Military buff” and some of her earliest memories are of listening to him talk about Military campaigns and watching him put together models of the airplanes used by the Military.

That love became more personal when her son enlisted in the Marines when he was 18 years old. She says, “One of the key things I learned listening to my son and his buddies in the Military was the number of unscrupulous people who target and take advantage of our Military men and women, so I have an actual need to make their transitions for PCS or from Military to civilian life as easy and stress-free as possible.”

The journey for Jean to get to the place of really being able to help was quite circuitous, but looking back, every turn was adding to her foundation to be a highly proactive, consistent, goal-oriented but still relationship-based Realtor. At an early age she began playing piano and many years later, it was piano and song writing that opened the door for her to attend college at Houghton. Shortly after graduating from college, Jean began working for the New York Conference of Mayors who created a position on their staff especially for her.

In 1986 Jean married her husband, Ceaser. A few years later she became her Pastor’s Secretary and Church Treasurer, and taught music and piano in the church’s school.

From there, she then went to work for her brother, Rob, the founder and CEO of a global Executive Recruiting firm. “I loved working there,” Jean says, “It was a very high energy and sometimes high tension job, but helping people find a great place to work is extremely fulfilling. I also enjoyed the research aspect of the work and especially the networking. And it gave me a good taste of helping people through something as stressful as changing jobs - an excellent preparation for bringing families through the extreme ins and outs of buying, selling and moving.”

The transition to becoming a Real Estate Salesperson occurred when Jean went to work for Rob’s friend, Ron DiDonna, a Real Estate Broker and writer, who needed some help with his books. He encouraged her to get her Real Estate license. It turned out to be the perfect job for Jean, combining her love of internet research and networking with her desire to help families through transitions in their life, and she found Ron DiDonna to be the best teacher she could have, with decades of experience in every aspect of Real Estate. Jean also earned her Broker’s license this year and is now Associate Broker at Ron DiDonna Real Estate & Appraisals.

Jean says, “As a Realtor, I have a network of everything for my clients such as home inspectors, lenders, contractors, attorneys and more. It’s really the quintessential occupation for someone who loves networking and connecting people.”

A large percentage of her clients are Military families, especially those who are relocating to work at the Naval Training Facility at NPTU Ballston Spa (Kesselring) and the NSA-Saratoga Springs or Stratton Air National Guard Base. Jean says, “There’s a constant rotation of classes going on at the site and we see a lot of Military members moving in and out of the area.”

Jean works with Veterans who are buying and selling their homes and Active-Duty Military who are relocating due to PCS or retirement, whether cross-country, OCONUS or just across town. She was one of the first Real Estate agents in the State of New York to receive her Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification. She says, “The MRP Certification is very important to me because it helps to show my commitment to our Military Families.”

As well as being a strong advocate for the Military in her work, Jean also volunteers at the Veterans Miracle Center (VMC) in Albany. The Veteran’s Miracle Center’s mission is to offer Veterans and active-duty Military personnel real solutions that will enhance their lives. The center provides clothing, personal care and hygiene products, ambulatory equipment, toys for their children and much more. They have specialists available in counseling for personal needs – FREE OF CHARGE – to Veteran’s and their immediate household. It’s essentially a Free Store for Veterans in need.

In terms of helping her clients to buy, sell or rent their home, Jean is the best of the best. As a member of the Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, she has a plethora of personal connections and a vast network of agents and home sellers. She runs a thorough analysis of all properties and negotiates every deal to get her clients the best price possible using proven methods from her company’s 40+ years of experience. Jean is also very internet savvy and markets her clients’ homes on nearly 100 Real Estate and social media websites. She also does a radio talk show with Ron DiDonna, Fridays on WDCD called Real Estate Made Simple, and features her listings there. In addition, Jean does videos, print and online Newspaper ads, and features her listings on the only interactive TV home search channel.

Jean’s service areas include Ballston Spa, Saratoga Springs, Burnt Hills, Malta, Charlton, Ballston Lake, Glenville, Clifton Park, Colonie, Rotterdam and their surrounding areas.

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Media Contact:
Jean Singleton
Ron DiDonna Real Estate & Appraisals
(518) 858-9421
[email protected]

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OHIO - Susan Essex ~ Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"I would give up anything for my Military clients. I am always willing to make any sacrifice for them.”
Susan Essex

BEAVERCREEK, OHIO, UNITED STATES, June 16, 2016 / -- Susan Essex is a very passionate and highly esteemed Real Estate agent at RE/MAX Victory in Dayton, Ohio where she was born and raised.

Susan is also a member of the Dayton, Cincinnati and Miami County Board of Realtors and is a Certified Military Relocation Professional.

After graduating from Northridge High School, Susan began working in the finance department at NCR – a cash register company that provides scanners and high tech equipment for Fortune 500 companies such as Walmart.

Susan’s father, Albert Shelor, served in the United States Army Air Corps and then on to the Air Force. When stationed in Japan he was involved in an unfortunate accident while riding his motorcycle. He was hit by an Air Force Weapons Carrier truck driven by civilians and was in a coma for two weeks and lost his leg after many unsuccessful surgeries. During his recovery and rehabilitation, Albert was transferred to Hawaii, then to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hospital in Dayton, Ohio. It was there that met a fellow Corpsman who worked at the hospital who introduced him to his sister-in-law, whom he married.

Susan says, “My father was an amazing man. Even though his leg had been amputated, he received his prosthesis and got busy in the Tool & Dye business as a toolmaker, machinist and model maker at General Motors. He also made all of the furniture in our house which were as beautiful as Ethan Allen. Not only that, but he was an accomplished gunsmith and made all kinds of different guns.”

With such a wonderful father to look up to, it was no surprise that Susan would look for these stellar qualities in her own spouse. This happened when a neighbor set her up on a date with her future husband, Wayne. She says, “It was love at first sight for me. I knew immediately that this was the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.”

Wayne graduated from Wright State University in Ohio then went to Liberty University in Virginia for his Master’s Degree and graduated with a Doctorate in Philosophy at Louisiana Baptist University. He owns an accounting firm in Dayton and teaches tax classes at Edison State Community College in Piqua.

Susan says, “Every year, Wayne does taxes for over 600 single mothers and widows – free of charge. It makes me so proud to see that he is helping so many people who are very appreciative of his work.”

Susan is equally proud of her two children, Michael and Sara. They both went to private Christian schools with Michael graduating from Troy Christian High School and Sara graduating from Dayton Christian High School.

Sara attended Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and began her career as a General Manager at Abercrombie & Fitch. Sara married her husband, Boyd, and moved to Texas where they have four children. Sara owns her own successful sewing business making quilts and baby bedding.

Michael attended Wright State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. He married his wife, Leslie and they have two children. He is currently a Project Engineer for Shook Construction Company in Dayton.

Susan always had a love for houses. At a young age she enjoyed being outside and looking at houses and was interested in Real Estate. While still working at NCR, Susan took Real Estate classes and got her license in six weeks. She says, “I really enjoy communicating with people. I love the relationships that are created in the process of buying or selling a home.” Susan is even more passionate about our Military. Her father retired from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and she grew up in this Military community, however, it was the events of 911 that really shook her up. She says, “I was never so touched by the people who supported our Soldiers. When we went to war in Iraq, I was old enough and mature enough to understand their sacrifices and seeing such a critical piece of history with 911 truly ripped my heart out. I had so many friends go over to Iraq and I prayed continually for them. I feel very blessed to be able to live in this Country and I feel safe and secure because of the sacrifices of our Military members.”

Susan received an email from the National Association of Realtors announcing their new Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification classes. She was so excited to be able to earn this designation that she jumped at the chance to take the courses and was in the very first class for MRP’s in Columbus. She says, “I would give up anything for my Military clients. I am always willing to make any sacrifice for them. I think it is very important to have knowledge of the VA loan as well as an understanding the Military timetables. We live in such a wonderfully supportive Military community here surrounding Wright- Patterson and it’s such a blessing to work with Military families. I take pride in being able to help them on all levels and my respect for our Military runs deep. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for them.”

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Susan Essex
RE/MAX Victory
[email protected]

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Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"Flights with the General were never dull. Either picking him up at functions, field training exercises or flights along the DMZ, it was always very exciting!”
Jeff Danault

CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE, USA, January 9, 2018 / -- Jeff Danault is a phenomenal and remarkable Realtor in Clarksville, Tennessee. He is also an Army Veteran and former Police Officer.

Jeff was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, graduated from Manchester West High School and enlisted in the United States Army. Basic training and AIT took place at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Upon completion, he was assigned to 1/502nd Infantry Division at the 101st Airborne Division Ft. Campbell Kentucky. Later, while at the 1/502nd - Jeff was deployed to the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Sinai, Egypt. Here, he set two goals to accomplish in 6 months. First, to get promoted to E4 (Specialist) and second, to get in shape and bench press a personal best of 300 pounds or more. He achieved both of these goals!

Before departing Egypt, Jeff re-enlisted and changed his MOS to a 67T, which at that time was a Blackhawk Crew Chief. He then attended Blackhawk Helicopter mechanic school at Ft. Eustis Virginia, graduated and received orders to Korea.

Upon arrival in Korea, Jeff was assigned to 2-2 Aviation at Camp Stanley, Korea. After just a month in a maintenance platoon, he was moved to a flight company. Here, he trained as a crew chief, became sling-load and NVG qualified for flights and was soon after assigned to the Commanding General as his personal crew chief. He says, “Flights with the General were never dull. Either picking him up at functions, field training exercises or flights along the DMZ, it was always very exciting!”

After a year in Korea, Jeff found himself back at Ft. Campbell and faced with the decision to stay in the military or pursue his career in the civil world. His plan was to get into Law Enforcement. Not having enough time and money to wait for a position to open at the local Police Department, he put himself through Truck Driving school. He graduated and began working for TMC as a flatbed over the road driver. After about a year, Jeff’s daughter was born, and he left TMC for a local job.

In 2004, Jeff landed his first Law Enforcement job as a Jail Deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. He did three years, then secured a job with the Clarksville Police Department. He attended the Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy where he graduated with a post exam score of 98% and was President of his class ranking in the top ten of his class.

After almost 5 years on Patrol, Jeff was promoted to an FTO Field Training Officer (FTO) and received the lifesaving award after finding a shooting victim and applying a tourniquet that ended up saving the victims life. In March of 2011, he left the Police Force for a more business-oriented career path, working as a General Manager. Then, on a cold rainy day while bringing his daughter to Karate class, Jeff’s daughter happened to point out a Real Estate School right next door. He followed his gut, made a phone call to the Real Estate agent (who sold him his house) and the next day, they met and he enrolled in school.

In just over four years, Jeff worked with both buyers and sellers and established himself as a member of the Associate Leadership Committee (ALC). He also taught personal growth classes with another agent. He now works closely with an investor who buys and sells homes on a weekly basis.

In 2016, things started to change for Jeff. He was completing a coaching program that dealt with personal growth and the setting of goals. This mindset shift started to make him realize that he was lacking something in his life. It wasn’t until a conversation with his daughter that he realized what he was missing. A simple question, “Dad, do you really believe you can do anything you put your mind too?” His answer was like any other great dad. “Yes.”

At the time, Jeff had no huge personal goal. That same night, a Netflix documentary came on entitled “Inspired to Ride.” It was a story of people racing Road Bicycles across the country, through 10 states, two mountain ranges and the great plains for a total of 4,233 miles. Jeff didn’t own a bike, was out of shape and didn’t have the cash to buy one as they are super expensive. He then announced to his daughter that he was going to accomplish the race in June of 2020. He joined a gym and started getting in shape and riding a stationary spinner. Within two months, he had managed to trade all of his hunting gear for a 23 year old steel frame road bike and taught himself how to rebuild it with the help of a local shop. June 11th - 2016, he started riding. He grinded out over 1000 miles by the end of the year.

Jeff now rides a brand new Giant TCR 1 Advanced Road Bike and is about to breach 3,000 miles for 2017. The goal of racing across the country has not only become a reality, it has also become his brand!

A former client started calling him “The Cycling Realtor”. The name stuck and now Jeff is branded as such with his own logo. He believes through his efforts on his bike and attaching a charity to his big race, he will be able to attract a large amount of people to what he is doing.

Jeff is also building a nationwide referral network and pays out 50% to all closed leads that are sent to him from another agent. He believes growth comes when you give back a little more!

For more information about “Military Friendly AgentJeff Danault, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Jeffrey L. Danault
Veterans Realty Services
(931) 237-7397
[email protected]

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WASHINGTON - Irene Cruz ~ Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM)

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"Growing up as a ‘Military Brat’ I’ve always had a passion for helping Military families find their next home. I know firsthand how difficult it can be moving to a new area and not know anyone.”
Irene Cruz

TACOMA, WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES, August 2, 2016 / -- Irene Cruz is a devoted and dedicated REALTOR® at Keller Williams Realty in Federal Way, Washington. 

She services Pierce, Thurston and King Counties. She is driven by integrity, honesty and strong work ethics.

Irene was born in Hagåtña, Guam, the first of eight children. Her father, Pak, was an E-3 in the Air Force, stationed at Anderson Air Force Base at the time.

When Irene was three years old, her family, including her two younger siblings, David and Rosemarie, transferred to F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where her mother, Rose, gave birth to a baby boy named Bernard before PCS’ing to Spain.

Irene’s father served at Morón Air Base in Seville, near the town of Morón de la Frontera. Irene says, “I have very fond memories of Spain. My little brother Tom was born there. Back then it was affordable for my mom to hire a nanny, gardener and housekeeper. My parents were very social and loved to go out square dancing. Our nanny and housekeeper were sisters and they lived with us. I woke up every morning to the smell of homemade bread that they made. I had the best of both worlds because they were like second moms to me. I also got to see “live” bull-fighting and the Spanish Castañeda dancers, which I was in awe of! I will never forget when Lola and Carmen (nanny and housekeeper) took us to see the King and Queen of Spain at a festival which honors them. It was very memorable for us. We were truly blessed to be able to experience all that we did.”

Irene’s family then transferred to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California for three years.

Shortly thereafter, Irene’s father got orders to go to Okinawa, Japan to serve at Kadena Air Force Base. “It was a more formal atmosphere there and it was the first time I ever tried Japanese food,” Irene recalls, “I absolutely loved to go downtown and observe all of the different shops. My favorite treat was the rice candy with a toy in the box! We also had another addition to our family while we were in Okinawa, my younger brother, Charles.”

Irene’s father received orders to go back to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California. It was there where her youngest brother Paul was born.

Irene’s father worked for the General in Administration and was stationed back to Guam. She says, “I went into culture shock. We stayed at my dad’s parents’ house because my dad took a tour of Vietnam for a year. It was a big house overlooking the Pacific Ocean and we went from sleeping in beds to sleeping on floor mats on a wooden floor because there was not enough room with so many kids. My little sister, Noreen, was born after my father returned from Vietnam. I learned to love my experience there because my grandpa made fishing nets while he sat on a hammock. It was my favorite place to be. He also had chicken coops and raised chickens and roosters. We always had fresh eggs. My grandma baked everything in a stone oven which made everything taste so delicious. I am so grateful for the wonderful memories of my time in Guam with my family.”

At the tender age of nineteen, Irene met her first husband who served in the Army in Guam. They married and he got orders to go to Fort Lewis, Washington. She was a stay-at-home mom, raising her two children, P.J. and Teshia. They transferred to Hawaii where Irene enrolled at Honolulu Community College to study Early Childhood Education. She became a pre-school teacher.

Irene’s family then moved back to Washington where she went to school for Medical Administration and worked for the VA Hospital. A year after she and her husband parted ways, Irene met her new love and married her husband, Joe, and they had their son Trevor shortly thereafter.

Irene soon began working for the City of Tacoma as a Court Specialist. She held this position for nine years and decided to leave after the Judge retired.

It was at this time that Irene expressed an interest in going into Real Estate. She says. “I always wanted to be in Real Estate because of traveling so much. I loved all aspects of architecture and I was fascinated with design and homes, so I took online courses and exams, obtained my license and began working at Windermere. I felt like I accomplished one of my goals in life and I loved it!”

In 2010, Irene moved back to Guam and it was there that she earned her Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification. “Growing up as a ‘Military Brat’ I’ve always had a passion for helping Military families find their next home. I know firsthand how difficult it can be moving to a new area and not know anyone. I want to be that person for them.”

Irene serves the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) community, which is home to the I Corps and the 62d Airlift Wing located nine miles southwest of Tacoma. The facility is an amalgamation of the United States Army's Fort Lewis and the United States Air Force's McChord Air Force Base which merged on 1 February 2010 into a Joint Base as a result of Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations of 2005.

Irene says, “Tacoma, Washington is a great place to live and the Pierce County communities are very unique. Many areas display jaw-dropping views of the snow-covered Olympic Mountain ranges, Mount Rainier and Puget Sound. We also have the Emerald Queen Casino, Foss Waterway Seaport, Tacoma Chinese Park, Owen Beach, Cheney Stadium, Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, just to name a few.”

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Irene Cruz
Keller Williams
(253) 256-8175
[email protected]

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WASHINGTON - Jacalyn JackiMayo - Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey IslandAnacortes National Guard Armory

Press Release
By Allison Sledge

Anacortes, Washington REALTOR® Jacalyn JackiMayo Earns Her Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification

"I was really excited about the opportunity to become a Military Relocation Professional (MRP) because it opened up more avenues of information for me to help my Military clients.
Jacki Mayo

ANACORTES, WASHINGTON, USA, May 14, 2015 / -- Jacki Mayo first learned about the National Association of Realtor’s Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification while taking classes to become a VA Military Real Estate Specialist (VAMRES©). She says, “I was really excited about the opportunity to become an MRP because it opened up more avenues of information for me to help my Military clients.”

Living 13 years in Hawaii around the Military helped her to have an understanding of some of the challenges Military families face. She says, “I think that the Military life is a hard life because it requires tremendous sacrifice and a lot of moving across the country and around the world. I feel good about making the process as smooth and effortless as I can for my Military clients.”

While in Hawaii, Jacki obtained her Real Estate license. She began in a difficult, declining market due to the Japanese investors selling properties, but managed to soar to “Rookie of the Year” in 1989. “I loved the beaches and the diversity of cultures. It was a very beautiful experience.”

With two young children, Jacki began to look for better educational opportunities, mainland living, and more diverse seasonal changes which led her to the beautiful area around Leavenworth, Washington in 1992.

Moving in Real Estate is akin to starting all over. The first 3 to 5 years require many hours and little money, but being a strong self-starter, Jacki was off and running in no time at all and became a top producer of a 23 agent office for multiple years, until family pulled her to the Midwest.

Jacki settled in the rural outskirts of Madison, Wisconsin, purchased 9 acres and built a custom home. “We were our own contractors with my husband being in the trades. I was involved with the entire process, which added a new dimension to my knowledge on home building and lot purchasing. A valuable education I couldn’t have obtained any other way.”

While in Wisconsin her children graduated from high school and her daughter Anya, joined the Military and was deployed to Iraq shortly after training. She returned, after traveling all over Iraq for over a year, alive and in one piece and settled in Washington State near her brother James. He had gone off to culinary school after graduation and opened a small unique and very successful restaurant in Anacortes, Washington.

With her family now living in Washington, what else was Jacki to do but to join them? “It’s such a beautiful State, the majestic Cascade Mountains, the snow capped Olympic peninsula and the golden wheat fields of Eastern Washington. Now I’m in the best place ever - Fidalgo, Whidbey, the San Juan Islands, and don’t forget the little island of Guemes! It’s fun to sell Real Estate in such a healthy place to live – which is also filled with great outdoor activities and recreation.” says Jacki.

Moving the many times her life has required, and surviving as a successful Realtor for over 26 years, she has proven to be a self-starter with a lot of perseverance. She says, “Real Estate creates financial and family stability. In a healthy economy – with a gradual increasing stable market – Real Estate is a very good investment. It will always have its ups and downs but in the long run it has shown consistent growth. I want to guide my clients to make wise decisions in their Real Estate investments.”

As luck would have it, Coldwell Banker Bain had an opening for a Certified Mover’s Advantage agent, and Jacki was the only qualified candidate for the position. This opened doors to Military referrals from USAA and Navy Federal, which motivated her to obtain her Military Relocation Professional, VA Military Relocation Real Estate Specialist, and Certified Residential Specialist designations.

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station (NAS) is the primary Military base that Jacki services and covers a wide geographic radius around this base. Jacki says, “This is such an exciting time to be a REALTOR® with an MRP Certification! The NAS is expanding and moving a whole new fleet to Oak Harbor. Rents will go up, a mortgage is a fixed cost that won’t change and with interest rates so low, many times rents will be higher. Later on when they PCS to another location, they can either rent or sell their home, and I will be here for them when that time comes. It makes sense because being a homeowner gives you much more stability than anything else, a better quality of life and an opportunity to gain equity.”

Indeed, Jacki’s number one priority is to understand the needs of her clients, due to the fact that buying a house is such a personal purchase. She constantly educates herself to learn more about different nationalities, same-sex couples, religious beliefs and more, with her “At Home With Diversity” designation. “Everyone has their own needs, unique situations, and housing requirements. The more I educate myself, I can better understand, be more sensitive to these needs and better serve my clients” explains Jacki.

Moreover, Jacki is adamant about learning all the knowledge she can in her chosen profession. “It’s a challenge to keep up with all of the new technological changes.” She says, “It’s amazing how the Real Estate industry has changed in my 26 years of experience, as well as the Real Estate structure. But with all the change in the industry, my focus has remained consistent… The process of finding a home and securing a purchase for my clients is all about them, their wants, their needs and what their goals are. My job is to guide them through it all to the best of my ability.”

To find out more about Jacki Mayo, please visit these websites:

Media Contact:
Jacki Mayo
Coldwell Banker Bain
(360) 419-6797
[email protected]

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