Allison Sledge, Founder, CEO, Writer
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After you scroll down this page, you will see that ALL of our clients are patriotic, passionate and dedicated to serving our Veterans and our Military families who are serving.


If you believe you are a ROCK STAR in your service areas, then you are who we want to join our team.

If not, then thank you for your time, we don't want to promote you. 

Our Military members and Veterans deserve ONLY the best MRP Realtors in the area in which they want to buy or sell a home. 

Service Members may only have a couple of days to view properties and make an offer, and others might be deployed at the time and need someone who can represent them while they’re away. Working with a Realtor® who understands the singular complications that arise with Military service can help make the home buying process simpler, faster and less stressful. The MRP Certification lets home buyers and sellers know that a Realtor® knows the ins and outs of Military housing benefits, such as zero-down payment loans, and the specific needs Military Service Members and Veterans have when searching for their new home.

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We monitor you, your company, industry, even your competition, and place your news into the live world of news cycles.

Our 1,000 Word Press Release puts you on 1) All of the Military Base News Channels; 2) The Real Estate and Property News Channels3)  The Television and Radio News Channels; The Social Media Channels; 4) The Banking and Investment Channels; 5)  Major Newspapers Across The Country!!!

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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!

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                        ******* 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

ALASKA "The Pettigen Team" Van And LaVerne Pettigen ~ Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER)

Press Release

By Allison Sledge


"As a Military spouse, I am very proud to have earned my MRP Certification, because I understand Military needs. I have worked with VA buyers and sellers for over 17 years in Real Estate.”
LaVerne Pettigen

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, USA, March 17, 2017 / -- Van and LaVerne Pettigen are enthusiastic, warmhearted Real Estate agents at Herrington & Company in Anchorage, Alaska.

Known as ‘The Pettigen Team’ this dynamic-duo have spent their life together as soul-mates, working side by side in various businesses due to their complementary natures. 

LaVerne was born in King Salmon, Alaska, which is approximately 300 miles southwest of Anchorage. It is a very rural area known as rural Alaska, a region of Alaska that is not connected to the North American road network or ready access to the State's Ferry System. The majority of Alaska's native populations live in the bush, where they make their living in similar fashion to their ancestors. LaVerne graduated from Bristol Bay High School and worked for her father’s trucking company, where she learned how to run a business.

Van was born in Baltimore, Maryland, graduated from Southern High School and joined the Air Force. He went to basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, then to technical school at Sheppard Air Force Base as a Cargo Specialist before transferring to McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, working in Fleet Service. In this position, Van serviced airplanes that were going to and from Vietnam, supplying water and other essential necessities and was responsible for taking care of commercial jets and Military Aircraft.

Van recalls, “When I was young, my uncle was stationed in Alaska I was fascinated with the stories he would tell. I remember going to the library and looking it up and seeing pictures of Alaska, so I volunteered to go to Alaska. In the Air Force, we have a ‘dream sheet’ which is where you put down 3 places where you would like to go. Alaska was my first choice. I was sent to a small, all-male duty station at King Salmon Air Force Station (a General Surveillance Radar station) on a remote tour where I monitored the activity of Russian airplanes.”

At this time, a local recreation center approached Van to teach a martial arts class to keep the guys busy. The Air Force would pay, but it was also opened up to the people in King Salmon. LaVerne and her brother came to the class.

LaVerne says, “There was not a lot to do in rural Alaska, so I enrolled in the class and Van was my Karate instructor. He earned a first-degree Black Belt when he was just 14 years old and he trained me up to the point where I got my own Black Belt.”

The two became good friends. LaVerne and her brother began showing Van around Alaska in ways that he might not have seen if not for their friendship. They enjoyed going out in the deep wilderness observing the wildlife and driving on the ice.

Van recalls that it was a very interesting time. “I came from an all-black community so it was an adjustment for everyone to see us together. LaVerne came from a small village and was related to the Natives, so there was a lot of surprise and conversation about us getting together.  It wasn’t supposed to happen, but her family was very kind and people got used to me being there. I was the only black person there. It was an adjustment for everybody, but we had bonfires and picnics together, even though it was as unusual for them as it was for me. I remember one of her family members saying, ‘People like us need people like you’ and I knew that our union was meant to be.”

Van and LaVerne got married and had two daughters, Leigha and Latisha. They moved to Anchorage and LaVerne stayed at home with the children, but decided to work part time in sales with Herbalife, a global nutrition company.

Van retired from the Air Force in 1975 and got a job at the local airline, Wein Alaska, before deciding to work with LaVerne in Herbalife. He says, “I made enough money to quit the airline. This was network marketing and they were flying us all across the country. We were part of the corporate school crowd – which was the envy of many. Everybody wanted to be where we were. We were spoiled.”

LaVerne says, “A friend told me that I would do good in Real Estate, so I gave it a shot. I worked for Prudential Jack White and we came in #9 in our first year out of 100 agents that were there, so I decided on a career change. We have been top producers in Alaska for over 17 years.”

Van eventually joined LaVerne in Real Estate after working in car sales for 10 years. He says, “When the kids left home, we put all of our energy into Real Estate and got back to the income level that we were accustomed to.”

The Pettigen’s also inherited the family fishing business where LaVerne’s mother, brothers and sisters worked. LaVerne was a commercial fisherman and taught Van how to fish. They sell fish each year to the local canneries during a 6-week period. Their main catch is red salmon.

Alaska is the ninth biggest seafood-producing region in the world, with 80 percent of high-value wild salmon species like sockeye, coho and king salmon originating from its waters. Their daughter, Latisha runs the business now, with grandchildren Jaden and Elise. She also runs her own business. Leigha is a very successful Realtor in Tennessee.

As a Military Spouse, LaVerne is very proud to have earned her Military Relocation Professional Certification because she understands their needs and has worked with VA buyers and sellers for over 17 years in Real Estate.

The cities that the Pettigen’s serve are: Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer, Big Lake and Mat-Su Valley.

For more information about The Pettigen Team, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
The Pettigen Team
Herrington & Company
(907) 242-7955 (cell)
(907) 263-9370 (office)
[email protected]

Click link Below To See Van And LaVerne's Published Press Release:

                        ******* 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:

ARIZONA Reserved For Debby CosteFort Huachuca

ARIZONA Reserved For Vicki (And RangerCochran ~ Luke Air Force Base

                        ******* 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 Agent” Howard Curry, please visit these important websites:

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

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                       ******* 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


" I’ve always been connected to the Military and I want to stay connected to the Military, because it’s in my blood."
Jean Plank

COLORADO SPRINGS , COLORADO, USA, July 11, 2016 / -- Jean Plank is a United States Army Veteran who is dedicated to building solid relationships with his real estate clients. He is a Broker Associate with Sellstate Alliance Realty in Colorado Springs, Colorado and recently attained his Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification.

Jean was born in Augsburg, Germany where his father was stationed. The family moved frequently, including a transfer to Fort Benning, Georgia for three years, then back to Manheim, Germany and then to Fort Lewis, Washington for three years, and back to Manheim for another three years - finally PCS’ing to Fort Lewis where his father retired from the Army. He says, “It was nice to finally settle down and feel accepted in an area where I knew I was going to stay.”

After graduation from Sultan High School in Washington, Jean enlisted in the Army. “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 was then deployed on a one-year tour in the first Gulf War in Iraq where he served in combat operation. He recalls that experience as being very hot, dirty and dusty. He says, “I tell my friends to take a steamy shower until they’re sweating, then blow dry their face and imagine the hot sand blowing on their body. That is similar to my experience while living in the desert of Iraq.” He continues, “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.”

Jean then transferred to Fort Stewart, Georgia for three years, then back to Fort Sill for another three years before going to recruiting school at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He then reported to his recruiting station in Fayetteville, Arkansas for another three years. He returned to Fort Sill where he served three years before he retired as an Operation Sergeant after serving 20 years.

Jean then spent eleven years in retail management, working in Oregon, Washington and Nebraska. He ran the stores and the fuel operations for the two leading 24-hour truck stops in the industry: Pilot Travel Center and Love’s Travel Stops.

Jean decided to move to Colorado Springs to be closer to his children and grandchildren. Since he had used his VA loan to purchase houses in Oklahoma, Washington State, Nebraska and Colorado, he thought that it would be a good fit for him to get into real estate. He says, “I like helping people. It gives me pleasure to help people find a home, just as people helped me. I enjoy talking and interacting with people. The Military presence has a great impact on our local economy and I look forward to assisting as many Active-Duty Soldiers and Veterans with their real estate needs as I can.”

Jean procured his real estate license in December of 2015 and began working at Sellstate Alliance Realty. Sellstate Realty is a very unique franchise system. Unlike most franchises, which begin as a single successful location where the founder(s) later decide to expand, Sellstate was designed as a national franchise from the very beginning. 

Because of this, Sellstate’s foundation was conceptualized and created with nationwide systems that make life for a broker easier and more efficient while providing agents with everything they need to succeed. Sellstate’s Technology acts as the technological backbone for their entire network, eliminating the majority of administrative duties from the office level. This is what helps Sellstate to be the best real estate franchise for brokers and agents.

Jean found out about the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification through a local realty group. “I felt it was very important to have the MRP designation,” he says, “I know the Military and I know how they operate. I know what’s important to Military families. There’s a camaraderie with the Military that you can’t find in any other organization in the world. I’ve always been connected to the Military and I want to stay connected to the Military, because it’s in my blood.”

The Military has a very strong presence in Colorado Springs.

There is the United States Air Force Academy; Cheyenne Mountain Complex; North American Aerospace Defense Command; Peterson Air Force Base; Schriever Air Force Base and Fort Carson Army Base.

Colorado Springs ranks in the Top 10 “fastest-moving real estate markets” in the country because it has so much to offer including: The Garden of the Gods; Pikes Peak; Cave of the Winds; Cheyenne Mountain Zoo; Seven Falls; The United States Olympic Training Center; Royal Gorge Bridge & Park; Air Force Falcons and The Ghost Town Museum.

Colorado Springs made the Forbes list of the best places to retire in 2016 and Downtown Colorado Springs ranked #9 in the Top 10 Best Downtowns of 2016. Downtown Colorado Springs has a small-town feel with big-city amenities. The area offers a variety of shopping, dining, museums, parks, festivals and events and is a designated Creative District in the state of Colorado.

Jean says, “Colorado Springs is the perfect place for me to live and work. We call it ‘The Springs’ and aside from all of the wonderful things to do here, the mountains look so close you sometimes feel like you can reach out and touch them.”

For more information about “Military friendly Agent” Jean Plank, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Jean Plank
Sellstate Alliance Realty
(719) 822-7037
[email protected]

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                   ******* 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

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                     ******* DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA *******
                            (WASHINGTON, DC

                        ******* FLORIDA*******

FLORIDA - Wendy Cantfil ~ U.S. Army Garrison Miami

Press Release
By Allison Sledge

Miami, Florida REALTOR® Wendy Cantfil Earns Her Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification

Wendy Takes A Multi- Disciplinary Approach To Provide Buyers And Sellers With The Broadest Personalized Service In Today's Complex Real Estate Industry

"I have a close affinity for Military families because I am a part of their world. We share the same values. I respect and understand the challenges they face with frequent PCS relocations."
Wendy Cantfil

MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA, January 12, 2015 / -- Having spent most of her adult life as a Navy wife, Wendy Canfill knows firsthand how important it is for realtors to have a thorough understanding of their military clients and their unique requirements. “I knew that earning my MRP certification would give me special recognition as being best qualified to work with active duty and retired military”, she says.

“I have a close affinity for military families because I am a part of their world. We share the same values. I respect and understand the challenges they face with frequent PCS relocations.”

Wendy was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and the humanities from San Francisco State University. Wendy met her future husband Scott while he was an active duty lieutenant stationed at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Unlike hers, Scott’s family had a long history of military and federal civilian service. “When I got married, I did not realize how dedicated service members were “, she recalls. “I was very naïve about the tremendous challenges, sacrifices, and demands that military members and their families face on a consistent basis.”

Marriage and graduation brought Wendy and Scott to San Diego where Wendy began a new career as a buyer for the Navy Exchange Retail System. She says, “It was very difficult back then. There was no real support for military spouses in the work place.” While new assignments and new places were exciting, that also meant starting over for Wendy every two to three years, both in the work place and in establishing her growing home.

Along the way Wendy and Scott welcomed two sons into the world, born on different coasts not surprisingly. In addition to Monterey and San Diego, her family also called D.C., Newport, Alameda, Mayport and Key West home, some more than once. Scott, a naval aviator, eventually retired as a Navy captain. His three commanding officer tours meant Wendy acquired all the informal, yet important and rewarding responsibilities as a senior officer’s wife.

Wendy is extremely proud of the accomplishments of her husband and two sons. Scott continues to serve his country as a civil servant assigned to U.S. Southern Command in Miami. Her oldest, Bryan is a Coast Guard officer stationed in Washington, D.C. As a realtor Wendy has enjoyed working with many Coast Guard families in South Florida. Kevin is a Florida State University graduate who has found his niche in education, recently accepting a leadership position in the D.C. Public School System. “I am so blessed and feel extraordinarily grateful seeing my boys become successful and independent.”

In addition to her extensive retail experience and volunteer work, one job piqued Wendy’s interest in real estate. Wendy entered a program called Showhomes of America where she used her own furniture and accessories to stage homes that she and her family lived in until they were sold. With her art history background and all her relocation experience, Wendy quickly sold four homes.

Wendy has always been interested in real estate, her mother having been a realtor. Wendy earned her real estate license in 2005 and has never looked back. Real estate capitalizes perfectly on Wendy’s interests and background. She works extensively throughout Broward County and northwest Miami-Dade County.

Wendy knows how dedicated our military and their families are. She has lived the same life and shares the unifying values of honor, courage, commitment and integrity. Wendy also knows that being a military family can be very difficult at times. “When you transfer and relocate, this can be especially hard. You lose your sense of community roots. You have to adapt and adjust to a whole new life every time you move. I want to help make that adjustment easier for all the military and retired families that I work with.”

For more information about Wendy Cantfil, please visit these websites:

Media Contact:
Wendy Cantfil
Coldwell Banker
(954) 298-6424
[email protected]

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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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FLORIDA - Lisa Schropp ~ Naval Air Station (NASJacksonville

Pending Publication

Press Release

By Allison Sledge


Lisa Schropp is an intelligent, informed and educated Real Estate Agent at 904 Realty, LLC in Jacksonville, Florida.

Lisa was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and her family moved to Texas, where she graduated from Conroe High School. She then enrolled at the Texas A&M University at Galveston, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology. She says, “It was the Jacques Cousteau adventures and discoveries that drew me in. I was fascinated by what he was doing, as he was the first to reveal to the public unknown and inaccessible places in the French underwater film: “
Par dix-huit mètres de fond” (18 Meters Deep).” 

Lisa met her future husband, Steve, in college when they worked on the same research project together at Goat Island, establishing marsh grasses on dredge foil material. “We enjoyed our time there and it was exciting because the waters around the Island saw action in the Mexican-American, Civil, Spanish-American, and Second World Wars. On top of that, Goat Island has enough stories about pirates, ghosts, smugglers, and angry lovers to fill an encyclopedia!” Lisa and Steve got married and she began working at a Texas Medical Lab in Pediatric Endocrinology, which is a medical subspecialty dealing with disorders of the endocrine glands, such as variations of physical growth in childhood, diabetes and much more. Lisa says, “The Doctor that I was working with was probing into the reasons why kids didn’t grow, so I did tissue cultures and Radioimmunoassay (RIA), which is a very sensitive invitro assay technique used to measure concentrations of antigens.”

Steve transferred to Texas A&M University at College Station to take course work for his PhD, and Lisa was hired at Texas Veteran Medical Laboratory where she worked with small and large animals, including analyzing thyroid hormones and milk colostrum on expensive race horses.

Lisa and Steve moved to Florida, where Steve did his post-doctorate work at Florida State University, known as the space-grant and sea-grant research University. They had two daughters, Stephanie and Kimberly, so Lisa decided to be a stay-at-home mom and later became a school bus driver in Jacksonville for the next 18 years. “It was a perfect job for moms. I was off when they were out of school, so it was very flexible. I got to run my errands and maintain the insurance. To this day, I still have a lot of kids who tell me that I was their favorite bus driver!”

Lisa is extremely proud of her daughters. She says, “Stephanie is very sharp. Very creative and smart. She always has something going on. She obtained two college degrees in less than four years in History and English and a Master’s Degree in Public Health. She also has three sons, my precious grandsons, Irik, Oscar and Neils. My daughter Kimberly is very shy. She loves to read and adores animals. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and works in fraud investigation at Covenant Bridge doing case input.”

Lisa has always had a passion for housing. She noticed that there was not a lot of affordable housing in her community and she wanted to help people have a home. Her passion was to assist them in achieving the goal of home ownership. To realize this dream, Lisa studied Real Estate online, teaching herself, took the exam and became licensed in 2016. She went to the broker at 904 Realty LLC and joined the team. She says, “I really like it. I work, but I don’t always have to leave my house. Every day is different. I love being able to work from home and it’s interesting. You know, people can be a lot of fun!”

Lisa is a very spiritual person. She grew up in a typical Christian household, but as she grew older and wiser, she began to become disillusioned by the constant condemnation she saw with the clergy. She says, “I met a friend who studied agnostics and I was introduced to the courses in Mastering Alchemy. I figured out that words are very powerful, and you create your world with the words you say, by your actions and thoughts. I found out that it was true, and I learned that doubt will destroy your creation. I look at things to see if they work. It will be shown. If it doesn’t manifest, it doesn’t work for me.”

A big part of Lisa’s Real Estate career is to be able to help Veterans and Active-Duty families move into the homes of their dreams, which is why she earned her Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification. “My father was in the Army in WWII and went to North Africa. It included campaigns fought in the Libyan and Egyptian deserts and in Morocco and Algeria (Operation Torch), as well as Tunisia. They sacrifice so much and are often treated so poorly when they return home – just look at all the homeless Veterans – it’s a shame. Many are injured, suffer from PTSD and people don’t seem to care. I care.”

Jacksonville has a huge Military presence, with Naval Air Station Jacksonville being very prominent. Lisa says, “It made a lot of sense to me to be trained and more informed on the matters that are important to our service men and women. I have great respect for our Military because they served and are serving our country, but our country doesn’t always give them the respect they deserve. I want them to know how much I honor them for all that they do. When it comes to homeownership, I want to provide an easy, smooth transaction within their time frame limits – before they even ask. The more you know about them, the better able you are to help them.”

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

Media Contact:

Lisa Schropp

904 Realty, LLC

(904) 625-7972

[email protected]

FLORIDA Reserved For Ed, Karen and Brett Besecky - Patrick Air Force BaseCape Canaveral Air Force Station

GEORGIA - Judith "Judi" Robinson ~ Fort Gordon

                                     ******* GEORGIA *******

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"I know how the Military operates and I know how to serve those who are serving or have served. I can do a lot to assist those moving to or from the Fort Gordon area here in Augusta, Georgia."
Judi Robinson

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA, USA, January 5, 2016 / -- Judi Robinson is a retired Military Officer now working at Blanchard & Calhoun Real Estate Company in Augusta, Georgia.

Judi was born in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from Incarnate Word Academy. She always wanted to join the Military. 

Judi says, “I was set to join the Marine Corps but when I went to the Army recruiting station and saw a video of a female jumping out of a plane, I said ‘sign me up’!”

Judi signed up for five years for the Airborne option and Fort Bragg, NC. Judi enlisted in the Army as a Private (E1), completed basic training at Fort McClellan, AL and went to Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN, where she certified in her Military Occupation Specialty: A Military Paralegal. Judi then went to Airborne school at Fort Benning, GA.

Judi remembers being shocked that it was actually happening and a bit nervous about following instructions. “My first jump was over 1,200 feet,” she remembers, “but I was actually more scared on the second jump because now I knew how hard it was to steer the parachute. I knew the feeling and the pull of the chute being ripped out of the chute-pack tray and how hard the landing could be. You have to reach up and pull the equivalent of your body weight down to your chest in order to steer the parachute. I’ve never had such an adrenaline rush in my life. It was a proud moment for me when I graduated, because I didn’t think I could do it.”

Judi then PCS’d to Fort Bragg, NC and was put in a unit that wasn’t Airborne. She says, “I wasn’t happy but I did what I was told – and most of my unit was already deployed to Desert Shield. I was gung-ho on going to combat at a time where most people were trying to get out of going but I was very eager to go.”

Judi deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Desert Shield/Storm and was located in various locales of Dhahran and Riyadh with the First Corps Support Command assigned to the 44th Medical Brigade.

She says, “I was posted on guard duty at a far corner of the compound. It was completely dark and exposed. My supervisor said that I was the first line of defense and to be sure to shoot off a round if I got attacked. Many people don’t know what we actually do as Military Paralegals. The Military has a code of conduct. When a Commander wants to take serious action against a violator, the Commander refers to Military Paralegals for administrative support and guidance. Keep in mind, it’s very stressful being in the Military, especially overseas in a combat environment. People handle the stress in different ways – some appropriately, some inappropriately.”

Judi redeployed back to Fort Bragg and then went to Fort Belvoir, Virginia at the Air Assault School where she learned to repel out of helicopters with just a rope. She sums that brave experience up by saying: “I was just trying to be all I could be and as long as no one stopped me, I’d keep going!”

Judi attended Basic Non-commissioned Officer Course at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN and was eventually reassigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC where she was placed on jump status. 

Shortly thereafter, Judi PCS’d to Yongsan Army Base in Seoul, Korea for one year and then came back to the United States to Fort Jackson, SC as a training instructor before returning to Fort Bragg for four years at 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

Judi attended Advanced Nonc-commissioned Officer Course at Fort Jackson, SC and achieved her highest enlisted rank of Sergeant First Class (E7). She obtained her Bachelors in Business Administration and attended the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA. This led to Fort Eustis, VA to become a Military Transportation Officer. Her first assignment as an Officer was at Fort Stewart, GA. After five long years, she PCS’d to Fort Eustis, VA for Advance Officer Training.

Judi was subsequently deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) I for eight months and returned back to Fort Stewart before being deployed again to OIF III for one year before returning back to Fort Stewart, then back to Fort Eustis for Advanced Officer Training. She was then stationed at Fort Riley, KS and was deployed again to Iraq for fifteen months for OIF 07-09 then returned to Fort Riley. Upon completion of the tour, Judi PCS’d to Fort Gordon, GA then Fort Eustis. VA, where she retired from the Military as a Major.

Having experienced such a stellar career in the Army, Judi says, “I think it’s important for people to understand the level of sacrifices that Military members and their families make. The sacrifice is a daily requirement. It’s not a weekly or monthly renouncement; it’s 24/7 and I am very proud to have served.”

Judi decided to relocate to Augusta, GA after retiring from the Army, where she became a Real Estate agent. Judi says, “It was during the recession, but I already owned a home there so it worked out.” No other options excited her. “I didn’t want to ‘clock in’ at a job.” She wanted to enjoy the freedoms that were generally denied to her during her Military career.

Judi found out about the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification on the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) website. She said: “I have to have this Certification. I know how the Military operates and I know how to serve those who are serving or have served. I can do a lot to assist those moving to or from the Fort Gordon area here in Augusta, Georgia."

To find out more about Judi Robinson, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Judi Robinson
Blanchard & Calhoun Real Estate Company
(706) 825-1488
[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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IDAHO - Jody Hinton ~ Mountain Home Air Force Base

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


"I was always very proud of my parents who cared for the enlisted Soldiers during the Korean conflict and committed their lives to service to our country."
Jody Hinton

BOISE, IDAHO, USA, November 3, 2015 / -- Jody Hinton is an Associate Broker at Group One Real Estate in Boise, Idaho with 17 years of residential real estate experience. She and twin brother, Joseph were named after their father, Major Joseph D. Witmer.

Jody was born at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota where both parents were nurses at the base hospital. Captain Dorothy M. Abbott, outranked Joseph Sr. when they met. Both had recently returned to the U.S. following deployment to Korea. Jody says, “I was always very proud of my parents who cared for the enlisted Soldiers during the Korean conflict and committed their lives to service to our country.”

Following her parents’ marriage and the birth of the twins the Witmer family transferred to Fairchild AFB in Spokane, WA where their second daughter, Kathleen, was born. Jody’s dad received orders for anesthesia school. Dorothy reluctantly gave up her commission in order to stay at home to raise the children. With three children in diapers and Joe in school, they lived on very little money. Somehow they found a way, as most Military families do.

Next the family got orders for Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee Falls. Joe traveled to Massachusetts ahead of them to find housing. At this time, Dorothy was pregnant with their third daughter, Mary Theresa, and everyone felt it was best for her and the children to stay near Joseph’s family in Nampa, Idaho. Sadly, Mary Theresa was born with spina bifida, a birth frailty where there is incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord. Mary Theresa spent most of her life in the hospital and passed away at the age of two in 1965 after the move to MA.

As difficult as this situation was for the family, they joined Joseph in Massachusetts just prior to Mary Theresa’s death and it was there that they welcomed their second son and fifth child, Stephen, into the world.

New orders came and Joseph was transferred and traveled ahead of the family again to Lajes Field in the Azores Islands, Portugal, which is a multi-use airfield and home to the Portuguese Air Force. It would be three months before the young family would be reunited.

Jody reflects on the incredible strength and fortitude of her mother “My mother had to make all of the arrangements and travel overseas with four young children under the age of five. Her spirits were buoyed by her faith, amazing Military family neighbors, and the letters that she exchanged with my dad. I have those letters today. This is an example of some of the everyday challenges and sacrifices that our Military families face on a daily basis. My heart goes out to all of the Military families then and since.”

Jody’s parents devoted their lives to the United States Military, Additional stations included Dyess AFB in Abilene, TX and Broomall, PA where Joseph earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.

The family was transferred to Chanute AFB in Rantoul, IL where Jody’s mother earned a Master’s Degree in Community Health from the University of Illinois and was inducted into the Veterans Honor Society. “It was 1972. At 13 I remember attending base functions and checking the Vietnam MIA list for the name on my MIA bracelet. I still have that bracelet.”

In 1974 Joseph was transferred to Adana, Turkey at Incirlik Air Base – home to the 39th Air Wing, which provides vital support to 20 Units, including the Squadrons of the 39th Mission Support and the 39th Medical Group. It was there that Joseph Witmer died on Active Duty. It was suspected he had contracted hepatitis which was something he frequently treated Military personnel for in Turkey.

Jody says, “My father died on December 28th, 1976. He and my mother gave me a rare life. Life as a Military dependent offered me a chance to experience the world abroad and to gain a greater appreciation for my own country. My perspective on the world has been indelibly changed and broadened as a direct result of our Military life. I learned to develop empathy, understanding, and acceptance for cultural differences. I am profoundly grateful. I cherish every moment as a 'Military brat' and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.”

Jody reflects on this monumental moment in the life of her family, especially her mother. “When my dad died overseas, my mom had to move all of us back to the United States. We mourned not only my dad, but the end of our life in the Military. My father had a huge family in Boise, Idaho and she felt it was best for us to live here. Mom is 86. She runs a parish nursing program at St. John’s Cathedral in Boise. Even at 86 she can’t deny her calling.”

Jody’s trajectory in life has been greatly influenced by her Catholic parents. She graduated from Bishop High School and the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications specializing in Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising.

She married and has four beautiful children; Abby, Charley, Hailey and Aryn and makes her life, as her dad had always imagined, in Boise, Idaho.

It was after Jody accompanied her mom during her own home purchase that she decided on Real Estate as a profession. Jody appreciated her Real Estate agent’s role as a trusted advisor. Jody felt that to fill that role in someone else’s real estate transaction would be a worthy pursuit and suitable career. Her lifetime spent relocating and learning to communicate and empathize with new people and surroundings was a rich training ground for her chosen path as a Realtor.

Jody is now a well-established and respected Real Estate Associate Broker in the State of Idaho.

To find out more about Jody Hinton, please visit these websites.

Media Contact:
Jody Hinton
Group One Realty
(208) 559-5104
[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]

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LOUISIANA - Joyce Albert ~ Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans

Press Release

By Allison Sledge


"Military families and Veterans are the backbone of the brave men and women who serve this nation. I am honored to help them find homes when deployed or relocating to the Greater New Orleans Area."
Joyce Albert

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, USA, September 9, 2016
-- Joyce Albert is a knowledgeable, masterful Real Estate agent/broker at Keller Williams Real Estate Professionals in Slidell, Louisiana.

Slidell is situated on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain in St. Tammany Parish, approximately ten miles across Lake Pontchartrain from the famed and beloved City of New Orleans, where Joyce serves the communities surrounding Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans.

Joyce was born in Kansas City, Missouri. At age 6 her family moved to Memphis, TN, then a number of other places, finally settling in Kansas City, Kansas where Joyce graduated from Wyandotte High School. She recalls, “It was an amazing school. The campus (24 acres) was more like a small college than a high school, and the curriculum was phenomenal. I feel fortunate to have experienced such a unique learning experience at such a young age.”

Upon graduation, Joyce attended Kansas City, Missouri Jr. College because, “I wanted to be a teacher” she says, “I admired teachers to no end. I was always a good student and I loved school with a passion.” However, due to finances, Joyce had to set aside her dream of being a teacher, and enrolled in business school instead. Here she aced double-entry bookkeeping. Joyce says, “It was so linear and logical, and since I’ve always loved mathematics, super easy for me!”

While in business school, Joyce was working as a waitress when she met the most handsome man, a Navy officer who happened to be stationed at the Olathe Naval Air Station just south of Kansas City. “Herb looked so damn good in his uniform, and had a quiet, shy quality about him,” she fondly reminisces. “So when he finally got up the courage to ask me for a date, and the manager said I’d have to work that night or be fired, I quit! Guess I just knew he was worth it.”

A year later, Herb discharged from the service and moved back to his hometown, New Orleans. A short time later, Joyce decided to join Herb in the Crescent City where they had a storybook wedding, replete with everything that a grand wedding entails.

They soon bought a home and Joyce became a stay at home mom to their two children, Jeff and Jenny. She says, “It was absolutely wonderful. Almost every day I would take them on my bicycle to get groceries, or over to the park to play. I really enjoyed those early years with my kids… memories I will cherish forever.”

When the children began pre-school, Joyce decided to register at the University of New Orleans to complete her degree. However, this time she majored in Accounting, a decision that has taken her far in her career.

Joyce’s life didn’t work out exactly as planned, and eventually she and Herb divorced. It was shortly thereafter, that Joyce was hired by a local Trucking Company as an accountant. She says, “I’d finish my work and ask my boss, who was a CPA, what else can I do? Well, luckily for me, he handed off so much of his spreadsheets and general ledger duties, that over time I learned most of the components of his job… or at least all the accounting functions. So when he was later laid off and I was asked if I could do his job, I said of course! …And what I didn’t know, I’d learn. So they made me the Controller, and from there I started learning the rest of what I didn’t know about the trucking business.”

At this time, it was highly unusual for a woman to be in such a position in what was still a man’s world. Joyce says, “I started learning everything there was to know about 18-wheelers – things like ‘5th wheels’, ‘headache racks’ and ‘deadheading’. We had 80 over-the-road trucks, 120 flatbeds, and a 24-hr shop to keep up with it all. So when the owners asked about computerizing our operation, I was all in. We bought a mainframe IBM System 36 (for all you old-school computer geeks out there) and integrated all of the dispatch/sales operations, driver payrolls, and shop inventory/repairs - all feeding into one very sophisticated accounting system. What an adventure!”

Ultimately, Joyce became the General Manager and Executive Vice President of that company. So years later when the company was sold, with all of her knowledge and experience, it was only natural that she stayed in transportation. Joyce took over an intermodal trucking company at the Port of New Orleans moving import/export shipping containers to and from the port.

As everyone knows, Hurricane Katrina was a game changer for many people living in the greater New Orleans area, including Joyce. It was shortly thereafter that Joyce decided to slow it down. She left trucking to become a Real Estate agent. “I welcomed the change of pace, as well as the freedom and flexibility to work my own hours. I was finally able to spend more time with my family, especially my grandchildren.” It was only a matter of time before she obtained her Broker’s license simply because, as she put it, “I wanted to find out what I didn’t know.”

Having been a Military Spouse, Joyce was delighted when she discovered that the National Association of Realtors offered a Certification for Military Relocation Professionals. She says, “It was a natural pipeline that I needed to tap into. Growing up, we moved 8 times by the time I was 16. So I know what it is to change schools and not know anyone, or try to fit into a new house that doesn’t quite fit you. That’s why I go out of my way to know who my clients are and what’s important to them, then try to fit them with the right house… the one that feels like home."

Media Contact:
Joyce Albert, Realtor® and Broker
Cell: 504-451-8343
[email protected]
Keller Williams Real Estate Professionals
Office: 985-649-6333
Slidell, LA
Licensed in the States of LA and MS
All offices independently owned and operated

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Press Release
By Allison Sledge

Gulfport, Mississippi REALTOR® Margie McFarland Acquires Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification

"When Military Staff And Their Families Relocate, The Service Of A Real Estate Professional Who Understands Their Needs Is Essential. I have worked with the Military in many capacities and I enjoy every minute of it because they are excellent to work with. Military families are very responsible and appreciative of what I do."

Margie McFarland

GULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI, USA, February 3, 2015 / -- Margie McFarland, Realtor®/Broker and owner of The Real Estate Marketplace, is thrilled to have received her MRP Certification.

 “I have worked with the Military in many capacities.” she says, “And I enjoy every minute of it because they are excellent to work with. I find that Military families are very responsible and appreciative of what I do, so attaining my Military Relocation Professional Certification provided me with additional education and knowledge to help me assist our service members in all capacities.”

A native of Kosciusko, Mississippi, Margie attended Holmes County Junior College to study business. From there she moved to Oxford, MS, where she evaluated houses for both the City and County of Oxford for tax purposes. This experience was the beginning of her desire to one day become a Realtor® and own her own business.

Other work-related opportunities that helped prepare Margie to become one of the most successful and respected Realtors in Mississippi include working at a bank in Public Relations where she went to hotels, motels and apartments to capture business for the bank, being a professional fundraiser for the March of Dimes and many other organizations, and teaching mentally and physically handicapped adults how to transition from school to independent living in their own homes.

After moving to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, “A friend of mine in real estate encouraged me and I knew that was what I should be doing,” she recalled. "I started taking classes and became a full-time Real Estate agent in 1993. It was actually a terrific time to get started because the Mississippi Coast casinos started booming and there were plenty of people looking to buy homes.”

There was also a lot of Military relocation in her area due to the proximity of Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi and the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport. 

In fact, her husband, John, is the Chairman and Master of Ceremonies at the annual “Salute to the Military” event where all branches of the Military come together for an exciting evening of fun and celebration. Special guests include the Governor of Mississippi, Senators, Congressmen and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “We have such a wonderful connection with the Military here” says Margie, “We get to mix and mingle with them and let them know how deeply we appreciate their service to our country and our community.”

Margie also credits her family for her success. “I have the most supportive family in the world. My siblings are so proud of what I do and are so encouraging. My husband and son step up to the plate when I have to work late and comfort me when things get tough. My sisters give me referrals all the way on the other side of the State. I couldn’t imagine a better support team.”

Margie operates her own business now as the Broker/Owner at The Real Estate Market Place. Inc. and has a wonderful group of people working with her. “I wanted Agents to be treated the way they should be treated” she says, “It’s easy to forget how hard Agents work for their clients. We don’t work 9 to 5. We have an obligation to our clients and we will do anything we can to make their experience with us a successful one. I wanted to train my Agents one-on-one in the art of listening, the art of patience and, especially, knowing what their clients want.”

Margie is also bringing her husband John, recently retired from 42 years in newspaper marketing and interactive media, and her son Chris, with years of retail sales and filmmaking experience, into the family business. They are currently preparing to get their Real Estate licenses.

Margie has two other Agents in the office who have their Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certifications, Cindy Pritchard and Jean Simms. Margie is also very excited to be able to get more of her Agents into the MRP classes once they become available and to get the word out about it. “You have to be proactive in this business.” 

She says, “You can’t sit around and expect business to come to you. You have to go out there and get it. I tell my Agents to not get discouraged because it’s well worth the effort when you see how pleased your customers are when you are the one who sold them the house that they fell in love with.”

Margie is a past President of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Association of Realtors, past President of the Mississippi Gulf Coast MLS, MARPAC Trustee for the State Association of Realtors, member of the Chamber of Commerce, past Realtor of the Year, and inducted into the MARPAC Hall of Fame. She currently serves on Local and State committees for Realtor associations, she is a member of National Business Women’s Association, and a member of the local chapter of Lighthouse Professional Women.

For more information about Margie McFarland, please visit these websites:

Media Contact:
Margie McFarland
The Real Estate Marketplace
(228) 265-5475
[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.

To learn more about "Military Friendly Realtor", Jean Singleton, and about the communities she serves. Please visit these important sites:

{Video by: Jennifer Scott & Great Scott Productions}

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

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NORTH DAKOTA - Tom And Petra Drouin ~ Minot Air Force Base

Press Release
By Allison Sledge


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

 "We both know what it’s like to PCS. Once you’re Military, you’re always Military and you take care of your own."
Tom Drouin

MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA, USA, November 24, 2014 / -- Tom and Petra Drouin are both retired Military Veterans who live and work in Minot, North Dakota, so it made perfectly good sense for them to attain the National Association of Realtor’s newest designation, “Military Relocation Professional” also known as the MRP Certification.

They are known everywhere as “Team Drouin” and have earned Century 21’s Coveted “Number One Team in The Great North”

Petra was born in Germany into a Military family and later relocated to San Antonio, Texas as a young girl. Tom was born in Willimantic, Connecticut – which he fondly says: “Is Native American for ‘Flowing Waters’.”

Tom and Petra met at a disco in Kaislautern, Germany in 1986 where Tom was stationed at Sembach Air Base as a vehicle fleet manager of the largest fleet in the entire Air Force – including all fleets in Germany and Italy. Petra was stationed at Hahn Air Base as a supply specialist.

It was love at first sight for the two of them. “I remember saying “Uh oh” says Tom, “this could be something serious. I looked at her and it was WOW!” He recalls Petra being coy; he knew she liked him but didn’t want to let on. Petra says “I appreciated his boldness and I thought he was a bit conceited, but he really wasn’t.”

Tom had never imagined himself being married, but things changed quickly when he got to know Petra. “We met in May and got married in August” he says, “and we spent thirty days camping on the beaches in Italy for our honeymoon.”

Take a look at them now in this endearing video:

In 1989, Tom got orders to go to Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota where he and Petra remained until 2001. Their only child, Rochelle, was born in 1996.

The family then relocated to Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama where Tom worked at the JAG Judge Advocate School. At this time, Petra was medically retired from the Military and became a Real Estate Agent in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Upon hearing about an opening for a Fleet Manager at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, Tom and his family moved again, this time for good. Because of his growing interest in Real Estate, Tom decided to make it a full time career with his wife. “I saw it as an opportunity to do what I love most” Tom says, “which is Real Estate. Petra and I were a team in the Military, and now we’re a team in Real Estate. Petra is a Real Estate Agent and I’m a Broker.”

Tom and Petra are very proud to be able to help Military families on every possible level. “We both know what it’s like to PCS” says Tom, “It’s very stressful. When you relocate, you’re assigned a Sponsor, but very often the Sponsor doesn’t show up and you’re left hanging. You have about seven to ten days to house-hunt and get settled, then you have to report for duty, so Petra and I act like Sponsor’s to our Military families. There’s a lot of pressure, and if they don’t have all of the necessities, we provide it for them and set them up with items such as air beds, kitchen utensils - basically whatever they need to get by. Once you’re Military, you’re always Military and you take care of your own.”

Once they sell a house, their relationship continues with their clients. They invite them over for Thanksgiving and help them out anytime they need it, even in catastrophic situations such as the great Souris River flood that occurred in 2011 which overtopped levees in Minot, North Dakota, causing the evacuation of about 11,000 residents. “Petra and I immediately went into action when that happened” Tom recalls, “We helped in any way we could. We went to people’s houses and offered to store their valuables in our garage – computers, televisions, electronics – everything. Our garage was so packed, it looked like Best Buy!”

Team Drouin also has a spectacular video which aired during the Superbowl. Take a look here :

To learn more about Tom and Petra Drouin, please visit these websites:

Century 21
(701) 721-2506
(701) 578-0061
[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.”

To find out more information about "Military Friendly Agent" Susan Essex, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
Susan Essex
RE/MAX Victory
slessex[email protected]

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OREGONJohn Marraffino ~ Douglas County Veterans Services

Press Release

By Allison Sledge


"I feel that everyone who served in the Military is part of my family and there’s nothing I won’t do for them."
John Marraffino

ROSEBURG, OREGON, USA, December 14, 2015 / -- John Marraffino is a retired Air Force NCO and Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX Professional Realty in Roseburg, Oregon. He specializes in, In-town and Rural Homes, Foreclosure Property, Horse Property, Residential Acreages, Senior Communities, Short Sales and Military Relocation.

John was born in Los Angeles, California, graduated from Valley High School in Las Vegas, Nevada and went to Arizona State University as a music major with an emphasis in Performance Composition and brass instruments. 

He went on tour throughout the Midwest in a rock band for two years with bands such as Tommy Dale & The Night Squad.

John then settled down, got married and had a child – with another on the way - while working as a DJ at a Radio Station. The hours were limited and he realized he needed a steady job and thought, “I’d really like to learn how to be a Chief Engineer in Radio, so I joined the Air Force on a delayed enlistment.”

John went to basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and then to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, where he graduated from Tech School at the top of his class. His first duty assignment was at Elkhorn, a detachment near Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska which is a receiver site for the Strategic Air Command. Since he had always wanted to teach, he applied for Special Duty, which is open for ANY duty, and was sent to school in San Angelo, Texas, where he learned how to fix electronic intelligence gathering equipment. He says, “It took six months to get security clearance and they probed so deep into my past that they even talked to my third grade teacher!”

John then relocated to Sembach Air Base in Germany for four years, working in mobile communications before transferring to Warner-Robbins Air Force Base in Georgia where he worked with the Communications Squadron in Paging Maintenance as a liaison for the Civilian Contractor, maintaining the Paging System and the Civil Engineering Vehicle Radios.

John was then assigned back to Germany at Lindsey Air Station in Wiesbaden and was in the 1st Combat Communications Group. He says, “We were the first in and the last out and it was absolutely the best tour I ever had. It was the tightest knit group of people I’ve ever worked with. We worked hard and played hard.” He was then transferred to Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida, then back to Germany at the WANNA Communication site and on to RAF Upper Heyford in England where he finished his tour and then retired from the Military in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

John decided to start his own business doing paint restoration on automobiles and boats but the hurricanes hurt his business so he went to work at a poultry processing company as a heavy equipment mechanic. He later worked for the screen printing company ‘Serigraphia’ which printed shirts for businesses such as ‘The Gap,” “Banana Republic” and “Old Navy.” Then, Hurricane Georges came through and wiped out everything. He says, “It was unreal. It sucked up all the water in the bay and dumped it on Ft. Walton Beach. I had a double-wide mobile home that was completely totaled by FEMA. My wife and I moved to Denver, Colorado where I worked with IBM Global Services. We split up shortly after that and I found my high school sweetheart, Cyndi, online. We realized that we were both still in love with each other so we moved to Las Vegas, got married, bought a house and made a killing on the sale during the Real Estate Boom.”

Cyndi was subsequently hired as a Medical Records Manager at a VA Hospital in Roseburg, necessitating the couple’s move to Oregon, where they continue to make their home. John worked for Symantec, an anti-virus computer software company as a Tech Support Manager before moving to Oregon City to work at Netflix as a Tech Support Team Manager. He then went to T-Mobile as a Customer Care Coach.

John had bought and sold many homes in his Military career, utilizing his VA Loan and began thinking, “I need to get into Real Estate. My dad was in Real Estate and I thought it would be something I’d like to do. I enjoy selling houses and I like showing people houses and I said: ‘How cool would that be to make a living showing houses?’ I took classes, got my license and hooked up immediately with RE/MAX.”

John found out about the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification through the National Association of Realtors. He says, “The MRP Certification really appealed to me because of my own Military career. I knew it would help me attract Military clientele who appreciate a Real Estate agent who is knowledgeable about time constraints and VA loans, just to name a few. I wanted to have the MRP Certification to be of better service to my clients. I live near the Roseburg VA Hospital so we have a lot of retired Military and Veterans here and I want to be the agent they go to when they are looking to buy or sell a home. Awareness of the Real Estate needs for Veterans in our community is growing and that's part of what drew me to earn the MRP Certification. I feel that everyone who served in the Military is part of my family and there’s nothing I won’t do for them.”

For more information about John Marraffino, please visit these important websites:

Media Contact:
John Marraffino
RE/MAX Professional Realty
(503) 206-1899
[email protected]

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