Susan was born in Plankinton, South Dakota, which was such a small town that she went to school from kindergarten to 12th grade all in one building.
Upon graduation, Susan attended the Nettleton Academy of Hair Design in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where she learned everything there was to learn about cosmetology.
Susan got her first job at a hair salon called “Shear Design” and absolutely loved it. She says, “I really enjoyed meeting new people and helping people feel better about themselves. When you look good, you feel good. It was a nice income that allowed me unlimited creativity and express myself through my work. Also, being pampered helps eliminate stress. People can relax while the cosmetologist takes care of their beauty needs. The customer can sit in the chair and take a break from other people’s needs, allowing them to focus on their own. They get to relax and unwind and the conversations I’ve had with my clients are priceless!”
Susan met her husband, who was in the Air Force and transferred to Hurlburt Air Force base in Florida. She loved everything that Florida had to offer; the beautiful sunny weather, the beaches, the friendly people, and the opportunities. She wanted to try something different, so she got a job at Brewer Plumbing Company where she handled all the admin work. “There was never a dull moment there and I was always learning something new. Then, the company decided to merge and was going to be based in Pensacola, so I decided, due to some life changes it was time to try something new. My sister-in-law was going to Real Estate school and asked me to go with her. I thought it sounded intriguing, so I went with her and received my Real Estate License in September of 2003.”
Susan started her real estate career at Navarre Beach Realty. She was on floor-duty one day and took an incoming call from a prospective client. “It went very well.” She says, “Not only did I sell her a house, but I got a $2,000.00 bonus on top of it! I was hooked. The general rule in Real Estate is that you can really struggle for the first year or so, but things happened quickly for me. I enjoyed the freedom and flexibility it offered, and I found it to be a lot of fun.”
Having been a part of the Military community for so long, Susan wanted to specialize in helping Military members and their families buy or sell a home, so she earned the Military Relocation Specialist and the Florida Military Specialist Certification. “Everybody loves our Military and being a part of a Military community is wonderful. We had the best network of friends anyone could hope to have. We used to take in the young, single guys for the holidays. They had no family nearby and we wanted them to feel at home with us. The Military really is a big family and it’s always good to help them when they’re starting a family and buying a house.”
Susan recently re-married and her husband, Robert, who is originally from Puerto Rico, came to the states over 20 years ago, also due to the Military. He has 2 sons, Andres and Robert Jr., who is in the Air Force. “I’m looking forward to being there for Robert Jr. and any of his friends if they ever need my assistance in buying or selling a home. It’s such a great feeling to hand the keys to a new home over to a customer with who you’ve worked so closely with. It’s the icing on the cake!”
The Military Bases along the Emerald Coast that Susan works near are Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base including the areas of Navarre, Gulf Breeze, Mary Esther, Ft. Walton Beach, Milton, and Crestview.
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PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY, USA, January 3, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Steve Takacs is an Air Force Veteran and a very dedicated, conscientious Real Estate agent at Berkshire Hathaway in Princeton, New Jersey. He also owns his own moving service called “Hammerdown Moving Service LLC.”
Steve was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and graduated from Franklin High School. He worked at a Chevrolet Dealership where he made sure all the cars were inspected, clean, shiny, in working order, and ready to go to the showroom. Shortly after high school, he went to Apex Technical School in New York and received a Certification in Automotive Mechanics. He says, “Even at a young age I knew I wanted more out of life, and I actually wanted to be a Police Officer. I wanted stability and a job with good pay and benefits, so I decided to go into the Military.”
Steve completed Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base and went through Aircraft Maintenance Training at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. He scored very high on the mechanical portion of the final test and the recruiter advised him toward being a Jet Mechanic. He transferred to McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey where he went through the second phase of training and began working on the C-141 Starlifter which is a strategic airlifter that served with the Military Air Transport Service and then the multimillion-dollar C-17 Globemaster. Steve says, “It was a tremendous responsibility. There are various aspects and distinctions within aircraft maintenance, including cockpit controls, avionics, flight operation, navigation, hydraulics, flaps, landing gear, wheels, and engines. It was my job was to ensure that every component of these high-performance aircraft was maintained to Air Force standards. I had to ensure that the aircraft in my care were ready to fly at a moment’s notice so that pilots could safely and effectively complete their mission. We all had our own specialties, but my position was to report to my supervision that the work of all the other specialists and maintenance was completed. At the end of the maintenance process, the Pilots arrive and say, ‘Are we good to fly?’ I say, ‘Yes, you’re good to go’. Not many people truly understand what a huge responsibility we as aircraft maintainers deal with on a daily basis.”
Steve was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Achievement Medal which are awards presented to members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguished themselves by outstanding meritorious achievement or service to the United States of America. He retired in 2013 and took a year off to decompress and relax with his beloved wife, Susan. “I am so grateful for my wife. She’s my guiding light, the wind beneath my wings. She’s my everything and I don’t know where I’d be without her.”
In 2006, Steve was in a car accident and tore his rotator which put him out of work for nine months. A friend of his talked him into going to Real Estate School, so he got his license then and maintained it until he retired from the Military, then became a full-time real estate agent at Berkshire Hathaway. He says, “I really enjoy working in real estate. There’s a lot of research involved, and you must keep your clients happy. It’s imperative that you keep informed about everything, especially in these uncertain times. I’m a perfectionist and I’m very honest with my clients. I give it to them straight. I keep it simple. I do everything in my power to get them the home that they want. If I see a homeless Veteran, I will bend over backward to help them out. The Military has done so much for me, and I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t join the Air Force. One of the reasons I got the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification was to let our Active-Duty, Retired and Disabled Veterans know that I am there for them, no matter what. I’ve got their backs. They can always count on me.”
Steve’s Real Estate company, Berkshire Hathaway, is "one-stop shopping" for all real estate needs in-house, as they offer Homeowners Insurance, Renters Insurance, Title Insurance/Search, Mortgage, all types with special discounts for Police and Fire, and a $ 100.00-second look paid to anyone who wants a loan/mortgage application reviewed, no strings attached. He says, “As far as real estate services and moving services I am probably the only realtor in New Jersey that is offering a combination of real estate and moving service. If you are buying or selling, either way you are moving. In addition, it’s Veteran Owned and Operated and if anyone uses my service and recommends me to another client, I will pay a $150.00 referral fee upon completion of the move or paid after closing for real estate.”
The areas that Steve covers are Princeton, Trenton, Lawrenceville, Cherry Hill, Hamilton, Hopewell, Brownsville, Mt. Holly, Pemberton, Chesterfield, New Egypt, Burlington, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon, and all areas surrounding Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
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CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE , USA, September 20, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Doug Duncan is a dedicated, hard-working, and passionate Real Estate Agent at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Pen Fed Realty in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Doug is also a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Arizona Global Campus, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and an Associate of Arts in Supply Chain Management from Coastline Community College. He also holds his Tennessee Real Estate License and has 3 children: Bryce, Kaden, and Harper.
Doug says, “I obtained my MRP Certification because I wanted to continue to Serve Those That Serve. After a career in combat, I retired from the military as a First Sergeant on the 20th anniversary of September 11th, 2021. My Real Estate brand is ‘Combat to Contract,’ and I can’t think of a better one to describe who I truly am.”
Doug is a native of Williston, South Carolina, where he entered the South Carolina Army National Guard in 1996. He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia, being awarded the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 92Y (Unit Supply Specialist). While serving with the South Carolina Army National Guard, Doug deployed to Honduras, Central America, in support of the Hurricane Mitch relief efforts in 1999 as the Unit Armorer.
Since his first assignment on active duty, Doug distinguished himself as a Logistician in a variety of challenging assignments, in both the Continental United States (CONUS) and Outside Continental United States Overseas (OCONUS) units.
July 2000 to April 2002, Doug was assigned as the Supply Specialist of 183rd Maintenance Co., 68th Corps Support, Fort Carson, Colorado, where he deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, in 2001, in support of Operation Panther Sentry during the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
April 2002 to November 2003, Doug was assigned as the Supply Sergeant of 286th Signal Co., 11th Air Defense Artillery, Fort Bliss, Texas, where he deployed to Ali Al Salem, Kuwait, during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003, building up to the invasion of Iraq.
November 2003 to February 2006, he was assigned as the Supply Sergeant of the Middle East School where Arabic was taught to military Linguists and Delta Co., 229th Military Intelligence, Presidio of Monterey, and Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, California.
February 2006 to February 2012, Doug was assigned as the Supply Sergeant of Charlie Co. and Property Book Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) to Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom IV, VI and VII in support of Special Operations Task Force-Central.
February 2012 to December 2015, he was assigned as the Property Book Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) and Deputy Chief of Staff G-4 Systems Management Division NCOIC for Headquarters Company, United States Army Special Operations Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where his team oversaw logistical operations for the entire U.S. Army Special Operations.
December 2015 to February 2018, Doug was assigned as the Brigade Equal Opportunity Advisor for the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he managed a Diversity & Inclusion program for 3,300 Soldiers.
February 2018 to June 2018, he served as an S-3 Operations NCO in the Group Support Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), where he deployed to Turkey in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) in 2018 to retrograde all equipment out of the country and back to Kuwait.
June 2018 to November 2019, Doug served as the First Sergeant for Headquarters Company, Group Support Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) where he deployed to Jordan, Iraq, Syria, and Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).
November 2019, until his official retirement, Doug served as the Program Manager for the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Special Operation Forces Enabler Integration Course, where he oversaw training for new Special Operation Soldiers.
Doug’s military education includes the Senior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Basic Leaders Course, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course, Commander/First Sergeant Orientation Course, Equal Opportunity Advisors Course, Battle Staff Non-Commissioned Officer’s Course, Support Operations Course (Phase I and II), Joint Logistics Course, Manpower and Force Management Course, Contracting Officer Representative Course, Property Book Unit Supply Enhance Prime Property Book Officer (PBO) Course, Airborne Course, Hazmat Certification Course, Physical Security Course, Unit Armorers Course, and Combat Lifesavers Course.
Doug’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with the fourth oak leaf cluster), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with the fourth oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (with the fourth oak leaf cluster), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation (with the second oak leaf cluster), Army Good Conduct Medal (with the seventh knot), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (with the fourth campaign star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon and the Parachutist Badge.
Doug is also a recipient of the Honorable Order of Saint Martin Award and is therefore recognized as one of the very best to lead Quartermaster Soldiers. In addition, he is also a member of the International Society of Logistics and holds credentials of Demonstrated Logistician.
As a battle-tested combat veteran, Doug understands the hardships of a military lifestyle. "There’s no better Realtor® to help our military families navigate their next home purchase than me!"
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Marlin Wilbur ~ Dallas, Texas ~ Naval Air Station Fort Worth, Joint Reserve Base at Carswell
Marlin was born in Dublin, Georgia, and graduated from East Laurens High School, and played basketball at Brewton Parker College.
Marlin transferred again to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California, living on-base as a Drill Instructor, training civilians and turning them into Marines in a three-month time span. Marlin graduated from Drill Instructor School on September 13, 2001, from San Diego CA, two days after the infamous attack on our country. He recalls, “All the flights were canceled, and I had to travel back to New York to check out of my unit, so I drove to the east coast with 5 other guys and the adrenaline levels were insane! My job at this present moment was to train these civilians into being America's top fighting force for wartime situations!
After completing Drill Instructor Duty, Marlin was transferred to Headquarters Marine Corps where he served as the Company Gunnery Sergeant and First Sergeant for 4 years. While stationed there, he was transferred to Marine Corps Base Quantico where he trained Officer Candidates and gave them the guidance and training to become Officers in the Marine Corps. Once Marlin finished his tour at HQMC, he transferred back to Camp Lejeune, NC again for his final destination. Marlin would spend his last 6 years in the Marine Corps at Marine Special Operations Command and II Marine Headquarters Group before retiring from the Marine Corps.
Having bought and sold several houses throughout his Military career, Marlin decided to retire in Dallas, Texas, with his wife and kids and get back into Real Estate. “It seemed like a perfect fit for me because I enjoy working with people and making sure they utterly understand the home buying process. I am especially, sensitive to the needs of our Veterans and their families, and I want to make sure that I am there to guide them through the process every step of the way. I obtained my Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification because I am very serious when I say I love serving our Veterans. ”
Marlin is also the Founder of the “The Elite Force Home Savings Program” where buyers and sellers receive a credit of 25% at closing from the representing Agent. He says, "What you get from Veteran Real Estate Partners is honor, courage, and commitment from our agents. Our mission is “Served and still Serving!”
The communities in which Marlin serves are Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, Mansfield, Argyle, Midlothian, Plano, as well as those who are relocating to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth.
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ALABAMA (Huntsville) - Jerry Bourrell ~ Redstone Arsenal
By Allison Sledge
HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA, USA, September 25, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ -- 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.
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Alabama (Montgomery) Kathy Williams ~ Maxwell Air Force Base
Kathy was born in Ocala, Florida and attended Central Florida Community College studying Biology. She then went to Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida to train to be a Histology / Medical Technician. She became licensed with the American Society of Clinical Pathology in 1977.
Kathy met her future husband, Robert, at the University of Florida, where he was completing his undergraduate degree and had received his commission as an Officer in the Marine Corp. They got married and started their military life with a move!
Robert was stationed at Naval Air Station Pensacola before being transferred to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He then took an inter-service transfer from the Marine Corps to the Air Force and the family PCS’d to England Air Force Base in Alexandria, Louisiana.
Kathy recalls this period of time in her life as being miraculous. She says, “In 1988 we had orders to go to Turkey where Robert was to be stationed at Incirlik Air Base, however, out of nowhere we were sent back to Florida so Robert could continue his education at the University of Florida where he got his Master’s Degree in Clinical Pathology. This was truly a blessing because I was able to go back to work at the University of Florida for the first time in years!”
The family was later transferred to Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas where Kathy continued to work in the Laboratory Field Services until her family PCS’d to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, where they’ve lived ever since.
Robert retired as a Major in the United States Air Force and Kathy decided to make her dream come true as a Real Estate agent. She says, “I used to help my dad with his rental properties when I was a teenager in Ocala and I really loved it, but I never had the opportunity to pursue my dream of becoming an agent. So, when we moved to Montgomery, I decided to make my dream happen and I went to Real Estate school and got licensed.”
Having worked for so many years in the Lab field, Kathy saw her medical career as a helping people service career, therefore it seemed a natural transition for her to evolve into working in the Real Estate industry. When she first started, she was so nervous that “I would get sick on my stomach when I went to show property, because we had just moved here.”
She recalls, “My area was Tri-County and I didn’t know the region at all. I’d go out in advance and find the properties because I was the Realtor, people expected me to know where I was going! But I made it, and have been blessed with a wonderful and successful Real Estate career! I conquered and overcame!”
Kathy’s first job was with Alfa Realty. She says, “They had a lot of new home sub-divisions in the Montgomery area so it was great training for me.” And, for the past 21 years, Kathy’s motto has been: “Helping Real People, With Real Dreams, Find Real Homes.”
Because of Kathy’s life as a Military spouse, she was extremely excited to learn about the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) being offered in Alabama. She found out about the classes from the National Association of Realtors and went to Fort Rucker in Enterprise, Alabama to take the courses and obtain her Certification. “I’ve always worked with the Military and I understand how hard it is having to be uprooted at a moment’s notice, taken out of school and having to start all over again.” She says, “There are so many adjustments you have to make, but when you’re Military, it’s your lifestyle. You’re unique and set apart from civilians and really only those who are Military truly understand the sacrifices. I’m very proud to be a part of the overall Military picture and I got my MRP Certification so I could better serve the Active-Duty, Veteran’s and their families when they are moving to or from the areas surrounding Maxwell Air Force Base here in Montgomery.”
Maxwell Air Force Base is officially known as Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, which is an installation under the Air Education and Training Command. It occupies the site of the first Wright Flying School where the Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur began training students to fly airplanes in 1910.
The host wing for Maxwell-Gunter is the 42d Air Base Wing (42 ABW). Gunter Annex is a separate installation under the 42 ABW. Originally known as Gunter Field, it later became known as Gunter Air Force Station when its runways were closed and its operational flying activity eliminated. It was later renamed Gunter Air Force Base during the 1980s. As a hedge against future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), Gunter AFB was consolidated under Maxwell AFB in March 1992 to create a combined installation known as Maxwell/Gunter AFB. Montgomery also hosts the State Headquarters for the Air National Guard and the Army National Guard.
Kathy says, “I have a deep connection to all Military families and especially to Maxwell Air Force Base where my husband retired as a Major in the United States Air Force. Having spent 37 years with the Military and earning my Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification truly lets my clients know that I am consistently striving to learn more to better serve them, just as I did when I completed my Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Certification. My job is to serve you, my Military and Civilian clients.”
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Alaska (Anchorage) ~ Dan Wolf ~ Joint Base Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER)
THE DAN WOLF TEAM ~ ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON (JBER)
ANCHORAGE ALASKA REALTORS® DAN WOLF AND "THE WOLF TEAM" EARN MILITARY RELOCATION PROFESSIONAL (MRP) CERTIFICATIONS
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, USA, April 13, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Dan Wolf is a luminous, brilliant, bright light in the Real Estate industry in Anchorage, Alaska. Dan was born in Palmer, Alaska, which is 30 minutes away from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) – one of the leading Military Bases in the country.
Dan grew up in the farm community called the Matanuska Valley, or Palmer Alaska, due to the decision of his grandparents, who lived in Wisconsin as farmers during the Great Depression. The United States Government started a program for distressed farmers, and his grandparents loved the idea of starting a new life from scratch and decided to move to Alaska to start over in the frontier north. Dan says “My grandparents were ‘real life’ homesteaders. I worked on the farm, and later in the local dairy industry processing raw milk into dairy products. We received the raw milk from local dairies and processed the milk into various dairy products such as fat-free milk, 2% milk, buttermilk, and chocolate milk. We also distributed cheese, butter, ice-cream, and yogurt to all of the grocery stores locally and throughout Alaska.”
Dan graduated from Palmer High School and began investing in real estate at an early age. He and his wife, Kristi, bought a two-unit duplex where they raised their children, Corene, Ryan, and Cody. He decided to get involved in real estate sales because he wanted to be the independent man that he was raised to be and be able to help his friends and community with their real estate needs. “While I gained, indeed, in the flexibility of my lifestyle, and I always honor the needs of my clients, the truth us, all of my customers are my bosses because we serve our customers. It’s important to me to make our Veterans and their families a priority. When they PCS to JBER, they often don’t know anything about the community. I’m there for them to suggest a great dentist, school, church or restaurant. Often, I’m the closest person they have to family when they relocate here. I love to ‘skeet-shoot’ with them on base. We swap stories and get to know each other. I let them know that I am there for them, whenever they need me. I’m also very proud of my team. They are the best-of-the-best and work very diligently to serve the Military families who are buying or selling their homes here in Anchorage and the surrounding areas.”
Team member Savanna Wiita was born at home in Anchorage and is a lifelong Alaskan. Together with her husband Alex they purchased their first home at age 19 and have always had a hand in the Alaska Real Estate market. They are raising their two sons, Austin and Colton in this beautiful state and thoroughly enjoy all that the Alaskan outdoors can provide. She says, “I love helping those who serve our Country and I have a deep respect for what they do.” One of the most gratifying experiences for me was when I got a call from a mother whose son was serving in Afghanistan. He was ordered to JBER for his next duty assignment. I e-mailed him, skyped him, faced-timed him and he bought the house, sight unseen. There was a 13- hour time difference… I walked him through the houses, through videos, and he was elated. I was there when he set foot in his new home that he now owned, and we were both thrilled! I am often the only person they know when they arrive. One very touching experience happened, unbeknownst to me. I had closed a loan with a Military couple who had 5 little girls. Their dad was awaiting arrival and we did not know when he would join the family. One day (6 months after closing), I got a call from a base daycare center telling me that a child needed to be picked up because she had a temperature of 103.5 ° ~ and then I realized that her mother had put me down as the Emergency Contact because she trusted me. My heart was so full. There is a lot more that goes into a Real Estate transaction than what people see on the surface. I treat every client like they are family and always make sure they come out on top.
Tony Webster is another proud member of the “Wolf Real Estate Professional Team.” Tony is a lifelong Alaskan and was raised in Anchorage. He graduated from Robert Service High School in 1985. After graduating, he decided to strengthen his family’s roots in Alaska by having four beautiful children, Kennedy, Olivia, Luke, and Paul.
Tony joined the Dan Wolf team in 2018. Like Dan and Savanna, Tony enjoys the independence and responsibility that Real Estate ensues. He learned about the Military Relocation Professional Certification while he was working with a military client and his wife who were moving from Arizona to Alaska. Tony was able to quickly negotiate a sale utilizing Marty’s VA Loan, and helped them find their dream home located in Palmer, Alaska. Among many other transactions with Veterans and Active-Duty clients, Tony was able to assist an active-duty married couple who had orders to PCS from Anchorage to Florida within a 4-week time limit, and they were able to sign the closing documents while they were on the road which greatly speeded up the move between their duty stations. Tony says, “I was very honored that they trusted me while they were not physically present when we closed. It was a smooth transaction. For me, the key to service for our Military clients is to go the extra mile. My goal is to give them the service they have earned, and respect them for what they do for us.”
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Alaska (Anchorage) ~ Van and LaVerne Pettigen ~ Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER)
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 a 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.bI 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:
Van and LaVerne Pettigen
(907) 242-7955 (cell)
(907) 263-9370 (office)
ALASKA (Fairbanks) - Chris Calhoon ~ Fort Wainwright; Eielson Air Force Base
FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, USA, AUGUST 2, 2017/Einpresswire.com ---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 the 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 Airborne ‘Screaming 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.
For more information about “Military Friendly Agent” Chris Calhoon, please visit these important websites:
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Arizona (Goodyear) ~ Stephanie Peters ~ Luke Air Force Base
Stephanie was a “Military-Brat,” as her father, Ralph Kittle, traveled around the world in the Navy as a 1st Gunners’ Mate, touring Vietnam and Korea.
Stephanie was born in California, where her dad was stationed, and she graduated from Hilton High School in Rochester, New York, where the family relocated. She was the first female to work the flexographic press machine at Eastman Kodak and took that knowledge with her when she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and eventually to Surprise, Arizona. Not wanting to work in an office environment anymore, and desiring flexibility and independence, Stephanie decided to become a Real Estate Agent. She says, “My Broker, Justin Thorstad is amazing! He implemented ‘Agent Evolution’ for our team and is also our life-coach.”
Because Stephanie is a “Military Brat,” she is dedicated to helping Veteran and Active-Duty Military families buy or sell a home. She earned her Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification in order to let Military Members know that she is qualified to assist them. “I recently had a wonderful experience with a retired Veteran.” She says, “He had been dealing with an online lender who claimed to be ‘Military-Friendly.’ When he told me that the lender wanted him to pay $6.000.00 down on a house, I was flabbergasted. He was actually going to pay that amount because he didn’t know the details of how the VA loan worked. I asked the lender for a Net-Sheet to show all approximate fees, loan estimates, Titles, etc. and he couldn’t break it down nor would he put anything in writing. I called one of my lending partners, J.C. Shea of Academy Mortgage and told him I had a VA client. After explaining the situation to him, we were able to help him purchase a nice home with zero down. He was elated because I saved him thousands of dollars”!
It is imperative for Stephanie to steer people in the right direction and away from the banks. She had another VA client who was going to go with USSA. She recalls, “He had been through a foreclosure and didn’t think he could use his VA loan again, as he had lost his benefits. We looked into his eligibility and sure enough, he qualified and I found a beautiful home for him. “
Growing up in a Military family, Stephanie understands that there is constant change in Military life. She believes that moving around a lot as a young child gave her a very strong backbone because she was always the new kid on the block. Her family never owned a home, they always rented, therefore it is important to Stephanie to teach the younger people to invest in a home and create wealth for their future, rather than paying someone else’s mortgage by renting.
“Being able to help them understand the VA loan and what they should purchase is my way of giving back. I appreciate their service to our country and the tremendous sacrifices that their families make in service to our Country. I am here for them on all levels.”
Stephanie is in close proximity to Luke Air Force Base and works in Goodyear, Surprise, Phoenix, Litchfield Park and surrounding areas. She lives with her husband, Tad, and their 3 beloved Boston Terriers, Manny, JuJu and Buster.
For more information about “Military Friendly Agent” Stephanie Peters, please visit these important websites:
Libertas Real Estate
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California (San Diego) ~ Karen Schwan ~ Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton; Marine Corps Air Station Miramar; Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton; Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego; Naval Base Coronado; Naval Base Point Loma; 34th Street Naval Base; Naval Base San Diego; US Coast Guard Station San Diego
In a recent letter to Karen, Grace said: “We are so grateful for your time, love, and thoughtfulness. Buying and selling a house with you has been so amazing for our family. No words can ever be enough. Having our young family blessed with $100.00.00 + profit early on has really set us up for success. Thank you thank you thank you!” Grace
Karen continues, “Because of the success of working with Ray and Grace, in particular, I was motivated to help my son, Christopher, in the same way. Christopher joined the Air Force after graduating from college and became a flight surgeon with Special Operations at Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. I said to him, ‘you need to stop renting and buy a home’. I told him that homeownership is the beginning of wealth building. This is how to lower your taxes and build your portfolio. So, he went house-hunting and he decided to buy a nice home in Destin, Florida, two blocks away from the beach, using his VA loan with a Zero down-payment. After six years, he separated from the Military, moving to Jacksonville to continue his specialized medical education to become an anesthesiologist. Because his move was in another location, he was able to -again- use his VA loan to buy a second property. He rented out his first house and used that money to pay the mortgage on his second property.
It is because of Karen’s personal experience, knowledge, and insight into the life-changing events that occur with homeownership by utilizing the VA loan that she is eager to help Veterans and Active Duty families. “When they’re renting I say ‘Oh, you ARE buying a house, you know, just not your own! You’re paying for someone else’s mortgage and they get the tax benefits. That’s when the light-bulb goes on for them and they understand that wealth-building begins with homeownership. It is one of the basic foundations of what makes our country what it is today.
Karen is also very active with the “Wounded Warrior Homes” program in San Diego, which was established to serve our heroes and provide them with a safe environment of support and supplemental services to aid them in transitioning back from the front lines to the home front. https://woundedwarriorhomes.org/
Karen proudly assists Active-Duty families serving at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton; Marine Corps Air Station Miramar; Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton; Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego; Naval Base Coronado; Naval Base Point Loma; 34th Street Naval Base; Naval Base San Diego; US Coast Guard Station San Diego.
Aside from the City of San Diego, Karen also enjoys showing homes in Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, San Marcos, La Jolla, Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Coronado, El Cajon, National City, Escondido, La Mesa, and Vista.
Karen has won the San Diego 5-Star Professional Award for outstanding customer satisfaction for 10 consecutive years https://www.fivestarprofessional.com/spotlights/34005 . The Award is presented through “San Diego Magazine.”
For more information about Karen Schwan, please visit these important websites:
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California (San Diego) ~ James Vo ~ Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton; Marine Corps Air Station Miramar; Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton; Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego; Naval Base Coronado; Naval Base Point Loma; 34th Street Naval Base; Naval Base San Diego; US Coast Guard Station San Diego
James was born in the Kiên Giang Province, Vietnam, during the Vietnam war. His father was a decorated, highly ranked dignitary. A Government Official from the South.
During the time of the war, the North was determined to kill his family by burning their house down, including their sacred possessions. James says, “We had to leave immediately with nothing but the clothes on our backs.”
James was just two years old. His family had to flee on a rice boat into the deep oceans, with an unknown destiny.
During their escape, their boat filled with water, with no way out, but a miracle happened. A Malaysian freight tanker spotted them and rescued them. James says, “We were true rice boat people. It was such good fortune that we were saved. The only thing my parents could take with us was gold and jewelry because these items were the only things they could sell. The communists burned our house down, including every single picture that existed in our family. We eventually ended up in a refugee camp in Malaysia.”
James’ family applied for a U.S. Sponsorship, which meant that any family who wished to Sponsor his family could be from anywhere in the United States. They were fortunate to find a nice family in Southern California to Sponsor them and after getting their quarantine shots, the U.S, Government paid for their flight directly to San Diego. Their Sponsor family then helped them get a one-bedroom apartment in Linda Vista.
With very little money at hand, James’ family worked double jobs and pulled enough money together to buy a house in Mira Mesa.
Growing up, James’ parents always wanted him to become a doctor, so in high school, his focus was on science. He attended the University of California, Riverside, and decided to major in Psychobiology with a minor in Psychology.
He got some books, spent $300.00 on computer parts, and stayed up all night putting it together. “When I turned it on, nothing came on. The screen was blank, but the fan was on. I heard a noise so I knew I had accomplished something. I called my cousin and he suggested that I might have crisscrossed the wires so I retraced the wires and WHOA! The computer came on. It worked! I was so ecstatic. It was a light bulb moment for me. I knew this is what I wanted to do.”
James called his cousin back and said, “I really love this. How do I get into the industry?” His cousin told him that the fastest way to get in was to get certified so James researched the field and knew that he needed to get his Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) certification, the A+ certification, and the CISCO/CNNA certification. However, it would cost over $18,000.00 to do so.
James went to his parents saying, “I need a loan and I’ll pay it back with interest. You have to take a leap of faith in me because I found something that I love and I know I will be successful at it.” His parents wanted to support him because they loved him and believed in him, so they loaned him the money and he got all of his certifications in just one year. He also went back to school and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology with a minor in Database Administration.
Through the years, he worked at companies such as Omniture and Adobe Systems before taking time off to figure out what he really wanted to do next. He decided to get into Real Estate. “I had been involved in it for so long because my dad was in Real Estate. I got my broker’s license in 2000. I went into it thinking that I didn’t want to become just an agent; my goal was to build a business. I wanted to be the broker who would be successful using the technology of the times.”
One of James’ clients, a Naval Officer, hired him. He wanted to make sure that he understood the process of working with the Military, inside and out, so he got his Military Relocation Professional Certification. “I think a lot of Real Estate Agents don’t understand how to help Military clients. They give them misinformation. I wanted to give them something back by giving them good service. I am now known to be a very good Realtor because I make the process a very smooth transaction. My communication is perfect and nothing is amiss. Our Military provides me the liberties to live in such a great nation so I strive to be an exemplary agent for them.”
The Military Bases that James serves in the Southern California communities of San Diego are: Naval Base Point Loma; Coast Guard Air Station San Diego; Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton; Naval Amphibious Base Coronado; Marine Corps Air Station Miramar; Naval Base San Diego; Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific; 32nd Street Naval Station and the Naval Medical Center, San Diego.
For more information about “Military Friendly Agent” James Vo, please visit these important websites:
Rising Sun Mortgage/ Real Estate
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Colorado Springs ~ Sallyanne Holmes ~ Peterson Space Force Base; Schriever Space Force Base; Cheyenne Mountain Space Force Station; Fort Carson and The United States Air Force Academy
Sallyanne was born in Durban, South Africa, and grew up on a sugar cane farm. South Africa only got their first TVs, with test stations in 1976, so she had no television growing up; she used to listen to the radio every evening with her parents – to game shows, quiz shows, cops and robbers, and the like. Many, many hours were spent at the private farm beach and lagoons. Weekends were mostly spent with her two older brothers, dodging crocodiles and water snakes, reading books or running up and down the sugar cane breaks, catching bats in the banana leaves for fun – catch and release, of course. Going to the movies was a privilege and everyone would dress up, as they did for church or weddings.
High-heels or denim was a no-go and, with her first pay cheque, she purchased her first pair of high heels at the ripe old age of 19. Times were different then but it did her no harm, as far as she is concerned.
Sallyanne’s parents were from Kent, England. Her dad fought during WWII, R.A.F and her mom worked at the home office and ‘kept the home fires burning.’ During the Great Depression, like everywhere else, Britain experienced serious unemployment problems. She recalls, “At that time, South Africa was crying out to them; it was the ‘land of milk and honey,’” so her parents, through the 1820’s Settlers movement, moved to South Africa, where she was born.
Sallyanne spent her school years in the Province of Natal – now known as Kwa-Zulu Natal, a predominantly English-speaking province of South Africa with a large Zulu contingency. This province is where the King of the Zulus resides. She graduated from Stanger High School and went on to study at a Durban technical college before joining the work force.
Sallyanne then moved to Zimbabwe in 1979, which she loved. “The people were very different there. The bush war was still in full swing but the people, regardless of color, creed or religion, were very friendly.” She ended up living there until 1984, where she did a lot of ‘temp’ work for agencies, so she is no stranger to meeting and working with ‘strangers’ who became friends. She met her husband, David, there and moved back to South Africa in 1984 and she is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters, Candice and Tanya (and now two VIPs, Chace and Cambria). David and Sallyanne started a business together, Fibrevan/Natal Jeeps, where David replaced metal bodies with fiberglass bodies, and where she was the ‘front man.’
Sallyanne and her family then moved to the United Kingdom, where in Lewes, East Sussex, they owned a corner store. She loved the people who came to visit every day – “If you want to know what’s going on in town, just own a corner store.” The weather proved to be a negative for the family. They were used to sunshine 360 days a year and so the wheels were set in motion to move to the United States. This took four long, expensive years but finally, the day arrived where they were interviewed at the U.S. Consulate in London. They were accepted and eventually issued Green Cards in 2000. They ended up in Colorado Springs. She recalls, “It took me quite a while for me to acclimate myself to this new environment. Driving my girls to school in the dark, with the snow falling, was an adventure! I did a temp assignment for a law firm but it was not what my soul was searching for. My girls were growing up and I wanted more flexibility to be there for them, so I decided to get into Real Estate. This not only gave me an opportunity to discover all areas of Colorado Springs and meet new people but it still challenges and tests my mind on a daily basis. It is my passion and my hobby.”
Over the years, Sallyanne has built up an impressive portfolio of lenders, inspectors, electricians, and HVAC consultants. Her lenders are very experienced with VA, including VA construction loans.
Even though she lives in Colorado, Sallyanne owns two successful rentals in South Carolina, which she manages herself so she has hands-on experience with rentals as well. Whether you are looking to rent, find a property manager, or even manage it yourself, you’re in good hands with her guidance and assistance in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas. “I grew up in an environment where my young school friends were called to duty the moment they left school – with no other option. I also know how tough it is to travel from continent to continent and I want my clients to know that I’ve got their back. When they work with me, I guide them, listen to their needs and, most importantly, I am honest with them. This is one of the reasons I got my Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification. It is imperative that our Military members work with a realtor who understands the PCS timelines, the stress of moving, and the VA loan. For me, one of the most important aspects of Real Estate is mutual trust. Get to know the Realtor you are working with; ask him or her questions. A little-known fact is that, as a buyer, you do not pay for my services in the State of Colorado.”
Sallyanne lives in Colorado Springs but also services Monument, Peyton, Falcon, Palmer Lake, Manitou Springs, Woodland Park, Florissant, Fountain and Pueblo.
Colorado Springs is one of the most active Military towns in the country. It is host to: Peterson Space Force Base; Schriever Space Force Base; Cheyenne Mountain Space Force Station; Fort Carson and The United States Air Force Academy
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DELAWARE (Dover) - Kate Gleeson ~ Dover Air Force Base
By Allison Sledge
DOVER, DELAWARE REALTOR® KATE GLEESON EARNS HER MILITARY RELOCATION PROFESSIONAL (MRP) CERTIFICATION
DOVER, DELAWARE, USA, June 22, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ -- 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:
eXp Realty Delaware
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Florida (Orlando) ~David Zeckser ~ Naval Support Activity Orlando
“A Vet Helping Other Vets”
Well, David can offer you properties with those characteristics, in new, affordable 55+ communities in Clermont, Winter Garden, Windermere, Celebration, and Orlando, Florida.
David was raised in Carthage, Missouri, on Route 66, during the fifties. He was active in High School and College ROTC and was Commander of the Drill Team at Missouri State. But early on, David held the uncommon belief that to be an effective commissioned officer, the officer should first be an enlisted man. So, with no guarantees, he left college and enlisted in the Army in 1961. A year later, as an acting Sergeant at the NCO Academy at Ft. Jackson, SC, he was chosen to attend Infantry Officers Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt in August of 1963.
Speaking a little German, after Airborne training David was selected for a sensitive assignment in the prestigious Berlin Brigade, Berlin, Germany. In 1965 he also served as Officer in Charge of the Guard at Spandau Prison, intermittently under the Quadripartite Agreement with the USSR, U.K., France, and the U.S. Spandau held the famous NAZI Generals, Hess, von Schirach, and Speer.
In May of 1966, David returned to the U.S. and assumed command of a Basic Training Company at Ft. Dix, NJ. A year later, after attending the Special Warfare School at Ft. Bragg and language school at Ft. Bliss, TX, it was off to an assignment with the Military Assistance Command -Vietnam, MACV, where he served for a year in Combat as the Senior Advisor to a Vietnamese RF Battalion.
During the Tet Offensive, David was awarded the Bronze Stars for Valor with V Device three times, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with a Silver Star, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Air Medal, when his observation (Slick) helicopter was shot down and crashed in the middle of the advancing VC Forces. Under heavy fire, he was picked up by a Gun Ship and flown to safety with only back injuries from the crash. Others on board were killed or wounded.
Due for a break from Combat, from October 1968 to March 1969, David was assigned as the Army Officer in Charge of the R&R Center in Sydney, Australia, run by the U.S. Navy. He welcomed two Boeing 707 planeloads of troops from Vietnam every morning, gave them a briefing in the Chevron/Hilton Hotel, and found them lodging in local hotels for two weeks. At only 27 years old, David was on what we called back then, “the Five Percent List” for promotion to Major. He returned to the U.S. and was assigned as a Brigade S-1 and acting Brigade XO at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. David was promoted to Major in October of 1969 and at age 27, was the youngest Major in the U.S. Army at that time.
Although David loved the military service, in 1970 he decided to return to college and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a split degree in Economics and Business Administration. Before he graduated, he was recruited by a master franchisee of Holiday Inns, to become the Projects Coordinator for the company to open the first Holiday Inns in Mexico.
In 1973, after learning Spanish and working in Mexico for two years, David was handpicked by the Chairman of the Board of Holiday Inns, Inc. as the Managing Director for Brazil, to initiate and develop the chains activities in that country. He opened their first offices in Sao Paulo and remained with Holiday Inns for five years. In 1978 he resigned and left the corporate mold to develop his own hotel properties, a Hotel Management Company, and a construction company. This included the internationally known “Royal Palm Plaza” in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Now expanded by the new owners it is one of the finest convention hotels in South America. He opened many Brazilian companies and joint ventures, including one with Shell Petroleum-Brazil.
After 26 years of working and living in Brazil and speaking fluent Portuguese, David moved back to the U.S. and has served as a business intermediary and consultant for U.S. and Brazilian investors and companies.
In 2016 he obtained his Real Estate License to facilitate his activities in international commercial real estate and business transactions and also to dedicate himself to helping other Veterans seeking a great place to retire in Central Florida. Now, having been a builder in Florida and internationally, David is a good judge of construction costs and home values.
Located in Clermont, Florida, just minutes from Orlando but in the heart of the best 55+ retirement communities Florida has to offer, David is well-positioned to help Veterans find that “sweet spot” the very best retirement real estate option that meets their dreams and expectations. David covers the areas of Orlando, Windermere, Winter Garden, Clermont, Kissimmee, and Celebration in Central Florida.
FLORIDA (Trinity) ~ Kevin McCullough ~ Operation Warrior Support, Inc.
TRINITY, FLORIDA, USA, September 6, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Kevin McCullough is a remarkable, dazzling, outstanding and unparalleled Real Estate Agent/Broker in Trinity, Florida, and as the Managing Broker at McCullough & Associates Realty, Inc. he is big on delivering a real personal touch for his agents as well as his clients.
Born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, Kevin grew up in Northern Virginia. He graduated from Bethlehem Baptist Christian Academy where he played Varsity Soccer and Basketball all four years. After high school he went to the Army’s Basic Training in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He says, “I got a full ride scholarship for soccer to Valley Forge Military College where I also played football and tennis. Every other weekend I went for Military training, digging foxholes and sleeping in them. I crammed four years of training into two years, did most of my training during the school year at Ft Dix, New Jersey. I went to Advanced Camp in Fort Bragg, North Carolina where I was in charge of platoons and squadrons and various leadership roles.”
Valley Forge Military College is extremely competitive as it seeks to enroll young men of sound moral character who possess strong scholastic, mental and physical qualities. In particular, they look for those who are motivated to achieve their full potential and go on to succeed at top U.S. colleges and Universities. When Kevin graduated Valley Forge with a Degree in Business Administration. he elected to not continue on with the Army. He said, “I just wanted to be a regular college kid, so I got out with the experience and knowledge that I gained”.
Kevin then transferred to James Madison University where he majored in Marketing and bartended his way through school. After college he got a job at a Mortgage Company and was heavily trained on all aspects of mortgages and he cold-called people offering them programs to refinance their homes. In 2003 he moved to Florida where he bought his first house and continued in the mortgage business until 2008 when the housing bubble caused the subprime mortgage industry to collapse. On December 30, 2008, the Case–Shiller home price index reported its largest price drop in its history. The credit crisis resulting from the bursting of the housing bubble is—according to general consensus—an important cause of the 2007–2009 recession in the United States. He recalls, “I couldn’t do loans anymore, banks closed and everything, but I had a strong network of people I had been working with through the years. I took a salary position as Director of Operations of a law firm. I was in charge of the budget, so I hired secretaries and IT people, vendors and basically ran the law firm so the attorneys could focus on their cases. It was there that I learned why proper planning is important. I was soaking in all of the legal advice and laws possible. I was also a Property Manager and had several rental properties that I took care of.”
Because of all of the Real Estate clients the law firm was handling, the Attorney told Kevin that he needed to get his Real Estate license, so he did. “I took online courses at night while working nights and weekends in Real Estate at the law office during the day” He says, “I wanted to be self-employed, so I worked my way towards being a Broker and after I passed the Broker exam I established McCullough & Associates Realty, Inc. It’s a small boutique brokerage with a real personal touch.”
Kevin was also putting his fiancée Sarah, through Nursing School and they now have three children, Damien, Jazlyn and Keenan. During this time, he was also flipping houses. “I learned a whole lot doing that. BPO orders, Commercial properties and things of that nature. I’ve had investors for commercial properties as well as residential. Because of my knowledge and networking skills, I have a guy for everything – flooring, plumbing, roofing – you name it, and I know how much it costs to get the job done, which is a huge asset to my clients.”
While taking more continuing education classes, Kevin saw that the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification was being offered, so he got it. “I’ve always had a lot in common with the Military. My grandpa was in the Army. I love thanking them and I will go out of my way for any Veteran or Active-Duty family who needs any of the services that I offer. I understand the life of Military families, all the acronyms, the pay scale, the VA loans, the BAH, and the stress that they go through while PCS’ing. I’m there for them whenever they need me and I always have an American flag hanging in front of my home!”
The Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification is a way for Real Estate agents to thank Military families for their service by helping them come home. This certification focuses on educating Real Estate professionals about working with current and former Military service members to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and take full advantage of Military benefits and support.
Kevin serves the beautiful Trinity, Florida, area, including the Trinity Communities, which is made up of Champions Club, Trinity Oaks, Wyndtree, Chelsea Place, Natures Hideaway, Foxwood, Trinity West and East, Oak Ridge, The Villages Of Trinity Lakes, and The Riviera, where he lives. Trinity is a fast-growing upscale community just north of the Pinellas and Hillsborough county borders in West Pasco County. It’s tri-county location is optimal for commuters. Kevin’s home is on the border of Trinity and Tarpon Springs, and Tarpon is known for its tourist attraction “The Sponge Docks” which is an old Greek community in Pinellas County that has great heritage, fishing, souveniers and beaches.
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Florida (St. John's) ~ Traci Crawford ~ NAS Jacksonville
Traci’s first duty station assignment was at Ft. Polk in Vernon Parish, Louisiana, where she was a full-time nurse in the medical surgery unit at Bayne Jones Army Community Hospital. She says, “The best part of being there was the work. It was often very emotionally traumatic, so I had to learn how to compartmentalize my feelings because I had to do my job compassionately, yet professionally. My time there afforded me lifelong lessons, which I am extremely grateful for.”
Traci then went to the University of Maryland in Baltimore, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Trauma and Critical Care. She was then assigned to the 21st Combat Support Hospital in Ft. Hood, Texas, and later accepted a non-traditional assignment working for the Army Nurse Corps Chief where she got to see, firsthand, how the larger Army operates.
Traci was then promoted as the Head Nurse of the Emergency Room at William Beaumont Army Medical Center where she was stationed at Ft. Bliss. She then relocated to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, where she went to Army school and completed the Command and General Staff college courses and then transferred to the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Ft. Detrick, Maryland, working as the Officer-In-Charge (OIC) in the Containment Care Suite and the Air Medical Isolation team. It was there that she met her future husband, Darryl, who was working at the Pentagon after having deployed to Iraq and Kuwait. They got married in 2001 and had a daughter, Madison.
Traci then accepted a position at Brooke Army Medical Center at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, where she was the Supervisor of the Medical Surgery Unit. She says, “This was a very rewarding experience for me. I believe in ‘paying-it-forward,’ so this allowed me to mentor Junior Members, even while I had over 300 Lieutenant’s working for me. I was the one writing and evaluating their career goals, so I had come full-circle.”
Traci and her family then moved to Washington, D.C., where she was stationed at Ft. Belvoir and was the Assistant Chief Nurse at DeWitt Army Hospital while working at the Pentagon Office of the Assistant Secretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. With this skill set, Traci relocated to Ft. Knox, Kentucky to the Human Resources Command and was the Medical Health Services Division Chief. She then relocated to Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, and was the Commander at Moncrief Army Hospital before transferring back to Brooke Air Force Base to become the Commander at Brooke Army Medical Center. “I really loved this assignment, and it was the last one. I was fortunate to have family in Jacksonville, Florida, to help out when I needed it, so we decided to move there after my Military Service.”
It was there that Traci decided to get into Real Estate. “You’re still being of service in real estate.” She says, “You change people’s lives and make an impact on them. They need someone they can trust, care and guide them, which is one of the reasons I am perfect for this job!”
Traci is involved with “Pay-It-Forward, Inc.” founded by Lauren Taylor. https://payitforwardtoday.com/ She says, “It’s a perfect fit for me, as ‘paying it forward’ has always been my philosophy. Sadly, there are a lot of people and companies who prey on Military members. We’ve seen rental scams, mortgage scams, you name it, which is why it is so important that our Veterans, Active-Duty, Retired or disabled Military members seek out a realtor that they know they can trust. That’s one of the reasons why I got my Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification. I want the Military Community to know that they are in good hands with me when they want to buy or sell a home.”
The communities that Traci covers are Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Silverleaf, Crosswater, Anthem Ridge at Crosswater, Bracon Lake, Etown, Bartram Springs, Orange Park, St. Augustine, and Lakeside.
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FLORIDA (Cocoa Beach) Edward "Ed" Besecky ~ Patrick Air Force Beach; Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA, USA, January 23, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Edward “Ed” Besecky is a charismatic and well-informed Real Estate Agent at Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Ed graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York in 1982. He says, “My dad was a U.S. Army Military Veteran who served in World War II and the Korean War and I wanted to follow in his footsteps by serving our great nation.”
After graduation, Ed was commissioned as an officer (Ensign) in the US Naval Reserves (USN-R), proudly serving for 11 years and reaching the rank of Lieutenant.
Starting in 1982, Ed worked for the Defense Mapping Agency (DMA) and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for 31 years. He says, “I was an International Program Manager and worked closely with military for the nations of Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Philippines, Japan, Korea, Afghanistan, and Germany during the later stages of his career.” In the early stages, Ed was a Maritime Analyst and production line supervisor.
As a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) entity, Ed worked closely with the DoD and major foreign allies – standardizing and exchanging maps – making sure the foreign partner conformed to US/NATO standards. He was responsible for providing his foreign partners with the latest, updated maps. “I was in charge of making sure their mapping was in accordance with the United States policy, guidance and direction for my specific country.” Ed deployed to SW Asia in support of the programs that he managed.
One of Ed’s favorite projects was when he deployed for nine months working on a research ship in partnership with the Naval Oceanographic Office. This research ship collected sediment samples from the bottom of the ocean then researched, analyzed it and mapped it. “We needed to know what the bottom of the ocean was made of.” The ship also collected magnetic, bathymetric, and hydrographic data for U.S. Government use. The analysis of ocean data makes it possible to understand the ocean in new and exciting ways.
Ed was working in the Electronic Navigation Division at DMA when he met his wife, Karen, who was also working at DMA. They began socializing, became best friends, fell in love and married in 1987. Ed and Karen are now both licensed realtors for Coldwell Banker in Cocoa Beach, FL. Together they have two sons, Jason and Brett. Jason graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and is currently a Captain in the U.S. Air Force. Brett followed his parent’s footsteps and pursued a career in Real Estate with them.
Brett says, “I knew at the age of 4 that I wanted to be a fighter pilot. My grandfather was in the Air Force and my other grandfather was in the Korean War. I loved to hear all of his Military stories and watch old Army movies with him. I have the most immense respect for those who serve our country. My brother went to the Air Force Academy and I’ve always looked up to him. He knows the answer to everything and I consider him to be the smartest person on the planet and has the truest of hearts. Personally, I have always had two loves; salesmanship and traveling. I have a way with words and I love immersing myself through different cultures. My parents took us on vacations all over the world and I am so in awe of that. I’m honored and appreciative of that experience. Right now, I’m studying at Eastern Florida State College to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Sales and Marketing. In Real Estate and I negotiate with my client’s best interest in mind. It takes a tenacious agent to get the right home for their client. I would like to have a family of my own one day with someone who shares the same entrepreneurial spirit as I do, where we grow it, trim it and nurture it together. After my world travels, I want to settle down with someone special. I want quality. I need someone who has the ability to see life 20 years into the future.”
Ed is extremely proud of his family. He says. “We’re a Military family, through and through. We idolize and adore our Military community here near Patrick Air Force Base and I earned my Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification to be of service to our local Veterans and relocating Active-Duty families.”
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GEORGIA (Columbus) - The McLain & Batson Team - Bob, Gail And Morgan - Fort Benning
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.”
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GUAM (Tamuning) Reserved For Cecilia Cook ~ Anderson Air Force Base; Naval Station Guam
TAMUNING, GUAM, REALTOR® CECILIA COOK EARNS HER MILITARY RELOCATION PROFESSIONAL (MRP) CERTIFICATION
"I love working with Military families and Veterans. Having lived my life in a Military family, I understand the unique needs that are required when they are looking to buy or sell a home."
— Cecilia Cook
Cecilia Cook was born in
Waynesville, North Carolina and graduated from Pisgah High School. Following
high school, she moved to Charlotte, NC to attend Trident Technical
While there, she accepted a position as a network clerk with BellSouth. She later transferred to an AT&T phone center store as a Customer Service Clerk and then to an AT&T Call Center. “I was supposed to go to Columbia, South Carolina but that position was cancelled.” She says, “So I ended up in Jacksonville, Florida.” Lucky for her, it’s where she met her husband, David. “I call that fate or divine intervention because if that job in Columbia hadn’t been cancelled, we might never have met!”
At that time, David was a US Marine Corps Reservist at Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida and working at the AT&T Call Center. About a year
later, he made the choice to become an active duty Marine and transferred to
Marine Air Station, El Toro, located in Orange County, California. It was during this time that the Cooks welcomed their firstborn, a
daughter, named Maegan.
The family moved back east to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, then on to Charleston, South Carolina, after David was accepted into a commissioning program. He attended The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. It was while living in Charleston that Cecilia’s interest in real estate began, as the young couple researched a first home purchase. During this time, their son Shane was born.
The family’s first duty station after David was commissioned was
in Okinawa, Japan, where they spent three years. “It was a great experience.”
Cecilia recalls, “The greatest experiences come when you are open to different
cultures.” Sadly, six months before their next permanent change of station
(PCS) move, Cecilia’s father was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, so she and
the children came home early to North Carolina.
Their next move was to South Weymouth, Massachusetts where David pursued a Master’s Degree through the Marine Corps advanced degree program. While David was attending class, Cecilia worked at the Naval Air Station (NAS) South Weymouth. She worked for the Commander, as a Secretary, during the transition period when the base was preparing to close due to Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Once David finished his studies, the family moved to Northern Virginia while David was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps. Here, the family made their first new home purchase and Cecilia was again intrigued by the real estate market and its intricacies.
The Cook family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where David was assigned as the Inspector Instructor (I&I) of Delta Company, 4th CEB. Cecilia went to work for a local media company. With the children in high school, the family decided to stay in the Knoxville area and David accepted a final assignment, an unaccompanied tour in Pakistan. He retired in 2004 and they stayed in the Knoxville area. “David took a job at a local contracting company as a Project Manager,” Cecilia says, “Then within the first six months they asked him to go to Iraq to oversee projects there.” Amid this transition from a military lifestyle to the civilian world, Cecilia was diagnosed with breast cancer. She states that while it doesn’t define her, it does put things in perspective. “Everyday is a gift and I try to live it to the fullest.”
In January of 2017, David and his company relocated to Guam to build hangars, due to the United States planning to transfer about 5,000 Marines stationed in Okinawa, Japan, to Guam - over a period from 2024 in 2028. The Marine Corps plans to base infantry headquarters, aviation squadrons and logistics support units on Guam.
Marines train there routinely now and have a historic friendship with the people of Guam. The moves are part of a larger re-balancing of forces in the Western Pacific that will bolster air defenses and aviation capacity and add a wharf for visiting Navy aircraft carriers on Guam. The number of Marines and dependents based in Guam will increase each year through 2026, when the Corps reaches its goal of basing 5,000 Marines and 1,300 family members there. The biggest spike will occur between 2019 and 2020, when the total number of Marines based in Guam will jump from 387 to 2,990. Over the next several years, the Corps will boost the number of Marines based there by 300 to 900 annually.
Cecilia says, “In anticipation of moving to Guam, I went there to research properties and opportunities and to receive my salespersons license in Guam. I’m affiliated with Veteran’s Choice Realty in Tamuning, Guam, and I will be assisting Military families moving to Anderson Air Force base and Naval Base Guam. I am a preferred referral agent with Veteran’s United Mortgage and a premiere agent with Zillow and Trulia.”
The U.S. territory of Guam may be hard to reach, but once you get there you will love the beaches and be surprised by the great food. Cecilia says, “The island is just big enough that the U.S. Military presence in the north is not felt elsewhere, but small enough that a drive around the southern tip can be done in 40 minutes without stopping. This is where Guam's beautiful scenic overlooks, old Spanish bridges and waterfalls are concentrated. Guam competes with the sheer natural beauty of Hawaii and the wealth of beaches in the Bahamas, but more than that, the island offers an authentic, delicious and culturally rich getaway. There’s something new to do everyday.”
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Iowa (Des Moines) ~ Barry Hesse ~ Camp Dodge
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 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 was a carpenter, and his mom was 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 homebuyers 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 and their 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… being a Military-friendly real estate professional, is one way to accomplish my mission.”
For more information about “Military Friendly Agent” Barry Hesse, please visit these important websites:
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Louisiana (New Orleans) ~ Joyce Albert ~ Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans
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 enroll 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 was 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!”
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 as a BUYER SPECIALIST, I go out of my way to know who my clients are, what’s important to them, and then try to fit them with the right house… the one that feels like home."
Joyce Albert, Realtor® and Broker
Keller Williams Real Estate Professionals
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Missouri (Kansas City) ~ Samantha McDaniel~ Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leavenworth
The Military Relocation Professional Certification Is Designed To Help Real Estate Pro's Understand The Unique Needs Of Military Members When They Relocate
Having worked in the Real Estate profession for many years, Samantha specializes in VA loans for all branches of the Military – from active-duty to retired Veterans. “My father, grandfather, and several uncles were all in the Military” she says, “and I think many people do not fully understand or appreciate the tremendous sacrifices they make. When I saw that the National Association of Realtors (NAR) was offering a Certification for MRP’s, I decided to make it official. I want to serve - proudly – those who serve.”
As a Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Sam understands PCS situations and has the knowledge to make the most of every selling and buying transaction. She can help Military families find a location with convenient access to Military benefits that they’ve earned. As an MRP, Sam understands VA Financing, Military Benefits, BAH Rates, VA Loan Limits and Relocation Requirements. The two Military bases that she covers are Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leavenworth, which are approximately 45 minutes away from Blue Springs, her home town.
Two years ago Sam started and spear heads an annual Military Appreciation Drive. When Sam found out May is Military Appreciation month, she started collecting items for care packages to send to deployed service men and women. This year they added a second phase to the drive to include all Military personnel (active and retired), which is mailing out Certificates of Appreciation. "We do not want anyone to feel forgotten" Sam says, "We want them to know we are thinking about them and appreciate their sacrifice."
Samantha is affectionately known as “Sam I Am” in her local community. It’s a name that she has always been called, due to the popularity of the Dr. Seuss book, and it’s a name everybody remembers. “I like to have fun when I’m helping people buy or sell a home” she says, “If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right!”
Sam says “I feel so lucky to have found my passion in Real Estate and cannot wait to get up and start each day. I am a full-time Realtor and absolutely love it! I enjoy being challenged and find in this industry I learn something new every day. But the best part about it, is meeting new people and being a part of something BIG… and buying or selling a home is a big deal! I feel like the luckiest girl in the world and eat, sleep and breathe real estate!”
Sam was raised in a small town southeast of Kansas City called Warsaw, but was always thrilled with what the big city represented and loves everything that Kansas City has to offer. “It’s a wonderfully diverse city and our Military members love it because we have award winning schools and a very stable housing market”
Moreover, Kansas City is famous for its delicious BBQ, sports teams (Kansas City Chiefs; Kansas City Royals), The Kansas Speedway, casinos, art museums, Jazz and Blues music districts and its fountains. Kansas City has a rich history and Sam believes there is something for everyone in her beloved Home State. "We have an incredible outdoors scene here as well" she says, "boating, fishing, wildlife, hunting and so much more!
Sam also makes a Pledge to all of her clients:
1) I promise to always give you my honest opinion
2) I promise to give you the information and tools you need to make an educated decision
3) I promise to answer all of your questions
4) I will do my best to always answer your call
5) I promise to return your call or email asap
6) I promise to work harder for you than anyone else!
For more information, please visit these sites:
MVAREP Website http://mvarep.org/profile/SamMcDaniel?xg_source=profiles_memberList
email us here
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NEBRASKA (Omaha) Judy Kramer ~ Offutt Air Force Base
OMAHA NEBRASKA REALTOR JUDY KRAMER OFFERS “HOMETOWN HEROES” PROGRAM FOR HER LOCAL COMMUNITY OMAHA, NEBRASKA, USA, August 23, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ —
Judy Kramer is a very kind, thoughtful and responsive Real Estate agent at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Ambassador Real Estate in Omaha, Nebraska.
She is proud to introduce her “HOMETOWN HEROES SAVINGS PROGRAM” to her community. She says, “I have a special program especially for individuals that may fall into one of these professions: Military, Firefighters, Police, Teachers, Nurses, Psychologists, and First Responders.
This program provides discounts that can help these deserving individuals, whether they are a buyer or seller.
Judy will be the first to tell you that she isn’t one of the “old timers” in Real Estate (as some are), but since getting into the Real Estate industry 7 ½ years ago, she now feels she’s “home” (no pun intended). Each career path she’s had up until now has not only brought her to this point, but has built upon her previous experiences: administrative, human resources, finances and now to Real Estate. She’s now able to help people with what. most likely, is the biggest financial endeavor they’ll ever make: buying and selling their home.
Judy loves to be able to help individuals and families find that perfect home, but she also likes to give back whenever she can. She explored several avenues before establishing her own program called Hometown Heroes Savings Program and wanted to be able to see first-hand how her contributions could help those in her own Omaha Metro area community. Judy wants to help those people whom we tend to forget in our everyday lives, but are truly our everyday heroes: Military, Firefighters, Police, Teachers, EMT’s, Psychologists, and Nurses.
The first group she wanted to thank was our Military. Our Military is the reason we are able to have the freedom to live our lives wherever our dreams take us. And, of course, the number one dream for most people is to have a place to call “home.”
Our local Police Officers are our first-line of defense right here in our community. Until something happens that affects us, we don’t always realize what an extremely difficult and dangerous profession it is. Not only that, they are often underappreciated when it comes to getting their fair share of recognition.
Judy has said that Teachers have always held a special place in her heart. They set the standard for learning and encouraging us to achieve more than what we would expect for ourselves. Every teacher she knows spends their own money to help provide the necessary materials to achieve the programs established. Thus, money is often tight. She is excited to not only be able to give back to them financially, but to present them with that recognition they deserve.
Firefighters are often overlooked when it comes to being rewarded. They are, by nature, people who are inclined to take action when others are in danger. They put their lives on the line every single day they are called to a site by running into burning buildings, rescuing and saving lives, all at the expense of their own life.
How often do we talk about First Responders, Nurses, and Psychologists? As the name states, First Responders are the first ones on the scene of an emergency and make quick, life-changing, decisions every day. Nurses are usually the ones that are there through the entire process whether it is an emergency or an illness. They are the ones that gather the information; explain in layman’s terms what is to be done; and create that calming effect for their patients. Judy cannot say enough about Psychologists: Psychologists are the “behind the scenes” people that help others deal with the kind of trauma we hope we’ll never need, like the loss of a child, PTSD, or teenage suicide attempts.
Judy says, “I’m proud to be able to help all these “Hometown” Heroes and give them the recognition they so richly deserve. I believe in being thankful for what I have, and I want to illustrate that by helping others.”
If you'd like more information on this program, please contact Judy directly and she would be more than happy to explain it and the money you can save by participating in it.
For more information about Judy Kramer and her “Hometown Heroes” program, please visit these important websites:
Judy Kramer, MRP
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Ambassador Real Estate
331 Village Pointe Plaza
Omaha, NE 68118
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Nevada (Las Vegas) Sherry Strothers ~ Nellis Air Force Base and Creech Air Force Base
Sherry was then assigned to a new Duty-Station in Arlington, Virginia where she worked at the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Headquarters in Washington, D.C. before being assigned to the Navy Recruiting District in Philadelphia. She then transferred to the Navy Security Force Detachment in Agana, Guam. She says, “Guam was amazing! There are miles of pristine beaches with warm, tropical air, yet it is so isolated and very small. You can drive from one end of the island to the other in a matter of an hour. It’s a big tourist destination as well and I found the people to be very nice and friendly.”
Sherry was then transferred to Coronado, California where she worked at Special Boat Team Twelve (SB-12), where she won the Vice Chief of Naval Operations Shore Activities Sailor of the Year for the entire Navy. She was then promoted to Chief Petty Officer and then a Chief Warrant Officer 2. She was then transferred back to Virginia where she was assigned to Seal Delivery Vehicle Team (SDVT-2) in Little Creek. She then came back to California to work at Spawar Systems Center Pacific (SSPAC) in Point Loma, then Helicopter Anti-Submarine Submarines Squadron Light Four-Nine (HSL-49) in North Island then on to Hawaii to Naval Special Warfare Group Three (NSWG-3), then back to Coronado, California back to Special Boat Team Twelve (SB-12) where she retired in 2016.
Sherry says, “Being in the Navy was a tremendous experience for me. I learned so much and I worked hard to excel at every command I was assigned. I was always eager to learn, and I gave 100% to everything I did. I appreciate it when people say "thank you for your service" but the truth is that the Navy gave me everything and I thank the Navy for not giving up on me.”
After she retired from the Navy, she wasn't sure what she wanted to do. However, during the Covid lockdown, she decided to venture into Real Estate. She says, “I find my greatest joy in service and Real Estate will allow me to continue to do that. It takes determination, the ability to negotiate, a winning personality, integrity, attention to detail, self-motivation, and strong communication skills. These are all the things that I had throughout my Military career, so it was a natural transition for this to be my second career.”
Sherry lives and works in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is a thriving community. It is home to Nellis Air Force Base and Creech Air Force Base and there are over 10,000 Veterans who live there. Although the pandemic is still causing disruptions for businesses (casinos, hotels, restaurants, etc.), there is no downturn happening in the Southern Nevada resale housing market. The market has recovered and reached new heights this year. In fact, the Las Vegas housing market is among those cities that are showing the most signs of a positive recovery from the pandemic.
Sherry says, “It’s been a bit of a struggle to gain sure-footing right now because of the uncertainty of where we are headed, but this is how I learn. I know that at the end of the road that all of my hard work will pay off. The market is challenging and exciting at the same time and it’s extremely important to me that I give my clients 100%. I know that people put their trust in their Realtors and I want them to know that they can trust me to guide them in the right direction. When it comes to Military Veterans, it’s imperative that they work with a Real Estate Agent who not only understands their lifestyle but knows the in’s- and out’s of the VA Loan. This is one of the reasons that I got my Military Relocation (MRP) Certification. I wanted the Veteran’s, Active-Duty and their families to know that I am qualified to help them from beginning to end.”
Sherry is always excited about the influx of people who move to Las Vegas every year. She says, “Vegas is an incredible place to live and work. It’s a 24/hour town with great casinos, restaurants, and entertainment, but we also have wonderful communities, schools, and lifestyles that have nothing to do with the Las Vegas Strip. There are plenty of opportunities for people to create the life they want to live right here in Las Vegas, Nevada!”
Other than the City of Las Vegas, Sherry works in the surrounding communities as well; North Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, Sunrise Mountain, Mount Charleston, Blue Diamond, Indian Springs, and Boulder City.
For more information about ‘Military Friendly’ Realtor, Sherry Strothers, please visit these important websites:
(702) 812- 3273
Wardley Real Estate MBA MRP CMS
Click Link Below To See Sherry's Published Press Release:
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Rich was in the AFROTC program and then enlisted in the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant. He says, “The Vietnam War was in full effect and my number came up. Growing up, my uncle flew a single-engine airplane and I loved it. I had a deep fascination with flying airplanes because of that experience." While in the ROTC, Rich was a cadet with the 205th Detachment. He trained at Laredo Air Force Base in Texas where he was assigned to a 38-student pilot training school. He learned basic flying and flew Jet T-37 while learning the aircraft systems, hydraulics, electronics, and engine avionics. He flew in a two-seater side by side with the instructor and learned how to take off, soar and land. He then went on to the High-Speed Supersonic and Tran-sonic T-38 Jets, learning formation flying with two planes that overlapped wings 2 feet apart traveling at the Speed of Sound.
Rich graduated in July 1973, and his first assignment was at Little Rock Arkansas Air Force Base on the C- 130 where he was a Pilot, Co-Pilot, Flight Engineer, Navigator, Load-master and Crew Chief. His first assignment was at the Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, is a base of the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) in northeast Thailand, approximately 250 km (157 mi) northeast of Bangkok. Prior to that, Rich went to First Survival Training in Homestead, Florida, where he learned to survive in the ocean. He says, “In WWII, Pilots were afraid to bail out of the aircraft, so our mission was to take the fear out of the unknown. We bobbed around in the ocean for over 8 hours before being rescued. They brought a helicopter overhead, using an anchor to unfold the seats, known as ‘Tree Penetration’ and it looks like a big lead teardrop. We strapped in and were pulled up out of the water. This was designed to penetrate the forests of Vietnam.” Rich also went to Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington, to learn basic survival in the woods, including eating bugs, starting fires and building shelters to stay away from the enemy. Then onto Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines to learn Jungle Survival. Once finished with that duty, he married his high school sweetheart, Peggy.
While stationed at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Rich was assigned to Unit ADCCC - Airborne Command Control Center – where he was the Pilot who flew the “Intel” on board to monitor ground traffic on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, which was a Military supply route running from North Vietnam through Laos and Cambodia to South Vietnam. The route sent weapons, manpower, ammunition, and other supplies from Communist-led North Vietnam to their supporters in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He also flew the “Intel” over the Kong River in Cambodia and Thailand. There were two squads who led this Operation; 1) The Cricket Squad and 2) The Moonbeam Squad, which was Rich’s squad. One for the day, one for the night. In 1973 the entire Unit was relocated to the Philippines where Rich completed his Remote Tour. He was reassigned to Little Rock Air Force Base on the 62nd Tactical Airlift Squadron where he received his Aircraft Commander Rating for Pilots. He was then stationed in Decatur, Illinois, with the International Guard – 47th Aviation Branch where he flew Helicopters for the Army Unit.
Rich then decided to go into Administration and worked with the 183rd Tactical Group. He got an Honorable Discharge then reenlisted and transferred to New London, North Carolina, with the 235th ATC 5 Civilian Airfield where he worked in Communications, Radio Transmissions, and Radar Electronics. In 2002, he retired from the National Guard and reenlisted again with the Air Force Reserves in the 916 Civil Engineer Squadron at Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base. In 2008, Rich officially retired from his Military career.
While in Little Rock, Arkansas, as a civilian, Rich had worked as an Inspector for Caterpillar Tractors so, upon retirement from the Air Force, he went back to work for Caterpillar in North Carolina as an Industrial Engineer.
Because of having traveled all around the world, buying and selling homes, Rich became interested in Real Estate and decided to become a Real Estate agent. He says, “Having a home is the most important thing in life. It’s your sanctuary. I wanted to be able to provide people with the best quality of service when they are looking to buy a home. Southern Pines is a beautiful place to live. The people are warm and friendly. We have the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, Reservoir Park, Southern Pines Brewing Company, Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, The Creation Museum, and great Golf Courses, including Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Southern Pines Golf Club, and Talamore Golf Course. I am honored to be the Realtor of choice for those who want to buy a home in our beautiful community”
For more information about “Military-Friendly” Real Estate Agent Rich Cummings, please visit these important websites.
Towering Pines Real Estate