Member Spotlight

This month we spotlight OAR member Jenn Limoges from NAI Cascade in Bend, Oregon. Jenn got her initial start in Commercial Real Estate, CRE, in the late 90’s working as a receptionist for a commercial property management and leasing firm in Bend. Jenn became involved in finding and leasing spaces for a business development in Seattle and Phoenix. In 2013, she moved back to Bend to become a Broker, “I wanted a new challenge. I wanted the freedom to make a great living and set my own hours.”

Jenn was interested in expanding her skills in real estate by taking the CRE designation. Her advice to anyone interested in commercial real estate, “Have two years of income saved up and get a mentor.” She adds that it is also beneficial to specialize and choose a specific vertical of CRE if your market is large enough.

She believes it’s important to get involved in the industry. She has been on the board of Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® for the past two years, a committee chair for the past four y ears and has attended most National Association of REALTORS® conferences over the last four years.

Earlier this year, Jenn accepted an award from NAR for achieving the 5-star accreditation for COAR Commercial Committee. For those wanting to do more she recommends, “get involved in committees and organizations where y ou can make a difference.”

Jenn loves the outdoors and spends her free time skiing, snowboarding, hiking, running and reading. Her bucket list includes traveling, traveling, and traveling. Here’s to traveling the world, Jenn!

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November Member - Michael Kessinger from Emerald Coast Realty in Depoe Bay, OregonRead More

This month we spotlight OAR member Michael Kessinger from Emerald Coast Realty in Depoe Bay, Oregon. Being part of the real estate business for 6 years, he continues to enjoy the work. “I always wanted to be an entrepreneur and help people in the process.”

Since 2003, Michael has been advancing his skills and expanding his role into other opportunities in the Real Estate business, getting a home inspectors license and running the Blue Badge Home Inspections. His advice to someone just starting out? “You get what you put into it.” He understands its hard work; he says he is “always grateful for the opportunities Real Estate has given him.”

Michael is currently the Lincoln County MLS RPAC President and is on the scholarship committee and the community outreach committee. He’s organized two bowling events that helped raise over $6,500 for local homeless students and also arranged an RPAC dinner which raised almost $3,000.

Michael spends his free time attending Blazer and 49er’s games, camping, and spending time at the lake and beach with his german shepard, Willis. His bucket list includes traveling to Australia, having a vacation home in Maui, and doing open mic for stand-up comedy. Here’s to one day breaking a leg at the comedy club, Michael!

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October Member - Mike Roth from Oregon Premier Realty in Silverton, OregonRead More

This month we spotlight OAR member Mike Roth from Oregon Premier Realty in Silverton, Oregon. Being part of the real estate business 16 years now, he continues to enjoy the work. "I have always loved working with people...Real Estate seemed like a great profession."
 
Since 2003, Mike has been advancing his skills and expanding his role into other opportunities in the Real Estate business, getting a home inspectors license and running the Blue Badge Home Inspections. His advice to someone just starting out?  "Find a good mentor. Take advantage of the education from your association. The internet cannot teach you how to be a good REALTOR®."
 
Mike is involved with North Willamette Association of REALTORS® by volunteering for the Strategic Planning Committee, and has been their President for the last two years.
 
Mike spends his free time fishing and hunting. He is also a small-time commercial beekeeper. His bucket list includes traveling more with his family! Here's to safe travels, Mike!

August Member - Tanner Helm , Broker Fred Real Estate Group- Bend, OregonRead More

This month we spotlight OAR member Tanner Helm from Fred Real Estate Group in Bend, Oregon. Six years ago he took a leap of faith and got into the business. " I think the most courageous thing I've done in my life was starting my real estate career. We had three kids under the age of four with no safety net, no back up plan. I put myself in a position where I was forced to be successful."
 
Since then Tanner has been learning all he can about the business. His advice to someone just starting out? "Keep it simple, learn how to go get business before you spend time learning all of the minutia. Wake up every morning and go get hired."
 
Tanner recently became involved with OAR by volunteering for the Strategic Planning Committee. "I haven't previously been involved, but I am very excited about opportunities to be a part of leadership teams in the future."
 
Tanner keeps busy spending time with his wife and three children, but also finds time to enjoy archery, bowhunting and is a huge Dodger's fan. His bucket list includes seeing all 162 Dodger's games in one season! Go Tanner!

July Member - Julie Gilbert , PC, CRS, GRI, SFR Licensed in Oregon & Washington RE/MAX River CityRead More

This month we spotlight OAR member Julie Gilbert from RE/MAX River City. For the past five years, Julie has invested time and energy into getting involved. She says, "the camaraderie in our business is amazing.There is a wealth of knowledge out there and a number of REALTORS® are willing to share it and assist new REALTORS® in our business."
 
Julie has been on the board at Mid-Columbia Association as well as on the OAR Board of Directors. In addition, she's volunteered for the OAR Business Issues Key Committee and Elections Committee. Julie recommends, "get involved in your local and state boards early in your career; you’ll find it rewarding and also good for your business."
 
Julie became a REALTOR® after her first career, as a professional kiteboarder. Her and her husband traveled around the world competing and doing exhibitions. "It was a brand new sport, so it was amazing to show people a sport they had never seen. It was not always easy learning the wind and water conditions in places we had never kiteboarded."
 
Julie believes if you work hard, treat others like you would want a Realtor to treat you, and you enjoy your job; everything else falls into place from there.

June Member - Jordan Miller John L. Scott - HillsboroRead More

OAR member Jordan Miller was recently featured in REALTOR® Magazine's 30 Under 30. In 2018, Jordan achieved a sales volume of $16.6 million through 44 transactions sides. He says his focus is on reducing stress for his clients and providing clear communication. Great work Jordan!

May Member - Amy Graham - Broker Taylor & Taylor, CoRead More

OAR is excited to introduce you to members from around the state. Meet Amy Graham, Broker for Taylor & Taylor Real Estate on the Central Oregon Coast. Amy has been very active with OAR serving as committee chair of Government Affairs, RPAC Trustees and as President of OAR in 2014. Amy is married, has two girls, enjoys outdoor activities and cooking. Her bucket list includes eating her way through Italy, touring the USA in an RV and going hang-gliding. Her advice to new REALTORS®? Invest in yourself! She advises to get a business coach, surround yourself with positive influences, learn from other leaders and work harder on yourself than you do your job.