Meet Our Team
At Influence Partners we are proud of our elite team, which is comprised of some of the top producing agents in the real estate market and a professional management team. As a firm, we average over twelve years of experience in the industry per agent. To build upon our comprehensive market knowledge, we participate in extensive continuing education opportunities that help us understand current opportunities and challenges within the industry. We look forward to having an opportunity to demonstrate to you the difference of Influence Real Estate.
Salt Lake County
Gaynell spent 20 years in the teaching profession after receiving a degree in education with a minor in psychology. This background created an easy gateway into real estate, where she has spent the last 24 years not only helping her clients realize their real estate dreams, but educating them in the sometimes complex processes involved. She works tirelessly to provide in depth information on each transaction so her clients can make the best, most informed decision when buying or selling. Add to that her love of people and commitment to providing the very best in customer service, and it’s apparent why Gaynell’s business thrives on referrals.
Gaynell has received many awards and achievements in real estate, her most recent awards are Coldwell Banker’s prestigious “President’s Premier” and “Top 10 Individuals” for the last three years running. She was recognized in the 2012 Top Wall Street Journal/Real Trends Real Estate Professionals ranking 184th in individual production. Due to her outstanding knowledge of the field and natural ability to teach, she also trains agents from all levels of experience, helping them cultivate new skills, increase client satisfaction, and balance personal and business life. Her “can do” attitude, sunny outlook, and myriad of experience make her a perfect addition to the Influence family.
Kerry is an accomplished Real Estate Broker, CPA and Estate Planner with over 30 years of professional experience. Kerry has served in a variety of capacities such as Vice President of Finance for specialty retail organizations, a public accountant, and a Board Member of the UACPA. To add to his experience, he has a variety of credentials including CFP, AEP, CLU, ChFC, CDFA, GRI, and SFR. His vast understanding of market conditions and extensive experience make him a valued member of the Influence Real Estate team.
Born and raised in the beautiful state of Utah, Ashlee comes to us with a wealth of experience in the mortgage industry, giving her a unique perspective into the financial aspect of real estate. Her real passion, however, is for people. She delights in offering an excellence in customer service she feels is becoming a lost commodity. Her strong work ethic, along with her enthusiasm and team spirit, make her a charming asset to Influence Real Estate. Ashlee is excited to join the Influence family and looks forward to meeting you!
Kaci brings her expertise in design to the Influence Partners team. Recently graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, Kaci specializes in logo design, branding, and other design services, and has been working in this capacity for the past 6 years.
Kaci adores traveling, and is in the enviable position of being able to work her business around travel. Her clients are always her number one priority however, and she prides herself in giving them exceptional service.
A Utah native, you’ll find Kaci enjoying her down time hiking and camping in the great outdoors.
Sandra offers a distinct advantage to her clients by merging her real estate knowledge with her interior design expertise. After earning her real estate license in 2007, Sandra decided to pursue a degree in interior design, which she completed in 2012. Her unique perspective not only enables her to help clients see the potential in properties, but to also help sellers present their homes in a way that will attract buyers. Sandra’s expertise can help clients create a vision when it comes to space planning, remodeling, designing, or staging a home. As a long-time resident of Utah and a real estate investor, Sandra’s perspective of the market and her detail-oriented nature make her an ideal advocate when it comes to buying or selling a home.
Annie is a tenured real estate agent with over a decade of industry experience and seven years experience working with a variety of homebuilders. She specializes in helping families move in and out of homes along the Wasatch Front, particularly in Salt Lake, Northern Utah, and Southern Davis Counties. As a Utah native who currently lives in Riverton, Annie has witnessed the amazing growth of this area and is well acquainted with each of the local communities. Her business degree from Utah State University and her enthusiasm for what she does make Annie a fantastic resource for each of the clients she serves.
Debbie brings to Influence a diverse career from which she’s become an expert in many fields. Her vast experience covers working in the fashion industry as a buyer, being a sales account executive in New York, an adjunct professor of design at USU and Bangkok, Thailand, and an interior designer. As you can imagine her interest and progression into the real estate industry was a natural one as she loves making a house a home, and enjoys the challenge of finding her clients the perfect fit. She believes exemplary customer service, hard work, perseverance, patience, and active listening are all key in making her client’s real estate experience pleasant and rewarding.
After attending the University of Utah, Sheralyn moved to Littleton, Colorado where she discovered her love for real estate. Her nine years of experience as a licensed Real Estate Sales Agent in both Colorado and Utah give her unique insights not only to the industry, but also to clients needs. Sheralyn thrives on helping clients navigate the buying and selling process as easily, stress free and well informed as possible. She is committed to providing her clients a higher standard of service than can normally be found in the industry. She has built her success on a foundation of professionalism, passion and long-lasting relationships. Whether buying or selling, she is dedicated to providing unparalleled service and outstanding results to each and every client she serves.
Sheryl’s compassionate nature is the result of 19 years of Nursing. Her expertise in real estate hails from a passion to learn, and a genuine enjoyment in serving others. In 1991 she was recognized as Rookie of the Year for Coldwell Banker. Since then she’s earned numerous awards, including being acknowledged for Distinguished Service, and has consistently ranked in the top 4% of Realtors in the country. How did she achieve this level of excellence? Simply put, she cares. Her husband of 40 years worked for 25 of those in the military, so Sheryl knows firsthand how to help military families find and sell their homes. Having traveled and moved extensively and experiencing different cultures, she understands the loneliness and stress associated with a move. She listens attentively to her clients, striving to understand their needs, and working tirelessly to fulfill them. Whether Sheryl is engaged in Home Marketing or Home Search, she is the EXPERT for providing the ultimate in customer service with YOU in mind. Her excellent problem solving and negotiating skills set her apart from other Realtors.
She joined Influence Real Estate to stay true to her commitment to Professional, Ethical, and Service-Orientated business. Sheryl and her husband enjoy golf, playing with their grandchildren, and travel. She also loves the arts including painting and photography.
Alan is native to Utah, and stands behind the states’ emphasis on strengthening family. In fact, he has served as President for a statewide support organization, as well as Chairman of various national committees dedicated to the support of families. He loves building lifelong relationships, and his passion for people, mingled with a career in Customer Service and Management and a background in Architecture and Interior Design, made his path into Real Estate a logical choice!
A realtor since 2007, Alan is a consistent award winner, and proven negotiator. With a team of professionals backing him in his quest for excellence, and a network of relationships within the industry at his fingertips, he is qualified to make your buying or selling experience simple – even fun!
In his spare time Alan enjoys such pursuits as oil painting, repurposing old furniture, ballroom dancing, and writing short stories.
Like many transplants before him, Michael was quickly smitten with the Utah’s natural beauty and seemingly endless outdoor adventures. A welcome therapy to the cabin fever and 80+hour workweeks he experienced while living in New York City, he hasn’t looked back! Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in economics from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan Business School.
Michael got his start in real estate on the investor side, but quickly realized his strong background in tax, legal and financial matters gave him much to offer traditional homebuyers and sellers. Now with 10+ years of experience in Utah real estate, he delights in advising clients, from first time homebuyers to seasoned investors, on the nuances and intricacies of real estate. Working with his people, he presents a wide range of options, always considering the best course of action may not be to buy or sell, but to stay put. Ever mindful that expert advice leads to superior results, Michael’s work reflects a passion to bring a level of service and value that helps his clients build and maintain wealth.
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Jerry knows and loves the area. He finds joy in helping his clients achieve home ownership, taking the time to find exactly the right fit, at the right price. Jerry has a vast knowledge of the home building industry, having owned a home building company for 24 years. In fact, 30 years of his career has been spent building homes. Add to this almost three decades of selling real estate, and you’ve got one knowledgeable realtor in your corner! Jerry understands the building process from drawing plans to completion, which allows him to find you quality construction within your price bracket.
Jerry took up mountain biking last year, and loves spending time biking, four wheeling, and enjoying other outdoor activities with his family.
Wendy hails from the Golden State, and graduated from California State University-Fullerton with a degree in English. While in Southern California she worked for a developer and managed properties, becoming interested in real estate. In fact, homes have always held a fascination for her, and she particularly enjoys the remodeling aspect, creating space that’s practical, functional, and comfortable. She feels a home should be a sanctuary, and works hard to find a fit that addresses her clients wants and needs, at a price point they can comfortably afford.
Wendy has been happily married for 16 years to an engineer –which she jokingly states, “takes real people skills”, and enjoys the 4 beautiful children they’ve raised together. She loves Utah for its myriad of outdoor activities.
As her unique name suggests, Tatyana hails from Russia. She came to the USA during the Olympic games in 2001 not speaking a word of English. Having attended Business College in her homeland, she realized the simplest way to learn the language was to attend school! Since making that brave decision, she has triumphed, receiving an Associates Degree in the Science of Business with LDS Business College, a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of Utah, and an MBA in Organizational Business from Ashford University in IA. What prompted her to enter the real estate industry? Tatyana saw a need for real estate brokers who can cater to the Russian-speaking community, and wanted to help. She loves the energy and service aspects of selling real estate, and uses her negotiating and organizational skills to find her clients the home of their dreams at a price they can afford.
In the rare moments Tatyana isn’t working and helping others, she enjoys decorating wedding and birthday cakes!
Mat comes to Influence with a world of experience in real estate and management. After spending 12 years in international business, including coordinating NBA games in Japan and China, he built a successful real estate business, graduating from Coldwell Banker’s prestigious “Journey to Mastery” training program, and receiving their bronze medallion for real estate sales in excess of $2 million dollars. He is a sought after communications professor, and spends time engaging his students and teaching them how to maximize their potential using their natural strengths and talents.
Mat is passionate about helping people find the perfect solution in whatever situation – whether it’s assisting a grieving family manage an estate sale, or helping a young couple shop for a home for their future family. His ability to listen to his clients helps him truly understand their needs, and he works hard to form relationships so he is seen as an expert, advisor, and friend.
If you were to describe Tina by coining a popular phrase it would be “Go Getter.” An entrepreneur and past business owner, Tina understands the dedication and commitment it requires to succeed. She uses this work ethic, along with her extensive knowledge and professionalism, as a Real Estate Consultant. Service is at the core of her business, and she never tires of finding ways to streamline her processes so you, the client, enjoy a smoother real estate transaction.
Tina also has extensive interior design and decorating experience, and once ran a Design Center for a local builder. Her beautiful interior design of the builder’s 2007 entry won her “Best Interior Design” at the Parade of Homes. She utilizes this experience to help you stage your home to maximize its allure for a quicker sale.
Creative and intuitive, Tina enjoys a challenge, and is never shaken by the obstacles that regularly arise in real estate. She simply finds a way to work around them! So if you’re in the market for an agent who not only works hard but also works smart, give Tina a call.
Crickett came to Salt Lake City as a Flight Attendant with Western Airlines when she was 21. Back then she didn’t know much about Utah State, and wondered how Utah’s large families could afford to eat at “stake houses” and why there were so many (mental) “wards”! She’s now been in Salt Lake Valley…by choice for 42 years. Crickett loves the people here, and their focus on families and raising children with values.
College educated in Marketing, Crickett’s career has been largely centered on Marketing, Public Relations, and Sales – a background she uses expansively as a professional Realtor. She feels honored when clients “invite” her into their personal lives for their real estate needs, and feels no satisfaction greater than when she’s helping them invest in one of America’s greatest freedoms – home ownership. She truly cares about teaching her clients the real estate process – after all, it’s their money! Her caring nature, positive personality and attitude towards educating and communicating with her clients helps her build trusted lasting relationships. As a result, her clients often refer her to their family and friends.
A Councilwoman for 8 years, Crickett uses what she learned to benefit her clients in many ways. From knowing where to get a permit to run an at-home hair salon, to procuring Amphitheater tickets…you need only ask.
Crickett has two adult sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law and five fabulous grandchildren. She feels blessed to have such a full life – with a career that impacts others so positively. Call Crickett today to work for you!
A short sale specialist, Jim comes to us from Coldwell Banker where he graduated from the Journey to Mastery program and two years of a Masters program offered by the brokerage. He was also in management for 25 years, and a business owner for 20 plus years and brings his extensive experience to Influence! Jim knows the importance of not just working hard, but working smart. Patient, detail-orientated, knowledgeable and kind, he loves to work with all types of buyers and sellers. Relationships are the core of real estate, and building trust and friendships is paramount to Jim.
Born and raised in Tooele, Utah, Jim enjoys his large family of 6 children and 21 grandchildren. He is active in his church, and has spent many years serving in the Boy Scouts of America program. In his spare time Jim is never happier than when relaxing with his family, camping, four wheeling, gardening and cooking.
Jeni grew up in the shadow of Mount Olympus and loves the Salt Lake Valley, its raw beauty, rich heritage, and family-orientated people.
In fact, family drew her into the real estate business. Not only are her parents, husband and in-laws in the business in some capacity, but she also finds immense pleasure in uniting families with their dream homes. For her, real estate is all about relationships, and she loves to foster friendships, not just build a client base. She works hard to make each transaction pleasant and seamless, and is never too busy for her clients or those they refer to her!
Jeni loves to utilize the wide range of outdoor activities Utah has to offer, and being with her family, especially while traveling, is her happy place!
Laurie has always had a keen interest in real estate. Living with her spouse on the Wasatch front since 1990, and raising their three children here, she has seen the tremendous and exciting growth in the valley. She decided it was high time to become a part of it! Gaining her real estate license is a realization of that dream.
Why hire Laurie? She recognizes that purchasing a dream home is exciting, but can also be stressful. Her goal is to make this experience as smooth as possible by being there for her clients every step of the way, answering questions, resolving concerns and negotiating the best deals. Her ability to listen, empathize and encourage make helping people navigate the path of home ownership a natural fit for Laurie. She looks forward to assisting you with your real estate needs!
Katee Long is licensed real estate agent who is enthusiastically dedicated to all her endeavors. With a great appreciation and love for the variety of Utah’s outdoor recreation. Katee frequents the ski slopes of the mountains, the waterskiing in the valleys, and a multitude of other events such as camping, tennis, and traveling. Her passion for life and recreation blend seamlessly with her ability to helping others in the field of real estate.
Katee received her education and training through Utah Valley University and Stringham Real Estate School. At the early age of 18, she followed her passion and became one of the youngest real estate agents in the State of Utah and has dedicated her talents to the individuals and families of the Salt Lake valley for the past 8 years.
Prior to joining Influence Real Estate, Katee sold new single-family homes in one of the top ranked, best-selling master planned communities in the nation. Since then, she has become a member of a national asset based fund management company – a team of industry experts in asset management – further demonstrating her experience in multifamily, large housing projects, mixed use, commercial retail, and senior sectors of real estate. Dealing with commercial and residential properties she helps identify undervalued assets, and through careful market- and property-wide analysis she is able to increase occupancy and rents, place the right retailer, and identify the needed adjustments to add significant value in a short time frame.
Marlene is excited to be in her 9th year of real estate. She loves getting out of bed every morning knowing she’s in the business of serving people! Understanding how important the purchase of a home is, she treats each transaction with the care she would if she were the one buying. With Marlene you can bet the same amount of energy, dedication and enthusiasm she puts into all aspects of her life will be integrated into a real estate experience that will surpass your expectations. She offers exceptional client support and education – areas that are often left wanting in the industry, but are at the core of everything she and Influence work for. She also provides exceptional service to first time homebuyers, and in the area of investment properties.
A graduate of Weber State University in Ogden, Marlene has a Bachelor of Science in Human Performance Management and a minor in Nutrition. Fitness keeps her physically and mentally sharp! She has also worked as a Trade Show and Promotions Coordinator and as an Event Planner, and knows firsthand the importance of outstanding marketing. She’ll do everything in her power to ensure your property is marketed optimally so selling is a breeze!
Marlene is a wife and mother, and loves outdoor activities including mountain biking, skiing, snowmobiling, and hiking. She also teaches group fitness classes. If you’re looking for someone with the energy to get the job done, give Marlene a call!
Kari is a California native who moved to Utah to complete her education, and promptly fell in love with the mountains! An avid photographer, she loves nothing more than to grab her camera and hike into nature.
It is this zest for life, energy, and attention to detail that make Kari an exceptional sales agent. Friendly, motivated and a great communicator, Kari carefully listens to her clients. She takes the time to evaluate their needs, really seeking for the correct opportunity, not simply a sale. Getting it right is paramount to Kari, and she works tirelessly to ensure her clients are in the loop throughout each stage of their transaction. She also works hard to earn their trust and friendship, and genuinely enjoys building new relationships. Real estate is not just a job to Kari. It’s a way to connect.
Any spare time Kari has is dedicated to outdoor pursuits, interior design, and fitness.
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Sharlene Rausch epitomizes integrity, knowledge, hard work and creative service in every detail of her clients’ real estate transactions. This Salt Lake native was a former music teacher and paralegal before beginning her real estate career in 2007, hired by a local builder to help staff a model home. Now she enjoys helping buyers and sellers alike and has a reputation for tenaciously protecting her client’s interests. “My clients can personally attest to the expertise that I provide, how I provide it and the enormous benefits they receive from it.”
Sharlene likes to cook, garden, go on walks with her 3 crazy dogs, play the piano and spend time with the love of her life, Ron, her husband of 30 years. She has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Utah and a paralegal degree from Utah Valley University. She is an enthusiastic member of the community and loves showing clients the best that Utah has to offer!
Kelly was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Early in life she realized she had a knack for sales, and for creating great working relationships with her clients. Several have been with her for over a decade! To further her interpersonal skills, Kelly studied Communications at Salt Lake Community College. A natural entrepreneur, she created her own essential oils company, and designed her oils for each and every client’s specific needs. She has studied many healing modalities including Reiki, Reflexology, and Essential Oils.
Kelly thrives while serving others! As a result of that passion, she has volunteered at numerous non-profit organizations over the last several years including Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, NAMI Foundation, Youth Services Center, Multiple Sclerosis, Hope Alliance, and Vital Ground…to name a few. She is an advocate for anyone that has overcome adversity in their lives, and loves to lift people up with her fun, caring nature.
Kelly has always had the desire to serve others and make them laugh. While she realizes real estate transactions can be emotional and stressful, she has perfected putting people at ease through building trust and relationships. She also works hard to create an enjoyable and educated experience. You can rest assured that Kelly always puts her client’s best interests first.
Kelly enjoys yoga, cooking, and spending time with her amazing husband, family, and friends.
What’s the most important aspect of real estate for Sheena Ayn Hathorn? A tenured agent, she believes “effective communication is the door to limitless possibilities. Connection is the key.” Indeed, connecting with her clients and giving back are her top priorities.
Very active in the community, Sheena loves to dive in and lend a helping hand. A talented public speaker, she has conducted school and business events, orchestrating and executing large projects. This has allowed her to build long lasting relationships with business owners and community leaders.
With over a decade of business development skills, business acquisitions, and knowledge management experience, Sheena brings to Influence talent, knowhow and a dedication to excellence in service that is admirable. We’re excited to have her on our team!
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Doungkae brings some international flair to Influence Real Estate! Born and raised in Thailand, Doungkae (pronounced “Doen-care”) came to America in March of 2004.
Doungkae currently works at the University of Utah, and sells real estate with her spouse Jeff Press, also a licensed realtor. While Jeff fulfills the vital role of Transaction Coordinator, working in the background to ensure all business deals run smoothly, Doungkae utilizes her knowledge, expertise, and strong customer relations background to provide the ultimate service experience to their clients.
James’ interest in real estate began as a child. Growing up in Washington State his mother worked primarily in new construction for over 20 years. He helped by watering and mowing the lawns for the model homes as a teenager, and once 18 received his real estate license, enabling him to help out more in the office.
Graduating from Washington State University in International Business and Asian Studies, he followed his family when they relocated to Las Vegas. There he tried his hand in the culinary industry, but his true passion lay in real estate. He worked with a few top residential luxury real estate teams in the city, and gained plenty of experience and insight into the business. Deciding to get out of the Nevada heat, James moved to Salt Lake City where he’s enjoying working with the residents and sharing his knowledge.
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First Iicensed in 1993, I have spent most of my life in Real Estate and Property Management. I have worked in Utah, Florida and Nevada markets, helping my clients realize their real estate dreams. Educating them at times, in the complex process involved. I assist all my clients in making the best, most informed decisions when buying or selling a home. I have a passion for excellence, integrity and take great pride in a job well done. Real Estate is my life. My business thrives on referrals! Time after Time……
Jessica has a drive that is enviable. Always striving for the very best is an intricate part of who she is. In school where she graduated in biological sciences, she played college basketball. In this environment she learned to be competitive, to never give up, and to be a team player. She brings this motivation, drive and passion to her career in real estate.
Jessica was born and raised in Orem. As a local she is knowledgeable regarding the counties and cities along the Wasatch Front and is perfectly equipped to help you find the right area and home for your family and circumstance. You’ll love her energy, enthusiasm, and work ethic. As your realtor she will serve you to the best of her considerable abilities.
In her spare time Jessica loves to explore the mountain vistas that are plentiful in Utah. She enjoys camping, fishing and boating. When she’s not negotiating the best deal for you, that’s where you’ll find her!
Brent began his career in nonprofit work after receiving his Bachelor Degree in business marketing from the University of Utah. He worked as Director of Development for the Utah Symphony until 1996 when he changed his career to real estate development. He owned Princeton Development, LLC, which specialized in land development with a specific focus on residential subdivisions. Mr. Lange resides in Salt Lake City with his wife Laura and their two boys, Gardner and Nicholas. He enjoys being with family and just about any activity in the outdoors. He believes volunteer work, in working on behalf of young people and spends a great deal of his time serving on boards as an advocate for young people.
Kenna Wagner joins the Utah County Team with 13 years of experience in real estate under her belt. She understands real estate is a full-time profession that requires working around you, the client, and your busy schedule, and is committed to making your real estate needs top priority. She works closely as a team with her husband Mike, ensuring you receive the attention you deserve. Personable, knowledgeable and highly communicative, Kenna can always be counted upon to be completely honest with you, ensuring your home sale or purchase is as seamless an experience as possible. She is also an expert in the field of relocation, with 10 years experience as a former member of the Coldwell Banker Relocation Team, and can assist you when moving in or out of Utah State. She enjoys serving on the Utah County Association of Realtor’s Board of Directors, and is Short Sale Certified. With Kenna you’re guaranteed to receive the very best of what Influence Real Estate has to offer in expertise and service!
Before Joe began selling Utah real estate in 2006, he worked in the industry in the fields of property management and residential construction. He is a licensed broker with a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in facilities management and a master’s degree in real estate development from the University of Utah.
Joe is dedicated to building and maintaining lifelong relationships through exceptional customer service and hard work. He specializes in helping those he works with achieve their real estate goals and he measures his success by their satisfaction and referrals. Joe has won multiple awards for his production and outstanding customer service.
Sam believes his role as a real estate agent is to educate his clients so they can make wise decisions when buying, selling and investing in real estate. He helps each of his clients identify their goals so their choices become clear and their decisions easy. Maximizing one’s position is the objective of every buyer or seller in the marketplace and helping to achieve that end is Sam’s aim and purpose. He enjoys working with his brother, Joe, and together they create long-lasting client relationships that are built on trust and respect.
Sam earned his undergraduate degree in history from Brigham Young University.
Sara moved from England to Utah in 1992 and along with the accent, brings a wealth of management and clerical experience to Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Influence Partners. She has managed sales and marketing teams in the health supplement business, run a care facility for the elderly, managed an exclusive five star hotel on the beautiful shores of Loch Awe, Argyll, Scotland, and worked as a freelance writer for the health and beauty industry. Sara is passionate about providing excellent customer service, and will always welcome you with a smile.
In her spare time Sara enjoys her five children, 4 step-children and 7 grandchildren, writing novels, drawing, painting, reading and surrounding herself with nature.
Tiffany comes from a background in entrepreneurial business, along with several years of experience in Internet marketing and real estate education. Recently, Tiffany served as the executive director for the Utah Chapter of Community Associations Institute (UCCAI), a nonprofit dedicated to educating homeowners living in home owner associations, where she also enjoyed instructing realtors.
Tiffany has lived in Utah for over 15 years and loves showing homes in such a breathtaking setting. Her attention to detail and her sincere concern for her clients help her stand out, as well as her extensive knowledge of the area. She joined the team at Influence Real Estate after discovering the premier services and tools they offer and the way they care for their clients. She loves meeting new clients as well as growing her relationships with her existing ones.
Julie is an award-winning realtor who is committed to excelling in her field. She prides herself on guiding her clients through the home buying and selling process in a way that is thorough, professional, and personalized to each individual’s needs. One of her specialties is helping investors with their real estate goals and she utilizes the best resources available to help them determine their short-term and long-term goals.
Julie successfully markets luxury properties and is an expert in Sundance Resort properties. Outstanding designations include Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource from the National Association of Realtors, Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), and Certified Investor Agent Specialist (CIAS). Her degree in Organizational Communications from the University of Utah and her experience as a corporate account executive after graduation helped her develop critical negotiation skills, which she uses to benefit her clients.
Julie’s commitment to serving people in her profession and in her community contributes to her ongoing success.
As a former teacher, Leslie has mastered the fine art of listening for subtleties and understanding complex issues. Since 2006, she has capitalized on those skills to bring buyers and sellers together in Utah’s real estate market. Leslie is a native of Utah Valley and has an in-depth knowledge of the area. She has an absolute commitment to meeting the highest expectations of her clients through hard work and innovative problem solving.
Leslie also uses her teaching background in government and history to stay actively involved in community and civic affairs.
Pamela moved from Houston, Texas to Utah in 1996. After several years in the airline industry she decided to pursue her dream of earning her real estate license in 2002. Two years later, Pamela launched her second career as a real estate agent. She loves what she does, and takes pride in delivering exceptional customer service.
Pamela is approachable, energetic and empathetic. She really listens to her clients, and makes their needs her priority. Her ultimate goal is to leave her clients happy and satisfied with their real estate decision.
Mike Wagner spent 25 years in the construction industry building million dollar homes, and another 8 dedicated to his real estate business. Due to his extensive knowledge and experience in the home building and financing process, Mike feels he can offer sound guidance to his clients. Further, Mike understands that purchasing or parting with a home – or worse, relocating to another state, can be extremely intimidating, and does his level best to always place his clients at ease, and their needs first.
Mike has grown an extensive client base over the years, gaining trust and mutual respect from those he works with, and enjoys adding new friends to that client base. He has been married to his lovely wife (and fellow Influence Real Estate agent) Kenna for 34 years, and together they offer the ultimate in customer service and satisfaction.
Born and raised in Utah, Gary’s interest in construction and remodeling began early in life, and after graduating from Brigham Young University he owned and operated a subcontracting business. This career path lasted for over fifteen years before he transitioned into sales in 2007 and then naturally progressed into real estate. Gary has an eye for quality workmanship, and an in-depth understanding of the housing and construction industry. He strives to offer the best of the best, and delights in finding the right deal for his clients – and seeing the look on their faces when they realize it too! Married for 32 years, Gary is blessed with 5 incredible children, and 5 even more amazing grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with them outdoors, hiking, camping, fishing and hunting, and is an avid golfer.
Wyatt Davis is a Utah native who has spent over 15 years living and working in resort destinations like prestigious Sundance, UT. At this location, made famous by Robert Redford, he experienced firsthand what Sundance has to offer – it’s myriad of recreational activities including an award winning skiing resort, hiking and biking trails for the beginner and seasoned athlete, and the majestic beauty that is Utah.
Wyatt understands the importance of beauty and atmosphere as well as practicality and convenience when choosing a location to settle in. He works closely and patiently with his clients, more concerned about “getting it right” than pushing for a sale. As such he has built clientele based on friendship, trust and loyalty over the years, and works hard to maintain relationships that last. We are fortunate to add Wyatt’s talents and experience to our Influence Partners team!
John’s fascination and passion for real estate began decades ago through residential construction and various investment properties. In fact his love of investing over the years gained him expert knowledge in all aspects of real estate. He has gained a critical understanding of market values, negotiations, contracting, financing, appraisals and inspections — all information he eagerly shares with his clients. As a result, transactions are smoother and more profitable, and far more enjoyable for his clients.
John has been married to his wife Gail, a licensed agent herself, for 45 years, and she also shares his enthusiasm for real estate, working behind the scenes to ensure John’s clients complete satisfaction.
Born in Illinois, John has lived most of his life in the West. Gail and John have resided in California, Hawaii, Washington and Utah while raising five children, and now enjoy 12 grandchildren. Utah is the crossroads for this family, who all enjoy the weather, canyons, biking, hiking, skiing, traveling, and all the state has to offer. His hobbies include golf, photography and travel.
Aaron came to Utah from New Jersey to attend BYU. It was here he met his wife Sara with whom he has four children, two of which are adopted. As well as being a devoted family man and an advocate for adoption, Aaron is an entrepreneur at heart. In fact, it was a former business venture that led him into real estate.
Aaron loves the thrill of offering the ultimate service experience to his clients. Whatever real estate turbulence may arise, he is well schooled in problem solving, and is an expert negotiator. He enjoys helping people, particularly those who find themselves owing more on their home than it’s worth. If you have a real estate challenge, Aaron would love to find a solution that works for you! Aaron also approaches real estate with humor. If you’d like to meet Aaron’s alter ego Pete Swade check him out on YouTube!
D.K. Drussel retired from his career in professional publishing in New York City and returned to his Utah roots in 2010. Joining his son Aaron in real estate was a natural career choice, and with excellent training he quickly became a perfect addition to the team.
D.K. delights in consulting with clients and fulfilling their needs the only way he knows how, with integrity and hard work. He enjoys finding his clients the perfect home, in, of course, the perfect location.
An avid outdoorsman, D.K. appreciates the natural beauty of the west. While in college he led raft trips on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. He still delights in daily hikes, weather permitting.
He and his wife Sue have been blessed with four sons and two daughters, and have ten grandchildren and counting!
Tracy has lived in Utah for the past 8 years, and loves the diversity of the state, its mountains, forests, deserts and plains, and the variety of recreational pastimes it has to offer. In fact, her love of Utah and passion for meeting people, along with a creative side including home and floral design, pulled her away from a job as a relocation director into the field of real estate. Since then she’s dedicated herself to connecting with her clients, focusing on fulfilling their real estate needs. The biggest thrill she receives from her career is matching clients with the home of their dreams.
A mother of four boys, and wife to an Aerospace Engineer, Tracy is no stranger to hard work and ingenuity. She also knows how to have fun, supporting her boys in their golf, ultimate frisbee, basketball and track events! She looks forward to hearing your story, and in helping you to achieve your buying, selling or relocation goals!
Dave wears many hats. He trains investors in real estate, he is an entrepreneur and business owner, and in between assisting clients in buying and selling their homes, builds the occasional property! His real love, however, is helping people find the right home for their family, and building and maintaining close relationships with his clients.
Family life is important to Dave, and fortunately his wife Denise is also a realtor so he’s in the enviable position of being able to work alongside her each day. An avid outdoorsman, he loves participating in water sports in picturesque Utah locations like Lake Powell, hunting for deer and elk, and supporting his four children in their sports events.
Denise is a BYU grad who worked for many years in the medical field, including managing a busy doctor’s office. She placed her career on hold to raise four children while assisting her small business owner spouse, freeing him so he could pursue real estate.
It was during this period she fell in love with the energy, pace and service aspect of real estate, and this fascination grew until she decided to gain her license.
Denise enjoys meeting families, learning their dynamic, and aligning them with the right real estate opportunity. Her love of family, along with excellent people and organizational skills, make her a terrific choice if you’re in the market to buy or sell. Having lived in both the Salt Lake and Utah County areas she is familiar with the different neighborhoods in both of these markets.
In her spare time Denise loves to read, garden, and cheer on her kids in their various sports activities. She is also keen on the outdoor recreational activities Utah has to offer including biking, running, snow skiing and water skiing.
Lacy was born and raised in the “City of Trees,” beautiful Pleasant Grove, UT, a stone’s throw from where our office is located! She has a great love of the outdoors, and feels blessed to live within minutes of the mountains and the wide range of activities they have to offer. Lacy started her career in real estate as an assistant and transaction coordinator but quickly realized she had a passion for the business, and set her heart upon becoming an agent. She adores helping people with possibly the biggest purchase of their lives, finding it both thrilling and fulfilling. When Lacy isn’t out making home dreams a reality, she’s hiking, fishing and camping with her daughter.
Tami is a SoCal girl with a sunny, sincere disposition, and a passion for homes. She’s always loved “house shopping” and “highlighting” a home, quickly understanding what her clients desire, and charging out there with energy and enthusiasm to find it. Years of real estate and community development experience is peppered with involvement in accounting and retail management. Growing up in California Tami watched her father, a brilliant builder and home designer, construct hillside mansions in Beverly Hills and remodel and transform small homes into the impossible. She loves the entire process, from what she terms, “Raw land to U-Haul.”
Tami is a mother of twin daughters and a son, and grandmother to the “love of her life,” her grandson. She moved to Utah to be closer to family, and is inspired by the beauty of American Fork Canyon, Sundance, Park City, and Downtown Salt Lake. She’s thrilled to be at Influence Partners, and looks forward to tackling your real estate venture!
Challis McGhie is the oldest of seven children in a big, crazy, happy family. He’s on the cusp of earning his Associates Degree in Business Economics from UVU. He admires all the successful, influential people he’s surrounded by and wants to give back like they do. Challis chose a career in real estate because he knows the importance of home and family, and loves connecting people with the home of their dreams. He enjoys interacting with his clients, and is a willing listener. Challis looks forward to working with you – earning your trust, and building relationships that last.
Melissa feels incredibly blessed to have been born and raised in the beautiful state of Utah, and finds being a real estate agent in Utah more enjoyable due to the abundance of beauty, recreation and culture the state has to offer clients looking for a home.
Melissa has a passion for interior design and architecture, and after many years helping individuals with home remodeling and design, was given the opportunity to work as a design assistant in Las Vegas, NV, studying Interior Design through UNLV. After relocating back to Utah in 2011, she decided to become a licensed Realtor so she could integrate her passions. In fact, Melissa loves nothing more than offering her clients home staging and design in addition to her real estate experience.
Committed to each of her clients, Melissa works hard to ensure they receive an abundance of time, attention, and excellent communication.
While raising his family Jeff began a career in farming, where he learned the value of hard work and integrity in business. Born in Provo, and raised in various Utah County communities, Jeff appreciates Utah for its first-rate schools, great people, and strong values, as well as the vast recreational and cultural activities the state has to offer.
Jeff has been a realtor for two years and loves it! During this time he has worked with a good mix of both buyers and sellers, from first time homebuyers to “compulsive movers,” and everything in between. He enjoys helping people through stressful situations, and thrives on the challenge of finding the perfect neighborhood for a great price. For Jeff, nothing compares to seeing the light in his client’s eyes when he finds the right fit for them. He works hard, putting himself in his client’s shoes, and ensuring anything he’d want done in each situation is taken care of for his client. Bottom line, he doesn’t quit until both he and his clients are completely satisfied.
In his spare time, Jeff enjoys the title of “computer geek,” building and maintaining computers. He also dabbles in golf, camping, and fishing. His favorite time-off activity however, is spending time with his beautiful wife of 22 years, and their 3 children.
Shelly was born in Niskayuna, New York, and raised in California until her high school years, which she spent in Japan. She has travelled extensively, living in many states, but loves the mountains and people of Utah.
Shelly became a full-time real estate agent after working as a personal assistant for a realtor and finding the need to earn her real estate license in order to fulfill that role. A leap of faith landed her in business for herself, and she absolutely loves it! Serving her clients and building relationships is paramount to Shelly, and she has become lifelong friends with the people she’s worked with. She is passionate about her work, and happiest when she can hand over the keys to her client’s perfect home!
Giving back and conscientiously seeking for opportunities to serve is one of Shelly’s core beliefs. As your agent she will work hard to help you have an enjoyable experience. Married for 34 years to her best friend, Shelly has three sons and 9 grandchildren. She enjoys cooking, gardening, interior design, antique shopping, and spoiling those grandkids!
Jace was born and raised in a small agricultural community just west of Spanish Fork, and learned from an early age the importance of hard, honest work. The youngest of six kids, Jace’s father was a entrepreneur, and instilled that work ethic and “Can Do” attitude into his children.
Real Estate has always been a keen interest of Jace’s. He started by helping his mother find a new home after his father passed away, and really enjoyed every aspect of the transaction. Concerned by many of his friend’s complaints regarding the real estate process and how daunting it can be, Jace decided he needed to become qualified to change that! He strongly believes IT SHOULD NOT BE THAT HARD! He now strives to make buying or selling a breeze for his clients by placing the burden of the process on his shoulders. He feels that as the “professional” he is paid to take on that responsibility, and is reliable and highly communicative throughout each stage of a transaction. You can depend upon Jace to work hard for you, and his winning personality, sincerity and integrity make him a perfect addition to the Influence team!
A family man, Jace is very proud of his wife, parents, siblings, nieces and nephews and all they work hard to accomplish daily. He loves to play sports and to work in the yard or on the farm. He finds Utah an exciting place to live because despite the decline in other parts of the nation, it continues to grow – plus it’s a beautiful place to live with family-orientated people who make terrific neighbors!
What do you do if daily monotony is creeping in, and you feel your life is becoming a perpetual “Groundhog Day”? Most of us would continue the daily grind, but not Kristen Wilkinson. Instead, she decided to switch gears and take on a career where each day is a whirlwind of exciting new properties, problem solving, odd hours, and new relationships!
In fact, the resounding motive behind Kristin’s shift to real estate is her connection with, and love of people. A native of Massachusetts, who grew up in Utah from age five, she deeply connects with Utah’s family values. Her greatest desire is to help her clients nurture a warm “home” environment in the house that resonates with them. She loves getting to know her client’s stories, and matching their circumstances with the right opportunity. Cultivating life-long friendships in the process of helping and serving people is icing on the cake for Kristin!
A mother of four, Kristin is happily married to her best friend, and she cherishes family time – motorcycle rides with her spouse, cheering on her kids in their various activities, and early morning hikes in the nearby canyons and meandering trails of beautiful Utah County!
Sandra understands that life is not always easy. A native of Utah growing up in beautiful Highland, Sandra originally studied music with a vocal emphasis, then life took her in a different direction when she separated from her first husband. Suddenly finding herself a single mother of five, Sandra needed to increase her income as working full-time simply wasn’t cutting it. She took real estate classes with Stringham Real Estate School in the evenings, and became licensed in 2011.
Experience has taught her that all meaningful things are worth working to achieve. With a positive and sunny outlook, Sandra goes into each transaction with a genuine concern for her client’s situation. She loves the people she meets and wants the best for them in all aspects of life.
Sandra is now happily remarried and has seamlessly blended two families. They have 8 children between them, and they love to hike, play games, and hang out together. She’s still singing and playing the piano and finding joy in every day!
Carrie understands feeling unsettled. During 20 years of marriage she’s moved a total of 10 times! The stress and tensions of moving and relocating are very real, and she easily identifies with her clients when they come to her in the same circumstance. Fortunately Carrie also has the knowledge, experience and tools necessary to help. As a Sales Consultant who appreciates that your time is a precious commodity, she’ll take all the busy work off your hands whether you’re buying, selling, or relocating. The result is a less taxing, more time-efficient real estate experience.
In addition to working diligently to ensure you’re communicated with along each step of the transaction, Carrie is genuinely thrilled when you find “the place” together. After years of home hopping, it’s sincerely satisfying for her to participate in your happiness.
A BYU graduate with a public relations degree, Carrie is charismatic, friendly, and a terrific negotiator. In her spare time she unwinds by swimming, reading, or hiking Utah’s beautiful canyon trails.
Brian “BP” Peterson has lived a few places in the world but always finds himself back in Utah where he was born and raised. On the brink of becoming a physical therapist after graduating with a BA from Brigham Young University, he found himself changing course, receiving a Masters in Management instead. This lead to a career in Continuing Education at BYU where he also did doctoral work in Marriage, Family and Human Development.
Why real estate? Well, for a person deeply entrenched and schooled in family values and relationships, it was a natural step. He feels purchasing a home is like a marriage – you don’t want to witness people you like wedding the wrong partners! So in short, when you hire Brian you receive a specialist in homes and home improvement, plus a counselor who’ll help you find the right home to marry!
Brian has a beautiful and incredible wife and 4 amazing kids. Family is everything to him. In his spare time they’re playing or traveling together, or he’s in his woodshop creating furniture he’s “too cheap to buy”! He states, “Life is a pretty great hobby when you know how to live it right.”