Reynolds Named Assistant Manager

Tyler Reynolds, Woods Bros Realty
Tyler Renolds, Woods Bros Realty Mentor and Training Assistant Manager

LINCOLN, Nebraska- Woods Bros Realty, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, is pleased to announce that Tyler Reynolds, a sales associate at the Country Club office, has accepted the position of Mentor and Training Assistant Manager.  In this position, Reynolds will be responsible for the structure and success of the overall Mentor Program and will facilitate consistent office training sessions, skills training, and assist agents in business planning. He will continue to actively sell on a part time basis.

“Tyler has proven to be professional and has proven himself over the years. After completing leadership training he proved this was a natural transition to add him to our leadership team. He brings current, fresh ideas to the every changing real estate Industry. We look forward to his expertise and enthusiasm in the years ahead,” noted Tami Lambie, Managing Broker of Woods Bros Realty Country Club Plaza office.

Shannon Harner, CEO and President of HomeServices of Nebraska, is excited to see Reynolds continued success in this position, “Adding Tyler to our leadership team emphasizes the importance Woods Bros places on having knowledgeable, professional agents who excel at client service. I look forward to working with Tyler to support the careers of our agents and service to our clients.” The Woods Bros Realty family looks forward to driving the success of our Woods Bros associates with Tyler’s support.

Hardesty named manager of Woods Bros Lincolnshire office

Matt Hardesty

Woods Bros Realty announces the appointment of Matt Hardesty to sales manager of the Lincolnshire office.

He has been acting as assistant manager and more recently interim manager of the Lincolnshire office. Hardesty recently participated in the HomeServices Leadership Academy and values ongoing education, holding several real estate designations.

“We are thrilled for Matt to take this next step in management,” said CEO Gene Brake. “Matt is a natural fit to lead one of our largest offices, and we are confident in his ability to foster a culture that helps the agents and the office grow.”

Hardesty was born in Southern California, grew up in Lincoln, and graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School. After returning to California and spending several years as a construction project manager, Hardesty and his wife, Whitney, moved back to Lincoln to begin their family. He is also the first grandson of the late Gene Ward, recent Woods Bros Realty Hall of Fame inductee and longtime Woods Bros manager.

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Local Area Events: March 2017

Lincoln Area Local Events: March 2017

Check out our list of things to do in the Lincoln area this month:

3/1 Celebrating Statehood Day check for events throughout the day

3/1-3/25 Sesquicentennial Photo Exhibit “Bridges: Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future  Great Plains Art Museum 1155 Q St

3/2-3/4 NSAA 2017 Girls State Basketball

3/2-3/5 Sitting Bull’s Last Waltz The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/3 Crooners Over Lincoln The Nebraska Club

3/3 Lincoln Children’s Museum First Friday Family Night

3/3-3/5 Mamma Mia! The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/6 Capital Jazz Society presents First Monday Jazz Jam

3/9 Heather Henson’s Crane: On Earth, In Sky  The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/9-3/11 NSAA 2017 Boys State Basketball

3/10-3/12 15th Annual Husker Lawn & Leisure Show Lancaster Event Center

3/10-3/11 Laser Led Zeppelin Morrill Hall- Mueller Planetarium

3/10-3/12 March Madness Quarter Horse Show Lancaster Event Center

3/11-3/12 2017 Lincoln Parade of Apartments

3/11 Super Hero Day The Lincoln Children’s Museum

3/11 Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra Maestro at the Piano The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/11 Spring Arts & Crafts Fair St Mark’s United Methodist Church

3/11 Mall Walk for Down Syndrome Gateway Mall

3/12 Red Dirt Shamrock Shuffle 5k The Railyard

3/13-3/17 Nature Explorers Camp Pioneer Park Nature Center

3/14 March Madness The Railyard

3/15-3/19 72nd Annual Shrine Circus Lancaster Event Center

3/17 Trinity Irish Dance Company The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/18 Lincoln Volksport St. Pat’s Walk Fallbrook YMCA

3/19 Happier Lincoln KZUM 3534 South 48th St, Suite 6

3/23-3/25 Cornhusker Classic Tractor Pull Lancaster Event Center

3/24 Billy Joel Pinnacle Bank Arena

3/24 Riders in the Sky The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/26 Boston Pops Explanade Orchestra The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/30 Kris Kristofferson Rococo Theatre

3/31 Taikoproject: Interlocking Rhythms The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/31 Jeff Foxworthy & Larry The Cable Guy Pinnacle Bank Arena

3/31-4/1 Mother of All Garage Sales Lancaster Event Center

3/31-4/2 Mr. Poppers Penguins Lincoln Community Playhouse

Ongoing Museum Exhibits:

Check websites for dates, hours and admission

Ongoing MARCH sporting events:

Check websites

Congratulations to our top professionals for 2016

­­Top Woods Bros Realty agents for 2016.Woods Bros Realty celebrated its top sales professionals with an Awards Banquet Feb. 9 at the Country Club of Lincoln.

Vladimir Oulianov
Vladimir Oulianov

Vladimir Oulianov of the Country Club office was named the Salesperson of the Year, in addition to the Most Transactions Closed, Most Listings and Sales Closed, and Highest Volume of Closed Listings and Sales. Oulianov also received the Century Award for closing more than 100 transact­­ions in the calendar year.

Bruce Hahn
Bruce Hahn

Bruce Hahn of the Country Club office was honored with the Woods Bros Realtor of the Year award for 2016 for his contributions to the company, the community, and his fellow agents.

The A Team
The A Team

The Sales Team of the Year was The A Team of the Lincolnshire office. Joanne McCoy of the Country Club office won the Excellence in Outgoing Referrals Sold award for helping people relocate in other communities.  The year’s Rising Star for most success within the start of her career was Victoria Keck of the Wilderness Hills office. Keck broke a company record for highest volume in an agent’s first year in real estate.

Ashley Person of the Country Club office earned the overall Outstanding Achievement award for his increase in sales from 2015 to 2016. Office Outstanding Achievement Awards also went to: Ben Bleicher, Lincolnshire; Kelly Shandera, Wilderness Hills; Linda McCall, Beatrice; Melanie Bachman, Grand Island; Kelby Nitz, Seward; and Gayle Coffin, York.

Top Sales Associates by office were: Oulianov, Country Club; Bleicher, Lincolnshire; Lois Kohmetscher, Wilderness Hills; Carol Schulz, Beatrice; Shelly Nitz, Seward; Chuck Winkler, Grand Island; and Gayle Coffin, York.

The late Gene and Pat Ward were inducted into the Woods Bros Realty Hall of Fame for their lifelong dedication to the company and real estate profession.

Pat & Gene Ward
Pat & Gene Ward

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Matt Hardesty named assistant manager

Matt Hardesty
Matt Hardesty

Woods Bros Realty announces the appointment of Matt Hardesty to assistant managing broker.

Hardesty is the first grandson of the late Gene Ward, a longtime Lincoln Realtor and Woods Bros Realty managing broker. He will work in his new role to coach and support Woods Bros Realty agents, while he continues to help his clients buy and sell real estate in the Lincoln area.

Hardesty was born in Southern California, grew up in Lincoln, and graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School. After returning to California and spending several years as a construction project manager, Hardesty and his wife, Whitney, moved back to Lincoln to begin their family. Hardesty holds several Realtor designations, strives to maximize his education and recently took part in the HomeServices Leadership Academy. He has extensive knowledge of construction & real estate sales, and believes in a much higher level of service to his clients.

Welcome Greg Wright as IT Network Analyst

Greg Wright
Greg Wright

We’re excited to welcome Greg Wright as IT Network Analyst.

Wright comes to the Woods Bros Realty family after a 15-year career with The Gallup Organization. In his new role, he will be an integral part of the technology department, from evaluating existing systems to offering application and hardware support.

Wright also spent eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an intelligence analyst during the end of the Cold War, when he was honorably discharged. Wright is engaged to his former junior high sweetheart with whom he reconnected after 32 years (Check out the Journal Star article on his story here), and he has a 5-year-old son, Jack. In his spare time, he enjoys fitness, PC gaming and drumming with his son.

Contact Greg at:
402 937-2025


Larabee School of Real Estate appoints Mentzer as new Director

Mari Jo Mentzer
Mari Jo Mentzer

We’d like to welcome Mari Jo Mentzer as the new Director of Education for the Larabee School of Real Estate.

A native of Missouri Valley, Iowa, Mentzer earned her degree in adult education from Bellevue University. She has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, with three years specializing in real estate education. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking in Colorado and writing.  Mentzer has three adult children and two adorable grandsons with whom she enjoys spending her free time.

She can be reached at:
P:  402-436-3308
C:  402-979-1187

Winter to coordinate home warranties as executive assistant

Michaela Winter
Michaela Winter

HomeServices of Nebraska has hired Michaela Winter as executive assistant to the general manager.

In addition, Winter will also be coordinating the day-to-day client and agent-facing functions of the company’s home warranty department.

“Michaela brings experience and a proven track record of success,” said General Manager Shannon Harner. “We are confident that she will be a strong asset to the HomeServices of Nebraska team.”

Winter graduated from Doane University with a degree in business administration, and she previously worked at Nelnet in accounting. She and her husband have two children: Mason, 2, and Milayni, 1.

HomeServices of Nebraska is a Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America. It includes the entities of HOME Real Estate, Woods Bros Realty, Nebraska Land Title and Abstract (NLTA), HomeServices Lending, HomeServices of Nebraska Insurance, Home Owners Plus and the Larabee School of Real Estate.

Congratulations to these Leadership Academy graduates

leadershipHomeServices of Nebraska recently completed its first full program of the HomeServices of America Leadership Academy.

Graduates of the Leadership Academy include Woods Bros Realty agents Miranda Watson and Matt Hardesty and Larabee School of Real Estate Director Andie Young.

The HomeServices of America Leadership Academy is a program designed to enhance general leadership abilities and strengthen skills of selected, high-performing individuals at the local level. This multi-session program was developed by leaders across the HomeServices network and has been successfully implemented in a variety of markets.

Here’s what the graduates had to say about the program and their experience:

Matt Hardesty
Matt Hardesty

HomeServices Leadership Academy was a wonderful crash course in leadership skills & running a business.  I believe the course content would be invaluable to current or aspiring managers and agents alike, and it was a wonderful opportunity to get to know colleagues a little better.  I would highly recommend this course for anyone with interest in leadership or just looking to boost their business.

Miranda Watson
Miranda Watson

Great dialogue with real life business application and solid ideas is hard to find anymore, but with this collaborative group of leaders, it was easy! Fun! Enlightening! So much to look forward to as we work together with new goals for a bright future for these companies!

Andie Young
Andie Young

The leadership academy program through HomeServices was a learning opportunity about the value of quality leaders and their impact on an organization, but it was also a conversation starter about our own company and the ways we, as leaders and future leaders, can impact the day-to-day touch that the organization has on our colleagues and the community. Through the class, a common bond was found in people who want the best for the company now and in the future and strive daily to uphold the values that make HomeServices the company that it is.

Woods Bros Realty knows how to weather the storm

umbrellaWe love our agents! At Woods Bros Realty, we give our agents the support, knowledge and tools they need to be successful. Through good times and bad we are there for them, working behind the scenes.

One example is the recent storms that hit our area. As a part of our commitment to our agents, we believed that it was important to keep them informed, allowing them to provide the best service to their buyers and sellers when it came to handling storm damage, to keep closings together.  Woods Bros Realty agents were prepared to advise our sellers and their buyers about how to approach storm damage and disclosures. And our one-stop shop approach really made a difference to our agents and clients. Regardless of the side of the transaction our agents were on, they knew what to do or where to go to find out how to proceed. Our own HomeServices of Nebraska Insurance provided insurance tips and information immediately the evening of the storm and our general manager’s “snippet” video arrived in our agents’ in-boxes early the next morning regarding reaching out to our clients and updating disclosures. In addition, our in-house legal counsel send out a blog reminding us about our storm addendum form available to address any issues and ease anxiety.

Whether they are seasoned real estate agents or new real estate licensees, our staff did their best to provide a network of helpful information to our agents, so they could continue to provide the best experience and service to our clients.

Woods Bros Realty has weathered many storms in our 127 years, and we are glad we can put that experience and ongoing education to work putting our agents’ and their clients’ minds at ease.

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