HomeServices of Nebraska announces new hires

HomeServices of Nebraska recently promoted Andie Gaide to Director of Education for the Larabee School of Real Estate and hired Turan Odabasi as Regional General Counsel, David Kaseman as Sales Force Business Development Manager, and Lindsey Cox as Home Warranty Coordinator.

Gaide has held four positions within the company within the past four years, which allows her to see the real estate business from the point of view of an agent and a staff member. She will continue as Director of Home Owners Plus, the company’s home services membership program, in addition to heading up the real estate school. Gaide holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communication from Concordia University in Seward. She grew up in Colorado in a real estate family and loves to stay active, cook and spend time with friends and family.

Odabasi previously spent 21 years at the University of Nebraska, the last 11 of which were as Associate General Counsel. Originally from St. Paul, Neb., he holds a bachelor of science from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law. He was a member of the Leadership Lincoln Class XVII. Odabasi and his wife, Cynthia, have two daughters—Cassie, 26, and Rachel, 12—and a Labrador Retriever, Trixie.

Kaseman, in his new role, will help Woods Bros Realty agents build their businesses while achieving a positive work-life balance. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Westmar College and was previously a sales force trainer for 3M Company, owner of Physicians Business Management, and has been a REALTOR® since 2010, having been named Woods Bros Realty’s Shining Star for his success as a new agent. He enjoys gardening, yoga, grilling, and raising two young children.

Cox will work as a liaison between Woods Bros clients and the company’s home warranty provider. She comes from Nelnet and has years of customer service experience, including hospitality and timeshare. She was raised in Lincoln and graduated from Lincoln High School, then attended McPherson College in Kansas. She and her husband, Joey, have a four-year-old son, Peyton. They enjoy camping, traveling, swimming and spending time with family and friends.

Woods Bros Realty welcomes Hopkins, Smith, Abele and Crisp

Woods Bros Realty would like to welcome the following new agents to the company: Jethro Hopkins and Kristi Smith to the SouthPointe office and Mark Abele and Ray Crisp to the Lincolnshire Square office. They have undergone extensive training and are well-qualified to help their clients in every aspect of real estate.

Jethro Hopkins
Jethro Hopkins
Kristi Smith
Kristi Smith
Mark Abele
Mark Abele
Ray Crisp
Ray Crisp

Woods Bros Realty, an affiliate of HomeServices of America, is a full-service company offering 120 years of expertise in real estate as well as experience in mortgage, title, closing, and insurance services. Providing an easier way to buy and sell, nearly 300 sales associates work with clients in Lincoln, Seward, Beatrice, York, Grand Island, and southeast and northeast Nebraska. For more information about Woods Bros Realty, visit www.WoodsBros.com.

Flesner celebrates 40 years with Woods Bros Realty

Dennis Flesner and Judy Sasek
Dennis Flesner and Judy Sasek

Dennis Flesner recently celebrated his 40th anniversary with Woods Bros Realty.

According to Flesner, he was the sixth agent at Woods Bros Realty in 1969. He had been working since May 7, 1967 as a maintance person while going to college. Around that time, Bill Swanson, who served as a state Senator and a director of the Real Estate Commission, started the brokerage side of Woods Companies.

Flesner said he took Swanson’s real estate class, which then included an all-day, hand-written test, with 4-6 essay questions. The rest was history.

“I figured once I got out of school, I’d find a job,” Flesner said. “I haven’t found one yet.”

Flesner worked at the Country Club Plaza office until moving to the Pioneers office in 1978, where he had to be voted in. In 1998, that office moved to its current location near SouthPointe mall, where Flesner still works today.

Woods Bros Realty celebrates 120 years with agents and their families

Wild About Woods BrosWoods Bros Realty celebrated 120 years with a “Wild About Woods Bros” event for agents, staff and their families at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo last month. Families toured the zoo, enjoyed train and pony rides (courtesy of AHS Home Warranty and Amerispec), and danced to music by Woods Bros own Dory Marsh.

View the video to see what agents had to say about Woods Bros Realty, including a clip of Chairman Emertius F. Pace Woods II.

Video by John Morris of NewStream TV

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