Friday, September 29, 2017

BHG Wilkins Hires Three Realtors

Stroudsburg – William “Bill” Schutte, Executive V.P. announced the hiring of three persons to the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates Sales Team.  Hired were Latrese Laporte, Realtor, Lisa Ambrose, Realtor, and Gus Harlacher, Realtor.

Latrese Laporte will work from the BHG Business Campus.  A graduate of the Weichert Real Estate School in 2014, Laporte previously worked with Keller Williams Real Estate for 3 years.  Said Laporte, “The hands-on training I’m getting at Better Homes and Gardens is absolutely terrific.  Bill and the rest of his team have really got their act together.”

Laporte and her family of 5 moved to the Poconos 8 years ago.  In a past career, Laporte was a financial analyst for Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.  Laporte, upon moving to the Poconos, was employed with Sanofi as an Executive Assistant.

Said Schutte, “What a pleasure it is to work with Latrese.  She’s like a sponge, everything we review about marketing herself and planning her success, she doesn’t miss anything.”

Lisa Ambrose, who also will work from the BHG Business Campus, received her real estate license in March of 2017.  “Lisa is Dario Belardi’s oldest daughter.  After knowing her dad for as many years as I did, I cannot begin to tell everyone how proud we are to have Lisa on our team.”, said Thomas R. Wilkins, CEO.

A life-long resident of the Poconos, Ambrose was the owner/operator of Pocono Limousine Service; the Owner/Operator of Mr. Deli and while growing up worked almost every positon at Caesars’ Pocono Resorts.

“With Lisa’s knowledge of the area, her network of contacts and her work ethic, I also predict a hugely successful career with our company.” said Bill Schutte.

Lisa Ambrose will also work with Jennifer Lynn-Amantea, Associate Broker in the Mt. Pocono office.    Amantea, a top producer with the Wilkins organization, will use Ambrose as a Buyer and Seller rep.

Gus Harlacher will work from our historic Milford office.  Harlacher was born in the Bronx, NY, and grew up in Pike County.  He graduated from Delaware Valley High School in 2004 and prior to starting his real estate career with BHG was an independent professional wrestler, a career Harlacher started in 2002.  In 2005, Harlacher then went on a tour of Alaska where he performed for USA troops at various military bases.  At the age of 19, Harlacher hit the “big lights” of the WWE as he took part in a match against former Olympian and ‘World’s Strongest Man’, Mark Henry on SMACKdown.

Said Harlacher, “In 2007 when I returned to Milford, I received an overwhelming reaction as Milford’s ‘Hometown Hero”.  Said Schutte, “Gus has the support of his fiancĂ© and both of their families in his new real estate career and that’s very important.  I am proud to say that within six months Gus closed 3 transactions.  This kid’s got a bright future with us.”

If you are interested in a Real Estate career, now’s the time to get started.  Said Wilkins, “I still firmly believe that we’re in a real estate cycle that within the next 36 months will take us to the same heights we saw in the 80’s.  The prices are starting to go up, and certainly the volume is exploding every day.  Don’t miss out; if you’ve ever thought of a real estate career call, visit or click us today and learn more.”

To contact Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates call or text Bill Schutte, Exec. V.P. at (570) 903-3913 or email at wschutte@wilkins1.com .


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates have four offices in the Poconos.  All offices are open 7 days a week and you can visit them online at www.BHGWilkins.com  or "Like" their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BHGWilkins.

Coccodrilli Joins Better Homes and Gardens Wilkins Real Estate Office

Stroudsburg William “Bill” Schutte, Executive V.P. announced the hiring of Richard J. Coccodrilli, Jr., Realtor to the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates Sales Team.

Coccodrilli, a native of the northern Poconos, had 17 years of corporate sales experience with Fortune 500 companies before starting his own company.  In 2009 Coccodrilli became a licensed Pennsylvania Auctioneer.  His Legacy Appraisal Service became Legacy Auction & Appraisal.  Coccodrilli obtained his PA Real Estate license in 2013, and with his partner, Susan Lang, now runs Legacy Auction & Realty.  Coccodrilli is also federally licensed to sell firearms. 

Said Coccodrilli, “The key to the success of Legacy Auction & Realty is that we offer our real estate or personal property selling clients so many options for maximizing their return while minimizing their stress.  We’re one of the first if not the first Northeast Pennsylvania auction company to sell assets online, to globally market and webcast our seller’s events.  We also developed a business model whereby we owned a real estate company to traditionally list for those persons/properties who may not have been a good fit for auction, but still wanted to sell their business, commercial property or home.” 

For three years, Thomas R. Wilkins, CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Wilkins & Associates, acted as Broker of Record for United Country, Legacy Auction & Realty.

In 2015, Legacy Auction & Realty became a primary member of the Wilkins organization through the Independent Family of Home Buying Services.  Recently, Coccodrilli thought it best to further his real estate career as a Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates.  Coccodrilli was recruited to BHG by Bill Schutte.

“The interlocking of our two companies, Legacy Auctions and Better Homes and Gardens couldn’t be a better fit.  Rich can work with owners whose homes are not selling giving them the ways and means to sell by auction, as well as selling the owners’ personal contents of those homes listed for sale where the belongings are not going with the owner.  It is another income and downsizing source for Sellers who list their homes with us.” said Schutte.

“We are a nationally-recognized real estate company in Northeast PA with an in-house auction team.  No matter what type of assets or challenges a seller has, BHG has a solution.”  said Wilkins.

The Wilkins Family and the Coccodrilli Family go back over 60 years.  Morris B. Wilkins, inventor of the ‘heart-shaped tub’ and ‘champagne tower’ and father of Tom Wilkins, bought what is now known as Cove Haven honeymoon resort from the Coccodrilli family.  Martha Coccodrilli, Rich’s grandmother was the chef at Cove Haven for close to 30 years.

Said Thomas R. Wilkins, CEO, “The friendship that has been formed between Rich, Susan, Christine and I has become very strong on a personal and professional level.  We’re obviously all in the real estate field and the compliment between our businesses just simply grew us even closer.  To have the Coccodrilli name associated with the Wilkins name almost 60 years later is very special to both of us.”

Coccodrilli will service the entire Northeast Pennsylvania area including Lake Ariel, Honesdale, Milford, and the ABE areas.  “I couldn’t be happier.  Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate has the same intellectual and core philosophy that I’ve always lived by; and the training is simply the best.” stated Coccodrilli.

Coccodrilli is going through the various courses offered by BHG online, in-person and through the Greenhouse.  In addition, Coccodrilli is very well versed in business liquidations and offers estate appraisals for personal property which he will do in conjunction with Thomas R. Wilkins who is a General Certified Appraiser.


Coccodrilli currently resides in Effort with partner Susan Lang and their beagle Guinness.  When not ‘on the block’, he enjoys spending time at his family farm in Lake Ariel, PA.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Five Realtors Join Better Homes and Gardens Offices

Stroudsburg – William Schutte, Exec V.P./Company Recruiter, announced the hiring of five Sales Associates for the Company.  Hired were Stephanie Troiani, Realtor; Scott Matthews Jr., Realtor; Kathlynn Giselle Taylor, Realtor; Ewa Jaromski, Realtor and Emil Craig Hackman, Realtor.
Said Schutte, “With the economy picking up, as well as the real estate market, we’ve been assertively hiring agents, both seasoned and new to the business.  Plus, when agents see our free training, it’s pretty much a slam dunk.  Nobody has better training, and it’s free.”

Troiani, recruited by Schutte, prior to joining Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, was a Realtor with ERA One Source in Stroudsburg.  Troiani was licensed in February of 2016, is originally from Watertown, New York and has lived in the Poconos since 1988.  Troiani is very much involved in the local art community showcasing her photography (Stephanie is a professional photographer) for sale at local art galleries with proceeds going to the local animal shelters.

Said Thomas R. Wilkins, CEO, “Stephanie is one dynamic girl.  She comes to our company with experience, but did not have support to advance her to the next level of her career.  Stephanie definitely has the right personality, the right computer skills and the determination to succeed and be a top producer with Better Homes and Gardens, a lifestyle brand, behind her.”

Matthews, Jr., who grew up on the Pocono Mountains, comes from a true real estate family.  Matthews’ mother, Debbie Matthews, Realtor, has been with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates for the past 8 years and Scott’s father, Scott Matthews, Sr., is in community management with a national company.  Matthews, Jr. took the required courses and recently passed the State examination.   Prior to joining the Wilkins organization, Matthews worked as a golf course manager and worked at ski areas throughout the Poconos. 

Said Dennis Mooney, Senior V.P./Assoc Broker, “I’ve known the Matthews family for over 30 years.  I start to feel old when I see these young kids coming into the workplace.  You have to appreciate that in another life I was a Golf Pro and in my younger days, a ski instructor before I got into real estate many, many moons ago.”  “I see a young me in Scott, who I’ve known since he was a kid.” chuckled Mooney.

Touted Schutte, “Scott is going to work from our Bushkill office alongside his mother Debbie.  He’s a millennium Realtor which puts his entire future in our hands.  We will properly train and get him to know the real estate market and how it works.”

Taylor, originally from New Jersey, resides in Bushkill and was recruited by Dennis Mooney.  Taylor while recently licensed in Pennsylvania, has seven years’ experience in real estate.  Taylor is an experienced agent, foreclosure specialist, negotiating expert, has earned the Accredited Staging Professional (ASP) designation, speaks Portuguese, Spanish and Italian. 

Taylor owned and operated a construction business in 2002.  The business, Gemini Remodeling, LLC purchased and resold “fixer uppers” from 2002 until 2006.  As a Realtor, Taylor was a million dollar producer and is proud of the fact that she had accumulated over $1 million in sales within the first 12 months as a licensed real estate agent.  Taylor will work from the Bushkill Better Homes and Gardens office.

Jaromski, who also speaks 3 languages including Polish, is a graduate of the Pocono Real Estate Academy, taking the required courses and passing the exam in March of 2015. Jaromski attended the University of Wausau earning a Master of Science Degree in Mathematics, the New York Institute of Business Technology with a certificate of Accounting and has prior work experience as a store and office manager. 

Said Mooney, “Ewa was the only person I know who got 100% on her real estate exam; and believe me, that’s just a small part of her personality.  Speaking Polish, she will have support of the company to produce more Polish business (already a part of our market) through our online marketing.  Speaking 3 languages will be highlighted on her free agent website, a part of ZAP.”

Jaromski loves hiking, gardening and spending time in nature. 

Hackman is no stranger to the real estate business.  Hackman, along with Tom Wilkins and Kathy Louis, Assoc Broker, were all part of the sales team at Coldwell Banker, Phyllis Rubin Real Estate 30+ years ago.  Prior to joining Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates, Hackman was with Commonwealth Real Estate.  Hackman, a native of Wind Gap, in the day, worked at Mount Airy in the Hospitality industry before getting into real estate.  Hackman was recruited by Kathy Louis.  Said Hackman, “I feel like I’m coming home.”

Wilkins proudly stated, “Craig has been a long-time friend of mine and Kathy Louis.  All three of us were with Phyllis Rubin.”   “For those who remember, Phyllis was one of the best Brokers in the Poconos back then, I learned a lot from her.  Phyllis was the best of the best.” boasted Wilkins.

“We’d like to see our sales force up to a minimum of 110 Realtors by year end.” stated Schutte.  Recently, Schutte was promoted to the Wilkins Management Team.  Based out of Milford, Schutte’s primary responsibility is retention of our existing sales force as well as building the sales force through recruiting in all four offices.  Schutte is very experienced in online marketing and excels at teaching.  Schutte with Wilkins will help with marketing and is one of the three ZAP specialists at BHG.

Schutte standing tall stated, “I really love what I do and do what I love.  Having had the distinct pleasure of working with Tom and Christine Wilkins for the past 12 years and now being a part of the upper management team, I could not be more thrilled.  I started my career with Wilkins & Associates Real Estate in the Dingmans Ferry office with Christine as my Manager.  I literally learned everything I know from Tom & Christine.”

Schutte’s wife, Beth Schutte, Realtor, is the other part of the Bill Schutte Team, and will handle the team’s tenants, buyers and sellers.  “Beth can handle our business while I travel from office to office.  I still have weekends to go with Beth and continue to build our book of business.” said Schutte.

Collectively, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates has four offices in the Poconos and handles listings, sales and rentals in Monroe and Pike counties, Historic Milford, Lake Wallenpaupack, Mount Pocono, Gouldsboro and the Lehigh Valley areas.  Wilkins was the first Broker to join Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate in 2007 when the BHG brand was purchased by Realogy.  In 2018 the company will celebrate their 10 year anniversary with Realogy and the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate brand.


All offices are open 7 days a week.  Please visit them online at www.BHGWilkins.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BetterHomesGardensWilkinsAssociatesListings and Linkedin at www.linkedin.com/in/thomasrwilkins

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Better Homes and Gardens Hires Two Sales Agents

Stroudsburg - Thomas R. Wilkins, CEO announced the hiring of Warren F. Johnson, Realtor and Alicia M. Kruger, Realtor.  Both agents will work from the BHG Business Campus in Stroudsburg.

Johnson is a 2014 graduate of the Scott White Institute, but Johnson has been in real estate in another state since 1983 when he sold for Century 21.  Johnson is retired and lives in Bangor, PA.  Johnson is an active member of the Vietnam Veterans organization. 



Kruger, who has lived in the Poconos for the past 32 years in the Split Rock and Lake Harmony area, is a 2001 graduate of the Pocono Real Estate Academy.  Kruger has been active in real estate since 2002 winning such honors as Rookie of the Year, Top Agent over $40 Million in Sales 2001 – 2009.

Said Wilkins, “Bringing Alicia on to our team is very exciting.  It’s our entry into Lake Harmony, Jack Frost, Big Boulder and those developments on Route 903 including Indian Mountain Lake, Towamensing Trails and others.   Her excitement and knowledge is one to be applauded.”

Kruger was recruited by James Knowles a Realtor with the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates. 

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates is in its 27th year and has four offices serving the Pocono Mountains, Lehigh Valley, Historic Milford and Pike/Wayne County areas.  Visit their website at www.BHGWilkins.com.  All offices are open 7 days a week.



Friday, April 21, 2017

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins Offers America's Preferred Home Warranty

Stroudsburg - Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates’ CEO, Thomas R. Wilkins announced that BHG is now offering Sellers and Buyers home warranties from America’s Preferred Home Warranty, Inc.  While Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate has offered home warranties for a number of years, switching to America’s Preferred Home Warranty, Inc. (APHW) was a move beneficial to customers and clients as well as the Wilkins organization.

Said Wilkins, “We’ve successfully sold home warranties for almost 10 years.  While we were very pleased with our past purveyor, the product offered to Buyers and Sellers by America’s Preferred Home Warranty, Inc. simply cannot be beat.  Please note, I said Buyers and Sellers.”

APHW, whose corporate state is Michigan, is the only national home warranty company that allows homeowners to choose their own licensed contractor if they choose to do so.  Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates, who also owns NEPA Management Associates, may provide homeowners with maintenance services through their extensive list of preferred maintenance and service contractors.  Currently, NEPA Management is doing some repair work for Sellers, new Buyers and those Owners who live in a community they manage.  NEPA maintenance services are not available to the general public.

America’s Preferred Home Warranty, Inc. offers a number of advantages that have helped them to become the fastest growing home warranty company in the country.  Some of these courtesies include letting the homeowner choose their own licensed contractor, complimentary LISTSECURE warranty coverage for home sellers, fast, easy and convenient ways to order your home warranty and 24/7/365 person to person claims service.

Wilkins further stated, “The final decision made by Senior Management to switch home warranty companies was based on warranty coverage for Sellers while the home is on the market.”  When a homeowner lists their home for sale with BHG and utilizes APHW, their home is covered just as it would be for the Buyer.  At closing, the home warranty is transferred to the Buyer who then has one year coverage, all for under $400.  No payment is due from the Seller until closing which further makes an APHW home warranty the best deal on the market.  “Warranties protect a Buyer so in their 1st year they don’t have any surprises and now, to protect the Seller while their home is listed is certainly a novel idea.” Wilkins remarked.

Said William Schutte, Executive V.P., “This was a no-brainer.  With us being able to offer this service to our Sellers during the time the home is listed, and then being able to transfer it to a Buyer who gets one full year of coverage, simply cannot be beat.  We thoroughly investigated APHW’s Claims Department to ensure quick, effective and seamless resolution should our Sellers need to activate their coverage as well as the level of service by the contractors.”

APHW’s LISTSECURE program isn’t offered by competing warranty companies and is designed solely for home Sellers.  Home Sellers who use America’s Preferred Home Warranty are eligible for the LISTSECURE program (certain restrictions apply).

Homes listed by Better Homes and Gardens Wilkins Realtors are eligible for the home warranty program.  With no money due at signing—the warranty is paid for at closing—there are a number of ways that the warranty can be transferred to the Buyer.  The cost is typically paid by the Seller as an incentive to Buyers to purchase their home; it can be purchased by the Buyer directly from Pennsylvania First Settlement Services at closing or is available up to 21 days after closing should the Buyer elect to purchase the warranty at that time.

Schutte said, “Home warranty programs cover those items that a homeowners’ insurance policy do not cover.  That’s what makes a home warranty so advantageous.  Also, since the foreclosure market still remains prevalent throughout the Poconos, a home warranty (which is sometimes paid by the banks) gives that Buyer peace of mind that if the hot water heater goes, something is wrong with the plumbing, air conditioning or the appliances, they’re covered, not by their homeowners’ policy but by APHW.”

America’s Preferred Home Warranty, Inc. pride themselves on having one of the best customer service teams in the industry.  Every claim from a homeowner is handled person-to-person, 24/7/365.  HomeWarrantyReviews.com the #1 consumer research site for the home warranty industry, announced America’s Preferred Home Warranty is the Top Regional Home Warranty Company for 2017.  This prestigious award is based on several factors including customer satisfaction, retention and credibility.  The winners are selected after a careful evaluation process based on reviews by customers at www.HomeWarrantyReviews.com .

If you are thinking of selling your home, contact any Wilkins Real Estate office and learn more about this exciting advantage over other Sellers or Brokers who do not offer home warranties to sell your home faster and for the highest amount of money.  Learn more today by emailing info@wilkins1.com .


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates offices are open 7 days a week.  Weekend and evening appointments are always available.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wilkins Announces Promotions


The first promotion is Christine A. Wilkins to the position of President and the second promotion is William “Bill” Schutte to the position of Executive Vice President.

Said Wilkins, “At this particular juncture, Christine has really been running the real estate side of the business, so there’s no reason that she should not be promoted to President.  Over the past 7 years, without her guidance, I’m not quite sure we would have made it through the recession.”

Christine A. Wilkins had been the Executive Vice President/General Manager for the past 7 years.  In her position, Wilkins recruited Salespersons; set up, organized and oversaw training for new Salespersons, Realtors and Central Processing.  Wilkins also handled the day to day operations in BHG’s four offices and was an integral part of Senior Management in making financial decisions concerning the Wilkins companies as a whole.

Bill Schutte, V.P./Sales Manager, started his real estate career in 2003 working with Wilkins & Assoc Real Estate in Dingmans Ferry.  Since that time, Schutte earned his Assoc Broker’s license, been a top producer for the company and along with his wife Beth Schutte is a member of The Schutte Team.  Schutte has won numerous awards for a variety of achievements in the Wilkins organization and currently is the Vice President/Sales Manager of the BHG Milford office.

Wilkins stated, “Bill started his real estate career with us many, many moons ago.  Christine was actually his Manager in the Dingmans Ferry office.  Talk about a hard worker and someone who is Corporate minded--Bill is definitely a company man.  It is Senior Management’s collective belief that Bill Schutte is a gentleman who is going to be an important part of taking Better Homes and Gardens and NEPA to the next level.”

In Schutte’s new position as Exec Vice Pres., Schutte will be responsible for the 4 BHG offices and answer to Christine A. Wilkins, President on the day to day operations and management of those offices and to Thomas R. Wilkins, CEO with regard to marketing online and in print for the real estate company.  Schutte will travel between the offices during his work week ensuring and helping the agents perform to their highest ability, help teach and promote the software that we use, assist the Agent in his or her online marketing, recruit new people into Real Estate, as well as invite seasoned Realtors to join BHG, and contribute to the overall growth and expansion of the company.
  
Said Schutte, “I’ve worked with Tom and Christine my entire career and am so excited to be a part of the overall plan to grow the company.  Both Tom and Christine think “out of the box” and have always listened to my ideas.  That means a lot to me.  The biggest plus is our company is head and shoulders above any competing Real Estate company when it comes to being online not only our marketing and advertising, but also with our back-office procedures.  That’s right up my alley—I’m so excited!”

Wilkins also stated, “In speaking to my childhood friend the other day, President of another family owned Pocono business, we both agreed it’s been a tough 9 years; and we further agreed the recession is behind us now.  The the real estate market is heating up in the Pocono Mountains and the surrounding areas.  I doubt very much we are going to slip back into a recession mode.  Now’s the time to prepare if you want to grow over the next 3 to 5 years.”

The real estate market has always been cyclical and is definitely on the way up.

The Real Estate industry has changed considerably over the past several years in that now 98% of the Real Estate business comes in through the internet.  Wilkins, a true leader in online marketing, recently launched ZAP, a new interactive website that produces a great customer/client friendly experience for buyers and sellers.  Wilkins, who believes now is the time to expand, is looking to explore the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, Lake Harmony, Lehighton area and other points close to the Lehigh Valley as well as Wayne County.  All of this expansion is within the next 36 months.  During the height of the market Wilkins operated 14 offices.

Said Wilkins, “In closing, I want to sincerely congratulate Christine, my wife and business partner, in her new position.  I am so proud of her.  And Bill, I am just as proud of the job that he’s done in the past and so encouraged he will be part of our team to take our company into the future.  Best of luck, Bill.”

Dennis A. Mooney, Senior V.P./Associate Broker will continue to manage the Bushkill, Stroudsburg and Mount Pocono offices.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates are open 7 days a week and can be visited online at www.BHGWilkins.com

NEPA Management Associates, Inc., also owned by the Wilkins family, provides property management for Homeowner Associations, Condo Complexes, and Townhome communities throughout eastern Pennsylvania.  You can visit NEPA online at www.nepamgmt.com .

Group photo L to R:  
Dennis A. Mooney, Thomas R. Wilkins, Christine A. Wilkins, William “Bill” Schutte

Monday, March 27, 2017

Wilkins Bushkill Office Admin Assistant's Son on TV and the Big Screen

Bushkill – Better Homes and Gardens Wilkins & Associates Bushkill office Administrative Assistant, Melanie VanDerveer has her foot in the door to Hollywood thanks to her son. Jesse VanDerveer, 11, has been acting professionally since the age of eight, and she manages his budding career. One of his recent jobs, a featured background scene on Hulu’s original series, “The Path” began airing on March 21. Jesse plays the role of a principal actor’s son whose father recently passed away. The scene features the show’s leading actress, Michelle Monaghan speaking with Jesse’s on-screen mother while Jesse works on the family’s farm.

This isn’t Jesse’s first time on a television show. Jesse’s first professional acting gig was on the television show, “The Mysteries of Laura,” starring Debra Messing. Jesse also worked alongside Donny Walhberg in “Blue Bloods,” Kathryn Hahn in “Happyish,” Emily Blunt in “Girl on the Train,” Damian Lewis in “Billions,” Billy Eichner in “Billy on the Street,” and many others. He filmed scenes in four episodes of Tina Fey’s Netflix original series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt;” three in season two and one featured role in season three, which is set to be released on May 19. “Jesse was chosen by the director to play the role of a prep school kid who interacts with actor David Cross in a scene with Jane Krakowski in season three of the popular show. He worked alongside Anna Camp in an episode in season two, and can even be found on her Instagram page,” said VanDerveer.

Jesse showed an interest in acting when he was cast in a local haunted house during Halloween season at just 7-years-old. The excitement he had for acting was evident and he asked his mother to help him become a child actor.

Said VanDerveer, “Jesse came to me and said he wants to be an actor on TV. I told him I would submit him for a background job and see what happens, but told him it could take months to get his first job. The very next morning, casting called and cast him as a private school student in a scene with Debra Messing on an episode of ‘The Mysteries of Laura.’ Jesse enjoyed being on set so much, he begged to work more. Jesse was working so much the first year that not only did he have to be homeschooled, but he was signed by Glitter Talent and became union eligible in the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in just three short months.”

Said Thomas R. Wilkins, CEO, “We were excited when we found out Jesse was on TV. We all watched him at our monthly managers’ meeting. It’s so exciting seeing someone his age reaching for the stars.”

From general background jobs to featured background roles to speaking roles, Jesse learned a lot on set, but took professional acting classes in New York City on weekends to learn more. Jesse auditions for many roles and has been accepting any role offered to gain experience, as well as to do what he loves.


“Jesse is the lead characters’ child in an independent horror movie called ‘The Moosehead Over the Mantel’ which should be released on Netflix before the summer,” said Melanie. “He’s done many student films and independent films, as well as some modeling and promotional videos to help build his resume and experience. He was a photo double for promo photos for Kevin James’ new show, ‘Kevin Can Wait.’”

Jesse’s 14-year-old brother, JD, also does some background jobs when they come around for his age range. Both boys recently worked on the set of Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron’s new film, “The Greatest Showman on Earth,” set to be released in theaters around Christmas this year. They both, along with their 12-year-old brother Ryder, filmed a scene in the pilot episode of Showtime’s series, “Billions.”


Jesse hopes to continue acting and works toward finding his big break into the industry. He also has aspirations of going to Columbia University in New York City for acting after high school. Jesse has a Facebook business page where all his upcoming gigs are announced.