Stroudsburg, PA – Christine A. Wilkins, Exec V.P./General Manager announced the hiring of 8 Realtors to the Company. Hired were Jennifer L. Stossel, recruited by Sonia Kern; Sunil “Sunny” Singh, Donna Johnsen, Jason DiPalma and Erika Huber all working from the Stroudsburg office; Neville “Troy” D’Anjou and Damoes B. Wilson both work from the Mt. Pocono office and Alexa Sanchez from the Bushkill office.
Wilkins said, “This is definitely a very exciting time to be in real estate and our new agents know Better Homes and Gardens is where the action is! All our recruits, while most being new to the business, are not new to the internet, marketing online and conceptually how to communicate with buyers and sellers through texting, emails and other forms of social media. Now that’s what I call exciting!” Wilkins, along with her two Managers, Dennis Mooney and Lynn Wilklow, expect to hire over 20 new Realtors by Fall.
Jason DiPalma who graduated December 2014 from the Scott White Real Estate Institute was recruited by Alex Camaerei, Realtor of the Year and a success story in his own right. Camaerei has grown his business with Better Homes and Gardens Wilkins & Associates from nothing to being a Million Dollar Producer in one year. DiPalma is a graduate of ESU with a major in Hotel and Resort Management. Originally, DiPlama is from Center Valley where he still resides and DiPalma along with Camaerei will concentrate on growing the Better Homes and Gardens Wilkins & Associates business in the Lehigh Valley market place.
Donna Johnsen is a graduate of the Weichert Real Estate School in 2011. Prior to joining Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Johnsen was employed by Weichert Real Estate in Medford and Marlton, NJ. Johnsen is an award winning Realtor and has been recognized as a Top Listing Agent and Million Dollar Club winner. In addition, from 2012 to 2014, Johnsen was employed as an in-house sales Rep for Wyndham Vacation Resorts in the Pocono Mountains.
Sunil Singh graduated from the Pocono Real Estate Academy in October of 2013. Singh also will complete his Associates Degree in Business Management from Northampton Community College in 2015. Prior to real estate, Singh was employed for over 15 years in the telecommunications industry. Said Dennis Mooney, V.P./Sales Manager and Singh’s Recruiter, “Sunny represents the new face of real estate. He’s a knowledgeable young man whose family has been involved in real estate and Sunny is simply carrying on the tradition.” Originally from New Jersey, Singh now resides in Bartonsville.
Neville “Troy” D’Anjou, originally from Gheorge Town, Guyma, South America, has resided for the past 8+ years in Long Pond, outside of Mt. Pocono. From 2006 to 2013, D’Anjou was employed by Schmitt & Sussman as a Marketing Rep in the life, health and disability insurance industry. Prior to that, D’Anjou from 1999 through 2005 was employed in the hotel and food industry.
Jennifer L. Stossel graduated from the American School of Real Estate Express in November 2014. Stossel has loved the past 23 years in East Stroudsburg and for the past 15 years has been employed in the customer business. Said Sonia Kern, Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Wilkins for the past 8 years, “Jennifer is going to be great in real estate. She’s has an outgoing personality, is highly motivated, and has exceptional customer service skills.” Kern further chuckled, “and since Jennifer’s going to be mentored by me, she’s being trained by the best (lol).”
Damoes B. Wilson has resided in the Poconos for the past 18 years. He graduated from the Kratz Real Estate School in 2001 and prior to joining Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, was employed by Classic Properties. Wilson also holds a Public Adjuster’s License and a PA Life and Health License.
Erika Huber is a native to the Pocono Mountains. Huber is a December 2014 graduate from an online real estate academy. In addition, Huber attended ESU from 2005 to 2006. Huber prides herself on being a swim coach with the Pocono Family YMCA.
Alexa Sanchez has rejoined the Wilkins organization. Sanchez originally received her real estate in June of 2014. Her background in Sales makes her a natural in the real estate industry.
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates welcome new people who want to get into real estate. Said Thomas R. Wilkins, CEO, “We offer free training, there are never any charges for our webinars or classes and, unlike our competitors, you can handle rentals because we train you in that area as well. You don’t have to travel, all training is done locally. We estimate at this time that we will have hopefully about 25 new Realtors coming into the business which will simply increase activity for all of our Sales force whether you’ve been with us for 2 weeks or 20 years. Excitement breeds excitement.”
Wilkins, who at one time had 14 offices, successfully steered the company through the downturn of the real estate market and now is making sure that they’re positioned correctly as the market changes, grows and comes back. Said Wilkins, “I think there’s going to be another Pocono real estate boom—not quite a boom but do I think our market is going to stay increased…absolutely.”
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