A Family Business
Creating a sense of family has always been an important part of the Windermere tradition. That’s because the company itself was born from family, starting with founder, John Jacobi. From the early days of Windermere, John encouraged his children to get involved with the family business by answering phones, sweeping sidewalks, and volunteering in the community. His efforts paid off because 40 years later, the company he built is now in the hands of a second generation who continue to honor the company’s humble beginnings while keeping a firm eye on the future.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-President
Geoff Wood has served as chief executive officer of Windermere Services Company since 2003. Geoff is responsible for the core infrastructure functions of the company. Under his leadership, Windermere has moved into new markets in California, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Utah, and Hawaii. Geoff joined Windermere Real Estate in 1993 to manage the five Jacobi family-owned real estate offices in Seattle. Prior to joining Windermere, he worked in construction and business management for Timberland Homes.
Jill Jacobi Wood
Jill Jacobi Wood brings a second generation of leadership to Windermere Real Estate which was founded by her father, John Jacobi, in 1972. Jill helps oversee the Windermere Services Company, which provides operational support, systems, and programs to more than 300 Windermere franchises. She is also instrumental in the growth of the Windermere brand through franchise development and helps run six family-owned Windermere offices.
OB Jacobi brings a second generation of leadership to Windermere Real Estate which was founded by his father, John Jacobi, in Seattle in 1972. As co-president, OB has helped facilitate Windermere’s growth into the largest regional real estate company in the Western United States with more than 6,000 agents and 300 offices in 11 states and Mexico. In addition to guiding business strategies for the Windermere network, OB oversees operations for six family-owned Windermere offices. He also serves on the board of the Windermere Foundation, which has provided over $30 million in funding to non-profit organizations that support low-income and homeless children and their families.
Mike Teather works with Windermere owners throughout the network. His responsibilities include working with owners to solve business challenges, expanding the network of Windermere offices, and consulting with owners to develop recruitment and longevity programs. He also helps keep owners current on the latest tools and offerings available from Windermere Services. Mike has worked as an attorney and has managed both manufacturing and real estate businesses.
Chief Marketing Officer
Noelle Bortfeld is responsible for all consumer marketing activities on behalf of Windermere. She oversees branding, advertising, interactive and direct marketing, lead generation, program management, social media, public relations, and event marketing. Her experience includes brand marketing for a Fortune 500 company as well as global agency experience. She also leverages a leadership background in Web application development and customer relationship management (CRM).
Vice President, Luxury Division
Leigh Canlis oversees the creative direction, branding, advertising, marketing, social media, and program management, for W Collection. Her experience includes 20 years in luxury sales and marketing for prominent companies, such as Chihuly Studio, national museums, and her own fine art company, as well as wealth strategist roles at both Northern Trust and JP Morgan Chase. Her eye for luxury and design, coupled with her strong business acumen allow her to lead Windermere's evolving luxury segment.
Paul Drayna is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. His practice has always focused on representing real estate agents, brokers, and their businesses in both litigation and transactional matters. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, and has been general counsel to Windermere Services Company since 2003.
Sr. Vice President
Michael Fanning is a certified Ninja instructor who travels extensively throughout the Western U.S. to help Windermere owners, managers, and agents build better businesses so they can have a more balanced and meaningful life. He has personally taken more than 3,500 agents, managers, owners, and staff through Windermere’s Ninja Installation training program and regularly speaks to large audiences about positive mindset and business growth. In addition to this, Michael regularly teaches classes for Windermere Professional Development about technology, social media, and business development. Michael started with Windermere in 1997 to help spearhead technology advancements for the company, ultimately leading to the development of many of the tools offered to Windermere agents today.
As Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, Matthew Gardner is responsible for analyzing and interpreting economic data and its impact on the real estate market on both a local and national level. Matthew is the former Principal of Gardner Economics, and has over 25 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K. He specializes in residential market analysis, commercial/industrial market analysis, financial analysis, and land use and regional economics. For the past 15 years, Matthew has served as an economic advisor to Windermere before joining the company full time in June 2015. Matthew chairs the Board of Trustees at the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington; sits on the Urban Land Institutes Technical Assistance Panel; is an Advisory Board Member for the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington where he also lectures in real estate forecasting; and is Chairman and Editor of the Central Puget Sound Real Estate Research Report, published by the University of Washington.
Chief Financial Officer
Mark Oster’s primary responsibilities include the overall management of the accounting department for Windermere Services Company and the six office brokerage of Windermere Real Estate Company. Prior to joining Windermere, Mark worked in public accounting for over 15 years where he had a wide ranging client base including a number of franchisors, one of which was Windermere Services Company. Mark graduated from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, with a BS in Accounting and is a CPA licensed in the state of Washington.
Sr. Vice President
Chip Painter joined Windermere in 2004 and is responsible for managing Corporate Relocation and Broker-to-Broker referrals services for Windermere affiliates in Alaska, California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. In addition, Chip oversees Windermere’s Professional Development group which includes pre-licensing, continuing education, and special events. Prior to joining Windermere, Chip worked for 20 years as a regional sales manager for Sappi Fine Paper.
Vice President of Technology
As Vice President of Technology, Shawn Prutsman oversees Windermere’s technology strategies and advances. He is responsible for improving efficiencies by building tools and systems that assist agents in furthering their business development. Shawn works closely with teams within Windermere, as well as external partners, to plan and execute products that are designed to help agents achieve their goals. Prior to joining Windermere, Shawn spent more than 20 years working in technology and product management for companies, such as Microsoft, Intel, MSNBC, and several start-up organizations.
Vice President, Communications
Shelley Rossi is responsible for all internal and external communications for Windermere Real Estate. Shelley helps direct company messaging through public relations, social media, advertising, and marketing communications. She also oversees the flow of information to the company’s network of 300 offices. Shelley has a deep understanding of the residential real estate industry and how PR can be used to leverage company branding and messaging.
Executive Director, Windermere Foundation
Christine Wood is the Executive Director of the Windermere Foundation, the non-profit arm of Windermere Real Estate, which provides funding to support low-income and homeless families throughout the Western U.S. Christine oversees all Foundation operations, including fundraising, program development, communications, marketing, and accounting. She is responsible for evaluating grant proposals, funding requests, as well as all financial disbursements. Christine also provides guidance to Windermere’s 300+ offices and helps them cultivate Foundation involvement in their local communities.
President, Windermere Services, Oregon
As President of Windermere Services Oregon, Scott Mitchelson is responsible for the development, operations, and service activities of the independently-owned Windermere offices in these areas. He is also one of the key players in Windermere's overall franchise growth strategy. Scott has almost 20 years of franchising experience, both from a franchisee and a franchisor perspective. During this time, his focus has been on everything from internal and external growth strategies to future real estate models. Scott has a BA in History from Washington State University and has earned his IFA Certified Franchise Executive certification from the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship.
President, Windermere Services, Northern California and Nevada
As President of Windermere Services in California and Nevada, Tara Scholl focuses on supporting new and existing franchises in the region. She brings over 25 years of industry experience from both the franchisee and franchisor perspective. She most recently served as Senior Director for Strategic Growth and Business Development for Century 21 Real Estate LLC, where she was responsible for franchisee growth throughout the United States. During that time, she helped launch a platform offering extensive resources for expansion through mergers and acquisitions, global and domestic relocation services, affinity services, and distressed properties. She was also instrumental in developing future real estate models incorporating relationships with key partners across multiple industries. Tara is a past president of both the Woman’s Council of REALTORS and the Century 21 Northern Coastal Broker Council.
President, Windermere Services, Colorado
Eric is responsible for the growth and success of Windermere franchises in Colorado. Eric is a second-generation Realtor and has been in the real estate business since 1994. He is a Colorado native and attended the University of Colorado where he studied economics. Prior to joining Windermere he was President of The Group Real Estate. He also was the Managing Broker of Slifer Smith and Frampton in Summit County Colorado.
President, Windermere Services, Mountain West
As president of Windermere’s Mountain West Services, Scott Wetzel is responsible for coordinating all service activities in Eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah, including assisting owners in financial matters and new Windermere affiliate acquisitions. Prior to joining Windermere in 2004, Scott was co-founder and CEO of Contineo Technologies, Inc., a professional services company. He also co-founded several other high-tech companies, including Innovative Technology Solutions, a corporate sales and service organization, and BestpricePC.com, an e-commerce web portal that specialized in computer hardware and software sales to the consumer market.
President, Windermere Services, Southern California
Mark Hughes is the President of Windermere Services, Southern California, and is responsible for the development, operations, service activities, and growth of the Windermere brand throughout the Southern California region. Mark was most recently the Chief Operating Officer at First Team Real Estate, the largest independent brokerage firm in California. Prior to that, he spent eight years as the owner and broker of a Sotheby's International Realty affiliate, and for several years prior to that he was a top-producing agent. Mark is also a former host on HGTV National Open House and the author of the popular industry book and workshop series, Branded Agent.
President, Windermere Services, Utah
Grady Kohler is the President of Windermere Services in Utah, as well as owner of four Windermere offices in and around the Salt Lake City area. In addition to managing the operations for these sales offices, Grady oversees franchise growth, strategic partnerships, and regional leadership throughout Utah. A native of the Beehive State, Grady opened his first Windermere office in 2005 and quickly grew his company into one of the most respected real estate brands in the state. Grady has an MBA from the University of Utah and sits on several boards and philanthropic committees.