Meet the Matrix Management Team:
Mike Miller, Partner and Designated Broker
With a passion for real estate and a knack for surrounding himself with an exceptional team, Mike Miller is a consummate real estate professional. As a founding partner of Matrix Real Estate, he is continuing to fuel his drive for helping developers and financial institutions find the best marketing and sales solutions for their communities.
For the past 18 years, Mike Miller has dedicated his professional life to Seattle-area real estate. In 1995 he recognized the opportunity for a niche-specialization in condominium marketing when he joined Faye Torgerson at Coldwell Banker Bain Associates in Bellevue. Within five years, from his start as a community sales manager, he was promoted through the ranks to senior management at Torgerson and Associates and then in 2000 Mike purchased the company from Faye and formed Miller Condominium Marketing.
In the ten years since, Mike has grown his company, since renamed MCM Group, into one of the most well-respected and largest-volume condominium marketing firms in the greater Puget Sound area. Specializing in for-sale multi-family product, MCM Group's diverse portfolio ranged from Tacoma to Everett, including low-, medium- and high-rise condominiums, townhome communities, and both new construction and conversions.
Mike has a warm presence and leadership style that naturally draw people to him, allowing him to form long-term partnerships and retain the best sales and management teams. One of his credos is “no ego” – with everyone working on the same team for the benefit of the developer and the community. He particularly enjoys working in a team environment, collaborating with the development and design team from early site and product development through project sell-out. His ability to oversee the big picture while managing the fine details ensures that nothing falls through the cracks.
Often called upon to speak about the local condominium market, Mike has also taught CSP (Community Sales Professional) classes for the local Master Builders Association.
Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree from City University, and was named the William A. Bain Associates “Rookie of the Year” in 1990. Today he enjoys spending time with friends and family over wine at his home in West Seattle.
Leslie Williams, Partner
Thirty-year Seattle real estate veteran Leslie Williams is the co-founder and Partner of Matrix Real Estate and founder and CEO, President and founder of Williams Marketing, Inc. With more than 20,000 condominium homes sold and closed, Leslie has built a team of trusted professionals who know what it takes to turn aspirations into reality.
A powerful ally to buyers and developers alike, Leslie’s success concentrates on the importance of uniting buyer satisfaction with developer results. She and her team of seasoned professionals have pioneered innovative sales and marketing techniques that keep buyers and developers connected from the opening of the project sales office to the final move-in. Williams also works to keep buyers and potential buyers tenaciously involved in the progress of their new homes and their community, from early stage planning with focus groups and property positioning, to target marketing and Buyer Retention Programs.
Leslie began her Seattle real estate career in 1977 while still enrolled at the University of Washington. Upon graduation, Leslie was selected as one of the pioneering agents for a new firm that focused solely on condominium sales. In 1981, she founded Williams Marketing Inc. Her success working with banks and other financial institutions handling troubled and “work out” projects fueled the dramatic growth of her company and provided a bedrock of understanding that permeates the organization to this very day. Today, in addition to the many banks and financial institutions she has added many well-known domestic and international developers and owners who entrust their projects to Leslie and her full-service team of experienced, energetic consultants and staff.
Extremely active in the local community, Leslie has served on many non-profit and professional committees and boards. She is currently active in the community and is a frequent speaker locally and nationally. Leslie was a committee member for the Olympic Sculpture Park as part of the Seattle Art Museum and is a past board member of the Intiman Theatre. She was featured as one of the region’s “Smart Women” by Washington CEO Magazine.
Leslie lives in Bellevue with her husband. She is a passionate world traveler, avid golfer, and enjoys experiencing different cultures and traditions.
Chaun Mackey, Partner and President
Since his days at Washington State University, Chaun Mackey has known exactly what he wanted to do: work with developers to sell and market their real estate. For the past 21 years that is exactly what he has been doing - helping major developers and financial institutions in the greater Seattle area to achieve their sales goals.
Right out of college in 1992, Chaun went to work as a community sales manager for Polygon Homes where he got his feet wet working for Dave Harding. He progressed to Windermere Yarrow Bay as an independent account manager and community sales manager. From there, he became director of sales and marketing for McCaugherty Companies where he managed the entire development and sales process for over 400 units in five multi-family projects.
Chaun joined Mike Miller at Miller Condominium Marketing in 2002, and his energy and drive propelled him to the position of president. He is now one of the three founding partners of Matrix Real Estate, and also serves as president of Matrix, overseeing the daily operations of the company.
With a natural knack for understanding the financial side of the business, Chaun has a keen awareness of developers’ goals and strengths. He works diligently with developers and financial institutions to understand their strategic and financial goals and help them meet their goals with sales and marketing programs. He is an innovator, always on the leading edge of what’s new and possible in terms of buyer financing and he is always in-the-know on special programs that financial institutions are bringing to the marketplace.
Chaun has great long-term partnerships with research analysts, lenders, banks, title and escrow companies, and he inherently understands the competitive marketplace. A true sales coach, his knowledge and energy motivate sales teams to perform at their best.
Chaun has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from Washington State University. In his spare time, Chaun enjoys being in the mountains, snowmobiling with friends and traveling abroad.
Kim Sharpe Jones, Vice President of Marketing
With over 20 years experience in advertising and marketing, Kim Sharpe Jones brings an innovative, cutting-edge approach to condominium marketing. She has a knack for seeing the big picture and creating solutions that go beyond ordinary marketing.
From her ten years in advertising and marketing at the Seattle Times Company through her nine years as Marketing Director for MCM Group, Kim is constantly learning and growing, looking for what's next in marketing, and seeking the most efficient and cost-effective ways to drive results. Working with sellers and our in-house marketing team, Kim crafts and implements budget-conscious, traffic-driving solutions using the latest social media and grassroots marketing techniques.
Kim and her husband are actively involved in giving back to the community, independently producing several annual charity events to raise over $100,000 for local organizations. Additionally Kim is a member of the Washington Trails Association and the Mountaineers Club.
An avid outdoorswoman, Kim has a passion for the Northwest, hiking, backpacking, travel, reading, Washington beer and cooking.
Larry Gildersleeve, Business Development
As co-founder and former principal of The Excell Group, Gildersleeve quickly acquired a strong client base resulting in the company's recent recognition among the largest residential real estate brokerage firms in the Puget Sound area. Previously, he was Managing Director of The Ryness Company’s Washington and Oregon divisions. During his tenure, Ryness was the nation’s largest independent seller of residential real estate.
Gildersleeve has over 25 years of senior management experience in various marketing, sales and operations positions with public companies, including Hilton, Wyndham, MeriStar and Trendwest. He received a BS degree from Western Kentucky University, where he currently serves on its advisory board, as well as an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Warren Ballard, Senior Developer Representative
Warren began his real estate career in 1974 selling new construction properties and became an assistant office manager within two years. In 1977, Warren was one of the founding owners of Kamas Realty, Inc., which quickly became a market leader in the new construction market. Warren operated as the lead for the account management teams for many of their condominium/townhome properties.
Warren sold his interest in Kamas in 1981 to pursue other endeavors. In 1985, he returned to the Seattle real estate market. He specialized in land sales for a Bellevue Real Estate firm for one year and then joined Williams Marketing to lead land acquisition for developers. The company grew quickly and in 1989, Warren was promoted to Vice President. He continues to work with builders and developers as a Developer Representative and team leader. He has over 30 years experience and has been through many different markets. He has the ability to quickly generate new ideas and create a successful marketing and sales program for our buyers.
Warren is an avid fly fisherman and lives with his wife in Bellevue.
Steve Snider, Developer Representative
A Seattle native and fourth generation real estate professional, Steve has been part of the Williams Marketing/Matrix Real Estate team since joining the company in September 2006. As a Developer Representative, Steve works in conjunction with the three partners Chaun Mackey, Leslie Williams, and Mike Miller to manage the sales and marketing of several of the company’s condominium communities.