Meet our Matrix Brokers:
Chaun Mackey, Matrix President and Licensed Real Estate Broker
With a natural knack for understanding the financial side of the business, Chaun has a keen awareness of sellers' 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.
Faye Torgerson, Licensed Real Estate Broker
The spring of 2010 marked the beginning of my 23rd year in residential real estate. I tried to retire in 2001 but quickly found out that you can take the girl out of real estate, but you can’t take real estate out of the girl. I had an ongoing “crush” on Crescent Bar for over 10 years, spending a week or so every summer in the area.
So, when asked to join the sales and marketing team to represent and sell Sunserra at Crescent Bar in 2004, I was all over the opportunity. Little did I know I would “fall in love” with the community and purchase a home. I now live here April through November, have made many friends and continue to enjoy listing and selling other people’s homes.
My years of experience give me the knowledge and personal business associations to deal with almost anything. I treat my client’s decision making as if it were my own. I love people and I love challenge. It is my daily pleasure to celebrate the Columbia River lifestyle and to introduce other individuals and families to the opportunity to enjoy a little slice of paradise. I look forward to meeting you and helping you with your real estate decisions. I can promise you one thing for sure – we will have fun and laugh along the way!!"
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.
Leslie Williams, Licensed Real Estate Broker
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.
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, single family 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.
Michelle Kuper-Smith, Licensed Real Estate Broker
Michelle is here to offer you superior service and to provide you with the most up to date information when selling or buying your property. Whether it is a cozy condo you've been dreaming of or a dazzling Eastern Washington dwelling, Michelle will surpass your expectations with her skill and dedication.
As a real estate agent in Southern California and with over fifteen years’ experience in the financial industry, Michelle knows the importance of due diligence and good communication skills and she definitely shows it when working with her clients.
Michelle's passion for the beauty of the Crescent Bar area led her here over twenty years ago and she currently lives here for half of the year with their two "Goldendoodle" dogs. Let Michelle share with you her true love for the "Columbia River Lifestyle" when purchasing your next property!
Sarah Heath, Licensed Real Estate Broker and Matrix Executive Assistant
Sarah Heath is a community-involved broker specializing in social media and up-and-coming real estate technology to sell your home faster. She has sold homes and represented buyers all over the Puget Sound area, with a focus on the North Seattle "microhood."
Steve Snider, Developer Representative and Licensed Real Estate Broker
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.
Steve’s main responsibilities with Matrix Real Estate include maintaining relationships with developer clients, consulting with development teams members, managing his team’s real estate listings, and contributing to the marketing strategy of the properties his team represents. Steve is actively involved in the industry, participating in numerous seminars, courses and conferences throughout the year.
Last year Steve successfully closed over 11 million dollars in real estate transactions which included; townhomes, condominiums, and single family homes.
Steve is a graduate of Washington State University where he earned a bachelors degree in Organizational Communication and a minor in Business Administration. In his free time, Steve enjoys spending time outdoors whether it is boating, skiing or spending time at his family’s property on Henry Island in the San Juan Islands.
Tamea Duckworth, Licensed Real Estate Broker
Tamea Duckworth is a West Seattle-based real estate broker with her finger on the pulse of new construction sales in South King County. She maintains the popular Facebook page, "365 Things to do in West Seattle," and has a wide range of neighborhood knowledge to help you find (or sell) your perfect home. She works with both buyers and sellers in the single family and condominium real estate market. In her free time, Tamea enjoys the company of her husband and three Chihuahuas, and a chilled glass of wine.
Warren Ballard, Senior Developer Representative and Licensed Real Estate Broker
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.
Doug Gordon, Licensed Real Estate Broker
Yeorgia Anastasiou, Licensed Real Estate Broker
Erica Lightley, Licensed Real Estate Broker