Listee Features — Real Estate


An accomplished realtor, sales executive and consultant, Suzanne Altobello attributes much of her success to working hard, being upfront and honest, and listening carefully to her clients’ needs. She first embarked on her studies at Endicott College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in interior design in 1973. While taking a year off from her studies to work in interior design at a small furniture store, she was exposed to the field of cosmetics, which piqued her interested. She resumed her studies at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art education in 1976. During her time at Hartford, Ms. Altobello worked at G. Fox & Co. and

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Since 2006, Judy Michaud has been the owner, president, and managing broker at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Meadows Mountains Realty, a real estate brokerage firm serving residential buyers and sellers across North Carolina. As a child, she loved visiting new houses and dreamed of becoming an architect. Her passion for building remained with her, and she describes each home as “a chance to see the possibilities inside.” A graduate of Florida State University, Ms. Michaud earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics in 1970, and began her career as a flight attendant with National Airlines, where she worked until 1974, when she was denied maternity leave to care for her first child. After leaving National Airlines, Ms. Michaud returned to her

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April Neuhaus


Holding considerable expertise in residential buying and selling, April Neuhaus specializes in the housing market along the Colorado Front Range. The owner and managing broker of Neuhaus Real Estate Inc. since 2011, she works with buyers and sellers to navigate the housing market and helps them to avoid falling prey to predatory tactics. She feels it is a privilege to advocate for her clients during one of the most important financial decisions of their lives. Prior to her current position, she was an associate broker and realtor with the PorchLight Real Estate Group from 2007 to 2011. Before embarking on her career in real estate, she was a marketing coordinator and artist at Sue Fuller’s Art Studio from 2002 to

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Karen Tyler is the founder, owner, and principal broker at Prodigy Realty, a real estate company helping clients in southeastern Virginia find and sell their dream homes since 2018. Ms. Tyler specializes in working with first-time homebuyers and prides herself in tailoring her strategies to meet the individual needs of each client she works with, recognizing that the homebuying process can be daunting even for those with experience in the field. She earned her real estate license and entered the industry in 2008, launching Team Tyler Homes in Chesapeake, Virginia, only to be faced with a market wide real estate crash. Ms. Tyler credits her tenacity and optimism during these years with much of her success, as she learned quickly

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Dianne Dunne


Diane Cantine Dunne’s epic career is a testament to the level of skills required for success in the New York City real estate business. Born in Milwaukee, she obtained a Bachelor of Science from Marquette University before graduating with an Executive Master of Business Administration from New York University. Ms. Dunne’s professional career subsequently began in the advertising industry in New York, where she achieved some of her earliest career accolades as the manager of advertising at NBC and the director of marketing for CBS. At the time, advancing to management positions at these major networks garnered the same admiration as becoming an executive at Google or Microsoft in the modern era. Later she was an executive in Bloomingdale’s marketing

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Susan D. Duncan has enjoyed four decades of success in the real estate industry as a certified real estate broker associate. She earned her first real estate license in Arizona in 1979 at only 19 years of age, and continued to build her career to become one of the best-known brokers in the area. Before entering the field, Ms. Duncan held a series of hospitality jobs, eventually leading her to a position as a server in a high end fine-dining restaurant. At the time, she felt little sense of direction, and recalls thinking that she had “no idea what she wanted to do” in the long-term. Naturally personable and detail-oriented, Ms. Duncan was one of the top servers at the

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Ruth Ann Wagner, BA, MA, ABR, is a lifelong teacher, school administrator, and counselor who has dedicated the last two decades to building a thriving second career as a licensed real estate agent and accredited buyers’ representative. Born into a family with a legacy of teaching, Ms. Wagner’s earliest interest in education was inspired by her grandfather and her mother, both public school teachers during World War II. By the time she was in fifth grade, she had begun to demonstrate an aptitude for helping her classmates, and her teachers encouraged her to join an organization for students interested in teaching. She attended the University of Louisville, graduating in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and completed 18

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Terri Gemas


Terri Gemas is the owner-broker at Coast & Country Real Estate, where she has specialized in listing and selling horse farm properties in the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1998. Ms. Gemas earned a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the Pennsylvania State University in 1985, and immediately relocated to St. John after graduating. While living in the Caribbean she worked as a house painter, and took an initial interest in real estate brokerage after seeing a realtor show a condominium that she was in the middle of decorating. Shortly after, Ms. Gemas entered the real estate industry, obtaining a sales license and moving up to a full real estate brokerage license by 1986. Ms. Gemas

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Carolyn Northcutt


Carolyn Northcutt celebrates 25 years as a realtor and luxury home specialist with Century 21 serving clients in the Kerrville, Texas, area. Ms. Northcutt graduated from Massey Business College in 1976 with an Associate of Arts and an executive secretary designation, and began her career as a paralegal. She spent the next 22 years in the legal field providing administrative and paralegal services to area firms including Rolston Hauslet and Krist Gunn Weller & Neumann. After more than two decades in the field, Ms. Northcutt was beginning to approach what she described as “the burnout stage” of her paralegal career. Feeling that she had learned all that the job had to offer and seeking a career that would empower her

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Faye Jacobson


Faye E. Jacobson GRI, CRS, ABR, is a licensed associate broker celebrating more than four decades of helping clients find and purchase their dream homes. Specializing in residential purchases and multi-family homes, Ms. Jacobson prides herself on customer service and providing her clients with savvy market analysis. Before entering the real estate industry, she enjoyed a career in nursing. After graduating from high school, she began coursework at the Duluth School of Nursing and Anoka Ramsey Community College, becoming a licensed practical nurse in the early 1960s. After several years in the medical field, Ms. Jacobson left her position to work as a receptionist at an area real estate firm. As the parent of three children, she needed more flexibility

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