Platinum Living Realty adds 26 real estate agents

Platinum Living Realty, an independent luxury real estate brokerage with four offices across Arizona, announces that they have added 26 real estate agents to the firm in the first half of 2022. Platinum Living Realty now has more than 100 full-time real estate agents helping home buyers and sellers navigate Arizona’s shifting real estate market.

“The impressive number of agents that have joined us this year is testament to the alternative brokerage model that we have built,” said Jay Macklin, co-owner of Platinum Living Realty. “As an independent brokerage, we are able to offer our agents a high-touch, high-support environment to help them achieve the greatest levels of success.”

Platinum Living Realty takes a different approach than traditional real estate brokerages by providing agents with a customized package of more than 20 marketing tools to help effectively target and grow their businesses, consistent and individualized coaching to work through challenges and problems that arise, opportunities for generating new leads and clients, plus other tools and policies that focus on the agent’s success.

The Jack & Raul Real Estate Group.

The new Platinum Living Realty agents are professionals with varying backgrounds, experience levels and expertise across the Valley. They include: Jack Luciano, Raul Siqueiros, Peter Hall, Madison Raskin, Niko Siqueiros, Melissa Hererra, Rosemarie Siqueiros, DiAna Martinez, Glen Mills, Kimberly Pulido, Christopher Pulido, Bridget Brennan, Marshawn Cummings, Lynise Trice, Craig Dahl, Donna Doglione, Vanessa Roark, Eric Fullam, Stephanie Gorden, Frankie Mae Rojas, Courtney Zimmerman, Darlene Palmer, Joleen Sposeto, Melody Peterson, Amy Lavine and Ian Lynch.

“Continuing to grow our business in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley is a priority for us,” said Raul Siqueiros of Jack and Raul Real Estate Group at Platinum Living Realty. “After meeting with Jay and learning about the collaborative culture, innovative marketing, and terrific “no ego” support, we were certain that Platinum Living Realty was exactly what our team needed to elevate our business even further.”

Vantage West expands team

Vantage West is expanding its reach in Arizona with the addition of three commercial banking team members. This move will allow businesses and real estate developers to leverage more resources including financial advice, guidance, and other credit union advantages to help fuel their business growth.

Don Chamberlin

Mark Papoccia, Chief Business & Consumer Banking, said, “We are delighted to welcome this group of strong commercial bankers who are ready to introduce the exceptional Vantage West Credit Union Member experience to more Arizona-based businesses.”

He added, “Don, Blair, and Ryan will accelerate our commercial line of business and help more business Members meet their unique financial goals.”

Don Chamberlin, Vice President and Commercial Sales Manager offers more than 25 years of banking and leadership experience, from large financial institutions and credit unions.

Ryan Ferguson

He brings with him a wealth of experience in commercial lending, appraising, underwriting, and loss mitigation. Chamberlin holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Indiana University.

Ryan Ferguson, Commercial Relationship Manager brings more than 20 years of banking and finance Industry experience from credit unions, community banks, and large commercial banks. He has served in various capacities including commercial loan officer and portfolio manager. Ferguson holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree of business administration from the University of Phoenix.

Blair Tarver

Blair Tarver, Commercial Relationship Manager has a background in banking that spans more than 20 years in commercial banking, having worked as a relationship manager and team lead. He has a successful track record in structuring, negotiating, and managing complex credit relationships. Tarver holds a degree in Economics from East Texas State University and a master’s degree in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management with a focus on finance and Latin American studies.

The entire Vantage West commercial team is committed to igniting, expanding, and nurturing new commercial banking relationships while actively supporting the community.

Len Gutman named vice president of philanthropic services

Len Gutman has been named vice president of philanthropic services at Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS). Gutman was most recently the director of philanthropy at Sojourner Center, a subsidiary of JFCS.

As vice president of philanthropic services, he will oversee the organization’s overall fundraising and development efforts including working with donors and prospects for annual gifts, major gifts, and planned gifts. He will also be responsible for marketing and communications across the organization.

“Len has been an integral part of our philanthropic services team at Sojourner Center and is well-poised to take on this role at JFCS,” said Dr. Lorrie Henderson, president and CEO of Jewish Family & Children’s Service.

Gutman is a long-time nonprofit executive, having held fundraising and marketing positions with such organizations as Special Olympics Arizona and the American Heart Association. Other previous experience includes roles at Life Technologies, Apollo Group, and Delta Airlines, in addition to owning a marketing communications consultancy.

“In my time at Sojourner Center, I have come to know and respect the work that JFCS does in our community, providing behavioral health, healthcare, and social services and support to individuals and families of all ages, faiths and backgrounds,” said Gutman. “As we grow our philanthropic services division, I look forward to working with our donors, prospects and volunteers to cultivate and secure these important relationships.”


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