Realtor news for July 14, 2013
Keller Williams Colorado West Realty
Keller Williams Colorado West Realty LLC is pleased to announce their top associates for the month of June. Kelly Maves was the top listing agent and Lori Powell was the top sales agent. The Grand Junction real Estate Team, consisting of Rhonda Bever, Dianne Dinnel, Regina Stout, Peter Dinnel and Pam McKeehen was the top sales team. Congratulations to these outstanding Realtors.
Heiden Homes recognizes Moran, Baimbridge and Marquis as top agents in June, 2013
Mike Moran posted the most closed transactions for Heiden Homes Realty and Associates during the month of June, while Ron Baimbridge and Meighan Marquis tied for the most new listings.
Moran is an associate broker at Heiden Homes Realty and helps his wife, Toni Heiden, manage the office staff and marketing. Moran is a western New York State who worked in radio, TV and newspaper media for 31 years prior to becoming a full-time agent in 2012. He also teaches Speechmaking courses at Colorado Mesa University, where he earned a Master’s in Business Administration degree in 2007. Toni and he enjoy camping and golfing, and enjoy serving the community through Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction, where they met in the 1980s. Mike also advises the Circle K Kiwanis Club at the university, serves on the MBA Alumni Committee at CMU, volunteers at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and is active in the Grand Junction and Fruita Chambers of Commerce. You can reach Moran at 970-270-6162 or
Baimbridge has a wealth of real estate experience, beginning his career in 1972. Ron worked in the real estate business in Houston, Texas for five years before moving to Aspen, Colorado. He worked as a contractor and real estate agent in Aspen in the warmer months, and served in the Merchant Marines during the winters.
During an economic downturn in the 1980s, Ron did construction contractor work in areas that suffered damage from hurricanes, tornados and hail storms. The travels took him to Hawaii after a hurricane struck the island of Kauai. Ron spent five years in the islands, living on a sailboat for two of those years.
Ron returned to Colorado in 1991. He enjoys rafting and has taken many friends and clients down the Colorado. Many clients have turned into “family,” and Ron has worked with residential, multifamily, commercial, and ranch clients.
He once owned the historic Fairmount Hall in Grand Junction.
Marquis is a key member of the Heiden Homes team, joining the company after serving as a Realtor in California. While in the Golden State, Meighan earned several awards for sales production in her office.
Attracted to the small town atmosphere of Grand Junction and its historic downtown area, Meighan joined the Heiden Homes staff in 2011. She quickly became proficient at juggling office, marketing and management duties while working as a front desk staff person. Real estate is Meighan’s only occupation, enabling her to provide full-service to her clients.
Meighan enjoys her family, and she and her children attend downtown festivals and experience the Colorado wilderness, where they’ve enjoyed camping and fishing in the high country.
Heiden Homes Realty is located at 735 Rood Avenue, in historic downtown Grand Junction. The company is celebrating 10 years in business in downtown Grand Junction.
View listings, rentals and virtual tours at http://www.HeidenHomes.com. Look for open house listings, as well as links to Grand Valley events on the Heiden Homes web site.
Kathy Tomkins joins Heiden Homes Realty and Associates as Associate Broker
Long-time Grand Valley resident Kathy Tomkins has joined Heiden Homes Realty and Associates as an associate broker. Tomkins brings a wealth of construction and mobile home experience to Heiden Homes Realty and plans to add to her business expertise while serving clients in yet another business involved in real estate.
She currently owns Manufactured Home Parts, a mobile home supply business established in 2000, and has been an unlimited general contractor for 13 years. She specializes in manufactured home sales and construction at Royal T’s Construction, LLC and she’s a licensed mobile home dealer. Tomkins previously owned a heavy equipment construction company for eight years and started a gravel pit in 1998.
And real estate is in her blood. Her grandfather, Doey Seldomridge, and grandmother, Minnie Urie, were homesteaders who left West Virginia to settle in Craig, Colorado. They founded the Black Mountain Lumber Mill in Craig. He was a carpenter and Tomkins’ grandmother and mother “remodeled every home they ever had,” said Tomkins.
“I’ve always been a home person,” said Tomkins. “I am a home nut.”
Tomkins was born in her grandparents’ home in Craig and moved to Grand Junction as a child, in 1956. She has also lived in Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota and California. She finally ended up in the place she calls home and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I love this valley,” said Tomkins. “I’ve seen it grow from two lanes ending at 28 Road.”
As is the case with many western Colorado residents, Tomkins enjoys the outdoors.
“I love fishing, boating, four-wheeling,” she said. “The Grand Mesa’s been a favorite of mine forever. And the weather…. I never really liked anyplace else.”
Tomkins also enjoys camping and attending performances of the Grand Junction Symphony. Tomkins learned to love Grand Junction from her mother, Velma Kay. Kathy’s grandmother taught Kathy the joys of cooking and gardening. As the oldest of five children, Kathy got plenty of practice in both trades.
“I’ve always cooked for large crowds,” she said. “And I love working the ground—getting my hands dirty, thanks to the biggest influence and my right arm in my life, my grandmother,” said Tomkins.
Tomkins has embraced work since she graduated from high school. She landed an office position at a local insurance company shortly after graduation. She later married Joe Tomkins, who passed away from cancer 21 years later. Kathy spent most of her married life as a housewife, but also worked at a dress shop at Mesa Mall.
Tomkins has three children—Joe Tomkins II, DeDee Case (who owns a trucking company with husband Boone Case) and A.K. Weaver, who graduated from Fruita Monument High School this year. Tomkins has three grandchildren—Shandie Case, Shannia Case and Kendra Tomkins.
Kathy earned her Colorado Real Estate license this year, and hopes this next adventure in real estate will be as productive as the ventures she and her predecessors established over the years while enjoying the western Colorado lifestyle.
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