Management Team

Executive Leadership

Deems Dickinson, Designated Broker / President

As the Designated Broker for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Deems Dickinson strives for high ethics and professionalism in the business. He expects his sales associates to work with integrity to provide the best service possible to their clients. His commitment to these standards includes serving as chairperson of the Professional Standards Committee for the Arizona Association of Realtors. With close to 30 years experience in sales and management, Deems has witnessed firsthand the growth and annexation of the communities of Carefree, Cave Creek, Scottsdale and Phoenix.

Management Team

Sandy Young, Branch Manager, Scottsdale Waterfront

As Branch Manager of the Scottsdale Waterfront office, Sandy shares her twenty-five years of real estate experience with the agents she supports, as well as with the Arizona real estate community. She has made significant contributions through her involvement with the Arizona Association of Realtors, and continues to serve on the Grievance Committee. Sandy prides herself on her accessibility to agents, and is committed to assisting each agent in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful.

David Friedman, Branch Manager, West Valley

David brings his positive, energetic attitude and acute business sense to his the management of our West Valley Branch. As a former V.P. of a large bank and a successful business owner, David has the knowledge and experience to create a supportive, education-based environment for his agents. David encourages his agents to think like business owners and coaches them toward long-term success. David is attracted to the intelligent and professional Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Family and is an enthusiastic advocate for positive changes in real estate.

Kevin Gonzales, Branch Manager, Pinnacle Peak, Perimter, DC Ranch

Kevin Gonzales's passion for real estate began 13 years ago when he started with Russ Lyon Realty Company. A consistent top producer, Gonzales understands what it takes to be successful in the business. That experience guides him through his duties as branch manager of Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty's Pinnacle Peak office in North Scottsdale, where he oversees all facets of its operation. Gonzales is committed to helping create the best synergy possible between his agents so they can share ideas and ultimately provide the greatest benefit to their clients.

Sherri Monteith, Branch Manager, Flagstaff

Sherri Monteith brings eleven years of professional experience in her position as branch manager of Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty's Flagstaff office. She is committed to creating an uplifting, morale-boosting atmosphere in which sales associates are compelled to produce their best work; she strives to ensure their happiness and satisfaction, whether recruiting and training new agents or managing the office's day-to-day operations.

Joe Kliegl, Branch Manager, Carefree

Joe possesses over 35 combined years of hands on experience as an established business owner, as well as a devoted managing broker in the Carefree real estate community. Joe is exceptionally innovative with his business knowledge and guidance, and is a dedicated branch manager and skilled communicator. Known for his commitment to "getting the job done", he supports the Carefree office with the highest quality real estate services.

Charlie Bowles, Branch Manager, Tucson

Charlie is a dynamic business leader with more than 25 years of management experience in start-up and high- growth environments with industry leaders. He has a record in building and leading multi-million dollar businesses to achieve top market share and gains in revenues and profits through decisive business leadership, infrastructure, construction, sales and marketing.

Don Breidenbach, Branch Manager, Desert Mountain North Scottsdale

Don brings a wealth of knowledge in sales and marketing from a wide spectrum of Fortune 500 companies, successful startups, and world-class private golf communities. For the past several years Don was the Director of Sales and Marketing for Desert Mountain Club and Real Estate where he headed up real estate and membership sales and marketing strategies – uniquely suited to lead the onsite sales team at Desert Mountain. He is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of client services by nurturing a work environment that is healthy and positively energized.

Mike Balzotti, Peak Training and Development

Mike Balzotti has owned, operated, and managed residential real estate companies for over 30 years. Mike's motto is people do business with whom they want to do business. Therefore, the operational goal is to provide a high caliber business milieu that continually seeks to refine and redefine itself accordingly; an organization environment that attracts engaging, serious minded professionals capable of delivering top-notch client services worthy of the Sotheby's tradition. With a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology, Mike has always sustained an interest in raising the bar in the industry, through enhanced education and developing a better working model for its practitioners.

Connie Swenson, Vice President, Relocation Service

As Vice President, Director of Relocation, for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Connie manages the company’s Relocation Division and works closely with local corporations and national relocation management companies moving families into and out of the State of Arizona. Connie has been in corporate relocation for over 30 years and has been recognized locally and nationally as a leader in the relocation industry.

Tod Christensen, Branch Manager, Sedona

Tod Christensen has been in the Real Estate Industry since 1997. Originally a top producer in Rapid City South Dakota Tod became the manager of a large company there four years into his Real Estate Career. The management path eventually took him to Sedona Arizona where he managed Russ Lyon's top competitor for nearly nine years before he was convinced to join the good guys at Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty. Tod has received numerous awards both in individual sales and management achievements. He has also been hired to speak at some of the Real Estate industries largest conventions in San Francisco and Orlando to name a couple. Tod's experience has allowed him to oversee and participate in over 10,000 Real Estate transactions and manage over 300 Realtors giving him a very qualified and educated opinion on Real Estate issues, both on a industry wide basis and also on a personal transaction level.

Jacque Brasher, Branch Manager, Tubac

Jacque Brasher brings 24 years of experience to her new role as branch manager of the Tubac office. She has worked as a salesperson, branch manager, owner and designated broker primarily in the Southern Arizona area. Jacque has been very involved in the real estate community on local and state levels and is currently the immediate Past President of the Green Valley & Sahuarita Associations of Realtors. She is committed to community involvement and currently serves as a director of the Tubac Chamber of Commerce. Jacque prides herself on making herself available to her agents and problem solving in difficult transactions. She has always placed a great deal of emphasis on raising the bar for her agents in their education, ethics and above all, integrity.

Operations

Dave Balzotti, IT Support

Dave Balzotti has been providing technical assistance for the Valley's top brokerages exclusively for over 9 years. Known for his above and beyond technical assistance, Dave has earned a reputation for being extremely capable and efficient in problem solving. In addition, he is especially appreciated and lauded for his patience and the genuine interest he takes in serving Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty agents, meeting the demands of an increasingly technology-driven industry.

Jeff Wargon, Director of Marketing

As Director of Marketing for Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty, Jeff Wargon brings close to 20 years of experience in generating marketing materials and providing top-notch customer service. He is involved with creating the company's upscale magazines that enable sales agents to professionally present their listings to the public while serving as a liaison between sales agents and print vendors. In addition, he oversees the company's informative, new monthly real estate newspaper.

Tracy A. Holmes

Tracy brings to her role as Executive Assistant close to 10 years experience managing multi-million dollar restaurants, training management teams, and a rapid rise in responsibilities since joining Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty in 2006. With it she brings a dedication to excellence and a commitment to ensuring the success of those around her. Her goal is to provide the necessary support and training for our Sales Associates and Staff so all can achieve their full potential.