Management Team

Executive Leadership

Jim Lyon, Chairman

Jim Lyon is the third generation Lyon to lead Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty. Jim is an Arizona native and graduate of the University of Arizona. He started his real estate career with Russ Lyon Commercial Real Estate and went on to serve in numerous managerial capacities for Russ Lyon Realty Company. In 2004 Jim partnered with Todd Gillenwater and opened franchise offices in Sedona and Flagstaff where he served as Designated Broker in Flagstaff. In 2008 Jim and Todd purchased Russ Lyon Realty Company from his father Dennis and merged their franchise operations to create Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty. He has served as Chairman of the Board since 2008. Jim, his wife Robin and two boys reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Todd Gillenwater, CEO

Todd Gillenwater an Arizona native and graduate of San Diego State University. He received his Arizona real estate license in 1989 and joined Russ Lyon Realty Company in 1994. After a successful sales career in the Carefree office, Todd partnered with Jim Lyon in 2004 and opened Russ Lyon Realty Company franchise offices in Flagstaff and Sedona. Todd served as Designated Broker for the Sedona office until 2008. In 2012 Todd was appointed by his partners to Chief Executive Officer where he is currently involved in all facets of the company. Todd, his wife Nancy and twin girls reside in Flagstaff Arizona.

Tom Locati, Owner / Partner

Tom Locati came to Arizona after owning and operating a successful oil and gas company in his home state of Montana. He started his real estate career with Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty as a sales agent in North Scottsdale and quickly rose through the ranks to become one of the company's top producing agents. He retired from sales and became a co-owner of Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty in 2012 and serves in numerous business development and strategic planning roles for the company. Tom resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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.

Bob Juby, Chief Financial Officer

Bob Juby has a strong background in corporate finance, accounting, and tax gained through his experience in a wide range of industries. Bob graduated from the University of Waterloo and gained his professional accounting designation in Toronto. After moving to Arizona in 1993, he worked for a real estate developer before joining Russ Lyon in 1996.

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, Perimeter, 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 and Desert Mountain

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.

Will Rose, Branch Manager, Tucson

Will Rose has been a licensed Realtor in the state of Arizona since 1988. As a consistent Top Producer he specialized in custom homes, lots and represented many of Tucson's finest architects and builders. He opened the Tucson Branch of Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty Company in 2010. His wife Julia is a retired school teacher.

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.

Kirsten Shafer, Branch Manager, Southeast Valley

Kirsten Shafer has been excited to be involved in the real estate industry since 2002. Her new role as Branch Manager of the Southeast Valley office will allow her to pursue her passion of raising the bar in Residential Real Estate in the Phoenix area. Kirsten has experience working as a Salesperson, Owner and Designated Broker in the East Valley. She has won numerous awards and has been very involved in the real estate community on local and state levels. In addition, Kirsten owns a Real Estate School and as an instructor offers Continuing Education, Pre-licensing, and Broker Licensing classes. Kirsten prides herself on making herself available to her agents and loves developing strategies and marketing plans to grow agents businesses.


Mike Balzotti, Director of Education

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.

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.

Nadine-Angela Arteche, Brand | Marketing

Nadine came to Arizona after receiving her bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to pursue her Master of Real Estate Development at Arizona State University. Nadine possesses the technical and creative skills of a designer and the advanced knowledge of development in order to create strategic moves towards branding and marketing. Nadine is a LEED Green Associate, member of the Urban Land Institute and plans to fuse her knowledge of architecture, real estate development and social media to assist in the forward advancement of the company.

Tracy A. Holmes, Executive Assistant

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.