RE/MAX Suburban Welcomes 8 New Brokers to Offices in Glen Ellyn, Libertyville, Mt. Prospect and Schaumburg
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RE/MAX Suburban Welcomes 8 New Brokers to Offices in Glen Ellyn, Libertyville, Mt. Prospect and Schaumburg

Chicago, IL, November 06, 2014 - ( - RE/MAX Suburban, the largest RE/MAX brokerage franchise in Illinois, with seven offices serving the metropolitan Chicago real estate market, has welcomed eight new broker agents to its ranks. The new arrivals push the total number of brokers affiliated with RE/MAX Suburban to the 200 mark.

Joining the Glen Ellyn, Ill., office, 441 Taft Ave., is Michele Evangelista. New to the Libertyville, Ill., office, 1244 S. Milwaukee Ave., are Jeff Esser, Joel Gilbert and Brittany Stineman. The Mt. Prospect, Ill., office, 220 E. Northwest Hwy., welcomes Carol Walker, and new at 2311 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, Ill., are Brian Gentzle, Christina Novak and Laura Parker.

Glen Ellyn

Michele Evangelista served as an administrator within the RE/MAX Suburban Glen Ellyn office before earning her broker's license. Prior to joining RE/MAX, Evangelista worked in the import/export and fashion industries for more than 20 years, then started a home staging business in 2012. A life-long Glen Ellyn resident, Evangelista brings a unique perspective to properties in the western suburbs.


Jeff Esser earned a degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Carthage College, and prior to entering the field of real estate, he spent eight years with an employee benefits agency. He brings an innovative and energetic approach to real estate. According to Esser, his goal is to put buyers, sellers and investors in a position to make strong decisions about purchasing or selling real estate with complete confidence.

Joel Gilbert was raised in a "real estate family," in Buffalo Grove, Ill., and has been a Lake County resident for the last 28 years. He earned a degree in hospitality management from the International Art Institute, and worked as a manager in the hospitality industry before earning his real estate license in 2014 and specializing in the sale of foreclosed properties. Now his focus has broadened, and he relishes working with a wide range of clients on the full range of residential properties.

Also new to the office is Brittany Stineman, who joins the team of Leslie McDonnell as a buyer's agent.

Mt. Prospect

Carol Walker, once a member of the Screen Actors Guild, joined RE/MAX Suburban two years ago as a receptionist after working for a real estate attorney for many years. A resident of Des Plaines, Ill., Walker is Immediate Past President of the Des Plaines Kiwanis. She also volunteers as a job coach for students with special needs at Niles North High School.


Brian Gentzle brings six years of real estate brokerage experience to RE/MAX Suburban. A graduate of Southern Illinois University who always wanted a real estate career, Gentzle earned his license and started that career in 2008, just as the housing market was heading into one of its most difficult periods. The result, according to Gentzle, is that he learned a tremendous amount in a short time about what it takes to effectively market a home. He also developed substantial expertise in dealing with short sales and foreclosures.

Christina Novak is a newly licensed broker but not new to the real estate industry. She has grown up in the business working with her mother, Maria Novak, a successful agent since 1977. Now the two will be working together as brokers and are multi-lingual, speaking Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. Christina grew up in the Schaumburg area, graduated from Bradley University and presently resides in Elgin, Ill.

Laura Parker recently joined the team of Sarah Leonard at RE/MAX Suburban. Parker's primary focus is as a buyer's agent. She is a lifelong resident of the Chicagoland area and has a strong background in property management. Parker takes pride in her knowledge of the various communities and all they have to offer. Her attention to detail, strong work ethic, availability and prompt follow-up are what Laura's clients appreciate most.

About RE/MAX

RE/MAX has been the leader in the northern Illinois real estate market since 1989. The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network, with headquarters in Elgin, Ill., consists of 2,000 sales associates and 100 individually owned and operated RE/MAX offices that provide a full range of residential and commercial brokerage services. Its mobile real estate app and provide comprehensive information about residential and commercial property for sale in the region. The northern Illinois network is part of RE/MAX, LLC, a global real estate organization with 90,000+ sales associates in 90+ nations.



Laura Ortoleva
RE/MAX Northern Illinois



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