Colorado Group Realty agents receive high ranks |

Colorado Group Realty agents receive high ranks

Martin Dragnev, The Paoli Group and The Metzler Team all ranked in the top 100 in the state of Colorado in the REAL Trends ranking of America’s Best Real Estate Professionals.

Martin Dragnev, broker/owner at Colorado Group Realty, finished in the “Individuals by Sides” category with his 58 transactions. The Paoli Group, headed by broker/owner Chris Paoli, finished in the “Teams by Volume” category with $52.5 million, and The Metzler Team, led by broker/owner Nick Metzler, finished in the same category with $49 million.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have this group of highly professional, hard-working and diligent individuals and teams at our brokerage,” said Shelley Stanford, managing broker/owner at Colorado Group Realty, in a news release.

Each year, REAL Trends Magazine issues America’s Best Real Estate Agents rankings in collaboration with Zillow and Trulia. To be included in the ranking, agents must have closed at least 50 transactions or $20 million in sales volume during 2017. Teams must have closed 75 transaction sides or $30 million in closed sales volume in 2017.

Cusenbary, Sturges designated ‘premier advisors’ by Wells Fargo

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Wells Fargo Advisors has designated Laura Cusenbary and Dan Sturges, both senior financial advisors in Steamboat Springs, as members of the firm’s premier advisor program.  The premier advisor designation, based on business production, educational components and professionalism, is held by a select group of financial advisors within Wells Fargo Advisors.

Cusenbary has been with Wells Fargo Advisors for eight years and has eight years of experience in the financial services industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing from Indiana University.

Sturges has been with Wells Fargo for four years and has 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Sotheby’s launches virtual staging augmented reality app

Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty is now offering a new real estate tool, Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty, to help buyers envision, design and experience their future home in immersive augmented reality.

Curate allows users the ability to “view” a room in real time and space with their mobile phone, with virtual staging of furnishings and decor. This application is one of the first experiences built with Google’s ARCore software platform and is powered by roOmy, a virtual staging technology platform specializing in 3D/AR/VR content creation and application development.

Working closely with Google in the run up to ARCore’s release, Sotheby’s International is the first real estate company to launch and implement a virtual staging AR app.

Any property can be transformed through a curated selection of furnishings and décor sets, in a variety of styles, with the ability to instantly swap among the styles, transforming the way that buyers and sellers interact with a home.

“This innovative technology helps break down visualization barriers that often accompany the home-buying process,” said Traci Smith, director of marketing for Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty in a news release. “It allows prospective homebuyers the unique ability to envision the house in their personal taste and style, and gives them the opportunity to ultimately see a house as their home, increasing confidence in a purchasing decision.”

Curate for Sotheby’s International Realty can be downloaded at

Dick Sayles named Dallas Bar Association’s Trial Lawyer of the Year

Dallas trial lawyer Richard A. “Dick” Sayles was chosen by the Dallas Bar Association as the 2018 Trial Lawyer of the Year based on his achievements in the courtroom. Sayles is a part-time Steamboat Springs resident.

Sayles, a native of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is profiled in the July issue of the Dallas Bar Association’s Headnotes in the article, “Dick Sayles: 2018 DBA Trial Lawyer of the Year.” The story highlights Sayles’ motivation for becoming a lawyer, provides a history of how he became a courtroom master and explains how Sayles Werbner, the law firm Sayles co-founded, maintains its status among the most respected law firms in the nation.

“To me, there is no greater honor than to be recognized by your peers,” Sayles said in a news release. “It’s also a testament to the dedication and commitment of my colleagues at Sayles Werbner. I am very proud of what our firm has become.”

Sayles has made a career of representing clients in big cases involving commercial litigation, personal injury and patent litigation. His list of accomplishments includes significant defense wins, 150 cases tried to verdict and more than a dozen multimillion-dollar jury verdicts.

McPherson opens new office in Steamboat Springs

McPherson, a development, planning and construction company, has opened a new office in Steamboat Springs.

“This is an exciting milestone for McPherson, our team and business partners,” said Matt McPherson, president and CEO, in a news release. “We work across the country—with projects spanning from Oregon to Ohio. Making a move to expand our presence from Kansas into the Steamboat Springs area was a logical step in our business growth strategy, and we’re happy to be here to serve our current clients better and foster new relationships.”

McPherson has had offices in Topeka, Kansas, since 1972 when its founders, brothers Bruce and Mike McPherson, set up shop in a one-room office. In 2012, Mike McPherson’s son Matt became president, and in 2015, he purchased the company.

In addition to their central office location in Topeka, McPherson also occupies offices in Kansas City and will soon have an office in Denver. Their Steamboat Springs office is located within the new Mountain Valley Bank Building, 2201 Curve Plaza.

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