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Meet the Team

Established in 2010, we are a locally owned and operated Real Estate Company located in Columbia City IN. We pride ourselves on providing honest and reliable service to our clients. Our agents are trained in all aspects of the home buying process. We are well versed in residential and commercial sales as well as new home construction. Call us today and find an agent that is right for you!

Brad Minear

Owner/Principal Broker

Brad Minear has been involved in Real Estate since 1999. He started his career as a Sales Associate representing Ideal Suburban Homes. Brad became a Broker in 2005. Since then he has achieved his goal of starting his own Real Estate Company, Minear Real Estate, LLC in the spring of 2010. In 2010, 2011, 2016, and 2017 he was voted #1 Realtor in Whitley County by the Post and Mail's Readers Poll. Brad is striving to make Minear Real Estate, LLC the most advanced Real Estate Company to better serve his clients in both buying & selling. He places a great emphasis on marketing to get your property the best exposure possible, and is very experienced in both existing & new home construction. Brad takes pride in running a strong company centered around his clients.

Office Phone: (260) 244-0009
Cell Phone: (260) 609-6001
Email: BradMinear@MinearRealEstate.com

Brad LeMay

Associate Broker

Brad LeMay is a Real Estate Broker that has been involved in Real Estate since 1995. Prior to moving to the area in 2012, Brad spent the previous 19 years working at one of the largest Real Estate companies in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. As the creative manager for Stiles Realty, Brad was in charge of all the marketing for over 6 million square feet of curent listings. With an Associate’s of Science in Advertising Design, a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing and Business Management, and almost 20 years experience in the Real Estate industry, Brad has the experience and tools to get results for his clients. Real Estate investors are always looking for a broker that understands their side of the business, with Brad’s experience in wholesaling and rehabbing Real Estate, investors can count on him to understand their needs. So, if you’re looking to sell your home or you are ready to buy a home that fits all your needs give Brad a call!

Office Phone: (260) 244-0009
Cell Phone: (260) 693-7787
Email: BradLemay@MinearRealEstate.com

Danielle Genth

Associate Broker

Danielle Genth began her career as a Real Estate Broker in 2010. Having previously worked in the dental field, she decided to change career paths after the birth of her first child. Danielle married her high school sweetheart Noah and they have three sons they enjoy raising in their hometown of Columbia City. Family is extremely important to Danielle and she considers it an honor to be a Real Estate Broker for her older brother Brad Minear’s company. Having her brother as a professional mentor is a tremendous asset she’s very grateful for. Danielle’s favorite part of being a Real Estate Broker is seeing the personal relationships transition from client to friendship throughout the process of selling, buying, or building a home. Danielle has also represented Ideal Builders since 2012 and has extensive knowledge in new construction. In any direction of real estate Danielle will be there to navigate and make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. She always wants her clients to know they are working with a friend. A friend who is always dedicated to following moral principles and who sees everyone she works with as more than just a commission.

Office Phone: (260) 244-0009
Cell Phone: (260) 229-1355
Email: DanielleGenth@MinearRealEstate.com

Dave Richmond

Associate Broker

Dave Richmond has been a lifelong resident of Columbia City, IN. He graduated from Grace College in 2006 with a Bachelors' Degree of Science in Physical Education and Mathematics. He then went on to earn his Masters' Degree in Educational Technology from Western Governors University. Not only does Dave enjoy working with kids, he also enjoys helping out his community whenever he can. In 2019, Dave was awarded the Legacy Volunteer award from "The Center" for his tireless efforts to help out his community. He has volunteered to go on multiple mission trips, lending a hand whenever and wherever he can. He is also very involved as a member and small group leader at his church, First Church of God. Dave and his wife Kristen have three children: a daughter and two sons. Not only is Dave a fantastic role model for his own children, he also lends his time coaching youth basketball for kids here in Columbia City. Dave is highly qualified in new home construction. He was a co-owner of Richmond Construction with his brother Scott for eleven years before starting his own company, Richmond Electric in 2017. If you are looking for someone who will make it a priority to help you with every aspect of the home buying/selling process, Dave Richmond is your agent! Call Dave today!

Office Phone: (260) 244-0009
Office Fax: (260) 244-0015
Email: DaveRichmond@MinearRealEstate.com

JJ May

Associate Broker

JJ currently lives in Fort Wayne with his wife and nine children. His first involvement in the real estate industry has been for other real estate professionals and investors as a custom software developer. From there he began investing in real estate in Arizona and the Fort Wayne area for the past few years and joined Minear Real Estate to help other buyers and investors achieve their goals. His experience in property rehabs and tenant management give JJ a unique perspective when considering your next investment. And JJ's positive attitude and genuine excitement in locating the property that is the best fit makes it a pleasure to work with him!

Office Phone: (260) 244-0009
Cell Phone: (260) 433-4361
Email: JJMay@MinearRealEstate.com

Emily Boardman

Associate Broker

Emily Boardman epitomizes the integrity, passion, hard work, and creative service that you have come to expect from a Minear Real Estate Broker. Emily specializes in residential buying and selling with an emphasis on marketing properties. Prior to working in real estate, Emily earned a degree in teaching and psychology. Manchester University instilled valuable skills that she uses daily in real estate negotiations, educating homebuyers and sellers, and effectively marketing listings. Emily believes in a philosophy of transparency. She takes pride in counseling you through every detail of your real estate transaction, and works hard as an ally. Emily speculates success in the current market can be attributed to fortitude, contentious effort, and reputable business relationships. With 7 years experience, Emily knows she has truly accomplished something purposeful when she reads an admirable review, receives repeat business or learns she has been referred to family and friends. Outside of real estate, Emily can be found watching Netflix with her husband or planting a butterfly garden with her two daughters. She is a lifelong animal lover and enjoys a variety of house projects. As a native of South Whitley, Emily has a good grasp on what Whitley County and surrounding areas have to offer. Visit https://www.facebook.com/emilyboardman.minearrealestate to read Emily’s reviews. Text her today, you will be happy you did!

 

Office Phone: (260) 244-0009
Cell Phone: (260) 224-9114
Email: EmilyBoardman@minearrealestate.com

Heather Palan

Associate Broker

Heather Palan was born and raised in Whitley County and is now raising her family with husband Kyle in Noble County. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana Tech and has worked as a feed analyst with Agri Stats in Fort Wayne for the last 4 years. Though, you may recognize her from the local Columbia City Chase Bank where she was prior to joining Agri Stats. Her and husband enjoy being outside at their new home on 20 acres after living on Big Lake since they met several years ago. Heather and Kyle started looking for a new home 2 years ago, this is when she completely fell in love with real estate. She decided to turn her passion of finding her own “dream home” into helping others find theirs. Let Heather help you find your dream home. Call or text Heather today.

Office Phone: (260) 244-0009
Cell Phone: (260) 479-7929
Email: HeatherPalan@MinearRealEstate.com

Jesse Pennington

Associate Broker

Jesse Pennington became a Real Estate Broker/Realtor in 2018 after retiring from the U.S. Air Force. He lives and has spent the majority of his life in the Fort Wayne area. The ties to Columbia City were gained when he married his wife Kristi in 2003. Together they have 5 children and 10 grand-children all of which live in NE Indiana.

Being a part of the great team at Minear Real Estate is refreshing. The Minear family of Realtors are a close-knit team of professionals that strive for exceptional customer care. Having been mentored by Brad and Danielle, Jesse has seen how a real estate transaction needs to be both professional and personal to build great relationships. This mixed with his “Never Quit” work ethic and easy to talk to personality makes Jesse your choice for a smooth real estate transaction. He is always ready to go the extra mile to help you find the home of your dreams. Give him a call today.

Office Phone: (260) 244-0009
Cell Phone: (260) 413-2013
Email: JessePennington@MinearRealEstate.com

Jesse Pennington

Nick Miller

Associate Broker

Just one look at one of Nick's listings and you will see what sets Nick apart from most realtors. With a passion for photography Nick strives to bring fresh life and style to the local MLS, but he doesn't stop there. Nick has years of experience with online marketing and uses this to his clients' advantage with targeted marketing campaigns to present his clients properties to the market in an eye catching and unique way.Nicholas has been involved in the real estate industry since 2002 and has been a guest speaker at the Real Estate Investment Association. Nicholas has personal experience with government foreclosures and other distressed property transactions. Nicholas attended Huntington University where he studied Organizational Management and is a member of the National Association of Realtors.

Office Phone: (260) 244-0009
Cell Phone: (260) 693-7368
Email: NickMiller@MinearRealEstate.com

Shelly Gaff

Associate Broker

Shelly Gaff started her Real Estate career in 1987. Her love of Real Estate came much earlier as her late Father and Mother were founders of a successful local real estate company in the 70's. Growing up in Churubusco, she continues to work and focus on Whitley, Noble and Allen Counties. She has earned her CRS and ABR designations and has been a multi million dollar producer for decades. She is hardworking, knowledgeable and extremely dedicated to her clients. She will go the extra mile to make working with her a pleasurable experience! A loving wife and mother of 2 Sons and 3 grandchildren. She enjoys outdoor activities, staying fit, as well as cooking, decorating and traveling. Shelly is very excited and looking forward to working with this Power House Company!

Office Phone: (260) 244-0009
Cell Phone: (260) 609-3241
Email: ShellyGaff@MinearRealEstate.com

Tami Plew

Associate Broker

Tami Plew is joining Minear Real Estate! She has sold Real Estate since 1988. She loves selling Real Estate and loves helping others find their new homes. Tami has been a life long resident of Whitley County and is vastly familiar with the surrounding areas, making her a fantastic choice for people wanting direction and guidance in their home buying process. Minear is also involved with new home construction and Tami believes she will be an asset to the company in that field as well. In addition to selling Real Estate Tami has also enjoyed teaching baton twirling. She was also a co-owner with her mother of Corn Crib antiques and enjoyed meeting new people that way as well. Call Tami today with any of your Real Estate needs!

Office Phone: (260) 244-0009
Cell Phone: (260) 248-7100
Email: TamiPlew@MinearRealEstate.com

Michelle Lesley

Office Administrator

Michelle grew up in a small town called Nappanee. She moved to Whitley County 15 years ago after meeting her husband Luke. Together they reside in Columbia City with their three children, Sydney, Joshua, and Grace. Michelle joined Minear Real Estate in 2018. She enjoys meeting and talking with everyone who calls in or visits the office. She is happy to help with anything our agents and clients need to help make the buying/selling housing experience a great one!

Office Phone: (260) 244-0009
Email: MichelleLesley@MinearRealEstate.com

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