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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 "Minear" Genth was born and raised in Columbia City and has the utmost respect for this community. As Brad Minear's sister, she considers working with family a great priveledge. Prior to real estate she worked as a Dental Assistant here in Columbia City with further education in Expanded Functions Dental Assisting. Danielle became a Real Estate Agent to fulfill her passion of working with people. As a Real Estate agent, Danielle applies her values to her work and wants all of her clients to feel like they are working with a friend. She loves to make the process of buying or selling a home a great experience and takes great pride in representing her clients. Call Danielle today and together we will take the idea of your dream home and make it a reality.

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

Derek Crosson

Associate Broker

Derek Crosson was born in Los Angeles, CA but has been a resident of Columbia City, IN since the age of 7. He knows the area well and is excited about helping people find the home that best fits each individual situation. Being a "people person" has helped Derek climb to the top of his occupational ladder as an Information Technologist for the last 15 years. While he enjoys working with computers he has a passion for working with and helping others. Derek loves to get to know each client and help them find a house they can call home. So in June of 2016 Derek obtained his Real Estate Brokers license and has hit the ground running! He is skilled in computer technology and works for companies such as Minear Real Estate and Union Home Mortgage advancing their websites to the best of his ability. Derek will strive to make sure your listing has the best marketing showcase available. In addition to his exceptional personal and technical skills Derek also knows the importance of family. Derek has a loving wife and three beautiful children that center him. If you are ready to buy or sell make a fantastic choice in having Derek represent you and your family in the world of Real Estate!

Office Phone: (260) 244-0009
Cell Phone: (260) 249-3542
Email: DerekCrosson@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 takes pride in counseling you through every detail of your real estate transaction, and will work hard as your ally throughout the process to ensure your happiness. Not straying too far from her roots in Whitley County, Emily attended Manchester College and earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She put her knowledge to use as a private nanny for several years. Her experience and passion for working with children and families naturally led her to seek employment with The Bowen Center. Here, she was able to affect change by serving as a counselor. Though Emily enjoyed many aspects of her previous occupations, there was something missing. The excitement that she felt when buying her first, then second, and, finally, third home was inspiring. Tiling a bathroom floor, renovating a stale kitchen, planting a butterfly garden outside the living room window — now this was her passion! So, with the encouragement of family and friends, she decided to take her energy for creating a “home” and working with people and live it everyday. Emily completed her 90-hour Broker Course at the top of her class. Joining the Minear Real Estate team offers Emily the opportunity to demonstrate her work ethic and trustworthiness in client-based interactions. When Emily and her husband, Brent, aren’t catching up on a Netflix series, she is probably forfeiting the remote to her little girl, Emelia, again — Wizard of Oz, perhaps. Whether selling your current home or searching for a new one, Emily would be delighted to help you find your “There’s no place like home.”

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 is the newest member to join the ranks at Minear Real Estate.  He has been a member of the Indiana Air National Guard since 2001 and joined the United States Air Force in 1987.  Jesse is a graduate of Carroll High School in Fort Wayne, Class of 1987.  He currently resides in Ossian, Indiana with his wife Kristi.  Jesse has a “Never Quit” work ethic and will work hard to satisfy all of your real estate needs.

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

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

Danielle Arnold

Associate Broker

Danielle Arnold moved to Columbia city at the age of 12. After high school graduation she began taking classes at Ivy Tech Community College with a focus on business management. In 2006, Danielle began working at Lincoln Financial Group as a financial processor. After 5 years at Lincoln, she left to raise a family. Danielle is married to her high school sweetheart, Justin, and together they have three beautiful girls. While taking the time to raise a family, Danielle enjoyed volunteering for Whitley County Relay for Life. In 2016, Danielle decided it was time to pursue her dream of becoming a real estate agent. She attended Troyer’s School of real estate and received her real estate broker license. Danielle is eager and excited to be assisting clients in every step of the home buying and selling process.

Office Phone: (260) 244-0009
Cell Phone: (260) 249-8838
Email: DanielleArnold@MinearRealEstate.com

JJ May

Associate Broker

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