CHRIS DRUESEDOW – TEAM LEADER
I grew up here on the Kenai Peninsula enjoying everything it had to offer. I graduated from Nikiski High School in 1994 and with great tradition in my family I joined the Navy. I served in the Navy from 1994 to 2010 and lived in some great places including Hawaii, San Diego, and Seattle. I was even more lucky to travel to about 20 different countries here in the Pacific. A truly amazing time to not only serve my country but see the world.
However in all my travels nothing has to offer what the Kenai Peninsula does and so I came home to be close to family and friends and start my second career in real estate. I enjoy many activities in my spare time and helping out in the local community.
There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional – integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills and a high-quality professional network, all of which are hallmarks of how I work.
That said, in my experience as a Kenai Peninsula real estate professional, I’ve also found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting my clients first. This means keeping myself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to your needs.
This “client first” philosophy has always been my approach and it requires me to continually improve my skills and ways of doing business. In addition, I’ve found that the latest technologies are enabling me to do everything I’ve always done, only much more quickly and efficiently. They’ve also helped me to extend the range of services I provide to my clients.
So when you decide that you’d like to buy or sell a home in the Kenai and Soldotna area, please please don’t hesitate to call or email with any questions how I can assist you in all your real estate needs.
DENAI KEENE – EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR/ DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Denai grew up here locally on the Kenai Peninsula and loves the outdoors and everything Alaska has to offer. She loves to go hunting, mainly for duck and moose! You can find her all over the Peninsula from the Kenai River to Homer fishing for King Salmon, Halibut, Red Salmon, Trout and everything in between. When she isn’t fishing or hunting you can find her camping and hiking, she is truly an Alaskan woman. She loves the local community and you can find her giving her time to different organizations around the area. When she isn’t outdoors enjoying Alaska, you will find her spending time with her son, as she is very Family orientated! She loves watching football and her favorite team is the Dallas Cowboys! Denai always has a smile on her face and is a strong addition to the team!
JULIE SEMMENS - BUYER SPECIALIST
Julie Semmens ventured up to Alaska as an intrigued college student on spring break 10 years ago, and fell in love twice. First, with the state of Alaska, and shortly after with an Alaskan. Julie is a private pilot, and understands there is no better place than the air to appreciate Alaska’s beauty, and no better way of transportation to enjoy what Alaska has to offer. She earned her degree in Aviation Management from UAA in 2006, and shortly after, developed a passion for real estate. Julie and her husband have owned and managed their own investment property for 5 1/2 years. Julie knows how to put in the time and effort needed to provide real estate services for buyers based on integrity, respect and excellence. She looks forward to meeting you soon!
KAITLYN ESPADA – LISTING SPECIALIST
Kaitlyn Espada moved to Alaska in 2012 for a summer position in Whittier, having had no idea the life change she was about to undergo. Born and raised in a suburb of Washington, D.C., she was unsure of what she wanted in life. She let fate guide her and ended up clear across the country. Once in Alaska, she quickly fell in love with the land and her own “Alaskan mountain man”. At the close of the 2012 season, she had no desire to return to the crowded hustle and bustle of city life and moved with her fiancé to Wasilla, Alaska. After receiving a fantastic job opportunity to be the Lead Buyer’s Specialist for The Chris Druesedow Team, Kaitlyn, packed up her stuff again and moved to the Kenai Peninsula. Kaitlyn is a natural in the industry; she comes from a family with a background in real estate on the East Coast. She was destined to settle in the wild, exciting, and beautiful “Last Frontier” and forge new friendships and business relationships through real estate.
Her 8 years of experience in hospitality management will give you a sense of ease, as if you’re working with an old friend. Attentive, dedicated and tenacious, she will be there with you from start to finish and can even help you host your first housewarming party! Kaitlyn understands real estate is a relationship-based business, she strives to create client relationships built on trust and confidence. Her ultimate goal: a business built entirely upon referrals from clients who are completely satisfied with the professional and caring service they’ve received.
JESSIE BILDERBACK – BUYER SPECIALIST
Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula is breathtaking. I was born in California but raised here on the Peninsula. I truly love Alaska and all it has to offer in both the summer and the winter. I enjoy many outdoor activities including mountain biking, camping and of course fishing! Having traveled a lot, I can say with confidence that Alaska is definitely one of the most beautiful places to live, and filled with many great opportunities. I am very excited to be able to assist others in finding their dream home! The feeling of accomplishment and knowing I’ve provided a positive realty experience is what motivates me. Honesty and integrity are very important to me along with a positive attitude and a hard work ethic. My commitment to customer satisfaction makes the difference. I look forward to earning your trust and confidence.I am very excited to be able to assist others in finding their dream home! The feeling of accomplishment and knowing I’ve provided a positive realty experience is what motivates me. Honesty and integrity are very important to me along with a positive attitude and a hard work ethic. My commitment to customer satisfaction makes the difference. I look forward to earning your trust and confidence.
STEVEN GIST – BUYER SPECIALIST
I first fell in love with Alaska in the early 90s when I came here to visit my girlfriend (now wife) who grew up in Nikiski. That led to several summers of commercial fishing and becoming acquainted with the great people and world-class wonders of the Kenai Peninsula. After getting married in Kenai, in the summer of 1995, my wife and I spent many years working and studying both in the U.S. and abroad. 10 of those years were spent working with families from all over the world who wanted to send their children to the U.S. for higher education. During that time, I had the privilege of assisting hundreds of families from over 30 countries with professionalism and care as they made one of the most important investment decisions of their lives. Now that my wife, three children and I are back on the Peninsula, I’m excited to bring that same professionalism and care to my work with individuals and families who are making important real estate investment decisions. My family and I are proud to have a place in Alaska that we call home. I look forward to helping you find a place you can be proud to call home, as well.