Faira | About Us

Our Story


Faira was founded by three friends who all endured complex home sales and knew they could contribute their expertise to improve the process. By combining proven economic principles, modern technology and the best interests of buyers and sellers, a new solution emerged and they called it Faira. The name Faira is derived from one of our founding principles: to build fairness into everything we do.

Our Leaders

Kamal

Kamal Jain

CEO and Co-Founder

A technologist and economist, Kamal specializes in designing business models for the internet. Kamal now works to align the interests of home buyers and sellers with Faira.

Eduardo

Eduardo Oliveira

CTO and Co-Founder

Eduardo is an eBay and Microsoft veteran, where he was a Development Manager and built systems with the scale of 50 million active users. His career has been focused on innovation and he filed 25 patents in the areas of video streaming, content protection, advertisement and ecommerce. He is also a real estate investor, having completed over $30 million in transactions.

Our marketing and sales team

Katrina

Katrina Wisner

Director of Marketing

Katrina has been working with startups for over 15 years. By combining creative, technical and analytical skills, she knows how to get a new idea off the ground. Before she and her family bought their craftsman in Seattle, Katrina logged 100s of hours on real estate sites wishing for a "make an offer" button.

Bill Drews

Bill Drews

Director of Client Relations

Bill has 20+ years in Sales and Sales Management, working at US West (now Qwest) and other real estate-related companies: Trulia, Realtor.com and MarketLeader. He also has an inactive WA Real Estate Broker's license. As a former corporate trainer, Bill talks to customers about Faira's new process, why it works and how it will save them money.

Brenden

Brenden Martin

Client Relations

Brenden has 8+ years of experience working in the startup arena leading design, development, sales and marketing teams. Brenden has a background as a real estate agent in Texas and launched his own listing service while partnering with the 9th largest student housing company in the U.S. and working with Barbara Corcoran from Shark Tank.

Our product team

Amanda

Amanda Gatlin

Director of UX

Amanda brings 12+ years of experience as a product designer. Amanda has bought and sold homes and is an advocate for improving the entire experience. She holds a Bachelor of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University. Amanda’s past work experience includes Microsoft, T-mobile and EveryMove.

Ricardo

Ricardo Oliveira

Lead Engineer

Ricardo was employee no. 1 at Faira when he joined in late 2014, after working at Microsoft for 6 years building Office 365 and Windows Phone Services. Ricardo has a BSc in Computer Science from UNICAMP, one of the top universities in Brazil.

Malik Nur

Senior Front End Engineer

Malik has 9+ years of experience in back end and front end development. Before joining Faira he worked in companies like McGraw-Hill Education, True Blue, OSCE and many others. Malik earned his Computer Science degree from Westminster University in London.

Tristan Fernando

Senior Software Engineer

Tristan has over 10 years of experience in software development. Before joining Faira, he worked at a startup called EveryMove for 4 years before it was acquired. Tristan also worked at Microsoft for 5 1/2 years on SQL Server Reporting Services. He earned his degree in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jooneil

Jooneil Ahn

Software Engineer

Jooneil is a recent graduate from the University of Washington. After interning at various other compaines during school, he has chosen to begin his software engineering career at Faira.

Our operations team

Shannon Pence

Shannon Pence

Operations Manager

Shannon is passionate about bringing a top-notch customer experience to the tech and real estate industry. In her downtime, she can be found spending time with her rescue dogs and exploring restaurants with unique food offerings.

Kyle Philbin

Kyle Philbin

Operations Coordinator

With a background in Real Estate and Customer Support, Kyle joined Faira in order to bring a simpler solution to the real estate industry. Kyle is involved in all aspects of preparing your home for sale so that you can receive offers quickly! He is committed to ensuring that technology makes things easier for home sellers and buyers. In his free time, you might find Kyle outdoors skiing, camping and hiking in all corners of Washington.

Christopher Ellis

Christopher Ellis

Operations Associate

After graduating from the University of Puget Sound, Christopher joined Faira as an Operations Coordinator in early 2017. In his position Christopher manages listings from start to finish, having a hand in every aspect of the listing process from scheduling inspections to creating flyers and everything in between.

Our California real estate team

Laura Rahmil

Laura Rahmil

Managing Broker

Laura has a strong passion for real estate and been working in the industry since 1983 across the U.S. in Chicago, Florida, and California. She also had a successful career as an executive with two international companies, as well as a consultant of her own company. Laura had traveled around the world for business and pleasure and speaks a number of languages.

Angela Meisenheimer

Angela Meisenheimer

Associate Agent

Angela is experienced in sales, marketing, promotions, and customer service. She brings over 12 years of expertise in listing and selling real estate properties in California. Angela is excited and delighted to be part of Faira’s team of optimistic innovators who love working with clients and today’s technology.

Matt Hughes

Matt Hughes

Associate Agent

Matt has been working as a realtor and in the home improvement industry for the past 8 years. He has worked both in the Bay Area and Fresno/Clovis area serving both buyers and sellers. Previous to his real estate endeavors, he worked in the solar industry serving both commercial and residential clients. He graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Environmental Technology emphasizing renewable technologies. He joined the Faira team because the concept of an online platform that enables buyers and sellers to be more involved in the process of purchasing and selling themselves is fascinating to him. He believes this idea has great potential to grow exponentially and wants to be a part of it. Outside of work he enjoys running, hiking, backpacking, reading, cooking, and serving in the community.

Cindy Nguyen

Cindy Nguyen

Associate Agent

Whether you're purchasing a home as a seasoned home buyer, investor, or first-time home buyer, Cindy brings her commitment and experience to all her clients. Her willingness to do all she can for her clients ensures a smoother, more enjoyable purchasing process. Cindy lives in Sunnyvale, CA and is originally from Danang, Vietnam. She speaks both English and Vietnamese fluently.

Samantha Trevino

Samantha Trevino

Associate Agent

Moving is easier With a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Military Relocation Professional (MRP) designee. I will assist with one of the most important decisions in your life. My priority is to take you step by step in getting you to the next chapter in life. Together we will find the perfect home. Locally or in a new city. Together we will make it happen. If you're a senior looking to sell your home and relocate I can help! Si hablo espanol!

Larry Cadena

Larry Cadena

Associate Agent

Larry brings with him over 30 years of industry experience from title insurance, & mortgage loans, to real estate sales all while striving to deliver outstanding customer service in every transaction. Born and raised in the Southern California Larry is excited to be a part of the Faira team and looks forward to servicing all of your real estate needs.

Our Washington real estate team

Chris McQuillan

Chris McQuillan

Director of Operations

Broker

Chris has over 15 years of real estate sales experience in both big box brokerages and smaller boutique offices. Half of this time was in California where he was rookie of the year and ranked in the top 4% in Prudential California Real Estate in various years. Here in Washington he was the first agent to ever sell a home above $5,000,000 in a busy Seattle Windermere office of a 100 agents. Chris came to Faira because he realizes the need for change within the industry. Real estate needs to be streamlined for both buyers and sellers.

Anthony Sielczak

Anthony Sielczak

Director of Business Development

Anthony offers a diverse, 10+ year background in customer experience & operations. He has worked with companies that are leaders in their respective industries: REI, Zappos.com, 6pm.com, Limeade and Keller Williams - where he was consistently recongized as an inspirational and innovative leader. He is incredibly passionate about the future of the real estate industry and how technology seeks to improve it. He enjoys working at Faira because he's surrounded by courageous people who thrive in an environment of creativity and innovation.

Kevin Hoover

Kevin Hoover

Designated Broker

Designated Broker with more than 17 years experience at John L. Scott Real Estate and Windermere Real Estate helping clients define, manage and execute their goals buying and selling homes, condos, and investment properties in cities, towns and neighborhoods all around greater Seattle and Bellevue-Eastside. A native Seattleite, Kevin joined the team in 2017 to aid in refining and further developing the real estate brokerage side of Faira while contributing to and experiencing the rapid growth of its innovative model.

Whitney

Whitney Little

Broker

Before joining Faira, Whitney co-developed a Seattle Real Estate team that ranked within the top 10 internationally in sales volume for all of Keller Williams in its first two years. In addition to her experience as a Broker, Whitney brings 10+ years experience working in advertising, with clients ranging from Alaska Airlines to Mitsubishi. She believes that transparent communication is key to a successful buying and selling experience, the hallmark of her service being high ethical standards and hard work.

Neha Gupta

Neha Gupta

Associate Agent

Before joining Faira, Neha worked with Keller Williams Realty. She believes that transparent communication is key to a successful buying and selling experience, the hallmark of her service being high ethical standards and hard work. When you work with Neha, you receive a knowledgeable and professional real estate agent, a committed ally to negotiate on your behalf, the systems in place to streamline buying your home and the backing of a trusted company, Faira.com. Neha has a strong passion for real estate and been working in the industry since 2017 in Washington. She has had the pleasure of traveling around the world and speaks Hindi as a native language.

Ally Wangness

Ally Wangness

Associate Agent

After living overseas and in Washington DC, as a diplomat's wife, Ally returned to Seattle in 2006. She has 10 years of real estate and about 20 years of customer service experience. Ally worked with RE/MAX, Keller Williams and a couple smaller real estate companies. When she is not taking care of clients, Ally enjoys volunteering as a committee member at the Washington Athletic Club, participating in Seattle Lithuanian community's events, singing in a choir and just having fun with friends. She speaks a few languages and enjoys translating articles for the Lithuanian newsletter. Ally is looking forward to working with you and helping with any real estate needs you might have.

Matt McGaffey

Matt McGaffey

Associate Agent

Matt brings a wealth of unique skills to Faira. With a true appreciation for the Faira approach, Matt joined the team with an enthusiasm for progressing real estate in a direction that truly serves the customer.

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