Faira | About Us

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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.

Kamal

Kamal Jain

CEO and 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.

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.

Kyle Philbin

Kyle Philbin

Client Relations Manager

Kyle is a licensed Realtor who has worked on over 250 successful home closings and has experience managing sales teams ranging from Sprint telecommunications to a group of local real estate agents. When he joined Faira’s operations team, Kyle was looking for the simplest and most transparent solution to the traditional real estate industry. Kyle’s hands on experience is why he can answer all of our new sellers and buyers’ questions about Faira and how it works to help them to save money with less headache.

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

Director of Engineering

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 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

Realtor® Associate

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

Realtor® Associate

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

Realtor® Associate

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

Realtor® Associate

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

Realtor® Associate

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.

Stephon Carradine

Stephon Carradine

Broker Associate

Stephon Carradine is a licensed real estate Broker with over 20 years of real estate sales and sales management experience. His keen understanding of the real estate industry and his skills as a business coach and speaker have attributed to Stephon helping hundreds of Agents and clients reach their real estate goals.
As the former Broker/Owner of a national real estate franchise, Stephon is positioned to offer counsel and expertise at the highest level. Prior to entering the real estate business, Stephon worked as a Marketing Representative for IBM. Stephon began his professional career in the United States Marine Corps where he served for 7 years.
A professional real estate “lifer”, Stephon has provides unparalleled service to his clients, and unwavering dedication to the Agents he coaches.

Jaime Haze-Miller

Jaime Haze-Miller

Operations Coordinator

Jaime is a licensed real estate broker with experience in real estate, mortgages (both wholesale and retail), customer service, training, and management. She is a strong believer in Faira, our technology and the need to simplify the buying and selling process for all involved. On a personal note, Jaime describes herself as having a deep passion (read as obsessive) for all animals. Whatever you do, do not ask her about her four legged friends or two-winged or anything else!

Patrick Newbold

Patrick Newbold

Realtor® Associate

Patrick has a long history of real estate, real estate financing, and home improvement experience. As a real estate professional, Patrick has held a California Real Estate license since 1990, closing thousands of real estate and finance transactions. As a home improvement professional, Patrick has many years in helping home owners change the look of the exteriors and interiors of their homes to enhance their investments. Renovating, selling, and seeing the spectacular outcomes of his projects brings Patrick a great sense of accomplishment. Ongoing communications and personal contact, market updates and staying on top of the sales process provides the best possible experience for buyers and sellers. Making sure that the process is smooth and seamless is the cornerstone of Patrick's success.

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.

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.

Alex Jernstrom

Alex Jernstrom

Associate Agent

Alex has five years of experience with new construction and custom homes in the Seattle area. She's been working with a renowned design-build firm that has been published in Architectural Digest. She knows the inside and out of new construction homes and loves to get new clients settled into beautiful homes. In this fast-moving market, Alex keeps the pulse of all the best, most coveted and upcoming neighborhoods in Seattle.

Shawn George

Shawn George

Associate Agent

Shawn is passionate about the use of technology to transform lives and businesses. He is also passionate about helping people in their real estate journey, from buying their first home to retiring comfortably with real estate as part of their portfolio. Shawn joined Faira because he believes in its mission to bring fairness, efficiency and openness to the real estate transaction. With an education in engineering and entrepreneurship, and having worked in both technical and business roles from medical device startups to Microsoft, Shawn brings a breadth of knowledge and a customer-obsessed attitude to help Faira's clients experience a seamless real estate transaction and beyond.

Sheryl Wingate

Sheryl Wingate

Associate Broker

Sheryl has over 20 years of customer service and over eight years in real estate. A love of people comes first for Sheryl. She has a genuine interest in helping clients reach their home ownership and sale goals. Outside of her career, you'll find Sheryl actively participating as a board member of her kids PTSA and rooting on her favorite local sports teams. Her confident, go-getter attitude has helped her achieve success in the market. Sheryl is ready to help you find success too!

Christine Veteto

Christine Veteto

Associate Broker

Christine brings 15 years in residential real estate with eight years focused on the fast-paced world of new construction.
She holds years of design experience with several west coast Fortune 500 companies and ten successful years partnering with high profile San Diego-based businesses building showcase interiors.
As a client, you'll take note that Christine goes above and beyond expectations. She employs the art of impeccably listening to her client’s needs and consistently delivering with ease and expertise. She recognizes it is the details that create the biggest impact resulting in winning offers, successful sales and long-term relationships. In this competitive market you’ll be in good hands with Christine.

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.

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 Arizona real estate team

Jennifer Thistel

Jennifer Thistel

Broker Partner
Tapestry Real Estate Services

Jennifer grew up in a ‘real estate household’ in Canada. Her father was a broker, contractor and builder while her grandfather was a golf course developer. She remembers ‘typing’ offers with carbon paper on an old manual typewriter to help her dad. The MLS sheets were in a 6-ring binder with one black and white polaroid of the home exterior. Those were the good old days.
Fast forward to modern times. Jennifer worked in the B2B software industry in channel sales and in the finance industry financing data centers and computer equipment for mid to large companies. She entered the Arizona real estate market in 2001 and has been a designated broker since 2009. In her free time, she enjoys metalsmithing, watercolors, traveling and supporting animal rescues.

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