Making Good in Real Estate: Idaho job changes, recognition and other achievements

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Tomlinson Group makes changes

Bob Van Allen, a Boise Realtor and entrepreneur, is the new operations leader at Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group, CEO Larry Laraway reports.

Van Allen has worked with Tomlinson Group for the better part of his 10-year career in real estate. He will work alongside Tracy Thompson, the company's designated broker, in moving the company forward with the strengthening local market.

Laraway, who has been the local leader, will continue on as CEO.

Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group has added new agents to several of their offices.

Carrie Collins, an Idaho native, is now a Realtor with the group's West Boise office. Collins works with both buyers and sellers, focusing on residential resale properties and first-time home buyers.

The group welcomes Mark Schuermann to the Eagle office. With 25 years of experience in real estate sales and mortgage lending, as well as three years as a new home builder, Schuermann is a President's Circle and Platinum producer who specializes in residential resale and new construction.

Deb Ingram has rejoined the Eagle office. She has called Eagle home for 22 years and has previous experience in marketing and business development for several Forbes 500 companies. Her focus in real estate includes working with both buyers and sellers in the residential market.

Keith and Gail Jacobs, Realtors since 1986, have joined the Eagle office. The team has been selling real estate in the Boise area for 25 years and specializes in both new and resale homes. Gail holds her GRI (Graduate, Real Estate Institute) and is a former chairwoman of the Ada County Association of Realtors Circle of Excellence.

Georgie Pitron has joined theWest Boise office. She is accredited as a certified new home specialist, a graduate of the Idaho Association of Realtors' Leadership Academy and past vice president of the Mountain Central Multiple Listing Service in McCall.

Marcia Coulter joins the Eagle office. She has 10 years' experience in real estate and previous expertise in customer service and project management. She focuses on residential resale and new construction, as well as first-time home buyers.

Sjostrom joins CSHQA design group

Stephen Sjostrom has joined the electrical design group at CSHQA, an architecture firm. He will be involved with a variety of CSHQA projects including Walgreens drugstores.

Sjostrom earned his associate's degree in physics from the College of Southern Idaho in 2007 and his bachelor's in electrical engineering from Boise State University in 2010. He is a licensed engineer-in-training.

His military experience began in 2001 at Fort Jackson, S.C. He also has been stationed at Fort Gordon, Ga.; Bellows Air Force Station, Hi.; Camp Williams, Utah; Fort Meade, S.D. and Fort Benning, Ga. He completed courses in advanced radio communications, Cisco server training, tactical leadership courses, new officer training and SHARP (Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention) training, and is HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) certified. Sjostrom is a platoon leader for the Idaho Army National Guard and has filled various positions with the Guard since 2001.

Land Group adds three employees

Brian Reyes and Mike Femenia are new members of the Eagle survey team at The Land Group Inc., an Eagle landscape architecture firm/ Denise Lauerman joins the planning department.

Reyes has seven years of survey crew experience. He is pursuing a degree from Boise State University. His experience includes: ALTA (American Land Title Association), topographical, boundary and construction surveying.

Femenia has 10 years of land surveying experience. A graduate of Sierra College, Rocklin, Calif., his experience includes: ALTA, topographical, boundary and construction surveying.

Lauerman has 13 years of design and entitlement experience working with clients and licensed professionals in the architectural and engineering industry. She has served as site designer and liaison between clients and agencies for entitlement purposes on behalf of land planning, commercial and residential projects throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Banner Bank hires real estate lender

Britney Spiker is a residential loan officer serving the Treasure Valley.

Spiker has 10 years of experience in residential and construction lending. Most recently she served as a residential loan officer at J.P. Morgan Chase in Twin Falls.

Spiker will be based at Banner Bank's 10th and Bannock branch at 950 W. Bannock St., Suite 102.

Banner is a Washington-chartered commercial bank with 86 locations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

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