Coldwell Banker James Sarles Realty Sales Agents for the Bahamas

Realtor Profiles:
James Sarles | Nikolai Sarles | Ollie Ferguson | Catherine MacLeay | Helena Parotti Burrows | Ellie Mucklow | Ina Simmons David Mayhew Naisha Russel

James Sarles - Realtor Profile
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James Sarles known amongst friends and clients as Jamie was born in snowy Buffalo, New York in the United States (A long way from the sunny Bahamas). He has a BS in Business and Psychology from the State University of Buffalo, New York. During his sophomore year of University he attended the University of Copenhagen as an exchange student and lived in Lyngby, Denmark with a Danish Family.

Directly out of college James founded a Marketing and Advertising Agency in New York City with over 50 full time employees and a client list of many Fortune 500 Companies. His career included Associate Producing an HBO Special with Billy Crystal shot on location in Moscow, Russia.

James was brought down to the Bahamas by the Ministry of Tourism who solicited his help in marketing the Bahamas. During this business trip to Freeport, Bahamas he met his wife Marina Gottlieb, a Physical Therapist and Healer whose father was the first medical doctor in Grand Bahama Island.

James and Marina and their son Nikolai reside full time in Freeport, Bahamas.

James is the President of Coldwell Banker James Sarles Realty located at #104 Retail Street, Grand Lucayan Resort. He is an Estate Agent with a speciality in high end luxury ocean front and canal properties.

The key to James successful career can be attributed to his commitment to first class service. The kind of service and attention that creates customers for life and generates countless referrals. The winning advantage that James brings to you is his combination of knowledge, education and experience in the local real estate market.

James is very civic minded and is very involved in the Freeport Community. He is an active Rotarian at The Rotary Club of G.B. Sunrise and has volunteered his time with many charity organizations including The Red Cross and Salvation Army. At the Rotary Club of G.B. Sunrise James founded a Big Brother program for local orphans and problem children which he still very actively involved in today.

His philosophy is simple - he understands and cares about the people who ask for his real estate services. He's dedicated to serving his clients better than anyone else. His success has been built on hard work, a tenacious desire to be the best and a genuine love of people. Many of his friends are past clients.

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Nikolai Sarles - Realtor Profile
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Following in his father's footsteps, Nikolai Sarles recently passed the Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) exam and will be a licensed real estate sales agent, selling properties throughout The Bahamas and working with his father, prominent broker James Sarles, President of Coldwell Banker James Sarles Realty in Grand Bahama.

Nikolai has Freeport in his blood as the son of James and Marina Gottlieb Sarles. His mother, a Bahamian author, is the daughter of the island's first doctor and nurse - Dr. Eijnar and Owanta Gottlieb were medical practitioners brought in to serve the Pine Ridge lumber camp residents when early Freeport was being built. They later relocated to Abaco and served the Marsh Harbour and surrounding communities for many years.

Growing up in Freeport, Nikolai attended Sunland Baptist Academy before graduating from Ridley College in Ontario, Canada, and received his B.A. degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

No stranger to real estate, Nikolai grew up earning his allowance helping his father put up real estate signs, and lived and breathed real estate from a young age, absorbing knowledge and insights around the dining room table.

With his exposure to a wide range of real estate projects, Nikolai developed a keen interest in the commercial and development side of the business, and is looking forward to focusing on renovation properties, rentals, and first-home opportunities as he learns every aspect of the business.

Well-traveled and with family ties in many parts of the world, Nikolai could have chosen anywhere to live, but wanted to come back to his roots in Grand Bahama to build his future. "I am the next generation", says Sarles, "and I would like to see the early promise of Grand Bahama renewed. As a young Bahamian, I look forward to helping other young Bahamians to get their start in real estate and home ownership."

Nikolai Sarles is especially interested in revitalizing real estate that was part of the island's mid-century heyday. As part of the next generation, Nikolai sees Grand Bahama's glory days not only as history, but also as a platform on which to build a bright future for himself and his fellow Bahamians.

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Ollie Bernard Ferguson - Realtor Profile
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Ollie Ferguson was born in Los Angeles CA and grew up in Nassau, in The Bahamas. After graduating St. Andrews School, he attended Kent School in Connecticut and Jacksonville University in Florida. Ollie's wife is Tamee Marshawn Ferguson, and daughters Carina Marie and Mallory Marie.

Ollie left University 1979 and returned to The Bahamas. He worked as an Architectural Draftsman for a year, often working in the field supervising construction projects. In1980 Ollie left the construction field and became A Sport SCUBA Instructor working for The Underwater Explorers Society, Limited [UNEXSO] in Grand Bahama. It was here that Ollie first met Jamie Sarles who enrolled as a student for an Open Water SCUBA Diving course. In addition to teaching diving between 1983 and 1998 Ollie volunteered almost 400 hours a Recompression Chamber Operator and Tender. In this capacity he administered high-pressure oxygen treatments to injured divers. The majority of these individuals were local fisherman without medical insurance.

Documentary and television appearances list among Ollie's accomplishments. He has appeared on Regis and Cathy Lees The Morning Show, The Learning Channels Danger Zone, WTSP Channel 10 in Tampa Bay production of Getting out Alive, Shark Attacks and CBS-TV Ordinary/Extraordinary, with Leanza Cornett.

Ollie worked with the handicapped, introducing them to SCUBA diving. He worked with The Starlight Foundation granting wishes for terminally ill individuals. Additionally, Ollie was instrumental in the creation of a vocational SCUBA diving program in two local schools. He served on The Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association [BASRA] board as Public Relations Chairperson for the year 2000.

He joined the Rotary Club of Grand Bahama, Sunrise in 1996. Ollie served on the board of directors with Jamie Sarles. Ollie served as Vocational Services Chairman, Vice President and President 2000 - 2001. During this time Ollie was presented with Rotary's Distinguished Service Citation and District Governors Citation for exemplary services in Rotary and the community.

From 2002 to 2005 Ollie was General Manager of Solomon's Freeport a 58,000 square foot facility that distributes and sells perishable and semi perishable food items along with general merchandise products.

Ollie realized a life long goal of working in Real Estate when he joined the team at Coldwell Banker James Sarles Realty in 2005. As an Estate Agent Ollie has the opportunity to use his business and life experiences to assist clients in realizing their investment opportunities in Grand Bahamae government stamp tax is levied on every real estate transaction. These fees

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Catherine MacLeay - Realtor Profile
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Catherine MacLeay was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada July 10, 1960. (This fact alone makes her a natural for The Bahamas; July 10th is Bahamian Independence Day) Cathy has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science Degree and a primary teaching certificate while specializing in Dyslexia. Shortly after graduating university Cathy arrived in The Bahamas to teach for the Bahamian government then with the Central Anglican Education Authority. That was way back in 1988. After spending 13 years in the teaching profession, Cathy decided to expand her horizons and jumped into the exciting world of real estate. Incidentally, Cathy's last teaching post was as a primary teacher at Lucaya International School. She continues to maintain close contact with LIS as her children are still in attendance.

Cathy's first love is the water and has spent many an hour both on top and below the turquoise waters of The Bahamas. She swam competitively at the national and international levels in Canada for 10 years. Cathy continued her involvement in the sport once she arrived in Freeport. She worked as an assistant coach for the Freeport Wave Runners and was asked to serve as an assistant coach for the Bahamas Games. She continues to officiate at swim meets whenever she can.

While still in the Great White North, Cathy began scuba diving. Where else would one learn to dive but in the frigid waters of Lake Superior? Cathy began managing a dive store, convincing many a northerner of wonders beneath the waves. By the time she left Canada, she was working on her assistant instruction certification. Once Cathy jumped into the tepid Bahamian seas she was converted- no more dry or wet suits for her! A t-shirt and sunscreen was all the protection she needed from the elements from now on.

Cathy is married to Dave Mackey, former bass player for the popular Bahamian group T-Connection and now manager 100 JAMZ as well as co-founder of the increasing popular web-based e-newsletter . They have two beautiful children, Cameron and Sierra and have rounded out their menagerie with Whisky Jack the cat ( very Canadian eh) , Choklit Moose, the chocolate Labrador and Nilla Puddin the Golden Retriver.

Cathy joined James Sarles Realty in 2001 as his first agent. Cathy is deeply committed to her clients. Offering her full attention to all she meets. She believes in helping her clients find the most appropriate property. She is particularly mindful of how newcomers to The Bahamas feel. Cathy recognizes how important it is to learn the "rules of engagement" once you arrive in a new county with different customs and attitudes. Cathy is here to help. She remembers her trepidations upon first stepping on these tranquil shores. She is always ready to assist her clients whether they are a renter or a buyer. She can help you find anything from a new hair dresser to which school or babysitter is the most appropriate for their child.

Cathy's philosophy is quite simple; you can expect nothing less than honest, ethical and professional behavior with a sincere concern for those she meets. She looks forward to meeting you, give her a call!

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Helena Parotti - Burrows - Estate Agent/Concierge Profile
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I am proud to say that I was born and raised in Grand Bahama. I am the fifth child of Bahamian parents of Italian and English descent, pioneers who settled in Freeport during the early days of the city's development. My education took place locally, at St. Vincent de Paul School, Grand Bahama Catholic High School and The College of The Bahamas.

At an early age I married and had two beautiful daughters, Kristen and Eliana. I consider my daughters to be the most noteworthy and fulfilling aspects in my life.

In my professional career, I have been employed and self-employed in various capacities. I have worked as an office administrator, accountant and sales assistant, as well as a part owner, of an Auto / Marine business. However, my true business passion is Property Management and in 2000 I opened At Your Service Property Management.

In 2005, I decided to expand my education in the real estate field. After being certified by the Bahamas Real Estate Association, I joined Coldwell Banker James Sarles Realty and look forward with great enthusiasm to serving the Grand Bahama community, the greater Bahamas and the international market as an Estate Agent and Coldwell Banker Concierge. I will continue to offer experience and professional property management services in the property management service as well.

My recreational interests are beachcombing, boating and reading. I love gourmet cooking and catering.

I live my life by the favorite motto of my late father, Robert Bobby Parotti: I shall pass through this way but once. If there be any kindness I can show, or good I can do my fellow being, let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. Author unknown

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Ellie Mucklow - Profile
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Ellie has years of experience with real estate on Grand Bahama. Combining this experience with Coldwell Banker she will help you make some of the smartest financial decisions of your life. When it comes to purchasing the right property or selling one Ellie is dedicated to giving you the best service possible. No question is unimportant; no request to small, your satisfaction is what counts.

Born and raised on Grand Bahama she has family roots in both New Providence and Abaco. Together with her husband Rick, they have one daughter, Tiffany.

Ellie has had the pleasure of traveling to England, Canada, Cuba, North Carolina, Virginia Beach, South Florida & many of the beautiful Bahama Islands.

In addition to real estate, Ellie has a background in time sharing management, holding the position of assistant manager at Club LandOrs Freeport office; retail sales management with on of Freeport's largest perfume outlets and managing Grand Bahamas only perfume manufacturing/retail/wholesale company, The Perfume Factory.

Spend time with Ellie and you to will see why her clients keep coming back.

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Ina Simmons - Profile
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I was born in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, February 5th, 1973, then part of the Soviet Union.

I grew up in quiet an international family of engineers, speaking Lithuanian with my father, Russian with my mother and Polish with my grandmother. I speak English, Spanish, Russian, Lithuanian and remember some Polish.

Since a young age I just knew I was destined for a far away place near the ocean. The thrill of exploring strange exotic lands as well as a challenge of learning different languages took me traveling first to Europe, then all throughout the Eastern and Western Caribbean, Bermuda, South America and consequently the United States.

I am proud to have studied in Vilnius University (one of Europe's oldest universities founded circa 1560) in faculty of philology, Vilnius College of Commerce and Foreign Languages and Music Academy of Dvarionas for 10 years, majoring in choir conducting and piano.

I have worked in restaurant management and sales where I realized my passion for people. I've always enjoyed making my customers happy by providing unsurpassed professional service. I am happy to work with Coldwell Banker James Sarles Realty team continuing on the similar path of communication, understanding peoples wants and needs and going beyond achieving goals of each and every client, finding that perfect dream home or a piece of paradise in the Bahamas.

I've lived on Grand Bahama for over 13 years. Quite simply, I love it here, I am home.

There is something here for everyone. The Bahamas Islands are a wonderful place to raise children. I am a rich mom- I have three children: Adam, Maya, and Emma, the boss of the household is the youngest.

In the past I helped my then husband run a marine salvage company and took on a role of a rescue coordinator answering distress calls on marine VHF radio. Via VHF radio I've heard many situations that would have been fatal without help at sea. It is fulfilling to know I was instrumental in saving at least two peoples lives on capsized vessels. I can say based on my own experience in the marine business that there are professionals on the island, dedicated to making you feel safe at sea here in the Bahamas.

There are many things to get busy with on the island, a lot of different activities to suit everyone's tastes and needs.

I myself have a lot of passions. I love to cook and to lose myself improvising on the piano, lunching with my friends and exploring the outdoors. I enjoy gardening and making flower arrangements. I am a member of Freeport Garden Club where we hold our amazing annual Flower Shows. Many talented people from around the world that reside here on Grand Bahama put their talents together and produce surprisingly high level shows in the community theatre group called Freeport Players Guild. I'm thrilled to have participated in many wonderful plays, musicals and dance shows. Regency Singers Group I belong to helps me keep up my piano playing skills and sing wide repertoire of choir music. Ballet and yoga I love are fabulous for exercise, good posture and a peaceful mind. My motto is Bring it on! I enjoy facing any difficulty and coming out as a winner every time! Everything is a lesson in life and I try to turn negative into positive and so to my advantage.

It is fabulous to live here enjoying slow island pace (and no traffic to speak of), boating the turquoise waters, island hopping and scuba diving. We enjoy the Sun, the Sea and the Sand. Here on the island we have enough of all three to share with you!

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David Mayhew's - Profile

I was born in Florida and lived there until after graduation when I moved to the Bahama Islands specifically to work with my father in his landscaping business in Freeport, Bahamas.

In 1964 I married Kay Russell from Hope Town, Abaco and five years later we had a son, Ken who now owns and operates KDM Construction Ltd in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.

April 1972 we incorporated our own lawn and garden supply company in Freeport, Grand Bahama for the sale of gardening supplies and a selection of indoor plants and the servicing of lawn and garden equipment.

In 1988 my real estate career began as a sales agent and in 1996 I obtained my brokers status with the Bahamas Real Estate Association. It was around this time that Bahama Dave emerged as the local boy with that certain knowledge of Bahamas Real Estate with particular reference to Grand Bahama.

As a permanent resident of Freeport, Bahamas, Bahama Dave specializes in sales and rentals of Bahama Homes, Bahama Condos and an extensive range of Bahama vacant land particularly in select waterfront locations.

Bahama Dave will co-broke with any legally licensed realtors, brokers and sales agents within the Bahamas or the international community.

I look forward to working with you.

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Naisha Russel's Profile

Naisha Russell holds a B.S. in Economics from Penn State University. Upon completion of her degree she moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked for publishing giant McGraw-Hill as an Associate Editor and defense contractor General Dynamics in Public Relations and Government Relations.

Although on track with a promising career in Government Relations, Naisha's love of real estate led her to join Coldwell Banker James Sarles Realty. In addition to real estate, Naisha is entrepreneur, passionate about interior design and loves to travel in her spare time.

Naisha prides herself on helping her clients achieve their real estate dreams. Whether you're a renter, first time buyer/seller or experienced investor, contact Naisha today to achieve your real estate dream!!!

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