Broker / Owner
Wendy Kreis is the Owning Broker for Vertical Focus Realty and Kearney Rental Pros. Her involvement in Property Management and Real Estate began in 2006 in the Kearney Area. Though her background is diverse it has always been sales based. Wendy was originally born and raised in the Mid-West living in Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota. As a teenager she moved to Los Angeles and lived there for 22 years. In her early thirties her interests shifted to Real Estate where she was an assistant to a Broker in a large firm in the San Fernando Valley. After moving to Kearney in 2004 Wendy’s Real Estate career took off working for a local developer and establishing their property management company, marketing and leasing their commercial portfolio. In 2009 Wendy joined the Coldwell Banker team and headed up their division of Kearney Rental Pros, growing the division 500% in two years. In 2011 Wendy purchased Kearney Rental Pros and made it a standalone Brokerage. One year later she opened Vertical Focus Realty to better serve all of her clients. Wendy’s passion is helping people make their dreams come true, whether this a new home, a first home or a location to launch your own business. She loves helping people build the Kearney community and business environment. Wendy is a graduate of the Kearney Leadership Class #21. Has chaired numerous committees and organizations through the Chamber of Commerce and local groups. She is the 2016 & 2017 Past President of the Buffalo County Board of Realtors and serves on the board for Junior Achievement. Kearney Rental Pros and Vertical Focus Realty were the 2014 Small Business of the Year Recipients.
RaChell Merklin is a licensed real estate agent with Vertical Focus Realty. She has over 13 years’ experience in both real estate and mortgage lending. She has practiced real estate in California, Texas, and now Nebraska. She comes from a military family background. She and her husband Kerri are both originally from Kearney. Shortly after they married her husband joined the Coast Guard and have enjoyed living in many different states. After 24 years of service he has retired and have made Kearney their home again. RaChell brings with her much knowledge and experience, but also her love and passion for real estate. Her motto is “It’s not about the commission, but about the client.” She is dedicated to help serve her buyers and sellers and do what is best for their needs.
Amir started a new chapter in his life after moving from Israel to Kearney, Nebraska in 2009, and married Carolyn Younes Rizik. He graduated in 1997 from high school with a diploma in management and marketing, and in 2001 completed a four year collage degree in software and engineering. Right at age 14 he discovered his passion for sales and customer service when he started his first job selling newspaper memberships door-to-door and over the phone. In 2001 he was hired as a regional sales manager working for one of the biggest cellphone companies in Israel, providing business solutions to new and existing accounts. In 2005 he became an import specialist where he developed relationships with Retail, Food and Electronic companies from all over the world, and was in charge of money transfers, negotiating prices and achieving the goals of different companies in Israel.
For the past seven years Amir, as an entrepreneur, was running his own retail business in Kearney providing outstanding service to the community. In August 2016 he decided to become a realtor with Vertical Focus Realty and help the surrounding areas achieve their goals in buying, selling and investing in the real estate world. He is going to use his 18 years of experience in sales, marketing and customer service to help you start your new chapter as well.
Alicia Uribe is a licensed real estate agent with Vertical Focus Realty. While she is originally from the state of Jalisco in Mexico, she grew up near Kearney in Lexington, NE. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and has the abilities to help clients in both languages. Alicia has a diverse background with experience in various fields including Accounting, Translation, Customer Service, Human Resources, and Data Analysis. Not only does she have a Bachelor’s degree in business, but also an Associate in Accounting. She has lived in Kearney for 10 years and enjoys being part of the community as she believes it is a great place to raise her kids. As this new chapter of her professional life begins, she wants to put her knowledge, experience, and skills to work for you in finding your new home and helping you sell your property.
Alicia Uribe es un agente de bienes raíces en la agencia de Vertical Focus Realty. Mientras ella es originaria del estado de Jalisco en México, creció cerca de Kearney en Lexington, NE. Es bilingüe en inglés y español y tiene la capacidad de ayudar a los clientes en ambos idiomas. Alicia tiene diversa experiencia en varios campos incluyendo contabilidad, traducción, servicio al cliente, recursos humanos y análisis de datos. No sólo tiene una licenciatura en negocios, sino también un asociado en contabilidad. Ella ha vivido en Kearney durante 10 años y disfruta de ser parte de la comunidad como ella cree que es un excelente lugar para criar a sus hijos. En este nuevo capítulo de su vida profesional que ella comienza, quiere poner su conocimiento, experiencia, y habilidades a trabajar para usted en la búsqueda de su nuevo hogar y ayudándole a vender su propiedad.
Pat Ohmstede has more than 14 years of experience as a licensed NE realtor in the Hastings and Kearney area. As a successful realtor; I am known for outstanding client service, 24/7 availability, high tech marketing techniques, personal touches and as a negotiator with my clients best interest at heart. I believe strongly that it is not only my duty to represent my clients to the best of my ability, but also to educate them through every step of the process armed with top notch information and market insight, so that my clients make the best possible decision.
My family and faith is most important to me, and you will find that I want the BEST for you and your family as well. My PASSION is helping my clients find the right house to call HOME or sell the place you have made your HOME.
Amber Otto is a licensed realtor with Vertical Focus Realty. Originally from Bertrand, Nebraska she is a Midwest gal through and through. With a huge focus on her family, she ran an in-home daycare for six years so she could stay home and raise her boys. In 2017 she received her real estate license through courses she took at Central Community College in Holdrege. After a year of doing real estate in Holdrege she made the decision to transfer to Vertical Focus Realty in Kearney in order to operate in a bigger market.
Meeting new people and helping her clients find the right house to call home is her passion. Her client dedication and love of helping others is was motivates her the most. At Vertical Focus Realty she has surrounded herself with trusted professionals to ensure that no matter what question or situation may arise, she will have the best solution for her clients She would be honored to work with you.