Dennis Stanley

Two things should come to mind when you hear the name Dennis Stanley:  Professionalism and Customer Satisfaction.

Dennis is a veteran of the real estate business with 40 years of service to the Au Gres area. His journey began in 1973 when he obtained his license at the age of 18. His educational background includes the Russell Real Estate Institute, Delta College and the University of Michigan, but his most important schooling came from his father Pete, who taught him the ropes of the business and molded the values and strong ethics that he practices today.

Dennis is a firm believer in emphasizing the "service" in service industry, which is without doubt, the backbone of the real estate profession. He believes in treating the customer with respect, honesty and integrity. Regardless if the meeting is a walk-in consultation, a listing appointment or a closing, Dennis strives to assure that they leave with a good feeling about their interaction with him, and he instills that same belief into his agents.

He understands the necessity of involvement with the board that governs your area. Dennis has been greatly involved with the Northeastern Board of REALTORs over the years, and served as President in 2004. He is active I making sure that the real estate industry remains proactive in bringing satisfaction to it’s customers and to the members of the industry.

Dennis was just named the 2013 Realtor of the Year by his peers of the Northeastern Michigan Board of Realtors.  He will be honored at the Michigan Association of Realtors State Convention in September.  This is a feather in the cap of the year that was a his 40th in the business! 

Dennis is very active civically in the Au Gres area. His two major devotions of time have been to the local Knights of Columbus and the Au Gres Lions Club, where he served two terms as president. He has served as K of C Grand Knight and is still active with them today, in addition to nine years service on the church’s parish council. In addition, he is a member of the Au Gres Area Chamber of Commerce and the Au Gres Men’s Club.

For fun, Dennis enjoys following baseball, basketball and football, from the high school level through the Pro’s. If you want to strike up a conversation with Dennis, just mention the Tigers, especially the 1968 or 1984 World Series teams. Another of Dennis’ passions is music. Attending concerts and plays are a great reliever of stress. He loves all kinds of music, and his years as a part-time DJ were a great way to keep in touch with something he valued so much. 

Family time is very important in Dennis’ life. He is married to wife Joan since 1976 and they have two children, John and Christina. John works along side with Dennis as a 3rd generation Associate Real Estate Broker, while Christina is currently a life skills teacher at Valparaiso High School in Indiana and married to Ken, with Dennis's first grandchild coming soon! 

Tim Kelley

Working with buyers and sellers comes naturally to Tim. Raised as a third generation Real Estate Professional, he learned early the definition of "Customer Service" and what it takes to provide it. It is something he has been providing for over 25 years to buyers and sellers on the "Sunrise Side" of Michigan, and was recognized for in 1997 by the franchise with which he was formerly licensed.

"Being a good listener" is one of the strongest skills a REALTOR can offer buyers and sellers. "If you don’t understand their goals, you can’t fulfill their needs" is a motto Tim lives by. He also believes the Internet has helped elevate the process of marketing properties to a science. "Potential buyers can preview a limitless number of offerings from the comfort of their own homes, saving themselves much of the preliminary expense in locating a new primary, vacation or retirement home."

Tim is also experienced in site plan, campground, dockage, and housing condominium development and sales, and the marketing of commercial offerings. As a former business owner, he understands the decisions involved in marketing a business a seller has built from "the ground up."

In recognition of his work within his local REALTOR association, he was designated REALTOR of the Year in 1994 by his peers at the Northeastern Board of REALTORs.

Over the years, he has served his community through his membership in the local Jaycee’s and Kiwanis organizations, the Volunteer Fire Department, and served on several committees within the government of the City of Au Gres including Planning Commission and TIFA.

In his personal time, Tim enjoys local short track racing on the weekends,  and restoring his 1979 L-82 Corvette.

John Stanley

Born into a family of Realtors, John became a 3rd generation member himself in 2001 at the age of 19.  During the last decade, John has kept up with the ever changing industry by adapting to the new technology mediums that are offered. 


From 2005-2012, John broadened his horizons by working for a major advertising agency, Campbell-Ewald, in their Experiential Marketing Department.  During this time he was a part of exciting new ways to help promote ideas, products, and cultures of various clients such as the U.S. Navy, Chevrolet, XM Satellite Radio & Carhartt Work Wear. 


With his past experience, John has been able to acquire a skill set featuring client/customer service, marketing strategy, technology proficiency, & public relations.  His ability to use this skill set along with a fresh, youthful approach to business makes him a key asset in the Real Estate industry.

In May of 2013, John became an Associate Broker, further enhancing his knowledge and skills in the Real Estate profession.  He is one of three brokers with the company.

John was educated locally at Au Gres-Sims High School, where he graduated in 2000 with honors as his Class Salutatorian and later in 2004 Magna Cum Laude from Northwood University with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Entertainment, Sport & Promotion Management/Language Arts-Social Sciences Minor.  He currently is a member of the Northeastern Michigan Board of Realtors and serves as Chancellor of his local chapter of the Knights of Columbus.


When you are considering listing or buying your next home, consider John as he has a cutting edge approach and personality to assist in your goals! 


Barb Hilborn

Barb came to the real estate industry in 2004 after a 34-year career between the Departments of Attorney General in Lansing and the Standish Correctional Facility. Coordinating the litigation process at both departments has given her broad expertise in attention to detail that carries naturally into the real estate forum.

Combined with experience from other property ventures, her enthusiasm to grow professionally, and a personal goal of providing the best possible service to both sellers and buyers, Barb will work diligently to ensure all parties involved in a transaction go away from the closing table with a positive experience.  Her selection by peer realtors in the NE MI Board of Realtors as its “2010 Realtor of the Year” was both humbling and a great honor. 


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