Agent, Keegan & Coppin Co., Inc./ONCOR International, 1355 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa 95401, 707-528-1400, keegancoppin.com
Co-owner, Odyssey Development Company, LLC, P.O. Box 1316, Sonoma 95476, 707-310-2291
[caption id="attachment_94211" align="alignright" width="241"] Rhonda Deringer[/caption]
Professional background: I have been a real estate assistant for a multifamily real estate investment company, an office manager at Keegan & Coppin and then a real estate agent with that brokerage from 1996 to the present. I have been an owner of Odyssey Development Company since 1997.
Education: A.A., Santa Rosa Junior College
Tell us about yourself and your company: I started in 1994 with Keegan & Coppin as an office manager. Then I received a real estate license in 1996 and worked my way up to a senior real estate agent there. I wanted to start my career in the largest and most prestigious and reputable commercial real estate companies in the North Bay, learning from the leaders in this industry. These include individuals such as Vice President Jim Keegan, President Al Coppin and managing partner Shawn Johnson who have mentored me to a point that I am a top producer for the company.
I am proud to be an independent and focused "woman" in the male-dominated business of commercial real estate. I find that the leaders at Keegan & Coppin have worked hard, teaching me the tools needed for success. They also have guided me on a path to accomplish my goals of future executive undertakings. The five to seven days a week, 10-plus-hours-a-day pace is well worth the success I am achieving in this industry.
I formed Odyssey Development Company in 1997 to specialize in the development of urban mixed-use projects throughout the North Bay area. Odyssey has produced substantial downtown housing in various North Bay communities. Odyssey has been involved in creating mixed-use and commercial development with its showcase commercial and residential projects, such as the award-winning Carneros Lofts in Sonoma (30 live-work units and 12 commercial condominiums) and reuse of the historic 1872 DeTurk Winery as a mixed-use development in the Railroad Square and West End area of Santa Rosa.
What is a major accomplishment in the past year or so?: At Keegan & Coppin, I won the 2013 "Top Retail Power Broker" award from CoStar for the North Bay, after having received the same award in 2008. I also was among the top two producers at the brokerage last year.
With Odyssey, one of my favorite accomplishments is being on the board, as a founder, of the nonprofit West End Fitness and Sports Center. Based at the DeTurk Winery building, the center is designed to channel profits to the local West End Neighborhood Association. One of the first benefits to the area was to build a new restroom and storage area for the West End Farmers Market.
What is the achievement you are most proud of?: Being a strong, independent, successful "woman" real estate agent for Keegan & Coppin.
Also being a woman owner of an urban smart growth real estate development company in the North Bay, especially in an era of "smart growth and walkability" as a prime movement in creating "downtown rejuvenation."
What is your biggest challenge today?: In these volatile economic times, learning from the very best in my field, my mentors, has been inspirational to me. I have had the benefit of being mentored by the partners of Keegan & Coppin. I also have been involved in learning from many successful real estate professionals and developers in the area, who have aided my journey to be one of the very best in my field.