Meet our Strategy Coaches

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Jill Katzenberg

Jill Katzenberg was destined to be an entrepreneur in sales…she just didn’t know it. Moving to Cleveland from the East Coast for a job with a planning and architecture firm, Jill got to experience how cool it was to live and work downtown before it was cool. However, life has a way of showing us what our paths should really be. So when the 14-year-old firm had to shut its doors as a result of one of our national recessions, Jill, after living in town for a little more than a year and barely knowing anyone, had to figure out what her next course of action would be (while she was perfecting her suntan on her apartment complex’s sundeck). With the encouragement from her father (who was an entrepreneur all his life), Jill decided to develop a career in real estate sales and the rest, as they say, is history. Through hard work and creative marketing, Jill was able to build her real estate practice to the extent that she had to hire a staff of four and became known throughout the Cleveland area for her successful skills in getting the job done for her buyer and seller clients, averaging up to 100 sales a year. The ultimate reward, though, was in 2002 when opportunity knocked and she took the risk, along with 8 other courageous real estate professionals, to bring Keller Williams Realty, a totally unknown entity, to the Cleveland area. Starting with 24 agents December 5, 2002, the brokerage has grown to over 2000 agents in the area with Keller Williams Realty’s becoming the largest real estate company internationally.

Currently, Jill helps those who want to grow their businesses through repeat and referral business with a “tangible touch” tool known as SendOutCards. She is passionate about the power of keeping in touch (The fortune is in the follow-up), and with this high-tech/high-touch system, she offers businesses of all sizes a way to keep in front of their prospects and clients with real cards, gifts and/or gift cards selected and/or created from their smartphones or computers.

When she is not helping others grow their businesses, she is busy either exploring cultural treasures (both within and outside of Cleveland), salsa dancing or getting to the gym to burn off those calories that seem to creep up.

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Nicole Mountain

The feeling that I get when someone learns a new skill or concept that furthers their careers is indescribable to me. I love to see others succeed.

My love of marketing and advertising also began at a very young age. I was the teenager who perused the pages of Vogue for the ads and pinned many of them to my bulletin board. These two passions would later join to form my niche in real estate coaching and training: prospecting marketing, advertising, and social media.

I entered the real estate industry in 2013 after many years in the Medical and Pharmaceutical field. I worked for the largest, private, real estate company in the country. Recruiting and hiring over 400 newly licensed agents per year, one of my main focuses was new agent training. Helping a newly licensed agent to overcome their inner fears and jump-start their businesses into successful careers was one and is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. But my responsibility didn’t end with new agent training. Year over year real estate agents are challenged with the task of staying relevant in an ever-changing environment. Seasoned sales veterans are eager to learn how to use the latest technology, organize their book of business in a CRM, and learn the latest social media trends and apps. I consistently developed and taught classes to assist sales professionals in branding themselves, helping them to stand out in a competitive and sometimes overly saturated market.

Many sales professionals struggle to find the time to organize their business or to create succession plans for themselves. To meet this demand, I developed and taught many courses in time management, CRM, prospecting, and business planning. All these courses were designed to help agents to do what they do best; sell.

In 2020 I joined a national franchise real estate company that had previously hired predominantly seasoned agents. I successfully created and developed a New Agent Training Program to allow newly licensed agents to join this highly productive brokerage.  Additionally, I developed and taught social media marketing classes which helped agents to stay top-of-mind with their customers and sphere of influence.

I joined Sherri’s Coaching team as a Strategy Coach so that I can help you to become the neighborhood name in your market, and to achieve the goals that you have set for yourself. In addition to my experience, I also hold several degrees in the fields above. I hold a Master of Science Degree in Training & Development and a Master of Arts Degree in Advertising and Marketing. When I am not teaching you can find me in the kitchen or with my husband and two rescue dogs.

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Julie Brittain

An Atlanta native and a veteran of real estate with over 23 years of experience, Julie Brittain’s knowledge of the Atlanta area and its suburbs is unparalleled.  A recipient of the 2020 Crystal Phoenix Award from the Atlanta REALTORS Association, acknowledging her 20 years as a Multi-Million Dollar Top Producer, Julie is passionate about the industry.   

Julie graduated with honors from the University of North Georgia with a degree in Psychology and is a Phi Mu Alumnae.  Prior to her career in real estate, Julie was the Assistant Director of Marketing at GE Capital ITS.  Julie has been featured in ATLANTA  Magazine as a Top Real Estate Agent, JEZEBEL Magazine as a Realtor of Distinction and MEN'S BOOK Atlanta as a REALTOR of Choice.

Julie’s designations include her Brokers License, being an Accredited Buyers Representative, a Seller Representative Specialist, an eco-Broker &  is also a Certified Property Manager.  “I am your trusted advisor for all things real estate, selling, buying, investing and flipping.”

Julie has assisted over 1000 clients and has been a leading Top Producer & MegaAgent for over 20 years.  She is detail-oriented, communicative with her clients and co-op agents.  Her hard work, charisma and true passion for her clients has become highly regarded by her clients and peers in the industry . She is enthusiastic about supporting new agents in the industry and she teachers classes and mentors new agents at her Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices office 

Julie is proud of her cutting-edge marketing, excellent negotiation skills and invaluable connections, both locally and Internationally.  She is charismatic and enthusiastic about her career.

She proudly volunteers for The Drake House in North Fulton and supports the Tunnel to Towers Foundation who builds mortgage-free smart homes for our most catastrophically injured veterans and first responders.  Julie enjoys a sunny patio, quality time with her family, traveling, tennis and spoiling her two cats and Rottweiler. 

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Mark Otero

Mark has a business and marketing background and is very customer service-oriented. Born and raised in Southern California and is the fourth oldest of five children. Mark has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren.

Mark has lived in Las Vegas since 1994. He obtained his Nevada real estate license in 1995 and began working as an agent for Century 21. During his time at Century 21, he was awarded the Centurion Producer Award two consecutive years. The Century 21 Centurion Award is an international recognition of the top-producing agents, which is measured by the amount of properties sold by each individual agent. Fewer than 2 percent of all Century 21 agents worldwide receive this award.

Mark is a member of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors, Nevada Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and the Risk Reduction Graduate Society (GRI), which is designed to help realtors understand and interpret contracts. Mark is also a member of the Graduate Realtor Institute, which is considered the nation’s No. 1 real estate designation. 

Mark has been involved in leadership since 2004, first as team leader at Century 21 MoneyWorld. In 2007 Mark moved over to Coldwell Banker Premier starting out as Sales Manager and was quickly promoted to Managing Broker. Mark has also served as Mentor for Coldwell Banker Wardley. Mark is currently Corporate Broker for Realty One Group Inc, a company with over 1,700 agents. 

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Maria Elena Arias

Maria Elena Arias, District Sales Manager for The Keyes Company, has spent her career following her passion—coaching agents on how to focus on the skills they need to achieve professional greatness.

Maria Elena leads her team throughout the South Florida regions of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and The Palm Beaches for The Keyes Company and focuses on development and growth with seasoned talent.

Maria Elena‘s quest for Leadership mastery, has also lead her to join with the John Maxwell Team as a certified Coach, Trainer, and Presenter.

She now holds the esteemed role of District Sales Manager and previously held the leadership role as Managing Principal and Team Leader for Keller Williams in Coral Gables hiring over 900+ agents in her 4.5 years and achieving Closed Sales Volume over $1.2 Billion in her tenure.

She owned and operated Colonial Guaranty and Title for over 20 years and ranked amongst the top 5 in production for her region for Fidelity National Title. Maria Elena has been licensed as Realtor for over 29 years in the State of Florida.

Maria Elena Arias was born in Havana, Cuba. She grew up in Miami and graduated from Notre Dame Academy and sought a Paralegal Certificate from Florida International University. She obtained her degree in Legal Secretarial Studies from Miami Dade Community College.
She worked alongside prominent law firms as head real estate paralegal for 10 years before going on her own and embracing the world of entrepreneurialship.

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Amanda Blake

Amanda Blake has always been in helper professions. As a high school student, she started working with young children in a childcare setting, and eventually went on to earn degrees in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. After teaching elementary special education for seven years, she transitioned into working with adult learners as a coach guiding college students to graduation.

In 2016 Amanda became a licensed realtor in Washington, and in 2020 she obtained her managing broker’s license. Amanda loves all things real estate and enjoys giving pep talks, helping other agents with tricky scenarios, and advising on technical questions.

Amanda joined Sherri Johnson Coaching so that she could combine her passions of real estate, education, and helping others. Amanda will believe in you, support you, and help you kick your business into high gear! 

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