Totally Committed... Deeply Rooted!

Virginia Cook, Realtors®’ reach goes all the way to the Oklahoma border,
where our fabulous Sherman office is led by Vice President/Manager Pat Rowland.

A Greater Texoma resident for over 50 years, Pat brings incredible knowledge of the local market and commitment to excellent service that translates into astounding success of his office, which has been #1 in Grayson County since 2002!

Pat entered residential sales after completing an award-winning record as a manager for Johnson & Johnson. And he's always given back to the community, where he and his wife have raised their own kids, and now enjoy grandchildren. Pat’s volunteer efforts have benefited his church, the Denison ISD, United Way and Boy Scouts of America.

“It’s an honor to serve this office, which is like one big business family,” says Pat. “Many of us have lived and worked here all of our lives. We share a genuine commitment to ensuring that Greater Texoma remains one of the best places in America to put down deep roots.”

The Melnick Group, an Incredible amount of GOOD!

Even as The Melnick Group Closes as Incredible Volume of Sales…
They Each Give Back an Incredible Amount of Good to their Community!

The Melnick Group of Virginia Cook, Realtors was named Top Company Group for 2016, an honor these dynamic professionals have earned multiple times since the group’s founding by industry leader Susan Melnick in 2000.

A top producer throughout her 32-year career, Susan is a native Dallasite and Kessler Park resident who has long been recognized for her expertise in Dallas’s Intown neighborhoods and historical properties.  In recent years, her group’s focus has expanded to include new construction and renovation in North Dallas.

The diverse expertise and community involvement of Susan and her colleagues enables the group to help home buyers and sellers achieve their goals in today’s market. Members include:  Olga Salinas, a Kessler Park resident and member of the Dallas Federal Club; Kevin Stone, a military veteran, resident of Kessler Park and member of the Turtle Creek Chorale; and Amanda Schulz, who also lives in Lakewood and is a member of Altrusa Downtown Dallas.

Susan herself is a member of Altrusa Downtown Dallas, a business professionals’ organization that helps non-profit organizations serving women and children with a focus on education.  As a Historic Home Specialist, she is member of the Oak Cliff Home Tour Committee for 2017, which is preparing to present 10 premier homes in North Oak Cliff in October. And as a 32-year member of the MetroTex Association of Realtors, Susan is continuing her extensive record of service as a member of the Forms and Contracts Committee.

"Susan and her group are leaders who inspire others to give their best, both professionally and as members of their community,” says Sheila Rice, President of Virginia Cook, Realtors. 

She lives, breathes and thrives in residential sales!

Alden Karotkin doesn’t work in residential sales.
She lives, breathes and thrives in residential sales!

“I get up every morning excited to go to the office and see what the day holds,” says Alden.

This enthusiasm translates to exceptional customer service. If customers call Alden at midnight, she will answer. If they need to meet at 7 a.m., she’ll be there. When she takes a listing, the home becomes like her own. 

“I want them to be as happy with their housing decisions as I am with my career,” says Alden. “Before I will write a contract on a home I ask my clients, ‘Do you love it? Because if you don’t love it, I won’t sell it to you!’” It’s no wonder Alden was the 2016 Top Producer of the Fort Worth office of Virginia Cook, Realtors and has been among the Top 10 since joining the company in 2006.

This 28-year resident of Fort Worth is equally devoted to her community and industry.
From serving as a Board Member of the Jewel Charity organization benefitting Cook Children's, to simply showing up to volunteer where needed on any given day, Alden has made a difference in the lives of thousands of families and continues to play a huge role in making Cook Children's one of the finest medical centers in the country.

A whole lot of talent means a whole lot of doing good!

A whole lot of talent means a whole lot of doing good,
when it comes to Cheryl Chapman and her community service.

Tapping into all of her skills and high energy, Cheryl helps several charities including New Friends New Life, which restores and empowers formerly trafficked girls and sexually exploited women and their children.

As a CPA with an accounting background, Cheryl is able to help the non-profit’s clients with their budgeting activities. A social media guru, she also keeps North Texas Food Bank's needs in front of the community. And at LEAP Global Missions, which brings long-term surgical and medical to children in under-served countries, she does everything from sorting medical supplies for mission trips to fund raising events.

"It is such a small sacrifice of time and these activities help me improve life for people who live in our communities," says Cheryl, who is a member of the Park Cities office of Virginia Cook, Realtors®.

What Cheryl most enjoys is any social activity that involves face-to-face interaction with the people served by each organization. "It is very humbling, and it also makes their needs very real," she says.

But the real reward? "The genuine appreciation, laughter and joy on the faces of those you help."

The American Cancer Society Named Candy Jacobson a Hero of Hope, Class of 2017

The American Cancer Society Named Candy Jacobson a Hero of Hope, Class of 2017.

But, Candy says she is only another warrior, continuing a family fight against cancer.

"I was stunned to receive this great honor. Most recipients are survivors, but I was just a caregiver," Candy says.

To us, "just a caregiver" is a huge understatement when describing this valued associate of Virginia Cook, Realtors®. We think you'll agree after reading about her story...

"My husband and I started making the American Cancer Society our choice for donations many years ago when we saw how much they helped both my dad and mom during dad's last fight with lung cancer," Candy said.

"When Polk County started Relay for Life in 2001, I joined a team to walk for my family, which by then included my dad and my grandparents."

Then Candy's husband, Steve, was diagnosed with cancer in 2011: just four weeks before their son's wedding.

"He was given up to one year to live, but being stubborn and a fighter, he made it to see our only son get married," says Candy. "It was a proud moment for us all. He fought on, but five weeks after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer, he died.”

Today, Candy's entire family is involved in Relay for Life.

"My son, my daughter-in-law who lost her mom two years after Steve died from cancer, and my two granddaughters are in the fight as volunteers with me for both Relay for Life and Bark for Life. My son, a computer whiz, keeps the team fund-raising totals, while my granddaughters cheer me on."

By volunteering together, Candy and her family continue the legacy of dear family members lost with the hope that other families will enjoy long and healthy lives together.

Yes, Candy. You really are a Hero of Hope.


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