Karen Machikas - Founder/Lead Agent   Karen moved to the Research Triangle area in 2006 when she joined the real estate industry, which had been a passion of hers for many years. Karen has served for four consecutive years on the Associate Leadership Council in the Keller Williams Raleigh office. She currently serves on the Women's Council of Realtors and the Triangle Leadership Academy. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, Karen was nominated for Cultural Icon in the North and South Carolina region.  Karen grew up in Montgomery County Maryland, just outside of Washington DC and studied dance in college. She has been married to her husband, Michael for 32 years and is the mother of two sons and a daughter. She recently welcomed her first grandchild in October 2018. When she’s not busy selling homes, Karen has a passion for any furry creature, especially Pugs and Bengal Cats.

Karen Machikas - Founder/Lead Agent

Karen moved to the Research Triangle area in 2006 when she joined the real estate industry, which had been a passion of hers for many years. Karen has served for four consecutive years on the Associate Leadership Council in the Keller Williams Raleigh office. She currently serves on the Women's Council of Realtors and the Triangle Leadership Academy. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, Karen was nominated for Cultural Icon in the North and South Carolina region.

Karen grew up in Montgomery County Maryland, just outside of Washington DC and studied dance in college. She has been married to her husband, Michael for 32 years and is the mother of two sons and a daughter. She recently welcomed her first grandchild in October 2018. When she’s not busy selling homes, Karen has a passion for any furry creature, especially Pugs and Bengal Cats.

  Michael Machikas   Michael is Karen’s husband and has recently joined the firm after working with a publicly traded REIT as a Senior Executive. His earlier experiences included working with the nation’s largest private telecommunication provider as the Senior VP of Marketing & Sales, as well as founding and managing multiple constructions & material supply companies for 20+ years. He currently holds a North Carolina Real Estate Brokers License, North Carolina General Contractors’ Unlimited License and North Carolina Health & Life Insurance License.  Michael helps assist clients in their buying and selling of homes. He also manages the growth of the business and the start of the Moving Experience Home Building Company.  Michael attended Cornell University where he was a 4-year letterman and captain of their football team, member of their lacrosse team and a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity. His passions include sports and spending time with his family at the beach in Bald Head Island.

Michael Machikas

Michael is Karen’s husband and has recently joined the firm after working with a publicly traded REIT as a Senior Executive. His earlier experiences included working with the nation’s largest private telecommunication provider as the Senior VP of Marketing & Sales, as well as founding and managing multiple constructions & material supply companies for 20+ years. He currently holds a North Carolina Real Estate Brokers License, North Carolina General Contractors’ Unlimited License and North Carolina Health & Life Insurance License.

Michael helps assist clients in their buying and selling of homes. He also manages the growth of the business and the start of the Moving Experience Home Building Company.

Michael attended Cornell University where he was a 4-year letterman and captain of their football team, member of their lacrosse team and a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity. His passions include sports and spending time with his family at the beach in Bald Head Island.

 
  Alex Machikas - Director of Client Relations   Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Alexander played both hockey and football before deciding to go to prep school in Boston to pursue his academic and athletic careers. After spending six years in New England, Alexander traveled down south to attend Furman University. As a recent graduate, Alexander began working in the sports industry for a minor league hockey team in South Carolina whilst also working as an analyst for Pro Football Focus. Alex has now transitioned into real estate for the past 3 years working as an Executive Assistant and now as the Director of Client Relations. Alex loves helping people and looks forward to working with you in the future.

Alex Machikas - Director of Client Relations

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Alexander played both hockey and football before deciding to go to prep school in Boston to pursue his academic and athletic careers. After spending six years in New England, Alexander traveled down south to attend Furman University. As a recent graduate, Alexander began working in the sports industry for a minor league hockey team in South Carolina whilst also working as an analyst for Pro Football Focus. Alex has now transitioned into real estate for the past 3 years working as an Executive Assistant and now as the Director of Client Relations. Alex loves helping people and looks forward to working with you in the future.

  Jon Willard - Director of Finance and Marketing Operations   Jon is a real estate agent as well as our Director of Finance and Marketing Operations. Jon is from North Carolina, born in Greensboro, and was fortunate enough to have attended Appalachian State University. His career experience has been a bit different from most - Jon has gone from farming to HondaJet to most recently clinical trial pharmaceuticals & project management and now into real estate. Jon is passionate about his family and stretching himself in order to constantly grow. Jon and his wife have two dogs, one who lives with him (a pug-poodle mix) and another who lives in Greensboro with his grandmother (a golden retriever). Jon loves to golf (when he has the time), fish (fly, salt, fresh), and to be outdoors with family and friends. Jon is a huge college football fan (GO MOUNTAINEERS!) and greatly enjoys meeting new people.

Jon Willard - Director of Finance and Marketing Operations

Jon is a real estate agent as well as our Director of Finance and Marketing Operations. Jon is from North Carolina, born in Greensboro, and was fortunate enough to have attended Appalachian State University. His career experience has been a bit different from most - Jon has gone from farming to HondaJet to most recently clinical trial pharmaceuticals & project management and now into real estate. Jon is passionate about his family and stretching himself in order to constantly grow. Jon and his wife have two dogs, one who lives with him (a pug-poodle mix) and another who lives in Greensboro with his grandmother (a golden retriever). Jon loves to golf (when he has the time), fish (fly, salt, fresh), and to be outdoors with family and friends. Jon is a huge college football fan (GO MOUNTAINEERS!) and greatly enjoys meeting new people.

  Melanie Burke - Executive Assistant/Contract to Close Coordinator   Melanie is originally from Ohio and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from The Ohio State University. She has lived in Raleigh since 2003 and is proud to call it her home. With 15 years of customer service experience, the last 5 being in the banking industry, she is well suited for the transition into real estate. Previously, she worked as an agent and buyer specialist for The Moving Experience team and has since transitioned to an Executive Assistant and Contract to Close role.   Melanie has a clear understanding of what each of the many Triangle communities have to offer. As a former agent, she is able to assist our clients throughout the closing process with a wealth of knowledge and experience. She prides herself on excellent customer service and professionalism, making the buying and selling process run as smoothly as possible!

Melanie Burke - Executive Assistant/Contract to Close Coordinator

Melanie is originally from Ohio and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from The Ohio State University. She has lived in Raleigh since 2003 and is proud to call it her home. With 15 years of customer service experience, the last 5 being in the banking industry, she is well suited for the transition into real estate. Previously, she worked as an agent and buyer specialist for The Moving Experience team and has since transitioned to an Executive Assistant and Contract to Close role.

Melanie has a clear understanding of what each of the many Triangle communities have to offer. As a former agent, she is able to assist our clients throughout the closing process with a wealth of knowledge and experience. She prides herself on excellent customer service and professionalism, making the buying and selling process run as smoothly as possible!