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About The Thomas Team
The Thomas Team is one of the Chicago area’s most successful real estate brokerage partnerships. Co-founders Michael and Lene Thomas launched their business in 2001 with a shared vision to support their clientele with superior service. Today, The Thomas Team is among the top sellers of real estate on the North Shore, within the top 2% of all Chicago REALTORS® and the #1 brokerage team in Evanston for 2007-2012. The team’s business model is one of highly ethical practices, a strong infrastructure, advanced technology, superb marketing tools and a loyal network of clients and colleagues.
Mike and Lene’s main focus has always been to serve as knowledgeable and effective representatives for their clients. The Thomas’ have been fortunate enough to represent a wide variety of properties and clients, from first time homebuyers to long-time residents of the North Shore to some of Evanston's finest builders.
They have extensive experience within the condo, coop, townhome, single family, and new construction market. Their reach stretches as far north as Highland Park, south through the city and as far west as Wheaton; however, they concentrate the bulk of their business in Evanston and Wilmette. Additionally, through their strong referral network, they are happy to help clients who are relocating out of the area by introducing them to top agents in other communities around the country.
In 2009, The Thomas Team joined the Evanston/North Shore office of @properties, Chicago’s #1 real estate company by sales volume. The move allows the Thomas’ to be even more responsive to their clients’ needs and to offer a broader array of resources to market and sell their clients’ homes.
The Thomas Team views their client relationships as a personal investment. Prior to introducing a home to the brokerage community, they will work with a seller to optimize the presentation of their home, identify the target market, develop a strategic marketing plan and expertly assess the market value.
Co-founder Lene Thomas personally supervises the preparation of all marketing materials with a senior graphic design staff. The extensive process includes brand positioning, development of collateral materials, copy-writing, floor plan preparation and professional virtual tour photography. Marketing plans also feature targeted advertising, email campaigns, and Internet marketing that leverages company and team resources. With over 80% of homebuyers using the Web in their search, an enhanced online presence is essential.
The Thomas Team also guarantees a comprehensive and regularly scheduled property report of listing activity. Clients stay informed through Michael & Lene’s feedback from prospective buyers after each and every showing.
With two dedicated partners, Michael and Lene Thomas, The Thomas Team continues to prove itself in a highly competitive marketplace. Michael and Lene’s charismatic personalities, market knowledge and trusted service–coupled with industry leading technology, first class administrative support and marketing programs that are second to none – has placed them at the top of their field.
Michael & Lene Thomas proudly announced the addition of 2 new team member, Jennifer Scully and Cliff Sears - both licensed agents who share the Thomas Team's vision and bring their own areas of expertise.
Chicago's North Shore Communities: Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park , Chicago
Michael & Lene ThomasCo-Founders1821 Benson Ave.EvanstonIL 60201 US
Phone: (847 )322-6968
Michael Thomas – Co-Fou
Michael Thomas – Co-Founder
Michael Thomas is a lifelong resident of Evanston, and his buyers, sellers and investors benefit from the fact that he knows the area so well. Michael also excels in marketing strategy, client care and negotiations. As a result, he has an excellent rapport with agents and clients alike. He and his wife are active members in the community, especially with the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and Foundation Dist.65. Michael is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Lene Thomas – Co-Founder
Lene Thomas is the backbone of The Thomas Team, managing all the behind-the-scenes aspects involved in marketing, reporting, client communication and moving the transaction forward. She is also an expert at home staging. With a business degree and experience as a project manager in logistics and marketing for Philips Electronics, Lene brings a level of organization and precision to the real estate process that is reassuring to The Thomas Team’s clientele.
Prior to their real estate careers, Michael and Lene Thomas started two successful businesses, The Unicorn Café in 1991 and Casteel Coffee (a wholesale & retail coffee roasting company) in 1993. Both companies continue to add flavor to the Evanston community.
The Thomas’ reside in Evanston with their two daughters, Cecilia and Josephine. Several other family members live in Evanston and Chicago as well. While the Thomas’ are enthusiastic about real estate, they never forget that it’s the relationships and shared success that make their hard work so rewarding.
Awards & DesignationsCRS-Certified Relocation Specialist
CMS-Certified Marketing Specialist
CNS-Certified Negotiation Specialist
Certified International & Luxury Market Designation
President’s Elite Award 2005, 2006
President’s Circle Award 2007, 2008
#1 CB Office Agent 2006 sales
#1 CB Office Agent 2007 transactions
#5 CB Transaction Agent on The North Shore 2007
#1 Evanston @properties 2009
# 1 Transaction agent Evanston combined for 2007,2008, 2009
Top Producer @properties 2010, 2011. 2012
Outstanding Achievement Award $10-$20 Million 2010 - @properties
Outstanding Achievement Award $20+ Million 2011 - @propertiesOutstanding Achievement Award $20+ Million 2012 - @properties
Cliff SearsAgent1821 Benson Ave.EvanstonIL 60201 US
Phone: (847) 417-7289
Clifford Sears was born and raised on the north side of Chicago. He is currently a long time resident of Evanston.
Upon graduating from architectural school at the University of Arizona, Cliff worked in the Peace Corps for the Ministry of Public Works in Swaziland, Africa, designing and building low-cost housing, farmer training centers, hospitals, and governmental buildings.
After working for architectural firms in Arizona and Wisconsin, Clifford put his knowledge of residential design to use while marketing and selling homes. He has been a Realtor in Evanston for the last 17 years, resulting in the sales of over 300 homes--many of them while representing major local developers.
Clifford joined the Thomas Team in February of 2010 where he assists The Team with listings and buyers in addition to servicing his own clients.
17 Years of residential real estate experience
Prior architecture experience in green energy
Experience in new construction/developer representation
A high level of client service
Multi-Million Dollar Producer
Jennifer ScullyAgent1821 Benson Ave.EvanstonIL 60201 US
Phone: (312) 804-1855
Jennifer began her passion in real estate 13 years ago. She joined The Thomas Team as a top producer and a client advocate with consistent repeat business. Jennifer has an unparalleled commitment to providing excellent customer service and believes that listening to her clients' needs is the key to exceeding their expectations.
Jennifer has an unmatched comprehension of the city and northern suburbs that comes from being a lifelong Chicago resident. She grew up on the north side of Chicago and attended Regina Dominican High School and Loyola University. Her experience includes being a member of Buffini Business by Referral business program.
Jennifer's enthusiasm extends beyond real estate to her husband and daughter. She is an active member of the PTO at Coonley Elementary, is a licensed yoga instructor, and in a past life, a former top competitor at the U.S. Open of Dance Championships.
P Awards & Designations
Past member of Buffini Business by Referral business program
Baird and Warner President's Club Award
Coldwell Banker's President's Circle Award
Member of PTO Coonley Elementary
Member North Center Chamber of Commerce
Member Professional Women's Club of Chicago PWCC
Lisa RoquemoreClient Care Coordinator1821 Benson Ave.EvanstonIL 60201 US
Phone: (847) 448-5308
Lisa Roquemore is a Texas native who grew up in the Dallas area but recently relocated to Evanston, IL. She works with The Thomas Team on a daily basis managing and overseeing all administrative duties, including listings, input/updates, appointment scheduling, closing procedures and prospecting.
Lisa brings over 20 years of Management and Customer Service Management Experience. She was a Texas mortgage loan consultant and held management positions in the Mortgage and Wholesale Transportation industries. Lisa thrives on being behind the scene to ensure a business if running efficiently.
Lisa is married and has a daughter in college.
Michael JacobySenior Graphic Designer1821 Benson Ave.EvanstonIL 60201 US
Michael Jacoby grew up in Chicago’s western suburbs. He is an accomplished creative professional with several years of experience as an Art Director and Creative Director. He is responsible for the graphic design of all property marketing materials for The Thomas Team, including listing brochures, direct mail and signage. Michael also is an integral member of the @properties creative department, overseeing a number of projects relating to the firm’s branding and identity while also lending his creative talents to marketing campaigns for new-construction developments. As an AIGA member, Michael is an active member of the Chicago Design community.
Carrie SullivanOffice Manager1821 Benson Ave.EvanstonIL 60201 US
Carrie J. Sullivan has been a fixture of the @properties administrative team since 2003. She began in Contract Administrations and Development Project Management, wherein she handled the reporting and earnest money processing for many of @properties’ downtown developments, often with several hundred units per project. She then created, developed, and held the role of Contract Administrations Director before transitioning to Office Management in spring of 2012.
She possesses over 10 years of Real Estate administrative experience, a thorough understanding of contracts and License Law, and prides herself on her attention to detail and dedicated work ethic.