MEET THE TEAM

Jeff Minter

Jeff Minter

Team Leader | Listing Specialist

As a self-proclaimed data nerd, Jeff makes the ideal listing specialist and business manager for the Minter Team. His ability to analyze market trends not only help sellers make smart decisions about pricing, but also make him a well-informed advocate throughout negotiations. While selling your home, Jeff will handle most of the transactional duties with your listing, including paperwork, pricing, negotiations, regular communication, and updates.

In his former life, Jeff taught middle and high school students in multiple subjects while also serving as Head Football Coach at Belleville High School. He continues to enjoy coaching many youth sports including basketball, football, baseball, and soccer. Jeff doesn’t believe in down time, so if he is not working or coaching, you might find him throwing a ball around with his boys, or teaching his musically-inclined daughter a new Metallica riff on the guitar. That being said, if a Badger or Packer game is on, all bets are off!

Tara McKuen

Tara McKuen

Buyer Specialist

After beginning her career as a solo agent Tara is excited to join The Minter Team as a Buyer Specialist. We are happy to bring Tara on board as we know she has a service minded heart and a deep passion for placing others first as evidenced by the excellent service she provides her clients.

Outside of real estate Tara is a hardworking mother of three kids, two furbabies, and wife to one! Originally from a very small town in northern Wisconsin, she moved to Madison in 1998 and has since enjoyed discovering all of the greatness that south central Wisconsin has to offer- from the outstanding farmer’s markets, to the adorable old houses, and of course the wine and ice cream! In her free time she loves going to concerts with her husband or camping and exploring with her family. Tara is also very passionate about photography.

Michelle Minter

Michelle Minter

Buyer Specialist

Michelle’s passion for helping and mentoring others through difficult situations make her the team’s rockstar buyer’s agent and staging specialist. Guiding first-time homebuyers through the process is one of her favorite things about the job. Michelle works mostly with buyers, including an initial goal-setting meeting, showings,negotiations, and regular communication and updates throughout the process. Sellers can also expect to work with Michelle during their staging appointment, but most of her work with listings will be behind-the-scenes marketing efforts to get your house seen and sold!

Prior to real estate, Michelle taught middle and high school math for 14 years, and enjoyed coaching cross country as well. Originally from Beaverton, Oregon, she loves anything outdoors and her favorite hobbies include paddlesports, hiking, camping, and running. When Wisconsin weather keeps her indoors, she finds her fun with DIY projects, yoga, and learning the ukulele.

Shawna Gonzalez

Shawna Gonzalez

Client Care Coordinator | Marketing

In her role as Client Care Coordinator Shawna is here to make sure our clients have a world class real estate experience. Her main duties include coordinating transaction paperwork, managing deadlines, and overseeing our client experience.

Shawna has a passion for volleyball and plays often with her husband, Michael. She is also an animal lover and has rescued three cats & a dog.

ABOUT JEFF & MICHELLE

As a family of five we understand how important it is to have a great place to call home in a community that fits your lifestyle. This is why we’ve made the decision to live, work, and raise our family in the Dane County area. We value the countless activities and entertainment options, the outdoor activities made possible in part by the beautiful lakes in the area, and the people that make our community such a wonderful place to live.

Prior to our careers in real estate we each served as teachers and coaches at several area schools.

Jeff began his teaching career at Belleville Middle School where he taught language arts, social studies, and math while also serving as Head Football Coach and Assistant Track Coach. After the birth of our second child, Max, Jeff quickly realized it would take more to support the family and provide the opportunities we were looking for. Always interested in leadership and personal development, Jeff pursued educational administration in hopes of landing an assistant principal position at an area middle or high school. This pursuit led Jeff to spend a year working with at-risk freshmen in the Sun Prairie School District and later to serve as an alternative education teacher within the Oregon School District.

Outside of work you’re most likely to find Jeff watching the Badgers and Packers, running, cooking, or reading up on leadership and personal development topics. Within the community he has served on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce while also coaching multiple youth sports including football, basketball, t-ball, softball, and soccer.

Michelle also began her teaching career in Belleville as a high school math teacher. Who knew that little old Belleville, Wisconsin would be where this Portland, Oregon native would meet her future husband and business partner?! After 9 years at Belleville Michelle also felt the need to explore and landing a position teaching math at Oregon Middle School. While she will always have the heart of a teacher, Michelle’s priorities remain with her children. After a few years of Jeff’s pestering to take the leap with him, Michelle joined Jeff and has not looked back.

Michelle enjoys paddling on the lake, hiking Picnic Point, running, yoga, gardening, and cooking. She also continues to be involved in the community by spending her time volunteering in local schools and coaching Girls on the Run.

From our family to yours, welcome home!

“Michelle has a deep concern for other people and is amazing at being able to actively listen.”

“Jeff consistently demonstrates a remarkable level of integrity and is extremely conscientious about the quality of his work.”

“Michelle embodies the essential values of respect, honesty, compassion, and integrity.”

“I appreciate that Jeff is solution focused.”

“Jeff is a person of high character, integrity, and inspiring leadership. He has the ability to create a strong vision, to organize, and unite people to work towards that vision.”

“Jeff will bring a level of professionalism, passion, and dedication that is unmatched.”

First, let me start by saying that we had worked with three different Realtors over the past 10 years, and Jeff and Michelle were like a breath of fresh air after all we had experienced. Everything about working with them was great. They were professional, efficient and positive through the whole process. We chose to use their services for the sale of our Madison condo, which at that time was no small task considering the condo market has taken a long time to come back. Jeff and Michelle helped us price it and stage it perfectly, and we had two offers in only eight days! We were so pleased with their work that we wouldn’t have considered anyone else to then help us buy our new house. Jeff and Michelle are the perfect team- intelligent and savvy, while still being 100% friendly, fun and available for you through whatever you need. You leave the process feeling cared for and like you are a member of their community. They are the only realtors I will ever consider working with in the future!

Ben & Allison, Middleton

Michelle helped my husband and I buy our first home. She was instrumental in our positive experience. She was supportive of our needs and was willing to go to bat for us when the situation arose. She proactively kept track of those situations as we, as beginners, were not always aware of. She was dependable in communication and outlined the ins and outs of the buying process with clarity. Every question we had was met with generosity and patience. We are so appreciative of Michelle Minter and believe strongly she is the realtor/buyers’ agent that you need!

Steven & Tuyet, Madison