About Us

Amy Wienands

Amy Wienands

President & CEO

A little about me

Born and raised in the Cedar Valley. I’ve grown to love this community. Grew up with loving, supportive & inspiring parents and was blessed to be raised with my two sisters. Spent Friday nights working in the concessions at local football games, Saturday mornings selling mini donuts at town fairs, cleaning & painting rental houses, and delivering papers. I was taught at a young age to appreciate hard work. Graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa with a degree in psychology. Took my first real job in Chicago in the Cook County Jail teaching employ-ability skills to inmates. With numerous trips on the "L" to and from work, I read a book that my dad gave me called "The Magic of Thinking Big". After reading this book I knew the Cook County Jail wasn’t my true calling and made the decision to move back to the Cedar Valley and seek out an opportunity to make a mark on our community. Sales sounded exciting and selling homes sounded like a rewarding experience. I hit the ground running spending almost every night knocking on doors and handing out apples stating I was "Fresh in the Business, Hire me and start packing!" I am a huge proponent of marketing and truly believe in "Obsessively Working for You!" I was blessed to meet my amazing husband on a blind date arranged by a past client. Steve and I were married a few years later and I took my first vacation, our honeymoon where I didn’t call the office every single day to check in. I love married life! We added to our family and were blessed with twins - Foster and Faith in 2015! They are miracles and a complete blessing!

A few of my favorites

My cute husband. Faith Barbara and Foster Steven - the sweetest blessings! Saturday morning breakfast with Steve. A great cup of coffee. My nieces and nephews. A Sold sign. My standard poodle – Henry. Spicy food. Love watches – my grandpa had a collection and passed on the appreciation for great watches. A new worship cd. Indian food. I love technology. Canoeing. Beat boxing. The Plaza in Kansas City. Bustin’ a move. Michigan Ave in Chicago. Great pair of shoes – Dad always taught us that you have to have a nice pair. Northface – summer or winter. My clients – They become friends and bring a lot to my life.

Looking for Amy?

Phone: 319.240.7247
Chris Carter

CHRIS CARTER

REAL ESTATE AGENT

A little about me

Father, A former 26-year-television newsman, these days I tell people I’m still in your living room, I’m just in person now. A 6th generation Californian, I split the family tree moving to Iowa 19 years ago and had two daughters. They’re the best people I know and my highest compliment is that if I were their same age , I’d want to be friends with them. I grew up in the 2nd largest city in America, then near arguably the most scenic mountain lake resort area in the country, then the wine country and finally wound up being surrounded by corn and soybeans....wouldn’t change any of it. God has a plan and occasionally clues me in about it.

A few of my favorites

My daughters top every favorite list..our two cats fall right behind. Ethnic food (the more spicy/flavorful the better) music to chill by, great wine, great friends, big laughs. The sound of the ocean. Anything genuine. Motivated sellers and buyers!

Looking for Chris?

Phone: 319.230.3195
Anna

Anna Caughron

Sales Manager

A little about me

Wife, Mother and still a bit silly. I was born and raised in the Cedar Valley, married my high school sweet heart and love of my life. Despite what doctors told us, by the grace of God we are parents to the two most amazing kids. Our daughter Carley and son Cael keep our lives full of laughter and excitement. We are an active family spending a lot of time at swim meets, triathlons & baseball games. I love to be creative and grew up with a love for dance; you can witness a spontaneous dance party break out at our house. I was blessed to be raised in a family where thinking outside the box was praised and where I was loved and encouraged. Right out of college I worked in retail and grew to understand the importance of great customer service. I seek to bring a creative edge to our customer service here at the Amy Wienands Team. The Lord is so faithful and I praise Him for all the wonderful blessings that are my daily life!

A few of my favorites

My awesome husband, my amazing daughter and son, our family’s random dance parties, music, a good cup of coffee, a stroll through TJ Maxx, a really good laugh, Saturday mornings, being outdoors and enjoying nature, finding great pieces to decorate my home with, photography, Pandora radio and in all honesty…. A Starbucks Holiday Spice flat white!!!

Looking for Anna?

Phone: 319.830.0323
Russ Davis

Russ Davis

Real Estate Agent

A little about me

Husband of my fourth grade classmate, father of two daughters and one son and grandfather of five grandgirls. Born, raised and matured in the great state of "Ioway", I will probably never leave this black soil behind. I learned the value of and the return on hard work at an early age working along side my dad on our century, dairy farm in Clayton County. The fire that took my one-room, country school gave me the opportunity to meet my future wife, Jean, when I joined the fourth grade in McGregor. I earned my BA in accounting at Luther College in 1973, after which my bride of three years and I headed off to the huge city of Waterloo. After 30 years of providing accounting, consultation and administration services to medical practices and a local hospital, it was time for a new career. Taking six months off from "a real job" I did the finish work in the new addition we put on our country home. An advertisement for real estate pre-licensing classes jumped off the Waterloo Courier classified page. As I love work variety, appreciate construction and receive satisfaction from solving problems, I thought to myself "Why not?". The rest of the story is an highly enjoyable time helping solve the real estate issues of my clients in the Cedar Valley. I am very pleased and proud to join the Amy Wienands Real Estate Team.

A few of my favorites

My gracious God, a loving and supporting wife, a great family, the smells of fresh, wood shavings and drying hay, the tug on a taut line disappearing into a swirling walleye hole, entering the last words into a crossword puzzle, opening a new Tom Clancy or John Grisham novel and the sound of a mother loon calling for chicks across a misty lake.

Looking for Russ?

Phone: 319.239.6136
Steph Paxton

Steph Paxton

Listing Partner

A little about me

Wife, Mom, Daughter, Sister. Born & raised in Waterloo. Went to the University of Northern Iowa to study education. Met the most amazing person in my life my junior year of college. Married him 6 months later on the hottest day of July, 1999. "When you know, you know". 2 boys, Maxwell and Cooper. Can't imagine life without them. They bring more joy to my life than I knew I could ever experience. Lived in Des Moines for 10 years. Started my teaching career in Adel. Taught 3rd grade for 2 years. Stayed home with my boys for the next 8 years. Those years spent at home were the hardest, but most joyful. Moved back to Waterloo and began work at AWRE. Good to be home. Truly blessed.

A few of my favorites

My stinkin cute husband, Josh. Maxwell & Coop and their wild, but tender-hearted selves. My cockapoo - Dungy. A little JT (Justin Timberlake). A little Kenny Rogers. A good cup of coffee. Decorative pillows. Buffalo Wild Wings - Chicken tender salad with Asian Zing. Watching movies and eating pizza with my family on Friday nights. Coke on ice - especially in an airplane cup (you know the little plastic ones). North Face gear (whatever the season). Vineyard Church. My parents who have given so much love and are a constant in my life. My sassy, but sweet sisters and sis in-laws. My 7 nieces and 3 nephews who are full of personality!

Looking for Steph?

Phone: 319.269.2477
Shay Trask

Shay Trask

Real Estate Agent

A little about me

Young, energetic, born and raised in the Cedar Valley. I grew up in Reinbeck, Iowa where I was raised to appreciate hard work. At the age of 10 years old, I was motivated to save up for my first car and have been hard at work ever since! I grew up being creative and involved in sports (soccer, basketball, football & golf). I still play golf regularly. I am a huge UNI fan and also follow Iowa and ISU closely. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Real Estate degree, however my knowledge extends back as my family has been involved in construction for my entire life. I began my career with Amy Wienands Real Estate just a few days after graduating and have found it to be so rewarding. I am the techie of our team! I love new technology and make it a priority to push our team to new levels!

A few of my favorites

Boating. Snowmobiling. Golf. Cars. Beach. Sporting events. Concerts. Motorcycles. DIY projects. New adventures. Great dinner. Hotwings & cheese fries.

Looking for Shay?

Phone: 319.404.5810
Mary Gillett

Mary Gillett

Listing Partner

A little about me

Grew up in small town in northern Iowa. As a teenager, learned the importance of hard work and serving others delivering newspapers, detasseling corn, and working in restaurants. After graduating high school, headed down the highway to attend the University of Northern Iowa. What a great decision! Four years later, with a marketing degree and many great memories, began a career path beginning with banking, then pharmaceutical sales, financial strategies, and home construction. Finally, pulling all the experiences together into real estate. Clearly, the Cedar Valley left quite an impression, as I never left the area. Family is very important to me, and my kids are my life’s greatest blessing. Many enjoyable hours are spent sitting on chairs, benches, and bleachers cheering on their various sports teams, enjoying concerts, or simply spending time together. Through their activities I have met many amazing people. Daily I receive reminders that I am not the one in the driver’s seat and need to rely on the Lord to take back the wheel! I enjoy helping people and I appreciate various types of homes. What a joy it is to bring the two together! My coworkers at Amy Wienands Real Estate are an amazing group and I truly love being a part of this team!

A few of my favorites

My kids! Fishing with my son. Shopping with my daughter. Kick boxing. Sporting events, at any level. Remodeling. The sound of water lapping up the side of a boat. Salsa gardening. A favorite song on the radio. Going for walks. A great smoothie, each and every day.

Looking for Mary?

Phone: 319.231.8689
Phillip Shirk

Phillip Shirk

Real Estate Agent

A little about me

Lifelong resident of the Cedar Valley. UNI graduate. My family is super important to me. Some of my favorite times have been spent on our family farm hanging out. I am a people person. I love meeting new people and can talk to almost anybody.

A few of my favorites

Love being active. Biking is my favorite. My family – immediate and extended! Fishing. I enjoy being generous. Jimmy John’s. OP Grinder pizza with jalapenos.

Looking for Phillip?

Phone: 319.239.4446
Mandy Wittmayer

Mandy Wittmayer

Real Estate Agent

A little about me

Born and raised in the Cedar Valley. Blessed to have the most amazing family, including a husband who can always make me laugh, two beautiful daughters. My parents and brother have always been there for me and I don’t know what I would do without them. I began working when I was 14, have worked in food service (Dairy Queen was my favorite), retail, and marketing for non-profits. In each of these positions I learned the value of customer service, and I always tried to exceed the customer’s expectations. I graduated from UNI with a degree in communications. GO PANTHERS! Relationships are important to me and I look forward to building new relationships with our clients, vendors and anyone else who happens to walk in our front door.

A few of my favorites

My husband. Beautiful daughters and their laughter. A fresh cup of coffee. The first crisp, fall morning. Shopping with my mom. Being cuddled up in front of the fireplace during a really good snowstorm (hey, when you live in Iowa, you have to embrace these things). A leisurely trip to Target. A king size Kit Kat. Gummy bears. New Girl.

Looking for Mandy?

Phone: 319.269.2477
Kimmy French

Kimmy French

Real Estate Agent

A little about me

Raised in Waterloo. Became a Registered Respiratory Therapist, working in Intensive Care and Emergency Care for several years. Married my high school sweetheart and lived in Central Florida for 19 years. Blessed to raise three great kids, and loved being a full time mom. We returned to the Cedar Valley, where I developed a love for detasseling corn and cycling.

A few of my favorites

My sweet husband, Mark and our kids - Noah, Tavi & Isaac. Our church, and being a part of the worship team. Our adorable chocolate and cream Shih Tzu, Beasley. Riding Ragbrai - 7th time this year! Vintage Christmas decor. Cozy jammies. Reading great books. Real - not microwave popcorn & sunflower seeds in the shell.

Looking for Kimmy?

Phone: 319.215.0530

Denise Tix

Denise Tix

Transaction Coordinator

A little about me

Born and raised in the Cedar Valley. Married to my high school sweetheart and my best friend Craig. Mom to two amazing kids, Hailey and Trevor. Grandma to our 1st grandbaby. I love to be silly which sometimes annoys my kids! Vacations have always been an integral part of our family and have given us wonderful memories to cherish. Spending time with my family is very important to me and I'm thankful for them every single day. I am truly blessed.
I'm very excited to be a part of the Amy Wienands Real Estate family.

A few of my favorites

Doing anything and everything with my kids! A skinny vanilla latte, hot sunny days. Nothing beats a day on the Harley. A pan of scotcheroos, cuddling in front of the fireplace on any winter night, Chicago Blackhawks hockey, Pinterest (maybe addicted!) And anything with bling!

Looking for Denise?

Phone: 319.269.2477
Lindsey Smith

Lindsey Smith

Director of First Impressions & Care Coordinator

A little about me

Graduated from Ames High and came to UNI for college. Stayed in the Cedar Valley with a church plant, Candeo Church, and saw the Lord work in miraculous ways. Beyond blessed with the grace that He continues to pour out each day in my life and for His Son to lead the way. Got married to my best friend, Chad, in May 2015. It is an absolute joy to work at Amy Wienands Real Estate. From coworkers to clients, all bring a smile to my face day after day.

A few of my favorites

My amazing husband and loving family. Coffee chats with the best of friends. Walking the beach in Panama City, FL. My church. Caramel Macchiatos. Discipling young gals in their walks with the Lord. Love to sing - worship music to country music and everything in between. Anything Harry Potter. Fall nights. Crafting and Calligraphy. Love me some football - Shareholder of the Green Bay Packers - Go Pack Go!

Looking for Lindsey?

Phone: 319.269.2477

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Amy Wienands
Amy Wienands
President and CEO

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