Executive Team

Sandra Sanders

Broker/Owner and Founder

  • Sandra founded RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty in 1984.
  • Sandra was a top producing Realtor in her community for over 25 years.
  • Sandra is the woman behind the vision and success of RE/MAX Estate Properties.
  • Sandra is considered one of the industry’s icons and outstanding leaders, honored and admired throughout California’s real estate community.
  • Sandra has been consistently awarded with highest accolades from RE/MAX of California & Hawaii, as well as RE/MAX LLC, earning the prestigious “Broker/Owner of the Year” award. The first woman ever to win this award.
  • In 2011, Sandra was awarded the National Home Ownership Award by RISMedia.

James Sanders


  • James earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Real Estate Finance from the University of Southern California.
  • James began his real estate career in 1989 with RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty, selling property in the South Bay and Greater Los Angeles. He obtained his Broker’s license in 2001 and took a Broker/Owner position along Sandra’s side.
  • James’ vision of a full service real estate company and his unfaltering motivation and determination have contributed to the success of RE/MAX Estate Properties.
  • James continuously looks to the future to give agents cutting edge tools, technology, support and training.
  • James has been a consistent top producer for over 20 years, earning the respect of his colleagues, and has been inducted in RE/MAX’s Hall of Fame.

Melanie Archer

In-house Legal Counsel

Melanie brings a new level of excitement and insight to the RE/MAX family and will offer a fresh perspective on real estate transactions. She received her B.A. in both English and Political Science from USC and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law. She began her career as a Real Estate attorney at Cox, Castle & Nicholson before joining her father, Steven Spierer, at Spierer, Woodward, Corbalis & Goldberg in Redondo Beach where she practiced law for an additional five years.

Melanie is a great asset and another resource to help the RE/MAX agents take their business to the next level. She is just an email or phone call away.

Gary Stager

Broker/General Manager

  • Gary Stager was a Fireman and Battalion Chief for the San Bernardino County Fire Department, until a helicopter accident in 1970 ended his fire career.
  • Gary has spent over 40 years in the real estate industry.
  • In 1972, Gary became a Realtor with Shorewood Realtors in Hermosa Beach and would eventually manage various Shorewood offices.
  • In 1976, Gary joined Spring Realty, a 35 office independent real estate company, as Vice President and then as Senior Vice President. Spring Realty converted to RE/MAX in 1982 and Gary founded RE/MAX South Bay in Torrance.
  • Gary formed a partnership with Sandra Sanders in 1997. Together they created what would become RE/MAX Estate Properties.
  • Gary has served as President of both the Torrance-Lomita Carson and the South Bay Association of Realtors, as well as Vice President and Board of Directors for United Multiple Listing Service in West Los Angeles.
  • Gary is currently the General Manager of RE/MAX Estate Properties and a designated broker for 2 offices. 

David B. Keller

Regional Manager - RE/MAX Estate Properties Beach Cities

"David Keller has over three decades of experience and knowledge.” To that extent, “his knowledge of the community and the real estate market are invaluable,” which gives him an, "upper hand on the real estate market,” deeming him a, “store-house of knowledge.
A Top-Producing seasoned agent and an Executive leader, managing over 100+ agents, those with whom he works describe his professionalism and drive as “unparalleled.” “He earns his business by doing what’s right for his clients every step of the way,” and as such, “David is not and never will be about just the sale.”
Beyond his value-driven demeanor, his grit gets the job done and makes his clients lifelong customers—"I would work with David again and again”— and even impresses those clients on the other side of the transaction: "I met David when he represented the seller on a RE transaction that I purchased with a now retired agent. I was so impressed with David that I decided to work with David on my RE needs ever since!”
To that end, "We could not be more pleased, and we strongly recommend David to anyone considering buying or selling a home in the South Bay,” "I have been proud to have David represent my interests and without hesitation recommend him to others,” "I highly recommend Dave whether its listing your home or looking for a home in the Beach cities of L.A.”

Terry Ballentine

Regional Manager - RE/MAX Estate Properties Westside

A 38-year veteran of the real estate profession, Terry previous held an Associate Manager position for 20 years with a large residential real estate firm. Terry specializes in the marketing and sale of residential and income producing property in Marina del Rey, Venice, and West Los Angeles. An outstanding producer throughout his career, he has handled the sale of properties from Malibu to the South Bay. Born and raised in Venice, Terry attended school locally, has served on the Board of Directors with the local Board of Realtors, designated as e-Pro by the National Association of Realtors, and has a Broker’s license since 1978.

John Sanders

Executive Vice President of Technology/Owner

John is a partner/owner and real estate broker.  He has been in the IT and data processing field since 1986 and worked with companies such as:
  • Oracle   
  • Teradata 
  • AT&T Professional services 
  • Intergraph
  • Execudata
He oversees the technical and facilities support team that use their expertise to help RE/MAX Associates with an ever-increasing reliance on computers and technology. 

Kristen Jensen


Our Accounting and Personnel Department, under the direction of CPA Kristen Jensen, professionally maintains RE/MAX Estate Properties’ Broker files, pays commissions promptly when closed escrow files are completed, provides 1099 forms and other income related information, maintains trust accounts and handles agent employment records and accounts.

Diane Sanders

Executive Vice President/Owner

Diane has been a real estate agent previously with RE/MAX Estate Properties and is currently the Event and Party Director for all of the RE/MAX Estate Properties offices. Diane is also a co-owner.

Jennifer Riddle

Director of Operations

Our offices are under the supervision of Jennifer Riddle, she is responsible for the training and development of the office staff and day-to-day operations within each office. She also handles company advertising, office supplies, office marketing material , company communication and company event set up and take down.  Jennifer is constantly on the go as an integral part of RE/MAX Estate Properties. 

Professional Receptionists

Our courteous and efficient receptionists play an important role in providing our professional image and support to the agents. Many times the receptionist is the first and only impression clients have of RE/MAX prior to being connected to you or having their calls placed into voice mail.

Directors of Career Development

Colleen Johnson and Amy Teitelbaum

Colleen Johnson and Amy Teitelbaum are responsible for training, supervising, and mentoring all new licensed Realtors joining the company as well as mentoring less experienced Realtors . The training consists of contractual training, sales techniques, accountability, problem solving, mentoring and consulting. Colleen and Amy's experience and knowledge of residential real estate, the local markets, negotiating, real estate contracts and disclosures provides new Realtors an advantage with her coaching, one-on-one mentoring and weekly training. Both are award winning, high producing Realtors and they exemplify the importance of hard work, dedication, customer service and ethical real estate practices.

Director of the Luxury Division

Kevin Moen has been associated with the South bay Real Estate Industry for over 20 years. During that time Kevin has served in a variety of positions, his vast experience covers the marketing and leasing of industrial and commercial property. Kevin has successfully built a business based on the simple principles of hard work and dealing with his clients with the highest degree of integrity. Throughout his career Kevin has consistently been recognized in the real estate industry as a top producing agent.  Kevin currently serves as the director of the luxury division of RE/MAX Estate Properties known as "The Collection".