Our Team

bwe1Brandy White Elk – Broker/Owner

Brandy White Elk is the Broker and Owner of Innovative Real Estate Strategies. Her vision to open a company where she could actually help people in need is what started it all.  She was a pioneer in short sale training and procedure here in Las Vegas. Around 2005, there was no formal training nor were there many brokers who would even allow agents to negotiate short sales in their offices. So she started to write manuals, negotiation scripts and course materials to assist other agents in the short sale arena. As a result, Brandy was asked to serve as an advisor for several banks when they were implementing their short sale platforms. She has trained over 8,000 agents, loss mitigation negotiators and business affiliates on short sale procedures, REO best practices and BPO’s.

Brandy and her team have negotiated and closed over 450 short sales in Nevada with over $75 million in mortgage debt forgiveness. Taking care of the homeowner and doing everything possible to negotiate with the bank to waive all deficiencies is paramount. In addition, she implemented a recovery plan to support homeowners in rebuilding their financial future once the short sale transaction is closed. Due to Brandy’s leadership and inspiration, IRES has become forward thinking, compassionate and most of all accountable to helping homeowners across the valley in their desperate time of need.

Her book of business consists of short sales, REOs, property management and a strong investor portfolio. She still teaches classes and recently opened a new training facility to serve and educate homeowners.

FUN FACT: Brandy was awarded an athletic scholarship as a heptathlete at Cal State University of Sacramento.


yvonneYvonne Hyde- Chief Compliance Officer

Yvonne has over 20 years Real Estate and Property Management experience. She is the former broker/owner of Painted Desert Realty and Las Vegas Valley Realty. During this time Yvonne was consistently in the top 10% of producing agents citywide. Yvonne is our chief compliance officer on all transactions as well as agent licensing, and we are grateful to have her wealth of knowledge.

FUN FACT: She purchased a 36ft Carver Mariner boat and is semi-retired playing “pirate” on Lake Mead every weekend.


TG2aTerri Grayson White Elk – Operations and REO Manager

Terri graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Upon graduation she nurtured her client care dexterity for five years as a client services supervisor for a top trade show contractor. In 2003, she became a licensed REALTOR® and enjoyed the success of the Las Vegas real estate boom. Two years later she partnered with a Las Vegas land developer as a managing member. She raised seed capital for real estate projects in Las Vegas, Arizona and California, with project value totaling over $64 million. Terri has been with the IRES family since 2009.

FUN FACT: She plays the drums, prefers to play electric guitar over acoustic and loves classic rock.


karinaKarina Silva – Short Sale and Escrow Manager

Karina comes to us with 9+ years of real estate experience. She has been a member of the IRES team for 7+ years now and is an integral part to our success at IRES.  She is Brandy White Elk’s right hand when managing both the short sale and escrow departments at IRES.  Incredibly quick, smart and sharp, her shoulders carry much responsibility that she handles in excellence. She is a licensed REALTOR® and also trilingual in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

FUN FACT: She’s an avid pianist, was born in Brazil and moved to the U.S when she was 14 years old.


geri1Geri Poulter – Senior Short Sale Processor

Geri comes to the IRES team with extensive experience in working through challenges and emergencies as she was in the Air Force for 12 years during the Vietnam Era.  She has her real estate license in both Nevada and Arizona since 2006.  She processedloan modifications for Bank of America and Wells Fargo for 4 years. In addition, she has been processing short sales since early 2007 and has an incredible skill in saving the most difficult files and getting foreclosure sale dates rescinded.

FUN FACT: She taught Life Extension Courses at Miami Community College where the average age of the class graduate was 80 years old.



Jaclyn Williams – Transaction Coordinator / Short Sale Processor

Jaclyn became a licensed REALTOR® in 2005. In 2009, became licensed as a Broker/ Salesperson.  She has extensive experience in REO and buyer transactions. Jaclyn has been a transaction coordinator for the last five years and has closed over 1000 files as a transaction coordinator. As the market changed, she shifted with the flow and has flourished in the short sale arena.

FUN FACT: She was a school teacher in Honolulu, Hawaii and taught seventh grade social studies, hula, health, and physical education.


lorraineLorraine Haynes – Property Manager

Lorraine has been a licensed REALTOR® for 14 years. She has extensive experience in the REO industry and owned a BPO property evaluation company that turned out 400 BPOs per month.  In addition, she owned and operated a property preservation company specializing in rekeys, lock-out/evictions services, trash outs, and restoration.  For the past five years she has managed her own investment properties as well as her top client’s investment property portfolios.

FUN FACT: She has a beautiful singing voice and can cut it up on the dance floor.



Andrea Gross – IRES Office Administrator

Andrea is our office administrator at IRES. She has been in the REO real estate industry for 4 years and brings much experience in BPO evaluations.  Prior to getting involved in the real estate world she was a health technician for four years in California. Andrea is bilingual and speaks English and Spanish. She is a great team player, no fuss-no muss attitude, puts her head down and gets the job done!

FUN FACT:  She is passionate about reading and is in the process of building her own personal library.


RA1Russell Arnold – REALTOR®

Russ has many years of sales, finance, and contract negotiation experience.  After moving to Las Vegas in 2001, he began working for AutoNation, a Fortune 500 Company, as Director of Finance.  He made the transition to a career in real estate soon after and has since become a top producer and is ranked in the top 1% of Realtors in Nevada.

Fun Fact:  Russ sold real estate in Dubai for 2 years and was a participant in CityScape Abu-Dhabi & Dubai


VS2Veronica Suarez – REALTOR®

Veronica Suarez has assisted numerous buyers to accomplish the American Dream as well as investors to increase their profits. She provides free consultations for staging and personal marketing counseling. Veronica goes beyond the extra mile to represent her clients’ best interests and net them the highest amount of money at close of escrow. During the last five years, Veronica and her team have also assisted many distressed homeowners to successfully short-sale their home and avoid foreclosure.

Fun Fact: Veronica is fluent in English, Spanish and German.


Mike KahnMichael Kahn – REALTOR®

Michael has been a full time Realtor since 2003. He was co-owner of Team K2 Remax Excellence 2004-2007. While he specializes in all aspects of real estate, he is also a licensed property manager and worked extensively with investors regarding managing flips and rental holds. He has his Bachelors of Science degree from Francis Marion University in Political Science.

Fun Fact: He was a firefighter in South Carolina and Pennsylvania.


JohnJohn Casey – REALTOR®

John has worked with several attorneys to help facilitate the successful processing and closing of over 60 short sales. He is bilingual in Spanish and English and over half his clients are Spanish speaking. He received his license in 2004, before the boom hit, and has successfully pushed through each change in the market since then.

Fun Fact:  John is skilled in the martial art of Muay Thai and has practiced for years.


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