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Steve Darden has over 26 years of real estate experience. Between 1990 and 1997, while still serving on active duty, Steve became a landlord by acquiring 5 rental home properties. He retired from the military as an 1SG/E8 (First Sergeant) in 1997. In 2000, he began working with the late Joe Buford of Joe Buford Real Estate. At the same time, Steve owned two small businesses – a home repair business called “Hammer and Nail” and a windshield repair business called Windshield Wizards. Steve excelled in real estate very quickly. In his first year with Joe Buford, he became the 2nd bestselling agent in the firm. In his second year, he became the #1 bestselling agent, outselling all other agents in the firm by both dollar amount and volume sold. It was during this time that Steve became known as the “Soldier of Real Estate”.
With aspirations of owning his own real estate firm, Steve took night classes in Austin, Texas in order to obtain his broker license. In 2003, he founded Soldiers of Real Estate. Though Steve started as an owner operated small business, in 2004 he added two staff members and six realtors – two of which have since started their own real estate firms. The number of realtors on staff has increased and decreased over the years, but the reputation and success of Soldiers of Real Estate has remained steady. As of October 2015, the number of properties managed by Soldiers of Real Estate has increased from 7 to 378 units. All the while, Steve has been the heart and soul of the company. He’s a respected business owner, an excellent broker and a trusted property manager.
Shawn is a graduate of Copperas Cove High School. After graduating; he pursued his passion to become a Chef by attending the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin, TX. Though Shawn continued to live and work in Austin, deep down he always had an interest in Real Estate. He soon attended the Allied Business School for Real Estate and Post University where he obtained his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Shawn has been working in the Real Estate Field for nearly 13 years.
With my combination of education and experience, I have become an efficient multi-tasker, an expert in managing stressful situations, and I enjoy providing superior customer service. Additionally, I am well organized, adaptable, and autonomous. In all my endeavors, I strive to position myself as a valuable resource.
In my spare time; I enjoy watching sports, traveling and going to networking events and being involved in the community.
Victoria Chestnut has over 5 years of experience in Property Management, in which, she amply demonstrates the ability to accurately depict accounting records including posting rent, accounting month end reporting, and managing delinquent accounts. She received her bachelor’s degree in Finance from Georgia Southern University and is currently pursuing her Masters of Business Administration in Project Management. Her dedication in both her personal and professional career proves that she has the ability to get the job done and the drive that contributes to the success in her life.
Victoria moved to Killeen from Columbia, SC on PCS orders with her husband and son, being she is not only a military spouse but a Navy Reservist herself. She states that “it is an honor to serve for her country and has a passion to help those who cannot help themselves.” She is 100% dedicated in supporting and assisting those who needs her assistance.
Jonathan Burton is a Realtor with Soldiers of Real Estate and a active member of the National Association of Realtors. Jon is originally from Sierra Vista, Arizona however; was raised in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Jon has a strong Military background. With years of customer service experience, Jon is determined and highly motivated to put his client’s first.
After completing his Associate’s Degree in Business Administration; Jon is currently pursuing his BA in Finance which he will incorporate in the Real Estate domain. Jon will not only provide value but he will meet the satisfactory of his client home buying and or selling needs.
Troy Rickabaugh graduated from Del Valle High School in 1985. Troy attended the champion of real estate school obtaining one of his goals in getting his real estate license. He considers Austin Texas the town that shaped him into the businessman he is today. Troy has been apart of the Schlotzsky's brand since June of 1985. He master the art of a dual role and customer satisfaction while climbing the corporate ladder the past 33 years. Troy and his wife Jessica met at Schlotzsky's and had a full circle moment in 1997 when they became franchisees of two locations, which one was the store they met at.
Troy has been married for 25 years. His family moved to Temple, TX in 2006. Where he took on another dual role for the local high volume Schlotzsky's. Troy has an eye for detail and a laser like focus, and the passion to see things through in order to help others achieve greatness in the American Dream of owning a home.
Youa Vue (pronounced Yoo-ah Voo) is from St. Paul, Minnesota and will be assisting in the Accounting and Property Management departments. She loves trying out new restaurants, traveling, and learning new things.
In order to grow and improve, Youa always welcomes feedback on her performance. She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from 2013 and recently completed a Masters Of Business Administration (2017). She has over ten years of experience in Healthcare Administration/Customer Service and hopes to run her own business some day. In the meantime, we are excited to have her on our team.