Mike Bertel founded inhab Group in 2004. He grew up on job sites under the tutelage of his father and grandfather, both New Orleans natives. After studying business at Colorado State University he returned to his birthplace and founded the company. He loves watching the inhab vision come to fruition and leading a team of highly talented individuals. He’s visited over 60 countries and brings back inspiration through his video and photography projects.
Molly O’Keefe joined inhab in May 2013 as the Business Manager. She is originally from Gulf Shores, Alabama and moved to New Orleans in August 2005 to attend Tulane University. She graduated from Tulane with a MBA along with a BA in Political Economy. She has been working in the accounting and finance industry for the past eight years. Roll Tide.
Karon Reese got her real estate license while working on a Ph.D. in literature at the University of Arkansas in 2004. She quickly discovered that she loves the exhilaration that comes with helping people find one of their big loves-their homes. She went on to become a top producer, getting her broker’s license a few years later. She moved to New Orleans in 2011 and fell hard and fast in love with the city. When she’s not listing and selling the gorgeous architecture of New Orleans she’s hosting Mardi Gras parade parties, not missing a day of Jazz Fest, and frequenting all of the city’s great restaurants. Karon serves as the vice president of Coliseum Square Association, as vice president of Friends of the New Orleans Library, and assists with fundraising for the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights. She’s a member of two krewes, two book clubs, and is a faithful yogi.
Emery Finegan was born and raised in New Orleans and is a graduate of Spring Hill College with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising. She is a digital marketing enthusiast looking to solve problems both in and out of the office. Her hobbies include swerving potholes and waiting for the next Jazz Fest lineup to be announced.
Jamie Solock joined inhab as the Art and Marketing Director. She moved to New Orleans after completing her Masters of Sculpture at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She uses her skills as an artist to create innovative design campaigns, websites, and displays for creative companies. She is particularly interested in using new technologies to generate striking solutions to design problems. Jamie is also a member of the New Orleans art collective the Front, where she shows her work.
Alicia Brandkamp joined the inhab team as Design Manager after relocating to New Orleans from the West Coast. With a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Washington State University, Alicia loves the historic architecture and charm of New Orleans. Her spare time is spent exploring the city and trying to figure out how to pronounce all of the street names.
Tara Loftis joined inhab in January 2018 as the Real Estate Operations Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from Yale University and has broad work and travel experience. In her spare time, Tara manages her own yoga studio, which she opened in New Orleans in June 2015. She is certified to teach several different styles of yoga and continues to teach yoga in her spare time. You can catch her at Nola Yoga Loft on Magazine Street a few days a week. In the meantime, she’s loving the good vibes at inhab!
Cody Stringer received his bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Leadership Studies from the University of Colorado. Upon graduating, Cody worked as a loan officer where he earned numerous awards including Employee of the Year for his respective region. Cody began working with the inhab Group 8 years ago as the construction manager and designer. After numerous underwhelming experiences with various real estate agents, he decided to pursue his real estate license in 2012. Cody’s background in construction management, design, financing, and real estate sales make him a unique and valuable contribution to buyers, sellers and developers.
How did I get into Real Estate? Well, I grew up in Northwest Arkansas on several acres. When I was 12 years old my mother told us we were going to start looking for a new house. I helped her for months, going to open houses and showings with her, falling in love with old crown moldings and tall ceilings. I would walk into a house I’d never seen before and discover the power of gorgeous architecture and clean lines. I guess you could say I loved houses from an early age. And I absolutely loved the activity of searching for our dream house. After riding my bike to a newer neighborhood a few miles down the road, I walked through a house that was being framed and knew it was our house. I ran back home and told my mother I had found our new house. We moved in a few months later.
I went to the University of Arkansas, studied abroad on a small Greek Island, and after college I moved to London and Melbourne, Australia. In 2012 I returned to New Orleans, making my home in the Lower Garden District where I served on the board of my neighborhood association. I got my real estate license in 2016 and have been busy selling the beautiful architecture of New Orleans since then. My other hobbies include traveling to new places, practicing yoga at my sister’s yoga studio, spending time with my family and friends and our collection of dogs.