Breeden Realtors announces promotions

Staff Reports

Jan Hexamer-Gardner, president of Century 21 Breeden Realtors, has announced promotions for several longtime agents and staff members.

  • Scott Taskey, Janet Brinkman and Dean Doughty have each been promoted to the position of senior vice president.
  • John Wischmeier and Karen Dugan have been promoted to the position of vice president.
  • Larry Henry has been promoted to chief financial officer of Breeden Inc.

Taskey, Brinkman, Wischmeier and Dugan will continue to focus on selling residential real estate, representing buyers and sellers as they continue to be totally involved in listing and selling of residential properties.

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“We hope to take advantage of their knowledge and experience as they advise us occasionally on management in various areas, but they are outstanding residential agents and will continue to sell and list residential real estate full time,” Hexamer-Gardner said.

“These particular individuals have led our sales effort for several years and raised the bar for our future. But in addition to these four agents, we feel very fortunate to have an entire team of residential agents who are well-trained professionals and work diligently to continue the Breeden philosophy and enhance the company reputation,” she said.

Taskey joined Breeden in 1994. He began his relationship with Breeden as a buyer of his first home. Originally with the railroad, Taskey then founded his own pool business, Caribbean Clear. Taskey has been honored as the No. 1 agent in the Century 21 system in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky in 2012 and 2013.

He was No. 3 agent in Indiana and Ohio in 2011 and No. 1 agent in Indiana in 2007.

Brinkman, who has been with the firm for 26 years, holds professional designations Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Leadership Training Graduate (LTG) and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES). She served as president of the Columbus Board of Realtors in 1994 and again in 2004 and was a vice president of Region II of the Indiana Association of Realtors, serving on its Directors Council 1997-2004.

She also served as state president, governor, regional vice president of the Women’s Council of Realtors and state chairman of the political action committee. She was the No. 1 agent for Century 21 in Indiana Ohio Region in 2011. She was also honored in 2012 by Century 21 with the International Hall of Fame award. She currently serves on the board of Tipton Lakes Community Association. A graduate of Hanover College, she received an Alumni Achievement Award in 1988 and also served two terms on the Alumni Board of Directors.

She also holds a master of science in education from Indiana University.

John Wischmeier joined Century 21 Breeden in 2003. John founded Wischmeier Nursery in 1986 in conjunction with his parents after graduating from Vincennes University. He serves on the Bartholomew County Historical Society board and is a member of Columbus Rotary and Business Networking and Referrals (BNI).

Karen Dugan is a Bartholomew County native and joined Breeden in 1995. She holds professional designations as a relocation and new construction specialist as well as the ABR. Karen was the No. 1 agent in Indiana for Century 21 in 2010. A graduate of Indiana University, Breeden also was a graduate of Leadership Bartholomew County.

Dean Doughty, Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB), GRI, who has served as sales manager and director of relocation since 2008, originally joined the company in 1999. He has more than 25 years of experience in real estate management, agent coaching, training and corporate relocation development. Doughty has been recognized nationally for exemplary performance in relocation and received The Century 21 Cartus Relocation Award. He also served as residential sales manager for real estate companies in the Cincinnati and Indianapolis markets.

Larry Henry joined Breeden in 1997 as controller. He previously served as controller for Crystal Flash Petroleum Corp. Henry graduated from Hanover College with a degree in economics and has an MBA from Indiana University. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the Indiana Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Century 21 Breeden Realtors and Breeden Inc. were established in 1951 by the late Rex E. Breeden. The companies are owned by Jan Hexamer-Gardner and Mark A. Pratt.