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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

ERA Team VP Real Estate Expands Ranks 5 New Associates Join Firm Focused on Growth

Chautauqua, NY (10/27/2015) — ERA Team VP Real Estate recently announced the addition of Shane Zahm, Darcie McLachlan, Christopher & Talitha Mascelli, and Jason Genberg to its team of real estate sales professionals serving consumers in the Chautauqua County area.

Shane Zahm joins ERA Team VP as a rookie real estate agent who is already on pace for $1,000,000 in sales in his first year. He credits his early success to his background in construction, ranging from building and remodeling homes, working as a Housing Rehab Specialist, and a Cable Technician. Shane lives and works in the Fredonia area, but covers real estate activity in all of Chautauqua County and most of Cattaraugus County. He is very active in his community, coaching his daughter’s sports teams; Little Kickers soccer, U6 soccer, and Hathaway League baseball. “The highest compliment my clients can give me is the referral of their friends, family, and business partners,” said Zahm.

Darcie McLachlan comes to the Real Estate industry with over 15 years of retail business experience where she held a variety of roles, including 4 years of leading Marketing/Membership departments in different Walmart-owned club locations. McLachlan prides herself on her fantastic service and believes that her customer-focused and marketing backgrounds will be an asset to her clients. Originally from Altoona, Pennsylvania, she is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Art. Her career has taken her to various locations throughout the East Coast including Danville, VA; State College, PA; Greensburg, PA; Seabrook, NH; Everett, PA; and most recently Jamestown, NY. She notes that Chautauqua County has been her favorite place to live and work, and she is grateful to have the opportunity to move back and call it home once again. McLachlan is also very passionate about the community and avidly supports the Buffalo Children’s hospital and M.S. Society. “I am thrilled to be affiliated with ERA Team VP, which has such a fantastic reputation for both their community involvement as well as the service towards their customers! I am looking forward to providing this great service in the community where I live and work,” said McLachlan.

Chris and Talitha Mascelli join ERA Team VP with extensive experience in commercial real estate and construction, having previously worked with large market developers in both Erie, PA and Jamestown, NY. They have a combined 30 years of experience working in commercial real estate, development, and construction. They currently operate 2 construction consulting businesses that are assisting developers in both Jamestown, NY and Erie, PA with multi-million dollar office and retail projects in Chautauqua County. Chris and Talitha are excited to offer their real estate skills and experiences to assist developers and property owners with land and property acquisition projects anywhere. “It is our goal to be the premier Commercial Real Estate team in Chautauqua County. Talitha and I have the necessary experience and can provide the support services that professional developers are looking for. Leveraging the support and technologies of the ERA franchise with our backgrounds in real estate and construction, we are able to offer a one-stop shop for commercial development. You will only get that with the Mascelli Real Estate Team,” said Chris Mascelli.

"In today's market, growth is the only option, and attracting top talent is a surefire way to achieve that goal," said Bill Soffel, Broker/Owner. "We are thrilled to have five professionals of such high caliber joining our firm."

As part of ERA Team VP Real Estate the agents will be able to offer homebuyers and sellers a wide variety of innovative and market-relevant products and services such as the ERA® Sellers Security® Plan and the ERA® Gold Star Property program as well as robust online marketing programs, extensive listings distribution partners, and related services including the ERA Home Protection Plan.

For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate and the real estate market in the Southern Tier of Western New York visit or contact our Chautauqua County offices at (716) 789-2600. Call/text Shane Zahm directly at (716) 640-3529; Darcie McLachlan at (814) 937-3906; Chris Mascelli at (716) 640-8672; Talitha Mascelli at (716) 640-0253; and Jason Genberg at (716)-640-8956.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals Raises $9,000 for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

Chautauqua, NY (10/21/15) – 112 Golfers participated in the 6th Annual Agents of Hope Scramble Golf Tournament, hosted by ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals, to benefit the ALS Association and the ALS Division of MDA this past August at the Chautauqua Golf Club. The event, held every year on the last Wednesday of August, raised a total of $9,000.
Charlie Young, President & CEO of ERA Franchise Systems joins Bill Soffel, Broker/Owner of ERA Team VP for this year’s Agent of Hope Golf Tournament held on August 26, 2015.

Along with sponsorship opportunities there were many ways for the golfers to help raise money the day of the tournament. Featured on-course events included a Mojito Bar, Jell-O shot hole, betting hole, Arnold Palmer/John Daily Bar, Corn-Hole contest, and a prize wheel. Following the event, ERA hosted a steak dinner catered by Andriaccios, and included announcement of the tournament winners, a 50/50 drawing, and a raffle of over 65 items and gift certificates donated by local businesses.

“We’re delighted to host this friendly competition every year in order to show our company’s and our community’s true cooperation in supporting the efforts of the ALS Association and the ALS Division of MDA. Both organizations lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global cutting-edge research, and empower people with Lou Gehrig ’s disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support,” said Bill Soffel, Broker/Owner of ERA Team VP.

Soffel added that community members interested in attending, playing or helping out in next year’s tournament can contact Hanna Soffel Briggs at 716-789-2600 or  HYPERLINK ""

“The Agents of Hope Golf Tournament Committee would like to thank Troy Moss, the Chautauqua Golf Club, Andriaccio’s Restaurant and the many generous sponsors for helping to make this year’s tournament a success. A special thanks to the major tournament sponsors: Summit Wealth Financial, Inc., Jenn’s Lake Services, M&T Bank, and Allied Alarm. ERA Team VP looks forward to continuing the tournament next year and for many more years to come,” said Hanna Soffel Briggs, Agents of Hope Chairperson.

For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals in the Southern Tier of Western New York visit or call (716) 789-2600.