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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

MJ Peterson expands its workforce in Western New York

Local company adds new jobs to the real estate marketplace.
AMHERST, NY – As MJ Peterson enters their 86th year in business, they have increased their staff to address the additional demands of their expanding operations. Several new hires and internal promotions were made recently.

Sharon Kane was promoted to the position of Corporate Maintenance Dispatcher. Having already proven her tremendous customer service skills as MJ Peterson’s corporate receptionist, it was only fitting that Kane fill this position as a liaison between the tenants of MJ Peterson’s rental properties and their maintenance staff.

Joyce Gearhart and Erin Staley were both promoted internally to the position of Property Manager. Each had previous experience as assistants to property managers within the company. Gearhart will be managing Berkley Manor, Englewood, Stonington Park, and Sundridge Apartments, as well as all of the duplex, condo, and single family home rentals. Staley will be managing one of the company’s affordable senior properties, Pepper Tree Heights Apartments.

After over 25 years with the company, Mary Kay Schiller was promoted to Director of Market Rate Housing. Schiller will be responsible for the operational and financial performance of MJ Peterson’s conventional residential portfolio - consisting of approximately 1,300 residential rental units.

An additional director-level position was added to the company this year. Shanelle McPherson was hired as MJ Peterson’s new Director of Affordable Housing. McPherson has previous regional manager experience and has worked in property management for the past 15 years. In her new role with MJ Peterson, McPherson will oversee and be responsible for the operational and financial performance of the company’s affordable housing portfolio - consisting of nearly 1,600 government-assisted residential rental units.

Peter Hunt Named One of the Most Powerful People in Real Estate

Chairman and CEO Peter Hunt of HUNT Real Estate ERA
Buffalo, N.Y. – January, 19, 2016 – Chairman and CEO Peter Hunt of HUNT Real Estate ERA has been recognized as one of the 200 Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate by the Swanepoel Power 200 ( The 2015/16 edition of the Power 200 includes real estate leaders from organizations throughout the United States and Canada, including Realogy, Zillow, the National Association of REALTORS®, Trulia, and Move, Inc.

“I’m honored to be included among this esteemed group of industry leaders,” said Hunt. “It’s gratifying to know that the accomplishments of our organization are worthy of this national attention.”

The Power 200 takes multiple factors into consideration to compile their annual ranking, including the organization's significance and contribution to the industry, the company's geographic reach, the individual's personal influence, his/her tenure in the industry, ownership and activities during the past year, as well as future growth and potential.

About HUNT Real Estate ERA
HUNT Real Estate Corporation is the parent company of HUNT Real Estate ERA and operates over 40 branches throughout western, central, and upstate New York, and Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 1911, HUNT Real Estate ERA is the largest family-owned and operated real estate company in the area and is ranked the 45th largest real estate firm in the nation for closed transactions by REALTrends. HUNT also operates a commercial brokerage, mortgage banking firm, two insurance agencies, title agency, an award-winning Relocation division, residential building company, and a fee-for-service brokerage. HUNT’s mission is to build its presence through successful sales associates, to grow profitably, and to provide the highest quality of real estate and homeownership services. For more information about HUNT Real Estate, visit