Our Management Team
Eric Thompson- President/CEO
Eric earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1993 from the University of Colorado. His real estate career has included sales of resort real estate properties, training sales associates, implementing sales and marketing strategies, and completing market feasibility studies for developments.
Prior to joining The Group, Inc., Eric was the Managing Broker for the Summit County operations of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate in Breckenridge, Colorado. He was responsible for all aspects of the brokerage including recruiting, training and managing the sales staff, developing the company’s marketing strategy, managing the administrative staff, and overseeing the sales and marketing programs for new developments in Summit County.
Eric has completed the Achievement Leadership training from Bell Leadership Institute. He is the Vice-President of Broker Connections for the Colorado Association of Realtors. He is also the President of the Poudre School District Foundation.
Eric is a native Coloradoan. He is married to Julie and they have two daughters, Noelle and Greta. He is an avid bicyclist and enjoys all kinds of sports and outdoor activities.
Kim Allen - Chief Financial Officer
Kim Allen joined The Group, Inc., in 1984. She was a high school student at that time and worked as a receptionist and on the weekends. She later worked as an Assistant, Escrow Officer, and Business Manager. Kim now serves as Financial Officer and is responsible for all financial matters of The Group, Inc.
Kim attended Colorado State University College of Business.
Kim has two teenagers who are active in sports - She enjoys spending time supporting them with their activities, reading and enjoying the beauty of Colorado.
Ceri Anderson - Broker/Manager
Ceri graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Speech Communication and received a Masters Degree in Management from Regis University. In 2001 she joined The Group, Inc. as a sales associate and was recognized as the "Rookie of the Year" in 2002 by the Loveland/Berthoud Association of Realtors. In 2004, Ceri joined the management team at The Group, Inc.
Ceri is married (Jim) and has two children (Annika and Abby). In her spare time, she coaches fast pitch softball, travels, plays golf and attends her children's sports activities. Ceri is also a member of Rotary, and served as the President of the Mountain View Rotary for two years (2007, 2008).
Susie Ewing - Broker/Manager
Susie Ewing joined The Group, Inc. in 1976, the year the company was founded. She has served as a Receptionist, Assistant, Escrow Officer, Business Manager, and Managing Broker. She holds an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Fort Lewis College.
Susie is married to Bob, a Sales Partner with The Group, Inc. They have three sons, Chris, Greg, and Nick. They enjoy traveling together as a family. They have hosted numerous Rotary exchange students and summer league collegiate baseball players. Susie enjoys reading, the outdoors,walking and movies.
Helen Gray - Marketing Director
She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from the University of Wyoming. She was a member of Leadership Fort Collins and served on the Steering Committee for two terms. She is a Past President of the Junior League of Fort Collins and Past President of National Charity League. She has served on the Board of Directors of OpenStage Theatre and was Board President in 2008-2009. She is a member of First United Methodist Church and served as co-chairman of the Administrative Council. She serves on the Board of Directors of ChildSafe, a non-profit treatment center for victims of sexual abuse and their families. She is also a member of PEO.
Helen is married to Rob and they have two grown daughters, Libby and Molly.
Nick Hansen - Broker/Manager
Nick joined The Group Inc. in 1999 as a Sales Partner with his wife Debbie Hansen. In 2007, Nick joined the management team at The Group, Inc.
He graduated with a BS from Iowa State University and has a Masters Degree from the University of Arizona. Nick also coached the men’s and women’s swimming teams at the University of Arizona and the University of Wisconsin –Madison. During his coaching tenure, he was a member of the United States National Team Staff.
Larry Kendall - Chairman Emeritus
Brenda Nickel - Business Manager
Brenda joined The Group, Inc. in 1996. She has held the positions of Assistant, Personnel Manager, and Business Manager.
Brenda attended college for two years and holds a Colorado Real Estate Brokers License.
Brenda is married to Tracy. They have two daughters, Morgan, and Mackenzie. They enjoy family campouts and are avid Avalanche fans.
Susan Orth - Director of Operations/Managing Broker
Susan joined The Group, Inc. in 1986, and has held several positions including Assistant, Escrow officer, and Managing Broker.
She holds a degree in Business Administration from Northeastern Junior College. She has 21 years of experience in the real estate field and has earned the designation of Certified Residential Broker (CRB). Within the community, Susan has served as Chairman of the Fort Collins Board of Realtors Affirmative Marketing Committee. She is a Poudre School District Parent Volunteer and also volunteer for the American Cancer Society.
Susan is married to Jim, Principal at Eaton Middle School. They have two children, Austin and Tanner. The boys are involved in sports and Susan enjoys being at their event to cheer them on. She also enjoys traveling with her family, reading, and cooking.
Emily Sockler - Relocation Director
Emily graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and management. She was the recipient of The Group’s scholarship when she was a freshman at CSU. Following graduation she secured employment with the company as the Relocation Director.
She is a member of the Relocation Directors Council, the Employee Relocation Council and a broker member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.
Emily enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
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