Meet Our Team
Priscilla Sookarow – Owner, Realtor®
Born and raised in Vernon, Priscilla appreciates the benefits of raising her own children here and giving them the treasured memories of a North Okanagan/Shuswap lifestyle. Priscilla became a licensed Realtor® in 1980. She quickly recognized that the ever-changing industry required a “team” or “corporate” approach to provide the best and most consistent client service. In 1991 she began to expand her operation with her own unique business model and founded Priscilla & Company. Education and personal improvement are a priority and Priscilla participates in numerous international brainstorming sessions and networking groups. Priscilla recognizes the unique character of every property and the needs of every client and turns that into successful sales. Her focus on waterfront and lakeshore residential and vacation properties from the Shuswap to Lake Country has made her one of the most distinguished Realtors in the Okanagan Valley. Real estate is her passion but she makes time to do double duty as ‘nana’ to four very energetic grandchildren!
Barb Williamson (PREC) – Managing Broker, Realtor®
Barb Williamson knows all the secrets about Okanagan real estate. She’s been a licensed Realtor® in the Okanagan for more than 30 years and has worked with Priscilla since 1987. As Managing Broker of RE/MAX Priscilla, Barb is responsible for overseeing all legal aspects with respect to listings and sales. Born in Germany and raised in Armstrong and Vernon, Barb loves the Okanagan. In between email and phone calls Barb enjoys spending time with Larry and family, playing with her new granddaughter Spencer and spending quiet time at their cabin on Okanagan Lake.
Michael Kinghorn – Business Manager
Michael is the newcomer to RE/MAX Priscilla. As Business Manager, Michael oversees marketing, new business acquisition along with operational responsibilities. Raised in Vernon, Michael attended BCIT before joining the Vancouver Canucks overseeing their growing online and digital presence. Michael relocated to Vernon with his wife Andrea in 2006 to join Kal Tire’s marketing department. As the Marketing Manager – Retail, Michael was in charge of advertising and promotions for the over 250+ stores. He also was part of the Kal Tire re-brand, developed the first-ever Brand Book for both the regular business and the Mining Tire Group and redeveloped KalTire.com adding a tire ordering system – the first of its kind in company history. With their two daughters in various activities, you can find the Kinghorn family cross country skiing, at the lake or at one of the many outdoor activities Vernon has to offer.
Sales Team at RE/MAX Priscilla
Craig Demetrick – Realtor®, Sales Associate
Having grown up in Coldstream, Craig Demetrick knows the Okanagan real estate landscape. He looks to connect his clients with the ideal property to meet their true needs. Licensed since 1992, Craig’s in-depth understanding of the North Okanagan real estate market. Craig has a busy resale practice and has represented developers in land development and new construction sales, as well as, companies in commercial and investment property transactions. Craig graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Agriculture, so he has the expertise and a passion for dealing with acreage and agricultural properties. Before his real estate career, Craig spent several years with Canada Packers, in Calgary, working in Alberta’s beef industry. When he isn’t hard at work, you’ll find Craig enjoying the Okanagan lifestyle. Craig’s wife Sherry and their three children, twins Amy and Aidan and youngest daughter Ginger, live on a small farm in the beautiful Coldstream Valley. With the girls being very active equestrians, they have plenty of horses around, as well as, chickens, pigs and turkeys to keep everyone busy. Craig is also very active in the community; after putting his 18-year NHL, scouting career on hold, he can still be found in the rinks all winter but now, playing recreational hockey, helping coach both his daughters in ringette, as well as, coaching the “Scorehawks” Special Hockey program. Craig also volunteered as the Venue Manager, for the BC Special Olympics, Winter Games hosted by Vernon in 2019.
Alan Stier – Realtor®, Sales Associate
Alan Stier genuinely loves people. It’s why real estate felt like a natural fit after his successful careers in power engineering and public trading. RE/MAX Priscilla and Company welcomed Alan to the team in 2012 when he sold his established real estate business on the lower mainland and moved to the Okanagan. Alan and his wife Carolyn raised their three children with the usual rush between communities for baseball, hockey and soccer. Now they are happy to call their winter home on Silver Star Mountain their permanent address. They spend family time skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, golfing and at the lake. Alan is an expert with all types of real estate: residential, acreages, developments and commercial. In winter he can be found selling recreational properties from the RE/MAX Priscilla and Company’s real estate office on Silver Star Mountain.
Heather Paulsen – Realtor®, Sales Associate
Heather Paulsen knows firsthand the joys and stress of relocation. Having moved her family all the way from Manitoba to Salmon Arm, they happily settle in Armstrong. In 2004, after 18 years in financial services, Heather obtained her Real Estate License from the UBC Sauder School of Business. She quickly became an expert in real estate in the Shuswap and Armstrong and all points between. Heather is proficient in all types of real estate from farms and ranches to lakefront properties. Heather and her husband Bob love the Okanagan-Shuswap lifestyle and stay active. They enjoy snowshoeing, hiking, curling, golfing and boating with friends. They also enjoy local theatre and sports like hockey and ringette. Family time is always special when all the kids get home and extra special now with the addition of a new granddaughter.
Rodney Shanks – Realtor®, Sales Associate
Perhaps he learned his speed racing dirt bikes, or while carving through powder on a snowmobile, but Rodney Shanks is fast and hardworking. Being quick to respond with answers and putting his client’s needs first made Rodney a natural fit as the newest member of the RE/MAX Priscilla team. Rodney grew up in Grande Prairie, Alberta as the middle child of three boys. After studying Oil and Gas Production, Rodney worked as a Process Operator in Hinton AB, and moved to the Okanagan Valley in 2012. In 2016 he studied business at the University of British Columbia. Today Rodney is enjoying the Okanagan lifestyle and proud to call Lake Country his home. When Rodney isn’t helping his real estate clients realize their goals, you may find him at one of the local motocross tracks… or playing the drums!
Barb Royce – Sales Coordinator, Conveyancer
Barb Royce joined our team in 2014 after honing her skills for 20 years in the banking industry. Previous to joining Priscilla and Company, Barb spent 17 years in conveyancing with RE/MAX Vernon. Barb’s passion for accuracy goes beyond the numbers. She oversees all stages of our sales from the time an offer is accepted until ownership is transferred and we deliver keys to a happy new owner. Deep down though Barb’s inner wild-child loves racing Corvettes – and winning! Barb and her husband John owned a restaurant in 100 Mile House before happily settling in Vernon. On quiet weekends they spend time traveling and visiting with daughter Kathy in 100 Mile House. Other interests include horseback riding and reading.
Kathy Hlina – Listing Coordinator
Listing guru, Kathy Hlina, has a new boss. In 2014, she and partner Keith welcomed their new son, Parker. Accuracy, completeness, and timeliness are critical in real estate transactions and after 8 years as our Listing Coordinator Kathy has more than proven her expertise. Even when working remotely, no detail escapes Kathy’s notice. When this busy professional mom isn’t dirt biking she spends her weekends visiting family in Vernon.
Renie Brown – Client Care, Data Management
You may recognize Renie Brown by her cheerful voice and ever smiling face. Behind the scenes, Renie assists with every aspect of the seemingly endless paperwork. For over 14 years Renie has been responsible for the careful management of Priscilla and Company’s client and data management systems. She’s also our ‘Grammar Guru’ and so much more. Renie’s biggest responsibility by far is that of ‘Gramma On Call’. When she’s is not working hard or spending time at the dog park with her cute pup, Banjo, Renie enjoys visiting her grandchildren. That means travel as Noah is in Summerland, while Kumi, Kai and Kobe are on Salt Spring Island.