Welcome to our My150 profile page! As part of our yearlong celebration recognizing 150 years of business, our team is letting you know why they choose Marx-Bensdorf, REALTORS. These spotlights, which will be posted throughout the year, reveal our team's drive, dedication, passion, and loyalty to the brand.

We have been successful for 150 years because of our people. We're proud of our people. Now, you get the chance to meet our people.

Sheldon Rosengarten

Sheldon Rosengarten

Everyone at Marx-Bensdorf is family. I could not ask for a better working relationship than the one I have with the extended Marx-Bensdorf family. I started with the firm 25 years ago when I chose to close my own real estate company and focus on client service rather than managing up to 40 agents. I knew the agents and leadership at Marx-Bensdorf – and the firm’s stellar reputation in the community. Staying here for all of these years has been largely due to the mutual respect and professionalism exhibited by our team.

Some rewarding moments in my career include helping clients achieve their goals; mentoring agents; being able to serve the City of Germantown by helping rewrite the City’s Charter; and being able to help University of Memphis law school students via an annual scholarship my wife and I provide in memory of my father who practiced law for 57 years.

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Mindy Okeon Mattingly

Mindy Okeon Mattingly My150I am always proud to tell people where I work. I started with Marx-Bensdorf three years ago and have been affiliated with the firm my whole life. My father, who was previously principal broker, started working here in 1967 when I was just two years old. This is a special place because everyone has and maintains the highest level of ethics and integrity – plus, it is a fun and positive business environment.

I really enjoy real estate because I get to work in concert with other agents to the benefit of our clients. Prior to becoming a REALTOR®, I was a litigation attorney which is a much more adversarial atmosphere. One of the highlights of my career was when I was able to help a friend, who had been widowed, sell her home of 30 years and find the perfect condo where she has friends and is very happy.

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Rip Haney

Rip Haney My150Marx-Bensdorf has a culture of integrity, character and trustworthiness. After 25 years, it has become home to me. One thing that has changed a lot since I started in 1993 is technology. However, even in the midst of the latest innovations, it is important to have a foundation based on personal service and strong relationships because that’s what clients value most.

A couple of highlights from my career include being elected as the president of the Memphis Area Association of REALTORS® Multi-Million Dollar Club and surviving the real estate market crash. Working alongside my peers, I gained valuable guidance and expertise that has helped me to have longevity in this career I’ve come to appreciate so much. Most of my clients come from repeat business or personal referrals, both of which I consider to be the highest compliment. I look forward to helping more clients in the years to come.

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Jake Lawhead

Rip Haney My150The home-like feel and approachability at Marx-Bensdorf make this a special place to work. We are all willing to help one another and our clients succeed. We see each other as trusted colleagues, not competition.

A lifelong Memphian, I grew up and still live in Central Gardens. I know this city like the back of my hand – and I like helping clients find the area and home that suits their needs. I am honored to be a member of the MAAR Multi-Million Dollar Club. A rewarding experience in my career involved helping a relative sell his property. I followed the proven, step-by-step approach that has been successful for all of my valued clients – and sold his property in 3 days, with multiple offers, for above list price. He was happy, and I enjoyed exceeding his expectations. I look forward to many more fulfilling career highlights in the years to come.

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Diane Benson Malkin

Diane Benson Malkin My150I love working at Marx-Bensdorf because of the professionalism and friendliness of our agents and staff. We have a mutual respect for one another and for our clients. It’s very rewarding to help people find homes that make them and their families happy.

One of the greatest professional honors I’ve had in my career is being inducted into the Memphis Area Association of REALTORS® Multi-Million Dollar Club. I have also worked at First Tennessee, another longtime Tennessee-based company that recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. It is fun to have worked at two organizations that share this prestigious claim. Being a REALTOR® affords me the flexibility to be an active volunteer in our community. I serve as a mentor with the Memphis Institute for Leadership Education (MILE) at the University of Memphis. I look forward to continuing a tradition of success for my clients and my community.

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Aleesa Blum

Aleesa Blum My150I am proud to call Marx-Bensdorf my home. I worked at International Paper for 18 years before starting in real estate in 2010 during the recession. Many people asked me if I was crazy getting into real estate when others were getting out. On the contrary, it gave me time to absorb valuable guidance from my colleagues while the market recovered.

I have a special affinity for seniors and love working with them. One particularly rewarding experience was when I was helping a senior client who had just lost her husband. She was in financial distress and needed to sell her home, which was not in ideal condition. We worked together to improve its condition without spending additional dollars. Just before listing the home, an agent called whose client wanted to see it. The house was sold at listing price. It was so gratifying to tell my client the good news.

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