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Meet the Team

JON BYE
Team Lead
A lifelong Puget Sound resident, my knowledge of the area’s markets and communities runs deep. I listen to my clients and coworkers, and donate to the charities of their choice which includes Reality Sports, Relay for Life, The Auburn Food Bank, Kent Rotary Club’s Backpack Buddies program, the National MS Society and local little league teams. I lead my office in giving back to the South Sound community with quarterly team events, often at the neighboring Auburn Food Bank. Currently, I am on the board helping to raise the final $2 million of a $4 million goal needed to construct Kent’s YMCA. I also appear on KONG TV and KING 5 to discuss the real estate industry. “I’m not doing this for me anymore, I’m doing this for the people on my team and our clients. That’s why I do what I do. The results are great, but I’m not motivated by money; I’m motivated by experiences. To be able to share that with my team and our clients and see them grow, their lives changing and changing their families’ lives, that’s what it’s all about."
ALEC KLASNA
Broker & Client Specialist
I started my career in Real Estate because I love working with people and believe that home ownership is very important. It is a privilege to be able to help clients achieve home ownership and be a part of such a memorable experience in their life. My team and I are here to help make the home buying process as smooth as possible and to be there for you, every step of the way! When I’m not helping clients accomplish their real estate goals I enjoy spending time with my wife and three kids. Being born and raised in the northwest I love skateboarding, snowboarding and playing music.
SIMON CRUZ
Broker & Client Specialist
Deciding to start my career in Real Estate was driven from my love for helping others. I thoroughly enjoy being able to help others obtain their dream of buying a home. It is indescribably rewarding to me. My team and I are here to help your home buying experience be as stress free and enjoyable as possible. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. As a Pacific Northwest native, I am a huge fan of Seattle sports, GO HAWKS!
KRISTA HOPFNER
Transactions
I am a firm believer in giving back, so when I joined the team in 2015 I knew I was joining a team that had the same beliefs. As the Listing Manager for the team, I will help facilitate the steps that need to be taken in order to get your home on the market. From paperwork to your Open House, I thrive on making this process as stress free as possible. This is supposed to be an exciting time in your life and I am here to help make sure it is! In my spare time I enjoy hunting, hiking, gardening and cooking but most of all I LOVE spending time with my family and friends.
CAILEE LAYTON
Transactions
Being born and raised here in the Seattle area in the same home of 20+ years, I understand how big of a life achievement home buying is! Before my time here with Jon Bye I got my Associates Degree in Business and developed a strong background in customer service through my time in sales. I think it is rare to find a team like Jon Bye & Associates with such strong core values, so I am honored for the opportunity to take part in providing service beyond the sale. I am so excited to be a part of a team that puts the customer first and work hard behind the scenes as a transaction coordinator to make all the aspects of your journey with us as seamless and enjoyable as possible. In my free time you can catch me traveling to a new city or simply enjoying all the wonderful things the pacific northwest has to offer such as skiing, hiking, or trying out incredible local restaurants.
HOPE BYE
Operations
My passion for real estate was ignited by assisting home buyers in finding the right financing. After four and a half years in lending, I am delighted to continue helping people achieve home ownership as a member of this team. Since relocating to the northwest over 15 years ago, I have never wanted to be anywhere else. In my free time, you can finding me walking our dogs around the trails on Lake Washington.
NICHOLE THOMAS
Operations
I am our Team’s Operations Manager. Though I may not be involved in each step of getting a home purchased or sold, it is so rewarding knowing that I helped facilitate local families’ housing dreams. We have built a team of GO-GETTERS that are extremely knowledgeable in the Puget Sound area’s real estate market. Part of my position is making sure the business end of employing 9 people, does not get in the way of our Realtor’s time with our valued clients. Born and raised in South King County, my husband I couldn't imagine raising our son & daughter anywhere else. As a family, we enjoy many activities our beautiful region has to offer, such as camping, skiing, snowboarding and boating. Whether you’re in the market to purchase your forever home or sell your first condo…There is not a better team out there!! For Service Beyond the Sale, Give us a call today!!