JENNIFER BORTEL, REALTOR®
CEO / Morning Person
Jennifer Bortel has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2006, obtaining a graduate degree in leadership and working as a director of music & arts during that time. After reentering the world of real estate in 2013, Jen's business doubled in 2015 and tripled again in 2016. As a resident of NE Minneapolis, mother of three daughters (all students at New City Charter School), and wife of 15 years, Jen believes in building community and approaches all of her relationships with honesty & empathy above all else. With a 100% client satisfaction rating, her real estate business has been built almost entirely on word-of-mouth referrals. After two appearances on HGTV's House Hunters, Jen rapidly grew her team and, in November of 2017, accepted a position as the CEO / Team Leader of the Keller Williams Realty Integrity Lakes office in Minneapolis. At Bortel & Co., Jen continues to be the acting CEO, guiding the overarching direction/vision of the team.
AARON ROSELL, REALTOR®
Director of Sales / Coffee Addict
Having originally joined the Bortel & Co. team as Chief of Marketing & Operations in 2016, Aaron quickly developed a love for the people-oriented practice of real estate. He immediately became a licensed REALTOR® in early 2017, and was initially trained by Jen to specialize in helping Bortel & Co. clients find homes as the team's Buyer Advocate. In November of 2017, Aaron assumed Jen's former position as Lead Seller Advocate for the BoCo team. As a lifelong Minnesotan, Aaron's professional background began with marketing at Quayside Publishing in Minneapolis and customer service at GoDaddy. When he isn't helping folks sell houses, Aaron dabbles in seasonally appropriate wine recommendations (he suggests anything made by Meschini). You can also find him in the crowd at First Ave, searching for brunches in Grand Marais, keeping the lights on at a number of Twin Cities coffee shops, and writing music in local bands First Dates and He Who Never.
DANIEL BAREGI, REALTOR®
Buyer Advocate / '90s R&B Connoisseur
Daniel and his wife Bethany currently reside in the Regina Neighborhood of South Minneapolis with their two young children, Ava and Cirocco. They believe in a strong neighborhood and sense of community, which is why Daniel loves to organize National Night Out for his block. It's a great way to bring the community together and really get to know your neighbors. Daniel represents the best and brightest in the industry, and is always striving to lead the field in research, innovation, and consumer education. Today’s buyers need a trusted resource that can guide them through the complex world of real estate. With Bortel & Co. and Daniel Baregi’s extensive knowledge and commitment to providing only the best and most timely information to our clients, we are your go-to source for real estate industry insight and advice.
KATEY BELLVILLE O'HERN, REALTOR®
Buyer Advocate / Baby Animal Enthusiast
Katey fell into the amazing world of real estate organically through her life’s passions--this is truly a career that choose her. She and her husband, (Veteran and Minneapolis Firefighter) Jon, work tirelessly on their properties--adding beautiful and creative additions to the homes regularly. Katey's love for construction and design, plus her tremendous friend circle throughout the Midwest (revolving around performances as a singer/songwriter since childhood), has cultivated a rich and rewarding way of life. She has two young children, William and Molly, and a gorgeous Labrador retriever named Bawbie. Her family is born and raised in Minneapolis, though Katey did spend many of her pre-college years on a 300-acre farm in Wisconsin (giving her a true local city flare with the perfect dash of country grit). Katey has been practicing real estate since 2015, and is licensed in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.
ERIN MIHM, REALTOR®
Buyer Advocate / Nature Cat
Erin Mihm joins the Bortel & Co. team as a dedicated Buyer Advocate. Having spent over ten years in the hospitality and travel industries in varying sales roles, she has a solid foundation of relationship building based on loyalty, trust, and client care. After exploring the East Coast and Rocky Mountains, Erin’s Minnapolis-born husband brought her back to his roots. While Erin’s husband is a devout Minneapolis native (aren’t they all?!), he decided one year in Saint Paul would be quite the adventure… lo & behold, that “one year” quickly turned into full-fledged Saint Paul homeownership. (As it turns out, it’s hard to argue with State Fair walking distance and neighbors that grow fruit trees, have dogs & kids, lend sugar and lawn mowers with equal willingness, invite you over for dinner when your A/C goes out, and hold bonfire block-parties year-round.) Simply put, Saint Paul won the Mihms’ hearts with its strong sense of community and inclusion. As a realtor, Erin’s passion is to help her clients find the same sense of “home” she and her husband discovered in Saint Paul—all while embodying the people-first approach that makes her a top-notch neighbor.
COO / Director of Amazement
Aaron S. joins Bortel & Co. as Chief Amazement Officer with a background in marketing at Dragonfly Books in Decorah, Iowa, as well as a history of providing unparalleled customer service as a team lead for the Email Marketing product at Arizona-based tech company GoDaddy. In his free time, he crafts libations / elixirs / unbelievably delicious cocktails at various restaurants in the Twin Cities, reads short stories, hunkers down in local bookstores, and bicycles around the lakes of Minneapolis, where he lives with his wife Allyson in a space full of baked goods.
At Bortel & Co., Aaron S. engineers a second-to-none client experience for every buyer & seller that comes our way. You'll find him online as our social media manager, in your inbox as a customer caretaker, in writing as a contributor to our newsletter, and in person at open houses and client events.
What We're Listening To
When you're in real estate, you're going to spend a lot of time driving from place to place. This Spotify playlist is a collection of the songs we're digging these days—we hope you'll fill your car up with 'em like we have so many times before! We'll keep the playlist updated as we come across new artists & songs.
NOTE: While we've done our best to keep this playlist family- and work-friendly, it isn't possible to catch every possibly offensive lyric. That said, we recommend using headphones at work or pre-screening these tracks lest you raise any unwanted conversations with your children.
Coffee Shops That Keep Us Alive
Caffeine: Much, much better when hidden behind expertly pulled artisan espresso. At Bortel & Co., we've personally visited each and every one of these coffee shops, and become regulars at some of them—spanning from Uptown & NE Minneapolis, to Cathedral Hill & West 7th, all the way out to Stillwater. You can trust us on these.