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Yulia was born and raised in Ukraine. She attended private school specializing in languages and international culture. She graduated with honors and received a scholarship to the National Linguistic University. After her first year, she started teaching other students and her hard work was rewarded when she achieved her Bachelor's Degree in English Translation in just 3 years. During that time, she met friends from the United States who came to Europe for vacation. They told her all about different places worth visi...

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Eugene was born in Ukraine and raised in Russia. In 2003 he attended Omsk State University with a focus in Hospitality Management. Eugene and his family migrated to the US in 2008 and chose Branson as their home. After arriving in Branson, Eugene took his first job as a dishwasher in a local restaurant. After a few years and several promotions he became Kitchen Manager. He had worked hard to develop the skills in management and customer service. Over the next several years, Eugene would go on to work at several high...

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A third generation Realtor®, Charlie graduated from Branson High School and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing, with an emphasis in Advertising & Promotion, from Missouri State University. For five years, Charlie was the Marketing Director for Butler, Rosenbury & Partners, the largest architectural firm in Southwest Missouri. His responsibilities included coordinating design qualification statements for multi-million dollar projects; many of which today are Branson's biggest attractions! In 2005, Charlie re...

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Dave was born and raised in Harrison, Arkansas where he was the middle of five children. Growing up, Dave spent many years being homeschooled and worked vigorously in his family's restaurant. In the last decade and a half, Dave has lived and worked in the Branson area. Before becoming a REALTOR®, he was employed by Johnny Morris at Big Cedar Lodge where he spent many years in the food and beverage department, managing the Buzzard Bar Restaurant and Devil’s Pool Restaurant from 2009-2014. In 2015, he attended clas...

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Duane was raised in the Independence area of Iowa . His family moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1962 where his father started a successful real estate firm. After graduation from high school, Duane served in the U.S. Navy Seabees and upon returning from Vietnam in 1971, he and his wife Kay moved to the Branson Tri-Lakes area. With a construction background, Duane started developing subdivisions and established a real estate office, Gerken & Associates in 1975 with his wife, Kay. Over the last 42 years, Duane has further...

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A Branson native and third generation Realtor®, Jeff graduated from Branson High School and attended Missouri State University in Springfield where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Entertainment Management. After graduation, he put this degree to work at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede in Branson where he was Merchandise Manager for over three years. His responsibilities included inventory tracking, ordering, concession and staff management. Jeff has a Missouri Salesperson and Broker’s license and is a partner...

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Born in San Jose California, Jon moved to Branson Missouri in 1983 with his family as they started a new venture in life. Jon’s parents owned and operated Stormy Point Campground & Resort for 19 years and sold it in May of 2002. Jon graduated from Reeds Spring High School in May of 1993 and went on to attend college at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma where he majored in Accounting and Finance. In the fall of 1994, he transferred to College of the Ozarks and graduated in May of 1997 with a B...

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Kay and her husband Duane moved to the beautiful Ozarks and have made it their home since leaving Phoenix in 1972. They opened Gerken & Associates in 1975 and have maintained their reputation as one of the leading real estate firms in Branson. An active member in the Tri-Lakes Board of Realtors®, Kay served as Board President in 1991 and received the Realtor® of the Year Award in 1992. She was instrumental in forming the local Board Leadership Academy. In 2017, she received the “Distinguished Service Award”; t...

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Misha was born and raised in Ukraine. In 2003, he received a scholarship to the National Finance University. A few years later, as part of a student exchange program, Misha made his first trip to the US. He spent his entire summer in a small town in Missouri called Branson. During his stay he fell in love with the community but ultimately returned home to finish his education. Misha graduated with a Bachelors in Finance in 2008 and soon took a job at a local bank in his hometown. The dream of making Branson his home...

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Rachel was raised in Macedonia, OH along with her two sisters. She was active in sports, gymnastics, and dance throughout her school years. Dancing since the age of 2, she went on to attend Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA where she achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Dance in only 3 years. Her dreams of singing and dancing professionally led her to Branson where Rachel has shared the stage with several talented singers, dancers, comedians, and magicians. Most recently, Rachel finished her fourth season as a performe...

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Born in Northern Illinois, Ron grew up in Missouri. He graduated from Mehlville High School in St. Louis County then on to Olivet Nazarene University where he met and married his wife, Karen. He served in Vietnam as an Army Infantry Officer and returned to civilian life to work as an Industrial Engineer for Ford Motor Company in Chicago, St. Louis, and San Jose. In 1983, Ron, Karen, and three sons (Andrew, Jon and James) moved to the Tri-Lakes Area to purchase and operate Stormy Point Camp & Resort on Table Rock Lak...

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Shannon grew up in Stone county where his family has resided for several generations. This has provided him with deep roots to the community he loves. Shortly after graduating, he met and married his wife Vanessa, and they have two beautiful daughters. Shannon came to Gerken & Associates with over twenty years of business management experience. He most recently served as the Springfield/Branson Area Manager for Magic Memories, an International attraction photography company, partnering with clients such as Dolly Par...

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