James Marszalek, Owner (Commander)
I'm an Army veteran turned Real Estate Agent; I served 7 years as a Long Range Recon Specialist, and deployed to the sandy deserts of Iraq. My experiences in the military shaped a lot of who I am today. I believe in honor, respect, and transparent honesty. Aside from the military, I have experience as an IT professional, a home re-modeler, a commercial truck driver, and a business owner.
I moved to Washington in 1990 from St, Paul, MN, where I was born. Since then, I've lived in Tacoma, University Place, Kent, Renton, and Spokane. I've traveled all over the US, and the world; however, I will always call the Pacific Northwest home. I love the outdoors, and Washington offers tons of great camping, hiking, and exploring. The other side of Washington that I love is the food. From food truck festivals to such a vast selection of unique and amazing restaurants, Washington has something to satisfy every craving.
I'm an avid motorcycle rider, and anyone who shares that passion knows how fantastic exploring Washington becomes on 2 wheels. Looking to mix my passion of motorcycles with helping fellow veterans, I joined the Brothers in Arms Motorcycle Club, who's sole mission is to support veterans in need, and reestablish brotherhood often lost when you leave the Active Duty world. As a vet who has been in need in the past, I take helping vets very seriously. It kills me to see my brothers and sisters in pain. When our failing VA care system lets veterans fall through the cracks, we lose heros. To make my impact on this issue, I donate 5% of all commissions to vetted Washington veteran service organizations who are providing crucial services to current and former members of our Armed Forces. No Man Left Behind.
I served my country honorably; now I'd be honored to serve you.
Autumn Allen (King County Commander)
I am a Rice University Alumni and have a creative and technical passion for everything I do. By trade I am a mechanical engineer, classically-trained musician, and enjoy Latin/ballroom dancing and choreography. Family and my Australian Shepherd, Shadow, are my pride and joy. I love to swim, bike, hike, and explore. I have recently delved into archery as well.
I previously worked for Boeing for 5 years until 2017, and have been a real estate investor for the last 5 years. I have participated in hundreds of transactions and am always a problem solver who is focused on meeting the needs of my clients. Whether it’s stopping a foreclosure and getting an owner back on their feet, or listing homes in the most competitive of neighborhoods, I am fierce and have a down to earth balance that my clients really love and trust. Real estate for me, means that I have the opportunity every day to bring value to the community and really make a direct, positive change in people’s lives.
Devin Miklavcic (Real Estate Broker)
Hi, my name is Devin Miklavcic. At a young age I moved to Washington because my parents were in the military. Coming from a military family, it brings me great joy to be a part of Operation Red Dot and be able to give back to those who serve us.
I love the Puget Sound area and the activities it has to offer. I enjoy Scuba Diving in our local waters and hiking to exploring the region’s beauty. I have fun playing disk golf and gaming. As a life-long learner, I love to be in the company of creative thinkers. Travelling to the corners of the world is on my bucket list, to do and see everything and anything that I can.
I am excited about everything real estate has to offer. Over the last couple years, I’ve realized that I love to learn, explore, and connect with others. It is rewarding helping people find the home of their dreams. Ultimately, I want to help people create memories that will last forever and form long lasting relationships with my clients.
April Kollmorgen (Kitsap County Commander)
I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I love all things Harley Davidson, Green Bay Packers Football, Milwaukee Brewers Baseball and Wisconsin Badgers sports. Friday nights always involved a fish fry and a good beer. If you ask my husband, I still have an "accent" and say certain words funny to him.
I am a 30+ year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and enjoy doing what I can to help veterans, who will always have a special place in my heart.
So what took me out of Wisconsin? The Navy! I met my now husband Kris back in high school and we were married in late 2005. I packed up and moved to Kitsap County, where we have been ever since. Kris is still Active Duty Navy and is a Missile Technician Chief stationed on Naval Base Kitsap - Bangor. We live in Poulsbo and have made it our home. We have one daughter, Addison, who joined us in 2011. She just turned 7, time sure does fly!
We love to do things as a family, and we have a lot of different interests and activities! We have a love of dogs, specifically pugs and our chiweenie. I really enjoy reading, knitting, and spending time on our local beaches. Kris got his Harley a couple years ago and is now a member of the Brothers in Arms Motorcycle Club, West Puget Sound Chapter. We enjoy motorcycle rides together and fundraising with the Club for local Veterans. We don’t get out to travel a lot, but we do like being outdoors and can be found playing Pokemon Go around the county or at home watching Futurama. We enjoy cooking and baking together and have a love of baking shows too! There's lots more to share, so come chat with me over a coffee or a good beer and get to know me better. I look forward to helping you with all of your real estate needs!
Barb Wakefield (Admin Assistant, Lieutenant)
As Washingtonian native, I have been in the Puget Sound area the majority of my life. I have owned and managed residential properties, multi-family properties, as well as Mobile Home Parks for over 18 years, doing the oversight of day to day and long-range planning for acquisition and management of residential housing and mobile home park communities. This has allowed me to entertain and resolve a very wide array of issues relating to housing law, tenant relations, marketing and management of the business. On occasion I have acquire a property to “flip”, doing the necessary repairs and improvements.
I have a passion for the outdoors and nature. I love to hike, kayak, and snow ski. I am drawn to the natural beauty of our state. I experiment with photography with a focus mainly on the beauty of nature, capturing mostly flora, fauna, textures of the earth and landscapes.
I am a proud parent of three grown children and have a few grandchildren that hang the moon for me. I am lucky to have them all still living in our beautiful state and enjoy the times when we are all together.
Joining the team here at Operation Red Dot, as Administrative Assistant, has been an honor. I take pride in supporting this team of honorable men and women, serving the 4 counties of King, Pierce, Kitsap and Thurston. We are a growing team with synergy and momentum who enjoy collaborating to serve Sellers, Buyers, Investors and Renters.
Who Are We Now?
Operation Red Dot currently hangs our license under Gateway Real Estate in Puyallup. We have 6 licensed agents, a full-time admin assistant, a transaction coordinator, and a group of highly trained background workers that keep this operation well-oiled and moving forward. We mainly operate in 4 counties (Pierce, King, Thurston, and Kitsap County), and a total of 46 cities within those counties.