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Marcus Miller, MA

Founder + Affiliate Broker

Marcus Miller’s tried-and- true holistic approach to working with clients has made a noteworthy ripple throughout the San Francisco real estate community. For nearly 17 years his hallmark commitment to being an advocate for his clients has fostered a well-respected and trustworthy reputation. Balanced by a rich history of unique experiences as a decorated U.S. Navy veteran and accomplished academic, Marcus has built a momentous and honorable real estate career.

Attributed to his time in the Navy’s “silent (submarine) service” deep in the North Atlantic during the Cold War and ending with the removal of the Berlin Wall, Marcus shines as a testament to the designation of stress-tested. By embracing his ability to thrive in demanding environments with a balanced calmness, Marcus assuredly leads his clients on exhilarating journeys as they navigate the extraordinary San Francisco real estate market together. Graduating summa cum laude from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s degree in broadcast and electronic communications along with his Masters in management have strengthened Marcus’s foundation as a relationship- based advisor. He continually asks his clients the questions that lead him to carving out engaging and personalized paths to their real estate goals. Grounded by his entrepreneurial spirit and cheerful demeanor, Marcus wholeheartedly establishes himself to each client as a real estate consultant for life.

After his tenure at one of San Francisco’s premier luxury brokerages, Marcus and his wife Marlena established their own brand, Helm Real Estate. With the thoughtful naming of the business, their team of real estate consultants have vowed to lead their clients toward their goals,  strategically encompassing all factors along the way. As San Francisco residents and homeowners themselves, Marcus and Marlena guide a team of like-minded professionals who have a passion for the unique culture and diverse landscape of the city. Raised in the Caribbean, Marcus is  bilingual with fluency in Spanish, serving as an asset in the city’s multi-cultural community.

Attracted by their qualitative nature and pioneering approach to the industry, Helm Real Estate partnered with Reside, the most innovative and tech-forward brokerage in the Bay Area. For Helm Real Estate, the partnership presents the opportunity to maximize their ability to improve the quality of life for its team members in a nurturing environment to generate superior care for their clients. Marcus has traveled extensively throughout the world, enjoys public speaking, is a student of martial arts and loves to cook for his family and friends. With an established work/life balance within Helm Real Estate, Marcus has the time to appreciate life and spend quality time with his wife Marlena and their son and daughter.

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Ryan Bakalarski

Founding Associate + Consultant

Ryan Bakalarski’s jovial spirit lends a warm energy to his life as a real estate consultant in the Bay Area. The fluid combination of his people skills and industry acumen have generated a rewarding career with energy spilling over into each relationship he ignites. A California native, Ryan’s family support system stems up from San Diego into his San Francisco home where he and his wife enjoy the vibrant community within the renowned Marina district. As Founding Associate with Helm Real Estate, Ryan’s passion is strengthened by those around him as they extend unrivalled services to the people they serve.

Ryan finds there is no better way to stay connected to the city he adores then to help people realize their dream of living there. His relationship-based approach keeps his focus narrowed on introducing his clients to their ideal home surrounded by a community that resonates their personality and lifestyle. He provides services to a rich client base spanning from first-time referrals to lifelong friends and family, finding no better way to extend his love for the city than to find homes for people who want to enjoy it with him.

After attending UC Davis and receiving a BA in the Sociology of Law, Ryan’s long-time magnetic attraction to living in the City came to fruition, organically leading him into the hospitality industry. Naturally charismatic with a flair for creative conversation, he found himself enthralled with his life as a bartender and restauranteur. After many years, and eager to continue enjoying everything San Francisco had to offer, Ryan gathered his transferable skills and adventuresomely joined the real estate arena where his love for real estate has continued to expand with his experience.

Working with the genuine and innovative team at Helm Real Estate is a contributing factor to Ryan’s dedication of maintaining work/life balance. Their established commitment to improving the quality of life for their clients and team members lets him enjoy taking full advantage of the city’s wide-ranging amenities. Ryan and his wife soak in the city’s diverse culture, landscape and epicurean offerings from taking in shows and frequenting wine bars, to exploring new restaurants on their way down from hiking Mt. Tam.

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Marlena Miller

Founder + Operations

Marlena Miller’s elegance in developing material that draws attention to brands and businesses has fueled her marketing and advertising career for over 30 years. She is led by her passion to create, and eagerness to acquire new skills and knowledge from experiences. With an unshakable integrity, Marlena and the crew of real estate consultants at Helm Real Estate work together like a family to create memorable experiences for their clients as they move toward their real estate goals.

Marlena’s momentum in shaping her mastery for marketing is directly linked to her hands-on approach for learning. With a BS in Marketing, she started in the in-house marketing department of an Anheuser-Busch wholesaler where her perseverance and full immersion propelled her up into management resulting in 18 rewarding years with the company. As her interest in the real estate world was piqued by husband’s established career as a real estate broker, Marlena shifted her focus and channeled her efforts towards Hill & Co. as their marketing manager. From here, with an intrinsic motivation to design an environment that supports a quality balance between work and life, Marlena and her husband Marcus forged Helm Real Estate, a brand resonating the core values that fuel their lives.

Marlena’s professional role is supported by a combination of interdependent factors that strengthen her efforts to extend services to clients that are genuine, and advantageous for their real estate goals. Her engrained joy for helping others and enthusiasm for keeping things organized have added to the mindful shaping of Helm Real Estate, in turn, giving Marlena and Marcus the opportunity to establish, and reinvent, their position in the real estate industry. With a certification in advanced social media and partnership with Reside, an innovative and tech-forward boutique brokerage, Marlena’s marketing efforts have been fully supported as she embraces the operations side of the business.

Marlena’s professional journey continues to be driven by not only her passion and skills, but by her family and the life they continue to nurture together. With their two children at their heart, Marlena and Marcus effortlessly allow their natural intentions to guide them on their adventures.

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Kristina Quinones

Transaction Maven

Kristina Quinones is the Transaction Maven for Helm Real Estate. Kristina has over 9 years of residential real estate experience in San Francisco and around the Bay. She manages the details of your real estate transaction and adds that personal attention you need during this important process. Kristina holds a Master’s of Fine Arts and focuses her creativity on the art of living.

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Jessica Lawrence

Business Manager

Jessica is a Bay Area native with a  background in property management, real estate sales, and start up tech, creating the perfect blend of experience for helping real estate agents take their business to the next level. She earned her Real Estate license in 2013 and has supported four brokerages in that short time, accumulating knowledge of what works and what doesn’t work for agents and brokerages. She loves researching ways to leverage technology to save time and money.

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Diane Sanderson

Executive Assistant

Diane has been in the real estate industry, in all facets, for over 32 years, including escrow officer, mortgage broker and Executive Assistant to top producing agents. She currently specializes in transaction compliance and broker operations.

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Hilary Hedemark

Real Estate & Tax Lawyer, Broker-of-Record at Reside

Acting as our broker and in-house legal counsel, Hilary is the person our agents turn to for legal advice. Before becoming a successful broker in her own right, Hilary practiced real estate law for 5 years at a San Francisco law firm, building a solid foundation of real estate knowledge.

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Corey Alverson

Creative Director

Corey Alverson lived and worked in the midwest as brand manager for a law firm until moving to San Francisco in 2016. As creative director for Reside, Corey is a strong conceptual thinker with over 10 years of graphic design experience.

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Ashley Bledsoe

Marketing Director

Ashley Bledsoe joins Reside as Channel Marketing Director following 7 years at San Francisco’s largest residential real estate brokerage. At Zephyr Real Estate, Ashley worked on agent marketing strategy, from developing novel online marketing channels to elevating and refining traditional real estate marketing efforts. Ashley is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and the proud daughter of a top producing Virginia REALTOR®.

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Chris Dzoba

Senior Director of Engineering

Chris started in software startups over ten years ago in North Carolina, eventually heading to San Francisco in 2013.  He now leads the engineering team, ensuring on-time delivery of features, high quality of product, and secure protection of data.

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John Balladares

Marketing Engineer

San Franciscan, technology nerd, and knowledge enthusiast. As a digital marketing manager, John has led online marketing programs in web design, web development, lead generation, and SEO. At Reside he is part of a team focused on creating integrated marketing strategies for top performing real estate agents.

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