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Meet the team

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Gennifer MixSevier County, TN

Gennifer obtained her real estate license in 2012 and is currently a local Realtor in The Great Smoky Mountains. She specializes in Short Term Rental Investment opportunities in Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and Pigeon Forge, TN. She is married and a mother of two boys who attend The University of TN Knoxville and East Tennessee State University. In 2018, after 23 years of military service, her family retired to East Tennessee and began investing in Short Term Rentals in The Smokies. They currently own 5 properties with a goal of owning many more.

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Rush ValentineEmerald Coast, FL

Rush is a Mississippi native that always looked forward to these vacations to the Emerald Coast. In 2014, after a weekend getaway to introduce his wife to the area, they decided it was time to call the Emerald Coast home. Rush, his wife Kristen, and a newborn daughter Mary Shelton reside in Santa Rosa Beach where he enjoys spending time on the beach with his family and playing golf at one of the many local courses. Rush has been with The Short Term Shop since early 2019, since then he has acquired a few investment properties of his own and helped many clients find the right property to jump start their investment journey.

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Jose SantiagoSevier County, TN

Jose served in the Air Force for over 15 years before finding his new career in Real Estate. Currently, he owned 2 properties of which are both long term rentals in New Jersey and Knoxville and look forward to buying more. As your agent, he will dedicate his efforts to ensure you find the rental that’s going to put money in your pocket. Cash Flow Baby!


Jeana Maddux Sevier County, TN

Jeana has been in the Real Estate business for over 15 years and most recently managed the Transaction Department at eXp Realty, which consists of over 35,000 Real Estate Professionals. She is originally from the Chattanooga, TN area, and visited the smokies for the first time while dating her husband. She was captivated by the beauty of the area and everything it had to offer. Since Pigeon Forge was only a 2-hour drive away, it quickly became her second home. She dreamed of moving to the area and selling cabins in the Smoky Mountains – At the first opportunity, she and her family made the move. Jeana feels blessed to be living her dream while helping others become successful with their Short Term investment.

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Julie McCoy Sevier County, TN

Julie began investing in vacation rentals in 2017 while working full-time in the television industry. In less than a year, she had four vacation rentals in California and Tennessee, and realized her side hustle had replaced her regular income. Ready for a change, she relocated to Tennessee and began her career as a Realtor, working with investors to help them achieve the same financial freedom. She now owns nine properties, primarily in the Smoky Mountains.
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Derek TellierSevier County, TN

In 2017 after 20 years working for Harley-Davidson Dealerships, Derek was inspired by Luke and Avery to get into Real Estate investing. He began immersing himself in podcasts, books and Bigger Pockets to learn as much as he could. In October of 2018 he started the East TN REI Meetup that meets the last Thursday of every month in different areas around the Greater Sevier County TN Market. In 2019 he purchased his first investment property, a single family BRRRR that went almost too good! In 2020 he also flipped a single family house, bought his first Short Term Rental Cabin, a Duplex to house hack and is continuing to expand his portfolio.
Today Derek owns 6 Properties, 3 Long Term Rentals, 2 Cabins and a Duplex/House Hack/Short Term rental right in the heart of Pigeon Forge. Derek considers himself a problem solver who will uncover every opportunity to get across the finish line.

Karen Chenaille

Karen ChenailleTN

Karen is a real estate investor that joined the team after buying four properties from the Short Term Shop.  Her holdings include cash-flowing short term rental properties in the Smokies, Emerald Coast, Mississippi, and New England. Karen served over 20 years in corporate America and five years in the US Army as a Chinese linguist prior to joining the Short Term Shop.

As Karen’s client, you’ll have the commitment, expertise and support of a like-minded real estate investor to help you acquire and successfully manage a cash-flowing investment property.  


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Jonathan LazzarinoGulf Shores, Alabama

Jonathan is in the Gulf Shores, Alabama area. He comes from a family of real estate investors, and has helped his family buy long-term single family and commercial real estate investments. He also worked in residential real estate in the Houston area before moving to Gulf Shores to help investors find great STR opportunities. His favorite things in life are spending time with his wife and daughter, enjoying life to the fullest, and looking for the next great investment.

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Luke Carl

Luke is our education and management specialist. He teaches the webinars for Short Term Shop University -which is complimentary for all Short Term Shop clients. He bought his first investment property in 2012. He has since done every trick in the book; House hack, Brrrr Method, Heloc, 1031 Exchange, Single Family, Small Multi-Family, LTR, & STR. He is also the creator of the “Carl Concept” and the “Enemy Method”. He currently holds 42 doors in 6 markets in 4 states. He is an avid runner, has 2 children, and a Rockstar wife.

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Anya DykesSevier County, TN

Anya has lived in Sevier County for 12 years. She’s very passionate about real estate and the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Her goal is to help clients achieve their goals and help provide long term wealth for their families. She is the newest addition to the Short Term Shop, as she and her husband are currently looking for their first investment property.

Avery Carl

Avery Carl Sevier County & Emerald Coast

Avery Carl was named one of Wall Street Journal’s Top 100 and Newsweek’s Top 500 agents in 2020. She and her team at The Short Term Shop focus exclusively on Vacation Rental and Short Term Rental clients. Avery has sold over $300 million in Short Term/Vacation Rentals since 2017. An investor herself, with a portfolio of over 30 properties, Avery specializes in connecting investors with short term rentals with the highest ROI potential, and then training them to manage their short term rental from their smart phone from anywhere in the world.