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THE TRUMP EFFECT Reaches Muskoka

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Top of the Class. Seven Years Running. Being good is one thing. Being the best? Well that’s quite another.

winning dealership has always remained focused on the bottom line: its customers.

Mercedes-Benz Oakville hit the ground running in 2017 by securing a record seventh consecutive Star Dealer of the Year Award. The award, presented by Mercedes-Benz Canada, recognizes the achievements of the top ten dealers in the country and Mercedes-Benz Oakville remains the only dealership to appear on the prestigious list for seven years running. For those familiar with Mercedes-Benz Oakville, the honour should come as no surprise. The award-

At Mercedes-Benz Oakville, everything comes down to people. “We’re very proud of our accomplishments,” says General Manager Wade Pedersen. “The goal here is to always expect the best and we work tirelessly to provide our customers with a best-in-class sales and service experience.” Whether it’s service, sales, or management, Mercedes-Benz Oakville is home to a fantastic team of dedicated professionals who understand that customer satisfaction is job number one.

But Mercedes-Benz Oakville is far more than just accolades. It’s also the only dealership west of Toronto to offer a fully authorized Mercedes-Benz body shop with highly trained Mercedes-Benz mechanics, rebuilding vehicles with 100 percent genuine Mercedes-Benz parts. Located just around the corner from the dealership, the collision centre allows vehicles to be repaired faster and put back on the road sooner, a huge benefit to both customers and the dealership alike.

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New Cars. The Same Award-Winning Services. With nearly sixty years of experience to its The AMG lineup is not the only series being credit, Mercedes-Benz Oakville is gearing refreshed in the new model year. Starting in up to welcome a whole new stable of early 2017, Mercedes-Benz will roll out a new vehicles to its showroom in 2017. Expect generation of GLA, E-Class Coupe, AMG E63 some sporty new additions to Mercedes’ S Sedan and AMG GLC 43 Coupe vehicles. high-performance division (Mercedes-AMG) this year as 2017 marks the 50th anniversary “Our showroom is constantly changing,” says of AMG’s legendary motorsports heritage. Pedersen, “but the one thing that never The sports car and performance brand is changes around here is our commitment to honouring both past and present by providing our customers with award-winning, first-in-class service.” This promise has been extending the AMG GT family of sports around since Mercedes-Benz Oakville first cars with the new Mercedes-AMG GT C. broke ground in 1959. As Pedersen reminds us, “that tradition will never change.”


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A Note from

The Editors The Cayman Marshall team celebrating their success in Turks and Caicos.

Come and journey with us to the Turks and Caicos Islands as we celebrate our team’s success in reaching our 2016 goal of $200 Million in sales! As a team we had the time of our lives on one of the most beautiful islands in the world – all unraveled for you in our feature editorial. Many pictures of this great adventure will be seen throughout this issue and check out that stunning cover shot too! As always, please sit back and enjoy all the incredible real estate our collection has to offer in this special issue. Muskoka IS still the BEST place to be in the world from June to September so let’s all remember to count the many blessings that come with living here. A special thanks to our new magazine team on this issue. You all embraced the team concept beautifully. A very special THANK YOU goes to Greg Armishaw, our new editor in training. Greg, your hard work and dedication have been truly invaluable. Todd Adair* President/Sales Representative

As always, the real estate market is extremely hot here in Muskoka. There seems to be a shortage of inventory and buyers this year are starting to deal with the same problems we have seen in the GTA market. I am still confident in the long term value of Muskoka waterfront property. Historically, values have never gone down and in the long run I truly believe that is still the case. Here’s wishing you all a wonderful Spring!

It’s been another exciting year at the offices at Cayman Marshall! We are excited to share what we’ve been up to! This issue, we continue to bring you interesting and fun articles as you browse through our breathtaking and astonishing properties! The world is fascinated with Donald Trump it seems, and we wanted to look inside this phenomenon and speak to the effect that his presidency has had on the Muskoka real estate market – we know you will be interested to read what we uncovered! Our cover story will amaze and inspire you – read how our small but mighty team was whisked away to a mystery destination to celebrate our $200 Million achievement – it truly was a trip of a lifetime for us all and one we will remember for the rest of our lives! Laura Morrison* Sales Representative/Editor

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Architecture and the natural landscape are key to setting a soft glow at dusk, and a warm, gentle luminosity after dark.

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onventional thinking in the dog eat dog world of commission sales, particularly real estate is, “If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.” Todd Adair, owner of Cayman Marshall International Realty Brokerage, prefers “The strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack,” from Rudyard Kipling’s beloved children’s classic, The Jungle Book. He may prefer Kipling, but there is no arguing, the scenery has changed for his pack. Opening a new real estate brokerage in the already crowded Port Carling market in 2012, with just three people, seemed risky. Building that business on a team first model seemed downright delusional. Adair speaks easily about “we” and “our”. He uses words liberally such as “together” “us” and even “family”, acknowledging that it sounds a bit “cheesy” but it’s apt.

turquoise waters, deep powdery white sand, rum drinks with little umbrellas, think Caribbean. Turks and Caicos to be exact.

Flash forward four short years. Cayman Marshall has grown to a pack of nine, with two locations and established itself in the market, evolving into one of the largest and fastest growing entities in Ontario. “From our humble beginnings in 2012 we easily reached our goal to hit the $200 Million mark for 2016. It was an ambitious target, and would require everyone to work together. If the team met it, I promised to take everyone and their partners away for a vacation.” As the year progressed and that $200 Million goal became a reality, Adair knew he would have to make good on his part of the bargain and did he ever.

While it was all inclusive, it wasn’t a resort. Three Dolphins Villa sits atop a quiet bluff overlooking Long Beach Bay, just steps away, renowned for being one of the finest kite-boarding spots in the Caribbean. The private villa comes complete with a cook, household staff, a large pool, tennis court, a life size chess game and lush landscaped grounds. After unpacking and re-grouping on the patio with a cool beverage, the warm trade winds began to smooth away the harsh realities of a January Muskoka winter, like physiological botox.

Determined to give his team the and combine some team building along the way, he decided a was in order.

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As any parent knows, children are most revealing and genuine in their impromptu moments − drives to school, casual conversation while shooting baskets or chats over a late night bowl of Cheerios. The big stuff discussed formally at family meetings has a place but it’s the comments casually tossed out that are most revealing. Adair understands this dynamic and chose to facilitate such exchanges, in a big way. Determined to give his team the vacation of a lifetime and combine some team building along the way, he decided a mystery getaway was in order. Under a cloak of secrecy to which only one other team member was privy, they planned every detail. To build anticipation he only told them the basics: pack for somewhere warm, bring their passport and plan to be away a week. It wasn’t until everyone was gathered at the airport after being picked up by limo that he revealed their destination. Think fan palms swaying in warm ocean breezes, insanely clear

Located 550 miles southeast of Miami, just below The Bahamas. Turks and Caicos was the perfect destination to celebrate, recharge and connect as a unit. Adair wasn’t prepared to spill every detail of the trip all at once, he shared tasty tidbits along the way, whetting their appetite. They knew where they were going, but had no idea of what was waiting for them. Assuming they were headed for an all inclusive resort or something similar, no one was prepared for what was to come. After being met at the airport the team was driven to the mystery destination and their home for the next seven days. Driving through the gates it became clear to everyone, this was no ordinary vacation.

Never Leave Home W ithout Your Drone… Adair had pulled off the “surprise” part of the trip, now to embark on the team building aspect. The first three days were to be a time for the team of Cayman Marshall to come together, then on the fourth day spouses and partners were flown in to enjoy the remaining time. Over breakfast together, every day, he revealed a new and different adventure to experience, as a team. There were no “survivor style” challenges meant to pit people against each other and no “trust” challenges of falling backwards and hoping to be caught. No, Adair’s challenges were focused on fun with adventure thrown in. Day one saw the group paddle boarding across a wavy and windy ocean channel to get to a secluded area of mangroves. Most had never done this so it became incumbent upon the team to help each other zigzag the gentle waves and stay upright against the winds, to get to the shallow water estuaries. It was a stunning visual experience, turtles, baby sharks, rays and schools of fish darted and weaved below their boards. It was also a workout and a subtle yet effective team building exercise meant to bond the co-workers through a shared physical adventure. Spring/Summer 2017

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The Flywheel Effect… T eam Building is vital and a great way to open up dialog between Co-Workers. Day two, things became slightly more competitive. It was time for the pampered guests to hunt and gather for their lunch, which was to be a conch BBQ on a nearby deserted beach. First order of business however, was a snorkeling excursion. Being in Turks and Caicos means you are witness to the third largest coral reef in the world. It surrounds the islands providing protection from ocean surges, resulting in relatively calm and clear waters. Mike Arnold, one of the sales reps, is an experienced scuba diver and has taken part in dives all over the Caribbean. “It’s not unusual to see schools of colourful fish, they are prolific throughout the Caribbean. Where the Turks stands out is the size and abundance of the spectacular ocean life.” After building up an appetite snorkeling it was time to actually hunt for conch, a large edible sea snail or mollusk. The intrepid snorkelers were taken to an area of shallow

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water where the conch could be found. Easier said than done. As it turned out Arnold was the one to feed the team as of the eight caught, he corralled six of them. It was off to lunch. Along the way the boat captain moored on a chalk white sandbar where the team decided they needed to leave their mark, well more like a temporary tattoo. Like precocious toddlers in a sandbox, together they spelled out the initials CM and 200M, in the sand. Adair had been documenting the day with his drone and this picture became the defining image of the trip. Satisfied they had caught enough to eat, they arrived at the private beach, but true to form Adair had another surprise waiting for them. A full steak, lobster and chicken BBQ was all laid out; regardless of hunting abilities, no one would go hungry. Day three brought yet another surprise excursion, horseback riding through the ocean.

While clearly the planned activities were the highlights, it was the spontaneous moments that left lasting impressions. Over cocktails on the patio at the end of the day, laughing about their adventures or sharing breakfasts or nightcaps under the stars; this was when they really got to know each other. Adair noted, “It was as if the glue that already bonds us together as a company really coagulated.” Business owners know, it’s their employees who contribute to the success of their companies. However, those business owners also understand for that to happen, employees need to work collectively to raise the company overall. That isn’t always as straightforward as it may seem, particularly given the inherent competitiveness of commission real estate selling. So how do you instill a pack mentality in a fiercely competitive and independent industry? In Adair’s world it starts with building a team that as he says, “...always has my back and understands I will always have theirs.” He executes that philosophy by, “...providing positive, concrete experiences to strengthen the relationship.” Clearly he does more than talk the talk.


Employers all agree, team building is vital and a great way to open up dialog between co-workers. There are many “how to” business books, touting that philosophy. One in particular, Good to Great by Jim Collins talks about something known as: “Who,” before “What”. Collins maintains that it all starts with getting the right people on the bus first. Adair concurs. He believes the people on his team are there primarily because of the people on the team. He explains, “There is nothing better than being part of a team that is self motivated. They expect nothing but the best from themselves and know how to work together to achieve it. By starting with the right people, as team leader I can turn my attention to giving them the tools they need to succeed, together.” The book, Good to Great, talks about companies as flywheels. Massive, heavy objects that only move because of momentum − mass times velocity. It takes immense effort to get that flywheel going just an inch, but as you keep pushing together as a team it starts to move faster and with each turn picks up speed, with its own weight propelling it forward. That is what he calls, “The Flywheel Effect.” The team of Cayman Marshall, under Adair, has put their collective shoulders to their flywheel and built tangible momentum in the Muskoka area. Adair does things differently, against the grain of typical business practices. He believes their success lies in the fact that their clients have gained confidence from their accomplishments, and his team has earned that credibility in the marketplace because of the quiet discipline of the Flywheel Effect.

A Double Edged Sword… On the surface, this may only seem like an elaborate vacation to reward a staff of people for a goal reached, but look deeper. Just like impromptu conversations with kids in the car; it was over drinks on the patio at the end of the day, or walks on the beach that Adair’s co-workers really talked to each other. Conversations were about things other than potential listings or showings. Arnold who is relatively new to the team says, “I got to know everyone as people, not just co-workers. We all learned about each other’s lives outside of the office, it offered a more human interaction.” Everyone on the trip said they came away with a renewed sense of team and shared memories. A time co-workers can look back on with fondness. Adair wasn’t worried about the inherent risks of co-workers together under the same roof for an entire week, and then adding in the unknown element of partners and spouses to the mix. It could have been a double edged sword. Like atomic power, either generate light, or blow up like a bomb. Adair wasn’t worried for a moment, “My team knows and understands to their core, I’m all in.” He likes to say his success is based on breaking the usual business model for real estate sales. To him it isn’t just about meeting goals, it’s about building a great business with great people or why bother? So, what’s next? More ambitious goals? No question. Bigger rewards? True to form it will remain a mystery, until further notice.


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Diving Who Knew? By Eric Reynolds

You think you know Muskoka?

Think again. Think under your dock. Think below your boat. Those who visit this unseen world find a whole body and soul experience—tranquility, weightlessness and intrigue. Divers are engulfed in a sensory solitude while at the same time participating in an activity that demands technical skills necessary for safety and enjoyment. When you hear the term scuba diving, you most likely think of the jewel-blue waters of the Caribbean. To be sure, some of the world’s most stunning sights lie in warm, tropical waters. The salinity of seawater offers a higher degree of positive buoyancy, or floating. Tropical waters demand that a diver refine skills of buoyancy control (using weighting, for example). Typically, warmer waters boast a greater number of aquatic wildlife. Tropical ocean scuba diving has quickly become a popular destination activity around the world.

For a different, or altogether new experience however, many divers are choosing to build skills and experience in freshwater diving. It offers unique experiences, with unique technicality— as it relates to the gear worn, weighting, as well as diving in colder temperatures and with lower visibility. When diving in Muskoka, the colder freshwater means that your drysuit allows for a relatively steady buoyancy, reducing concerns around overweighting. In fact, it’s been said that if you can dive in Muskoka waters, you can dive anywhere. Many treasures lie in wait here in the waters of Muskoka’s 1600 lakes. Divers have found everything from stunning geographical features and underwater boat wrecks, to surprising freshwater jellyfish, and even a 94-year-old bottle of J.P Wiser’s whiskey.


So what are some of Muskoka’s best dives? The Waome We wanted to learn how to explore Muskoka’s murky is definitely a must-see. At about 70’ deep, this passenger mysteries so we spoke to the owners of Scuba Shack. steamship found its resting place on October 6, 1934, “Scuba diving is so much more than simply a taking three of the seven lives that were aboard hobby or a sport,” says co-owner Jane Mark. it. A storm sunk the ship in less than a “There’s something about the peace minute. It sits upright and quite intact, of being underwater.”   making for a very interesting dive. Scuba Shack is Muskoka’s own The dark water of Lake Muskoka recreational and technical requires sufficient dive lighting dive headquarters based in It’s been said that in order to enjoy the decks Gravenhurst. Owners Dean & if you can dive in and hidden wonders of Jane Mark take pride in their the Waome. shop’s ability to effectively outfit, The J.C. Morrison train and certify scuba divers wreck dive, off Barrie’s and snorkelers, and to make waterfront docks, will have sure that customers have a safe you can dive you exploring the remains of and exciting experience in the a steamer that caught fire in waters of Muskoka and beyond. August 1857. The Morrison was As a year-round dive store, the quickly cut loose from the dock Scuba Shack specializes in selling and and sent into the bay to burn. Woken servicing snorkeling and scuba diving from their sleep, all four passengers, plus gear. They are the only CTC hydrostatic Captain Bell, dashed off the boat, some of test centre in Muskoka. them nearly naked. With considerable misfortune, “We pride ourselves on spending time with our this was the fourth such loss by burning for Captain Bell, who customers, making sure that their equipment is the never bore blame for the wreck of the Morrison.   right equipment for the type of diving that they’re The Grotto & The Wall on Lake Joseph is an enjoyable, going to do, and that it fits them properly,” says Jane.   cavern-type dive in a playground of rocks and glacial boulders. It offers interesting geographical features and swim-throughs to explore. Of the Muskoka lakes, Lake Joe has some of the best visibility. The Wall is a match for both recreational and technical divers, with a depth of up to 285’. Whether you have made Muskoka your recreation home for years or are experiencing it for the first time, consider seeing it in a new way—underwater. (Of course, cottage owners also use scuba diving as a tool for independent property maintenance or object recovery).   Invite the adventure of scuba diving into your life—starting from your own dock! Contact the Scuba Shack today at 705.687.5879 or by email at info@scubashack.ca.

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Today’s real estate market is hotter than ever and common advice from ordinary brokerages tells you to advertise to millions on multiple websites. Your property is neither, common or ordinary, so how do you keep your listing from getting lost in the thousands of other listings. It deserves the premier services of a Cayman Marshall exclusive listing; designed to deliver proven results. An exclusive listing with Cayman Marshall is a VIP level of concierge service uniquely created to get your luxury property front and centre to interested buyers: quality over quantity. Our dedicated team of agents know the difference between simply whipping up attention for a property and establishing credibility with serious buyers and sellers. We know that the exact buyer you need is the one who wants the inside track on only the best available properties. These are the buyers who have neither the time nor inclination to sift through hundreds of similar sounding descriptions on MLS. A Cayman Marshall exclusive listing means our agents will pre-qualify prospects and eliminate the “recreational” lookers. For

higher end properties, we may require bank documentation to prove serious interest before we show it. Our agents may work on a negotiated reduction on commission. These are all specific and/or custom conditions and details that you may want, unique to your listing and set out in the listing agreement. This ensures that every one of your expectations are met. We at Cayman Marshall don’t believe in a one size fits all approach to selling luxury Muskoka real estate. An exclusive listing starts with a personalized marketing plan rolled out to the more than 27,000 people in our database and visitors to our website. When you list exclusively with Cayman Marshall our team will have the sole right to showcase your property for the duration of the listing. Concessions can be made for other brokerages, but only for genuine qualified prospects. Regardless of whether you’re a motivated buyer or seller; an exclusive listing with Cayman Marshall is like having a seat on the 50 yard line and being inside the locker room. Let our experts quarterback your sale!


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onald Trump is the single most Googled person on the planet. We’re engrossed by him, for better or worse. His impact has been felt globally pre-November 8th, 2016 and since his rise to the presidency on January 20th of this year. Believe it or not, Canadians google “Donald Trump” more than “Justin Trudeau”. Secretly, many of us love it, or hate it, or love to hate it. What’s the difference? Or more importantly, what does any of the American political craze have to do with Muskoka? The divide between the right and left wing has perhaps never been sharper, and we’re feeling it too. “From the conversations we’ve had with clients, there’s clearly different schools of thought,” says Todd Adair, owner of Cayman Marshall International Realty Inc.

“There’s differing opinions on how to run a country: old school versus liberal thinking.” While Trump may be old-school, he’s undoubtedly doing things differently; removing political jargon and replacing it with a langue of his own. Here in Muskoka, buyers are talking.

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“In 2016 we had conversations with dozens of American buyers. We were curious as to the rising interest in Muskokan real estate. So we threw the political question out there to see what feeling there was amongst interested buyers,” says Todd. “Some American buyers are clearly pro-Trump, but two-thirds of the


The time is ripe for Americans to buy in Muskoka. “Year-over-year we’re up for large American purchases by 50% from 2015 to 2016. We’ll see how many more follow through,” says Todd

CANADIAN SKEPTICISM

While Trump may have helped to propel a few Americans from the US to Canada, many of us wondered if some of the talk was only that… talk. Pre-election, the media got a kick out of the Canadian Immigration website crashing from too many visitors. Combined with celebrity antics on Twitter and “pledges” to move north if Trump would win, there seemed to be an impending influx that Canadians would have to brace for.

Another client explained her rationale to buy in Canada: “We need to get away from this circus for the next four years.” And another: “I want to get out of Trumpville.” Mike Arnold, another Sales Representative at Cayman Marshall, has a Canadian client living in the deep south who married an American. She told Mike, “We’re in the heart of Trumpville and we want to get out. My daughters are beside themselves that Trump is running the country.” These sentiments continue to be expressed from the majority of our American clientele. Many Americans have friends in Muskoka or have visited and realize people are coming here from all over the world for our lakes, natural beauty, and laid-back atmosphere. Americans

“SOME AMERICAN BUYERS ARE CLEARLY PRO-TRUMP, BUT TWO-THIRDS OF THE BUYERS CAYMAN MARSHALL ARE WORKING WITH CURRENTLY SEE THIS POLITICAL SITUATION AS FUEL TO OWN ELSEWHERE.”

buyers Cayman Marshall are working with currently see this political situation as fuel to own elsewhere.” Purchasing a home in Muskoka makes sense for Americans on a number of other levels as well. First, when Americans look abroad to own property in another country, Canada is conveniently located. Second, the American dollar is up, which makes Canada even more attractive. And third, Muskoka continues to rise in prominence, ranked the number one summer destination by National Geographic. Add conveniences that come from proximity to Toronto and Muskoka becomes quite a compelling option.

But as we all know, it didn’t happen. Moving to Canada isn’t easy for Americans to do on a whim. As for the prophesied mass exodus, well, it just wasn’t real. However, for Americans contemplating a safe haven or summer home in Canada, many of them found the impetus they needed from the election results. Sales Representative Jessica Kaye deals with a high-profile American political figure who confessed to her, “In light of what has happened, we are actively seeking a vacation home in Muskoka.” For this client, and others, Canada is a refuge from the “antics” they seek respite from.

also know they’re able to rent out their seasonal home to friends more easily.

ONLY TIME WILL TELL

Is there a Trump Effect? Resoundingly, yes. We’ve seen it: from a spike in inquiries, to a 50% increase in American sales. Will the trend continue? Will Americans increasingly consider homes abroad? What will happen with the economy, and how will that affect Muskokans? These are questions we’re continually searching out, dedicated to keeping you informed as your premier source of real estate in Muskoka.

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“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.” – Rudyard Kipling As owner and president of Cayman Marshall International Realty, allow me to share a bit about where we’ve come from, where we are today and where we’re headed. Five years ago, myself and three eager and energetic colleagues, opened the doors of Cayman Marshall for the very first time. Some of you may remember that 2012 was a turbulent time in the market and it seemed like every time something went wrong in the world, our buyers would freeze! Many predicted Cayman Marshall wouldn’t last a year, especially in such a competitive market. Our skeptics said we couldn’t start our own brokerage based on a “team model” and many said we certainly couldn’t start our own brand, create our own magazine or succeed in the Port Carling market. Fortunately these people were wrong. Myself and every single person on the team proved them wrong. Together, we have solidified our brand in two magnificent locations as we enter our fourth year with what is now one of Muskoka’s most successful magazines. It feels as though it’s been both a long time and a short time, our achievements are modest and our company is still adolescent in the grand scheme of things but…. On the other hand, 5 years in a business that is rapidly changing and evolving is an achievement that we can be immensely proud of! It means that we have established ourselves… in fact, what we have done is build one of the largest Independent Brokerages in Ontario and certainly one of the fastest growing. From our humble beginnings in 2012, we now trade in excess of $200 Million per annum with our new goal to hit the $300 Million mark for 2017. We are also proud to work with over 400 international partners that help give us the horsepower it takes to dominate with foreign buyers. It is also no small feat and of great credit to the team we have assembled, that every single year we have almost doubled our sales.

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Last year while considering this editorial I was watching a children’s movie called “The Jungle Book” and I was inspired by this quote: “For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.” This seemed to say what I was feeling perfectly. I could have never accomplished all of this on my own and this business is truly fun and rewarding when you surround yourself with people that have your back and share your victories. Strength really IS in the pack! Looking ahead, my conviction and resolve is – to continue to NOT make business decisions based on tradition but rather innovation and creative thinking, to empower my team to do amazing things and to continue being the most successful “Wolf Pack” in Muskoka. – Todd Adair

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TODD ADAIR* President/Sales Representative Todd made a name for himself in real estate back in 2011 when in Todd’s first year of selling, he earned the spot as the #1 Remax agent in Muskoka. That motivated him to continue on and become President of Cayman Marshall International Realty in 2012. In 2013, he became the majority shareholder and recently decided to purchase the entire company and dedicate 100% of his efforts into taking Cayman Marshall to the next level. Todd has created, built and sold various IT companies. Throughout his career, he has been known for breaking the mold and always moving against the grain – never satisfied with the ordinary but striving for excellence. Todd firmly believes that real estate isn’t about excelling at sales, but rather about being great at solving problems and caring for clients through exceptional service. In Todd’s down time you will find him buying, building or renovating his own real estate projects, on the water wakeboarding and kite surfing, or hacking up the fairways of a local golf course. Todd’s most important job is being a husband and father to his family of four.

MIKE ARNOLD* Sales Representative After many years of memorable family vacations in Muskoka, Michael is very excited to now call Port Carling home after moving to the area in 2016. With over 25 years experience in sales and marketing that ranges from working at a daily newspaper to providing marketing solutions to Fortune 500 companies to starting an eco-friendly moving services business, the common theme has always been his ability to understand his clients and provide exactly what they need. Joining the Cayman Marshall team is a great fit for Michael whose “customer first” dedication to his clients has always resulted in successful long term relationships. With a passion for boating and water sports, Michael looks forward to enjoying all that the Muskoka Lakes has to offer.

DAVE BEMMANN** Broker Growing up with a family cottage on the lake, Dave developed a strong passion for the Muskoka area. After graduating from the University of Guelph in 2006 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Dave’s focus then turned to his professional career as a commercial real estate broker in the GTA with Colliers. Dave spent eight years servicing clients in the Toronto area with expertise in industrial facilities. In 2013, one of North America’s largest landowners recruited Dave to join their acquisitions team. Dave’s career accelerated quickly as his team completed over $150 million in land acquisitions across North America. During this time he also managed a portfolio of 14,000 acres of development land in Ontario. He left the development industry to pursue his new goal of becoming a top selling real estate agent in the Muskoka area. His passion and commitment to customer service, professionalism and honest advice, provides his clients with an enjoyable and successful real estate experience in Muskoka.

CAT BROWN* Sales Representative Growing up in Waterloo, Cat was fortunate enough to spend all of her summers at her family cottage on Lake of Bays. Not wanting to leave the area, Cat chose to spend her summers working in Muskoka and after graduating from Conestoga College in Business Marketing, she made Muskoka her home. Spending 4 years traveling around Muskoka with Pride Marine Group, gave Cat the opportunity to build relationships and expand her knowledge on the lakes. Cayman Marshall sought after Cat for her enthusiastic, positive attitude and Cat is now thrilled to be building a career in Sales with the Cayman Marshall Team.

RAY DICKSON** Broker of Record Ray has been loving Muskoka for the past 40 years and is happy to call it home. He and his wife Johanna bought their first Muskoka property together in 2001 and with their two boys (Spencer & Avery) have enjoyed being local residents living the incredible lifestyle that Muskoka has to offer. That same passion he has for Muskoka is equally shared with real estate since licensed in 2007. The real estate industry is ever-changing and he has always looked forward to the many new courses and seminars offered to remain on top of things which benefits everyone he is involved with. That thirst for knowledge pursued Ray to take his career to the highest level by becoming a Broker of Record and owning his own brokerage. Now he is happy to share and be a part of the team at Cayman Marshall International Realty Inc., Brokerage who in his opinion is the leader in Muskoka real estate.

STEVE HADDOCK* Sales Representative Steve is a real estate expert who owns, builds and sells properties and has the experience to navigate through the complexities associated with the purchase and sale of Muskoka real estate. He achieved sales of over $20 M in 2016 and is best described as a strong relationship builder, honest with extreme dedication to customer service. He maintains residences in Toronto and Muskoka and ties to both communities. His mantra and favourite quote is to is to “get up, dress up, show up and never give up”.

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JESS KAYE* Sales Representative As a local, being born and raised in Muskoka, Jess prides herself in having a career where she can work within all the communities across Muskoka. Spending summers on all the different lakes and winters on the snowmobile trails Jess has gained a lot of knowledge on all areas of Muskoka. Having graduated in advertising and marketing she immediately jumped into a regional marketing coordinator position, which took her out to live in Vancouver and then to Toronto. After living away from home for a few years she realized that her heart was in Muskoka, so she came back to build a family and career. At home you can find her out on family adventures with her two wild and very busy young boys or helping her husband run their family stone masonry business. Family and close friends are what matter most to Jess as she says “they make my life better each day”.

JEFF LIDDLE* Sales Representative After graduating in Business Marketing, Jeff entered into the real estate industry in 2008 facing a down market and the words “recession” echoing in the background. With perseverance, dedication and a desire to succeed, Jeff overcame the odds and is now among the top-producing agents for dollar volume sold in Muskoka. In 2011 Jeff joined fellow Realtor Todd Adair and what was soon to be the most successful privately owned brokerage in Muskoka, Cayman Marshall. Jeff has been a pillar since day 1 to the Cayman Marshall brand and its success. Jeff has a vast knowledge of the Muskoka area & lakes and has helped hundreds of his clients successfully sell and buy their Muskoka dream property. Prior to his career in real estate Jeff grew up in Ancaster, where he formed a strong passion for golf. He played his junior days at Hamilton Golf & Country Club and eventually went on to play for his College team. Now he just tries to break 80...Jeff has enjoyed living in Muskoka for the past 10 years, raising his 2 boys alongside his wife Heather; he understands the desire that ultimately drives buyers to this wonderful place he calls home. Not only in business but also in life, Jeff believes that there are no limitations to what you can accomplish. This is the mentality that he brings with him to work and to his clients every day.

KRISTIN McCREA Office Manager/Personal Assistant to Todd Adair Kristin started with our Brokerage in the spring of 2015, bringing with her a high level of energy and enthusiasm dedicated to any task put before her. As Todd’s personal assistant, she oversees a variety of real estate contracting and building projects, media relations for real estate TV shows, assistant in Cayman Marshall, The Muskoka Collection, office management and bookkeeping, including accounts receivable and payable. Kristin’s 10 years’ experience in operations and retail management has proven essential for the daily needs of both the Huntsville and Port Carling offices. At home, Kristin is happily married and enjoys her two exceptionally active young sons; enjoying all of the outdoor activities that Muskoka has to offer! Kristin’s dedication and high level of commitment to everything she does is complimentary to Cayman Marshall’s High standards for excellence!

LAURA MORRISON* Sales Representative/Editor After vacationing in Muskoka throughout her life, Laura decided to make Muskoka her permanent home and moved from Oakville with her family in 2012. Laura’s professional roles have always been associated with the real estate industry, including legal firms, real estate brokerages and cottage rental management organizations. With her charismatic demeanor, knowledge of the industry and her passion for people, Laura became a licensed Realtor. Laura currently ranks as one of the top-producing agents in Muskoka achieving over $50 Million in sales in 2016 of luxury waterfront properties. Laura continually puts her client’s needs before her own and values trust and integrity as her cornerstone in a very competitive industry. Her family and close friends are what matter most to Laura. Laura also takes great pleasure and pride in her role as one of the Editors of Cayman Marshall, The Muskoka Collection!

AMANDA SHERIF Office Administration Amanda is new to Cayman Marshall, joining the administrative team in October 2016. Growing up in Toronto, Amanda spent summers going to camp in Muskoka and always enjoyed the atmosphere as well as the beauty the area had to offer. With over six years of experience in customer relations, Amanda is an ideal fit for the Cayman Marshall team. New to the Real Estate industry, Amanda is excited about her future at Cayman Marshall and looks forward to learning from the top Realtors in Muskoka.

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