The Eric Pakulla Team
Eric, a life-long Maryland resident, brings over 24 years of experience and positive energy to his team, making it the #1 RE/MAX team in Maryland. He has been presented with the most coveted awards from RE/MAX International: Luminary of Distinction, Circle of Legends and Lifetime Achievement. Eric is an active member of numerous professional real estate organizations on the County, State and National levels including the Maryland Association of Realtors. Eric enjoys golfing and is a father of a wonderful boy.
Joseph S Bird wants to be your Realtor® for life. To accomplish this goal, Joe prides himself on providing the best possible customer service. Before real estate, Joe spent 7 years as a successful entrepreneur providing exceptional customer service to the music industry. In 2011, Joe decided it was the perfect opportunity to change careers and dive into real estate. Growing up in a family that owned several investment properties, real estate had always interested Joe. He hit the ground running and has quickly risen to become the top-producing agent on Maryland’s #1 RE/MAX team, the Pakulla Professionals. In just 5 short years, Joe has sold over 300 houses and is consistently referred to friends and family by his past clients and other industry professionals.
Combining both his experience as a top realtor and an entrepreneur, Joe skillfully negotiates each transaction for the best terms and price for his clients. Understanding that real estate transactions are typically the largest of his clients’ lives, Joe ensures that he is accessible throughout the entire process, is focused on the details and is passionate about providing extraordinary customer service. Joe strives to meet and exceed his clients’ expectations, making sure they are confident they made the right decision hiring him. A lifelong resident of the Baltimore/Washington corridor, Joe assists both buyers and sellers anywhere from the city to the country and any suburbs in-between. Joe currently resides in Eldersburg with his wife, Laura, and their two children.
Ken has lived and worked in Columbia/ Ellicott City for over 28 years and both his Son Stephen and Daughter Laura attended Howard County public schools graduating from Atholthon High School. Ken has worked on the Eric Pakulla team for 15 years specializing in listing’s and buyer agency and is licensed in MD & DC.
He is a Graduate of Chanel College and currently lives in Historic Oella. In is his spare time Ken likes to play golf, travel and spend time with his family.
In the late 1960s, Billy’s parents moved the family to this little upcoming community called Columbia Maryland, located conveniently between Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Initially starting his career in the hospitality business he feels like he has been in real estate all his life as the interaction with customers is very similar in working to provide the best possible customer service and building new relationships daily. The Baltimore/Washington corridor is very diverse in culture and communities. Growing up in Columbia with its tremendous diversity has helped Billy personally and professionally. His background is a perfect complement to the real estate industry and understanding all the different needs for his clients makes the difference. Purchasing a home is one of the biggest financial decisions we can make in life. Ensuring that you make the right choice for you and your family is his #1 goal. He is committed to providing his clients with a positive experience that earns a lifetime relationship.
Scott Kapinos brings over 30 years of experience to the Eric Pakulla team, specializing in buying and selling real estate throughout central Maryland. Scott’s top goal is to exceed his client’s expectations. After experiencing this level of service, clients often share Scott’s services with friends, family, and co-workers. Over 80% of Scott’s clients are a product of referrals from past clients.
Scott respects the fact that buying and selling real estate will often be the most substantial investment that his clients will ever make. He also understands that a real estate transaction can be one of life’s most stressful experiences. His goal is to take the stress out of buying and selling homes by always keeping his client well informed. Scott is exceptionally detailed and responds quickly to his client’s needs, providing them thorough information and insight that creates a position to make a sound decision.
Scott has been a resident of Howard County for over 35 years. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching his son’s 8th-grade Basketball team, Maryland Basketball, grilling, and traveling with his family. Scott is also an avid Pickleball player and qualified for the Senior Nationals held in Albuquerque NM in 2019. If you are curious as to why Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the world, give Scott a call.
Stephanie Ridgely has been a valued member of the Eric Pakulla Team since 2015. A life long resident of the Baltimore/Washington area, Stephanie specializes in residential real estate throughout Carroll, Howard, Frederick, and Anne Arundel County. Stephanie understands the intricacies of the marketplace and how to ensure a positive experience for her clients.
Prior to Real Estate, Stephanie worked in dental management and patient relations; an experience that assists her in advocating for her client’s needs today. In 2016 she earned her Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation, and she has since successfully closed numerous transactions for both buyers and sellers. In addition to her providing stellar customer service to her clients, Stephanie also serves as transaction coordinator to members of her team at Pakulla Professionals. Her experience in this position has enabled her to negotiate the successful contract completion of over 300 transactions since 2016.
Stephanie currently resides in Carroll County with her husband and their two daughters. In her spare time, you can find her hanging out with family and friends, shopping, and dining out at the local restaurants.
Katie Olazagasti, often referred to as “Katie O.”, has been successfully helping clients buy and sell homes throughout Central Maryland over the past decade. Recently joining Pakulla Professionals, Katie is known for her award-winning sales volume produced solely by her personal network and referral-based business. Katie has built a success rate for her clients throughout Central Maryland thanks to the knowledge acquired by growing up in Clarksville, residing in Sykesville for the past eight years, and having strong ties to Montgomery County. In addition to working tirelessly for her clients, Katie also dedicates time helping local charities such as Voices for Children, which assists Howard County’s youth in need. She is a graduate of Salisbury University with a background in sales and management. In her spare time, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and their four children, socializing with friends, and family vacations to the beach.
Nikki is a longtime resident of Baltimore County. Prior to joining the Eric Pakulla Team through RE/MAX Advantage Realty, she was in the restaurant and customer service industry her entire life.
She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Towson University in Psychology and Sociology. Her passion is working with people. Nikki excels and desires to interact with and assist others. She thrives in establishing and maintaining solid relationships which will help with your real estate goals throughout different stages in your future. Nikki believes the best form of advertisement is through referrals. She looks forward to helping you, your family and your friends with their real estate needs.
Nikki enjoys spending time with her 4 children, her loved ones, and is an active member of her church community.nship.
Gayle, a 20 year resident of Howard County, brings over 15 years of lending knowledge to the team. Gayle is a licensed Realtor and helps in the coordination of daily transactions and acts as Eric’s office & property manager. She enjoys skiing and traveling with her family and will soon be an “empty nester”. She and her husband still plan to travel to watch their kids play sports in college.
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With over ten years marketing experience, Laura Bird’s focus is ensuring our clients receive maximum market exposure for their property and a smooth transaction. Laura works exclusively with Joseph Bird and Stephanie Ridgely handling client coordination, marketing and listing management. Before joining the Pakulla Professionals team, Laura served as the Director of Marketing for the Howard County Chamber of Commerce, the Marketing Coordinator for a local accounting firm, and as the Marketing and Communications Specialist for a government contractor. Laura is a graduate of Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication.