About Our Team

 

Don Sturgeon, Relocation Associate

Don brings a unique background to the Corporate Relocations team.  Educator, International Marketer, Entrepreneur - these and his more than 25 years in the Cedar Rapids area give Don a perspective unusual to relocation professionals.

A graduate of both the University of Iowa (German and Russian) and Kirkwood Community College (International Trade and Marketing), Don began his career as a teacher in the U.S. and abroad.  Don spent 15 years in government marketing and international sales before stepping out as an entrepreneur.  

As a Relocation Professional with advanced training in corporate relocation issues, Don draws on his background and experience to help his clients and customers make a smooth transition to their new community.  His philosophy has always been based on quality service dand full attention to the family's needs.  Don recognizes the special needs of the international transferee.  His extensive background in foreign languages, international trade, and living and working abroad ensures a smooth transition for the newly-arrived foreign employee. 

He continues to stay involved in his community as an active member of his Rotary Club.

 

Don Sturgeon

Skogman Corporate Relocations

1201 Edgewood Road SW
Cedar Rapids Iowa 52404

Mobile: 319.360.3644
Email: dasturgeon430@aol.com

 

 

 

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Barbra Vancura, Relocation Associate

I have lived in Cedar Rapids most of my life - except for the years that I left to attend college.  I love Cedar Rapids.  My family is here, I have great friends here and it is a wonderful place to raise a family.

I have been involved in the school system as a student, a parent and as a volunteer.  I have the knowledge to help find that special school for your child whether it is one of our Parochial Schools, Christian schools or our wonderful Public schools. 

My goal is to help you find the right neighborhood that fits you and your family's needs.  Relocation is not just moving and finding a job, it is also getting involved in the community and experiencing all that you can.  With Skogman Corporate Relocations, our team helps make that transition a smooth one. 

I want to make sure you find Cedar Rapids to be a wonderful place to live and to soon call it your home. 

 

Barbara Vancura

Skogman Corporate Relcoations

411 First Avenue SE, Suite 400
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401

Mobile: 319.350.8840
Email: jbvancura@msn.com

 

 

 

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Mirela Taylor, Relocation Associate

Mirela and her family moved to Cedar Rapids in 1999, and it did not take long for them to call this area home.  Mirela was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania.  Mirela is a Geophysicist by degree and she practiced her profession within the oil industry prior to moving to Iowa.  She has lived and worked in various places and has traveled extensively.  It is with this worldly experience that she can confidently call the Cedar Rapids area a great place to work and live.  Her work was her passion, and she thought that she would never do anything different, but after engaging herself in this pleasant region of the Midwest, she realized that the quality of life offered by a strong, vibrant and growing Corridor makes this place ideal for her and her family. 

Mirela has a passion for this community, and with this passion she won't just help you find your new home, but will eagerly help you discover all the wonderful community attributes that will make the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area the place you will want to call home for years to come.  

Mirela Taylor

Skogman Corporate Relocations

411 First Avenue SE, Suite 500
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401

Mobile: 319.310.4422
Email:  Mirelataylor@mchsi.com
www.MirelaTaylor.com 

 

 

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Jill Hartke, Relocation Associate

Jill was born and raised in Iowa and 10 years ago her family relocated to Cedar Rapids with two young children. Jill knows the importance of having someone with knowledge of the community, schools and general area. Through her experience of relocating here with her family, she understands the importance of redeveloping a network of relationships within the community. The process of relocating can be exciting and also have some unknowns, Jill is excited to help guide you through this process.

Jill Hartke PhotoJill Hartke

Skogman Corporate Relocations

411 First Avenue SE, Suite 500
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401

Mobile: 319.310.8101
Email:  jill@skogman.com
www.jillhartke.skogman.com

 

 

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Nick Conrey, Relocation Associate

I am a product of Cedar Rapids. I was born and raised here. I have personally witnessed the growth and amazing transformation of this city throughout the years. I love my city. From entertainment, professional networking, school systems, shopping, medical facilities, and real estate, I know it all. I can help guide you through your transition and help you fall in love with Cedar Rapids like I have.

I graduated from Kennedy High School and went to the University of Iowa. After college I joined Escrow Services of Iowa and later became a project manager for Premiere Developers for almost 12 years. During that time, I contributed to helping build over 400 new homes and condos in the Cedar Rapids area. I married my high school sweetheart and have a son and a daughter. Together we like to support the Iowa Hawkeye sporting events, fish at local lakes and rivers, and explore walking trails. In my free time, I also like to support the arts, volunteer in our schools and take advantage of the wonderful local entertainment and restaurants here in my community.

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Nick Conrey

Skogman Corporate Relocations

411 First Avenue SE, Suite 500
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401

Mobile: 319.826.4458
Email:  nickconrey@skogman.com
www.nickconrey.skogman.com

 

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Rocky Chipokas, Relocation Associate

Rocky is a native Cedar Rapidian and a graduate of the University of Iowa. She brings a can-do attitude to a wide array of real estate solutions, honed through over 20 years of professional sales and marketing experience. Rocky identifies client needs to find the perfect home and to assist with a smooth transition to the community. Relationships matter. Rocky’s clients value connections to dentists, repairmen, locating basketball or dance teams for their children. Quality relationships, resources and results! Rocky is your Relocation Specialist.

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Rocky Chipokas

Skogman Corporate Relocations

411 First Avenue SE, Suite 500
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401

Mobile: 319.560.3182
Email:  rocky@skogman.com
www.rockychipokas.skogman.com

 

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Brad Oppedahl, Relocation Associate

I am a native Iowan and my family and I have made Cedar Rapids home for the past 15 years. I love this community and all that the Eastern Iowa Corridor has to offer.  I enjoy introducing people to the different neighborhood options in the area and helping them find the right fit for them. My 'client first' philosophy has always been my approach. In addition, I have found that my business and technology background have really helped me leverage the latest technologies to do everything to help my clients achieve their dreams quickly and efficiently. I'm committed to providing superior quality real estate services with total focus on putting my clients at the center of my work to provide solutions to comfort and enrich their lives.

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Brad Oppedahl

Skogman Corporate Relocations

411 First Avenue SE, Suite 500
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401

Mobile: 319.360.2181
Email:  brado@skogman.com
www.bradoppedahl.skogman.com

 

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