Meet The Team
Jim started with Wells and Bennett in 1984, fresh out of the Navy where he was a mission air controller
on aircraft carriers. Jim took over management in 1996, and grew the company from 35 homes to the
almost 200 homes that we now manage. Jim has been a licensed Real Estate broker in both California
and Nevada for 32 years. When he’s not in the office, he enjoys golfing, traveling with his wife Melinda or
tooling around Tahoe in his bright yellow 1947 Jeep Willys.
Melinda moved to Tahoe in 1990 as one of the opening sales and marketing team associates at the
Resort at Squaw Creek. She has 10 years experience in the Hotel industry, including being a Director of
Sales and Marketing. She walked into the Wells and Bennett office in 1990 looking for a long term rental,
only to meet her future husband Jim and mother in law Marian. Marian asked her “Have you met my son
Jim, he’s handsome, owns his own home, needs a good women and I need someone to shop with!” And
the rest they say, is history. Melinda has been with Wells and Bennett for 5 years, after successfully
raising their two sons who are now at the School of Engineering at the University of Nevada at Reno.
When not a work, she enjoys traveling the world, hiking with her dog Maggie May and is a very
accomplished artist. You’ll see her paintings of Lake Tahoe in our office or on her
Heather first moved to Tahoe in 2011 to enjoy the amazing outdoor life the area affords. She’s been with
Wells and Bennett since 2012 and is our little force of nature. She always accomplishes everything she
sets out to do with grace and professionalism. She knows Tahoe like the back of her hand, and is an
awesome resource to our guests and with helping them find the ideal home for their Tahoe adventures.
She is also actively selling real estate for Wells and Bennett. When not at work (which isn’t often) she
keeps very busy hiking, skiing, stand up paddleboarding, running with her aussie dog, Jessie.
Mandy is a long time Lake Tahoe local, with a strong background in business,
including being an executive assistant to a CEO and to an appraiser. Her calm and gracious manner is
evident in everything she does for us and for our guests. Count it a lucky day if she is the one to help
you with your Tahoe vacation! She really does care and is always delighted to help you. She is a mom to
her amazing 12 year old daughter, Maggie and enjoys all the activities that being a Lake Tahoe local
Omar is our super star with an amazing skill set that includes technical expertise, great people skills, and he can fix
almost anything! Omar heads up of house maintenance and inspection
programs, along with assisting in the office and is a staff photographer. His energy is boundless and infectious
enthusiasm make him a is a great addition to our team. When not working he enjoys hiking, restoring cars and
playing with his rescue puppy Ollie.
Aimee and Dustin Carlson – Team Carlson
Aimee was raised in Tahoe and knows everything there is to know about the rich range of activities that
Tahoe has to offer. Aimee has been with us since 2014, but has already had a huge impact in our
marketing strategies and business plans. She came to us with a strong and successful career in
apartment property management with over 7 ½ years she was responsible for over 800 multi-family
residences. Aimee and her husband Dustin head up Team Carlson and are our sales superstars. She is the proud
mother of two beautiful girls, Cadence and Harper.
When not working, she enjoys skiing, hiking with her family and her dog, aptly named, Tahoe.