The Franklin Team

It is the mission of The Franklin Team to exceed your expectations in buying or selling your home and to make your experience a positive one. Our main objective is to efficiently deliver world class service with accuracy, integrity and professionalism. Our goal is to create clients for life with an experience that's worthy of your personal referrals!

Jimmy Franklin

Founder | Broker Associate

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Jimmy has over 36 years experience in the Houston area. He knows many Realtors, builders, brokers, loan officers and other professionals in the business. He constantly works with this network to sell your home. Jimmy's clients describe him as intuitive, knowledgeable and hard working.

The Franklin Team's philosophy is to do the best job for the client and to make the experience as pleasant as possible. The team's retention is second to none.

When he's not working, Jimmy is usually relaxing by the pool at his lake house in the hill country. He loves spending time with his children, exercising and traveling.

Andy Gleason

Partner | Licensed Agent

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Andy has over 23 years experience in the real estate industry, including mortgage finance. Andy's background in finance really compliments the Home Buyout Program, while his extensive sales experience is the main reason he helps sell so many homes. He frequently tours listings to see what suggestions he can make to improve showings and attract buyers.

Andy's personal time is dedicated to his wife and three young boys, Zachary, Cameron and Brady. He is a coach for the boy's sports teams during just about every season of the year. He enjoys the outdoors and his season tickets to the Houston Texans.

Sarah Savard

Partner | Licensed Agent

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Sarah is Jimmy's daughter and a 2006 graduate of Texas A&M University. She has worked in residential real estate for over 12 years, all with The Franklin Team. As one of the owners of the team, Sarah has gained valuable experience in how to operate and grow a profitable business.  Since taking the reins from her father, Sarah, her brother Andrew, and their third partner Andy, have seen the business double over the last 5 years.

Buying or selling a home is the largest transaction a homeowner will undergo. Sarah's ability to communicate effectively and dedication to her clients always facilitates a smooth transaction.  At her previous broker, Sarah received a number of awards including Rookie of the Year and the 100% Club.  She is very excited about the team’s move to EXP Realty and hopes to share her experience and knowledge with new team members and agents.

Sarah loves spending time with her family (especially her 3-year-old daughter, Logan and 1-year-old son, Jack). She enjoys working out, shopping and traveling.

Andrew Franklin

Partner | Licensed Agent

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Andrew is Jimmy's son and a graduate of Washington & Lee University. Before joining the team, Andrew worked in investment banking for approximately 6 years, primarily on mergers and acquisitions. Andrew has been around residential real estate since he was a kid and learned early that putting clients' needs first is always smart business.

Andrew is an avid sports fan. He spends most of his time with friends and family, watching or playing sports and traveling.

Ann Franklin

Licensed Agent

It’s only natural that Jimmy’s wife, Ann, recently took the steps to become a licensed Real Estate Agent. She has been surrounded by the best in the business for close to a decade and has had the opportunity to learn by example, working alongside Jimmy while he negotiated transactions or worked up a home buyout.

Ann earned both a Bachelor of Science in Finance and an MBA from U of H - Clear Lake. Before staying home to raise her 3 daughters, she worked as a Financial Analyst for South Shore Harbour Development. Over the past 50 years, she has resided in the Houston area as far south as League City and Clear Lake to as far north as The Woodlands and Magnolia, giving her a broad understanding of the greater Houston area residential communities.

Besides spending time with her blended family of 5 adult children and 2 precious grand babies, she most enjoys remodeling (much to Jimmy’s chagrin), photography, podcasts, hiking and fitness.

Carrie Bond

V.P of Operations

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Carrie was born and raised in Houston and returned to the area after graduating from Texas Tech University in 2007 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She started her career in the Houston real estate industry in 2010 in New Home Sales. After three years working as a Business Development Representative for The Franklin Team, she moved into the V.P. of Operations role.

Carrie currently resides in Richmond with her husband and two young children, Jaclyn & Harrison. In her free time, you can find her trying new recipes in the kitchen, working out and entertaining friends and family.

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Megan Wyatt

Sales Manager

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Megan is a Texas transplant from South Louisiana! She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English: Professional Writing from the Louisiana Scholars' College and ended up only using that degree to critique the grammar in other people's emails. Real estate was a way to create her
own schedule to be able to raise her boys, while at the same time being able to help people, something she is passionate about. Megan was in the top 20% of sales agents in her brokerage from 2013-2017, and then she moved into a leadership role where she helped to coach other agents in their businesses and grow them into top agents too. Megan works hard for her clients, and has the unique ability to relate and connect with people, inspiring their trust and creating lasting relationships with nearly everyone she meets. She has lived in Katy and Richmond with her two sons, so these are her areas of specialty; however, she has sold all over Greater Houston. In her spare time, you can find Megan reading, roller skating, or rock climbing!

Michaela Clark

Listing Specialist

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After a career in fundraising, development, and entrepreneurship, Michaela decided that obtaining her real estate license would be the perfect opportunity for her to express both her care and drive in a life changing industry. As a REALTOR, Michaela has the amazing opportunity to sit down with families and guide them through to their next home in a city that she loves! She believes there’s no place else on Earth quite like the Greater Houston Area and owning property here is one of the greater privileges of life. Her highest priority is customer satisfaction - being honest, understanding and proactive are all qualities every client can expect from Michaela.

Michaela graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B.S. in Communication Studies, she is a native Houstonian, an avid traveler - having been to 6 out of 7 continents and over 15 countries - and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and her overactive Husky-Shepard, Nova.

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Shelley Cooley

Licensed Agent

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Whether buying or selling, Shelley will provide her clients with the special attention one expects of a dedicated real estate professional. Shelley joined the Franklin Team in 2009 to meet our clients' home staging needs. Shelley quickly realized she had a passion for the real estate industry and decided to become a licensed agent. She is praised most often by clients for her enthusiasm, work ethic and unwavering loyalty.

Shelley was born and raised in Houston, graduated from the University of Houston, and resides on the north side with her husband and children.

Chris Cooley

Licensed Agent

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Chris is a "Naturalized Houstonian" ...he came to Houston in 1985, and naturally decided to stay! Since then, he earned his undergrad degree at UH, received an MBA from HBU, and gained extensive sales, marketing, and finance experience in a variety of fields, including Commercial Real Estate.

"The most important factor to consider at the beginning of any large financial transaction is choosing a professional to represent you; one that gives you confidence in their commitment to working on your behalf throughout the entire process."

Chris focuses on the north side where he lives with his wife Shelley, (also a Franklin Team agent), their kids, and way too many pets. On rare occasions he's able to squeeze in a round of golf, play some guitar, or crank up his Harley.

Tyler Knowles

Licensed Agent

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For the last 26 years, Tyler has been able to call Katy his home. Tyler was raised in a "Real Estate Family" with both his Mother and Father as top producing Real Estate agents for over 40 years. Tyler has been a licensed agent for 2 years and is apart of the RE/MAX 100% club. While using knowledge and experience passed on from his family, Tyler pursued and obtained a B.A. in Marketing from Nicholls State University in May 2015. In addition to academics, Tyler participated as a 4-year letterman for the Nicholls State University Football team.

Tyler enjoys the outdoors, along with spending time with his family.

Tim Clarkson

Licensed Agent

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Tim joins The Franklin Team with over 15 years of experience of selling real estate. He has earned many repeat sales and referrals which has lead him to achieve such awards as being inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame, Platinum Club and RE/MAX Rookie of the Year. Real estate is Tim's passion and his clients can attest to that which is why we are excited that he joined our team. Tim is a Native Houstonian & graduated in 1996 from Texas A&M where he played baseball for the Aggies-Gig'em!

In Tim's free time he enjoys watching his daughters sporting events and traveling to New Braunfels with his family and friends. You might even see him on the golf course when time permits!

Susanne Pizzitola

Licensed Agent

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A Houstonian for 40 years, Susanne specializes in residential home sales. Her extensive knowledge of Houston and the surrounding suburbs is an asset to her clients – especially those who may be new to Houston. Susanne’s caring attitude and strong communication skills make her clients comfortable and relaxed through the home buying or home selling process. Client satisfaction is her top priority and she utilizes her organizational and negotiation skills to see that a client’s needs and wants are always met and exceeded.

Prior to a career in real estate, Susanne spent over 20 years in the telecommunications industry with a focus on customer service, sales, marketing, and most importantly, building relationships. She now puts these skills to work helping her clients.

Susanne is married with one son. When she’s not working she spends her time volunteering and serving on the board of Henry’s Home - a non -profit horse sanctuary in Conroe, Texas, playing tennis and golf and spending time with friends and family!

Susanne is a member of the Houston Association of REALTORS®, Texas Association of REALTORS®,  National Association of REALTORS® and has earned the Master Certified Negotiation Expert (MCNE) designation. 

Alex Armistead

Licensed Agent

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Alex rejoins the team after nearly 3 years of serving as the Listing Agent for one of Houston's largest residential real estate firms. During his time away Alex successfully listed and closed over 560 properties across the Greater Houston area; giving him the experience needed to get the job done. Alex's fact based approach provides full transparency and brings simplicity to an often over complicated process. "The sale of your home ranks among the most important of life's financial decisions and it should be treated as such by someone that shares your same passion and dedication".

Outside of selling homes Alex can be found spending time with his wife and young daughter as the family of Native Texans enjoy everything that our great state has to offer. As a former college athlete and an avid off-road motorcycle competitor Alex will bring his competitive nature to the sale of your home.

Kesalynn Wiley

Licensed Agent

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Kesalynn is a native Houstonian and has been in the real estate industry for four years. She is dedicated to listening to her client’s explain their vision and executing the plan for it to become a reality, which is the foundation of her practice. Client focus and being results-driven is her real estate philosophy. Kesalynn Wiley, is your client focused realtor.

Kesalynn knows what it means to communicate effectively and what it takes to successfully close the transaction, making the buying and/ or selling experience positive and seamless. Kesalynn believes nothing can substitute the knowledge gained from hard work, which she approaches and delivers to each client.

Kirsten Dinges

Licensed Agent

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Kirsten was born and raised in Sugar Land but has called Katy home for the last 13 years. Before getting into Real Estate she attended The University of Texas- San Antonio where she studied Finance and Management. Kirsten has actively been in Real Estate for 4 years. She has a passion for helping others and strives for open communication with all her clients. "When you do what you love, it's not work anymore."- J Balvin

Kirsten is an active member of the community serving on the Executive Board as PTA President in Katy ISD. She is also active in her Phi Mu Fraternity alumni chapter. Volunteering is near and dear to her heart.

Kirsten loves spending time with her 2 sons, Brody and Brandon. When she's not working you will find her cheering on her boys at football and soccer games, going to concerts, and sporting events.

Shaye Mathew

Licensed Agent

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Shaye Mathew is a small town girl who grew up south of Houston. She received her first degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and completed her second degree at Texas Woman’s University. Shaye has 19 years of customer service experience in the medical field.

She is married with two kids and lives in Katy, Texas. Shaye is very passionate about helping others achieve their goals. In her spare time, she cheers on her son at the baseball fields and loves watching her daughter dance. Shaye enjoys running and playing golf.

Trisha Patel

Licensed Agent

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Trisha has lived in the Houston area for 17 years and currently resides in Sugar Land. She comes from a background of entrepreneurship in the hotel/hospitality industry and is deeply passionate about providing the top customer experience to all of her clients. Because of her background, she truly understands the delicate balance of how budgeting and investing come into play when purchasing a home. Buying the right home is one of the most important financial decisions that most people make in their life and she understands that each buyer and seller of real estate has a unique set of needs and desires.

When she's not showing houses or hunting down the perfect property, she loves spending time with her husband and 3 children, enjoys traveling, and looks forward to her weekly Pilates/Yoga classes. Trisha is an active member of the Sugar Land area and takes great pride in her Asian/Indian community. She is bilingual in Gujarati/Hindi, a lifetime member of AAHOA and LPS of Houston. She also contributes to various charities such as BAPS, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and other organizations.

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Jaclyn Day

Licensed Agent

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Jaclyn Day is a native Texan, proud mom of 2 children, wife and Graduate of Texas A&M University. After a fulfilling career in environmental affairs, she chose to pursue her passion for serving others and helping people find their dream home. Jaclyn serves on the board of director’s for Hope Impacts based out of Fort Bend County helping those struggling with homelessness. She loves cooking and sharing her food with everyone. Her favorite past-times are distance running and playing at the park with her children and dogs. She is active in her community and serves on the Municipal Utility District board making decisions for water reclamation, landscaping and other improvements to best benefit her neighbors. Jaclyn is trust-worthy and tenacious; she will gladly assist you in navigating the home buying and selling process throughout the Houston area. She is a market analysis specialist, ready to provide you with the highest level of customer service.

Kristy Dorsett

Broker Associate

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Kristy has been helping people buy and sell homes in the Katy/Houston area for the past 8 years. Her professional career is rooted in audit experience at a "Big 6" accounting firm.  From there, her career transitioned to real estate when she joined the real estate audit team at a major financial services company. Today, Kristy has her real estate broker's license and is a well trusted real estate adviser in the Katy/ Houston area. Her clients have praised her for her diligence, professionalism, and knowledge of the real estate business.

Born and raised in Florida, Kristy graduated from Wake Forest University in North Carolina, moved to Houston in 1994, and has lived in Katy since 2005.  She is an active volunteer with National Charity League, Inc – Star Chapter. In her free time, she enjoys running and spending time with her husband and 3 kids.

Tiffiny Thrasher

Licensed Agent

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Tiffiny joins The Franklin Team as a Real Estate Agent, excited to share the opportunity of The Home Buyout Program with our clients. She comes to us with valuable marketing experience in The Mortgage/Real Estate Industry. As a former counselor, Tiffiny values the importance of building strong, trusting, meaningful relationships with our clients. As a native Houstonian, Tiffiny graduated with a BA in Education and a Masters Degree in Counseling from Sam Houston State University.

Residing in Conroe with her husband and 3 children, Tiffiny enjoys fitness, reading personal growth literature, and spending time with friends and family. When she is not working with a client on the weekends, you can find her attending her son’s high school baseball games, or attending her daughter and son’s musical concerts. One of her sons has been a drummer for 8 years, and her daughter recently fell in love with playing the bass guitar! 

Lea Harper

Business Development Manager

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Lea joins our team as a Business Development professional with several years of experience in HR, Recruiting, and Customer Service. She brings a vibrant dedication to her role of building relationships with our builder clients. She is passionate about communication, trust, and loyalty. 

Born and raised in Texas, Lea currently resides in Cypress with her 3 children and various pets. She graduated from Abilene Christian University with a BS in Exercise Science. She enjoys traveling, reading, concerts, home improvement, and supporting her children in their various activities. For approximately 10 years she has exhibited her artistry in photography; owning Grin and Bear It Photography, a small photography business specializing in family and senior photography. 


Crystal Roper

Business Development Representative

Crystal started her career in new home building in 2015 and has joined the team in Business Development. She brings 18 years of customer service, sales and hospitality to the table. She loves meeting new people and creating long lasting friendships.

Born in the south, Crystal takes her southern charm wherever she goes. She loves spending time with her veteran husband, who is in home sales, and 6 wonderful boys. Being a military wife, she has traveled to various locations and experienced life to the fullest. Now living in Richmond, they have enjoyed setting down here in Texas. She loves spending time with her family, traveling and singing karaoke! Crystal also loves anything and everything Disney, she and her family enjoy going to the parks and creating lasting memories.

Debbie Strong

Licensed Agent | Listing Manager

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Debbie grew up in west Houston and graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown. In 2002 she started her full time career in Real Estate in the northeast, where she lived for 15 years, having dual licenses in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. After returning home in 2015 she continued her real estate career with a large team, closing about 70 listings each year.

Debbie is married with a blended family of six children and enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and pure barre classes in her free time.

Bobby Schragel

Licensed Agent | Listing Manager

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Bobby is a native Houstonian and has been in the real estate industry since 2014. In the last 5 years, Bobby has worked as a Transaction Coordinator and Office Manager for multiple brokerages in Houston, and he has been able to amass a wealth of real estate knowledge from his experiences. Bobby places the utmost value on building lasting relationships with clients in order to ensure a smooth transaction from start to finish. Bobby grew up in Missouri City and is pursuing his degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from the University of Houston. In his free time, Bobby likes to travel with his girlfriend, go to concerts, read, try out new craft beers, and spend quality time with his cats and reptiles.

Angelique Lingo

Listing Manager

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Angelique’s professional approach, combined with her talents in problem solving, negotiations and market analysis, proves to be a great asset to our clientele. Angelique brings over 15 years’ experience in all facets of the Real Estate Business with highly effective interaction skills, thriving on attention to being highly detail oriented, and efficient communication. 

Angelique has been recognized for her leadership and performance roles. She has a passion for giving back to the community being actively involved in the Epilepsy Foundation raising funds for children with Epilepsy to attend camps with nurses and doctors on staff. Angelique has a strong desire to provide her services in any and every aspect. As the Listing Manager, Angelique strives to be an exceptional resource for all real estate needs including personalized guidance tailored to meet specific standards.  

Kathy Francis

Licensed Agent - Listing Coordinator

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Kathy has lived in the Katy area for over 35 years.  She started working for The Franklin Team in 2006 after selling her home through the team.  She assists with listings through the time of contract and assists the closing department.  She has many responsibilities with The Franklin Team which keeps her job rewarding and challenging.

Kathy loves spending time with her family, especially her new granddaughter.  She enjoys cooking, gardening, traveling and taking care of her three goofy dogs.

Elizabeth Spangler

Licensed Agent | Listing Coordinator

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Elizabeth is the listing coordinator for all the office's new listings. She schedules the photography appointments, gathers information about each home and enters all the information in to MLS.

Elizabeth grew up in Katy and attended Texas A&M University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and weekend trips to the ranch and Matagorda.

Stacy Klein

Licensed Agent | Assistant Listing Coordinator

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Stacy Klein is a listing coordinator and has worked in the real estate industry since 2001.

Originally from New Orleans, she has made Katy her home for over 20 years. Stacy enjoys traveling and spending time with family & friends.

Lisa Dickson

Internal Sales Specialist

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As our Internal Sales Specialist, Lisa joined The Franklin Team developing our customer relationships, streamlining processes, and staying connected to customers. Lisa brings a work ethic of serving people to the best of her ability and appreciating the opportunity to do so

Lisa and her family are from Scotland, living in the US for the last 15 years and is now very happy to call Houston home! Lisa has 3 children and in her spare time she enjoys yoga, playing tennis and squash, and reading!

Ameenah Barrera

Licensed Agent | Closing Coordinator

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"Over 6 years in real estate and over 10 years of customer service experience serve as the pillars to Ameenah’s success. Ameenah is professional, efficient, and passionate about real estate.

As a native Houstonian, she enjoys the local art, culture, and restaurant scenes. Ameenah loves to travel with her family and enjoys cheering on Houston teams.

Eileen Franklin

Licensed Broker | Assistant Closing Coordinator

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Eileen is a licensed real estate broker with over 20 years experience in real estate including leasing, rental management, buying and selling. She assists in our closing department. Eileen has a bachelor's degree in Management from the University of Houston.

She enjoys spending time with her grandbabies and the rest of the family, attending UH football games and going to a variety of events in the Houston area.

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Karina Herrera


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Karina joins The Franklin Team as our Receptionist. She’s a native Houstonian who moved to Katy with her family once she went off to college. She’s currently finishing up her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Wellesley College in Boston. In her spare time, she likes to read or critique Netflix movies and shows with her family and friends.

Drew Distefano

Office Runner

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Drew Distefano comes to us from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After a successful Olympic & Broadway careers, Drew is ready for the newest chapter of his life.

Drew is so happy to be joining the family business. He’s the brother in law to Andy Gleason. He resides in Katy with his family and 2 dogs.

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