Leadership Team

Tom DeWine


Chief Executive Officer, Broker

Tom DeWine is the CEO and Broker for ERA Colonial Real Estate, and President of Colonial Residential Properties. After nearly a decade of sales in the Medical and Surgical device industry, Tom joined Colonial Real Estate in late 2005.  Since that time, he has worked closely with his father, Dennis, to build one of the top performing real estate companies in the ERA network.

Today, Tom leads the company with the same core values and principles that his father had in mind when he started the company, 30 years ago. Among these values is conducting business with integrity, a commitment to service excellence, professionalism and making a meaningful contribution to the people of the community.

Growing up in Central Texas, and having lived in all the major metro areas of the state, Tom is a true Texan who loves the history and the independent spirit of the people of Texas. He lives in the wonderful city of San Antonio with his wife, son and daughter.

Tom holds a B.A. in political science from the University of North Texas, and a M.A. in International Economic Development from the University of Leeds, England.

Kathy Walters


Chief Financial Officer

Kathy Walters, as Chief Financial Officer, has devoted over 19 years with ERA Colonial Real Estate where she was awarded the Jeff Riber Leadership award in 2017 for her selfless service, expertise, dedication and positive attitude. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from The University of El Paso after which she went on to achieve over 30 years of accounting experience. She is responsible for all aspects of accounting functions of the company and also serves as the human resources point of contact.  

Kathy has been a military spouse for over 20 years, enjoys traveling and most of all, spending time with family. 

Justina Daffern


Director of Strategic Initiatives

Justina Daffern has been an integral asset to the ERA Colonial Family since 2004, working several positions though Colonial Residential Properties eventually becoming Director of Strategic Initiatives. She enjoys the opportunity to help people find a home. On an admin level she loves being able to improve the process of what we are doing for our agents, staff and clients. Justina has served as chairperson for ERA Colonial Real Estate’s Muscular Dystrophy fundraising efforts for many years, helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for kids in need. She was awarded the Commitment to Excellence Award in 2016, due to her commitment to exemplifying the value driven culture of ERA Colonial Real Estate. 

Justina loves football, and when she is not rooting for Dallas Cowboys, she is in the community supporting her family. She is also active in the local chapter of TEAM RWB, an organization committed to enriching the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. 

Life is like a baseball game. When you think a fastball is coming, You gotta be ready to hit the curve    –  Jaja Q. 

Carolyn Rhew


V. P. of Relocation Services
Harker Heights, Georgetown, and Austin areas

Since Carolyn Rhew first joined ERA Colonial Real Estate in 1992, she has occupied a variety of rolls from real estate agent to Vice President of Sales to Vice President of Relocation Services. She holds Certified Relocation Professional and Certified Residential Specialist designations and is a Graduate of the Real Estate Institute. 

The most satisfying thing about Carolyn’s career has been the exciting everyday challenges of helping sellers and buyers with their real estate needs and succeeding. She led ERA Colonial Real Estate, along with her team, to capture the coveted USAA Eagle Award in 2014 and the USAA Diamond Award in 2015.  

Along with Do it yourself projects, decorating and remodeling homes, Carolyn is avid golf enthusiast. 

Dennie Howard


CRP, GMS, SGDS
V.P. of Relocation Services

Dennie Howard was born and raised in San Antonio and has lived there for most of her life. As Vice President of Relocation Services in the San Antonio & Austin area, Dennie takes pride daily in helping people. In most transactions the client does not even know she’s there, but from behind the scenes she is striving to make their home buying and/or selling experience a great one. She loves knowing that she makes a difference in peoples’ lives, even if it is thanklessly.  

She began her career in real estate after returning to the United States, following teaching English is South Korea. Her entire family was in real estate, so it only seemed natural to join in. She obtained her Certified Relocation Professional designation and has helped her team achieve Platinum status with ERA Colonial Real Estate’s top client.  

Outside the office, Dennie is an avid tennis player and supports San Antonio Sports, a charity for underprivileged kids in the San Antonio area. The charity helps raise money so these children can be integrated into sports organizations they would otherwise be excluded from.  

“If at first you don’t succeed. Try try again.” – Edward Hickson 

Amanda Keeley


VP of Sales – Georgetown Center

Amanda Keeley, Vice President of Sales of the Georgetown location, started her career in real estate working part time as a leasing agent at an apartment complex. She ended up taking it on full time because she loved finding people their next home. She set out to get her license and has specialized in sellers and buyers in residential real estate for almost 20 years. She absolutely loves having the opportunity to meet a lot of amazing people and the market she works due to the incredible community spirit exemplified. 

In 2009, an anonymous member of the San Antonio Board of REALTORS recommended her to serve on the Texas Association of REALTORS® Professional Standard Committee. In 2017, was elected to the Texas Association of REALTORS® board of directors for the 2018 – 2020 term representing Williamson County.  

In the summer of 2016, she visited the Central Texas MDA Summer Camp, where hundreds of children with this illness can come together for a week of horseback riding, swimming, archery, ziplining, arts and crafts, and spending time with friends with the same debilitating circumstances. In 2017, she began participating in MDA lock ups and hosts a Bowl-A-Thon to ‘Strike out Muscular Dystrophy’.  

Molly Harvey


VP of Sales – San Antonio Center

Molly Harvey absolutely adores living in San Antonio. There is always something to do and it has all the history and charm that Texas has to offer.  Her husband and she raised all their children there and they still all reside in the area today.  “My home is where my family and heart lives.” 

As Vice President of Sales in the San Antonio market since 2003, Molly has lead a team of highly motivated and skilled agents who put the needs and wants of their clients before their own. They work hard every day to ensure that they deliver the highest level of customer service.  They are dedicated to delivering an exceptional residential real estate experience to our buyers and sellers. Her greatest joy is knowing she helped agents achieve their personal and professional goals. She has won the ERA Colonial Real Estate Recruiting Excellence Award multiple years and was a finalist for Manager of the Year from the San Antonio Business Journal’s Platinum Top 50 Realtors of San Antonio in 2016. 

Molly received to undergraduate degrees from Texas Tech University, BBA Marketing and BS Clothing and Textiles, but married into the real estate business and was brought on right after her honeymoon to the family owned, Don Harvey REALTORS® in Midland, TX. Her career has given me the opportunity to work with incredible people who she is proud to call friends, who have become like family.  She gives thanks to Dennis DeWine, her broker for providing and encouraging education and training opportunities to achieve success as manager that has carried over into her personal life as well.  She has come to enjoy helping our Veterans with their real estate needs.  She has a deep admiration for the military heroes who serve our country due to their willingness to put everything on the line for this country’s freedom.  “They deserve respect and the highest level of customer service.”  

Her biggest influence in her career is Don Harvey, her father in law.  He was her first broker and taught her everything it takes to be successful agent He also showed her how to manage a successful group of agents. His dedication to the industry was reflected in the leadership roles he filled at the Midland Boards of Realtors, The Texas Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors and the Texas Real Estate Commission where he served as Chairman and served on several committees.   

In addition to fundraising for MDA with her agents at ERA Colonial Real Estate, Molly is also a sustaining member of the Junior League of San Antonio. She takes pride in the large impact they make across a wide spectrum of the San Antonio area community, not just with the funds they raise but the volunteers they provide.  They also actively develop leadership and organizational skills of their membership. 

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.  Be the living expression of God’s kindness:   Kindness in your face.  Kindness in your eyes.  Kindness in your smile.”   

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.   

Sarah Wise


VP of Sales – Fort Hood Center

Sarah Wise began her real estate career as a full-time assistant for a REALTOR®. As she gained more knowledge she was excited to take on more responsibilities in many different areas of real estate. She has worked with the Military community in Kentucky and Tennessee, and second homes/vacation rentals in Florida. Now in Texas she is working with military families again. She has experience working with buyers, sellers, rentals, and short sales. It is an everyday goal to help buyers and sellers make one of the largest purchases they make in their lifetime and to feel confident in the decision they have made. 

Working in a military community has given Sarah the insight and respect for our soldiers and their families. These families move so frequently and she takes pride in offering them the best experience for this hardship. They are often faced with a scary move that is required, not necessarily desired. During this time, they need the support, knowledge, and professionalism from a REALTOR®. She loves working the military market because of the diversity of the people, but despite the differences everyone comes together as one big community family!  

Sarah enjoys giving back to the community through organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and soup kitchens. Some of her favorite charities are Yellow Ribbon Fund, Operation Restored Warrior, and the Snowball Express. 

Howard Henslee


Director of Policy and Standards

Howard Henslee has had an incredibly successful career with over 30 years’ experience in real estate sales, education, training, management and 30 years as a member of the Fort Hood Area Association of Realtors. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2017. In addition to managing an extremely productive real estate in office in Copperas Cove, he is also a Texas Real Estate Commission approved instructor where he has found that training is his most valuable experience in real estate. As Director of Policy and Standards, Howard is dedicated to company standardization and compliance in operational procedures.  He is committed to supporting agent competencies thus insuring real estate excellence in all transactions. 

Howard graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and is a member of the SMU Lettermans Association since 1965. He coached high school baseball in Fort Worth and worked as a software Engineer for 26 years. He has taught real estate classes at Hall Real Estate Institute, George Leonard School of Real Estate in Arlington and is currently teaching real estate at Central Texas College.  

Candis Stauber


Marketing Director

Candis Stauber, Marketing Director, earned her B.A. Degree in Mass Communication with a focus on advertising with a minor in photography from Texas State University in San Marcos in 2003. From the first time she was introduced to Microsoft Works, over 20 years ago, she was interested in graphic design. Candis began my career in marketing and graphic design in 2007 at Kendra Scott in her art department.  

Candis took my career the next level as marketing director at ERA Colonial Real Estate in 2013 where she has been the creative influence behind their ad campaigns and hosted events. She is passionate about ERA Colonial Real Estate’s many causes, including supporting Muscular Dystrophy Association, and their need to make a difference in the community.   

Candis’s contributions can be seen in all aspects of the business, from a quick message on social media to the photos seen of our offices and agents to the advertisement seen in magazines, the web and newspapers. At any event, you will find her squinting behind the lens of a camera.    

In addition to photographer, Candis’ other rackets include videographer, graphic designer, writer, artist, painter, d.i.y. guru, musician, jewelry designer, costumier, dancer and purveyor of unnecessary movie quotes. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller. 

Michael Southworth


IT Director

 Michael Southworth, our first Jeff Riber Leadership award winner in 2016, personifies the award’s requirements of selfless service, expertise, dedication and positive attitude. As IT director since 2006, but in the field since 1990, Michael has made it his passion to oversee all technology operations and evaluate them according to established goals of staying completive, reduce cost, add value and ensure security. He earned his degree in electronics, Computer Science and Automotive Technology 

Michael has always been obsessed with being a fixer, from toys as a child to cars, electronics, computers and the ever-changing technological gadgets as an adult. He takes great joy and satisfaction in making broken things work again and constantly learning and gaining knowledge to be an asset anyway he can. 

Not many know, but was Michael homeless and on my own between age 15 and 20. While it was it was a very trying time it did provide him with a different outlook on life rarely seen back then. Now, he takes immense pride in being able to be an adamant supporter of Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity. It is a personal and emotional endeavor to see as many families in need of housing supported. 

When Michael is not knee deep in network cables, reinstalls and troubleshooting he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, gaming and watching or adding to his vast movie collection. 

“No matter where you go, there you are” – Confucius and Buckaroo Banzai   

Lupe Benevides


E-Commerce Director and Zap Specialist

Lupe Benevides, E-Commerce Director and Zap Specialist for ERA Colonial Real Estate is an expert at helping REALTORS® take their business to the next level by educating them on the ends and outs of Online Business. His knowledge of the Zap customer relationship management program gives the agents an upper hand with working online generated leads to ensure the highest chance of closing. Lupe always found enjoyment in house hunting for himself so when friends asked for his help, real estate felt like a natural progression after seeing helping with such a huge and trying task. He enjoyed how happy they were once they settled into their new residences.  

Lupe makes his home in Austin, Texas and loves the live music, the amazing food, the fantastic trails and the market’s transition into a giant hub for so many different businesses and cultures. Lupe takes pride in supporting Austin Pets Alive and is heavily involved in ERA’s mission to support the Muscular Dystrophy Summer Camp.  

“Believe in yourself. Believe in your own potential for greatness. Believe that you can change the world. It is something that is within each of us. Believe in the Power of One.” – Evan Tanner 

FOUNDERS


Dennis and Cheryl DeWine

Dennis DeWine founded ERA Colonial Real Estate in Harker Heights, Texas in 1987. Under his leadership, ERA Colonial Real Estate has grown to now include four real estate centers (Harker Heights, Georgetown, Austin, and San Antonio) with over 100 sales associates and 24 employees.

In addition to Dennis DeWine’s real estate affiliations, he is also a member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, Distinguished Flying Cross Association, Knights of Columbus, and Past Member of Rotary International. He also volunteers much of his time as the chairman for Central Texas Voices for Life.

In 2003, DeWine was awarded the national ERA Real Estate “Top All-Around Company,” earning the prestigious Gene Francis Memorial Award.