The RE/MAX Ultimate Professionals Success Team

RE/MAX Ultimate Professionals prides itself in being very involved with each broker's road to success. With a dedicated management system and full-time marketing staff, RE/MAX Ultimate Professionals provides you with help and guidance on your real estate journey.


Meet our Team


Kathy Dames, Broker/Owner

815.693.8336 | | Referred to as an icon, leader, "THE Realtor," Trendsetter, marketing guru, and mentor, Kathy Dames holds nearly every recognition and award for her constant exceptional abilities in the real estate and marketing industries. Kathy has also received RE/MAX Northern Illinois the Trendsetter of the Year award. Due to her notoriety, Kathy was asked to speak at the international 2019 RE/MAX R4 Convention in Las Vegas, Zillow Headquarters, and BOC Chicago.


Shannon Simotes, Broker/Owner

815.600.0653 | | Whether you need advice on a listing presentation, how to negotiate the best contract for your buyer, or brainstorm ideas on your marketing, Shannon is always there to help! Let Shannon be your additional liaison or guidance in all your real estate needs. With her experience, she is always available to aid you in fulfilling your successful real estate career!


Ryan Behrens, Designated Managing Broker

815.791.1715 | | Ryan Behrens is the Designated Managing Broker and training instructor. Licensed in Illinois and Indiana, Ryan was honored in 2015 with the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award and has earned a number of distinctions, including the Chairman’s Club Award in 2016 and Manager of the Year for the Northern Illinois Region in 2022. Since 2014, he has initiated over 1000 transactions. He is a Pre-License Instructor and holds classes at this office.


Sara Latta-Young, Guidance Instructor

815.685.5090 | | Starting her career in real estate in 2003, Sara Latta-Young is passionate about her work and client experience. Taking up a leadership role at RE/MAX Ultimate Professionals after doing the same at a previous brokerage, she enjoys working with agents, wanting everyone to be successful and have a great career in this business. Nothing Sara does is a secret; she shares with our agents what she does and how to implement it into their own business.


Ryan Nelli, Director of Marketing

815.725.4545 | | Ryan Nelli is an award-winning video producer, award-winning writer, and the designer of most of the promotional digital and print media for RE/MAX Ultimate Professionals. Ryan specializes in Digital Media Production. He creates digital designs, edits photos and videos, and personally assists brokers in designing projects and campaigns, shooting videos, and taking professional photos.


Sue Beallis, Office Administrator

815.725.4545 | | Experienced in property management and accounting, Sue Beallis is a former agent of RE/MAX Realty of Joliet and is a RE/MAX Central Region Office Administrator of the Year Award winner. She was formerly a secretary for the law offices of June, Prodehl, Renzi, & Lynch for 25 years where she coordinated real estate transactions and handled all landlord tenant issues, evictions, notices, etc. and managed forty Joliet townhouses for June Trusts.


Debbie Griparis, Assistant Office Administrator

815.725.4545 | | With experience as a former business owner and of management in the travel industry, Debbie has an extensive background in sales with an emphasis on long-term relationships with her customers and sales growth.


Desiree Barrera, Transaction Coordinator

815.725.4545 | | Desiree has over a decade's worth of experience in sales management, communications, and auditing, then advancing to administrative duties including auditing and preparing for monthly and yearly reviews for another decade.

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