I grew up in southern California and was heavily involved with music. At UCLA I played French horn in a wind ensemble and keyboard in a rock band, The Sliverbritches…maybe you’ve heard of us? Probably not. I studied mechanical engineering and squeaked out in 5 years. I went on to work for Fluor Daniel, an international engineering company based in Orange County, CA. Then I worked for Qwest Communications in Denver, CO, where I fell in love with the mountains. I then left the engineering field to attend UC Berkeley and get an MBA. I got to travel to Costa Rica to introduce technology to organic coffee farmers in hopes of helping them better manage their plantations. I also was on the winning team for the $10,000 Elite Eight Marketing Challenge for which we researched teenagers’ opinions on “Go-Gurt” portable yogurt and presented recommendations to its makers.From Berkeley, I headed south again to get married (my wife’s name is also Tara) and take a job with Intrawest in Mammoth Lakes, CA. Shortly thereafter I got my real estate license and have been practicing real estate full-time ever since. I feel like I found my calling. I love the contact with a broad range of people and helping them find the perfect place to enjoy the mountains. On the side, I am involved with Young Life (nondenominational outreach ministry for teenagers), Mammoth Christian Fellowship, and playing music in the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra and in the Sierra Summer Festival. My wife and I enjoy being parents and, when we have time, enjoy skiing, snowboarding, hiking, running, and volleyball. We have three daughters who help us look at life through kids’ eyes again.
Dennis’ Sales Sales Statistics:
License Issue Date (DRE #01395860): October 20, 2003.
Amount of Real Estate Sold: $135 M (thru Feb 2019)
Number of Transactions: 394
Percentage of Repeat/Referral Business: 65%
Contact info: (760) 920-0878 cell, [email protected]
ABOUT TARA I was born and raised in what used to be a “small town” in Southern California called Mission Viejo. Life was all about swimming for the Nadadores back then. In 1972, my family made its first trip to Mammoth and the love affair began. Ever since then, Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra has been my home away from home. I finally decided to make it my real home when I moved here after college in January of 1993.Mammoth almost became my home in 1987, when I had threatened to come up and be a “ski bum” just for one season after high school.Instead, I ended up spending those ten months working for a company in Grenoble, France. Upon my return, I immediately started working on my French degree (with business emphasis) at UCLA. A couple of years into my education I decided that I really wanted to go towards the health field and subsequently changed my major to Kinesiology. My journey at UCLA came to an end in December of 1992, when I finally finished with Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. All through college, Mammoth was still that home away from home, and being on the UCLA ski team made it that much easier to find reasons to come to Mammoth!Straight out of college, I was set on finally living the dream of living in Mammoth. After a number of jobs including driving shuttle buses, selling coffee and bartending for about five years, I eventually made my way into the real estate business when I started working for Intrawest in the beginning of 1998. Wanting to be able to serve all of my clients completely, I parted from Intrawest in 2001.
Practicing real estate here in Mammoth has given me the opportunity to do everything I like in a place I love, all the while meeting wonderful people. Mammoth has no shortage of recreational possibilities to offer and this, combined with the amazing beauty of this area, is what has drawn and kept me here. I have made Mammoth my home and now it is the home of my family as well.
Spending time with my daughters is time that I cherish.
It has brought me pleasure over the years to help other families and individuals find their “home” up here in the beautiful Sierras where they can start making memories and I look forward to being able to do that for you.
CalDRE #01252233, (760) 408-9611, [email protected]
SHELBY PRACHT, Team Member
When Shelby first visited Mammoth in 2010, she knew right away she had found her new home. She moved from Alabama to Mammoth just three weeks later. Shelby began working as a crisis counselor at the local women’s shelter while investing in real estate part time. She got her real estate license in 2012, but is not an active agent at this time. She primarily manages Airbnb’s for several clients (Check out #MammothAirbnb on Instagram).
Shelby also enjoys acquiring and managing her own rental and vacation properties and helping others do the same.
When Shelby is not immersed in real estate negotiations, she loves skiing, snowboarding, acro yoga, hiking with her pup, Nike, and rock climbing with her husband.
Shelby: (760) 914-0716. [email protected]
Eric Van Winkle, Team Member
I was born and raised in Orange County. Some of my best childhood memories were visiting my grandparents in the Eastern Sierras (in Walker 70 miles north of Mammoth). I am blessed by the love and support of my wife and four children. Our three oldest children are independent and making headway into their adult lives. Our youngest son attends Mammoth High School.
After a lifetime living in Southern California, my wife, youngest son, and I came to Mammoth for a weekend getaway to escape the 100+ degree temperatures. This trip opened the doors to our relocation to Mammoth 3 months later. After 7 years, we still pinch ourselves about how wonderful it is to live and work in this majestic location.
My entire working career has been about serving others. I have been a fire fighter and engaged in some aspect of customer service for over 30 years. I worked in the grocery business, Nordstrom, fire departments, and ran my own business as an RV component sales representative. I know how to provide top-level customer service and I am able to provide that to people wanting to find their mountain home. As my wife and I say there is never a bad day in Mammoth just look up to the mountains. We are avid downhill and Nordic skiers in the winter and enjoy RV camping, backpacking, hiking and road biking in the summers. We are active members of Mammoth Christian Fellowship. I have a fresh outlook on living and playing in the Eastern Sierras and can help you find your ideal primary or vacation home.
Cell: (760) 709-6319 Email: [email protected] CalDRE #02010662