Michelle Van Tassell - Kailua Office Leader
Michelle has been in the real estate industry since 2005, first as a licensed salesperson with Coldwell Banker Bain in the greater Seattle markets, then as the Mercer Island branch’s associate managing broker and the company’s Global Director. In these roles, Michelle excelled at mentoring and connecting resources to expand her agents’ business planning and networking, both domestic and international. Michelle subsequently opened the company’s first Global Luxury office in Madison Park, Seattle, after which she became Managing Broker for the South Snohomish County branches. Her work focused on strategic growth, agent development, continuing education instruction, mentoring/coaching, recruiting, and community impact in her respective markets. Michelle believes that advocacy of both her clients and agents is what has driven her career, and is excited to contribute to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hawai’i Realty’s model of delivering exceptional service and building trusted relationships. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from the University of Puget Sound and an Academic Exchange Certificate from Waseda University in Tokyo. Her early and varied career path included International Marketing with Microsoft, running her own eco-tourism business, and serving as a birth doula and prenatal yoga teacher. In 2019, Michelle and her husband moved from Washington State to Hawaii. They have three grown daughters who all live on the mainland’s West Coast. She is committed to the communities in which she lives, and has served as President of a school board, Chair of the Hekinan Japan Sister City Commission, coach for a middle school speech team, and member of a Parks & Recreation Master Plan Task Force. In her downtime, she enjoys exploring O’ahu, hiking, paddle boarding, and getting together with new friends. Michelle is excited to be able to contribute to the Windward communities, the agents of BHHS Kailua, and the overall success of BHHS Hawai’i Realty.