News and Updates November 27, 2019

Sereno Group Announces the 2018 Joanne Knapp Community Service Award and Sereno Group Spirit Award Recipients

Associates Carol Jeans of Sereno Group Los Gatos and Terry Ballantyne Brezsny of Santa Cruz, received the company’s Joanne Knapp Community Service Award for 2018.

The Joanne Knapp Community Service Award is given each year to an associate who exemplifies Sereno Group’s spirit of proactive community connectedness and involvement through thought, spirit, and action. The award is in honor of Joanne Knapp, one of Sereno Group’s original associates who had a long history as a well respected and beloved Realtor in Santa Clara. Joanne was instrumental in the early phases of Sereno Group’s community-minded, values driven business model and acted as a trusted advisor to the founders.

(Left to right – Ryan Iwanaga, Carol Jeans, Chris Trapani)


Lynne Olenak, our Sereno Group No Fear Trainer and Los Gatos Associate, and Mike O’Boy, Manager of Sereno Group Aptos, have been awarded the Sereno Group Spirit Award for 2018.

The Sereno Group Spirit Award is given each year to an associate who embodies Sereno Group’s ideals of high integrity and responsible real estate practice, selflessness, and a commitment to the communities we serve. The award was inspired by Sallie Morgan, a legendary and admired Realtor in the Silicon Valley who made significant contributions to Sereno Group’s growth and success.

(Left to right – Chris Trapani, Lynne Olenak, Ryan Iwanaga)



(Left to right – Ryan Iwanaga, Mike O’Boy)

News and Updates November 19, 2019

Sereno Group ranked #26 in Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Top Corporate Philanthropists List

Sereno Group is pleased to announce that the company has risen to #26 (up from #29 last year) in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Top Corporate Philanthropists. Diane Schmitz, committee lead for the Los Altos office, accepted the award at the recent commemoration event. The company is honored to be part of this civic minded group that includes The Sobrato Organization, the San Francisco 49ers, eBay and NetApp.

This past year, Sereno Group formed partnerships with both the Community Foundation Santa Cruz and Los Altos Community Foundation to increase its impact and ability to network with other nonprofit organizations.

The company also took part in launching the Habitat For Humanity Bridge Housing Community Project with a collaborative grant from our Los Gatos, Saratoga and Willow Glen offices of $50,000. The project will provide 40 Emergency Sleeping Cabins (ESC’s) for transitional housing and HomeFirst will be onsite providing support services to help individuals transition to long term housing. This project is a unique collaboration between the Nonprofit, Private and Public Sector.

Since 2012, Sereno Group’s agent driven 1% For Good initiative has been able to contribute to 193 philanthropic organizations throughout Silicon Valley and the Santa Cruz coastal communities.

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