Blake Kessner is the Broker in
Charge at Knutson & Associates.who is also son of Sharon Knutson, current Principle Broker & Owner of Knutson & Associates. He is the grandson to Marilyn Knutson, founder of the company.
Blake was born and raised right here in Kona, Hawaii. After graduating high school, he left the island to go to Seattle, Washington. He attended the University of Washington & graduated with a bachelors in Business Management.
All while attending college, Blake worked his way up the corporate ladder in Hotel Management, for major brands such as Marriott & Hilton. His specialty was in operations, where he held division head roles. He has in depth experience overseeing operations
of Front Office, Valet Parking, Security, Accounting & Finance, & Housekeeping.
Blake moved back to the Big Island of Hawaii to pursue Real Estate Sales & Property Management for Vacation Rental & Long Term Properties. He is a fourth generation Realtor in a family owned business. He specializes with investment clients & first time
home buyers. Blake always gives his clients his 110%. He believes in strong communication throughout the transaction, always keeping people well informed. Standing apart the rest is important to Blake.. he is a Certified Real Estate Negotiation Expert, recognized
by the National Association of Realtors. This has proven to be exceptionally helpful to his clients when it comes down to negotiation on their behalf.
He understands & advocates that being detail oriented is crucially important in this industry. With the market constantly evolving, he pays close attention to how changes will not only affect our Real Estate firms, but our clients as well.
With a strong passion to always strive for the best in all areas of his life, Blake continues to create new goals for himself. He is a fitness enthusiast who has a passionate interest in weight lifting, running, soccer & dance.
Our Sales Agents:
Jenae Patterson was born and raised in Kailua, on the island of Oahu. She lived in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii for around 2 years while attending school and has
been a frequent visitor of the island since day one. After graduating high school she moved to Seattle, Washington to pursue job opportunities, further education, and to diversify her knowledge of culture within the nation. She resided there for around 5
years before making the decision to move back to Hawaii.
Jenae very much enjoys expanding her knowledge of the world and traveling. She has visited five different countries before the age of 18 and has been to Europe twice. She desires to travel
more in the future but is currently focusing on her career. Her other hobbies/interests include playing guitar, art, physics, and engineering.
When moving back to the Big Island she decided to make a change in careers to move towards accounting. With a background in restaurant management she possesses excellent communication
and organization skills. She has an enthusiasm for numbers and mathematics which made her a keen fit for an accounting role. Originally hired as the accountant for Knutson and Associates she acquired her real estate license to pursue Sales and Property Management.
With her knowledge of the rental market and property management accounting she is a perfect fit for investment buyers.
Jenae has an exemplary eye for detail and takes a large amount of pride in her work, she always strives to deliver the best service possible for her clients. She is interested in all parts
of Real Estate including residential, land, and commercial. With an unquenchable thirst for knowledge she is always educating herself on developments within the Real Estate industry to best serve her clients.
Jenae Patterson has been an incredible asset to Knutson and Associates, as well as being an all-around good hearted person. She would be an excellent choice for representation who you
would be able to trust in to look out for your best interests.
represents North/South Kona & South Kohala. Her 17 years in the hospitality industry brings her the discipline and knowledge in providing excellent customer service, attention to detail,
& patience. Her outgoing personality keeps her clients comfortable. She's a excellent match for finding the perfect dream home for her clients.
Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Joanne knows everything there is to know about her locations.
She loves meeting people every day and will work tirelessly for your best interest.
While not assisting clients, she spends her time with her lovely teenage daughter traveling, cooking and enjoying her friends.
arrived in Kona in 1974 after graduating from Harvard. He entered the real estate profession in 1975, added an electrician's license in 1981, and an ocean operator's license several years
later. After owning and operating his own charter boat business for a decade in Kaneohe Bay, he returned to the Big Island to lead a team of electricians in construction of the Gemini
8M telescope at the summit of Mauna Kea. As a proud associate at Knutson & Associates, he continues to enjoy the diversity and adventure of real estate transactions.
Linda Riviere first arrived on the Big Island of Hawaii in January 2002. Coming from Minneapolis, Minnesota in the winter time; the warm sunny weather was very inviting and exotic! Getting off the plane at the
Kona airport and breathing the fresh air and flowers was the beginning of a new adventure. She fell in love with the Big Island, the beautiful weather, and the warm easy going spirit of Aloha. When the vacation was over, and she was headed back to below zero
temperatures, she decided to make the move. In 2003 she moved to Kona and has loved becoming a "kama'aina" .
Linda has a Bachelor of Science degree, and a lifetime of sales experience. Her strong communication and customer service skills make our clients feel confident in their Real Estate transactions. With Knutson & Associates,
40 years of experience in Hawaii Real Estate, we can assist you in making your Hawaiian dreams come true.
Our Administration & Support Team:
Ashley Gonsalves is born and raised in Sonoma County California, moving to the Big Island In 2011, she was intrigued
by the agriculture and opportunity the rural Island offered. After receiving her licenses in Cosmetology in California, Ashley was ready to experience another way of living at the young age of 21. She moved to an off-grid farm in the heart of South Kona and
began learning to live off the land. She began planting gardens, learning of Aquaponics and exploring exotic Fruits she starting a small agriculture business selling local fruits at farmers markets which became her passion for the next five years. She dedicated
her time to the land and fell in love with Hawaii. And what she thought was going to just be a vacation turned into her place to call home. The opportunity for plants to grow year-round and to be in warm weather with the ocean always close by, was her new-found
passion. Ashley Joined our team in 2017 when she decided to take her passion for Hawaii to another level and begin to share her love with the land in another way, she decided real estate would be a good outlet for help her to assist others in finding their
place on the Island. Her experience with rural land and plants makes her excited to work with the sales in that area in the future. She will be working towards receiving her real estate license in 2018 and plans to help in the sales of forever homes and agriculture
land in the hopes of helping others find their love for Hawaii.
Grant Kessner who is another son to Sharon Knutson, current Principle Broker & Owner of Knutson & Associates. He is the grandson to Marilyn Knutson, founder of the company.
Grant assists with Maintenance & Guest Services.
Dancie Guerrero brings to Knutson & Associates a wealth of experience in Reservations, Maintenance, & Housekeeping Quality Control.
Knutson & Associates 75-6082 Alii Drive Suite 8 Kailua Kona, HI 96740
Toll Free: +1 (800) 800-6202 firstname.lastname@example.org local phone: (808) 329-1010