ELLEN SMITH GAJDA
OWNER / PRINCIPAL BROKER
Ellen Smith Gajda is the Owner and Principal/Managing Broker of Williamsburg Realty. Ellen has received impressive recognition and achieved great success in real estate since 2001 – after an extensive executive-level career in sales, management, and finance. Ellen’s network is far-reaching, having lived and worked all over the world.
Prior to establishing her own company, focusing on “baby boomers” and beyond – Ellen was one of the top-producing sales agents at Long and Foster in Williamsburg. Additionally, Ellen was formerly the Principal Managing Broker with Sheeran Sotheby’s International Realty, where she excelled in marketing and selling luxury homes.
Ellen moved to Williamsburg in 2007 from Old Town, Alexandria, where she was a top-producing agent with McEnearney Associates, one of the top 100 productive firms nationwide and one of the top 10 productive offices in the state of Virginia. She built her award-winning real estate reputation by focusing on exceptional customer service.
Ellen’s clients appreciate her results-oriented style, competence, ability to stage a home, negotiation skills, discretion, integrity, strong work ethic, superb organizational skills, effective use of the most current technology, attention to detail, high energy, and loyalty.
Ellen is a graduate of Georgia Southern University. She and her husband, Tom and yellow Labrador retriever, Noah live in Kingsmill.
Trust Ellen and Williamsburg Realty to market your most important asset and/or to consider your options as you prepare to retire and move to Williamsburg. Ellen’s goal is that you will be so thrilled with her company’s services that you, like her previous clients, will refer friends, family and colleagues for years to come!
Ellen’s hobbies include spending time with her yellow lab, Noah; travel; attending concerts and going to the theater; boating and the beach; getting involved with the Williamsburg community through local politics; and dancing.
Ellen and her company’s favorite charities include:
- Heritage Humane Society
- FISH-local food bank
- Tisch MS Research Hospital, NYC
- World Vision, India—Ellen sponsors a young girl
- King of Glory Lutheran Church Ministry
- Principal and Managing Broker
- Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES)
- Accredited Staging Professional (ASP)
- B.S. degree from Georgia Southern University
- Former instructor at Alpha College of Real Estate
- National Association of Realtors
- Virginia Association of Realtors
- Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors
- Northern Virginia Association of Realtors
- Williamsburg, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Northern Virginia
- Multiple Listing Services
EXPERIENCE AND BACKGROUND
- NVAR $10M+ Sales Club (sales volume ranks in top 2% nationally) while living in Northern VA
- NVAR Top Producer while living in Northern VA
- Licensed Realtor since 2001 and Licensed Broker since 2010
- Licensed Real Estate Instructor in the state of Virginia
- Former career with Federal Government, culminating in senior
- leadership positions (comptroller, financial management)
- Former senior executive positions in private sector (sales and marketing)
- 5 Star Realtor with Hampton Roads Magazine
GENERAL MANAGER, BROKER
CERTIFIED RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE MANAGER (CRB)
Since becoming a real estate broker in 1999, it has been my honor to serve the Williamsburg Area Association of REALTORS®, Williamsburg Multiple Listing Service, Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS®, Hampton Roads Association of REALTORS®, Real Estate Information Network, and Virginia REALTORS® in multiple volunteer capacities from President to committee member.
During that time, I was principal broker of a Peninsula-based multi-office company; managed offices for national franchises; and served as a founding partner of a Williamsburg company.
Before joining Williamsburg Realty, my responsibility was to serve as Director of Business Development and Marketing for a real estate franchise in Williamsburg. Licensed in 1983 after 25+ years in the newspaper and publishing industry, I have also had a hand in building and remodeling while always staying involved with the true business of our profession: Helping people buy and sell real estate.
VP, LUXURY HOMES
ASSOCIATE BROKER, ABR, SRES
Jay Ponton has been an active, productive, and successful real estate licensee for 28 years! Since 1996, Jay’s annual production has placed him in the top 2% of all licensed agents in the United States, according to the National Association of REALTORS. In 1988, Jay began his estate career began with Dot Wright Realty, Hampton, VA, which merged with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., the largest independently-owned real estate firm in the United States, in 1989. In 1990, Jay was awarded Long & Foster’s Rookie of the Year status in overall production for the Southern Virginia region.
From 1991-1997, Jay successfully represented various builders and led the sales and marketing efforts for: Hideaway Bay, The Carriage Homes of Woodcreek, Tradewinds at Kiln Creek, Salt Ponds on the Bay, and Hunter’s Glen. From 1997-2014, Jay successfully represented Anheuser-Busch/InBev, now Xanterra, in the sales and marketing of Kingsmill on the James, through Kingsmill Realty, Inc. and Busch Properties, Inc. Areas of expertise included development, lot sales, resort condominium sales, new construction and custom home building, and re-sale home sales. Jay is currently an Associate Broker and Senior Vice President with Williamsburg Realty. Throughout his career, Jay has annually maintained award-winning levels of production in both New Homes and Re-Sale Homes. He has also served on numerous committees for the Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS and the Williamsburg Area Association of REALTORS.
In 2002, Jay attained his Broker’s License and trained and served as a Certified Ethics Instructor for the Virginia Association of REALTORS. Jay’s family has had long-standing real estate ties to the Virginia Peninsula since the mid 1800’s. He graduated from McLean High School, McLean, VA and attended Christopher Newport College, Newport News, VA; George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; and Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, VA. An extensively trained and experienced real estate broker, Jay is a seasoned expert in all aspects of residential real estate!
VP, INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE
Sibilla Dengs is a Top-Producing REALTOR® and Relocation Consultant with Williamsburg Realty. She was awarded the Top Sales Agent of the Year for 2016. Having lived and worked all over the world, Sibilla has built her award-winning real estate reputation by giving her clients an exceptional real estate experience from start to finish. Sibilla is a graduate of William and Mary, and the University of London. Sibilla and her team specialize in working with the following types of buyers: • Those living their dreams in retirement • Families moving into the Williamsburg area • Those searching for luxury homes in various gated communities • Buyers searching for a home near the College of William and Mary • Buyers looking to purchase a new home and/or custom-built home • Investors Sibilla’s clients appreciate her results-oriented style, negotiation skills, discretion, integrity, strong work ethic, high energy, and loyalty.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF OFFICE OPERATIONS
Rhonda is a Hampton Roads native, calling Williamsburg her home for the past 23 years. Her experience includes Retail Management from Store Manager to Corporate Buying before entering Real Estate. She was the Administrative Assistant for the No. 1 independent family – owned residential real estate company in the United States, for 7+ years, where she serviced 60+ REALTORS® in the Williamsburg area. While she has many different roles in the office, her primary goal is to provide excellent service and support to the REALTORS®,affiliates, and clients. Rhonda enjoys spending time with her husband and family. Her greatest accomplishment is a mom to her children Ashley and Jack. In her down time, she supports her children in their academic and athletic endeavors.