Meet our team

Strong Properties is here to assist you sell, purchase, or rent the perfect residential space. Our team is here to guide you through every step of the process.

Brian Bay

Managing Broker for Residential Sales

Gwen Schmitt


Gwen Schmitt has over 13 years of experience in the real estate industry, coming to the business after working at major corporations and at a major research university.  She was recognized for outstanding performance at both the university and P&G.


She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas with an emphasis in Marketing which is useful in the real estate industry when advertising a home for sale, taking into account recent trends, and sales data.


Gwen's Areas of Expertise include:


  • First-time home buyers
  • New Construction
  • Working with veterans
  • Working with bilingual clients
  • Relocation Services
  • Home Decorating and Design Consultation
  • E-commerce


Here is one of her reviews from a former client:

“Gwen is an excellent agent to work with. She helped us every step of the way in our Home Buying Journey. Gwen has an amazing amount of experience, plus great communication and negotiating skills. She advocated for us in every transaction. On top of all this she also has amazing connections to help get everything done that you might need help with. Definitely recommend being her partner. You will not be disappointed!”

Tami & Dana Slocum

Realtor | Broker
Tami Slocum, ABR, GRI, Realtor
Dana Slocum, Associate Broker

Melody Stirk

Melody Stirk is the founder of the Stirk Realty Group, and also a top producing agent within her office at Strong Properties in Kalamazoo, Michigan. 

Melody is a native of Southwest Michigan, graduating from Western Michigan University with a B.A. in 1979. She has been highly active in the real estate community, having over 40 continuous years of experience in marketing, residential, and income properties. She is a true Southwest Michigan Gal! In her spare time, she is a shore lover, horseback rider, and she loves to craft! She is a black belt in Karate, as well as the 3rd licensed female jockey in the USA. 

Melody’s formula for success involves personalized service, a high degree of professionalism, and a commitment to client satisfaction! She is extremely proud of her team having sold over 265 homes in the last 2 years!

Sheila M. Strong

Sheila M. Strong serves as the Broker/Owner of Strong Properties. She broke into the real estate world as an investor in 2001 and was immediately hooked. 

As a real estate attorney, residential builder, and Realtor, Sheila has the expertise, knowledge, and skills to navigate complex real estate transactions. She believes that ongoing education and professional development are critical to ensure that her clients have the most up-to-date information in this ever-changing real estate market. 

With over 20 years of experience, Sheila’s drive, passion, and positive attitude will support you through every step of your real estate journey.
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