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Team Members

Michael Szakos


License Number: 01473073

Michael Szakos, one of the leading real estate experts in Ventura County, has created a program that guarantees the sale of your home, or he promises that he will buy it!* Mike was born in Evanston Illinois, and later moved to Northern Virginia where he grew up fishing, skiing, and playing lacrosse. After high school Mike moved to California to attend UC Santa Barbara where he obtained his degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his time in college, he was the captain of the lacrosse team, and was even inducted into the UCSB Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2014 . After a bad experience purchasing his first home, Mike was dedicated to being a beacon of light, hope, and positivity to those around him by serving Ventura County. He then founded Team Szakos and since then has helped over 1,000 families buy, sell, and invest in real estate. Mike Szakos is now happily married to the love of his life, Erin and loves being a dad to his four amazing kids. He enjoys reading and growing as a person as well as being a coach and mentor for local - youth Hockey and Lacrosse. Mike is committed to leaving a legacy bigger than selling homes, and living the company’s mission of changing lives and the community daily.

Darcy Byrnes

Chief Operating Officer


Darcy is a Southern California native, born and raised in Newbury Park. Because she eagerly jumped into real estate at a young age, she now has more than 15 years of experience in the field, with a brief hiatus in her 20's to study architecture in Los Angeles. Darcy is a natural problem solver, and uses an extremely systematized approach to providing top notch customer service for local home buyers and sellers. Her mission is to create a consistently amazing experience for every client, regardless of price range, background, or complexity. She works closely with all of the members of Team Szakos to nourish every detail of the process, from marketing, to client appreciation, to negotiation strategies. She has also played a large part in creatively connecting home buyers with off market and upcoming homes, which is one of many benefits that sets Team Szakos apart from other real estate companies. Darcy enjoys attending several training events per year to gain further, valuable education about real estate and leadership. She is a lifelong learner who will continue to apply all of her findings to create a more exceptional experience each day at Team Szakos!

Warren Livingston

Real Estate Expert

License Number: 02060838

Warren was born in Northridge, and raised in Ventura County. After a childhood of traipsing around in the many bushes, hills, and creeks of the area, catching the snakes, frogs, and other critters nature created, he left to attend college in Davis, CA. Upon returning home, Warren worked for Trader Joe's for over a decade, but realized somewhere along the way he wanted much more from a career. When an opportunity to join Team Szakos arose, where he could use his strengths of honesty and clarity to help people find a home in the very region that brought him so much joy growing up, he jumped at the chance.

Robert Berry

Real Estate Expert

License Number: 01943683

Rob was born and raised in Southern California. He has been an active police officer for over a decade. While he loves his job, he also loves Real Estate. He became a Real Estate Agent in 2014 and became the PREFERRED Realtor for Camarillo in 2019. Rob was born and raised in Glendora, CA and shortly after becoming a Police Officer, he moved to Torrance, CA. After a short 10 years there, he longed for the great outdoors and a quieter area. He found a hidden gem in Ventura County, where he has lived ever since. Being a Police Officer and a Real Estate Agent are not very different. Both involve negotiation skills. Both require following up on leads, negotiating with people, and mediating between both parties. The big difference is in Real Estate ... the customer is always right!! Rob has never been one to shy away from any task, both in Real Estate and Police work. His negotiation skills are what sets him apart from the rest. No matter who the person is (both in Real Estate and Police Work), he gives them the same respect, dignity, dedication, and effort. Rob loves to hike and explore the great outdoors. He leads a very active lifestyle, whether it's running marathons, hiking in the mountains, or taking on big challenges such as hiking in the Himalayas or competing in an Ironman! He doesn't shy away from much. Whether you are looking for your first home, having to get a bigger home or smaller home, or even looking for an investment property, call Rob Berry and let him negotiate for you!

Karl Richert

Real Estate Expert


Karl is married to the love of his life Jen and together they have two dogs. He enjoys living in a small town in Marshall County. Karl admires the fact that it is close enough to the amenities of a larger town but has the benefits of living at a slower pace. Country living is something he has always loved. He enjoys the outdoors and its activities, such as fishing, hunting, shooting, hiking, and working on the property. While he loves the outdoors he has a true passion for hockey. He has played for over twenty-five years and has officiated for the past twenty years. Karl is also an avid reader and likes playing and listening to music. Karl’s other hobbies include woodworking. I find enjoyment in making furniture, cutting boards, and many other items. Karl is just an all-around guy and finds happiness in all that he does.

Samuel Reyna

Real Estate Expert

License Number: 02165994

Samuel was born in Delano, CA on January 9, 1988 and grew up in Kern County. He graduated high school in 2006 and attended UC Santa Cruz, graduating in 2010 with a BFA in Theater Arts and Performance. He moved to Los Angeles shortly thereafter to pursue a career in entertainment and did comedy shows around the LA area. He met his wife Riva in 2011, and they've been together ever since. In 2016 they welcomed their daughter Ari into the world. After the pandemic hit in 2020, Samuel began working on new ideas for a career change. He met Warren Livingston, a Real Estate professional working at Team Szakos, in late 2020. Inspired by the conversation he had with Warren, Samuel pursued real estate and was welcomed to Team Szakos in 2021.

Jen Richert

Transaction Coordinator


Jenny “Jen” Richert was born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA. Jen served the County of Santa Barbara for 27 years with the Sheriff’s Office as both a Dispatcher and Custody Deputy. At the Sheriff’s Office, she specialized in administrative assignments such as Background Investigations and Administrative Investigations. She also gained valuable Human Resources experience with Santa Barbara County. In 2015, Jen “retired” from the county and took employment with another sheriff’s office in Washington County, Oregon near Portland. She served 6 years there both working as a Jail Deputy and eventually completing her law enforcement career as an Administrative Assistant providing customer service to the public at a local precinct. Combined, Jen spent 33 years working in law enforcement departing both agencies in good standing. Jen met her husband, Karl, in 2013 while Jen was playing adult league ice hockey in Ventura. Karl was a referee for adult leagues at that time. Karl and Jen both relocated to the Portland area and were married there in 2016. In 2021, Jen and Karl purchased a home in Lewisburg, TN and officially became part of Team Szakos where Karl works as a Sales Agent and Jen works as a Transaction Coordinator. Jen and Karl enjoy the state of Tennessee and, especially the region south of Nashville where they live in a small community. They stay active with their dogs and by exploring the Tennessee countryside. When she is not working, Jen enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs, shopping for treasures in antique stores and baking/general cooking. She finds great accomplishment in making authentic (and sometimes complicated) dishes that take a great deal of time and skill as she broadens her culinary talents. When possible, Jen enjoys visiting her adult son out of state or hosting him at their home in TN for a visit.

Emily Rodriguez

Marketing Director


Emily was born and raised in the central valley of California in a small town called Kingsburg. After years of moving around the state, Emily and her husband have decided to settle down with their pup, Rocket, in the city of Ventura. Emily has always been fascinated by real estate and home design. At a young age, she knew that real estate was a dream of hers. She previously worked in Healthcare for 3 years as a Health Information Management Technician, where she was able to help people in their time of need. While she was successful in the healthcare industry, she realized it was time to pursue her own dreams. She was wary to leave the kind and familiar nature of healthcare to come into a world that she knew little about. But, after learning about Team Szakos’ mission, vision and goals, she knew this was a place she would be proud to work at! Emily’s creative and organized nature makes her a great marketing and administrative assistant. She joined Team Szakos because of their willingness to serve and better the community of Ventura. She believes Team Szakos will make a positive impact on all home buyers in Ventura, and she is thrilled to be a part of it.

Sydnie Rowe

Client Concierge


Sydnie was born and raised in Ojai, California, with an entrepreneurial attitude, and a love for creativity and technology. By the time she was ten years old, she was building her own websites and creating her own computer games. Sydnie loves her position here at Team Szakos because she can mesh her love for hospitality and her love for system building. Outside of Team Szakos, she enjoys taking care of her farm animals, writing music and playing instruments, and prides herself in being a mama and a wife to her husband.
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