Our Team

John Tippins

Chief Executive Officer | Founder
John Tippins Chief Executive Officer and Founder
John Tippins is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Northcap. He began his real estate career in 2000 as a commercial agent for Insight Holdings, where he quickly achieved success, closing roughly $200 million in transactions. Following a brief period as President of Mark L. Fine and Associates, a commercial real estate company, John branched out and started his own company, Northcap, in 2006. Between 2000 and 2011 John closed on a total of more than $1.1 billion in transactions as either a broker or principal, and in 2009 he was named “Top 40 Under 40″ by In Business Las Vegas.

When the commercial sales market disappeared following the credit crisis in August 2008, John had the foresight to expand his business operations into property management and residential condominium sales. Starting in 2009, Northcap entered those lines of business, and since then the company has amassed a list of top-caliber, institutional clients.

John currently serves on the boards of the UNLV College of Business, the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance, and the Fremont Street East Entertainment District, in addition to being a member of the UNLV President’s Inner Circle, the UNLV Advisory Board, and the steering committee for housing for the City of Las Vegas. He is also an adjunct professor at UNLV.

In addition to real estate, John enjoys entrepreneurship in general and is a passive investor in numerous ventures outside of Northcap, including local restaurants and clubs, such as LobsterMe, I Love Burgers, PBR Rock Bar And Grill, and The Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub. He is also the owner of RentHub.com, Nevada’s leading online rental site.

John graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a B.A. in Marketing. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Leadership Las Vegas program through the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

Nicole Tomlinson

President
Northcap employs only the top agents and brokers in the business. They are the reason that Northcap has become one of the top luxury real estate brokerages in the world in less than two years, rivaling companies that have been around for decades. Our agents place a premium on honesty, industry knowledge, collaboration, extraordinary customer service and efficiency in all areas. We do not wish to be the biggest agency in the business – just the best. As a result, we take pride in everything we do and make ourselves readily available to our clientele.

Not only that, our agents are connoisseurs and purveyors of the luxury lifestyle. We make it our duty to find you not only a home to meet your needs, but the perfect combination of amenities, location and design to best fit who you are and exactly how you aspire to live. Northcap carefully vets every potential agent to make sure he or she will be a beneficial addition to the team and live up to our high standards of service.

Charmaine Prospero

Senior Vice President
With 11 years of experience in Las Vegas real estate and backgrounds in both business and entertainment, Charmaine Prospero brings a unique skill set to her job as a luxury homes specialist.
Charmaine’s success in real estate comes from diverse market experience, and from a personal dedication to both her clients and the community. She has been involved with property management and the ins and outs of financial transactions in addition to buying and selling homes. Charmaine also draws from successful backgrounds in business and the entertainment industry, adding to her mastery of local and international markets. She specializes in luxury real estate and the representation of both US and international clients and investors.

Charmaine earned a degree in Business and Sociology. Before entering Las Vegas real estate, she toured with Broadway shows and worked as a business entrepreneur. In 2002, Charmaine relocated to Las Vegas to pursue real estate full-time. She quickly earned a name as a realtor, first as the Rookie of the Year at her first brokerage, ZipRealty, then later as a top-performer at Prudential Americana and their luxury team, Shapiro & Sher.

In 2013, Charmaine joined Northcap as part of their new Las Vegas office. Together with Northcap, Charmaine continues to serve Las Vegas with ever-higher standards of excellence. In both 2013 and 2014, Charmaine was awarded the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors YPN 40 Under 40. She also serves the community as a dedicated volunteer and supporter of local organizations, including Joy Prom and Golden Rainbow. She is highly regarded for her discretion, positive energy, work ethic and passion for design and architecture.
When not working, she likes seeing shows in Las Vegas, enjoying the outdoors and traveling with her family.

Erik Sorensen

Chief Operating Officer | Principal
Erik Sorensen is the Chief Operating Officer and is a principal of Northcap. Erik brings a breadth of knowledge and experience in multifamily and single family residential real estate from operations to investments. At Northcap, Erik has overseen the more than eight-fold growth in the company since 2009, putting in place the teams and systems necessary for operating a real estate company at a first-class level.

Prior to Northcap, Erik was Vice President of Artisan Real Estate Ventures, a New York and Las Vegas based real estate company, where he oversaw the multifamily investment platform. At Artisan he directly oversaw the acquisitions of approximately 2,000 multifamily units.

Before Artisan, Erik was a part of the acquisitions team at The Praedium Group, a real estate private equity firm based in New York City. While at The Praedium Group, Erik was responsible for analysis, due diligence, and transaction execution functions for the acquisition of new assets, including over $600 million in multifamily, industrial, office, and retail properties.

Erik received a B.A. in Economics (with distinction) from Yale University. He is also an Eagle Scout.

Michael McGraw

Luxury Agent
Michael McGraw oversees sales for Northcap Nevada as SVP of Residential Services. A native of Austin, Texas, Michael has worked and travelled all over the world. He loves studying how people live and how their homes fit their lifestyles. Finding the perfect home to fit a client’s lifestyle is a personal passion for Michael, and something he takes great pride in.

Prior to joining Northcap, Michael parlayed his 25-year experience in the hospitality industry into a successful real estate career, having managed Wolfgang Puck’s Chinois in Las Vegas and Spago in Las Vegas and Maui, among several other prominent, high-end restaurants. Even though he now works in real estate full-time, Michael remains a dedicated foodie and continues to cook and enjoy the epicurean life – he even has his sommelier’s pin.

Michael’s sociability, independent spirit, and incredible customer service set him apart as a top agent in the Las Vegas real estate market. He works with a range of clients – national and international, as well as investors and local residents. Whether a client is in the market for a single-family home or a luxury penthouse, Michael is there to help out. Between his time in the hospitality and real estate industries, he knows what good service is all about.

Sean E. McClenahan

In-House Counsel
Sean E. McClenahan is a native Las Vegan and member of the State Bars of Nevada and California. Prior to starting his own law firm, Mr. McClenahan’s practice focused on the preparation of prenuptial agreements and divorce litigation, adoptions, sports and entertainment management, landlord/tenant disputes, bankruptcy, real estate transactions, licensing agreements and general contract drafting. Mr. McClenahan represents clients in all ranges of transactional needs. Mr. McClenahan’s client representation has ranged from athletes such as Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, to entertainers such as Jerry Lewis, as well as various individuals and corporate entities.

Education

  • J.D. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada-Las Vegas (2005)
  • B.S. University of Nevada-Las Vegas (2002)

Admissions

  • 2006 Nevada
  • 2011 California

Courts

  • Nevada Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
  • California Supreme Court

Chris Davies

Controller
Chris Davies is the Controller for Northcap. He brings over a decade of multifamily property management experience to the company’s team. Prior to Northcap, Chris was the Assistant Controller in the Client Reporting Department of Pinnacle, an American Management Services Company, one of the largest property management companies in the U.S. During his tenure at Pinnacle, he was primarily focused on those properties owned by affiliates of Pinnacle, including Cascade Affordable Housing and Olympic Investors.

Chris holds a B.S. in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University. In his free time, he enjoys playing a role in community theater, going to live performances, and participating in active sports.

Liz Newcomer

Accountant
Liz Newcomer is the Staff Accountant for Northcap and brings with her over 30 years of accounting experience. Prior to joining Northcap in May 2012 Liz was the Staff Accounting Supervisor for Euclid Management Company, Southern California’s leading Management Company serving over 220 HOA, Single Family, Multi Family, Retail, Commercial and Industrial properties.

Liz enjoys exploring off-road, watching football and completing various types of puzzles in her free time.

Amelia Donaher

Amilia Donaher
Although a native of Boston, Amelia Donaher has been living in the southwest for over 10 years. She started in the real estate industry in 2007 with a Boston-based, full service real estate company focusing on the ownership, acquisition, and management of single tenant industrial properties. This would serve as her foundation and inspiration to pursue a career in this area.

Seeing an opportunity for growth, and missing the southwest weather, Amelia relocated to Las Vegas. She immediately hit the ground running in the high-end hospitality industry working for companies such as Pure Management Group and Hakkasan Group, as well as properties including Caesar’s Palace and The MGM Grand. Amelia worked with and was introduced to people from places all over the world. Combined with her extensive traveling experiences, this allowed her to build even better relationships and further develop the skills needed to thrive in the real estate industry.

After purchasing her first home at the age of 25, Amelia got a much better insight to the residential side of real estate. With her concentration being the south strip, Amelia has extensive knowledge of the area. She sees the phenomenal potential growth and future development that it has to offer.

Amelia received a B.A. from Arizona State University in communications and journalism. She enjoys traveling, skiing, yoga, and her two English bulldogs.

Ursula Stewart

Ursula Stewart
Having grown up in Santa Monica, California and residing in many of the country’s most beautiful places; Maui, San Francisco, Boston & NYC, Ursula has called Las Vegas home since 1996. She enjoyed a career in the hospitality industry including food & beverage operations and event planning before joining Northcap. Exceptional customer service is her number one goal.

Karina Giraldo

Karina Giraldo
Northcap employs only the top agents and brokers in the business. They are the reason that Northcap has become one of the top luxury real estate brokerages in the world in less than two years, rivaling companies that have been around for decades. Our agents place a premium on honesty, industry knowledge, collaboration, extraordinary customer service and efficiency in all areas. We do not wish to be the biggest agency in the business – just the best. As a result, we take pride in everything we do and make ourselves readily available to our clientele.

Not only that, our agents are connoisseurs and purveyors of the luxury lifestyle. We make it our duty to find you not only a home to meet your needs, but the perfect combination of amenities, location and design to best fit who you are and exactly how you aspire to live. Northcap carefully vets every potential agent to make sure he or she will be a beneficial addition to the team and live up to our high standards of service.

Giovanni Casas

Giovanni Casas
Giovanni saw in Real Estate an opportunity to apply his vast marketing experience toward helping clients achieve the dream of home ownership through a unique approach to real estate. He understands the need for personalized service and the use of non-conventional means to achieving successful transactions.

Giovanni’s knowledge and integrity have always stood out throughout his career and his strong belief is that Las Vegas is ready for innovative ways to market properties and help clientele with primary residences, second homes, and investment properties. He always makes himself readily available to address any concerns, soothe nerves and make the closing process clear, concise and virtually stress-free.

Giovanni received his Marketing and Advertising degree in Bogota, Colombia, and also studied Business Administration in Sydney, Australia. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

The slogan of his latest advertising campaign is: “Giovanni Casas — my last name is not a coincidence,” showing that he really believes he was born for this business. Giovanni is excited about joining Northcap and starting this new chapter in his professional career.

Andreas Kreutzer

Director of Public Relations and Social Media

Andreas Kreutzer is the Director of Public Relations and Social Media for Northcap. He handles all media requests and creates and distributes press releases. Additionally, he manages social media campaigns for Northcap’s clients. Prior to joining Northcap, he was Public and Media Relations Director for the Saarlouis Hornets Baseball Club and Public Relations Assistant for the Las Vegas Locomotives. Additionally, he was a sports journalist for two newspapers.

Andreas holds a B.A. in English with a writing emphasis from Boise State University.

Derek Belanus

Derek Belanus
I have been involved in commercial real estate for over 15 years from brokering to purchasing and investing in my own personal investments. My commercial real estate investment specialization and market area focus result in relationships with private and institutional investors. I also use exercise and setting boundaries for personal time to create a balance including setting appointments with myself for these activities. It helps me avoid burn out so I can always give 100% to my career, my clients, my business partner, my co-workers and myself. By dedicating all of my focus, resources and training to commercial real estate investment, I offer an unmatched level of experience and expertise.​

Benjamina Mia Casiño

Benjamina Mia Casiño is a licensed real estate professional since 2008. Real estate being an intricate business, she operates with the customer at the forefront of her operations. Mia’s motivation is to provide exceptional service with a primary focus on ensuring positive customer experience through out the real estate process and beyond. Her philosophies are based on both honesty and integrity.

Mia’s passion for real estate was brought about by personal experience as a residential buyer. She understood the concerns involved in purchasing a home and finding a reliable and dedicated agent that would look after one’s needs as a client.

Holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from the University of The Philippines, she has an extensive background in Management and held key positions in the field of Sales and Marketing.

Mia’s diversity of experience, knowledge, expertise, skill and professionalism provides her with a sound foundation and drive to provide the best customer experience possible. Backed by a reputable group and company, she can provide outstanding service to meet all your real estate needs.

Language Proficiency : English and Tagalog

Certifications:
Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certified (SFR),
First Time Home Buyers Programs Certified