A Washington resident for over 20 years and a real estate agent for over a decade, John has built his business on referrals and returning clients who trust him for his market expertise, attention to detail, and outstanding negotiation skills. For John, going the extra mile for his clients is the part of the sales process he enjoys most.
John credits his parents for his dedication to hard work and entrepreneurial spirit. Thanks to his family’s construction and real estate investment businesses, he was raised with the notion that hard work, smart business decisions, and loving your job are the ingredients for success.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration from Arizona State University. His years of working in Corporate Finance and Project Management prepared him to seamlessly handle complex transactions in real estate.
John’s interests include renovation projects, design, and architecture. He takes inspiration from his travels through Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, England, France, Spain, Mexico, Italy, Czech Republic, and Hungary. As an animal lover, John is a supporter of The Humane Society.
The Denny & Leyla Team’s refreshing approach to buying and selling Metro DC real estate blends unwavering honesty with undeniable results, and their success speaks for itself. The revered team continues to receive most of their business as referrals from highly satisfied clients. Whether this is your first home or your fiftieth, you won’t go wrong with the Denny & Leyla Team by your side.
John was born and raised in Oklahoma, attended college in Nashville, Tennessee and finally chose Washington, DC as his adopted hometown in 2000. Seeking a wide breadth of professional experiences, John worked in the banking, small business management and IT fields before finding his career passion in helping people buy and sell real estate.
John’s client-centered approach to his business has set him apart in the industry by making his clients feel at ease and informed so they can make the best decisions on one of the most important financial transactions in their lives. John believes that expertise, honesty, communication and responsiveness are the keys to a successful relationship with his clients.
John began his real estate career with Coldwell Banker where he quickly rose to be one of the top-producing agents in the firm.
In 2015, John affiliated his business with Compass to bring unmatched technology and marketing resources to his clients as a complement to the first-rate customer service philosophy he holds. With over $150 million in closed sales, John has been consistently recognized as a top producing agent by Washingtonian Magazine & the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors.
Outside of work, John loves to travel and has visited over 40 countries across the world and lived in the south of France for one year. John’s other hobbies include cooking, dining out & collecting local handcrafted art pieces each place he visits. John lives in a historic Victorian rowhouse in DC’s Bloomingdale neighborhood with his husband Jonathan.
Michael’s guiding principle in real estate is fun. Since moving to D.C. in 2003, he has developed a deep, contagious love of the city, and a commitment to helping his clients enjoy real estate as much as he does. With almost $30 million in sales in a variety of neighborhoods, Michael is poised to help clients buy and sell throughout D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. In 2015, Michael joined Compass to combine his passion for customer service with the best technology to serve his clients.
Michael began his real estate career with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, where he won a variety of awards, including the 2013 GCAAR Rookie of the Year Award for his business success and contributions to the community. Before real estate, Michael spent over 10 years cultivating his negotiation and sales skills while building elite teams of salespeople at high-profile companies, including Apple and Pottery Barn.
As a resident of the Shaw neighborhood, Michael works closely with the Shaw Main Streets organization. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The DC Center for the LGBT Community, and he is on the Executive Committee for the Lupus Foundation of America DMV’s Annual Gala.
As part of his commitment to the community and the real estate industry, Michael chairs the DC Association of Realtors (DCAR) Communication Committee, serves on the DCAR Board of Directors, and is the Vice-Chair of the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR) Community Service Committee.
Michael enjoys spending time with his partner and their Miniature Pincher, and he stays active training with CrossFit, and engaging in a variety of social sports (badly). He ran his first (and only) marathon in 2010. Michael loves to travel, and to indulge in delicious food and good wine at the many fabulous restaurants right here in D.C. He has a love of movies and TV, including an unhealthy obsession with anything produced by Bravo.
Jenn Smira combines relentlessness, diplomacy, negotiating skills, and a can-do attitude that sets her apart from the pack. She is every client’s advocate, working until each has found the best home or sold for the right price. Her many repeat clients are a testimony to her dedication and results, as is her ranking among the top 10 agents in the city.
Recognized for her leadership in the field, she was selected in 2014 for the DC Association of Realtors’ Board of Directors. She currently serves on the organization’s Board of Directors and the Public Policy Committee.
After years on Capitol Hill and then Shepherd Park, Jenn and her family now live in Chevy Chase. Jenn plays basketball, runs half marathons, and unleashes her creative side through her cooking.
Taylor is the top choice for clients who want high-quality representation. An advisor to his clients, he fully understands his client’s needs and works diligently to attain the best result while smoothing the sales process. Whether it’s finding a home off-market, selling a unique property, or consulting with a buyer new to the DC area, Taylor’s strength lies in making effective decisions based on clients’ goals.
Known for expertly negotiating a competitive offer and thinking outside the box, Taylor has built a solid reputation amongst buyers and sellers working on one of their most important life decisions. With a degree in Business and Communications from Northeastern University and his work experience at Department of Defense, Hilton Hotels, and numerous small corporations, Taylor’s background provides him with the ability to create confidence and ease in his approach to all real estate transactions.
Taylor attributes his love for real estate to growing up in the architecturally stunning city of Newport, Rhode Island. His other passions include travel, photography, and hunting for D.C.’s best coffee. He resides in the H-Street neighborhood and can often be found biking around the city or walking his mutt, Ella.
Back in 1995, Michael’s passion for real estate was ignited while living in Salt Lake City, Utah. After attending the University of Utah in Business Administration, and owning a variety of local businesses, he joined a small boutique broker in Park City, Utah. With lots of hard work and determination, Michael earned the prestigious “Rookie of the Year” in 1996.
In 2006, he moved to DC and affiliated with Coldwell Banker Dupont. Then in 2011, Michael and Stanton found that they shared similar passions for real estate. With a desire to help people with the buying and selling experience, Marriott + Schnepp was formed. In 2015, we were offered a unique opportunity to join the newly formed Compass real estate offices. Stanton was offered a role in management, so the MM Group was formed.
Since becoming an agent in 1995, the real estate market has had its challenges. Each upswing and downturn has given Michael the opportunity to develop unique solutions. Instead of saying, “We can’t do that,” Michael’s response is always, “How can we do that?” This positive attitude is what draws people to want to work with him.
Besides being a dedicated realtor, Michael takes time for family, friends, and fun for a healthy balanced life. Michael and his partner of 22 years (and husband of 2), Juan, live with their dogs, Bailey & Sasha, in Logan Circle. Michael loves cars–especially his Tesla, traveling the world with friends, and spending time working with various charitable and equal rights causes.
He has served on the Board of Governors of the Human Rights Campaign, he was a founding Board member of Equality Utah, he served on the Board of Trustees of Ballet West and the Salt Lake Acting Company, and loves to support local neighborhood community organizations like Friends of Mitchell Park, the Logan Circle Community Association, and SMYAL. He is especially proud of his work as the Executive Director/Trustee of the B. W. Bastian Foundation, a private family foundation based in Utah.
Jeff Taylor is a Realtor Associate with 12 years of real estate sales experience. He began his real estate career in Texas, with a focus on residential sales and commercial property management. After relocating to Washington, D.C., his passion for real estate grew, as did his love for the city, the architecture, and the people. Jeffrey has been featured in Washington Life and The Washington Post for historic condominium sales and rentals in Dupont Circle, Logan Circle and Shaw – where he resides. Jeff prides himself on local expertise, strategic marketing efforts, and a commitment to offering his clients an unsurpassed level of service and attention.
A self-proclaimed military brat, Christopher moved six times before he was eight years old, which sparked his passion for real estate at a very young age.
After a career as a professional ballet dancer was cut short by injury, Christopher worked his way through college in Baltimore and enjoyed a tenured career as a marketing executive before he rediscovered his childhood passion and pursued real estate professionally, which Christopher proclaims as “the most fulfilling career decision I’ve ever made.”
Bringing more than 15 years of professional experience to each real estate transaction, Christopher’s proven ability to deliver specialized services to a wide variety of clientele demonstrates his “Client-Centered” approach to business, which continues to serve as his philosophy today.
Christopher helps Buyers and Sellers successfully achieve their real estate goals with remarkable business acumen and astute negotiation skills. His performance helping clients navigate the intricacies of the DC metro area’s complex real estate market has earned him several Top Producer awards and more than $60 million in closed transaction volume since 2012.
In 2015, after spending several years working side-by-side building successful careers as individual real estate agents, Christopher Bulka & John Peters merged their businesses and created Bulka/Peters Residential. The dynamic partnership between these two highly respected Realtors allows them to combine their superior customer service, innovative marketing techniques, skilled negotiation strategies and professional transaction management to enhance their clients’ home buying and selling experiences.
When he’s not working, Christopher enjoys dining out, spending time with friends and family, and being outdoors as much as possible. He is currently the Treasurer of the Crispus Attucks Development Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit community organization, which owns and operates Crispus Attucks Park in Washington, DC’s Bloomingdale neighborhood, where Christopher and his partner recently completed a top-to-bottom renovation of their circa 1900 Victorian home.
Combining extensive advertising and management experience with over eleven years of expertise in the DC real estate market, Stanton proudly serves as Compass’ Senior Managing Director of Sales for the flagship Logan Circle office. Stanton’s love of real estate is rooted in his genuine passion for helping others succeed. His clients and colleagues particularly value Stanton’s integrity, his commitment to achieving exceptional results, and his unfailing kindness and humor.
Prior to entering real estate, Stanton worked as a creative director, owned a residential interior design firm and enjoyed a successful career in acting. He is the proud recipient of a Gold Clio Award for Voiceover Performance.
Stanton graduated from The University of Texas in Austin with a B.S. in Advertising. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, working out and hanging out with his basset best friends, Buster and Clark.
Bob is a genuine D.C.-area native. He was born in Alexandria and has lived in Northern Virginia ever since. Bob’s approach to real estate is to always go the extra mile. He believes in close relationships with his clients and always listening and paying attention to the details. He keeps up-to-date on all of the latest technology for expanding the reach of listings and finding the best properties—if there is a new piece of technology out there, chances are Bob has it and is feverishly putting it to work for his delighted clients in Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. When he does, temporarily, step away from the screen, Bob is somewhere outdoors biking, hiking, skiing, or kayaking.