ABOUT CHERYL BRENNA, Realtor
The passion has been there from the start-that interest in the relationship between "house" and "home."
I suppose it was in the gene pool. My father, Herbert Cudd, started his construction company in 1950 and spent his entire career dedicated to building fine houses and solid neighborhoods where families could nurture a sense of belonging. My brother has continued that legacy, turning the Charles Cudd Company into one of the premier home-building companies in the country.
The lesson wasn't lost on me. Working in the family business, I developed an understanding of architecture, construction and home design. I carefully followed the building of Interlachen Woods and Marsh Creek, both of which I opened. I also have the inside track on Evergreen, the Villas on Powers Lake, and many other distinctive Woodbury neighborhoods. In fact, I've sold more than 500 homes there since 1987.
Now, with the Cheryl Brenna Group, my construction and design background provides a unique perspective, an insider's advantage, on Woodbury's most desirable areas.
I understand that buyers and sellers require someone with expertise, a dependable agent who has respect for the process and commitment to the community. They want a representative with the willingness to listen and the ability to hear. At the Cheryl Brenna Group, these convictions are always front and center.
And what about my personal surroundings? I still live in the same small university town where I grew up. It's home. My husband Jeffrey and I have two grown daughters several gorgeous grandchildren (ask me, I have pictures!).
I'm fond of that quote from author Jim Rohn: "Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing." The Cheryl Brenna Group knows that the same holds true for the larger community.
- Licensed Realtor Since 1987
- New Construction Specialist
- Accredited Buyers' Specialist
- Accredited Relocation Specialist
- Luxury Home Specialist
ABOUT JEFF BRENNA, Realtor
Cheryl and I have been best friends since we were 12. We grew up in River Falls, went to the same school, and were closely connected to each others' family. We still live in that college town and have been happily married for 41 years. So it's no surprise that we finally decided to work together in 2006.
I ran my own company - J. Brenna's Rustproofing and Exhaust in West St. Paul - for 25 years. I had a loyal customer base that trusted me to steer them straight. People respected me for that and sent their friends my way. Like Cheryl, I built my business mostly on referrals. In the auto industry, as in real estate, integrity and trust are what set you apart.
I enjoyed running the business and helping customers, but I was ready for a change. Real estate was a natural choice, given Cheryl's passion for the business and her family's longtime involvement in home construction. In fact, her dad had encouraged me to join her in the business years ago. He thought we'd be great together. He was right.
Licensed in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, I serve clients in the eastern St. Paul suburbs and in River Falls and western Wisconsin - fast-growing areas that are in high demand.
I count myself lucky. I have a wonderful wife, two amazing daughters and incredible grandchildren. I get to work with my wife and daughter at something I'm really good at. I'm excited about using my business and people skills to help other families buy or sell their homes.
ABOUT JESS SMEED, Licensed Real Estate Assistant
They say there's no place like home - and they're right. I was born and raised in St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs. And no matter where life may take me, the Twin Cities will forever be home to me.
So I'm especially pleased to be a party of the Cheryl Brenna Group, an organization that has always valued that sense of "home." I appreciate the honest, open, meticulous way Cheryl conducts business, the second-to-none marketing techniques, her high energy and passion for this profession. It's a can-do approach that inspires and motivates.
If a home reflects one's personality, I've been working on my "personality" since purchasing my first home in 2006. Nothing is more comforting to me than walking through my front door into the space I share with the loves of my life, my husband Harleigh - an attorney - and our rambunctious little one, Carson.
Family free time is spent on outings to local museums, parks, concerts, and ball games. Harleigh and I love sampling area dining establishments, whether it's simpe fare or exotic cuisine. As long as I don't have to cook it, I'm a happy camper!
My position as a Licensed Assistant with the Cheryl Brenna group feeds a longtime interest in real estate. I rarely pass up a chance to tour houses - old and new - and attend home shows. Even at the St. Paul Art Crawl, you'll catch me spending just as much time looking at the lofts, condos, and apartments as admiring the artwork!
ABOUT MOLLY JO SEVERSON, Marketing Manager
You know that old adage, "Like mother, like daughter"? Well, my mother Cheryl Brenna and I haven't always seen eye to eye on every little thing (case in point, my teenage years), but we do share an unflagging passion for anything related to real estate and home design.
So while Cheryl and Jeff are helping clients buy and sell homes, I handle the marketing activity for all the for-sale listings - the print ads, the signs, the brochures, etc. The work is exciting and challenging, and it taps into my creative side. It also affords me the opportunity to spend time with two very important facets of my life: real estate and my parents.
After taking a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, I worked on a Master's of Art Education at Iowa State. Then I spent a couple of years with a graphic design agency before joining the Cheryl Brenna Group.
My husband Shawn, is the general manager of Lifetime Fitness in Woodbury. We are the proud parents of two young sons- Gabriel and Jonah. Wonderful job, wonderful family. Life is great.