How did the EXODUS
Network start? How long has it been operating?
Network was formed in late 1993 as a result of a combination of several events.
Early in his career as a local real estate agent, our Broker, David
Veenstra, was concerned that he be able to suggest a true professional when a
customer/client asked him to recommend an out-of-state REALTOR®. It is easy to
refer someone to a REALTOR® in another community, but David wanted some
assurance that he was recommending knowledgeable agents who worked with utmost
integrity. He realized the value of background checking and desired to find
agents who would give his customers the same level of service that he provides.
He quickly found that reference checking each agent took too much phone time and
About the same time, David was working to complete his MBA,
studying the impact and implications of "Niche Marketing to the Christian
community." Through his studies, he recognized an opportunity to impact a target
market in a positive way.
Cindi Veenstra, meanwhile, was still
"settling" into the community after returning from living in the Philippines.
The REALTOR® who helped them purchase a home was one of the first people that
the Veenstra's met when they moved into the community. "Jean" was a wonderful
resource for information about the community in general, but also really helped
them get the information they needed about the Christian community. She served
as a community information specialist and helped them to embrace the Kalamazoo
After becoming Chair of the Promotions Committee at the local
Christian School Association, Cindi learned that many families who moved into
the community were not aware that Christian Education was an option. She
believed it was imperative that families have the information they needed to
make informed decisions regarding their children's schooling. Cindi and David
believed that REALTORS® could play a significant role in welcoming new families
and providing them with access to helpful information.
David and Cindi
took each of these factors into account when they created The EXODUS Real Estate
Network. EXODUS is a Network of REALTORS® throughout the USA and Canada, with
highly recommended agents who are prescreened and continually evaluated, work
with utmost integrity and honesty, are committed to maintaining their education,
and are specialists in Christian community information.
A. Veenstra MBA, GRI, CRS, Broker/Owner
David has been a Real Estate Agent for the Prudential West Michigan
since 1987 and has been a multimillion dollar producer each year.
He is currently also a business volunteer of the Gracias, Lempira,
Honduras, Partnership Management Team of the Luke Society, a worship
leader at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church and a member of the
Dismantling Institutional Racism Task Force in Kalamazoo.
is serving on the Board of Directors and has been President of
the Board of the Kalamazoo Deacons Conference, a church related
service organization that seeks to help meet the needs of the
poor in the Kalamazoo Community. He has also served on the board
of other civic and service related organizations.
Before becoming a REALTOR®, David served as a Community
Developer in the Philippines for the Christian Reformed World
Relief Committee. While there for 5 1/2 years he developed a Cottage
Industry Program, which began with 4 workers and, under his leadership,
became a completely indigenized industry of over 400 workers.
Concurrently, he directed the work of the Diaconal Assembly on
the island of Negros. Prior to going to the Philippines David
developed two businesses. Exodus Transfer Services, developed
while in college, reclaimed and marketed shipping pallets. This
business was sold upon going to the Philippines. While still in
high school and through college, D.A.V. Enterprises, a spoon ring
production and marketing company, financed his entire college
education. David has a B.A. in Psychology.
A. Veenstra, Director
Cindi, also a graduate of Calvin College, was preschool director
and teacher at Sonshine Christian Preschool before beginning the
EXODUS Network. She currently serves on the Luke Society Partnership
Management Team, The Calvin College Board of Trustees and on various
committees at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church and the Kalamazoo
Christian Schools. She recently served as a member and secretary
of the Alumni Board for Calvin College, as a first grade teacher,
director of Daily Vacation Bible Schools for over 10 years, and
has directed and written curriculum for a Children's Worship program
for 7 years.
has also developed and taught 4 college level courses in Christian
Education for the Christian Reformed Seminary and Bible College
in the Philippines. She has served on the Board of Directors for
3 schools and chaired the Promotions Committee of the Kalamazoo
Christian Schools. She was the New Product Developer and Director
of Training and Marketing for the cottage industry program that
David was involved in developing in the Philippines. She has served
on the Administrative Committee at church for several years. Cindi
was the student director of the Big Sisters Program at her college
for 2 years and was the bookkeeper for the Luke Society of the
Philippines for over 2 years.
J. Weldon, Relocation Specialist
Darcie is a graduate of Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights,
IL. After graduating from Trinity, Darcie and her husband moved
to Lafayette, Indiana where she was a Personnel Coordinator for
Time Services, a temporary employment agency. Her position there
included matching temporary workers with various job opportunities.
She has held several administrative volunteer positions, served
as one of the regional directors for Newcomers Club, and has extensive
experience in dealing with people. She is also very involved in
paper making and design.
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The EXODUS Network
Abides by all the practices of the Fair
The EXODUS Network is a licensed, Brokered network in the state of
Annual Renewal as a Selected REALTOR® is dependent on integrity, maintaining exemplary customer service and professionalism.
The EXODUS Network selects individual agents, not entire companies. All referrals to these agents are given through a licensed Broker. Referrals are given to agents who pass through the screening, evaluation & annual renewal process.
* Definition of Staff:
Selected Agents are NOT staff of the EXODUS Network. They are independent
contractors who have been prescreened and continually submit to our strict
evaluation processes regarding their customer service, integrity,
professionalism and real estate.
Selected Agents are individual REALTORS® all around the country. EXODUS
referrals are passed from EXODUS' Broker to the licensed Broker that a
Selected Agent is affiliated and licensed with. Becoming an EXODUS Selected
Agent allows these agents to receive referrals from EXODUS, without changing
their affiliation with their local broker.
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