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Meet our Team

CEO | Founder | Realtor
Heather Herr is the CEO and Founder of Private Real Estate Collection and Team Herr Real Estate. Heather has 20 years experience real estate and in the top 1% of real estate agents nationally. Team Herr is a collective of dedicated, full time real estate professionals with a proven track record for success serving both Ohio and Kentucky. Recently recognized in Real Trends (the leading print/digital publication in the Residential Real Estate Industry) as #2 Small Team Sales Volume Producer in the entire State of Ohio and #1 small team in the city 2023 rankings. Heather was a four-time All American National Champion athlete at Ohio State University, graduating with a Master degree in Art Education. Her first career was in teaching, before discovering her passion and family's legacy in real estate. Heather also has an extensive background in software consultation at Siebel Systems. Heather's customers enjoy the success that comes from her innovative marketing strategies and the support of her exceptional team, who position her to provide outstanding customer service. As a skillful negotiator, with an extensive networking base, Heather provides a winning combination for promoting and selling your home. Heather enjoys volunteering on many committees as well as national and local boards. As an industry expert, Heather says “The thing I enjoy the most about this career is how I can make a lasting difference in the lives of my customers, and in doing so, become part of their family.
Nikki Hayden is a licensed Realtor in Ohio and Kentucky, servicing buyers and sellers. What makes her unique is her background of over 25 years in sales prior to selling real estate, so she is an expert in negotiation and an advocate for her clients. In 2022 Nikki sold 62 homes and over $25,000,000 in sales volume and is on track to close nearly $30,000,000 this year. Nikki was appointed for a 2nd term as an associate director of the Northern Kentucky Building Industry Association. Nikki grew up in Cincinnati, attended Mother of Mercy high school, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in business. Nikki is Alumni Chi Omega and was a leader on campus. Nikki lived in California and Georgia but then returned to reside to raise her family in Mason, Ohio. She was also a board member on her condo association at The Views in Covington. Owned in Madeira following a divorce and then moved to Northern Kentucky and has resided in Burlington, Florence, and now owns in Covington, Kentucky. Her daughter is 19 and attends Western Kentucky University, majoring in nursing. Her son is 18 and is a senior at Covington Catholic where he plays football.
Katie McCarty is a licensed Realtor / Buyers Agent with Team Herr. Katie brings over 10 years of experience in real estate sales and management. Katie specializes as the buyer’s agent and is licensed in both Ohio and Kentucky. Prior to joining Team Herr, Katie ran a real estate investment company where she assisted clients in acquisition and management. Katie resides with her family in Hyde Park but previously spent nearly four years living and working in Hong Kong with her husband and family. Customers cite Katie’s positive attitude during the sale process and dedication to providing the best possible experience. Katie takes the time to understand her customers’ needs which allows her to find them the perfect home. “There is nothing more satisfying, than when our customers see that perfect home for the first time, except that moment we help them through a successful closing.”
Hillary has been a realtor since 2018 and has proven to be a top agent with Team Herr. With a strong skillset and background in sales and marketing, she really enjoys getting to know her clients, their needs and is committed to guiding them through every step of the home buying or selling process. Currently residing in Anderson Township for the last 25 years, Hillary and her family enjoy spending time outdoors and taking advantage of all the natural amenities the city has to offer. Hiking local parks with her black lab Bella, kayaking the Little Miami River with family and friends, and gardening are just a few of her favorite things to do. As a mother of a special needs son, Hillary is a proud community supporter of the Epilepsy Foundation, TS Alliance, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, and LADD-Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled. "I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to live as independently as possible and am passionate about advocating for those in need".
Ingrid is a licensed Realtor in Ohio with Team Herr. From first-time home buyers to experienced investors, Ingrid can guide you through the real estate buying or selling process. Ingrid also runs a successful swimwear company in her native Brazil since 2016. She graduated with a degree in Business Administration and completed the Real Estate Sales Pre-License Course at Hondros College. Ingrid is also bilingual and a certified Portuguese interpreter in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ingrid lives in Wyoming, Ohio, with her husband, a Cincinnati native, and their adorable dog, Angel. She’s familiar with Cincinnati after living in multiple neighborhoods, including Mount Adams, Walnut Hills, and Downtown OTR. She enjoys practicing yoga, exercising, and spending time with family and friends in her free time! Some other hobbies include traveling abroad, scuba diving, and snowboarding. Ingrid has a fun personality, is a great communicator, has negotiation skills, and takes pride in helping her clients have a wonderful experience with their real estate endeavors.
Meet Maria Simpson, a dedicated real estate agent who brings a unique blend of local knowledge and diverse life experiences to the table. A local of West Chester, Ohio, Maria has a deep understanding of the area's local real estate market. After joining the U.S. Coast Guard, Maria's journey took her to both the east and west coasts, gaining invaluable experiences along the way. Ultimately, she found her home in Charleston, South Carolina, where she spent a fulfilling decade. During her time there, Maria immersed herself in the real estate industry, working with real estate software and honing her expertise. Recently, she and her husband made the exciting decision to return to their roots and move back to Cincinnati with their two daughters. Now a licensed real estate agent in Ohio, Maria is eager to assist clients in their real estate endeavors. Outside of real estate, Maria enjoys traveling, spending time at the beach, and being a Halloween enthusiast. Her diverse interests and zest for life make her a vibrant and reliable agent who is ready to guide you through the real estate journey with enthusiasm and professionalism.
Yvette R. Simpson, Esq./MBA, is a licensed Realtor, lawyer, and MBA. She served as a member of Cincinnati City Council and the Hamilton County Planning Commission for six years. She is a Team Herr Real Estate member, which ranks among the top 1% of Cincinnati agents. A hometown girl, Yvette has been to every one of Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods and knows the region very well. This experience, coupled with her commitment to excellence, service, and passion for the city, makes her uniquely qualified to help homeowners find their dream home and neighborhood. Yvette and her husband live in the historic Longworth Square District of the West End. Yvette has received numerous honors and has served on the boards of several major Cincinnati philanthropic institutions, including the Contemporary Arts Center, the YWCA, and the Urban League. Yvette has been recognized as one of the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Forty under 40 and Women Who Mean Business, a Venue Magazine Woman of Influence, a Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction, a YWCA Rising Star and Career Woman of Achievement, and a National Business Courier “Top 100 CEO.”
Sales & Marketing Director
Ellen is an outdoor enthusiast who loves new adventures, as well as challenging herself personally and professionally. As a Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati native, she takes great pride in the area by attending sporting events, museums, new and old restaurants, as well as local shops! She was born and raised in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, where she currently resides. Ellen graduated from the University of Cincinnati where she studied Marketing, Communications, Sales, and Public Relations. She enjoys checking off new ski resorts that she visits, playing tennis, volleyball, Pilates, making progress on her golf score, and learning new pottery techniques! As a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, former VA Hospital volunteer, and co-chairing the Local Rolling Thunder in honor of POWs and MIAs, giving back to local veterans is something that she cares deeply about. As a previous employee and current volunteer for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, she holds this organization near and dear to her heart. Her previous experience as a Marketing and Transaction Coordinator gives Ellen the behind-the-scenes knowledge that helps make the buying and selling process smooth. She is excited to combine her experience in real estate, information technology, marketing, and event planning in her new role, as the team’s Director of Sales and Marketing, in addition to being a licensed agent.
Sales & Marketing Associate
Cassidy is a driven and dynamic individual with a zest for exploration and a passion for marketing. Born and raised in the vibrant neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine and currently residing in the charming community of Blue Ash, Ohio, Cassidy's journey has been one of discovery and growth. A dedicated scholar, Cassidy is on the cusp of completing her final semester at the University of Cincinnati, where she is pursuing a degree in Marketing. Beyond her academic pursuits, Cassidy finds solace and inspiration in the great outdoors. Hiking through trails and being immersed in nature's beauty provides her with moments of introspection and rejuvenation. Additionally, her weekly participation in a volleyball league showcases her team-oriented spirit and her ability to strike a balance between work and play. In her leisure hours, Cassidy is often found enjoying the company of friends and family, engaging in spirited board game battles or testing her putting skills on the mini golf course. She can also be spotted honing her golf swing at the driving range, exemplifying her dedication to mastering new challenges. Cassidy's altruistic nature shines through her active involvement in community initiatives. On Sundays, she devotes her time to nurturing young minds as part of the Children's Ministry at her local church, guiding children's learning and facilitating skill development that will shape their futures. Her commitment extends to her volunteer work with the non-profit organization Hands Against Hunger, where she contributes to impactful projects that make a difference in the lives of those in need. Cassidy's journey with Team Herr commenced in May of 2022 when she joined as an intern. Throughout her third and fourth years of college, she continued to dedicate her energy and expertise to the team, contributing valuable insights and assisting in various marketing endeavors. With a clear sense of purpose and a desire to make a lasting impact, Cassidy eagerly anticipates the next chapter of her professional journey, as she is poised to continue her career with Team Herr upon her imminent graduation.
Operations Manager
Kelly is the operations manager for Team Herr. Kelly was born and raised in Cincinnati and is a true Queen City native through and through. Kelly attended college at Ohio University where she was a division 1 athlete and double major in Psychology and English. Kelly started her real estate career 7 years ago when she worked as a customer service specialist at Dotloop and then transitioned into the sales side of things when she was recruited by an agent to work as her assistant. Kelly has since earned her real estate license from Hondros College and has been working as a transaction coordinator/team lead where she implements her knack for perfecting processes to better serve the agents she works with. She takes pride in her ability to do whatever it takes to get a deal to the closing table and is very persistent, thorough, and steady. An avid animal lover, Kelly boards and fosters dogs out of her home in Mt. Washington where she resides with her boyfriend and their 10-year-old daughter. In her free time, she spends as much time outdoors as possible and loves to explore new places.