meet the team

derek baird

Sales Representative

Office: (905) 720-2004
Mobile: (905) 435-6002
Email: derek@callderektoday.com

 

     

Derek and his wife, Laurie, married in 1985, and very soon after, started investing in real estate right away. During the first few years, they bought and sold multiple properties. In 1988, they decided it was time to make this a full-time career. 

Working alongside some of the top agents in the area at the time, Derek learned the ropes and quickly became a top producer. In 1993, Derek and Laurie opened the first MinCom franchise in Durham Region. “If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me” was the attitude that led Derek to take multiple courses, attend builder conventions and read every book on real estate and financing he could get his hands on. He also believes in and considers himself fortunate, to have had some great mentors and business partners along the way. 

Early in his career, Derek started doing business with a number of land developers and builders. Working through the whole process of residential land development from start to finish is an incredibly rewarding experience. Derek has become an expert in land development, new home construction, residential resale real estate, investment real estate and financing. Over the years, Derek himself has become a mentor to many on how to make money in the real estate market. He truly loves what he does and is eager to share his knowledge. 

“I pride myself on understanding how to take a plot of land and turn it into a community.” ~ Derek Baird

Derek is a self-motivated individual that adheres to the belief that building and maintaining relationships are the keys to success.  He believes that by consistently giving a little extra, you can deliver the best possible result for your client. Derek’s understanding of how to market properties and negotiate deals puts his clients at an advantage for success. His knowledge of current market conditions and past market trends, allows Derek to educate his team and clients on what to expect.This knowledge and experience is an invaluable asset to anyone working with Derek and his team. 

“I learned very early in my real estate career that you never do a deal for a dollar.  You always put your client’s needs first and foremost.  I have instilled this philosophy in my team members.”  ~ Derek Baird 

Over the years, Derek has worked with some of the most successful builders in the area including Andelwood Homes, Jeffery Homes, Cleary Homes, HL Gay Family Homes, Tatra Valley Homes, Stonefield Homes, Halminen Homes, Kiya Developments, Holland Homes and many other smaller builders throughout the Durham Region. Derek and his team are experts in new home sales and construction.  

“After 30 years, it is a wonderful feeling to see whole neighbourhoods that I have had a hand in bringing from fields to full communities.” ~ Derek Baird 

Derek grew up in the Beaches of Toronto and moved to Clarington in his early teens. Both of Derek’s sons, David and James, are also realtors and members of his team. Derek takes pride in seeing his boys carry on his legacy. Derek works hard and plays hard. He loves to travel, bike, fish, boat, and sled.  

jennifer caruk

Broker of Record

Office: (905) 720-2004
Mobile: (905) 439-6002
Email: jennifer@callderektoday.com

    

Jennifer Caruk began her real estate career 27 years ago and joined Derek and his wife, Laurie when they opened the first MinCom brokerage in 1993. Starting as a receptionist, Jennifer’s skill set was quickly noticed and she was promoted to Derek’s full-time assistant.  From here, Jennifer continued to grow and learn working alongside Derek. In 1999, as Derek’s business had grown exponentially, Jennifer became a licensed sales representative and expanded her role, working alongside Derek in the field.  In 2007, Jennifer became the Broker of Record for MinCom Millennium Realty Inc. Over the years, Jennifer has become extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of residential real estate.  Having worked for several different builders, Jennifer is well versed in new construction as well as resale real estate. Jennifer’s commitment to Derek, his team and their clients along with her experience and knowledge are an invaluable asset.  

Jennifer is a lifelong resident of Durham Region, growing up in Oshawa and currently resides in Courtice with her husband Shawn and son, Bryce.  Jennifer spends most of her spare time at the rink cheering on her son’s hockey team.

“Jen is an integral part of my team.  Working with me since 1993, she is both my right and left hand.” ~ Derek Baird

david baird

Sales Representative

Office: (905) 720-2004
Mobile: (905) 435-6377
Email: david@callderektoday.com

    

Real Estate born and raised. Officially starting in the industry at the age of 14 working reception, David promptly graduated to the construction side of things. Working construction through his schooling and beyond, culminated to more than a decade of experience. David started as a labourer worked up to roles as site-supervisor, project manager and estimator, experiencing all aspects from the physical build to management. David’s schooling also provided a valuable dynamic to real estate. David Graduated Queen’s University with a BA Honours degree in Economic providing a foundation in the study of markets. David moved on to combine two of his great passions Real Estate development and travel to complete his Master’s degree at the University of Liverpool in Civic Design. This foundation has given David a dynamic set of skills to tap into everyday to provide our clients with the highest level of service. 

“David brings a valuable dynamic to my team with his understanding of planning and development as well as his dedication to providing the highest level of customer service to our clients.”  ~ Derek Baird

david baird

Sales Representative

Office: (905) 720-2004
Mobile: (905) 435-6377
Email: david@callderektoday.com

    

Real Estate born and raised. Officially starting in the industry at the age of 14 working reception, David promptly graduated to the construction side of things. Working construction through his schooling and beyond, culminated to more than a decade of experience. David started as a labourer worked up to roles as site-supervisor, project manager and estimator, experiencing all aspects from the physical build to management. David’s schooling also provided a valuable dynamic to real estate. David Graduated Queen’s University with a BA Honours degree in Economic providing a foundation in the study of markets. David moved on to combine two of his great passions Real Estate development and travel to complete his Master’s degree at the University of Liverpool in Civic Design. This foundation has given David a dynamic set of skills to tap into everyday to provide our clients with the highest level of service. 

“David brings a valuable dynamic to my team with his understanding of planning and development as well as his dedication to providing the highest level of customer service to our clients.”  ~ Derek Baird

james baird

Broker

Office: (905) 720-2004
Mobile: (905) 435-6042
Email: james@callderektoday.com

    

James is Derek’s youngest son and has grown up around real estate his whole life. He started his working life in the construction industry.  After several years, James decided to follow in his parents’ footsteps and got his real estate licence. As well as selling resale homes, James is experienced in the new home sector having worked for some of our top local builders selling new homes.  With his passion for interior design, James is perfectly suited for this industry.  He has a flair for decorating and is an art lover as well as being a technology junkie.  James is happy to share his knowledge with his clients.  

James is a lifelong resident of Durham Region and has great knowledge of the local market as well as the surrounding area. He is the proud dad of ‘Zoe’ – the greatest golden doodle in the world and set to marry his fiancé, Jessie this year.

“James’ love of design and architecture make real estate a natural fit.  His passion for marketing and technology are a great asset to us.” ~ Derek Baird

Nick Palladino

Sales Representative

Office: (905) 720-2004
Mobile: (905) 242-6550
Email: nick@callderektoday.com

    

Nick emphasizes integrity, energy, hard work and creativity in every detail of your real estate transaction. Nick joined Mincom Millennium Realty in early 2002. As a successful entrepreneur in the retail food and flooring industry, Nick brought a vast knowledge of business marketing and customer service which has contributed to his success in Real Estate. 

Nick understands that buying and selling Real Estate can be stressful. As a full time Realtor he will work hard to lower your stress level and make your experience as pleasurable as possible.  He will accomplish this through constant communication and by being accessible whenever you need him. “I treat my client’s needs and wants as my own when searching for the perfect property or helping them secure the best deal”, he says.  Thanks to his exceptionally loyal clients and personal referrals, repeat business forms the foundation of Nick’s career.

Nick is a devoted family man and enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren. As a cycling enthusiast you can often find Nick on two wheels touring about town

“Nick has been with me from the start of his real estate career.  He is a master relationship builder and has proven to be an invaluable asset to my team. ” ~ Derek Baird

Nick Palladino

Sales Representative

Office: (905) 720-2004
Mobile: (905) 242-6550
Email: nick@callderektoday.com

    

Nick emphasizes integrity, energy, hard work and creativity in every detail of your real estate transaction. Nick joined Mincom Millennium Realty in early 2002. As a successful entrepreneur in the retail food and flooring industry, Nick brought a vast knowledge of business marketing and customer service which has contributed to his success in Real Estate. 

Nick understands that buying and selling Real Estate can be stressful. As a full time Realtor he will work hard to lower your stress level and make your experience as pleasurable as possible.  He will accomplish this through constant communication and by being accessible whenever you need him. “I treat my client’s needs and wants as my own when searching for the perfect property or helping them secure the best deal”, he says.  Thanks to his exceptionally loyal clients and personal referrals, repeat business forms the foundation of Nick’s career.

Nick is a devoted family man and enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren. As a cycling enthusiast you can often find Nick on two wheels touring about town

“Nick has been with me from the start of his real estate career.  He is a master relationship builder and has proven to be an invaluable asset to my team. ” ~ Derek Baird

robert kennedy

Sales Representative

Office: (905) 720-2004
Mobile: (905) 242-8704
Email: robert@callderektoday.com

    

Prior to joining Derek’s Team in 2004, Robert enjoyed a successful career in Human Resources Management at IBM and Celestica. His professional background and people management skills stress the need to ensure he takes the time to fully understand his client/customer requirements. This ensures a properly focused plan to meet his client needs. He is an excellent communicator dedicated to establishing strong working relationships and providing high levels of service to all his clients or prospective customers.

Outside of work, Robert is a dedicated family man with four young granddaughters and is a sports enthusiast who enjoys playing golf and is an avid follower of hockey, baseball and football. He has a wonderful sense of humour and enjoys a good smile.

“Robert’s unparalleled attention to detail and customer service makes him a perfect fit for my team” ~ Derek Baird

Patricia Bellagamba

Sales Representative

Office: (905) 720-2004
Mobile: (905) 925-0064
Email: patricia@callderektoday.com

    

Patricia brings a wealth of knowledge in sales & marketing to the team, following a career at General Motors. She is an energetic individual and her enthusiasm for real estate and professionalism show in everything she does. Patricia is fluent in English, French and Italian and is committed to providing a high level of communication to all her clients.

Patricia has lived in Durham Region for over 30 years. In her spare time, she enjoys a healthy and active lifestyle spending time outdoors and at the gym.

“Patricia brings a unique dynamic to the team with her energy and her fluency in multiple languages.” ~ Derek Baird

Patricia Bellagamba

Sales Representative

Office: (905) 720-2004
Mobile: (905) 925-0064
Email: patricia@callderektoday.com

    

Patricia brings a wealth of knowledge in sales & marketing to the team, following a career at General Motors. She is an energetic individual and her enthusiasm for real estate and professionalism show in everything she does. Patricia is fluent in English, French and Italian and is committed to providing a high level of communication to all her clients.

Patricia has lived in Durham Region for over 30 years. In her spare time, she enjoys a healthy and active lifestyle spending time outdoors and at the gym.

“Patricia brings a unique dynamic to the team with her energy and her fluency in multiple languages.” ~ Derek Baird

Stephen Tamblyn

Sales Representative

Office: (905) 720-2004
Mobile: (905) 925-0063
Email: stephen@callderektoday.com

    

Stephen was born and raised in the Durham region. He and his wife Patricia raised their two children in Courtice. As well as owning properties in Clarington and Oshawa he owns lakefront property on Lake Scugog and is very familiar with all markets in the Durham region. He is an avid angler, enjoys golfing and riding motorcycles in his spare time. A realtor for the last 8 years, he spent 27 years in the automotive industry in Sales & Marketing and brings that expertise to your Real Estate transactions. Stephen understands how important customer satisfaction is. He brings with him a dedication and passion that he demonstrates every day in his dealings with clients. 

“Stephen’s experience, dedication and passion for exceeding customer’s expectations, is key to his success.” ~ Derek Baird

Carrie Donaldson

Sales Representative

Office: (905) 720-2004
Mobile: (905) 242-2909
Email: carrie@callderektoday.com

    

When you see someone for a design appointment for your home, first impressions are of the utmost importance. You want someone who knows the current trends, can see the big picture and will bend and reshape your own personal style without losing the foundation of who you really are. Carrie has redefined the meaning of design and has made it her purpose on the Derek Baird Team to share as much of her knowledge and experience as she can to ensure our clients select the best finishes possible within their budget. Carrie has been a member of the Derek Baird Team for 10 years selling both resale and new homes. She works with buyers selecting finishes for many of our new home projects.  Her skill level within the design community is outstanding and her work has helped to win awards.  Carrie makes certain that new home purchasers invest in upgrades that are going to make the biggest impact and give them the highest return on their investment. Conscientious and detail-orientated, she helps to keep the home building process organized and does her best to go above and beyond to ensure that all purchasers are overjoyed with their experience throughout the building process. Carrie’s artistic flair, good taste and level of care in everything she does is what sets her apart from the rest. 

“Carrie’s unique eye for design and detail brings style to my team.” ~ Derek Baird

Carrie Donaldson

Sales Representative

Office: (905) 720-2004
Mobile: (905) 242-2909
Email: carrie@callderektoday.com

    

When you see someone for a design appointment for your home, first impressions are of the utmost importance. You want someone who knows the current trends, can see the big picture and will bend and reshape your own personal style without losing the foundation of who you really are. Carrie has redefined the meaning of design and has made it her purpose on the Derek Baird Team to share as much of her knowledge and experience as she can to ensure our clients select the best finishes possible within their budget. Carrie has been a member of the Derek Baird Team for 10 years selling both resale and new homes. She works with buyers selecting finishes for many of our new home projects.  Her skill level within the design community is outstanding and her work has helped to win awards.  Carrie makes certain that new home purchasers invest in upgrades that are going to make the biggest impact and give them the highest return on their investment. Conscientious and detail-orientated, she helps to keep the home building process organized and does her best to go above and beyond to ensure that all purchasers are overjoyed with their experience throughout the building process. Carrie’s artistic flair, good taste and level of care in everything she does is what sets her apart from the rest. 

“Carrie’s unique eye for design and detail brings style to my team.” ~ Derek Baird

Debbie Compton

Sales Representative

Office: (905) 720-2004
Mobile: (905) 242-6926
Email: debbie@callderektoday.com

    

Debbie Compton has enjoyed a rewarding career with the Ontario Provincial government for over 25 years.  Her career included working as a business analyst and project manager on many large multi-jurisdictional personal and corporate tax-related initiatives.   Debbie found the most rewarding aspect of her career to be the diversity of the teams she enjoyed over the years.
She became licensed as a sales representative during the last 5 years and has recently joined the Derek Baird team.  She enjoys meeting people and helping them fulfill their home and investments dreams and goals.
Debbie is a lifelong resident of the Durham Region and currently resides in Courtice.  During her downtime, she can be found cruising the Kawartha lakes by Sea-doo or riding the sled trails during the winter.
“Debbie’s energy is contagious!  She is detailed oriented and always ready to go above and beyond for her clients. “ ~ Derek Baird

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