Our Team

Great Company, Great Agents!

Town & Country Realty of Hastings prides itself in providing unparalleled customer service. All of our agents consider real estate their career and are here to serve Buyers and Sellers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our team of experienced professionals knows Hastings like nobody else, in fact the majority of them were born and raised here. The dedication and area knowledge of our sales staff is second to none. In addition, all of our agents undergo extensive training and apprenticeship. So when it comes to selecting an agent to help you buy or sell your home, you can trust the agents at Town & Country Realty of Hastings to get the job done right.


Gretchen Esch

Since beginning my career as a full time Real Estate Agent in 1997, I have continually been a top producing agent in the Hastings area. I am a highly motivated agent who takes my clients real estate needs as a personal responsibility. My hard work ethic, attention to detail, passion for what I do and a tenacious desire to be the best has made me the agent I am today. I pride myself with honestly and integrity and believe communication and understanding my clients needs and desires are key aspects of the real estate profession. I am highly committed to each and every client and I enjoy working in a fast paced office with other hardworking agents who go the extra mile in all situations.

As well as being a dedicated full time Real Estate Broker, Gretchen truly believes there is no better place to raise a family than Hastings, NE. Originally from Hastings, after receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Gretchen chose to move back to Hastings and carry on the tradition of success in real estate that her grandfather began in 1961. Gretchen resides in Hastings with her husband and three children and is an active community volunteer and member of St. Michael's Catholic Church.

- Member of the Hastings Board of Realtors
- Past Director for the Hastings Board of Realtors
- Member of the State and National Association of Realtors
- Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln
- Past Board Member of the Hastings YMCA
- Past Chairperson of Hastings Catholic Schools B.L.U.E., the school's biggest fundraiser
- Past Member of the Whoopers and Hoopers Committee
- Volunteering for numerous other non-profit organizations

Chris Esch
Sales Associate
Sales Associate

As a native of the area I decided there was no better place to begin my real estate career than Hastings, Nebraska. I originally obtained my real estate license in 1999 and cannot imagine doing anything different. I cannot think of a better job than working hard for a Seller who needs their home sold and for a Buyer who is looking for their dream home. I currently reside in Hastings with my wife, Gretchen and three children. I am active in the community, my children's school system and St. Michael's Catholic Church.

Chris has been recognized as a "Top Sales Associate" numerous times by our office.

Chris and his wife Gretchen are both Realtors with Town & Country Realty of Hastings giving you two agents for the price of one.

Chris is past Vice President of the Hastings Board of Realtors.

Chris is involved in many community service organizations.

Chris is a member of the Association of Realtors at both the State and National level.

Jill Beyke
Sales Associate
Sales Associate

I grew up on a farm in Adams County. Being the oldest of 3 girls and the many jobs to do on the farm, I did them all. I credit my parents for my work ethic that was instilled in me at an early age.

I was the County Appraiser of Adams County for 6 years. That position gave me invaluable experience and knowledge with residential, commercial and agricultural properties. My knowledge of legal descriptions, assessed values, real estate taxes and home stead exemptions have been a great asset to me in my real estate career.

Family- John, Seth and Taylor

Spare time- family/friends, volunteering, golfing, and cooking.

- Adams County Appraiser Jan '93- Jan '99
- Licensed Realtor Jan '97-present
- Member of the State and National Association of Realtors
- Top Producer in Listing and Sales
- Realtor of the Year 2009
- Past & Current board member of the Hastings YMCA
- Past chairperson of Hastings Catholic Schools B.L.U.E ( the schools largest fundraiser)
- Past member of Hastings Catholic Activities Association
- Current member of the Golf Committee at Lochland Country Club

Patrick Markle
Sales Associate
Sales Associate

Helping customers who are buying their first home and sharing that moment with them is very rewarding to me. Helping a customer sell their home is a responsibility I take very seriously. I enjoy getting to know my clients personally as well as the professional relationship we create. I care about the needs of my customers and work hard to be the best agent I can be for them.

- Member of the National Association of Realtors
- Member of the Nebraska State Realtors Association
- Member of the Hastings Board of Realtors
- Recipient of "Top Sales Associate" award numerous times
- Past Director of the Hastings Board of Realtors
- 2015 Realtor All Star Award, Recognition by his peers for outstanding team work

In 1992 I moved to Hastings to further my education. I later met my wife Lisa who is employed at her alma mater Hastings College. I have two beautiful daughters Reganne and Emma. Reganne is currently a student at Hastings College and competes on the Hastings College Track and Field team. Emma is active in sports and school functions with the Hastings Public Schools. Go Broncos and Tigers! Family is important to me and spending as much time with each other is what I enjoy and live for.

Becky Hermann
Sales Associate
Sales Associate

I’m proud to claim the Hastings area as my lifelong home. Being raised on a farm and living in Hastings, Nebraska my entire life has given me the opportunity to build many relationships with people in the community. One of my favorite things about being a Real Estate Agent is working with different people on a daily basis and getting to know new people every day. I know that the sale or purchase of a home is one of the most important decisions that people make in their lives and I know how important it is to have your Agent there with you every step of the way. I take my client’s needs as a personal responsibility and my goal is to become your “Agent For Life”, not just until the current transaction is complete.

I am married to Rodney Hermann and together we have one daughter Ashley who attends Adams Central High School. I am very involved at First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church as well as the activities at Adams Central High School.

The longevity of the company that I work for was important to me when I was deciding what company to work for. Town & Country Realty has been helping Buyers and Sellers for over 50 years making them Hastings’ Longest running real estate company! Their extensive training program has helped me build strong negotiating skills and given me vast knowledge of the real estate process making me the right agent for you! Feel free to call or email me anytime, I am a Realtor - I truly am working 24/7.

- Member of the National Association of Realtors
- Member of the Nebraska State Association of Realtors
- Member of the Hastings Board of Realtors
- Current Vice President of the Hastings Board of Realtors

Liz Tillemans
Sales Associate
Melissa Story
Sales Associate
Sales Associate

If you want a Realtor who will provide you with the friendly and professional service you deserve . . . call Melissa! Melissa has been a full time Realtor in Hastings, NE since 2005. Melissa and her husband Adam have two sons and are active in their church, school and the Hastings community.

- Full time Realtor in Hastings, NE since 2005
- Member of the Hastings Community since 1993
- Bachelor of Arts from Hastings College
- Top sales associate numerous times
- Member of the Coldwell Banker International Sterling Society
- Hastings Board of Realtors Officer & Director
- Member of the State and National Association of Realtors

Hillary Watter
Sales Associate
Sales Associate

I have lived in Hastings for over 26 years and am excited to help both sellers and buyers attain their goals. I have always been interested in the housing market and I thrive on helping people and therefore decided to obtain my Real Estate license. As a Realtor, I pride myself on honesty and integrity. Additionally, I hold a genuine interest in my clients and believe in open and constant communication with them. I am a high-energy Realtor and am eagerly awaiting your call so that I can help YOU with your housing needs in and around the Hastings area.

Heidi Prevette
Sales Associate
Sales Associate

I have been a lifelong resident of Hastings, NE. Upon graduation from high school, I earned my cosmetology license and decided Hastings was such a great community that I wanted to begin my career here. I have been a hairstylist for the past 23 years, and I recently was looking for something I could do in conjunction with my current career. I have always enjoyed helping others and have had a genuine interest in the real estate market through the years, making this a perfect fit! I am eager to begin my new career and look forward to helping those looking to buy or sell their home.

My husband Jim works at DuPont Pioneer and we have two children, Josie and Jared. Josie is currently attending UNL and Jared is a Sophomore at St. Cecilia High School. We are members of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church. We love Hastings and can’t imagine raising our family anywhere else!

Mike Bonifas
Office Manager