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Meet the Helsel Team

James L. Helsel, Jr., Realtor®, President


James (Jim) Helsel has been in the real estate profession since 1975. He affiliated with Helsel Inc. upon graduating from Lycoming College in 1975 with a Bachelor of Art degree in Business Administration. His primary focus has been commercial/industrial sales and leasing although he continues to be involved in property management and real estate investment analysis with counseling as an adjunct to his efforts. Jim is a past president of the Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors®, the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® and was Treasurer of the National Association of Realtors® from 2008 to 2010. He was awarded the Certified Property Manager of the Year award by the Delaware Valley Chapter of IREM. In 2017 he will serve as President-elect of the Delaware Valley Chapter and will serve on the Executive Committee and Governing Council of IREM National.

Jim was named Realtor® of the Year by the Greater Harrisburg (1985) and Pennsylvania (2001) Association of Realtors® and received the Distinguished Service Award by the same two groups. Jim has taught thousands of Realtors® across Pennsylvania courses leading to their GRI designation. He co-authors Modern Real Estate Practice in Pennsylvania – the most used book for pre-licensing courses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Jim is active in his community, serving on the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority Board (SARAA), as a Trustee of the Cornwall Manor Foundation Trust, as a member of the Government Affairs Committee of the Harrisburg Area Regional Chamber of Commerce, and with the United Way of the Capital Region.

J. Michael “Mike” Helsel

Realtor®, Vice President

Mike, a fourth generation Realtor®, graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2008 with a degree in Business  Administration / Entrepreneurship. During his senior year Mike obtained his Pennsylvania real estate license, beginning his career with the company. After graduation Mike began working through Enterprise Rent-a-Car’s management training program, which concluded after managing a number of locations in the Harrisburg area. While working for Enterprise, Mike began listing, selling and obtaining referrals and has ranked #2 in sales for Helsel Inc. over the past two years. Currently Mike works for Enterprise Fleet Management, a sister company to Enterprise, in outside sales. In 2011 Mike was named Vice President of Helsel Inc., which sees his “hustle” helping to lead the future of Helsel Inc.

Carl A. Ferhenbach, Realtor®

CRB, Pennsylvania Certified General Appraiser

Carl Fehrenbach joined Helsel, Inc. Realtors® in 1991 as a Staff Appraiser under James L. Helsel, Sr. Now in his 21st year with the company, Carl brings significant knowledge and experience to the team and has appraised hundreds of commercial and residential properties for a multitude of private and institutional owners throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition to being an appraiser, Carl is a real estate broker, enabling him to understand a transaction related to an property being appraised from the perspective of a client.

Mr. Pete A. Paturzo, Realtor®

Pete Paturzo joined the Company in 2004. His experience is in developing retail stores – primarily grocery and drug stores – is well known. He has extensive experience in real estate having been licensed since 1972. A native of Central Pennsylvania, Pete is well known in the area for his real estate knowledge and for his ability to “see” a site as a finished product. If site selection is in your future, Pete can help.

Mr. Ray Rizzilli, Realtor®

Ray Razzilli earned his real estate license in 1998. After several years of working in the real estate industry he took a hiatus and turned to other interests for a number of years. Ray recently returned to the real estate profession, bringing with him extensive knowledge in residential sales, foreclosures and land acquisition. We are pleased to have Mr. Rizzilli back and a part of the Helsel, Inc. team.

Jill D. Helsel 

Director of Marketing

A 2001 graduate of Lebanon Valley College with a degree in English/Communications, Ms. Helsel has worked for the United Way of the Capital Region, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and the Pennsylvania Banker’s Association always with a focus on marketing and communications. Jill helps direct the Company’s marketing efforts including but not limited to its social media efforts and overall branding.

Kathy Pillion

Property Management Bookkeeping

Ms. Pillion handles the company’s property management bookkeeping duties which include budgeting, billing, and general bookkeeping with regard to all properties handled by Helsel, Inc., Realtors®. Her extensive knowledge of leasing activity and property maintenance makes her an  excellent addition to the Helsel, Inc. team.

Carol Weinrich Helsel

Web Content Editor

Ms. Weinrich Helsel has an extensive background in marketing, public relations and communications honed during her 22 years at the National Association of Realtors®. She uses these skills to help tailor the Helsel, Inc. communications to meet the needs of our clients and customers. Carol's continuing experience with international real estate helps give our company insight into the global real estate market and its impact on local sales and services.