Tjark is excited to be part of The Vineyard Life team as a Broker/REALTOR®. As a life-long Vineyard summer resident, he moved to the Island full-time ten years ago. He has been involved in real estate, first as an agent, then broker and eventually as a Managing Broker since 2009. His professional background focuses on the sales, marketing, and advertising industry.
Tjark began his career in New York City working in the computer graphics industry managing the production services for the metro New York City region, and eventually the entire country. It was this point that he realized his love of the small town lifestyle.
This led to a move to Vermont where he founded an advertising agency, which he ran for 15 years. His entrepreneurial urge led him to launch Vermont Recreation Magazine, a statewide publication focusing on sports and fitness. It was during this endeavor that the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST), a 45,000-member non-profit recreation association, tapped him to manage their communication/public relation’s efforts. Who would pass up the opportunity to spend days in the Vermont countryside riding snowmobiles and enjoying the scenery?
In 2006, he joined the Vermont State Chamber of Commerce as Director of Communications where he provided marketing, web and communications leadership for the state organization and its partner organizations – The Vermont Hospitality Council, Vermont Attractions Association, Vermont Business Expo and Vermont Farms Association.
Shortly after moving to the Island in 2009, he started Homes on Martha’s Vineyard (HMV), a full-service real estate sales and vacation rental agency. While managing HMV for 8 years, he developed a keen understanding of the MV real estate market, which he uses today to assist his client’s find and sell properties.
When his agency partner moved off the Island, he was able to explore other opportunities within real estate, which led to him to Janet Scott. She had just opened The Vineyard Life, an agency that approaches real estate in a different manner from traditional agencies. The company focuses on the reason why people come and decide to live on the Vineyard, and real estate is one of the reasons. While everyone has their own reason for coming to the Island, they all have one thing in common, their love of the Vineyard Life.
The Vineyard Life has teamed with eXp Realty, which is the first cloud-based real estate brokerage, and is the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America and the first and only real estate brokerage to operate as one company-owned brokerage in all 50 U.S. states. The Vineyard Life utilizes the power of a national organization while offering our clients local personalized service.
When not helping people with their real estate needs, he enjoys working on the never-ending renovation of his 1840 farmhouse in Katama. He is an avid skier, tennis player and somewhat of a computer nerd. He also gets into trouble by watching too much HGTV. Tjark lives on Herring Creek Farm in Katama with his wife, 3 children, 4 cats, 1 dog, 2 horses and 6 barn cats.