(l. to r.) Mara Benson (Bliss), Sherri Friend (Oakwood), Valliere Jones (Bliss), Lisa Fischer (Bliss), Linda Pace (Bliss) and the team of Bridget Valenciano at Summit Funding

Induction the latest in a series of awards honoring Bliss’ civic and professional accomplishments

GILBERT, Ariz. (Nov. 1, 2018) — Few people embody the U.S. Air Force motto to “Aim High” as well as George Bliss, one of 28 Arizona veterans inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Bliss, who served in the Air Force for 10 years, was chosen not only for honorably serving his country, but also continuing to serve and inspire his fellow American citizens with civic deeds and accomplishment outside his military service.

Earlier this year, Bliss received the 2018 Dr. Clifford Harris Oakwood Dignifies Award for his 10 years of support of Oakwood Creative Care, including serving on its board of directors. His service to Oakwood was one of many reasons Bliss was selected as the Mesa Chamber of Commerce 2014 Volunteer of the Year.

“George believes true success is about more than growing his real estate portfolio, and devotes countless hours each year to charitable causes that make Arizona a better place to live,” said Mara Benson, co-owner of Bliss Realty & Investments, which Bliss founded in 1995. “His involvement with the Mesa Chamber, Mesa Public Safety Foundation Board, Banner Baywood Foundation Board and Mesa HoHoKams inspires the entire Bliss team to be more actively engaged in the community.”

Likewise, Bliss sets a high bar for professional development and contributions to the real estate industry, including his past involvement in the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Commercial MLS Committee, Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors’ (SEVRAR) Board of Directors and Commercial Section Chair, Arizona Association of Realtors (ARA) and International Council of Shopping Centers.

“George has left an indelible mark on the Arizona real estate industry, as shown by his 2015 and 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year awards from the Women’s Council of Realtors,” said Joan Krueger, director of Bliss’ commercial real estate division. “Thanks to his example and encouragement, several Bliss agents, including me, have pursued leadership roles in ARA, NAR and SEVRAR.”

Bliss also led his company in earning Mesa Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Small Business of the Year award.



Bliss’ local expertise and relationships assist Potato Barn in acquiring property for $7.4 million, 100,000-square foot headquarters

MESA, Ariz. (Sept. 24, 2018) — With East Valley Partnership estimating 17,000 new jobs coming to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport by 2028, commercial real estate in the area is booming. Having helped several businesses acquire property in this burgeoning location, Bliss Realty & Investments has the expertise and relationships to broker optimal deals for businesses looking to build there.

Most recently, the Gilbert-based full-service real estate brokerage represented The Potato Barn-Unique Home Furnishings in acquiring 8.4 acres for its 100,000-square-foot headquarters and warehouse at 7316 E. Ray Rd. in Mesa. Additionally, the Bliss brokerage team currently represents two other buyers planning construction of new buildings on properties in the area in the near future.

“The team members at Bliss Realty & Investments assisted in every step of the Potato Barn acquisition process and made the transaction seamless,” said David Hrizak, president of Streamline Development, LLC. “The experience was so good that we have entered into a contract for another site that is being brokered by Bliss Realty.”

“Phoenix-Mesa Gateway is a strategic location for businesses wanting to capitalize on the growth coming its way,” said Joan Krueger, who leads the Bliss commercial division. “Because Bliss Realty & Investments has worked extensively with both Phoenix-Mesa Gateway and the City of Mesa, we’re primed to assist companies in finding the location that perfectly meets their needs.”

Krueger, who served as a member of the Gilbert Town Council for four years as well as on the Gilbert Planning Commission, frequently draws on her experience with the civic side of commercial real estate transactions when negotiating for Bliss clients. 

“The area around Gateway has become a destination location not only for citizens from around the region, but for businesses as well. Investment in the area has led to tremendous opportunities for businesses to grow and prosper, and Bliss’ extensive knowledge of local zoning ordinances and local issues proves invaluable in taking advantage of those opportunities,” says Kevin Thompson, Mesa City Councilmember representing District 6, which includes the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway area. “Joan’s background and knowledge proves invaluable as she anticipates and addresses challenges before they arise.”


The Arizona School of Real Estate & Business interviewed George Bliss and Joan Krueger about commercial investors.


Although buying a home is one of the most important purchases people make in life, it can also be one of the most stressful. Whether they are buying their first home or are looking to downsize, buyers working with Bliss Realty & Investments’ Stephanie Bishop know she will guide them every step of the way.

“I love helping people reach their dreams of home ownership,” she says. “For some, it happens early in life and for others it happens much later, but regardless of where my clients are in their lives, giving them the keys to their dream home is one of the greatest feelings.”

A former teacher, Stephanie applies those skills to educating her clients about what is happening and why throughout every part of their transaction. “My passion to help people and my love of learning brought me to where I am now,” she says. “I understand what a big decision buying or selling a home can be, and I am always available to offer personal, one-on-one help. It is free to ask questions, and you will never bother me!”

Stephanie graduated from the Arizona School of Real Estate and Business and is a member of the National Association of Realtors® and the Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors. Her clients appreciate her extensive knowledge of the Southeast Valley, Phoenix area and Pinal County that comes from living in the area for 17 years.

When not making her clients’ dreams come true, Stephanie enjoys hiking, interior decorating and crafting as well as spending time with her family and dog.

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Forty-five members of Oakwood Creative Care in Mesa started off the holidays with a sweet treat when Bliss Realty and Investments and Summit Funding stopped by to serve pie and apple cider last week.

Although Bliss has supported Oakwood for years—George Bliss serves on the board of directors, Mara Benson is an Oakwood Angel and the entire team helps raise funds and awareness throughout the year—it was the first time the team has visited the organization’s Red Mountain club to volunteer.

“Summit Funding was looking for a service project and reached out to our brokerage; it was our first event serving together, and was a huge success,” says Mara, Bliss’ co-owner and director of the residential division. “Putting smiles on everyone’s faces was so rewarding, and we’re already excited to do it again next year.”

An adult day care provider, Oakwood offers a variety of programs and therapies focused on treating the mind, body and spirit. Members spending the day there had their choice of apple, pecan and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.Bliss’ holiday service isn’t finished—the team is volunteering at Heggs Auto’s Third Annual Hellcats and Angels charity golf tournament to raise money to help Oakwood continue to provide research-based, cutting edge, person-directed care that allows its members to remain at home with their families while remaining engaged with purpose and meaning.