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Blair Rota

Real Estate Professional

This city and real estate are in Blair’s bones, as he has spent over 40 years here in Kamloops and formed lifelong relationships. Blair started his real estate journey in 2007, and he has been using his people skills, expert knowledge, and open/honest communication to make his clients feel at home ever since. He is a top 5% selling realtor in the residential home selling market and luxury market. In 2020, Blair, along with his now-wife Erin, decided to put their collective 22 years of experience together and start the Arksey Rota Real Estate Group.


Blair loves the city of Kamloops and is passionate about helping it thrive not only in real estate, but in all aspects. When he’s not helping clients, Blair can be found playing golf, hockey, and spending time at home, or on an adventure with Erin and their daughter Charlee. Being a family man and father is something Blair takes pride in, and he feels lucky to be in an industry that allows him room to excel in all areas of his life.

Erin Arksey​

Real Estate Professional

Born in Kamloops, British Columbia, Erin attended Thompson Rivers University and completed a Bachelor of Business Administration. For several years, Erin enjoyed her career as a Mortgage Specialist and carried her Canadian Investment License in a well-known credit union. Working with clients and helping them achieve their financial goals was Erin’s priority. In 2016, she made the change to real estate by becoming a licensed realtor and certified negotiation expert. Erin carries a dynamic plethora of knowledge in all aspects of investments. Her passion for helping others get ahead in life, both physically and financially, is one of the many reasons she is an Icon Award Agent within EXP Realty and has become a widely known and respected name within the Kamloops real estate industry.


While working in real estate in Kamloops, Erin met Blair in 2018, and together, two years later, they decided to start the Arksey Rota Real Estate Group. In January 2021, they welcomed their beautiful daughter, Charlee Jane Rota, to the world. Erin and Blair married each other in September 2022 at one of their favorite local wineries, Monte Creek Winery.


Erin is proud to call the beautiful Sun Rivers community home, having both their office and home in the heart of the community. She loves how versatile Kamloops is and can be found outdoors hiking and walking with her family, enjoying one of the many local restaurants, taking her daughter to the River Trail to feed the ducks, or just visiting with her family and friends who are all residents of the city. Erin has worked hard over the years to create a healthy work/life balance. She is grateful and humbled every day for her family and career in real estate. Real estate is truly a lifestyle she can’t live without.

Melanie Wintjes

Real Estate Professional

Melanie grew up in Williams Lake, BC. Her love for horses, outdoor activities, and adventure flourished within the “country” lifestyle as a teenager. In 2017, she moved to Kamloops to complete a degree in Business Administration, majoring in Finance and minoring in Marketing at Thompson Rivers University. During this time, Melanie also started working as a Real Estate assistant, where she fell in love with the world of Real Estate. She later officially joined the Arksey Rota Real Estate Group in 2020, bringing over 5 years of collective Real Estate experience as both an assistant and an Agent.


Melanie’s drive, passion, and education make her not only beyond capable in her role as an Agent but also an asset to any client she works with. Her approachability and charisma make her an excellent candidate for first-time homebuyers, investors, and young families. In her first two years as a full-time agent, she sold over 60 homes!


Melanie is an advocate of always finding ways to better oneself. As such, she also has a fitness website/blog and podcast where she motivates others to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Zach Hanghofer

Real Estate Professional

The care that Kamloops locals share for one another is only truly understood after living in Kamloops for some time. Zach has been fortunate enough to experience that love from the moment he was born and has committed himself to a career of showing that care to all he comes in contact with. His excitement in conversations regarding real estate and life in general shows how the two go hand-in-hand. Zach is known as a selfless husband to his wife, Marilyn, and his four boys, Boaz, Zion, Abram, and Noah. You will catch him playing sports, enjoying all the outdoor activities Kamloops has to offer, and maybe hanging out in the McDonald’s drive-thru one too many times!


From a young age, Zach has found a passion for Real Estate, buying his first home at the age of 21. Zach is known for his care, honesty, drive, and passion in his Real Estate career, earning him nothing but respect and loyalty from those he has helped. Zach’s generational knowledge in Real Estate has helped his career take off from the very beginning, earning himself awards for his hard work and expertise. Zach’s focus is on building relationships that will last a lifetime, and he is committed to always being a phone call away for anyone who needs him. In an ever-changing market, let Zach’s desire to learn and grow help you maximize your real estate goals today!

Theresa Arksey

Real Estate Professional

A proud Kamloops native with family roots spanning 70 years in the city. After years of working in the customer service industry, Theresa has an abundance of experience working in management or leadership roles, which has given her many skills in all areas including sales, communication and putting the customer first. Staying organized and really listening to her client’s needs are top of mind for Theresa. Theresa has seamlessly transitioned into real estate.


Beyond the world of real estate Theresa finds joy in spending quality time with friends and family. She embraces the serenity of the local rivers, lakes and trails, making everyday an adventure. With her local knowledge she makes your real estate journey become a personalized experience. Theresa not only helps you find a home but also a lifestyle that aligns with the scenic and natural wonders Kamloops has to offer.

Sheldon Walsh

Real Estate Professional

Sheldon’s positive customer-focused approach are winning qualities that clients and the Arksey Rota Real Estate Group have come to appreciate. Having worked in many industries, most notably in retail sales and construction, Sheldon brings a diverse skill set to his role as Realtor®. As a child growing up in Kamloops, Sheldon watched his grandfather build homes and took a keen interest in construction. Over the years, his experiences working in construction and as a sales professional began pointing him in a natural direction toward real estate, and he hasn’t looked back. As a strong negotiator, Sheldon helps his clients navigate the complexity of real estate transactions. With extensive sales training and management experience, he is able to expertly negotiate on behalf of his clients, and his win-win attitude ensures top results.

Sheldon also attributes his focus and competitive drive for results to his early days in hockey. The idea of “playing to win” through strong teamwork is a key strength. “Helping my clients make the most important decision of their life is the most satisfying part of what I do,” notes Sheldon. Helping them reach their financial goals by guiding them through strategic real estate decisions is very rewarding.

Sheldon’s knowledge and insight into residential construction benefits buyers who rely on his sharp eye for detail. With their budget and goals in mind, he offers honest and straightforward advice about building structures which helps buyers avoid potential risks. The many successful relationships Sheldon has built in the industry reflect his ongoing commitment to quality and putting clients first.

Jarrod Semchuk

Real Estate Professional

Jarrod was born and raised in Kamloops, B.C., and is very passionate about our community and its surrounding areas. Growing up in Kamloops afforded Jarrod the luxury of participating in many different sporting activities due in part to the mild Kamloops climate as well as so many easily accessible amenities such as skiing, golfing, and wakeboarding.


Jarrod has played hockey most of his life, first in his early years with Kamloops Minor Hockey Association, then pursuing his passion and playing Junior Hockey. This dedication and competitive spirit to excel is what has translated into a strong work ethic. He was actively involved in many different volunteer programs through various teams he played on, broadening his knowledge on how best to give back to his community.


After hockey, Jarrod decided to return to the city he loves so much and attend Thompson Rivers University for two years, enrolled in the Business Administration program. During this time, he decided to focus solely on attaining his real estate license through UBC Sauder, realizing a passion for the housing market and this industry.


Jarrod is loyal, honest, and committed to forming lasting relationships with anyone he has the fortune of working with. He will customize a plan tailored to each client’s individual needs, making their dreams and goals a reality!

Cassidy Martin

Administration & Marketing Manager

Cassidy was born and raised in Langley, BC, a city about 45 minutes outside of Vancouver. In 2019, after living her whole life in the city, she decided to make Kamloops her permanent home while she attended Thompson Rivers University. In 2022, Cassidy graduated with a Communications degree, majoring in Public Relations/Marketing and minoring in English.


Cassidy’s education led her to find a passion for promoting businesses and aiding people in creating engaging and well-rounded marketing content. And her outgoing, bubbly personality led her to work closely with others in a relationship-driven industry. Her advanced technical writing skills allow her to move seamlessly between administrative work and marketing management for the entire Arksey Rota team.


Staying in Kamloops was a no-brainer for Cassidy, as she loves that it has all seasons and endless activities for each of them. It’s the perfect distance from the coast (where her family still lives), and has just enough good shopping to keep her satisfied.