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Jack Chivers

Associate Broker

Phone (218) 847-3112

Cell (218) 841-7624


Jack Chivers was born and raised in western Pennsylvania in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. Before coming to Detroit Lakes in 1966 he served the Navy to see the world (actually graduating from high school in Kenitra, Morocco.) He is the most experienced real estate broker in the area.

Lisa Jasken Peterson

Sales Agent

Phone (218) 847-3112

Cell (218) 841-8211


Year after year, Lisa has been a top producing lakes area real estate agent, earning her LCAR’s 2015 Realtor of the Year Award. A native to the area, she has spent over 20 years designing, building and selling homes. Her construction background, coupled with her love and knowledge of the lakes, are essential assets for matching clients with their dream property.

Paula Okeson

Sales Agent

Phone (218) 847-3112

Cell (218) 234-9726


Paula has over 40 years of lakes area and community knowledge. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from Moorhead State University. She loves the beauty of the Lakes Area and enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion of the community with the clients she serves.

Jennifer Maxwell

Sales Agent, ABR

Phone (218) 847-3112

Cell (218) 849-5144


Before relocating to Detroit Lakes in 2009 Jennifer worked in the Real Estate industry for 8 years and was a top producing agent in the Las Vegas market. Jennifer has sold very unique property types for a variety of different clients. She is an Accredited Buyer’s Representative and received the ABR designation for highest client services.

Marlys Ailie

Sales Agent

Phone (218) 847-3112

Cell (218) 234-7613


Marlys Ailie is a Detroit Lakes native and knows the lakes. With a background in lending, sales and over 20 years working in the real estate industry she adds great value to our group of experts. She is a hard working professional, great listener and dedicated to fulfill her client’s needs.

Blake Olson

Sales Agent

Phone (218) 847-3112

Cell (218) 849-9758


Blake is a native of Western Minnesota, where he grew up on the family farm. He graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Political Science. When Blake first visited the lakes area, he instantly became charmed and enamored with Lake Life! His experience in sales, interest in law and customer service has led Blake to a career in Real Estate.

Terri Usher

Sales Agent

Phone (218) 844-2525

Cell (218) 849-2242


Terri moved to Minnesota with her family in 1998 to enjoy lakes country and lake living. Over the past decades she became a local expert in and around Ottertail and Becker County. Terri has 21 years of experience in Banking and 11 years in Real Estate Sales. During her time working in both industries she served clients of all types of real properties ...

Jason Witzke

Sales Agent

Phone (218) 847-3112

Cell (218) 234-1904


Jason is a full time real estate sales agent, managing the Perham JCR office servicing sellers and buyers with all types of real property. Before joining our group Jason has worked more than 15 years in the real estate industry including mortgage lending, property investments and sales. He is a local expert and has lived in the area his entire life.

Steve Wilson

Sales Agent

Phone (218) 847-3112

Cell (701) 793-7886


Steve is a ND native and has been an outside sales territory manager in SE North Dakota and WC Minnesota for the last 35 years. He enjoyed family lake life since childhood in the Walker area before finding his own on Big Pine Lake in Perham nearly 2 decades ago. Steve’s success in sales derives from his focus on customer relationships, attention to detail and his service approach.

Paula Trom

Sales Agent

Phone (218) 847-3112

Cell (218) 850-2880


Paula has lived in the Detroit Lakes area for over 20 years after growing up in a farming community outside of Fargo and spending her summers 'at the lake'. She is a NDSU alumni with a PR and communications degree and has 25 years of marketing and sales experience. Paula's background ensures to deliver exceptional customer service.

Dirk Ockhardt

Broker, President

Phone (218) 847-3112

Cell (701) 200-3458


Dirk was born and raised in Germany and re-located to Fargo in 2009. His sales, business and legal background led him into the real estate business. Today he is owner of Jack Chivers Realty and serves the platform as its managing broker. He uses his experience in marketing and sales to continue the success story of Jack Chivers Realty in the future.

Michelle Bjerke

Office Manager

Phone (218) 847-3112


Michelle is our office manager and supports all agents from our Detroit Lakes main office. She holds a key position in our group and is responsible for everything behind the scenes that the agents can serve our clients best. Her personality, motivation and 10 years of experience in office management make her a great asset to our company.

Aubrey Roberts

Marketing Assistant

Phone (218) 847-3112

Fax (218) 847-5242


Aubrey grew up in Lakes Country and graduated with a degree in Business and Marketing from MState in Detroit Lakes. She joined our group in 2015 to grow the marketing department and has taken a lead role in our social media advertisement efforts, the production of all ad campaigns including print, radio and TV as well as our professional photographer.

Real Estate Marketing since 1966

The year was 1966, the scene, the "National Snowmobiling Championships - Detroit Lakes", the end of day one of racing. On the sidelines sat young Jack Chivers, one could not have missed him at six foot seven and 250 lbs but they may have missed what he was thinking. Basically a change of his life plans was taking place that very moment inside his head. Before that moment, Jack Chivers - by the way you pronounce the 'CH' and then it rhymes with 'rivers' but is not 'Shivers' - got that? -- had already fallen in love with Detroit Lakes and knew he would stay in the area.

But Jack had visions of snowmobiling and ice fishing all winter and selling real estate in the summer. Now, sitting there, with his banged up body, sore from a day of hard racing, he thought, "I am going to sell real estate full time."

That is exactly what Jack did and Calhoun Realty, based out of Minneapolis, hired young Jack and for the next 13 years he dominated their sales team by being the top salesperson for 12 out of 13 years. Impressive in a four or five person office but this one had 200 sales agents. Extraordinary.

In 1985 Jack started his own real estate firm in Detroit Lakes, MN - Jack Chivers Realty. Today, it is not surprising that Jack Chivers is considered an 'institution' and his platform a consistent dominating leader in selling real estate. Numbers don't lie and Jack Chivers Realty on average performs double the sales of his closest competitors. Jack and his team serve with excellence and integrity and are the market leader in client satisfaction. ■


Jack Chivers has dominated the lakes area real estate market since 1966 - handling the sale of hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate. Today as the regions premier agency we have sold more Minnesota lake homes, investment properties and commercial properties than any other real estate agency in the Detroit Lakes area.

At Jack Chivers Realty you will find a staff of locally experienced and highly productive agents all poised to serve any and all of your real estate needs. When it comes to premier Minnesota real estate, if it’s not listed with Jack Chivers Realty... is it really for sale?


Jack Chivers Realty
Detroit Lakes, LLC

1110 Highway 59 South
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Office (218) 847-3112
Fax (218) 847-5242