Name: Jessica Payne


Title: REALTOR®, Real Estate Broker, CNS (Certified Negotiation Specialist), SFR (Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certified)

Business: Coldwell Banker Professional Group Real Estate

Location: Newberg

City you live in: McMinnville

First Job: Video Arcade Clerk

Dream Job: Living it and working it!

Favorite Happy Hour/Tasting Room/Bar in the Valley: Fox Farm Vineyards and Witness Tree Vineyard

Best Restaurant in the Valley: Walnut City Kitchen and the Horse Radish . . . and Crescent Café

Finish this sentence…”I know this makes me sound old but…” The fact that I can’t think of anything makes me sound old enough.

The worst movie I have ever seen is…Vanilla Sky

Advice for my high-school self: Slow down; don’t be in a hurry to grow up.

Group/organization/demographic you are most driven to help: In business? First-time buyers and sellers and those facing hardships. Personally? Youth! Specifically children and youth in foster care.

When I have a day off I… TRAVEL! Go on an adventure.

When I have an out-of-town visitor, the top 3 things they should do in Yamhill Valley are…

Go geocaching, an adventure that’ll take you everywhere you’d want to see anything. Visit the Evergreen Museum to see the Spruce Goose. If it’s the season, go pick fruit at any one of the many you-pick farms that offer blueberries, cherries, apples, strawberries, peaches, raspberries, blackberries, tomatoes, squash, etc.

Yamhill Valley really needs… Better funded schools. More active and involved generation x & yers.

I am also a professional volunteer. In the past I’ve volunteered in McMinnville schools as a S.M.A.R.T. Reader, library helper and post high school mentor. The Oregon Judicial Department’s Citizen Review Board (CRB) is personally, most dear to my heart. The CRB review cases of children in DHS foster care and brings a community perspective to the foster care system.

Jessica Payne is clearly an incredible Young Pro!  She is active, passionate, and totally locally-minded.  Her volunteerism inspires me and raises the standard for all of us.  Jessica works very hard and was a BOSS as the president for Yamhill County Association of REALTORS®.  She is positive and energetic, and makes balancing a young pros life of work, family, networking, and volunteering look effortless.  We should all strive to be a bit more like Jessica Payne.