Meet the Team

REALTOR DRE #02018249

Phone: 831-261-6468



Real estate has always been my passion, and the beautiful Central Coast has been my home for nearly 20 years.

As a realtor, I enjoy helping people find their dream home, get the most value from selling their existing home, and connecting investors with properties that complement their portfolio.

Your satisfaction is my number one goal. I do my best to earn your trust with exceptional results, and I work hard to make the process enjoyable and expedient.

With a sales and customer service career spanning more than 25 years, I’m adept at finding and assessing opportunities, negotiating the most advantageous deals possible on behalf of my clients, managing service providers to deliver, and proactively communicating throughout the process.

My experience serving on the Planning Commission for the City of Salinas gives me a deep understanding of local development and land use complexities, such as water restrictions, zoning issues and the challenging regulatory environment in Monterey County.

Through my professional work, as well as volunteer service for Rotary, Salinas Valley Half Marathon, YMCA, Chamber of Commerce and other nonprofit organizations, I’m well connected and know our community.

I am an avid cyclist and a member of the Don Chapin Monterey Bay Racing Team. I live in Salinas with my wife, Karen Nardozza. We have two rescue dogs who we enjoy taking on hikes in Ft. Ord and Garland Park. And we have a rescue parrot, Haley, a yellow naped amazon who is nearly 30 years old and may live to be in his 60s or more.

REALTOR DRE #02026191

Phone: 831-917-4707



Real estate has always been a passion of mine. My family owns and manages several properties in Monterey County. As a 3rd generation Monterey resident, I have had the privilege of growing up in one of the most beautiful and sought after areas in California. From a young age, I was exposed to the type of dedication and work ethic required be successful. My experience in fine dining while working at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club has given me valuable knowledge in customer service, which transcends into real estate. My goal is to bring satisfaction to each of my clients, while making the process stress free and enjoyable. In my free time I enjoy golfing, working out, exploring the outdoors, attending sporting events, and spending time with family and friends.

REALTOR DRE #01990205

Phone: 831-595-9242

Nicole Ushakoff


Nicole Ushakoff is a native of the Monterey Peninsula and has been working in the Real Estate industry since 2002. She first started her career in the industry with Stewart Title in Sales and Marketing covering the Salinas Valley, South County as well as the Monterey Peninsula. After the change in the Real Estate Market in 2006, Nicole decided to fill a much needed niche within the industry and started an independent Transaction Management company geared towards providing contract management and escrow coordination to the local real estate brokerages and agents. She established the very successful Vista Marketing and Coordination Services in 2006 and due to her strong work ethic, people skills and attention to detail she brought the company from a few agent clients to over 250 agent clients and coordinated over 5000 real estate transactions.

In March of 2015, Nicole decided to sell her company and work as an in-house transaction coordinator for a local real estate team in the area while reinstating her studies to pursue and take her years of experience into the Real Estate Sales side of the business. Nicole became a full-time realtor in April of 2017 and has not looked back. She earned the ‘2017 Rookie of the Year’ award from Keller Williams Coastal Estates as well as the 2017 Monterey Herald Readers’ Choice Winner for ‘Best New Real Estate Agent in Monterey County.’ In 2018 the Monterey Herald awarded her the Readers’ Choice Winner for ‘First Runner Up Best Realtor-Monterey Peninsula.’

Nicole is married and a mother of three children. She enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering her time with various local community organizations including PacRep Theater in Carmel, where her daughters frequently perform, as well as her son’s baseball leagues and the Crohn’s & Colitis foundation to help with funding for cure research for her son and others who suffer with autoimmune diseases.

Nicole believes the most rewarding part of her job is to help her clients achieve their real estate goals. Whether it's the dreams of home ownership, selling to move closer to family, becoming a first-time investor or finding that perfect vacation home, she guides her clients every step of the way

REALTOR DRE #01389092

Phone: 831-392-6993

Zach Goldman


As a lifelong native of the Monterey Peninsula, my understanding and appreciation of the micro-economics, communities, and climates is vast. As a perpetual student of my craft, the extent of my knowledge is boundless. As a competitor, my fight is fierce and tireless. As a friend, my loyalty is endless. As a husband and father, my compassion is unconditional and negotiating skills are finely tuned.

As my client, YOU win!

REALTOR DRE# 02026513

Phone: 831-277-5755


Business Manager

I love being the right arm of the Ruiz Group! With over 30 years of office management experience in a variety of industries, my current role spans marketing and property showings, to keeping the office running smoothly and managing our financial strength. I pride myself on providing the highest level of customer service to our diverse set of clients.

My husband is a licensed contractor and many weekends are spent working together on our home in Monterey. I love spending time with my family, gardening and walking on the beach.

Phone: 408.234.1354
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Transaction Coordinator

As a former Realtor and previous senior escrow officer, Jessica brings experience from all aspects of the real estate process to serve you. Jessica prioritizes giving critical information to her clients, helping them make informed and educated decisions throughout any real estate transaction.

With more than 15 years of experience as an escrow officer, Jessica has an eye for detail and understands all facets of the real estate process. She is punctual, prompt and always readily accessible to her clients as she seamlessly guides them through each transaction. Jessica’s core values revolve around honesty, hard work and sincere dedication which is what allows her and her clientele to achieve their goals together.