Team

Melissa Kandel is the founder and CEO of little word studio. She is also the acting chief marketing officer for Earnnest, a digital platform for the electronic transfer of funds from homebuyer to escrow holder. A native of New York, Melissa now lives in Newport Beach, Calif. Melissa wrote her first story at the age of nine, (something about evil witches and shoelaces), and has been writing ever since, earning a B.A. from Columbia University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. Prior to launching little word studio, she served as global director of PR, communications and digital media for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. Before Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, she was contributing editor for REALTORĀ® Magazine, the publication for the largest trade association in America. Melissa frequently contributes articles to Forbes as a member of the Forbes Communications Council, an invite-only community of senior-level communications executives. Her writing has appeared on the cover of REAL ESTATE magazine, Inc., Fast Company and in monthly contributions to mPower magazine, a women’s leadership publication. In 2019, she was named by Z Publishing as one of “California’s Emerging Writers” and selected as a member of the Female Founder Collective, an exclusive network of successful women entrepreneurs launched by Rebecca Minkoff, Polina Veksler and Alexandra Waldman. When not writing, you can find Melissa hanging out on the beach and playing with her crooked-eared little dog, Austin.

For clients seeking web design, we’ve partnered with Southern California-based web design agency, Fina Marketing, founded by Alexa Wicklas, MBA. Her design-focused company businesses large and small get noticed with a beautifully designed WordPress website. Alexa’s background as a fashion designer imbues her sites with a sense of aesthetic elegance, and her ability to integrate MLS data allows for real estate clients to showcase properties to buyers and consumers worldwide.

For clients focused on strategic business growth, (A.K.A. everyone), we’ve partnered with Debbie Gallant Real Estate LLC to provide inspiration, motivation and insight into new business-building approaches, as created by Gallant Real Estate’s Debbie Gallant, a respected leader in the real estate industry, and proven sales mastermind. Debbie offers lively, engaging training on a variety of topics, including: real estate, leadership and sales. To view a list of her services, click here.

For clients in need of a robust web strategy (international expansion, domain consolidation, marketing automation integration); UX and conversion rate optimization (wireframes, prototypes, behavior flows); SEO strategy; and web performance analysis, we’ve partnered with veteran digital strategist Jessica Hennessey. Over the last 20 years, Jessica has worked with brands such as Texas Instruments, Rapid7, Ipswitch, Steiff USA, and Lexia Learning in the areas of web design and development, usability, digital marketing, and business analysis. Using data to bridge the gap between technical needs and functional requirements, she develops results-oriented digital strategies that create positive ROI.

For clients looking for high-quality photography, Edgar Reyes brings experience, a keen sense for detail and a creative eye. His work has appeared on ABC 7 and he has photographed for the Academy Awards, the Dodgers and Ford. View a selection of his work on Instagram, @er1251.

Austin is the little word studio office dog, a rescue terrier from Southern California. He enjoys barking loudly during conference calls, hiding bones in weird places, (under the shower mat, really?) and chasing the cats of 25th Street. Ask him about his lopsided ears, he’s all … ears.