In February 2021, Josh became the Managing Broker of Vanguard Properties in Saint Helena. Josh is working closely with Vanguard leadership to open the company’s 15th office in Northern California, and first office in Napa Valley – providing the region with a boutique, luxury real estate service. Equipped with his extensive experience in real estate sales and marketing, Josh will be able to further grow Vanguard Properties’ reach in Northern California to another highly desirable landscape.
Raised in Connecticut, Josh ventured west to the Silicon Valley after high school to attend Santa Clara University. Armed with a BS in Economics, and a keen interest in real estate, Josh launched his career in commercial real estate brokerage in Palo Alto in 2000. After two years in the brokerage business, a client hired him to help develop, build and sell 160 condominiums at The Boulders in Truckee, California. At The Boulders, Josh further honed his knowledge of construction, marketing and sales, and ultimately founded Boulders Realty to act as Broker of Record for the project.
During this period, Josh met his future life partner, Erin, and they married in 2007. With Josh’s background in real estate and Erin’s in marketing, they formed a strong team that appealed to the owners of Calistoga Ranch, and in 2008 they were hired as Director of Real Estate and Marketing Director, respectively. Six years later, with 140 fractional memberships and six residences sold, the real estate offering at Calistoga Ranch was complete, and Josh began applying his experience accrued over 13 years as Broker Associate at Coldwell Banker.
After 7 years at Coldwell Banker and over 20 years of experience in real estate sales, marketing, development and customer service, Josh was consistently recognized as a top performer, closing over $400MM in sales to date. In addition to representing clients on in-town and country estate properties, Josh was retained by Four Seasons Napa Valley as the exclusive listing agent to sell all 20 Four Seasons branded residences. Sales were brisk and the project was sold at record pricing with the completion and closing of all 20 residences ($90MM in sales) scheduled to close in 2021.
One of Josh’s passions is meeting new people. Inquisitive by nature, his demeanor is both analytical and approachable which, along with a strong work ethic, enables Josh to strike the perfect match between the clients and their dream properties. Josh has a deep love for Napa Valley, not just as a tourist destination, but as a warm, inclusive place to raise a family. Erin and Josh now have two young children, and are permanently settled in St. Helena where they are raising their family. When Josh isn’t working or being a Dad, you might find him on a surfboard, a snowboard, or a bike.
Erin was raised in Colorado and attended the University of Kansas, earning a BS in Journalism. Upon graduation, she set her sights on the west coast and moved to San Francisco where she worked in media buying for J. Walter Thompson. Having grown up in the mountains, Erin was drawn to the Lake Tahoe area where she worked as a leasing agent for the Village at Northstar. She went on to become the Marketing Manager for the Hyatt at Northstar, and during that time met her future husband, Josh Dempsey. In her position as Director of Marketing at Calistoga Ranch, one of the Napa Valley’s most exclusive resorts, Erin managed the PR, print and online advertising, website, client outreach programs, photo and video shoots and direct mail efforts. With such an extensive background in real estate marketing, she brings a unique perspective to JD Napa Valley and a keen eye to marketing initiatives effective in selling your property.