Meet the Team


Brendan Moran

Broker Owner
DRE#01893322
brendan@the5starteam.com
925 – 318 – 1418

Brendan lives in Walnut Creek with his wife Renee and three children. He’s a licensed real estate broker and investor and he represents buyers and sellers with the highest standard of excellence. Brendan is an active member of the Contra Costa Association of Realtors and the community. He’s a commissioner with the city of Walnut Creek and he also hosts the award winning news magazine show ‘Creek Currents’ for Walnut Creek TV.

Renee DeWeese Moran

Realtor, Director of Marketing
DRE#01968879
renee@the5starteam.com
925 – 395 – 1063

Renee is a licensed Realtor, local business owner and mom of three. She grew up in Moraga and now lives in Walnut Creek with her husband Brendan and their family. When Renee isn’t selling homes, she’s a choreographer, teaching artist and co-owner of Performing Academy, a leading performing arts training program for children with locations throughout the Bay Area.


Sam Benson

Broker Associate | DRE Broker #01060121
benson1975@gmail.com
925 – 708 – 1899

Sam Benson’s expertise as a real estate broker, residential developer, and investor gives him a unique and comprehensive understanding of the entire process. Buyers, sellers, and investors depend on his blend of knowledge, creativity, and experience.  He provides the depth and diversity of information you will need to make intelligent decisions in today’s real estate markets. Sam’s background and history in real estate are well documented and respected.  Combining all the latest technology as well as understanding the importance of quality communication.  

Sam served as a past board member of local charities benefiting at-risk children. Sam also volunteered as a grant writer/team member for Contra Costa Humane Society, helping to secure a $50,000 award from an Animal Rescue organization helping displaced dogs and cats during the housing crisis of 2008-2010.
 
Sam currently serves on the Rio Vista Public Oversight Commission and volunteers at the Rio Vista Police Department. You can also find Sam rolling Bocce balls at his home courts in Trilogy Rio Vista.
 
Designations:
California State Residential Care Facility
Administrator’s License #555578974U 2004-2006

SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist)
CDPE (Certified Distressed Property educated)
MIRM (Member of the Institute of Residential Marketing)

Ruby Lopez

Realtor | DRE#02110441
ruby@the5starteam.com
ruby@rubylopezhomes.com
925 – 247 – 8155

You may recognize Ruby Lopez from the jumbotron at Oracle Arena where she spent 11 years as the In-Game Host and “Hype Girl” for the Golden State Warriors. Ruby is now the in-game host of the Oakland Athletics where she also emcees community events for local youth. Ruby is the host of an award winning TV show for the City of Walnut Creek alongside fellow co-host Broker/Owner Brendan! Ruby has served as the Marketing Director for the Livermore Downtown Association and as a TV Producer for Tri-Valley Television producing local content including “The Real Estate Show” for the Bay East Association of Realtors.

Ruby was born and raised in the East Bay and has lived in Livermore for the past 24 years. Her commitment to the community is deeply rooted in her upbringing. Ruby personally donates a portion of each transaction closed to local schools and community nonprofits. 


Karla Morales De Leon

Realtor | DRE#02012356
karla@the5starteam.com
925 – 979 – 8682

Inspired by her father’s successful sales career, Karla obtained her Real Estate license right out of High School and committed to launching her real estate business. Whether she is helping clients or growing her business, Karla embodies the values of discipline, commitment, and leadership. She currently serves the cities of Martinez, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek.
 During her first year as a Realtor, Karla was awarded the Runner-up Rookie of the year Award by  her previous brokerage. 

Juan Carlos Morales

Realtor | DRE#02067126
jcmoralesre@gmail.com
925 – 324 – 9986

Juan Carlos is God and family oriented. He’s been married to his soulmate, Eleonora, for 24 years, and is a father of two beautiful girls. Being so family oriented, Juan Carlos understands how important it is to find a place our clients can call home.  He and his family moved from Southern California where he worked as a Team coordinator for Real Estate Brokers, and is now real estate licensed and thrilled to be working in the Bay Area, as he now resides in Concord. Juan Carlos is native to Guatemala and is bilingual. In his spare time, Juan Carlos loves to play the acoustic guitar. 


Liana Madnick

Transaction Coordinator | DRE#01896003
liana@blueprintTC.com
925 – 399 – 8088

A San Francisco native now lives in Livermore, CA with her husband, two young boys, and two dogs. When she is not working she likes spending time with her family, baking, traveling, and enjoying all that the Bay Area has to offer. Liana has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco in Organizational Behavior and earned her Real Estate license in 2011. Preferring the operations side of the industry, she has been working as a Transaction Coordinator for most of her Real Estate career. In 2014, Liana started her own business, Blueprint Transactions, which has partnered up with 5 Star Real Estate to take care of their transaction coordination needs.