James Marszalek, Owner (Commander)

I'm an Army veteran turned Real Estate Agent; I served 7 years as a Long Range Recon Specialist, and deployed to the sandy deserts of Iraq. My experiences in the military shaped a lot of who I am today. I believe in honor, respect, and transparent honesty. Aside from the military, I have experience as an IT professional, a home re-modeler, a commercial truck driver, and a business owner. 
I moved to Washington in 1990 from St, Paul, MN, where I was born. Since then, I've lived in Tacoma, University Place, Kent, Renton, and Spokane. I've traveled all over the US, and the world; however, I will always call the Pacific Northwest home. I love the outdoors, and Washington offers tons of great camping, hiking, and exploring. The other side of Washington that I love is the food. From food truck festivals to such a vast selection of unique and amazing restaurants, Washington has something to satisfy every craving. 
I'm an avid motorcycle rider, and anyone who shares that passion knows how fantastic exploring Washington becomes on 2 wheels. Looking to mix my passion of motorcycles with helping fellow veterans, I joined the Brothers in Arms Motorcycle Club, who's sole mission is to support veterans in need, and reestablish brotherhood often lost when you leave the Active Duty world. As a vet who has been in need in the past, I take helping vets very seriously. It kills me to see my brothers and sisters in pain. When our failing VA care system lets veterans fall through the cracks, we lose heros. To make my impact on this issue, I donate 5% of all commissions to vetted Washington veteran service organizations who are providing crucial services to current and former members of our Armed Forces. No Man Left Behind. 

I served my country honorably; now I'd be honored to serve you. 


Tim Jennings (Real Estate Broker)

My name is Tim Jennings. I’m a military Veteran, having served with the 82nd Airborne in Europe, and training with various Airborne Units from NATO countries, and deploying from Ft. Bragg during “Operation Just Cause” in Panama. I served across Asia as well. After leaving the military, I spent 26 years in Property Management and Construction around the Puget Sound. Now connecting with other veterans and working to accomplish their housing goals is my mission. Helping veterans is a passion of mine. These aren’t just clients; they are brothers and sisters. I strive to creatively tackle challenges, and offer unique and actionable solutions for those I interact with.


Jacob Cast (Real Estate Broker)

Hello, My name is Jacob Cast. In 2019, I honorably separated from 8 years of active duty Navy service, where I served 5 years on the USS Nimitz as a Gunnersmate and the last 3 years as a small arms instructor at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. When I’m not tackling real estate investments and education, I’m shredding the mountains on my snowboard, improving my golf game, or exploring the open road on my motorcycle.


   Barb Wakefield (Admin Assistant, Lieutenant)

As a Washingtonian native, I have been in the Puget Sound area the majority of my life. I have owned and managed residential properties, multi-family properties, as well as Mobile Home Parks for over 18 years, doing the oversight of day to day and long-range planning for acquisition and management of residential housing and mobile home park communities.  This has allowed me to entertain and resolve a very wide array of issues relating to housing law, tenant relations, marketing and management of the business. On occasion have acquire a property to “flip”, doing the necessary repairs and improvements.

I have a passion for the outdoors and nature. I love to hike, kayak, and snow ski. I am drawn to the natural beauty of our state. I experiment with photography with a focus mainly on the beauty of nature, capturing mostly flora, fauna, textures of the earth and landscapes.

 I am a proud parent of three grown children and have a few grandchildren that hang the moon for me. I am lucky to have them all still living in our beautiful state and enjoy the times when we are all together.

Joining the team here at Operation Red Dot, as Administrative Assistant, has been an honor. I take pride in supporting this team of honorable men and women, serving the 4 counties of King, Pierce, Kitsap and Thurston. We are a growing team with synergy and momentum who enjoy collaborating to serve Sellers, Buyers, Investors and Renters. 


Who Are We Now?

Operation Red Dot currently hangs our license under eXp Realty in Tacoma. We have 5 licensed agents, a full-time admin assistant, a transaction coordinator, and a group of highly trained background workers that keep this operation well-oiled and moving forward.  We mainly operate in 4 counties (Pierce, King, Thurston, and Kitsap County), and a total of 46 cities within those counties. 


Where Are We Going?
Operation Red Dot is growing. We are currently in the beginning stages of taking on larger Veteran Services Projects. We also have our eyes and hearts set on taking over our current area of operation so we can expand into some areas that we currently don't have active, like Property Management, and Government Contracting. Exciting things are happening at Operation Red Dot! Eventually, we'll look at spreading our wings and expanding to select areas across the country to establish Operation Red Dot as a household name in Real Estate.