Meet Our Team
Wayne Songy Sr
Wayne has such a passion for helping others live the American Dream.
Wayne Songy is President & Owner of Wayne Songy & Associates, located in Metairie behind Clearview Shopping Center, where he enjoys actively selling Real Estate. Some of his previous experience includes: For 13 years, he worked for Buccola McKenzie Realtors, then Executive Vice President for Wagner & Truax, Better Homes & Gardens – where he built his knowledge in rental & property management & for 4 years, oversaw 450 agents within the company. Both agencies were sold out to other companies, causing Wayne to start his own Company, where he has been for 27 years.
Wayne is from New Orleans & grew up in Metairie. He went on to gain much experience by continuing his education through more programming-the GRI Graduate Realtors’ Institute), CRB (Certified Residential Broker), & CAM (Certified Apartment Manager, which was awarded by the National Apartment Association). The amazing part is less than 1% of all realtors have completed all 3 programs. Outside of this rigorous schooling, Wayne found time to be President of the Jefferson Board of Realtors, & Past District President of the Arkansas/LA District Exchange Clubs.
Fay’s sister has been Wayne’s assistant for 30 years, & actually introduced them! Wayne & Fay have been married about 17 years & will celebrate their 17th year this November. They have 2 daughters, Terri & Anita & a son to continue the family name, Wayne Jr. They are also blessed to have 10 grandchildren! They reside in Mandeville.
Wayne enjoys watching LSU and Saints Football He is involved in many family activities. Wayne’s burning desire is to always remain just as happy as he is now & wishes the same happiness for his children & grandchildren!
Wayne’s Key to Success is that he truly loves what he does. Plain & simple – the Golden Rule – he treats others, how they would want to be treated.
Wayne “Butch” Songy Jr
I grew up in Metairie where I attended St. Christopher Elementary School, Archbishop Rummel High School, and the University of New Orleans. In 1993, I moved to Slidell where I began a 20 year career as a teacher. During this time I coached many youth sports teams, and was involved with St. Tammany Toys for Tots.
I have been happily married for almost 26 years and have 3 children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and a faithful German Shepherd. My entire family is active in the Slidell tennis community where we participate in charity tournaments for groups such as Make a Wish, and the Boys’ and Gils’ Club. We are active members of our church parish where my wife and I help in marriage preparation, my son serves as Youth Group director, and my daughters are on leadership and retreat committees to work with younger children. We are also a proud Tiger family as my son is a graduate and now teacher at Slidell High School and my daughters are both students there and participate in many school clubs and activities.
My career in real estate as a realtor, property manager, and Seniors Real Estate Specialist is very exciting and rewarding. I so enjoy the many people I meet and the opportunity to help them achieve all of their real estate goals and dreams!
Bob Van Den Akker, CRS GRI
Bob has been in real estate for over 30 years and holds both the CRS and GRI designations. CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers and brokers. He specializes in foreclosed properties as well as property valuations for estates, loss mitigation, ICC funding, etc.
Bob grew up in New Orleans and attended John F. Kennedy High School. He currently resides in Kenner with his wife Gloria. When not selling real estate, Bob donates his time and talents to Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Louisiana where he serves as board president.
I was born and raised in Greater New Orleans and still live in the area with my wife and 2 daughters. I have won several awards over the years, but more importantly I have exceeded my client’s expectations. So instead of listing the Gold & Platinum awards I have won, I would encourage anyone to speak to my past clients because at the end of the day satisfying my clients is the only award I am really interested in.
I believe in old-fashioned values!! I will handle your transaction with honesty, integrity, and professionalism and equally as important I will get you the best deal.
Experience matters in this business. I have over 12 years of experience specializing in residential sales, foreclosures and investment properties.
-Multi Million Dollar Producer
-One of the top Realtors® in Greater New Orleans for over a decade.
-Member of the National Association of Realtors® & New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors®.
-Licensed Realtor & Broker
I grew up in Gretna, La., attended Holy Cross High School and went on to graduate from Nicholls State University with a B.S. in Production Management. I now live in Terrytown, La. and belong to the Christ the King Church Community. I am a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Holy Name Society and the Christ the King Men’s Club. I also volunteer on the Christ the King Fair Committee. I regularly attend the Terrytown Civic Association Meetings to keep up with what’s going on in our community.
I would be honored to help you list and sell any type of real estate. I can also help with your next purchase of any type of real estate.
Thanks, and God Bless.
Let me make life easier for you! My name is Chris Stanga, and I’ve lived on the North Shore since 2005. The area is incredible and I have been fortunate to be able to build such a great life for my family here. Prior to moving to the area I hung my hat in Florida, Virginia, Maryland, and Connecticut. I can truly say, there is no place like the North Shore, and I would love nothing more than to help others experience this amazing locale. I am a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University (History), a father to two amazing boys, and a licensed real estate professional who thrives on helping people create amazing memories. Let me help you find the perfect place to call home! Call me any time! Information is free and I love to help! 985-789-4889.
Mary Lynn Grimes
Graduated from Archbishop Chappelle and U.L.L. She has 35 years of outside sales in the medical profession, computer sales, and mortgages. She has been licensed since 2012. She has 1 daughter and 2 grandchildren. She has won numerous sales awards over the years.
Roger “RJ” Barba IV
I graduated high school in 2011. Went on to study marketing at Southeastern and earned my Real estate license in 2014 at 21 years old. Since then I’ve been working in sales, rentals, and property management.
One of the things I love most about real estate is helping young people, couples, and families find and buy their first home! I am very tech savvy and easy to get along and work with!
My name is Michael R. Chamberlain and I have been a REALTOR for a few years now and have really enjoyed this exciting career path. I have found working with Wayne Songy and Associates very fulfilling professionally and the agents there have been just wonderful. I grew up in the Midwest and moved to Louisiana in the early 80’s. I was in the medical field for many years and successfully owned and operated several independent pharmacies.
In 2012 I sold all my stores and committed to a new career path in Real Estate. I am married 24 years with two children and presently live in Ponchatoula, LA. I’m active in my church, love dogs, and woodworking. I teach at Delta College as a pharmacy technician instructor and love working with young people. It has been rewarding getting them started not only in a career, but also for some of them buying their first home.. I am truly blessed.
I have been a realtor for 5 years thanks to Wayne Songy. I worked in the tourism field for 15 years in hotel and catering positions. In 2004, I joined the housing industry when I acquired my loan originator license. After Hurricane Katrina, I began working for non-profit organizations where I taught first time home buyer classes and assisted with credit and foreclosure counseling.
I speak Spanish and love helping people achieve their goals and dreams.
I grew up on the Southshore of Lake Pontchartrain. After attending LSU, I worked as a certified optician for ten years helping patients with their eyewear needs. I have been happily married to my best friend, Steve Suter for 34 years. We have a daughter, Kristi, who is 27 and a son, Steven, who is 25 years old. We moved to the Northshore over 23 years ago and we love the laid back lifestyle here. I began teaching Pre-K over 20 years ago and I have enjoyed all of the children and families that I have met along the way.
I enjoy the outdoors, festivals, boating, music, my Sadie dog and yoga. I have volunteered for non-profit charities including The Al Copeland Foundation as well as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Over the years I have enjoyed decorating, buying and selling our own homes. At the present, we are building our dream home on the water in beautiful St. Tammany Parish.
I have always had a passion for real estate and my mom was a real estate agent who also worked with Wayne Songy. I have known Wayne for as long as I can remember and have always wanted to follow in my mom’s footsteps seeing her love for the business. Thank you Wayne for giving me this opportunity to join your team! I am so excited to say that I am following my dream and that I am a licensed real estate salesperson ready to help you to find your dream home!
My name is Danielle Stiller, and I want to help you make your dream of becoming a homeowner come true!!! I have been living in the Slidell area for 36 years. I have 2 children and 2 grandbabies whom I love dearly. I love God, my family, my friends, helping people, music, dancing, and bowling. I attend St. Genevieve Catholic Church and Northshore Church. I have an Associates Degree in Accounting, and I have just earned my Real Estate License. Looking forward to meeting you!!!
Stephanie Songy – Marketing
Born and raised in New Orleans, I attended Mt. Carmel Academy and The University of New Orleans. I moved to Slidell with my husband Wayne in 1993. I have been a teacher for the past 26 years, and I love spending my free time with my husband and children camping, playing tennis, and enjoying local sporting events and festivals. I have also worked with the St. Tammany Toys for Tots program and the East St. Tammany Relay for Life.
With my husband, father-in-law, and mother all being involved in real estate, I have been around the industry for many years. Since my husband joined the company, I have been helping to promote Wayne Songy and Associates through social media, print advertising, local events, and outreach to past, present, and future clients. I love sharing our company with others as I feel our professional, personal service is beyond compare. I enjoy telling them what makes us unique and how we can help them with all their real estate needs.
Cindy Hurtel (Office Manager)
I have been involved in the real estate industry since 1975 and have been here at Wayne Songy and Associates since its beginning in 1990. Besides helping with the daily business of the company and assisting our agents in offering the best service available to our clients, I handle the accounting for our property management business. When you call our office, I am happy to help you find the answer to questions, get more information on available properties, or put in you in touch with the best available agent to take care of your real estate needs.