YOUR ISLAND CONNECTION
J.A. Rolston Ltd. Brokerage
Who is J.A. Rolston? Judy Ann Rolston is the founder of J.A. Rolston Ltd. After many years working in real estate for other brokerages and a real estate partnership, Judy did what not many women were doing in 1971, and struck out on her own and formed J.A. Rolston Ltd.
In 1971 there were many other local island brokerages however Judy’s commitment to consistently satisfying her customers needs is a leading factor in why J.A. Rolston Ltd. is the only surviving island brokerage from that era.
The Rolston family has been in business on the island since the late 1800’s. When there was no such thing as a fridge or freezer, they owned the island’s first community refrigeration building where you could rent a locker and keep your food preserved. They also owned many general stores, a cheese factory, a rock quarry and extensive farmland stretching over thousands of acres.
Judy was a driving force behind the scenes but it was Al and Albert Sr. Rolston who hit the streets and used their expertise and “island connections” to really put J.A. Rolston Ltd. on the map.
Albert Sr. originally expanded the family business from farming to the service industry by founding Rolston Insurance which eventually expanded into the real estate business.
In 2001 Judy and Al’s son Stephen, took over as broker of record where he remains today.
We offer full service MLS brokerage including sales of Residential, Commercial, Investment, Acreage and Recreational Properties of all types. We are happy to show any other Brokerage listing you may see.
BUYING OR SELLING, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
We have the largest sales team on Manitoulin Island ready to work for you!
Our head office is prominently located in Little Current, the gateway to Manitoulin Island
Our team has the in depth local expertise and equipment to list, sell, show, the most unique properties in the district of Manitoulin
For the past ten years we have had the largest sales volume on Manitoulin Island, allowing us the largest advertising budget for brokerages in this area with promotions of our listings across Canada and the USA.
We are the oldest active real estate brokerage on the island.
Alan is a full time licensed real estate agent of 8 years with JA Rolstons Ltd., Brokerage and in addition has studied Advertising Design & Communications, Business Marketing / Commerce, the Sciences, New Media Studies: including Digital and Social Media Marketing.
This mashup combined with interests in Behavioural Analysis, the Decisions Making Process, and Design Thinking, allowed him to work and consult as a “Creative Thinker” on Dot Com Start-Ups. Remember I/We do, “Whatever it takes to get the project completed”.
Prior experience as a “Claims Coordinator” early in his working career for TICO, allowed him to master the art of the “Customer Experience”. The Client is King / Queen.
When not teaching at a private college, an ISP, or as a Gun for Hire on Start Ups…. Alan worked for Advertising Design Agencies and his work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and Food & Drink.
Alan, the owner and Creative Director of an online International Advertising / Design & Marketing Company (presently on hiatus) has developed, designed, and produced creative, including (UI / UX services) for clientele within the Global Village…. From New York City to Hollywood Blvd., California, Seattle to South Africa, Miami to Ireland. Chicago to Greece. In addition, his firm produced creative (in many languages) for the largest online gaming companies in the world. Creative that has been advertised online, and in the Robb Report, Millionaire and Opulence Magazines. Alan would enjoy developing and executing an online market strategy for any large dollar value or unusual property that you may want to sell.
Yes, Alan’s firm hired ppl from around the world including: designers, writers, fashion photographers, programmers, developers, etc., and include individuals locally and from… Toronto, California, Ibiza, Argentina and Asia.
Alan looks forward to providing an exceptional customer experience whether you are buying, or selling, your next home, cottage, and / or business on the largest fresh water island in the world. Together we can make it Happen ! Follow your Dreams !
Alois (Al) Frank
Those early years farming were difficult so Al started to work at the local Freshmart store making sausage, a hobby he still enjoys today.Al and Anita opened a bed and breakfast on their farm in 1991. In 1998 they bought Red Lodge Resort. While
renovating the lodge they raised four children, Anna, Sarah, Kathleen and Daniel. During his tenure at Red Lodge he met Al Rolston who encouraged him to get a real estate license which he completed in 2003.
Al’s wife Anita passed away from cancer in 2008 and he sold the lodge in 2009. Currently, Al and his second wife Laura with their son Mathis and loyal farmhand Dale are farming together at their Beef Cattle farm at Hilly Grove south of Manitowaning. Al brings a wealth of farming, hospitality, renovation and
building experience to the table. If you’re ready buy or sell a farm or business, make use of Al’s expertise in these specialized real estate fields.
J Alan Wright
Message Centre: 705-501-7274
date back to the late 1800’s in the Spring Bay area and since 1905 in the Lee Valley area on the North Shore. Al has worked on Manitoulin
since 1995 where he and his wife Jocelyne raised their 3 children. Al and his family often meet up at «the cabin» which they built together on Maple Lake situated on the LaCloche Mountain range. Admittedly a workaholic, Al is always working on something. He recently went a step above the rest and obtained his full real estate
brokers license. This time of year he’s busy getting the sugar bush ready for another season of maple syrup. Al enjoys running marathons and hopes to hopes to one day climb Mount Kilimanjaro. He believes that the most important things in life are family and friends and is tickled pink about having his first grand child, a girl, in May. Al has decades of experience managing a thriving retail enterprise on Manitoulin and brings a high level of organization and work ethic to the team at J.A. Rolston Ltd. Brokerage.
Robert (Bob) Watson
Broker of Record