Cell: (314) 858-6034

lori@outofthebox.properties

Lori Sharpsteen

Lori Sharpsteen epitomizes integrity, energy, hard work and creative service in every detail of your real estate transaction. Lori tailors her service to meet each client's specific needs, ensuring a smooth and stress-free transaction. She knows each person, each property, each transaction is unique-and deserves a plan that is custom tailored for success.


Before becoming a Realtor, Lori spent over 15 years in the Home Improvement Industry, managing stores and staff for several Fortune 40 Home Improvement Companies. Those years of working with home owners and home seekers, as well as realtors, home builders and other industry professionals gives her a unique perspective and skill set that her clients find very valuable!


Lori is able to take advantage of decades of experience in marketing, contract negotiation, financial options problem-solving, vendor relations, appraisals and so much more to bring your dreams of home ownership to life. She takes advantage of cutting edge technology and ongoing training to stay at the forefront of the industry, to be able to best serve her clients.

To aid in her mission to create smooth closings while saving her client's time, trouble and stress, she has developed a network of lenders, attorneys, inspectors, contractors and others who can be relied upon to serve her clients well!


When not serving client's Lori enjoys spending time with her 3 daughters and their families. She also enjoys exploring St Louis. You might see her at art galleries, festivals, theater productions, or working from local coffee shops and restaurants. She also enjoys traveling and exploring the world at large.

When you're seeking an agent who will put your goals first, call Lori Sharpsteen.

Cell: (636) 362-6068

nicki@outofthebox.properties

Nicki Scheerer

Nicki Scheerer brings a lot to the table with Out of the Box Properties. She has a natural talent for design and a vast knowledge of homes and their mechanics. With her in-depth knowledge of construction, design, and decoration she decided to become a REALTOR in 2020 to join forces with her mom, Lori Sharpsteen. Together they created Out of the Box Properties to better serve their community. She focuses on unconventional housing such as container homes, tiny homes, repurposing buildings, and restorations. In 2020, she became a GREEN Designated REALTOR because she wanted to take her knowledge of sustainable home systems and apply it towards the local housing market.


Nicki was literally born into renovations and lived through many growing up so her experience with construction is very personal. She went to college to pursue a degree in the arts but decided to change paths part of the way through and focused on landscape design. She has worked for a local landscaping company since 2016 designing small to large installations and focuses on sustainable design.


When she isn’t working, she is daydreaming about building a container Victorian home and traveling with her family in a custom Skoolie. She loves spending time with her two kids, enjoying nature wherever and whenever they can. She enjoys going to art and culture events and travels when she can get away.

Cell: (636) 465-9552

julie@outofthebox.properties

Julie Herzing

Julie’s passion for supporting and coordinating has landed her the prestigious role of Adulting 101 administrator. Making connections and ensuring our members are supported and connected to resources are her primary focus. In addition to this role, Julie is a wife, mom of two boys (and two pups), licensed realtor and transformational life coach. Her passion is thinking outside of the box to find solutions and provide clarity when needed. This makes her a perfect fit as part of the Out of the Box team.


Cell: (314) 951-8519

austin@outofthebox.properties

Austin Gray

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Austin has kept making his way west until landing in St. Louis, MO where he found a deep love for this city in 2015.

High energy, upbeat, and optimistic are 3 words you can use to describe Austin; and this can been seen when he is with his clients. Whether it is the hard conversations that needs to be had, or the celebration of closing a property, the client comes first. His background in Human Resources has allowed him to work with all types of clients to help them achieve their real estate dreams.

During his downtime, Austin loves going for runs on different trails or in his neighborhood, teaching spin classes, cooking, and reading. He loves getting to spend time with his partner and their dog, traveling, binging Netflix, or just meeting up with good people for a happy hour.


Cell: (314) 952-3809

laura@outofthebox.properties

Laura Alter

There are custom builders and then there is Laura Alter. She has built custom luxury homes by hand; choosing the layout, sourcing materials and even building the retaining walls. Her passion for fully customized luxury homes shines through in her completed projects.


Laura brings that same creativity and hard work when helping her buyers and sellers. She is committed to achieving the goals of her clients by clearly communicating and working with a great group of partners to get her clients to the closing table.


When she isn't swinging hammers you can find her swinging golf clubs at the golf course. She also spends her time enjoying the outdoors and relaxing with her Chihuahua and Doberman fur babies.


Cell: (314) 580-7445

phil@outofthebox.properties

Phil Gawlak

Native to St. Louis, Phil has enjoyed the best this city has to offer. He knows the neighborhoods, schools, restaurants, parks, and all the shopping that St Louis is known for. If you are buying, selling or investing; Phil backed by the Out of the Box Team has the experience and resources to help you reach your real estate goals. His approach is simple; he listens to his clients and uses plain language that is easy to understand. Phil is also a NASM certified trainer and loves to educate people about the importance of nutrition and proper exercise.


When he is not working you'll find him biking or hiking at one of the many parks or traveling, most often to Colorado. He spends countless hours with his Westie pup and enjoys watching the St. Louis Blues win their next hockey game.



Cell: (314)-753-0458

melissa@outofthebox.properties

Melissa Reimer

Melissa has been a licensed Realtor since 2008. When she isn't helping families in real estate she currently serves as an Alderman for the city of St. Peters, MO as well as serving as St. Charles County Municipal League 2nd Vice President. In addition, Melissa has an Executive Secretarial Diploma from Sanford Brown College and has worked in customer and employee relations throughout her working career. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors, The Missouri Association of Realtors and St. Louis Realtors.



Melissa is a native of the St. Louis/St. Charles metropolitan area and has made her roots here. Melissa is very active in our community. She attends many events in the region. Throughout her life, it has always been a passion of hers to serve others. With a heavy background in customer service as well as event planning, her unique skill set of customer care, community engagement and attention to detail offers a unique perspective and approach to real estate.


Cell: (314) 397-4261

ryan@outofthebox.properties

Ryan Koziatek

As a lifelong resident of St. Louis, Ryan Koziatek has lived in and familiarized himself with the numerous neighborhoods from St. Louis City, all the way to Missouri's wine country. He uses this knowledge to help his clients pick their perfect home in the perfect area.


He also works in the construction industry and has been for over 15 years alongside his father in their family business. Ryan's experience working with homeowners and Realtors during his construction career gives him some valuable insight to helping his real estate clients.


When Ryan is not working real estate or construction, you might find him making spirits with his business partners at the Distillery of Defiance in Defiance, MO. He’s also building a house in wine country and looks forward to expanding his business there as well.


Cell: (618) 980-9648

melanie@outofthebox.properties

Melanie Shedd

Melanie has been a St. Louis City Resident for 10 years and loves living in South City. She loves the vibrant community and ease of access to many of the St Louis attractions.


Melanie has been licensed since 2019 when she decided she wanted to start investing in real estate. She has been managing properties in the St Louis area for the past 6 years and recently decided that she wanted to help in other areas.


Melanie will be Out of the Box's Transaction Coordinator to help the agents on the team be the best and fastest to help their clients.