Meet The Team

Pam Potoczek, Leader/Realtor

Pam Potoczek

Real Estate Consultant/Broker


Pam has been a licensed Realtor since 2001 and founded The Home Team of Illinois serving the Naperville areas of Chicago's Suburbs since 2003. In 2012, Pam expanded her business along with her husband, Michael, forming The Home Team of Indiana, based in the Indianapolis/Carmel areas and in 2018, founded The Home Team of Suncoast FL in the Clearwater/St. Pete Beach, Tampa Bay areas.

Over the years, Pam has built a deeply loyal client base through her unswerving dedication to do what is right and in her clients' best interests. Today the majority of her business comes by the referrals of her past clients and/or her past clients returning to buy or sell a home. She is approachable and honest and draws on a wealth of experience in pricing, staging, marketing, and negotiating. Pam understands the stresses that buying and selling a home and relocation so often brings to clients and their families. Her committment to excellence is her #1 priority. Her desire is that every client she comes into contact with feels they are the only client she's working with and that from beginning to end and beyond, they can depend on her to be an honest advisor and trusted real esatate professional.

Pam and her husband, Michael have been married for almost 30 years and have 3 beautiful grown children who have all recently graduated from college. The Home Team Group has served hundreds of clients over the years with their real estate needs; in recent years, selling over $20M annually.

Wayne Laatz, Realtor

Wayne Laatz

Real Estate Consultant/Broker


With over 50 years experience in residential real estate, Wayne Laatz shares a depth of wisdom and knowledge with the team. He is an expert in crafting deals and holding them together by finding common ground and sticking to his motto: "Be firm, friendly and fair." Most of Wayne's business comes from repeat customers and referrals who have relied on him for years. He has become a trusted friend and adviser to many, helping multiple generations fulfill their dreams of home ownership. He has weathered every market and stood the test of time as one of the finest Realtors in the far west suburbs of Chicago.

Wayne currently co-leads The Home Team of Illinois with Pam Potoczek. Wayne has been married to his wife, Dorothy for over 50 years and have 3 grown children who are all in different ways, involved in Real Estate as a career.

Pam Benda

Pam Benda



Pam's entire career has had to do with one aspect or another of real estate: from mergers and acquisitions to being a loan officer and after that, working for builders of new construction for almost 20 years. This experience helps her address questions and potential obstacles before they arise. Pam has a BS degree in Finance and loves working with numbers. This variety of experience gives her a broad understanding of the real estate industry.

"Being a Realtor is so rewarding! I am putting people into homes! I am helping them with what is often the biggest purchase of their lives. I could not enjoy this job if I didn’t feel I was helping people. Every closing is one more time I have helped a family find a home that meets their needs. Becoming a Realtor was very natural. It feels like everything in my life has led me here."

Pam and her husband have 5 kids and 10 grandkids that light up their lives. She has taught Sunday School for 2 and 3 year olds for over 25 years. "Helping people is my joy and I'm excited to help you!"

Cynthia Gritton

Cynthia Gritton

Listing & Client Care Coordinator


Cynthia Gritton is the Listing and Client Care Coordinator for The Home Teams of Indiana/Illinois/Florida. She joined The Home Team in 2016 and brings her commitment to excellence and attention to detail into each and every listing, project and Client Appreciation Event. You only have to talk with her once to know she has a heart of gold and strives to make every person she meets feel important and cared for.

Jody Rhinehelder, Transaction Coordinator

Jody Rhinehelder

Transaction Coordinator