Derek Barksdale was US Naval Officer and has three decades of experience in facilitating the success of others in the military, real estate, management, training and development that he brings into his classroom setting with an evident passion to "advance REALTOR® professionalism and knowledge.”
As a licensed real estate Broker and Realtor® , Derek Barksdale attained his Bachelors Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and served in multiple Training Director positions, overseeing training responsibilities for over 10,000 personnel! Derek is commonly known as not only "the expert," but "the expert who trains the experts!"
As an active member of six different NAR affiliated real estate associations, Derek is frequently sought after for his sage advise throughout the nation. As an instructor, he teaches subjects areas such as Military Relocation Professional (MRP), Advanced Negotiations, New Home Construction (NHC), Small Claims in Real Estate, and more.
As the Founder of Military Mutual®, he directs a nationwide brokerage with offices that span from Hawaii to Florida, and a network that reaches into nearly every city with a military installation. Derek states "my motivation for doing all that I possibly can in this industry is based on the sole purpose of giving back to those who serve and those who provide the knowledge for others to make informed real estate decisions!"
Thomas Bircumshaw is a U.S. Navy veteran and has plentiful experience in teaching and leading other soldiers in his 20 years of experience. While in the Navy, Thomas obtained his BA English Degree as well as a degree in psychology from the University of Maryland. He furthered his education with a Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina and has proceeded to teach Psychology and history at a myriad of middle schools.
He began buying, selling, and investing in Real Estate in 1956 in Yucaipa CA and has also bought and sold Real Estate in California, Washington, Maine, and Colorado. Thomas enjoys educating individuals on the different aspects of real estate as well as the history behind real estate investments. He is also fluent in English and Spanish.
Robert Bloom joined the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® in 2004 and is now Senior Counsel. At C.A.R, he divides his time between writing articles for the California Real Estate Magazine, writing and editing the Legal Q&A’s, delivering presentations and teaching continuing education courses. Additionally, Robert advises REALTORS® through the “Hotline” on all aspects of real estate law. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Juris Doctorate from The Law School at The University of Chicago. In a previous life he taught English as a Second Language in Japan and Korea where he lived for over four years.
Curtis "The Boss" Doss is the CEO and broker owner of Canear Real Estate. He is also a former Marine. As a Marine, he learned leadership skills that he later used as a civilian to catapult his real estate career to success. He is a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute (GRI), proving that he is not only willing to go the extra mile in his continuing education requirement mandated by the California Department of Real Estate, but also demonstrating that he is dedicated to staying on top of the current changes and trends in the real estate industry. He is also a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE®) and Shortsale Foreclosure Resource (SFR®). In addition to his duties as a REALTOR®, Curtis is also Director at the Southwest Riverside County Association of REALTORS®, Grievance Committee Chair at the Southwest Riverside County Association of REALTORS®, the 2013 President for the Women's Council of REALTORS® Southwest Riverside Chapter, and a CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) state director.
Renier Dresser is first and foremost an active REALTOR® engaging in sales transactions in the Central Coast region of California from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo and into Monterey Counties.
From the ripe young age of 15 he was groomed for the real estate business and as a second generation REALTOR® has participated in over 60 million dollars in sales transactions. At 31 years old his experience in the industry is unique and incredibly thorough. In addition to his sales experience Renier has served as an associate director and Secretary Treasurer for multiple boards of REALTORS®, is a technology instructor for CAR(CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®), and a private consultant for Real Estate professionals and numerous other companies such as Sothebys International, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, Berkshire Hathway HS, & Keller Williams.
His unique approach has allowed him to assist thousands of agents learn how better to utilize and leverage todays technologies to create sustainable and profitable sales businesses throughout California.
Nate Ellis is a native of San Francisco East Bay City of Pinole, CA and has significant experience in the finance and real estate market throughout Contra Costa County as well as in professional development. Since 2001, Nate has worked with Keller Williams, GMAC, Bank of America and Wells Fargo in many capacities as a top producer, manager and trainer.
Nate has a long-standing passion for adult education and professional growth and has established a reputation as an instructor and resource for REALTORS® seeking to expand their skill sets and knowledge. Nate is a past President of the REALTORS® Marketing Association (RMA), and currently serves as the Contra Costa Association of REALTORS® Training and Education Coordinator. In that capacity he develops, teaches, schedules instructors and oversees the many educational programs, seminars and training opportunities the Association avails REALTORS® in the community.
Genia Engelstad is Co-Owner and Vice President of Elite Escrow Services of San Diego. She supervises the company’s daily business and she oversees the management of the three branch offices Elite has in San Diego County. Her duties include working with clients, supervising personnel, business development and directing the practice of good, sound escrow procedures. And of course, Genia is an Escrow Officer.
Genia has worked in the escrow profession since 1979 and has performed every duty of the escrow business from receptionist to escrow officer. Just being in the escrow business is an ongoing education! But nevertheless, Genia has completed many real estate courses, escrow classes and continues her education through the Escrow Institute of California and the California Escrow Association. As a past president of the Escrow Institute of California and a current board member, Genia keeps up with the latest trends and legislation affecting the Real Estate Industry. Genia currently serves on the Board of the San Diego County Escrow Association, the California Escrow Association and is the past AEA Director to the American Escrow Association representing California on a National level. She currently teaches a class for the California Association of Realtors, Transaction Talk and is active in many community organizations.
Howard Fallman is Managing Senior Counsel with the California Association of REALTORS®. He has been with C.A.R. since 1995. His time is primarily divided between managing the C.A.R. "Hotline", answering member questions, and working with the Standard Forms Committee. Additionally, Mr. Fallman frequently presents outreaches on legal matters and contracts to members as well as being an instructor for C.A.R. on the C.A.R. contracts and Risk Management. Prior to becoming an attorney he was a professional musician, performing with Les Brown's Band of Renown for over twenty five years. Howard received his bachelor's degree from California State University in Sacramento, majoring in Music, and his JD Cum Laude from Pepperdine Law School in 1990.
John D. "Skip" Frenzel, GRI, CRS, SRES® is the 2013 recipient of Society of Certified Senior Advisor® Service to Seniors Award in Community Citizen category and also received the 2013 Senior Real Estate Specialist® Outstanding Service Award. Since Skip's main focus is the Senior Market, the SRES® course is the only course he teaches and he approaches the training from the standpoint of working with our aging population. He is uniquely qualified to teach the class since he is a REALTOR® and a Certified Senior Advisor® and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). He "super-sizes" his class by drawing from his experiences in dealing with Seniors and his many related activities. In addition to the normal course material, he teaches Age Friendly Cities, health care reform, how the economy affects Seniors, new regulations, trends, housing, programs, plans, restrictions, retirement, multigenerational housing, and more. This class teaches how to deal with problems in the real world. Skip became a REALTOR® in 1976, broker in 1979, and is a member of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®. He also belongs to and is active in several financial planning and long term care associations, organizations, advocacy and volunteer groups, and guilds. He has been licensed to sell securities with the Series 7 & 63 licenses, and is licensed to sell Long Term Care Insurance as well as the CA Partnership for Long Term Care Insurance.
Gov Hutchinson is Assistant General Counsel of the California Association of REALTORS®. Gov has been with C.A.R. since 1985 and manages C.A.R.'s Member Legal Services Program in Los Angeles. Gov advises REALTORS® through the "Hotline" on all aspects of real estate law and he trains and supervises other "Hotline" attorneys. Gov received his Bachelor's Degree in History from Princeton University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.
He has written for CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE magazine, co-authored C.A.R. continuing education courses and is a master instructor for the Education Division of C.A.R. with certification from the Department of Real Estate. He also regularly speaks to Associations/Boards of REALTORS®, affiliated trade associations, city and county bar associations and major real estate firms.
Neil D. Kalin joined the California Association of REALTORS® in 1987 and is now Assistant General Counsel. He is the senior legal advisor to C.A.R.'s Standard Forms Committee, provides advice to C.A.R. members on the Legal Hotline, and writes many of C.A.R.'s Appellate Court Briefs. Neil is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and has served as a Judge Pro Tem and a volunteer mediator and arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Neil has earned his CIPS designation (Certified International Property Specialist) from N.A.R. in 2001. In 1982, Neil received his Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Illinois. Also in 1982, he received his Certificate of Public Accountancy (CPA). Neil was graduated from UCLA School of Law in 1985. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
George Lawrence has over four decades of professional real estate, finance and sales management experience which he brings to his classroom in helping to advance today's REALTORs®' professionalism and knowledge. He began his career as a territory sales manager for national franchise retailer, Western Auto Supply Company of Kansas City. His skills acquired in the evaluation of prospective franchisees, market sites and communities led him to a full time real estate career in 1979. Over the years he has represented buyers and sellers in the purchase and sale of residential, commercial, apartment and agricultural properties. He has owned and operated a property management services company and has structured and sold investment property syndication private placement offerings. George entered the lending industry in 1996 and is experienced in both residential and commercial loan origination. He presently owns and operates a commercial real estate mortgage company with a specialty in SBA business and real estate financing.
Rana Linka has been licensed in California for 37 years, a Salesperson since 1976, and a Broker since 1982. She owned Century 21 Rana Linka & Co. for 13 years and has managed since then for Fred Sands, Coldwell Banker, and ReMax OTB and currently for Century 21 Hilltop as both Director of Career Development and Director of Compliance. She has taught Ethics for the Simi Moorpark Association of Realtors and has been a Master Instructor for Southland Regional Association of Realtors for 25 years. She is currently a Director at SRAR. She is under contract with the California Association of Realtors as an Instructor, as well as being a Director.
She has been a CAR Director for 15 years, serving on the Standard Forms Advisory Committee for 3 years, which creates Contracts for Real Estate Practitioners in California. She has served 12 years on Common Interest Development Committee and was Chair of that Committee in 2010, providing information, training and legislation for the 46,000 HOAS in California. She was Vice Chair of Education at C.A.R.and was just chosen to be Chair of Education Advisory for 2013.
As a Fund Raiser, Rana has been President of a City of Hope Chapter, raising money for 10 years. She was Easter Seal Chairman for Century 21 Region #4 for 3 years. She was Projects and Events Chair for Simi Valley Moorpark Association of Realtors, raising money for Care and Share (Simi and Moorpark Food Pantries). She has been Chair of Food Drive at Southland Regional Association of Realtors. She has been Publicity Chair, Sponsor Chair and Survivor Chair for Relay for Life/American Cancer Society, now a Consultant for Simi Relay, serving 13 years at Relay.
Wendi Molina, Independent Transaction Coordinator. Wendi Molina has been in the Real Estate Industry for over 25 years. Wendi started out working in the Mortgage Industry and for the past and for the past 17 years had been a Transaction Coordinator. Wendi has been an In-house Coordinator as well as an Independent Transaction Coordinator. She also assisted in the development of the RealtyAssist Transaction Management Program that was bought by Stewart Title Company (now called Sureclose). Wendi has been teaching and training Transaction Coordinators for the past 10 years. In 2006 she sold her Fundamentals of Transaction Coordination class to the California Association of REALTORS® for whom she now teaches the class. Wendi has helped develop other classes for CAR and advocates Education for all Agents, Assistants, and Transaction Coordinators. She has resided in San Diego for the past 25 years.
Toni Patillo is an award winning entrepreneur, motivational speaker, educator, blogger and host of "Call Toni Real Estate Radio", a weekly radio show broadcast in the Greater Los Angeles Area on iHeartMedia's Channel,The Patriot AM.
Ms.Patillo is the Principal and Broker for Toni Patillo Et Assoc.'s, a Residential and Real Estate Company who has expertise in the liquidation of properties and people who are selling due to particular circumstances. Also as the Broker of Record for Keller Williams Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades Market Centers, Ms. Patillo oversees the sales production of over 330 sales agents. In addition to standard and purchases, Toni Patillo Et Associates has a specific niche in Short Sales, Pre- Foreclosure liquidations, Probate, Trustsales, Bankruptcy, Divorce, and Senior Transition sales. Toni is also the Principal and Broker for LA City Short Sales, a Listing and Negotiations Company that is dedicated to assisting distressed property owners. While her specialty is listing residential housing, Ms. Patillo is known as the "Go to Strategist" for all standard, traditional and circumstantial real estate matters. Toni's passion is in education so you'll often find her in the classrooms of many KWTraining Rooms. She shares both her personal and professional insights as a speaker and guest lecturer at colleges and universities in both the public and private sectors across the country. Ms.Patillo is actively involved with the National MS Society, KW Cares, and Gift of Sight.
Debra L. Perkins, of Perkins Solutions Consulting, LLC, is an attorney licensed in California, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Debra worked for the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) in Alexandria, Virginia for nearly 17 years, until 2013, where she served as its Executive Vice President & General Counsel. IIABA is the nation's oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing about a quarter of a million agents, brokers, and their employees. In that role, she advised the executive and management teams on business, legal, and operational issues. She managed all legal affairs of the association and its multiple subsidiaries, handled all governance issues, and managed various business units.
Prior to that, she served for three years as Vice President & General Counsel of Jon Douglas Company in Los Angeles, California. Jon Douglas Company was one of the largest real estate brokerages in the country, with nearly 70 offices and 2,500 sales associates, before it was sold in 1997 to Coldwell Banker. Preceding that, she worked for the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) for nearly six years, and was Senior Counsel. While working for C.A.R., Debra wrote and taught continuing education classes, worked on the hotline, and helped draft standard forms used in sale and lease transactions throughout California. Before that, she worked for Proskauer Rose, a large law firm, in their New York and Los Angeles offices.
Jenny Roberts is the Director of Sales and Training for the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) providing technology training and support to local Associations and MLS throughout the United States. She joined C.A.R. in 2006. Jenny manages zipForm® and related member benefits in California. She also manages the sales and training team that promotes technology tools such as C.A.R.’s Clarus REsource suite, ReboGateway, Showing Suite and more.
Before joining C.A.R., Jenny was the Office Manager for the Fresno Association of REALTORS®. She’s been teaching WINForms®, now zipForm®, for 10 years! Prior to that, she was Managing Editor for CoStar Group, a commercial real estate MLS. Jenny holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from San DiegoStateUniversity . She transferred from the Los Angeles to Sacramento office of C.A.R two years ago. Her husband Matt Roberts, also with C.A.R., is the Federal Governmental Affairs Manager. Together with their 4-year old son, they’re enjoying exploring Northern California: rivers, lakes, hiking trails and lighter traffic!
Sandee Schumann has been a licensed California REALTOR® since 1987 and has innate leadership ability as an agent and trainer. She has proven track record as a top performer receiving admittance into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame. In 2000, Re/MAX CA-HI offered her the opportunity to design and create programs to increase real estate agent's performance. As Co-Founder, Peak Performance Quest was formed to build curriculum-based programs. "SuccessTrax", a performance based training program, successfully trained over 2500 agents. She has coached over 1200 agents and broker/owners personally over a seven year period. In addition, she has conducted training programs to RE/MAX broker/owners and agents including buyer representation and Quality Service Certification (QSC) programs.
Sandee is skilled at motivation coaching and training and has the ability to inspire people through inner personal skills and works especially well with top producers and high achievers at management levels. Her client-based philosophy has brought her a reputation as someone who helps her clients identify their needs focusing them on making their dreams come true. She believes that a long-term client relationship is one of the keys to her continued success in the industry. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
John Shipman is CEO of Energy Efficiency Management, Inc., a full service green and energy efficiency consulting and green energy efficiency solutions corporation. He is a REALTOR®, CAR instructor for the NAR Green designation and Instructor and Program Coordinator for California State University, Long Beach Continuing Education's Green Building Certificate Program. In addition to his teaching and corporate activities and many green and energy efficient certifications, he is a certified green building home performance contractor with Energy Star, and a certified HERS rater for home energy audits and analysis, specializing in energy efficient mortgages (EEM's).
Fatima Sogueco is the zipForms® 6 Product Coordinator for the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) providing WINForms® training and support to local Associations throughout the state. She joined C.A.R. in October of 2006.
Before joining C.A.R., Fatima was the IT Department Specialist for RE/MAX Grand Central in Tarzana. During her time at RE/MAX, she offered technical training for computer applications, including WINForms® and local MLS software. She also monitored all of the technology products used in the organization, ranging from network servers to workstations.
Carl Spiteri strongly believes that financial literacy paves the way to financial success and wants to help students along that road. He has been answering questions about commercial and residential lending, credit scoring, budgeting and all things money since 1991. He has faced the same issues, the same goals and the same dreams and has used these experiences to analyze families’ financial situations in order to give them the best possible guidance.
He is a mortgage lender and an adjunct professor at Woodbury University, teaching architects about project finance. He also teaches the course “Basics of Lending” for the California Dept. of Real Estate and has since broadened his own education and experience in credit and debt management so that he could show his students all of the financial options available to them. His passion for financial literacy was an outlet in the non-profit partnership with Herocare, an organization committed to educating and supporting community heroes across the nation.
Amy Ulloa is the zipForm® Product Coordinator for the California Association of REALTORSD® (C.A.R.) and provides zipForm® training and support to members and local associations/boards. She also operates C.A.R.’s One-on-One helpline that is available to all real estate professionals in need of personal training of zipForm® related products.
Amy is a Los Angeles native who was raised in Inglewood. Her mother, Alicia, raised Amy and her brother Wilmer by herself. As a result, both children have worked hard to make their mother proud. Amy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Central American Studies from California State University, Northridge. In her years at CSUN, Amy was involved with many non-profit organizations such as the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Central American United Students Association (CAUSA) at CSUN, and the Coalition of Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). Amy is also fluent in English and Spanish and has edited for La CAUSA de Hoy.
Amy served as secretary and treasurer for the Central American United Student Association at CSUN from September 2006 to May 2007 and received recognition from the City of Los Angeles by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in 2007 and the Joyce Fiske Community Activist Award presented from the Central American Resource Center by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Before joining C.A.R. Amy worked as the Compliance Director for Keller Williams Beach Cities in Hermosa Beach, CA . She offered training for Keller Williams applications, MLS and zipForm® program training and consulted on multiple marketing projects for REALTORS®, brokers and teams . Prior to that, she was the executive assistant for the Inglewood Board of REALTORS® for seven years.
May Wan was born in China and lived in Hong Kong before immigrating to Canada where she graduated from the University of British Columbia. Prior to being a real estate practitioner, May was a senior banking executive specializing in real estate lending. May is a certified instructor of continuing education. In addition to having taught her own courses titled: Selling Real Estate in a Multicultural World and FHA Essentials, May has taught numerous NAR coursessuch as At Home with Diversity, Expand your Market, Risk Reduction: International Business Affecting your Local Markets, and Employer Assisted Housing. Since 2009, May has conducted CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist) courses in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, and New York. May is the Past President of the Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce and a Founding Board Member of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA), Greater Seattle Chapter. A life-long community volunteer, May is the proud recipient of the 2007 Seattle King County Association of REALTORS® Affiliate Community Service Award and the 2010 Cultural Awareness Award.
Suzanne Yost has been a Realtor for 36 years, currently with Alain Pinel Realtors in Los Gatos, CA. She is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and Santa Clara University School of Law and is licensed to practice law in California. In addition to being a real estate broker associate and an expert witness, Suzanne teaches contract and risk management courses for the California and local Associations of REALTORS and Graduate REALTORS Institute as master faculty, as well as being one of 15 facilitators of the NAR REALTOR Leadership Program. Suzanne is a past President of the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS , past Chair of the Bay Area REALTOR Leadership Academy, 2009 graduate of the NAR Leadership Academy, has served in various leadership positions for the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS and is a past president of the Rotary Club of Capitola Aptos.