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GRI Instructors

GRI Certified Instructors

Gwyn Besner

Highly knowledgeable and skilled Real Estate professional with excellent interpersonal skills and strong abilities in authoring and implementing training and educational programs. Primary skills include adult learning theory, training needs analysis, interactive learning strategies, and online facilitation. Broad background as a real estate broker, appraiser, tax preparer and auctioneer.

  • Approved Real Estate Instructor with Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) since 1993.
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker: 31 years in the real estate industry as a practicing licensee and later as a state approved instructor.
  • Designated SME (Subject Matter Expert) by PSI Exams.
  • Professional Subject Material Expert testifying in court.
  • Author of “Fundamentals of Michigan Real Estate, The Book”, “Real Estate Broker’s 101” and “Real Estate Broker’s Law 102”.
  • Auctioneer Accredited in Real Estate since 2004.

Mike Bowler

Mike Bowler Sr. has serviced the real estate industry (Lansing, MI) for the past 40 years. During that time, he’s educated and consulted hundreds of REALTORS. Mike is a former broker owner of Coldwell Banker Bowler Real Estate and is currently a Career Development Coach for Keller Williams in Lansing.

Mike owns a company called PRETEC (Professional Resources, Education, Training, & Coaching) and is an Executive Director of John Maxwell Team. He is an advocate of lifelong learning, positive attitudes, and living your dreams.

Mike is committed to advancing organizational and community transformation through personal development and timeless leadership values.

Mike has earned the CRB, GRI, ePRO, SRES, PMN, served on his local Board of Realtors and as a Board member of the Realtor Business Institute.

Rick Conley

Rick Conley has over 30 years of residential real estate experience. He is a graduate of the Walsh College Executive Management and Dale Carnegie Institutes. Rick is the leading instructor in Michigan for SRES, RSPS, ABR, GRI, SRS, and RENE designation/certification courses. Prior to founding his school, Real Estate Education Services, Inc., Rick was Director of Education for two large proprietary schools in Southeast Michigan focusing on agent licensing, training, and on-going educational programs for all levels of sales agents. Rick’s strives to engage his students in practical open forum for a positive and lasting experience and promotes himself as an ongoing resource.

ABR, SRES, GRI, HAFA, SRS, SFR, GREEN, RENE, SRES, RSPS, Broker and REBAC Hall of Fame Inductee.

Stephanie Jones

Stephanie Jones brings a wealth of experience with her; a practitioner in real estate in Marquette since 1994. Her prior sales experience includes 16 years at Gazebo (women's clothing store) in downtown Marquette.

  • Marquette Area Jaycees - Charter Member and 2006 President.
  • Lake Superior Community Partnership- Board of Directors, Marketing Chairperson.
  • Marquette Economic Club- Board of Directors, Past President.
  • Upper Peninsula Association of REALTORS Board Member and 1999, 2000 & 2015-16 President.
  • Upper Peninsula Association of REALTORS 2000 & 2009 & 2015 & 2017 REALTOR of the YEAR.
  • Select Realty Inc. Rookie of the Year 1994.
  • Select Realty Inc. Realtor of the Year 2005, 2007, 2009,2015.
  • Michigan Approved GRI Real Estate Instructor since 2009.
  • Real Estate Educator with Acme Institute since 2013.

Tom Kotzian

Tom Kotzian is an experienced manager with a wide background in real estate. He has been a manager for the past 40 years in REALTOR® associations and residential brokerage. Tom's educational background includes an undergraduate degree in education from Central Michigan University and a Juris Doctorate degree in real property law from Michigan State University School of Law. He is also an experienced real estate educator specializing in license law, professional standards, association management and real estate curriculum design.

Tom is a certified instructor and administrator in professional standards for the National Association of REALTORS® having personally trained over 120,000 Realtors in Michigan and throughout the United States. He served as a Director of the Michigan REALTORS® for 8 years and was their Parliamentarian for 25 years.

Bartley Patterson

CRS, Certified Residential Specialist, trained in all areas of the residential market place. GRI, Graduate of the Real Estate Institute for my Associate Brokers License. Bartley is also an e-PRO to work with those clients who prefer electronic communications. ACP, Accredited Commercial Professional for all commercial type properties and real estate transactions. CDPE designation for Certified Distressed Property Expert for those experiencing difficulty in short sales and foreclosed homes. CIAS Certified Investment Specialist for the Investor. Bartley has completed training Master Certified Negotiation Expert MCNE, this is one of the most extensive training programs on the art of negotiations. He also has the National Association of Realtors RENE (Real Estate Negotiation Expert) Designation. He has completed specialized training for the SRES Designation, Senior Real Estate Specialist and received GREEN Designation for working with the environmentally and energy friendly Green Homes and reducing our Carbon footprint. Certified with the PSA (Pricing Strategies) designation.

Shelley Schoenherr

Shelley Schoenherr, GRI, CRS is resident of Fair Haven and an Associate Broker with Advantage Realty in Chesterfield Township. She obtained her license and has been a REALTOR® since 1976, and obtained a Broker’s license 1980.

In Shelley’s pursuit of excellence, she has completed numerous courses including GRI, Real Estate Practitioner’s Law, CRS, ABR, Careers in Commercial Property Real Estate, Professional Assistant Trainer’s Course, Management Courses, Leadership workshops and multiple marketing and prospecting courses. Her love for education has led to being an Author and approved instructor for GRI, Code of Ethics, Continuing Education, Brokers and Pre-license courses.

Jack Waller

President/Owner, NCI Associates, Ltd. NCI is a corporation providing Education and Consulting services to the real estate and construction-related industries. Responsibilities include Training and Education, Program and Seminar Development, Productivity and Business Consulting, and Author. Since 1979.

NAR-Certified Professional Standards and Mediation Trainer. Conducted numerous education programs for State and Local Realtor® Associations/Boards including Continuing Education, NAR-mandated Ethics Training, Fair Housing, Contract Law, Advanced Broker's License Preparation (90 hours), Salesperson’s License Training (40 hours), Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Advanced Agency Law & Principles, Risk Management, Policies & Procedures, Business Planning, and Professional Instructor Development. Conduct the annual Professional Standards Training for Professional Standards Committee Members and Grievance Committee Members for several Realtor® Associations/Boards. Education/Training Consultant to multiple Real Estate Companies throughout Michigan. Real Estate Salesperson/Broker–Residential experience in direct sales and sales training. Of Counsel to Linnell & Associates, PLLC, Attorneys and Counselors at Law.

Furhad Waquad

ABR, AHWD, BPOR, CIPS, CRS, e-PRO, GREEN, GRI, MRP, PSA, SRES, SFR, TRC

  • 2019-2020 Regional Trustee REALTOR Party Campaign Services.
  • 2007 President, Michigan Association of Realtors.
  • 2008 President, MCAR.
  • 2009 NAR President’s Liaison to International and Second Homes Real Estate Group.
  • 2010 President CRS Michigan Chapter.
  • 2011 NAR Regional Vice President.
  • 2012 NAR Vice Chair, Global Business and Alliances.
  • 2013 NAR Chair, Global Business and Alliances.
  • 2014/2015 NAR President’s Liaison to Netherlands.
  • 2015 Vice Chair, 1st International Realtor Conference, Philippines.
  • Speaker for International Realtor Conferences in Philippines, Korea and Thailand.
  • International Faculty, National Association of REALTORS for REBAC & WCR.