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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.

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.

Gordon Naumoff

Gordon has been involved in the real estate profession for 45 successful years. His continued enthusiasm and energy are surpassed only by the passion in his soul for his chosen occupation. He truly believes REAL TORS® provide a much-needed service to our communities. He thrives on working with his peers to enhance our industry and remain positive and excited about the work with all our associates. To make a difference, we must stay active and involved. His time serving over the years has blessed him with tremendous satisfaction and great friendships and affiliations with our local, state and national members.

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


  • 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.