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Meet Our Instructors

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Scott Burkett
Loan Originator, PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company
(Bio) 

 

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John Buttery
Associate Broker and Sales Manager, Jaqua, REALTORS®
(Bio)
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Lee Crossley
Sales Manager, Jaqua, REALTORS®
(Bio)

 

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Brett Cummings J.D.
Attorney, Willis Law
(Bio)

 

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Charlie Etter
Attorney, M. Charles Etter P.C.
(Bio)

 

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Dan Jaqua
Broker/Owner, Jaqua, REALTORS®
(Bio)

 

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Dan Johnson
Office-Group Administrator, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
(Bio)

 

 

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Trisha Kidd, Broker/ABR/GRI
Owner, Trisha Kidd Real Estate, LLC
(Bio)

 

 

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Rich LaPorte
REALTOR®, Century 21 C. Howard
(Bio)

 

 

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Jason Machnik
Attorney, Willis Law

 

 

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Angela McMillan
Director of Marketing and Special Events, GKAR

 

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Greg Miller
REALTOR®, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

 

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Marcia Miller
Associate Broker, Miller Connection Realty
(Bio)

 

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Paula Novess 
Director of Professional Standards, GKAR
(Bio)

 

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Ryan Rider 
REALTOR®, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
(Bio) 

 

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Al Rowe, ABR/CRB/CRP/CRS/GRI/E-PRO/5 STAR 
Broker/Owner, RE/MAX Advantage
(Bio)

 


Instructor Bios


Scott Burkett

Loan Originator, PrimeLending
Course(s): Real Estate 101
Accolades: 18+ Years in Mortgage Lending, 23+ Years in Banking, Finance Degree from Western Michigan University

John Buttery

Associate Broker and Sales Manager, Jaqua REALTORS®
Course(s): Local Licensing, Real Estate 101, Real Estate 101 Pre-Licensing
Accolades: 20+ Years GKAR Risk Management Committee; 44+ Years Real Estate Experience; 2009 President, GKAR Board of Directors; 2011 GKAR REALTOR® of the Year; Alumnus, Real Estate Alumni of Michigan; Graduate, Real Estate Institute

Lee Crossley

Sales Manager, Jaqua REALTORS®
Course(s): Real Estate 101, Continuing Education
Accolades: Associate Broker; 20+ Years Real Estate Experience; 2016 REALTOR® of the Year; Member, Richland Township Board of Review and Planning Commission; 2010 President, GKAR Board of Directors; Past Member, GKAR Community Relations Committee, Membership Committee, Executive Committee, Finance Committee; Member, GKAR Grievance Committee; 2018 Chairperson GKAR Risk Management Committee

Brett Cummings J.D.

Attorney, Willis Law
Course(s): Real Estate 101 and Continuing Education
Accolades: Brett is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and routinely practices in both State and Federal courts. He was designated by his peers as a Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. This award reserved for less than 2.5% of attorneys that practice in the State of Michigan. Brett received a J.D. from Thomas Cooley Law School, graduating in the top 10% of his class. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a dual focus in Business Management and International Comparative Politics from Western Michigan University.  

Charlie Etter

Attorney, M. Charles Etter P.C.
Course(s): Real Estate 101
Accolades: ---

Dan Jaqua, Broker/GRI/CRS/CRB/ABR/CRP/RAM

Owner, Jaqua REALTORS®
Course(s): Real Estate 101
Accolades: 2014 President, GKAR Board of Directors; 21+ Years Real Estate Experience; Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), National Association of REALTORS®; Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB), National Association of REALTORS®; Certified Relocation Professional (CRP®), National Association of REALTORS®; Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), National Association of REALTORS®; Finalist, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award; Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI); “Business Leader Under 40”, Western Michigan Business Direct Weekly; Alumnus, University of Michigan

Dan Johnson

Office Manager, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Course(s): Real Estate 101 and Continuing Education
Accolades: Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University, 15 years as a business owner of a company rated by a trade publication as the best in the country, four-time published author, currently manages nearly 100 REALTORS, and teaches both RE101 classes and NAR's Pricing Strategy Advisor certification class.

Trisha kidd

Owner, Trisha Kidd Real Estate, LLC
Course(s): Real Estate 101 
Accolades: 20+ Years Real Estate Experience within the Banking, Law and Real Estate Industries; Obtaining an Executive Certificate of Business Administration, Notre Dame; Bachelor of Arts, Western Michigan University; Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Kellogg Community College; Summer Internship, United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan; Board Member, Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan;  Member, Big Brothers Big Sisters Kalamazoo County Bowl for Kids’ Sake Advisory Committee; Treasurer, Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan Troop #80409; Past Member, a) GKAR - Commercial Committee, Community Relations Committee (2006 Co-Chair), Grievance Committee, and Risk Management Committee, and b) Big Brothers Big Sisters - Junior Leadership Committee and Match Makers Committee; Recipient, GKAR 2006 Educational Achievement Award.

Rich Laporte

REALTOR®, Century 21 C. Howard
Course(s): Real Estate 101
Accolades: ---

 

Marcia Miller, Broker/Owner/ABR/GRI/CRS/SRES

Associate Broker, Miller Connection Realty
Course(s): Real Estate 101
Accolades: 22+ Years Real Estate and Member of GKAR; Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Education; Past Director of Urban Development, City of Gulfport, Mississippi; Former Comptroller and Executive Director, Gulfport Community Development Commission; Former Treasurer, Gulf Coast Veterans Affairs Federal Credit Union Board of Directors; 6+ Years Kalamazoo City Planning Commission

Paula novess

Director of Professional Standards, Compliance and Procedure
Course(s): Real Estate 101 and Fair Housing
Accolades: 35 Years of Experience in the Real Estate Industry including Third Generation Residential Building Business. Real Estate License since 1994 and GKAR Staff Member Since 2003 as Director of Professional Standards as Facilitator of the Compliance Procedure. Instructor of REALTORS Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and Past Board Member of the Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan. Education Degree from Western Michigan University with 8 years as Secondary Education Teacher.

Ryan Rider

REALTOR®, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Course(s): Real Estate 101
Accolades: ---

Al Rowe, ABR/CRB/CRP/CRS/GRI/e-Pro/5 Star

Associate Broker, RE/MAX Advantage
Course(s): Real Estate 101
Accolades: 10+ Years as GKAR Instructor; 35+ Years Real Estate Experience; 1989 and 2005 Owner of the Year Award Recipient, RE/MAX; 1989 and 2002 Distinguished Service Award Recipient, RE/MAX; Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), National Association of REALTORS®; Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB), National Association of REALTORS®; Certified Relocation Professional (CRP®), National Association of REALTORS®; Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), National Association of REALTORS®; President, 1995 and 2003 GKAR Board of Directors; Director At-Large, 1990-1996 and 2001-2003 GKAR Board of Directors; 1998 REALTOR® of the Year, GKAR

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