About Us

Gwyn Besner | Joe Schmitt | Barbara Hood | Stephanie Jones Pytel
David Brooks, III | Sharon Johnson | Bobbie Stevens


Gwyn Besner: President/Instructor/Auctioneer


*Delta College
*University of Michigan
*Graduate World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa
*Graduate Indiana University Certified Auctioneers Institute (equivalent to a Master’s Degree in Auctioneering)
*Auctioneer Accredited in Real Estate

*Antiques and used merchandise dealer and appraiser since 1972
*Auctioneer since 1982
*Licensed Real Estate Broker, Residential Builder and Registered Auctioneer
*Approved Real Estate instructor in Michigan and 31 other states
*Author of Fundamentals of Michigan Real Estate, The Book
*Author of Real Estate Broker’s Law 101 and 102

*Expert witness in Real Estate lawsuits

*National Association of Auctioneers and Michigan State Auctioneers Association Advertising award winner and lecturer

*National Association of REALTORS®
*Michigan Association of REALTORS®
*Traverse Area Association of REALTORS®
*Michigan State Auctioneers 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee
*Served as Director
*Former Secretary MSAA
*Former Treasurer of MSAA
*National Auctioneers Association
*Appointed by Governer to Michigan Auctioneer Board and elected Chair for 2008
*Certified Auctioneers Institute
*Auctioneer Accredited in Real Estate Institute
*Saginaw Agricultural SocietyTraverse Celtic Music Society

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Joe Schmitt, Instructor
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*Real Estate Broker/President of Masterbid, Inc. Owner/President MidAmerica Management Corp. (Property Management)
*Member MSAA (Michgan State Auctioneers Association) for 15 years
*Past Board Member MAA
*Auctioneer of the Year – Real Estate(2008)
*Ringman Champion (2009)
*Several MAA marketing and advertising awards
*Licensed in Indiana and Illinois
+Established the Masterbid, Inc. Education and Training Center

Joe Schmitt brings over 43 years of experience to The Acme Institute. He has assisted 18 auctioneers with Real Estate Auctions and is a frequent speaker and trainer throughout the state of Michigan. His goal is to educate the public, businesses, real estate professionals and auctioneers on the effectiveness, benefits and values of selling and buying real estate in an ethical, honest, effective and profitable manner. We are most fortunate to have Joe Schmitt join the team!

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Barb Hood, Instructor



*Associate Broker with Stapleton Realty
*Secretary Women’s Council of REALTORS® 2015
*Vice President Marketing and Membership Women’s Council of REALTORS® 2016
*Traverse Area Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors 2016
*Michigan REALTORS® Council of Residential Specialists
*Serves on Traverse City Association of REALTORS® MLS and Grievance Committees

*Davenport Business College, University Center Traverse City 1995-1999 (Academic Honors)
*Northwestern Michigan College Traverse City 1984-1994 (Academic Honors)
*University of Wisconsin River Falls 1978-1979 (Academic Honors)
*Interlochen Center for the Arts 1976-1978 (Academic Honors)

*Zonta International 2001-2005
*Leadership Grand Traverse 1995-1996
*Michigan Legacy Art Park Board of Directors 1996-1999
*Manistee/Benzie Community Mental Health Advisory Council 1992-1995
*Crystal Mountain Resort, service Excellence Award 1994

Barb brings a dedication to community, an amazing work ethic, wonderful enthusiasm and 17 years of real estate experience to the Acme Institute. Her skills include leadership ability, and innovative problem solving, superb human relations and customer service excellence. We are very excited to have Barb Hood join The Acme Institute Team!

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David Brooks, III, Instructor

*25 years as a licensed agent
*Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate (1995 – 1998)
*RE/MAX Franchisee (1998-2008)
*Founder Brooks Real Estate Group (2007 – 2015)
*Director Commercial Real Estate and Auctions Keller Williams Commercial Royal Oak Market Center (2016-)

*Graduate Crestin High School, Grand Rapids, MI. (1987)
*Graduate Certified Auctioneer through National Auctioneers Association Indiana University (3 year program. (2015)

*National Association of REALTORS®
*Michigan Association of REALTORS®
*Detroit Association of REALTORS®
*Michigan Auctioneers Association

*Hour Magazine top 5% Real Estate Agents in Metro Detroit (2013, 2014)

David is an award winning auctioneer and real estate broker in Michigan for more than 25 years. He has listed and sold over 5000 corporate owned, residential, and commercial properties in Michigan. He lives in downtown Detroit and has become a very active member in the community. With his amazing success and experience, David is most definitely a valuable addition to our Acme Institute Team!

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Sharon Johnson, Instructor

*REALTOR® for 39 years
*Associate Broker for 35 years
*Office/Sales manager for 14 years
*Relocation specialist for 4 years.

*Kirkoff College – Real Estate Law course
*Corporate Trainer – Prudential Real Estate
*Michigan State Certified Pre-license trainer, Real Estate
*Orientation/Fair Housing MLS Instructor West Michigan Lakeshore Association of REALTORS®

*2004-Treasurer West Michigan Lakeshore Association of REALTORS®
*2005-President West Michigan Lakeshore Association of REALTORS®
*2006-Established Chapter and President Women’s Council or REALTORS®, Lakeshore
*2005-Distinguished Service Award West Michigan Lakeshore Association of REALTORS®
*2006-REALTOR® of the Year West Michigan Lakeshore Association of REALTORS®
*2007-Chair West Michigan Lakeshore Association MLS Service
*2014-Lifetime Achievement Award West Michigan Lakeshore Association of REALTORS®
*2015-Board of Directors West Michigan Lakeshore Association of REALTORS®
*Pacesetter of Muskegan County United Way
*Spokesperson for Kent and Ottawa County Victim Impact Panel
*Victim Advocate for MADD in Kent and Ottawa Counties
*Executive Officer of MADD Kent County

We are so happy to add Sharon to our team. Sharon has been a most successful real estate instructor for many years. She has a wealth of experience in the field of real estate and an engaging teaching style.

Her personal motto is: “The Golden Rule Never Tarnishes”.

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Stephanie Jones, Instructor

*Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Northern Michigan University
*CRS Designation
*e-Pro Designation
*GRI Designation
*Real Estate Sales Agent Select Realty, Inc. (1994 to present)
*GRI-I and GRI-II Instructor
*New Member Orientation Instructor Upper Peninsula Association of REALTORS®

*President Marquette Area Jaycees (2006)
*Board of Directors Upper Peninsula Association of REALTORS® (President in 2000)

*National Association of REALTORS®
*Michigan Association of REALTORS®
*Upper Peninsula Association of REALTORS®
*Marquette Area Jaycees

*Upper Peninsula Association of REALTORS® Realtor of the Year (2009)
*Select Realty, Inc. Rookie of the Year (1994)
*Select Realty REALTOR® of the Year (2005, 2007 and 2009)

Stephanie has just the spark it takes to ignite the Upper Peninsula with her enthusiasm and quest for knowledge. Stephanie Jones knows what she is doing, she loves what she is doing and she believes in what she is doing.

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Bobbie Stevens, Administrative Assistant

*Bachelor of Art from University of Colorado
*Certified Professional Standards Administrator Traverse Area Association of REALTORS® (2000 to 2007)
*Administrative Assistant/Events Coordinator Traverse Area Association of REALTORS® (1994 – 2008)
*Administrative Assistant/Admissions Director/Summer Camp Director at The Pathfinder School (1984 to 1994)

*Michigan REALTOR® Association Executive Council (1995 to 2008)
*Central U.S. Ski Association (1994 to 1999)

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