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Gwyn Besner | Wanda Williams | Connie Rountree | | Stephanie Jones | 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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Wanda Williams, Instructor

Associate Broker, Century 21 Cedarwood Realty
Michigan RPAC Committee
Michigan REALTORS Convention task force
Public Policy Committee
Community Enhancement Committee
Past President Lansing Women’s Council of REALTORS
Past Secretary Michigan Women’s Council of REALTORS
REALTOR of the Year 2018

National Association of REALTORS
Michigan Association of REALTORS
Lansing Association of REALTORS
Women’s Council of REALTORS
Order of the Eastern Star

Retired State of Michigan Environmental Quality Specialist with Department of Natural Resources
We are so excited to have Wanda Williams join our team. Her extensive experience in real estate, since 1988, and her passion for serving customers brings so much to our already amazing team! Wanda has a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University, and a graduate of Saginaw High School. In her own words, “I love to learn new things and I love teaching and inspiring others!”.

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Connie Rountree, Instructor

State Certified Real Estate Instructor for Pre-Licensing and Broker Prep
Michigan Licensed Individual Broker
Assistant to Dewayne Kirkman, Associate Broker, Real Estate One (2010 to 2019)
Manager/Trainer for Century 21 McCoy (September 2008 to 2010
Manager/Associate Broker, Salesperson Coldwell Banker/Schmidt REALTORS Acme Office (2000 to 2008)
Salesperson Coldwell Banker/Schmidt REALTORS Acme Office (1996 to 2000)
Salesperson, Preferred Properties Kalkaska (1991 to 1996)
NAR GREEN Certified
CRS designee/Certified Residential Specialist
GRI designee/Graduate REALTORS Institute
CNS designee/Certified Negotiation Specialist

National Association of REALTORS
Michigan Association of REALTORS
Traverse Area Association of REALTORS
Northern Michigan Chapter Women’s Council of REALTORS (Past President)
Traverse Area Association of REALTORS Board of Directors (Past Director)
MLS Committee Traverse Area Association of REALTORS (Past Member)
Board of Directors for Antrim-Charlevoix-Kalkaska Board of REALTORS (Past Director)
Member Multi Million Dollar Sales Club

I have been Real Estate sales since 1991, serving Northwestern Michigan. I have experience working with buyers and sellers in foreclosure properties, vacation, recreational, waterfront, residential and vacant land properties. Having lived in the Grand Traverse area since 1986, raising my three children with my husband, Gene, in this peaceful, beautiful area has been a dream come true. My family enjoys the wonderful camping, boating and fishing in the pristine lakes, the summer and winter festivals, as well as the friendly people in Northern Michigan. I pride myself on serving the needs of my customers and clients as if they were a part of my family.

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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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