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Gwyn Besner | Joe Schmitt | 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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Joe Schmitt, Instructor

*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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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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