Meet Our Instructors

Steve Olson

Steve Olson

Speaker

Steve Olson has more than 25 years’ experience specializing in real estate sales and valuations. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker and Certified Residential Appraiser. He holds the RAA, MCP,  TRC, SFR and BPORdesignations and certifications. He received the Realtor of the Year award  for 2011 from the South Metro Denver REALTOR® Association and in 2006-2007 Steve was  Chair/President of the South Metro Denver REALTOR® Association. He recently completed six years on the Board of ReColorado. He earned an International Business Diploma from the  International School of Business in The Netherlands as well as a BA from the University of Puget  Sound.

Steve is a dedicated instructor who strives to provide topical information in the ever changing Real Estate industry. He welcomes class participation and interaction in an effort to  make learning a fun experience.

Jon Goodman

Jon Goodman

Speaker

Jon Goodman has been a real estate attorney in Colorado for over twenty-five years, he is a shareholder at Frascona, Joiner, Goodman and Greenstein P.C., and has been since 1994. Jon has published hundreds of real estate articles and is a frequent speaker on dozens of topics for the real estate industry. Clients include mortgage lenders (banks, savings and loans, mortgage companies), real estate brokers and salespersons, real estate companies, developers, property management companies, builders, subcontractors, suppliers, buyers and sellers. As an experienced real estate attorney, Jon has been quoted in various publications including, the Wall Street Journal, the Denver Post, and the Rocky Mountain News. Jon presents various programs, workshops and seminars for real estate professionals, including real estate brokers, lawyers, mortgage brokers and appraisers.

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Jordan May

Jordan May

Speaker

Jordan May is a practicing real estate attorney and shareholder at Frascona, Joiner, Goodman and Greenstein P.C. Jordan is a trial lawyer trying complex civil and real estate cases to judges, juries and tribunals across the state of Colorado. Jordan has argued cases to state and federal trial courts, Colorado courts of appeal, as well as the Office of the Administrative Courts. Serving as an associate municipal judge for the City of Englewood from 2009 to 2013 provided Jordan with a unique “from the bench” perspective on litigation which helps in the development of effective trial strategy. Jordan works closely with his clients to tailor a litigation strategy to meet a client’s particular goals ranging from carefully calculated trial strategy to creative settlement scenarios.

As a former licensed Colorado real estate broker engaging in residential and commercial buy-sell transactions as well as property management, Jordan developed a practitioner’s transactional perspective on the real estate industry. Jordan regularly speaks to real estate professionals and trade groups regarding regulatory issues, risk management, negotiation strategy, contract issues, as well as state professional license discipline among other topics.

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Gregg Greenstein

Gregg Greenstein

Speaker

Colorado divorce lawyer Gregg Greenstein has over 29 years of experience assisting clients with all aspects of divorce and family law. Gregg works closely with clients to achieve their particular goals, providing counsel in resolving all issues concerning the divorce process. We handle a wide range of family law issues including divorce, legal separation, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, child custody and visitation (parental responsibility and parenting time), parental kidnapping, abduction and cult recovery, cohabitation agreements, mediation, arbitration, step parent and kinship adoption, restraining orders and protection orders, same sex couples rights, relocation cases, grandparent visitation and rights, and appeals.

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Michael Smeenk

Michael Smeenk

Speaker

Mr. Smeenk counsels clients in real estate, estate planning and estate administration matters. He joined Frascona, Joiner, Goodman and Greenstein, P.C. in 2007 as an attorney and became a shareholder in 2015. In his real estate practice, Mr. Smeenk advises buyers, sellers and real estate brokers through all phases of purchase, sale and lease transactions. He has guided many clients through the nuances of loan modifications, short sales and foreclosures, and has settled or renegotiated tens of millions of dollars in loan obligations. He also advises real estate brokers in Colorado Real Estate Commission and federal compliance matters. As an estate planning attorney, Mr. Smeenk routinely drafts wills, trusts, powers of attorney and living wills for clients. He also creates asset protection and gifting vehicles, including LLC’s, family partnerships and complex trusts. His experience in drafting and implementing estate plans provides valuable insight when working through the probate administration process. In estate administration proceedings, Mr. Smeenk represents personal representatives, trustees and beneficiaries to ensure that post-death matters are administered appropriately. He also represents clients in connection with guardianship and conservatorship cases. Before practicing law full time, Mr. Smeenk gained practical small business management experience in growing from an intern to a Vice President / Corporate Counsel role with an event production company. His previous position as a licensed Mortgage Broker in North Carolina provides him with a functional understanding of property financing issues. Currently, Michael loves being a new dad and getting out for adventures with his family and dogs.

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T. Damien Zumbrennen

T. Damien Zumbrennen

Speaker

Damien concentrates his practice on real estate, employment and construction defect litigation. As a real estate lawyer, Damien helps his clients resolve a broad scope of disputes involving real property. His experience includes landlord/tenant litigation, easement and property line disputes, neighbor disputes, HOA litigation, actions to quiet title, and many other types of cases involving real property. He also defends real estate brokerages and brokers in connection with their efforts to buy, sell and manage real estate. In construction-defect litigation, Damien has substantial experience representing general contractors and subs, as well as owners, architects and materialmen. His experience includes comparatively smaller cases involving condos and townhomes, as well as larger cases involving single family homes, multifamily and commercial properties. As an employment law specialist, Damien represents clients in state and federal court as well as mediation and arbitration. Damien is highly experienced in the successful litigation of multi-plaintiff and individual-plaintiff discrimination, harassment, whistleblower, retaliation, wage-and- hour and other employment related lawsuits under state and federal law. When representing employers, Damien coaches management to implement “best practices” that help prevent formalized disputes while also preparing for litigation or arbitration if such disputes cannot be avoided. Damien also counsels both management and individuals regarding their workplace-related rights under state and federal law and he assists in the review and negotiation of employment and independent contractor agreements. Damien also has substantial experience counseling clients on a range of commercial disputes involving individuals, partnerships, corporations and other business entities. In this role, Damien is often consulted regarding claims for breach of contract/fiduciary duty, business torts, partnership disputes, trade secret litigation and other disputes involving failed business transactions resulting in financial loss.

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Zac Grey

Zac Grey

Speaker

Mr. Grey focuses his practice on real estate transactions and oil and gas matters. He joined Frascona, Joiner, Goodman and Greenstein, P.C. in September of 2016.

Mr. Grey represents buyers, sellers, real estate agents, builders, and developers in a variety of real estate transactions. He has advised clients on matters concerning buy/sell contracts, construction contracts, assignments of leases, party wall/HOA arrangements, warranty agreements, and easements/rights of way. Mr. Grey strives to further the client’s business goal through an efficient, common-sense approach.

Within the oil and gas industry, Mr. Grey has represented start-up oil and gas companies in the acquisition of leasehold and well interests in the Rocky Mountain region. He has advised clients in the negotiation and interpretation of oil and gas leases, purchase and sale agreements, and joint operating agreements. On the title side, Mr. Grey has analyzed chains of title and drafted drilling title opinions in Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Utilizing his oil and gas expertise, he represents operators, land service companies, mineral buyers, and landowners, but also real estate clients searching for comprehensive representation from the surface to the center of the earth.

Prior to joining Frascona, he worked for a Denver law firm and served as an in-house operational landman for a Fortune 500 exploration and production company in Oklahoma City. Mr. Grey received his Juris Doctor from The Penn State Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation Law Review. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from Wofford College, where he played defensive back as a full-scholarship member of Wofford’s NCAA Division I FCS football team. Mr. Grey is admitted to practice in the state of Colorado and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Cinthia Manzano

Cinthia Manzano

Speaker

Attorney. Frascona, Joiner, Goodman and Greenstein, P.C., Boulder, Colorado, July 2001 to Present. Shareholder since 2006. Before becoming a shareholder, Ms. Manzano worked as an associate with the firm as well as another Colorado law firm. Prior to that, she was an attorney in Florida. She has been an attorney since 1994.

Ms. Manzano represents a variety of clients, including homeowners, property managers, homeowner associations (HOA’s) throughout Colorado in construction defect cases or other matters. Ms. Manzano also works with sellers, buyers, real estate brokers, builders, contractors, engineers, architects, other construction professionals or business owners with the drafting of their contracts, mechanic’s liens, business questions or negotiations.

Our firm is skilled at handling a wide range of construction defect issues, including: Seller Disclosure Issues; Real Estate Transaction Disputes; Warranty Issues; Material Failures; Mold and Water Damage; Methamphetamine and Expansive Soils, among others.Ms. Manzano practices in the following areas: Construction Defect Litigation, Construction Litigation, Association Law, Real Estate Litigation, Commercial & Civil Litigation, Property Management and Special Needs Education Law.

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Kate Simpson

Kate Simpson

Speaker

Work History
1996-present Simpson Real Estate Services, Denver, CO, President, Realtor, Broker
• Oversee daily operations of full service real estate Company including client services, resource
management, business development, marketing, and promotion.
• Designed and created all company branding and marketing materials, advertising and sponsorship activities.
• Ensure consistent compliance with federal, state and local governmental regulatory agencies, and with regard to cultural sensitivities or special needs of clients and customers.
• Utilize excellent interpersonal and communication skills to quickly build rapport with a diverse client base, create an inclusive work environment, and meet the needs and exceed client and colleague expectations.
• Solve problems and overcome obstacles using discretion, tact and sound judgement, Education
• Bachelor of Arts, International Relations, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado,
• Managing Broker’s License , Jones Real Estate School, Denver, Colorado
• Yoga Instructor, CorePower Yoga Studios, Denver, Colorado Professional Accreditations
• Published Guest Columnist, The Denver Post, Humor Times, Funny Times
• Member, Pikes Peak Writers Association and Society of Children’s Book Writers
• Licensed Real Estate Managing Broker
• Member, National Association of Realtors, Colorado Association of Realtors, Jefferson County Association of Realtors
Peter Meer

Peter Meer

Speaker

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Science in Business (BS) University of Colorado 1966
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA), San Francisco State University 1970

LICENSES/DESIGNATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION PARTICIPATION

  • Colorado Real Estate Employing Broker License, since 1981
  • Residential Property Manager (RPM) designation awarded by the National Association of Residential Managers (NARPM)
  • Master Property Manager (MPM) awarded by NARPM
  • Certified Residential Management Company (CRMC) awarded by NARPM
  • 1997-2001 and 2005-2006 served as National Director for NARPM, serving as National Treasurer in 2001
  • Certified Instructor for NARPM

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARYMr. Meer, owner and president of Meer & Company, Inc., has been providing expert property management services throughout the Denver area since 1981. Currently he manages 150 single-family homes in the Denver area. In previous years, he has managed Home Owner Associations. He has a proven track record of dealing with all aspects of property management including:

(a) Standards of care for management of both residential and commercial properties,

(b) Liability issues arising from tenants/visitors/workmen at a given residential or commercial property and

(c) Health and safety issues arising from tenants/visitors/workmen at a given residential or commercial property.

Mr. Meer is highly organized with excellent written and verbal communication skills. Mr. Meer is able to work under tight deadlines and meet high performance goals. Due to his broad knowledge and method of operation, he is able to provide expert witness services to all areas of the United States.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • “Residential Property Management Agreements”
  • “How to Manage Your Own Rental Property”
  • “Marketing, Promotion, and Public Relations for Your Residential Property Management Agreements”
  • “Lease Agreements”
  • “A Checklist to Running Your Own Property Management Company”
  • “Liability and Safety Issue Impacting Property Managers”
  • “Obtaining New Clients and Tenants for Your Residential Property Management Business”

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Mr. Meer, a native of Denver, Colorado, manages 150 single-family units, including single-family homes, town homes, condominiums, duplex and triplex units.
  • He has a BS degree from the University of Colorado as well as an MBA from San Francisco State University.
  • He started his property management firm, Meer & Company, Inc., in 1981.

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Doug Barber

Doug Barber

Speaker

Douglas H. Barber has been a licensed real estate practitioner and REALTOR in ® Colorado since 1975 (current broker license No. ER184371), when he joined the sales staff of The Rawhide Company, REALTORS®. He is presently President and Broker of that company. He literally grew up working in the business, assisting his father who had been developing and selling Colorado and Wyoming real estate since 1958.
Barber holds a degree in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver (1977). While at D.U., he was Charter President of Rho Epsilon, a professional real estate fraternity. He was later accepted to the Denver University Law School.
Real estate education has continued, with Barber earning the CRB (Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager), GRI (Graduate Realtors Institute), Master of Real Estate (MRE), and e-Pro (for technology use), and REDS (Real Estate Divorce Specialist) designations, and RCC (Residential Construction Certified) designations. He has also taken training for other residential and commercial investment designations. Doug has attended over 70 hours of mediation training, is a member of the Mediation Association of Colorado (theMAC), and his practice includes real estate and contract dispute mediation.
Barber was been a Director for many years of the Pikes Peak and Colorado Associations of REALTORS®, and served for four years as a Director of the National Association, where he currently serves on the Risk Management and Professional Standards committees. He was Chairman of the Board of the Pikes Peak Association in 2002-3, and its REALTOR® of the Year in 2004-5. He has chaired numerous committees for the state and local Associations, and he provides pro-bono mediation and arbitration services for both Associations.
For many years, Doug has been an instructor for the State REALTOR® Association and several real estate schools, teaching ethics, professional standards, risk management, land, lead paint, construction and new homes, contracts, water, and negotiation classes, as well as the Colorado Division of Real Estate Annual Update class. Barber develops and teaches new courses to help brokers around Colorado stay current and meet their continuing education license requirements.

Duane Duggan

Duane Duggan

Speaker

Duane Duggan is a third generation native of Colorado and a graduate of the University of Colorado Business School. Duane is a firm believer in giving back to his Community and Profession and has done so by contributing his time and expertise to numerous local Non-Profit Organizations, by holding various positions with his local and state Boards of REALTORS®, and by being a mentor and business coach to other REALTORS®. Duane recently published his first book entitled,  “REALTOR for Life”. The main intent of this book is to help REALTORS® become a trusted advisor “for life” to their clients on all matters related to real estate. Duane’s second book is in the works and will be entitled “Silverbacks”. This book is focused at helping REALTORS® take control of their business and prepare for their future by possibly selling their business upon retirement. As a sought after speaker, Duane has spoken multiple times at the RE/MAX International convention, the CRS Sellebration, the Colorado Assoc. of REALTORS Convention, the Boulder Valley Real Estate Conference, as well as numerous other professional groups such as the Colorado Mortgage Brokers, Colorado Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) and the Colorado Assoc. of Appraisers (CARA). Currently Duane is the State Spokesperson for the NE District of the Co. Assoc. of REALTORS.
Karen Easton

Karen Easton

Speaker

Twice received the Colorado Association of Realtors Distinguished Service Award, Awarded the Merrie Medina Award for Outstanding Instructor, Graduate of Washington College-BA English, BS Mathematics, U of CO, Communications, Licensed Broker since 1977, Owner/ Broker of Easton & Associates, 25 years experience in residential home building business. Chairman of the Board for Metrolist and Chairman of Audit and Finance for Metrolist, Vice President of Education for CAR for 2 years, Past President of (DERA) Douglas/Elbert Realtor Assn, Twice DERA Realtor of the Year. Karen is a GRI, CRS and was the first Realtor to receive an MRE. The following is a quote from a student.“Karen could read a recipe and make it interesting.”
Maria M. Petrocco

Maria M. Petrocco

Speaker

Maria M. Petrocco focuses her practice on diligently representing the interest of the landowners and mineral owners in oil & gas transactions. She has gained much experience with oil & gas leases, surface use agreements and royalty issues. Mrs. Petrocco has never represented the interests of the oil companies and remains loyal to the surface and mineral owners. Mrs. Petrocco represents landowners, developers, farmers and ranchers, investors, construction companies, owners of equestrian centers, and individual sellers and buyers in a variety of real estate matters. She has extensive experience in due diligence, acquisition and sales. She has also represented several landowners with title problems in quiet title actions. Her experience in the title industry compliments her real estate practice by giving her a thorough knowledge of available title products, title searches and settlement processes. Mrs. Petrocco was raised in New York and graduated from the University of Denver with a B.S. in Psychology. She graduated from the University of Denver School of Law in 1981 with the highest distinction as a Member of the Order of St. Ives, and was an editor for the Denver Law Review Journal. She was previously associated with Fidelity National Title Company, and several prominent law firms. She was also an adjunct professor at Arapahoe Community College where she taught real property law and contract law in the paralegal program. She is the author of the article entitled “When Deeds of Trust Bite the Dust” which was published in the December 1998 issue of The Colorado Lawyer.
Bryan Zerr

Bryan Zerr

Speaker

Bryan Zerr was born and raised in south Aurora where he attended Regis Jesuit High School. Bryan received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Accounting from Gonzaga University, earning his CPA license in 2009 while working at KPMG in downtown Denver.  Bryan discovered his love for real estate in 2005 when he began investing in real estate tax liens as a freshman in college. As a public accountant at KPMG, Bryan worked at ProLogis and Denver Housing Authority where he developed an intimate knowledge of real estate finance. After a two year stint working under Terry Considine at Aimco, a publicly-owned apartment REIT in the DTC, Bryan ventured out to pursue his love of residential real estate sales.  Bryan is currently Managing Broker for Greenwood Estates Realty, a boutique brokerage in the DTC, where he specializes in Greenwood Village luxury sales. Bryan also maintains the 40 hours of continuing education needed to maintain his CPA license.