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.

Karen Mistrot

Karen Mistrot

Speaker

Karen Mistrot is the Managing Broker for Karen & Company Realty. Her experience with pricing, marketing, negotiating & closing sales is par to none. She truly cares about her clients and strives to provide premium service. Selling homes along with her knowledge of the real estate market inside & out is her passion. Her extensive financial background plays into her solid knowledge of pricing. Expert negotiating skills enable Sellers the BEST price possible. She believes that ongoing education is incredibly important in helping her stay on top of what is happening in the real estate market. Karen holds the prestigious CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designation. Only 4% of real estate agents nationwide hold this designation. Karen has been named as one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Agents for 2016. She often trains agents not only in Colorado, but throughout the country on the topics of marketing, systems and customer service. Karen has lived in the southern part of the Denver area for over 14 years with her husband Mason & and their daughter Meredith. She is a proud alumni of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Finance.
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.
Jordan May

Jordan May

Speaker

Jordan May * Practice Areas. Mr. May practices in the following areas: Real Estate, Litigation, Creditor’s Rights/Debtor’s Remedies, Municipal Law, Land Use, Title Issues, and Special Districts. * Attorney. Frascona, Joiner, Goodman and Greenstein, P.C., Boulder, Colorado. September 2009 to present. Shareholder since January 2016. * Associate Municipal Judge. City of Englewood Municipal Court, 2009 – 2013. * Attorney. Folkestad, Fazekas, Barrick & Patoile P.C., Castle Rock, Colorado. Real Estate attorney specializing in real estate transactions, land use, municipal law, litigation, landlord tenant law, foreclosure, collections, and title issues. * Attorney. Balcomb & Green P.C., Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Real Estate attorney specializing in real estate transactions, land use, municipal law, landlord tenant law, title issues, and water law.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Bo Hatton

Bo Hatton

Speaker

Hi! I’m Bo Hatton, Jackie’s Transaction Coordinator making sure each and every deal gets done right! I have been in the real estate business for 20 years. Licensed in 1993, I sold real estate for nine years. In 2000 I made the decisions to leave the sales end of real estate and started working for Colorado Homefront as their Transaction Coordinator. After 9/11, the company was struggling and, rather than waiting for my pink slip, I decided to give my notice and took a huge risk and start my own company as an Independent Transaction Coordinator. Now, a single mother of a 24-year- old daughter, who now lives on her own, and a 17-year- old son, who lives with me full time, I work from my home and serve 11 real estate agents around Denver. I become involved in your transaction when the property goes under contract. I assist the seller and buyer through every step of the process. My job is to make sure that the title company, lender, agent, buyer and seller are doing everything that they are required to do to insure a smooth closing. I like to refer to myself as “Your New Best Friend”. I’m very detail-oriented and organized. Jackie will, of course, handle all negotiations and is very involved with every transaction. I am here to remind you, Jackie and everyone else of the upcoming deadlines and to make sure every detail of your transaction is properly executed. My job is one of great importance because I help people transition through one point in their life to the next. I have worked with families buying their first home, then watch them and their growing families transition into their next home. I have assisted families sell the home of a loved-one that has passed or perhaps another family that is moving out of state. My job is one that I take very seriously as I realize that buying and selling real estate is the biggest transaction of most people’s lives and it is my responsibility as a human being to do the best job possible for them. This is not simply a “job”. It is my calling and I embrace that responsibility. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my kids, walking my Irish Setter, Jade, reading, going to the movies, traveling and doing Turbo Jam! I have also written a book entitled “Becoming the Epic Real Estate Personal Assistant” and am currently in the process of retaining a Literary Agent and ultimately having my book published.
Mario Jannatpour

Mario Jannatpour

Speaker

Who am I? I am a Realtor with RE/MAX Alliance, Author of “The Honest Real Estate Agent” and Founder of CARE Coaching. Why I Care   I am passionate about improving the professional development of Real Estate Agents in their career. What I Believe I believe you can be honest, you can have integrity, care about your customers and still be highly successful and make a good living as a Realtor. There are many paths to success.  There is no “one way” to be a successful Realtor and if anyone tells you otherwise they are selling you something. You can be yourself, you don’t have to be something you’re not to be successful in real estate.  Don’t let anyone bully you on this and try to change your personality.  Embrace who you are and you will connect with customers.  When you’re genuine you are more confident and your self image goes up.  Customers want to do business with confident Realtors. Having access to excellent training tools, mentoring and coaching for Realtor’s in their career is one of the biggest predictors for success. Being a Realtor is one of the most meaningful and fulfilling careers today.  We are truly helping our customers and we make a positive difference in their lives. My passion is what I do.  I am not searching for something out there which doesn’t exist.  My passion is within.  I love what I do.  I want the same for you.
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.
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
Michael Jewell

Michael Jewell

Speaker

Michael T. Jewell serves as the Head of the Oil, Gas, and Minerals Practice Group.  Michael focuses his practice on serving independent exploration and production clients throughout Colorado, including the DJ Basin/Greater Wattenberg Area, Sand Wash, Las Animas Arch, San Juan Basin, North Park, and Piceance Basins.  His representative matters include:
·  COGCC representation in spacing, pooling, and protest matters
·  Managing due diligence projects for large transactions exceeding $330 million
·  Leading acquisition and due diligence efforts of a 5,800 acre oil field
·  Serving as lead local counsel for a $19 million acquisition of CO2 interests in SW Colorado
·  Representing a client in the acquisition of 3,300 acres of wildcat and HBP acreage
·  Advising midstream gas gathering operators with assets on Indian lands
·  Providing transactional guidance and due diligence for a 56,000 acre acquisition
·  Representing oil & gas clients in front of county land boards involving wind farm expansion
·  Guiding operators through ESA issues covering large prospects containing fee, federal, and state lands
·  Regularly advising on mineral and water acquisitions involving private, state, and federal lands

Michael has written and contributed to over 250 mineral title opinions and frequently advises on and negotiates surface use agreements, joint operating agreements, leases, federal and state unit agreements, regulatory matters, and curative documents for oil and gas and mining clients. Michael was recently the 2013-2014 Chair of the Natural Resources and Energy Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association and currently sits on the Oil and Gas and Landman Committees of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. In addition to his practice in natural resources law, Michael serves as Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where he teaches courses in public health law and researches the efficacy of public health interventions by mineral operators.  Michael speaks frequently to both local and national audiences on topics that range from epidemiology and mineral development to regulatory issues that affect energy development in Colorado.

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.
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.