Instructor Information

Instructor Bios

Tyler Abens

Tyler AbensTyler Abens is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Industrial Technology with an emphasis in Training and Development. After graduation, Tyler was employed by Pella Windows in Pella with roles in Human Resources and Management. During his time in Pella, he did a great deal of required annual training sessions and weekly department manager developmental training. He also helped as a teacher’s assistant for the Dale Carnegie Course.

In 2003, Tyler and his wife Sara, moved back to their hometown of Webster City and became a REALTOR® team in the family business, Abens Realty. Tyler became a Broker Associate in 2006 and is a top producer listing and selling real estate full time recently qualifying for the IAR Gold Individual Achievement Award. Tyler enjoys teaching and looks forward to sharing his experiences in the real estate world with real estate agents in the classroom.

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Bruce H. Aydt, DSA, ABR, CRB, GRN, SFR, SRS

Bruce Aydt

Bruce Aydt is a REALTOR®, attorney and educator from St. Louis, Missouri.  He has been involved in the management of real estate brokerages for 30 years, currently as Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Alliance Real Estate.

Active in all levels of REALTOR® organizations, Bruce has served as President of both the Missouri Association of REALTORS® and the St. Louis Association of REALTORS®.  For the National Association of REALTORS®, Bruce has chaired the Professional Standards Committee, Legal Action Committee and State Leadership Forum and received the National Association’s Distinguished Service Award.  He is a nationally recognized educator on real estate issues and is the regular columnist on ethics issues for REALTOR® Magazine.  He lives in St.Louis, Missouri with his wife, Lisa and has two grown children.

Justin Bennett

Justin Bennett

Coach Justin left a successful VP role in the banking industry to pursue his dream of helping peoplewith their personal finances.  His passionate teaching and speaking style motivates clients to reach their goals.  He has built a successful business, Strong Tower Consulting, LLC.,  and co-founded My Money Wellness, LLC.  Justin is married with five children and resides in Ames, IA.

Jan DeMott

Jan DeMottAs a former high school teacher (Bachelor of Science in Education) Jan applies her knowledge of the learning process to her real estate classes. Her classes are fast paced, geared to a high level of learning, filled with stimulating discussions and liberally sprinkled with anecdotes about her experiences in real estate over the last 21 years.

Participants of Jan’s classes include words like: informative, stimulating, enlightening knowledgeable as well as entertaining. Students’ time in the classroom will be worthwhile and will come away with ready-to-use information.

Jan assures her classes to be enjoyable, almost fun-filled as Jan epitomizes the philosophy that learning is a continuous pathway to accomplishments.

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John Goede, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI

John GoedeA graduate from University of South Dakota, with a teaching degree in Political Science, minors in music and math. Was a school teacher for 6 years. Obtained a real estate license in 1981 and a broker’s license in 1983.

He is active at in all levels of real estate. He has the ABR, ABRM, CRB, CRS, GRI, and broker designations. He is the past president of the local MLS and Board of REALTORS®. He is a member of the State Board of Directors. He is also currently state officer for the Iowa CRS chapter. John is a Co-owner and designated broker of Century 21 Jacobsen Real Estate in Spencer, Iowa.

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Jorge Gomez

Jorge Gomez, Jr. was born and raised in Bettendorf, Iowa. In 1975 he graduated from theJorge Gomez University Of Iowa College Of Law. Upon graduation Jorge became the founding member and senior partner in the law firm of Gomez May LLP and has been in practice for more than 39 years. The Law firm of Gomez May LLP has offices located in both Davenport, Iowa and Moline, Illinois. Jorge is also the founding partner and part owner of Gomez Title and Closing Company LLC, located in Moline, Illinois, which provides settlement and closing services as well as title insurance for Illinois closings. Jorge is an approved abstractor for the state of Iowa and established Abstracting ServicesThis company mainly serves Scott County.  Jorge is a member of both the State of Iowa and Scott County Iowa bar associations. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Iowa and in the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa and has served as a Bar Examiner for the Iowa State.  He has also been a presenter on many occasions for the State of Iowa Continuing Legal Education Program.

Jorge’s law practice emphasizes in the area of real estate and banking law. He has personally completed over 20,000 real estate closings and transactions of both residential and commercial properties. His experience in this field makes him a highly sought after real estate continuing education instructor.  He brings hands on knowledge to the classroom to inform agents of the rights and wrongs and the many pit falls they can and should avoid.

Bob Hackney, CRS, GRI

Bob HackneyMount Mercy College 1981 BS Business Administration

Broker/Manager Skogman Realty Cedar Rapids Iowa

Pre-license instructor for Skogman Real Estate School and Kirkwood Community College

Instructor for Iowa Association of REALTORS®

Board of Directors Cedar Rapids Area Association of REALTORS®

Past President Cedar Rapids Area Association of REALTORS®

Mount Mercy College Board of Directors Alumni Association

Past President Mount Mercy College Alumni Board

Board of Directors Iowa Association of REALTORS®

IAR REALTOR® of the Year 2012

Cedar Rapids Area Association of REALTOR® of the Year 2012

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Chandra Hall

Starting college at age 16, she completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Business.chandra hall In 1993 she founded and operated Innovative Funding, a corporate and non-profit resource partner collaborating with leaders of corporations and non-profit organizations. In 1997, she joined forces with J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc., in Wichita, Kansas specializing in residential real estate. After completing a Masters Degree in Business Administration in 2000, she became an adjunct instructor for her alma mater followed by a real estate instructor for Career Education Systems in Kansas City. Upon relocating to Colorado, Chandra served as a real estate educator and instructor trainer at Kaplan Professional Schools in Colorado Springs and Denver.

In addition to being a CRS instructor, Chandra also teaches GRI and ABR courses for real estate groups across the nation. She is the managing broker/owner of Colorado Mesa Realty, LLC, is successful in several aspects of real estate – from residential resale to building new homes – and has been recognized as the designer and creative consultant on three award winning Parade Homes in Colorado Springs.

Born an identical twin, Chandra appreciates the power of individual differences. She uses this belief to help others identify their natural abilities and create more of what they desire both personally and professionally. Her passion is to assist others in recognizing their unlimited potential and unique purpose in life. Through an engaging presentation style combining humor, knowledge, and motivation, audience members discover: Innovation + Implementation = The Realization of What is Possible.

Bill Jennings

Bill Jennings is an Iowa Native originally from Persia, IA and an Iowa bill jenningsState University graduate.  Bill is a former HS Science Teacher and Head Boys’ Basketball Coach who has also taught in the Zoology/Genetics Dept. at ISU.  Bill has been licensed since 1999 and has been the  Broker/Owner of REMAX Real Estate Center in Ames, IA since 2009.  Bill and his wife Traci are a husband/wife team and top producing agents in the Ames area.  Bill is also involved in agriculture as he manages a farming operation.  Bill has been on several panels, committees and has had several speaking engagements over the years.  Thus, Bill has a very diverse background that enhances his ability to share and distribute information. 

Tom Lundstedt, CCIM

Tom Lundstedt is known as the funniest investment and tax guy in America! Tom LundstedtHis programs for residential and investment real estate have entertained and enlightened more than 2,500 audiences from sea to shining sea.
He's a former Major League Baseball whose striking combination of humor and real world examples makes powerful subjects spring to life.
Students of a Lundstedt workshop invariably rave about how much they learned - and how much fun they had doing it!

Becky Martel, CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Eco Broker Certified©


Becky Martel graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Mathematics and a State of IowaTeacher Certification in Secondary Education. Before beginning her real estate career Becky spent 21 years in the retail industry. Most of that time was spent in asset control and helping provide employee training. She has been licensed and a REALTOR® since 1990. During that time Becky has experienced the world of the real estate sales person as well as the world of a managing Broker.  Becky has serve as the President of the Iowa City Area Association of REALTORS®, a director on the Board of Directors and has chaired the Education, Technology and Forms Committees of the Iowa City Area Association of REALTORS®. She has also chaired the Technology committee of the Iowa Association of REALTORS® As the Iowa City Area Association of REALTORS® orientation instructor Becky introduces new REALTORS® to real estate and experienced REALTORS® to new tools. Twenty-one years in retail sales, management and asset protection along with more than 20 years in real estate give Becky a unique perspective which helps make her classes enjoyable, informative and valuable.

Holly Mabery

Holly Mabery has been in real estate since 1998 working as a full time agent.  In addition to working withHolly Mabery buyers and sellers, Holly has served as a designated broker and business coach for Realtors®.  Holly brings a wide variety of experience and tools to the classroom.  She also brings a contagious enthusiasm for everything real estate that will invigorate students and excite the classroom.  She has and continues to serve on various committees at the local, state and national level as well as serving as 2012 President of the Arizona Association of Realtors®. Holly’s service in these areas has allowed her to bring information and insights to the classroom that attendees can use in their day-to-day business.  Holly successfully bring a boots on the ground approach to each class that allows students to leave with tangible tools to implement immediately with their clients.

Erin Runde

Erin Runde

Erin Runde is a broker/owner of Runde Real Estate and Property Management in Mason City, Iowa.

Erin has a Masters degree in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship. Prior to opening her own firm Erin was a Market Research analysis in the agricultural industry.

Erin is a dedicated professional and enjoys not only sharing her experiences but also the opportunity to learn from her students.

Rich Sands, CRS

There isn't a time when Rich Sands doesn't remember being in the teaching business.RICH SANDS For 15 years, he taught high school students and then spent another 16 years in the real estate business educating clients about buying and selling homes. For nine of those years, he was the Director of Education for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Colorado. As a CRS and GRI instructor, Sands has helped hundreds of real estate professionals prepare for the challenges of a fast-moving, rapidly

Marie S. Spodek, DREI, GRI, CBR

Marie SpodekMarie S. Spodek has been an agent, sales trainer, prelicense school owner, continuing education instructor, an author with Dearborn Real Estate Education, and management consultant for a number of REALTOR® organizations. She started teaching for the Iowa Association of REALTORS® in 1996, first in prelicensing, then continuing education courses. Spodek received her B.A. from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD and studied in India as a Fulbright Scholar.

Ms. Spodek was recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency for developing the course "Reducing Radon Risk in Real Estate Transactions," now offered throughout the country. REEA awarded her the REEA Jack Wiedemer Distinguished Career Award in 2001 acknowledging her skills as a teacher, trainer, motivator, and salesperson in the field of real estate. In 2004, REEA named a course she developed “Caught on Camera: Antitrust in the 21st Century” as Education Program of the Year.

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Judy Stevens, CRS, GRI, CRB

Judy StevensFirst a microbiologist and a landlord, then a REALTOR®, Broker and manager, Judy Stevens teaches from experience. With 29 years of real estate experience, Judy still sells real estate and was a Broker Manager for 15 years at Skogman Realty in Cedar Rapids.

She has had the opportunity to serve on numerous committees for the Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors® including: Professional Standards, MLS Program, Entertainment, Board of Directors, Education and was also Chairperson of their Realtor® Development Committee for 4 years. She has also served on Ethics hearing panels at both local and state levels and was on the Iowa Real Estate Exam Review Committee. In addition, Judy has served on the Real Estate Commission.

Judy has been instructing Real Estate Education classes for 23 years and counting. Judy Stevens is not just another boring lecturer but a real class facilitator with her diverse real estate experience as a background for her ever-popular classroom discussions.

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Don Wagner

Don WagnerDon is a graduate of San Francisco State University. He did graduate studies and received his teaching certification at Drake University in Des Moines.

He was the MLS chairman and board Vice President for the Greater Des Moines Board of REALTORS®.

In 1987, he was awarded the "REALTOR® of the Year" by the Board of REALTORS®.

Don also served as Director of Education for the Iowa Association of REALTORS® and during his tenure he was recognized by the National Association of REALTORS® for developing the outstanding education program of the year.

Don has been involved in all phases of real estate, including residential, investment, commercial and property management.

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Andrew Yamilkoski

Andrew has always had a desire to teach and develop people to become better.  In 2001, AndrewAndrew Yamilkoski became a loan officer with a large mortgage bank and in eleven months was promoted to Regional Manager.  While with Iowa Funding, Andrew kept grounded while opening five offices for the company in three different states.  He continued to lead by example and was a top 10 originator annually.  During this time, Andrew began the lead in to the credit repair industry.  In 2005 Andrew and his entrepreneur spirit left Iowa Funding and launched ABC Mortgage, Inc., a licensed mortgage banker in Iowa.  This was an exciting time as his passion to teach and develop individuals lead towards really helping people financially, developing budgets, teaching the dynamics of credit and financial literacy.  ABC Mortgage, Inc. quickly developed the reputation of honesty and making things simple for the consumer.  These attributes ultimately ended with our firm being purchased by one of the largest privately owned banks in eastern Iowa.  

In 2007, Andrew made his most exciting move as he felt that the best forum to teach financial literacy, credit scoring and true financial life skills, was to become a Bonded and Licensed CSO.   In December of 2008, Andrew purchased American Credit Repair, owned by Sam Parker a founding board member of NACSO.  This synergy of dynamic leadership with a documented leader in the industry set a new standard of ethics and customer service.  This also really helped Andrew see how important NACSO was and is, in protecting the industry and setting the gold bar of quality. Andrew has taught credit scoring classes for the IMA, and countless state and real estate organizations.  In August of 2011, the group renamed and re-launched as Heartland Credit Restoration, Inc.  becoming a national brand.

Shelly Youngberg

Shelly Youngberg

Shelly has been an approved Real Estate instructor since 1997. She currently works as the compliance coordinator and trainer for Century 21 ProLink in Sioux City, Iowa.  Before beginning teaching Real Estate Courses Shelly worked as a Licensed personal assistant for several Realtors in the Sioux City area. Before earning her real estate license, Shelly taught High School and Middle School as well as some college courses.  Shelly and her husband, Adam, have two children and reside in Sioux City, Iowa.

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