Our Instructors

Our instructors are active NARPM® members and principals in their own property management companies. They bring their practical experience to the classroom to enhance the learning process. These talented individuals are skilled at delivering the best possible training and are veteran educators.


Brian BirdyBrian Birdy, MPM® RMP®

Brian Birdy, MPM® RMP®, was born in Orlando, FL into a military family. He attended the University of Texas San Antonio from 1983-1985. He then joined the United States Air Force, where he served for 15 years. In 2000, he earned his Texas Real Estate License and went to work for Birdy Properties, the family business. He is currently broker and owner of Birdy Properties, CRMC®, a third generation family owned and run real estate company, specializing in property management in San Antonio, TX. He took over the one person company in 2005 with 80 properties, joined NARPM® in 2007, and has grown the business to more than 22 employees who manage more than 850 properties.


Michelle Horneff CohenMichelle Horneff Cohen, MPM® RMP®

Michelle began her property management career as an on-site residential manager in 1995 and has since become a seasoned residential rental-housing consultant, property manager, mediator, expert witness, and petition specialist. She is the founder and broker/owner of Property Management Systems. Michelle has particularly extensive experience with the San Francisco Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Board. Michelle is a Licensed Real Estate Broker. She develops and instructs seminars and workshops for the California State Chapter of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (CALNARPM), the Professional Property Management Association of San Francisco (PPMA), and the San Francisco Apartment Association (SFAA). Michelle has participated in NARPM® for a number of years at the national level on the Communications, Education, Marketing, and Convention Committees.


Betty FletcherBetty Fletcher, MPM® RMP®

Betty is owner and principal broker of Fletcher Property Management, Inc., CRMC®, in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has managed residential rental property since 1992 and is currently managing about 260 units for 88 owners. Searching for property management-specific education, Betty joined NARPM® in September 1999 and is the founding president of the Central Arkansas Chapter. She also served as chair of the 2003-2004 Membership and 2006 Editorial Committee. Earning her RMP® designation in February 2001, Betty continued striving for excellence and received the prestigious MPM® designation in September 2002. Fletcher Property Management, Inc. is proud to be the first in Arkansas to have earned the CRMC® designation.


Kit GarrenKit Garren, MPM® RMP® CPM®

Kit has been an active professional in property management services since founding IPM in 1986. Today, IPM owns and operates two wholly owned management subsidiaries:  tonsofrentals.com® specializes in single-family homes and IPM Association Services operates homeowners associations. Current management portfolio includes high end residential rentals and some of the nation’s most prestigious community associations. Kit is a past president of the National Association of Residential Property Managers, and is one of the individuals nationwide to have earned the designation of Master Property Manager (MPM®). Kit also holds the Certified Property Manager (CPM®) designation through the Institute of Real Estate Management.


Vickie GaskillVickie Gaskill, MPM® RMP® CPM®

Vickie started her career in property management over 26 years ago. Originally, she worked as a vendor that serviced the property management industry. She came to work for Bell-Anderson and Associates, LLC, in May of 1986. In September of 2002, she and her husband, Tim, purchased the company. Vickie has earned four professional designations: two from NARPM® (MPM® and RMP®), and two from the Institute of Real Estate Management (CPM® – Certified Property Manager and ARM® – Accredited Residential Manager). In 2005, Bell-Anderson was approved as an IREM® Accredited Management Organization (AMO®). Vickie has managed homeowner’s associations, single-family dwellings, small multi-family communities, and a few small commercial properties.


Dave HoltDave Holt, MPM® RMP® CPM®

Dave is the president of R.P. Management, CRMC® in Minneapolis, Minnesota where his company manages over 500 single family and small residential rental properties. Dave holds the Master Property Manager (MPM®) and Residential Management Professional (RMP®) designations and his company holds the Certified Residential Management Company (CRMC®) designation. He served on the National Board of Directors from 1991 through 1995 and again in 2004. As a Board member, he served as chair for the Education, Convention, Nominating and Long Range Planning Committees and was the National President during the 1994-95 term. Dave now serves NARPM® through committee involvement, teaching convention courses and seminars and the RMP®/MPM® courses.


Robert LockeRobert Locke, MPM® RMP®

Robert graduated from Michigan State University in 1969 with a degree in Business and Marketing. Robert got his real estate license in 1973 and has practiced real estate sales, investing and property management ever since. He and his wife, Betty, have bought over 200 houses for their own account and have located over 1,000 houses for their investor clients. Robert started managing rentals for other investors in 1980 out of his basement as Crown Management Corporation and over 7,000 tenants have rented from Crown since then. Crown currently manages over 700 single-family rental homes in the Atlanta area. Crown’s clients include private investors, Real Estate Investment Trusts, banks, government agencies, builders, lenders and many other brokers. Robert is past president and board member of the Atlanta chapter of the National Association of Residential Property Managers. He received the Residential Management Professional (RMP®) designation in 1998, his Master Property Manager (MPM®) designation in 1999, and Crown received the Certified Residential Management Company (CRMC®) designation in 2000.


Michael McCrearyMichael McCreary, MPM® RMP® CPM® GRI

Mr. Michael A. McCreary, MPM®, RMP®, CPM®, GRI, owns and operates McCreary Realty Management, Inc., an Accredited Management Organization® (AMO®) firm as designated by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).  McCreary Realty Management, Inc., AMO, is a family owned and operated real estate management firm offering professional property management of single-family homes and single-family home subdivision homeowner’s associations in Marietta, Georgia, a suburb in Northwest Atlanta. Mr. McCreary has been licensed since 1978.  Throughout Mr. McCreary’s almost 40 year career, he has managed thousands of properties for thousands of owners. Mr. McCreary has been a Certified Property Manager® (CPM®) member of IREM since 1987. He is the recipient of the Georgia Chapter’s “Certified Property Manager of the Year” award for 1992. In 1995, he was inducted into IREM’s “Academy of Excellence” for course instructors.  He was presented with the IREM National “Professional Achievement Award” in 2013. He has also received the Cobb County Board of REALTORS® “1992 REALTOR® of the Year – Management” award and in 2001 received the “Excalibur Award for Lifetime Achievement.” Mr. McCreary is an active member of the National Association of Property Mangers (NARPM®) since 1998 and has been awarded both the Residential Management Professional (RMP®) designation and the Master Property Manager (MPM®) designation.  Mr. McCreary was recognized as one of the Volunteer of the Year – 2015 recipients Nationally.  Mr. McCreary is Chair of the 2016 Education Sub-Committee of NARPM®.


Peter MeerPeter Meer, MPM® RMP®

Peter is the president of Meer & Company, Inc., a single-family residential property management company with offices in Denver, Colorado. He has been a real estate broker for 16 years and is considered an expert in his area regarding single-family property management. He holds the Master Property Manager (MPM®) and Residential Management Professional (RMP®) designations and his company holds the Certified Residential Property Management Company (CRMC®) designation. He is also a certified instructor for the Colorado Association of REALTORS® as well as the Wyoming Association of REALTORS®. Peter is a former editor of the Residential Resource. He has served on the Certification, Publication, and Education Committees. He currently provides property management articles for both the Colorado and Wyoming REALTOR® newsletters.


Betsy MorganElizabeth “Betsy” Morgan, MPM® RMP®

Betsy has been in Property Management for 25 years. Before taking on her current position as Director of Residential Property Management for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group, CRMC® in the Tampa Bay area, she handled a personal portfolio of 250 units, then became a regional and then state director of Property Management for Coldwell Banker Residential, Inc. She has earned the GRI designation from the National Association of REALTORS®, the Master Property Manager (MPM®) and Residential Management Professional (RMP®) designations from NARPM®, and, recently, the Professional Residential Manager (PRM) designation from the Florida Association of Residential Property Managers (FARPM). Currently, she serves as the Southeast RVP. She enjoys teaching, volunteer service, and being a grandmother of five.


Mike MumfordMichael L. Mumford, MPM® RMP®

Mike has been involved in property management since 1996 when he joined Bennett Property Management. From 1996 to 2007 he managed between 100 and 250 units, handling all the day to day operations. In 2007, he took over as office manager / chief financial officer for Bennett Property Management, overseeing all the accounting and data entry staff. He is also responsible for maintaining the phone system, computer server, office network and workstations. He was the local NARPM® Chapter Treasurer from 2005 – 2009 and the Phoenix Chapter President for 2010. He achieved the NARPM® RMP® designation in 2008, the MPM® designation in 2011, and was instrumental in BPM becoming Arizona’s first CRMC® recognized company. He has been running a monthly Promas software users group for the local Chapter for several years and has visited other Chapters teaching accounting procedures.


Mike NelsonMike Nelson, MPM® RMP®

Mike has a degree in Real Estate from the University of Georgia, is a licensed broker, has the Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), along with the RMP® and MPM® designations from NARPM. The Georgia Association of REALTORS® (GAR) selected Mike to teach property management for the GRI Program and the Georgia Real Estate Commission selected him to serve on their Education Advisory Committee to represent the property management industry. Mike is the managing broker of Excalibur Homes, LLC, CRMC®, which manages about 1400 rental homes in the Metro Atlanta area.


Bev PerinaBev Perina, MPM® RMP®

Bev started her Real Estate career in the early 80s and her specialty is residential  properties in Northern Colorado. She is the Owner/Broker of Armadillo Property  Management, Inc. and is a self-proclaimed Property Management Maven! She currently manages 325 properties in the Northern Colorado area. Bev is passionate about teaching property management and currently teaches for the City of Fort Collins, Landlord series, and the Northern Colorado Real Estate School. She has developed a 12-hour CREC Policy and Procedures Manual class, numerous 1-, 2-, and 3-hour CREC classes for the State of
Colorado, and NARPM® locally. She has earned her Master Property Manager (MPM®) and Residential Management Professional (RMP®) from NARPM®.


Tom SedlackTom Sedlack, MPM® RMP®

Tom Sedlack, MPM®  RMP® is the General Manager and Co-Owner of 33rd Company, Inc. which is a CRMC® Certified Company, operating in four States. He currently serves on the NARPM® Finance Committee. Tom is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and former Navy Pilot. He is an MBA Honor Graduate from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, and is also a member of the Real Estate Property Management Curriculum Advisory Board Member for the University of Wisconsin, Stout.


Bart SturzlBart Sturzl, MPM® RMP®

Past President Bart Sturzl, MPM® RMP®, is Co-owner and Broker of Bella Real Estate, Inc. in Austin, Texas. Bart has Degrees in Management and Marketing, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in both. Bart was the 2012-2014 South Central Regional Vice President (RVP) for NARPM® and has also served at the National level on the Communications, Professional Development, and Membership Committees. He has served NARPM® at the local level as Secretary, President-Elect, President, and Past President of the Austin Chapter. Bart has also served at the State level on the Texas Association of REALTORS® Property Management Committee and at the local level on the Austin Board of REALTORS® Property Management Committee. Bart was the NARPM® 2015 President-Elect and the NARPM®  President in 2016.


Fred ThompsonFred Thompson, MPM® RMP®

Fred started his real estate career specializing in residential property management in 1988. After working for a broker, he decided to go independent with RE/MAX 200 Realty in 1998 and started the RE/MAX 200 Realty Property Management Division. Fred joined NARPM® in 1995 as a founding member of the Orlando/Central Florida Chapter, and has served as membership chair, first vice president, president-elect, and president. On a national level, he served as director in 2006, treasurer in 2007, president-elect in 2008, and president in 2009. Fred achieved his MPM® designation in 2006, having previously obtained his RMP® designation in 1997.


KellieTollifsonKellie Tollifson, MPM® RMP®

Kellie has been in the Property Management business since 1996, first as a landlord managing her own investment properties and then soon after as an Owner of T-Square Properties, which now manages over 400 properties and 40 Homeowner Associations. Kellie is the VP of Operations and oversees all of the day-to-day activities of the business located in Woodinville, Washington; which is a suburb of Seattle. Kellie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science from San Jose State University and is a Past President of the King County Chapter of NARPM® . She earned her RMP® Designation in 2010 and her MPM® Designation in 2012. She has served on several NARPM® committees, including Finance and National Convention. She also participated in the 2014 Strategic Planning at the NARPM® headquarters in Virginia. Kellie currently serves as the 2014 National Member Services Committee Chair.