Meet Our Instructors

A. Shane Mask A. Shane Mask
25+ years in real estate sales - coaching - recruiting - marketing - educating - motivating - mentoring in the real estate community.

In addition to being the founder of American Real Estate University, Shane has been the qualifying broker of over 500 agents since 1999.
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Adel Elmankabady Adel Elmankabady
Mr. Elmankabady has more than twenty years of real estate experience with specific expertise in sales and marketing throughout the United States and Middle East. His vast experience has enabled him to successfully obtain the following special designations; Real Estate Investment Specialist, Certified REO Specialist, Real Estate Auctions Specialist, and Institute for Real Estate Policy Resident.

Previously, Mr. Elmankabady was a Commercial Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker and Prudential Georgia. Other experience includes being a Managing Partner of commercial real estate with Solid Source Realty and Crye-Leike Realty. He was also a Managing Partner with Southeastern Homes and Developments that was located in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Angela Miller Angela Miller
Angela Miller is a seasoned Real Estate Professional with over 20 continuous years’ experience, yet she is so much more than that. Angela possesses the rare qualities of truly caring about people and a dynamic positive attitude. She is always professional, never pretentious, with a bright and tasteful personality. With that knowledge and experience, she maintains the highest standards of ethics and professionalism. Because of her standards, you can always be assured that she will professionally protect the interests of all parties involved in a real estate transaction.
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Angie Kitchens Angie Kitchens
Angie is a real estate veteran with over 17 years experience in the industry. She is a Local listing Broker for HUD properties. She offers buyer education to help prospects to understand the HUD process that will help her clients make an informed decision when purchasing a HUD HOME.
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Arvester Faulkner Arvester Faulkner
Arvester is a seasoned Mortgage Loan Originator who has been in the mortgage industry since 1998, serving customers around the metro-Atlanta area and throughout the state of Georgia. He enjoys what he does and is extraordinarily skilled in finance and math which, allows him the ability to thoroughly explain the process to his clients from start to finish. Whether his client is a first or second time home buyer, looking to buy an investment, vacation property, or refinancing, he is capable. Whatever loan program needed, FHA, Conventional, VA, USDA or looking for a Down Payment Assistance program that fits, he can get it done!
Arvester is a native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky near Fort Campbell Kentucky, home of the 101st Airborne division. Therefore, he has a special sensitivity to veterans, their families and their needs.
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Christopher Hoitink Christopher Hoitink
Christopher Hoitink joined MF&L as an associate in 2015. Mr. Hoitink practices primarily as a residential real estate lawyer. Prior to joining MF&L, Mr. Hoitink was an associate at Hoitink and Dubuc, PC, where he specialized in Residential Real Estate and Estate Planning and Probate. Mr. Hoitink was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2013 and the South Carolina Bar in 2014 and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia Real Estate Section. Mr. Hoitink was born in Marietta, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia, where he received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 2005. Mr. Hoitink went on to practice landscape architecture for 5 years in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He then attended Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, where he earned his J.D., cum laude, in 2012.
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Curtis York Curtis York
Curtis received his Georgia real estate license in 1994 and began selling real estate in 1998. He is currently licensed as a Broker in Georgia & North Carolina. In 2002 he was approved as a Pre-license, Broker and Continuing education instructor. His experience in real estate varies from managing, selling and listing residential real estate to commercial, property management, investment properties and consultation transactions. In 1998 he received the Coldwell Banker Buckhead Broker “1st Year Agent Achievement Award.”

Curtis is a graduate of Rutgers University with a major in both History and Business Administration. He is also a 2003 graduate of the Clark Atlanta School of Business Commercial REAP program.

His goal is to inspire and to provide thought provoking courses and seminars to make you take your business to the next level and move you into action. Known for his keep it real approach and interactive seminars he brings many exciting real life stories to life while making you examine your true self – Man/Woman in the mirror!

Curtis would rather be ridiculously insane than ridiculously boring, he believes that life is about choice and attitude. He strives to encourage rather than discourage. Curtis believes that once his audience feels competent in the subject matter they will instantly become confident.

ABR, SRES, GREEN, ABR, CBR, CTM, CRS, GRI, C-CREC, E–Pro, TCS, GAR & REBAC Approved Instructor
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DeAnn Ellis DeAnn Ellis
DeAnn Ellis has been a leader in the mortgage industry for more than 22 years. She built her experience in home lending by working for various lenders and even has owned her own mortgage company. Through the years, DeAnn has been recognized for her expertise and has earned Top Producer honors from 2003 through present.

Born and raised in the Atlanta area, DeAnn has called Covington home for 20 years. She is a member of the East Metro Women's Council of Realtors, East Metro Board of Realtors, Board Member for Action Ministries and is an instructor for American Real Estate University. She was recently featured on the cover of Top Producers Magazine as a top producing loan officer.

DeAnn enjoys working with homebuyers and is an expert on a wide variety of mortgage products. Her passion to help people achieve the American dream of homeownership is evident by her dedication to her clients. To find out more about prequalifying for a mortgage, refinancing or if you just have questions about the mortgage process, call DeAnn today and work with an experienced and knowledgeable mortgage professional committed to quality service.
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Debbie Faulkner Debbie Faulkner
Debbie is a licensed Associate Broker of American Realty Professionals of GA. Prior to being licensed, she owned a ‘branding and marketing’ company, facilitating campaigns and promotions of real estate boards and brokers. It became obvious that she needed to get her real estate license. Debbie enrolled in class, August 2005 and November 9, 2005, Debbie took the state exam and passed the first time. The next day, she wrote two half million dollar contracts. She received ‘2005 Rookie of the Year Award’ for ReMax Premier with over $1M(+) in sales within two months. Debbie went on to receive the ‘2007 Salesperson of the Year Award’ from the Empire Board of Realtists. Debbie was called the ‘Renaissance Woman’, where she was Featured as the cover story of R.E. Magazine, February 2008 Edition. Although there was a market crash in 2008, Debbie took advantage of the time along with her husband, Arvester who is a loan originator, to become licensed auto dealers. Debbie serves as the Finance & Insurance Manager of Global Automotive Exchange, Ltd. During that time, Debbie also took online classes and obtained her Brokers license, September 5, 2014. She continues to enjoy the industry. She has several real estate designations but admits nothing is more rewarding than working with the service men and women of this great country. Debbie says as a Real Estate Instructor, it is a joy seeing her colleagues making sure they are professionally equipped to serve their clients.
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Eric Keese Eric Keese
Eric has a wealth of professional and personal experiences that cover a broad spectrum of disciplines. He became a licensed agent in 2009, but his life-long focus has been to help people grow in their greatness. Through mentoring and coaching companies have received record breaking contracts; mentees, careers in professional sports; and personally, fulfilled his dream of owning a personal growth and development company.

In his engineering and human resources /safety careers he was responsible for enhancing performance, which continues in his current position as the M-Powerment Coaching Director and School Coordinator at American Real Estate University.
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Jackie Ulmer Jackie Ulmer
Jackie Ulmer is a social media and impact marketing strategist, teaching direct sales, real estate and other sales professionals how to create leads and referrals while networking and living life on the go, with High Tech, High touch proven techniques. If you’ve ever struggled with finding new people to share your business with; what to do with that stack of business cards you collect at networking events; how to turn those into business, referrals and CASHFLOW, then this is for you. You'll see how to combine 3 powerful concepts - Networking, Impact Marketing and Social Media into a solid strategy for business growth.
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Ken Malcom Ken Malcom
** 28 Year Law Enforcement Professional
** 24 Years as a Police Supervisor
** 20 Years Experience in Classroom Instruction
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LaKeiya Keese LaKeiya Keese
LaKeiya Keese received her Undergraduate and Masters Degrees in Accounting. During her 15+ year accounting career, LaKeiya Keese has managed billions of research dollars as the Compliance Manager; uncovered over a million dollars of employee theft; developed and implemented Internal Control Policies & Procedures for companies; and prepared tax plans for individuals to million dollar corporations. Throughout her illustrious career, LaKeiya’s main focus has been educating and empowering her clients. Because she is an entrepreneur, her passion is helping business owners grow and flourish.  She also pours into her students as an Accounting and Economics Professor at Underwood University.  Because LaKeiya has been a licensed Real Estate agent since 2009, she understands the challenges agents face.  Her designations as an Enrolled Agent (federal taxation expert that represents individuals before the IRS) and QuickBooks Proadvisor makes her a valuable asset to the real estate community.  LaKeiya’s company Keese Accounting Solutions (KAS) enables it clients to experience peace of mind regarding taxation and accounting so they can focus on their area of expertise.   
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Lee Davenport Lee Davenport

Armed with degrees in business administration and legal studies, Lee Davenport is a thought leader in the real estate community and speaks across the nation at various REALTOR® associations, realty firms and real estate conferences (including Inman Connect). Additionally, Lee has article features in consumer reads including the Huffington Post, South Philly Review, the Detroit News, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Moreover, Lee has been a contributing writer to numerous trade publications including REALTOR® Magazine, Atlanta Agent Magazine, RE Technology, Arizona Realtor Voice,, ActiveRain, RESAAS (named one of the top 5 bloggers), and Inman News (named one of the top 25 real estate coaches) to name a few. She is affectionately known for helping real estate pros learn, include, and apply technology to everyday real estate tasks.
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Lillie Fuse Williams Lillie Fuse Williams
Lillie has over 33 years of experience in real estate with over 600 hours of training and education by top instructors. Her service over the years has encompassed serving as a sales associate, associate broker, managing broker, owner/broker of her own real estate firm, and qualifying broker. Now as a licensed instructor for real estate, Lillie is living out one of her dreams....helping others become good agents.
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Mark Carlson Mark Carlson
Mark is an Atlanta native who has literally served thousands of homebuyers, builders and Realtors as a mortgage lender since 1999. He brings an inspirational leadership style to all of our classrooms. His peers and colleagues describe Mark as a driven and dynamic sales leader with the ability to connect with large audiences. Mark has served as the past chairman of the nation’s largest Sales and Marketing Council and has been the recipient of the “40 under 40” award by the Jacksonville Business Journal.

“The formula is simple; I believe that the secret of top performing teams and individuals is empowering yourself first, your clients and business partners with the very best knowledge, attitude and industry service available.” - Mark Carlson
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Mark Higgins Mark Higgins
Mark Higgins has been involved with real estate since 1990. At first he was the I.T director for one of the largest real estate companies in South Carolina and later got his license in 2001. In 2006 he earned his brokers license and started his own firm to do property management. He is licensed in both Georgia and South Carolina. He specializes in lakefront property. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BBA and has an MBA from California Coast University. He has vast teaching experince in teaching technology courses.
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Marshall McCart Marshall McCart
Marshall McCart has been a licensed real estate salesperson in Georgia since 1995 and holds a BBA in real estate from the University of Georgia. Specializing in land and commercial, Marshall is also active in numerous other business endeavors and has been teaching since 1996.
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Oluyemi Yikealo Oluyemi Yikealo
Respectfully called Mr. O in his local business community, is known for educating and helping numerous entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses. He worked several years in the pharmaceutical industry as an Account Manager, International Sales & Marketing Manager (Germany), and as a Corporate Trainer. He also has been an Adjunct Professor teaching Entrepreneurship. He has trained and worked in 9 different countries. In addition to providing accounting and real estate services to individuals and business owners, he is committed to teaching tax preparers and real estate agents how to save money by understanding the principles of tax and real estate accounting.

Education & Certification

Licensed Real Estate Broker
Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor
Enrolled Agent (EA)
MS - Accountancy
MS - Business Administration
BS - Chemical Engineering.
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Pete Peters Pete Peters
I have been in the mortgage industry for 15 years. I have always personally originated mortgages and have also worked in management and executive roles for mortgage companies and banks. It has always been my goal to help people achieve the dream of home ownership. I have always adhered to my core values of honesty and integrity it all my mortgage and business dealings.
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Randy McMichael Randy McMichael
Randall “Randy” graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law in 2003. Prior to co-founding McMichael & Gray, PC, Randy was the cofounder of Adair, McMichael, Blackburn & Gray, LLC, (2010 -2011), Managing Partner of McMichael & Gray, PC. (2006 – 2010) and the managing and marketing attorney for Trey Inman & Associates, PC (2004 – 2006).

Areas of Practice: Corporate Formation and Governance, Homeowner and Condominium Association Formation and Governance, Real Estate (Acquisition, Commercial, Construction & Residential).

Admissions & Memberships: Member of Perimeter Church, Mortgage Broker’s Association of Georgia, Homebuilder’s Association of Georgia, Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, State Bar of Georgia.
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Steven Webster Steven Webster

Practices: Real Estate, Probate, Wills & Estates, Business Law
CEO - The Webster Firm, PC, Duluth, Georgia
Steven Webster is a licensed attorney who has practiced in the Atlanta Metro area for more than twenty years. He practices in the areas of real estate, bankruptcy, dispossessory actions (landlord only), and general litigation. During his tenure as an attorney, he has closed over 17,000 real estate transactions and has handled thousands of bankruptcy, dispossessory and general litigation files. Although his primary office is located in Duluth, GA, he maintains closing locations throughout the Atlanta Metro area and across Georgia.
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Tom Cullen Tom Cullen
Tom has over 20 years in the mortgage industry.  He has experience with all regular purchase programs with a special emphasis in renovation and construction.   His goal is to consult and analyze all aspects of the financing process and offer the best solution for the customer as part of their overall financial situation.  Home purchase is the biggest financial decision, so the key is to fully inform the homebuyer and make their financing experience a positive and smooth one.  Tom has a strong commitment to making homeownership a reality for his clients and has been very active in homebuyer education throughout his career.  Tom has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and an MBA.  He is always available to answer any questions regarding the purchase or refinance of all types of residential properties. Click here for more information about Tom and his services.
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Zerlina Bonner Zerlina Bonner
Zerlina is an Atlanta Georgia native and attended Luther Rice University, where she majored in Theology.

Since entering the Real Estate Industry in the year 2000, Zerlina has prided herself in her passionate and heartfelt drive to serve her clients best interests. She is dedicated, knowledgeable, and committed to providing exceptional service for her clientele.

Over the years, Zerlina’s devotion and unparalleled customer service has resulted in a continuously expanding network of loyal clients and referrals which resulted in her starting her own “Contract to Close” Virtual Assistance Company.

Passionate to her craft, she continuously seeks to stay ahead of the game when it comes to real estate technology & and trends. Zerlina is a CE Certified Dotloop Trainer, and teaches classes to Realtors on how to effectively service their clients in terms of Online Transaction Management.

Zerlina is a devoted mother to her son Kaleb. Zerlina enjoys family time, reading, & exploring new cities / attractions.
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