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James "Jim" Harris - Senior Instructor {Denver Metro}: Jim has been an Instructor with us since the Mid-1980's, and is our Senior Instructor. His knowledge, via 'Real World' experience, has proven invaluable. He has held a Real Estate License in Colorado since the Early-1980s, and wanted to get into Instructing New and Current Licensees shortly after obtaining his License. Jim has developed Courses for RETC, and stays abreast of all the 'happenings' in the Industry.

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Richard "Dick" Stephenson - Instructor {Denver Metro}: Dick is committed to providing quality training to help students prepare for a successful Real Estate Career and enable both new and experienced Agents to provide professional, high quality service to their clients and fellow professionals in this complex and ever changing profession. Dick is a native of Minnesota but a resident of Colorado since 1982.  Following a highly successful 20-year career in accounting with the United States Air Force, he held positions as Comptroller for a national not-for-profit veterans organization and adjunct instructor of accounting and accounting systems for the Department of Defense. Dick has been a licensed, practicing, full-time Real Estate agent and Realtor(c) since 1995 with a variety of Companies (Coldwell Banker, Prudential, Keller Williams, Cherry Creek Real Estate) and is presently affiliated with Equity Colorado Real Estate. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Columbia College.

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Heather Somerville - Instructor/Author {Denver Metro/Front Range}: Heather joined RETC as an Author/Instructor for the CAM/HOA Course after more than a decade in the industry. She brings knowledge and talent to us with integrity and professionalism. She also teaches continuing education to Realtors through DMAR and with homeowners buying into covenant enforced communities. When she isn’t networking or assisting homeowners she spends time with her boyfriend and their dog and volunteers with MaxFund, loves to travel and living life. She surrounds herself with energetic friends, lots of color, flowers and happiness in life!

“My goal is to increase awareness and functionality in HOAs, simply. I am a passionate, dedicated, trustworthy individual who is growing a successful consulting business focusing on HOA knowledge and functionality. My desire to increase knowledge of this type of community living is becoming a reality through accreditation to teach CE credits to Realtors, working with Realtors to help them better understand this type of living and consulting with Boards and property management companies to increase functionality. My 11+ years of experience in Property Management offers a unique look into HOA living many wouldn't think about and I have an ability to make it easy to understand. I am working to grow my own company while helping others grow theirs and answer some of the questions people have. I am very excited about the future and what my company can achieve by simply increasing knowledge of HOA living.”

Amy Martin - pic Amy Moore - Instructor/Authorized School Agent {Grand Junction}: Amy began selling real estate in the fall of 1996 and is the Broker owner at Colorado Asset Solutions, LLC, a full service real estate firm that specializes in helping people create wealth through real estate during difficult financial times. She has "...stayed with it through the ups and downs because the people I meet are so interesting as well as all the homes…”.


Specialties: Negotiations and marketing

Colorado Asset Solutions, LLC
May 2013 – Present (2 years 5 months)

ReMax 4000, Inc.
September 2011 – March 2012 (7 months)

Century 21 Homestead Realty
October 1996 – September 2011 (15 years)

Josh K - pic Joshua "Josh" Kilvington - Author/Instructor {Denver Metro}: After he graduated with a Liberal Arts degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, Josh worked in Korea and Japan as a teacher to children. He trained in martial arts during that time, and concluded his studies in General Forms Kung-Fu and Qi-Gong for an additional five years in San Diego County. He became involved in Sales and Marketing when he returned from 3 years in Asia, started in door-to-door, moved into telemarketing, and then found himself in San Diego as a California Salesperson in Real Estate by 2001. Josh became a general practice real estate broker in 2004, and still maintains his license. His practice has covered all aspects of real estate: Residential Sales; Bulk Sales; Commercial Sales; Residential Financing; Commercial (Institutional) Financing; SBA Financing; Private Financing; Development Financing; Hotel Financing; Joint Venture; Acquisitions; Venture Capital Financing; Loan Underwriting; Loan Processing; Negotiation; Corporate Compliance; and Project Management. Mr. Kilvington got his Colorado State Employing Brokers License in 2014, and presently resides in Denver, CO.He is also in the process of completing the editing and illustrating of my fourth book, this one is on the topic of Fundamental Psychology.

Real Estate Experience: “Grandmother and Grandfather were Brokers, and I worked for them in Maintenance and Property Management throughout my youth; Architect’s Apprentice for my Uncle (1986~1988); and I have been in Real Estate professionally since 2000. Currently running a Team of over a dozen Real Estate Brokers. My primary focus in Real Estate has been on the Financing, and financial viability of Real Estate Projects ranging from the small condo, to multi-million dollar Business Opportunities. I have closed over 100 deals in various aspects of the practice: residential sales, commercial sales, residential finance, commercial finance, raw land and development finance, construction and project finance, bulk sales, and bulk sales finance.”

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Cindy Ficklin - Instructor {Grand Junction/Western Slope}:
Colorado Real Estate License (since 2006) – Real Estate Training Center of Colorado, Inc.

Associate Broker - Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties.


Cindy has been Selling residential and commercial real estate since 2006 while also serving as a school principal and educator in the Grand Valley. She made the top 5% of all Realtors during her Rookie Year in Grand Junction (2006), and the top 2.5% of all Realtors her second year with a sales volume of $9 million (2007).

Ms. Ficklin also wrote grants for Housing Initiatives of Western Colorado,  as well as serving on the Keys to Homeownership Planning Committee with GJARA Association Executive Director since 2006.

Master of Educational Administration Degree with K-12 Principal Licensure and Educational Specialist Endorsement, The University of Colorado at Denver.

Master of Education Degree, Major – Elementary Education, Triple Cognate Minor – Reading Specialist, English as a Second Language, and Adult Developmental Education. Texas State University.

Bachelor of Business Administration Degree – Major – Business Management, Minor – Marketing, Sul Ross State University, Magna Cum Laude Honors.

Colorado Professional Principal’s License.

Colorado Professional Teaching License.

CTE Vocational Credential in Business.

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Marci Scyoc - Adjunct Instructor {Denver Metro}: Marci has been a Mortgage Professional since 1999. In addition to the more commonly known Careers of Originating and Processing, she has also worked the back end of the business, with considerable experience in Underwriting, Closing and Sales. Marci holds a B.A. in Education from the University of Northern Florida, Jacksonville (1980); and earned her M.A. in Education from the University of Akron, Ohio (1989). Her Professional background is Education/Training and she has taught adults and children in both the Public and Private Sectors. She has devoted many hours to the training and development of her clients and their immediate associates, partnering with them to develop the necessary skills to be successful in their craft.

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Omar Richardson - Adjunct Instructor {Grand Junction}:

Full-time real estate broker/owner since 1979.

Born in Salida,Colorado and moved back there in 1997

  • Masters Degree in business from Western State College
  • Climbed all 54 Colorado14ers, some in CA, Rainer & Grand Teton.
  • Born Again Christian, married to Anne since 1975,
  • Daughter is CPA with 4 kids in Atlanta,GA
  • Son is Real Estate Broker/owner in Grand Jct., CO.
  • Born 3rd of 8 kids, Mom & Dad were both farmers & Colorado real estate brokers.
  • Had real estate broker’s license in Florida and New Mexico;
  • Was Owner/operator of a B & B, a Campground and a Development & Construction company.
  • Owned and “developed” historic ghost town of Turret,Colorado.
  • Colorado history buff.
  • Like to hunt & fish, used to scuba dive and had private pilot’s license.
  • Enjoy hiking, camping, reading, traveling, & photography.
  • I Know about Real Estate, I Care about People.
  • Instructor for Jones Real estate College in Durango, CO: 1980 - 1984
  • President of La Plata County Board of Realtors: 1983
  • Realtor of the Year, La Plata County Board of Realtors: 1984
  • Colorado Association of Realtors (CAR) Director: 1984, 1985

Mike Burkhard - pic Michael "Mike" Burkhard - Adjunct Instructor {Grand Junction}: Mike was originally licensed in 1982 and the Real Estate industry has and continues to be his passion even today. He was the Grand Junction Area Realtor Association’s “Realtor of the Year” in 2011, and “CRS of the Year” in 2010. He was the Omega Tau Rho National Association of Realtors Medallion of Service recipient in 2011. He takes great pride in helping others and being the best he can be. You will not find a person more dedicated to his profession as well as his clients, friends, and family.

Michael is a Certified Residential Specialist, 2014-2015 Regional Vice President (region 9) for the Council of Residential Specialists, Past Chairman of the Grand Junction Area Realtor Association, past Vice President of the Colorado Real Estate Network, past MLS Chairman of the Grand Junction Area Realtor Assoc. & past president of Business Buddies networking group. He is a native of Colorado & he takes pride in delivering to his clients the utmost in business professionalism.

Specialties: Residential Real Estate Sales, Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource, Certified Real Estate Negotiator, Certified Residential Specialist.




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