Executive Director, NCREC
Miriam J. Baer is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission, a position which she has held since April 1, 2010. She was named to this position following a five month national search and succeeding Phillip T. Fisher, who retired after more than 34 years’ service with the Commission.
A native of Lawrence, Kansas, Baer was graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Kansas. After receiving her J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1984, she entered private practice with a Raleigh law firm.
Baer joined the Commission in 1987, as its first Examination Coordinator. Most recently, she held the position of Legal Counsel and Assistant Director of the Legal Services Division.
A long-time instructor in Meredith College’s Paralegal Program, she authored the textbook, “Legal Research in North Carolina.”
Baer is a member of the Real Property Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association and is currently chair of the Bar Association/North Carolina Association of REALTORS® Joint Forms Committee. She is also a past President of ARELLO nationally.
As Executive Director of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission, she oversees the licensing and regulation of more than 100,000 real estate brokers and firms in North Carolina.
Mark Barker, DREI
Instructor/School Owner/National Speaker
Mark Barker, DREI is a pioneer in adult education. He is the founder of Career Education Systems (CES) which is widely recognized as the #1 real estate licensing school in the Midwest. CES has led both Missouri and Kansas in passing rates for over 35 years.
Deb Carpenter, DREI
Licensing and Education Officer, NCREC
Deborah Carpenter, DREI is the Licensing and Education Officer for the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. Her career in real estate and real estate education in North Carolina is nearly unparalleled. In addition to her countless accolades, she is a former President of NCREEA
Being a native of SC, I decided to enlist into the South Carolina Army National Guard. After serving 2 years with the SC Army National Guard I then decided to enlist into the United States Army in February 2000. While being stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, I was placed on orders by the Department of the Army to report to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I. After deploying to Iraq in April 2003 and redeploying back in April 2004, I quickly developed an insatiable desire for education. I received my associates degree in General Studies from Central Texas College, a bachelors degree with areas of focus in Business Management/Sociology from Excelsior College, and a masters degree in Public Administration from the Univ. of Phoenix.
Matt Davies is the current Real Estate Educator of the Year in North Carolina. He is the owner and founder of the Triangle Institute of Real Estate as well as the driving force behind Three Wise Teachers and Learn, Test, Pass. He is a tireless advocate in particular for prelicensing students and creating the most innovative and integrated learning environments.
Experienced Business Coach & Director Of Training with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry. Strong human resources professional skilled in Seller & Buyer Representation, Sales, Business Building. Kandyce brings a vibrant and fresh approach to her students and the licensees she mentors.
Travis Everette, DREI
Travis Everette, DREI is the current President-Elect of NCREEA. He is a native North Carolinian who simply found his passion in a North Carolina Real Estate classroom. He is the owner/director of the Pan School of Real Estate in Raleigh as well as a national speaker with Inspired Defiance Seminars
Jim Fletemier, DREI
Bill Gallagher, DREI
With over three decades of real estate industry experience, there’s hardly a law, issue, or definition Bill doesn’t know. He has built a successful career in real estate through the unique combination of education and entertainment. Graduates have benefited from his practical advice and proven strategies, presented with an upbeat, engaging style that inspires a passion for the business and a desire for professional excellence.
After graduating from Wake Forest University in three years with a BS in Business from the School of Business and Accountancy, he returned to his native Charlotte to begin his real estate career. Within a few years, he rose in the ranks to become Broker-In-Charge for Merrill Lynch Realty while teaching prelicensing and broker courses at Mingle School of Real Estate and ethics in new member orientation for the Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association. His outstanding service to the community and the REALTOR® community was recognized when Bill received the 2006 REALTOR® of the Year award for the Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association. In 1998, Bill was promoted to President of Career Development for Prudential Carolinas Realty and opened Bill Gallagher School of Real Estate under the Prudential umbrella. Bill opened Superior School of Real Estate in 2005.
Carolyn received her broker’s license in North Carolinain 2000.
Growing up at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, Carolyn moved to Raleigh, NCafter high school graduation to attend Hardbarger Business College. After finishing school, she worked for Burroughs Wellcome Co. (now GlaxoSmithKline) for twenty years. During these years, as she worked and raised a family, she attended Meredith Collegeand earned a B.S. in Business Management and a B.A. in Communications. Continuing her education at NorthCarolina State University,she earneda Master’s degree in Education and gained anM Class teaching license in the state of NC.She completed a post graduate certification in Business Coaching, also at NCSUand is a Certified Master Behavior Analyst for the DISC behavior system.
Her desire to teach focused on adult education and Carolyn chose to use her real estate skill set to help others achieve success in the industry. She taught pre and post licensingfor Superior School of Real Estate and JY Monk where shealso taught CE and Ethics classes. Shetaught pre-licensing for St. Augustine College in Raleigh, NC where she served as adjunct professor and taught post-licensing at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, NC.She was CEO of two real estate firms, one in NC and one in Colorado and served as Qualifying Broker for the state of NC for a third firm.She presently teaches real estate education for The NC Real Estate School, LLCand is Qualifying Broker/Broker-in-Charge of The NC Real Estate Firm, LLC– she also happens to be the owner and founder of both of these businesses.
She has ABR and SRES designations and is a Certified Master Behavior Analyst (CMBA) for the DISC behavior profile. In 2009, the Women’s Council of Realtors in Raleigh, NCnamed her Entrepreneur of the Year.
Corean Hamlin, DREI
Director of Licensing and Education, NCREC
Corean Hamlin, DREI is the current Director of Licensing and Education for the North Carolina Real Estate Commission, a position she has held since December of 2016. Hamlin joined the Commission as Education and Licensing Officer in 2014.
Hamlin holds a Master’s Degree from UNC-Greensboro and the Distinguished Real Estate Instructor (DREI) designation from the Real Estate Educators Association.
After a decade as a professional educator in other industries, Hamlin entered the real estate business, joining her family’s Asheville-based real estate firm as a residential sales broker in 2003. From 2007-2014, Hamlin served as Instructor, Education Director, and Communication Director for the Asheville Board of Realtors®. She taught real estate prelicensing, postlicensing, and continuing education courses at Cumbie and Trull School of Real Estate from 2010-2014.
Ericka L. McKnight
CEO, International Bestselling Author, Speaker & Trainer, Positivity Strategist
Ericka L. Mcknight is a mother of 3, author, philanthropist
and CEO of ELM Realty Firm & ELM School of Real Estate. Author of Silence The Noise Trilogy Books. She is a woman of great integrity, zeal, passion and leadership for the people both local and abroad.
Brian Pate has been a well-respected real estate professional for over 25 years. During his time in the business, he has served as an agent, manager, coach, instructor and training manager and the teams he has managed have produced over $1 billion in real estate sales.
As a mega agent at Keller Williams Realty in Wake Forest, North Carolina, Brian and his team have helped over 220 families buy and sell a home over the past 3 years. The team currently ranks in the top 150 real estate teams in the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors and in the top 1% of Keller Williams agents nationally out of over 180,000 agents.
In addition to sales, Brian has trained over 10,000 students in real estate classes all over the country. As a pre-license instructor, he was recognized many times by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission for exemplary pass rates. Along with that, he has taught broker post license classes and continuing education all over North Carolina.
At one time, Brian was the director of training for the largest independent real estate company in the Raleigh/Durham market and also served as a Team Leader of an office with over 250 Realtors. He has a total of 14 years of experience as a Broker In Charge. In addition, he is a past president of the North Carolina Real Estate Educators Association and has been a member for over 20 years.
Brian is also a part owner of a title insurance company in North Carolina and also manages a portfolio of investment properties for a private equity group that includes over $20 million in real estate holdings.
Steve Robinson, DREI
Real estate has been a family affair for Steve. His father was a REALTOR®, and Steve spent his formative years helping out around the offices of Reg Robinson Real Estate building homes as a licensed North Carolina building contractor while practising full-time as a real estate broker.
Steve was responsible for building many residential properties, including site-built, modular and value-appreciating manufactured homes. It was during this period that he wrote a Continuing Education elective focused on manufactured and modular homes. The North Carolina Real Estate Commission approved this and other CE courses as well as Steve’s certification as a pre-licensing instructor. He went on to co-author the national CE elective Manufactured & Modular Housing for Dearborn Publishing.
In 2002, Steve joined forces with Bill Gallagher, teaching pre-licensing and broker classes across North Carolina, including CE courses he had written and developed. Steve took time during the economic downturn to fulfill a lifelong dream of working as a professional chef with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in Georgia and Florida.
He returned to the real estate profession in 2014, and has relished the opportunity to be back in the classroom. He offers real estate courses in a fast-paced and lighthearted learning environment, and his greatest satisfaction comes from helping the students of Superior School pursue their professional goals with expertise, passion and confidence.
Pam Rorie is Continuing Education in North Carolina Real Estate. That is about the only way to sum up the Continuing Education Officer for the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. Rorie has been with NCREC for many years and oversees the implementation of the CE program for more than 100,000 licensees in the state annually.
Kim Stotesbury, DREI
Kim Stotesbury, DREI earned a North Carolina broker license in 1989 and, as a North Carolina Real Estate Commission approved instructor, began teaching real estate prelicensing courses in 1992 at Rowan Cabarrus Community College. She has dedicated her career to real estate education.
Kim earned the Distinguished Real Estate Instructor designation (DREI) in 1997 and is currently one of eighty nine instructors in the United States to hold the DREI designation, conferred by the national Real Estate Educators Association (REEA).
Kim is a past President of the North Carolina Real Estate Educators Association (NCREEA) and is an award winning educator. She received the North Carolina Real Estate Educator Association’s Educator of the Year Award and the North Carolina Real Estate Commission’s Billie J. Mercer “Excellence in Education” Award.
Kim has helped write, design and edit numerous educational materials for sponsors/schools in her 25 years of real estate education. She received the North Carolina Real Estate Educators Association’s Most Outstanding Program of the Year for her continuing education elective course titled Property Management – Pitfall or Profit?