Dan joined Gold Coast Schools in 1993 and brings with him extensive experience in the mortgage industry including, but not limited to, areas of property management of investment properties, as well as the origination and servicing of a variety of loans including commercial, construction, government, and asset based.
Dan has a passion for teaching and paving a pathway for students to have a successful career in the mortgage industry. Through combining the required material with relevant and real-world examples, students benefit from Dan’s teaching style far beyond what is taught in the required textbooks.
Dan teaches mortgage pre-license, exam prep, continuing education, and property management courses at Gold Coast’s multiple campus locations.
David’s mission is to see students equipped with an education that lasts a lifetime. He’s enthusiastic and believes in a winning attitude and outlook. His leadership approach is supportive, and his professional will is to exceed expectations. David has an MBA and leadership experience in all facets of professional management. He has gained a reputation for out of pattern ideas, for identifying key opportunities, and for applying unique creativity to projects to achieve impressive bottom-line results. David considers Gold Coast’s Veteran Scholarship Program developed by former owners John & Jim Greer among Gold Coast’s most cherished offerings.
Jose A. Velasquez joined Gold Coast Schools in 2004 and is currently the Spanish Real Estate Program Director. He also teaches the Sales Associate Pre-license, Post-license, CRAM, and professional development workshop courses. Prior to working at Gold Coast, Jose lived in Peru and worked as an insurance broker. He attended the University of Lima and achieved a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Jose is passionate about helping students and making sure that Gold Coast’s Spanish real estate program is top notch. He oversees instructors who share his passion for teaching, and goes above and beyond to help students pass their state licensing exams and start their real estate careers. When not working, Jose enjoys reading and recently started growing vegetables and fruit trees in his home garden.
Kevin R. Milner is Gold Coast School’s Insurance Program Director. He is an Insurance Professional with producer licenses in FL, NJ and PA. He holds the prestigious designations of CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) and ITP (Insurance Training Professional). Mr. Milner began his insurance career in 2002 where he was the Managing Partner of a New Jersey Property, Casualty, Life & Health Insurance Agency.
In his previous role, Mr. Milner was the Director of Education at the South Jersey Professional School of Business (School of Insurance). He has authored multiple pre-licensing and continuing education manuscripts and been recognized as a leader in the insurance education arena.
In addition, Mr. Milner held the position of Senior Vice President of Operations for a NJ/PA Retail Pharmacy Corporation and was a member of the business department faculty at the Richard Stockton College of NJ. In addition, Mr. Milner was the Chief Executive Officer of a New Jersey multi-location retail corporation from 1997–2001.
Mr. Milner received his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ and his BA from the Richard Stockton College in Pomona, NJ. He is currently licensed in Property & Casualty as well as Life & Health authorities.
Mr. Milner lives in South Florida with his wife Alexandra. He is an active member of the Society of Insurance Trainers & Educators, a volunteer with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and a Retired EMS Lieutenant and Training Officer with the North Wildwood (NJ) Rescue Squad.
- MBA – Fairleigh Dickinson University
- BA – Richard Stockton College
- CIC – Certified Insurance Counselor
- ITP – Insurance Training Professional
Patricia Rogers was appointed the Director of Community Association Management Education for Gold Coast Professional Schools (GCPS) in 2006, after two years as an instructor. Patricia is passionate about developing and enriching our community associations. Her vision is to enhance the standards by which CAMs and CAM firms (CABs) are measured and serve our community associations, expand educational opportunities, and improve ethical standards and behavior.
Patricia served as a Commissioner in the City of Aventura from 1996 through 2003. Patricia received her CAM license in 2002. She was appointed to the Regulatory Council of Community Association Managers (RCCAM) in August 2008, and was elected the Chair of the RCCAM in 2010. She served until Fall 2013.
Patricia graduated Duke University cum laude with a B.S., where she majored in experimental clinical psychology, and minored in English, Mathematics, and Elementary Education. She trained as a Supreme Court certified mediator. She has participated in the National League of Cities Leadership Training Institute, is a graduate of the Florida League of Cities Advanced Institute for Elected Officials and of Leadership Florida. She is also a graduate of The Pacific Institute Investment in Excellence program and the EST and Forum personal development programs. She holds certifications as a Management Productivity Analyst and a Quality Circles Facilitator.
Patricia has been together with husband Paul Libert for 35 years. They have two cats, a tortoiseshell/calico, Dynamuffin, and a blue tuxedo, Blueberry (Muffin) – who sleep with Patricia & Paul nightly. She is an avid reader – enjoying both legislation and suspense fiction – and a committed Miami Heat fan. Go Heat!
Sanjeev joined Gold Coast in 2006 and teaches contractor licensing course. He holds a Bachelors Degree of Civil Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Surat, India, as well as several professional licenses including a Certified General Contractor, a Home Inspector, and a Sales Associate license. After graduating in 1984, he started working as a project engineer for a construction company, and began teaching applied mechanics. While teaching until 1990, he started his own consulting business to do Project Management and Construction Management. Sanjeev has versatile construction experience in the US, India and the Middle East. He is currently involved in building high-end and affordable homes in South Florida.
Wayne joined Gold Coast Schools in 2006 and is a highly experienced real estate professional with years spent working in the industry. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration in addition to a real estate broker license and an instructor permit. He spent several years teaching a wide array of real estate licensing and renewal courses at Gold Coast Schools before taking over as the Real Estate Program Director. As director, his aim is to ensure that our dedicated instructors continue to deliver the top notch education that Gold Coast has provided since 1970. He holds instructors to high standards because he believes in providing a superior student experience to everyone who chooses Gold Coast Schools for their education.
Real Estate Instructors
Abraham Valencia has been working in adult education since 1994. He started teaching Real Estate in 2004 and joined Gold Coast’s team of Spanish instructors in June of 2015. He strives for and takes pride in the success of his students. He is a lifelong learn who is pursuing his DBA and has an extensive training background including:
- Walden University: Pursuing DBA
- Jack Welch Management Institute: MBA
- Strayer University: BS in Criminal Justice
- Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College: AAS Management
- Dale Carnegie Course: How to Win Friends and Influence People
- Everything DISC Profile: Management Profiling
- Public Speaking
When not teaching or studying, Abraham enjoys motorcycling, mountain biking, scuba diving, exercising, and playing tennis.
- HND, Ealing College, University of London
- State Certified Residential Appraiser
- AQB Certified National USPAP Instructor
- Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
Adam Narkier is a real estate instructor who joined Gold Coast in 2015 teaching the 63-hour Sales Associate Pre-license and 14-hour Continuing Education courses. He is a licensed real estate broker, instructor, and previously a mortgage broker. Adam has spent the better part of his adult life in the real estate industry. He has been licensed and specializing in residential real estate since 2007 and enjoys working with both buyers and sellers. In addition, he was in the mortgage and banking industry for nearly 10 years prior to that.
Adam holds a Bachelors Degree in Public Management & Administration from Florida Atlantic University, an Associates of Arts Degree from Palm Beach Community College, is a member of the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB), as well as a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity International. He is one of the few true native South Floridians born and raised in Palm Beach County, and has two rescue dogs that he loves dearly.
Allesandro started teaching at Gold Coast in 2016 and has been a Real estate professional since 1994. He has sold and invested in properties on 2 continents and in 3 different countries. He previously worked in the largest Real Estate Company in Italy, TECNO CASA, and then expanded the business to other countries.
Alessandro’s passion for the business brought him around the world becoming a top agent of a successful firm in Manhattan. He then opened an investment company in South West Florida as well as in Costa Rica. His love for the business and desire to help others brought him to give back by teaching everything he learned as an investor and coach, driving him to travel all over United States and Costa Rica pursuing his passion for teaching. Now he found his home in the hottest real estate market in America where he continues to work as a foreign investor. He is currently a successful Real Estate agent for the largest vacation ownership company, and a licensed Instructor for Gold Coast Schools. His love of learning and his passion for new challenges tells us that he is far from being done yet….
Alexander is currently a Real Estate Instructor at Gold Coast Schools and teaches: Pre-License, Post-License, Continuing Education courses. Alexander graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing, and from Broward College with a degree in Legal Studies. With almost 15 years as a real estate broker and owner he enjoys bringing his vast experience to the classroom.
Carlos A Suarez is a second generation Real Estate Agent who first came into the business as an assistant to one of Florida’s largest brokerages right after completing his Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida International University. With a strong belief that knowledge is the key to success, Carlos has committed himself to stay ahead of the game when it comes to the industry’s trends and education; which has taken him to participate in multiple real estate expos and workshops not only in the U.S. but in places like Mexico, Argentina and Colombia. As a huge soccer fan Carlos spends most of his free time either playing, watching or coaching soccer.
Carmen is an excellent real estate instructor who is passionate about helping each and every student that attends her Spanish Sales Associate Pre-license and CRAM classes. She joined Gold Coast in 2015 and has extensive experience in the real estate industry. When not teaching, Carmen loves to travel where she has the opportunity to explore and discover new things.
Cece Campbell transitioned to Real Estate from the Financial Industry in 2012 joining Gold Coast in 2019. Cece has been in the business world for over 25 years wearing many hats from Sales Manager, to VP of Sales, to Financial Consultant, to CEO of her own company and most recently Author. Cece is a proven leader in new business development and has also had great success in sales training, as well as helping others to close deals. She has traveled all across America developing and presenting seminars on complex information in a format that is easy to understand.
Cece has coached and counseled many Real Estate Associates in believing they can, therefore helping them achieve the mindset to success. You will find her passion addictive and her skills to help you attain your goal second to none.
CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, ABR, AHWD, MRP, PSA, GKC
- Rowen College of Burlington County
- Licensed Real Estate Broker
- Broker/Owner, Legends Realty
- Director, Florida Realtors
- Director, ORRA (Orlando Regional Realtor Association)
Since joining the Gold Coast team of instructors in 1995, Dan Coco has helped thousands of students obtain their real estate sales associate license. Dan typically teaches the sales associate 4-week morning class, the math review seminar, and occasionally the weekend CRAM course. He is also the author of “Real Estate Math Made Easy!”, a popular study aid used by real estate students who want to further prepare for the math portion of the real estate licensing exam.
Dan is a member of the National Association of Realtors and holds a real estate broker’s license. He enjoys playing tennis, watching movies, reading books, and photography.
Ed Wachuku joined Gold Coast in July, 2017. As a life-long learner and an ardent advocate of continued education, he holds several local, national and international Real Estate designations and certifications. Ed has been active in the Real Estate business in Florida and New York as a broker, investor, instructor, coach and entrepreneur. A Certified International Property Specialist, Ed has extensive experience in the marketing and sale of real property in both local and international markets. Born and raised in Africa, his love for global tourism, and extensive business networking resulted in his enormous and diverse contacts around the globe. In his free time he enjoys playing Chess to sharpen his mind. In addition he gives back to his community by mentoring local high school kids to help them have a stronger head start in life.
Eduardo joined Gold Coast in 2005 teaching real estate FREC 1, the CRAM review course, and the real estate post-license course. He has taught more than 5000 students and enjoys participating in their development and career success. He is a licensed real estate Broker, Instructor, and was previously a Mortgage Broker. Eduardo also holds a BA in Business Administration and Post Graduate in Marketing and Strategy. He is a professional businessman and entrepreneur who loves to play Monopoly.
Frances joined Gold Coast Schools in 1999 and teaches virtually every real estate course that Gold Coast has to offer including the Sales Associate Pre-license and Post-license, Broker Pre-license and Post-license, as well as Continuing Education courses. She is currently an active Real Estate Broker and Instructor and previously held a Mortgage Broker, Title Agent, Series 6 & 23, and a Life, Health, and Variable Annuity license. Frances attended Miami-Dade Community College and loves spending time with her 3 daughters and 8 grandchildren.
Fred DeFalco Jr has extensive experience with customer relations in buying and selling real estate, property management in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment, experience as a real estate investor, an education in finance and real estate. In his current position as a Real Estate Broker his real estate skills are strengthened as well as his ability to adapt in an ever-changing, fast-paced environment. During his employment he has developed real-world experience that allows him to recognize the importance of continuous learning, creative thinking, and working with others to reach established goals and produce maximum results. Fred currently holds a Florida Real Estate Broker license, a Community Association Manager license and a Real Estate Instructor license. Fred is active in volunteer work and loves spending time with his 2 daughters.
Gilberto started as an instructor with Gold Coast Schools in March of 2019. He brings over 20 years of real estate sales and leasing experience in South Florida to the classroom. He currently holds a Broker License along with a degree in Computer Information Systems and a MBA.
- Brevard Community College
- Licensed Real Estate Broker
- MLO Instructor
Jack began teaching at Gold Coast in 1998 and is passionate and experienced in teaching all of our real estate courses. He holds a real estate instructor license and real estate broker license, as well as has a B.S. Degree from Purdue University.
- AA, St. Petersburg College
- BA, Florida State University
- Licensed Real Estate Broker
Jose Miguel Arreaza joined Gold Coast Schools in 2012 and serves as a real estate instructor who teaches the Spanish 45-hour Post-license course. He holds a real estate broker and instructor license, 2-15 insurance license, and previously held a mortgage broker license. Prior to working at Gold Coast, Jose worked as a Realtor and brings real world experience into the classroom for students to benefit from. He previously studied law and business administration in Venezuela. When not teaching, Jose’s hobby is running.
Juan Carlos Velasquez is an excellent real estate instructor who joined Gold Coast in 2014 and teaches the FREC 1 Sales Associate Pre-license course. He holds a Real Estate Sales Associate license as well as a 2-20 & 2-15 insurance license. Prior to joining Gold Coast, Juan Carols worked for an insurance agency. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of San Luis Gonzaga, Peru. When not working, he has a passion for art and loves to draw and oil paint.
Keith teaches the 1-week Sales Associate Pre-license course and is well known as an excellent instructor for helping students pass both the course and state exam. He joined Gold Coast in 2004 and is dedicated to making the classroom experience enjoyable and memorable for students. Keith is a licensed Real Estate Broker and Instructor and comes from a background in the banking industry. When not teaching, Keith enjoys traveling and regularly drives from Miami to Toronto, Canada.
- BA, Florida State University
- Licensed Real Estate Broker
Lisa Viscaino started as an instructor for Gold Coast in September 2018. Lisa has been proud to share her vast knowledge and experience with our future Realtors. She sees it to be a great honor to be a part of a person’s professional growth. Lisa has attained her Certified Residential Specialist designation and is a current member of the Honor Society. In 2019 she has the distinct honor of serving as President of the Women’s Council of Realtors Miami Dade. Throughout all of her professional and personal accomplishments she finds that anything is possible as long as you work towards your dreams and goals.
Ignacio joined Gold Coast Schools in 2016 and is an exceptional real estate instructor teaching the sales associate and broker pre-license and post-license as well as continuing education and CRAM review courses. He’s a Highly knowledgeable and experienced Real Estate Broker & Instructor with demonstrated success in real estate acquisition, management & disposition. Proven ability to assess client needs, establish rapport, build trust & close deals. Expert at growing bottom-line profitability by cultivating strong industry alliances and negotiating vendor partnerships. He has been in the Real Estate industry for twenty years. Also he have served as board member of Miami Federal Credit Union Board of Director. Ignacio shares his passion for teaching, and goes above and beyond to help students pass their state licensing exams and start their real estate careers. When not teaching, Ignacio enjoys traveling around the world with his family.
- Master of Science in Int’l Real Estate
- BBA in Int’l Finance & Marketing
- Leadership Summit
- Leadership Development Certificate
Licenses / Credential / Certificate
- Real Estate Broker License 2002
- State of Georgia since 2008
- Real Estate Instructor License 2008
- Doing Business in China Certificate 2008
- Skills for Success Certificate 2012
ABR, AHWD, CRS, CSP, GRI, SRES® , TRC
- Licensed Real Estate Broker
- Licensed Community Association Manager
Marlene Montenegro began her real estate career more than 15 years ago. Her career path led to roles as Designated REALTOR® and Managing Broker where Marlene participated in hundreds of residential and commercial real estate transactions. She was appointed Administrative Hearing Officer for a local government agency to preside over hearings for violations of adopted codes, including building and property maintenance. Marlene has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Miami and an Associate in Science in Radio and Television Broadcast Programming from Miami Dade College. She is licensed as Real Estate Broker and Instructor. In her Real Estate Instructor role, Marlene has extensive experience teaching Pre-licensing, Post-licensing, Continuing Education, and State Exam Review courses and enjoys sharing her passion for building real estate careers at Gold Coast Schools.
Marylin joined Gold Coast Schools in 2012 and is an exceptional real estate instructor teaching the sales associate and broker pre-license and post-license as well as continuing education and CRAM review courses. She holds both a real estate broker and instructor license, a GRI designation, and has a bachelors degree from Barry University in Nuclear Medicine.
Prior to working at Gold Coast, Marylin worked at a Brickell Law Firm working with real estate and corporate matters. From there she worked at Coldwell Banker as a Sales Associate from 2003-2009 in addition to teaching pre and post licensing classes. Beyond having a passion for helping students succeed, Marylin is a huge animal lover.
Melodee has been working at Gold Coast Schools since 1992 and is a real estate instructor at the Boca campus. She teaches the sales associate pre-license and post-license courses. Melodee has a real estate instructor’s license and a real estate broker’s license. Before teaching at Gold Coast, she spent 2 years at the Philadelphia Drama Workshop and as taken many real estate training courses. She has experience working as a manager at a real estate office, real estate trainer, real estate sales associate, acting and directing teacher for children, director of a youth group at a church, motel manager, motel desk clerk, chamber maid and 2 years working with Atlantic City Modeling Guild.
Melodee is passionate about teaching and helping others obtain their goals in life. She says, “I am also passionate about living, learning and hopefully touching the lives of others.” When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, swimming, reading, writing, walking and watching old movies.
Raquel is an accomplished, multiple award winning, and financially astute executive. She has domestic experience in operations, P&L oversight, and marketing involving both start-up and growth organizations. She has been frequently promoted in recognition of innovation, problem solving, and delivering results consistently for over 20 years. Raquel can be described as sharp, confident, and consistent driver of growth-oriented initiatives with diverse skill for deepening levels of team engagement.
- Broward College
- Gold Coast School Of Real Estate
- Ketcham Education Providers Teaching Techniques
- IFREC Real Estate Schools Business Ethics Core Law
- National Association of REALTORS Code of Ethics Professional Standards
- Graduate REALTOR Institute Standard of Practice 1
- Certified Short Sale Professional Designation CSP
- Fundamentals of Commercial Real Estate
- Tax Deferred 1031 Exchange
- Real Estate Investment
Raquel enjoys spending time with good friends and family, in addition to attending sporting events, reading history books, and boating.
Ray Clemente is a Real Estate instructor who joined Gold Coast in 2016 and brings extensive experience in many professional licensing industries including Real Estate, CAM, Appraisal and Insurance. He currently teaches Gold Coast’s Sales Associate and Broker pre-license and post-license courses, as well as continuing education. His list of professional licenses include:
- Florida Real Estate Broker
- Community Association Manager
- All Lines Adjuster
- Registered Trainee Appraiser
- General Lines Agent
Prior to joining Gold Coast, Ray held various roles through his career that range from business advisory to C-level financial leadership with a specialized niche in commercial real estate, asset management and a major multi-mixed land development project that consisted of a Four Seasons branded 218 key hotel, a Greg Norm Golf Course, mega yacht marina, casino and a utility plant on Great Exuma, Bahamas, as the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Other experience includes maintaining banking and investor relationships, business start-ups & divestments, mezzanine debt capital structuring & creditor workouts, receivership and risk management.
Ray’s education includes:
- Florida International University Master of Accountancy
- Iona College Post Master Certificate in Information Decision Technology Management
- Iona College Master of Business Administration in Financial Management
- Mercy College Master of Science in Organizational Leadership
- Mercy College Bachelor of Science in Accounting
- Certified International Property Specialist
- Certified Manager of Community Association
- Accredited Claims Adjuster
When not teaching, Ray enjoys traveling and watching movies and Broadway plays.
Rick has been a Real Estate Broker for more than 25 years. During this time, he has sold more than 1,500 homes and managed over 7,500 transactions in Miami Dade & Broward County. Rick became an instructor for Gold Coast Schools in 2018 and is proud to bring his vast amount of experience to help students succeed out in the field.
Shari Carpenter has 30 years of diverse experiences handling complex administrative activities through the field of Real Estate, REO sales, Short Sales, Recruiting, Advancement, and Public Administration.
Her professional experiences include: Vendor management, Acquisition, sales and leasing, manage real estate agents, customer relations, RE0 listing and buyers agent, admissions, enrollments, recruitment, hiring, training, supervising support personnel and teachers, development, writing curriculum, grants, scholarship funding, corporate funding, planning and implementing special events, educational programs, acting as a community and corporate liaison, and facilitator.
2002.2002 Gold Coast Real Estate School, Fort Lauderdale, Fl, Licensed Real Estate Broker.
1990.1992 Florida International University, Miami, Fl, Masters in Public Administration
1981.1983 Florida International University, Miami, Fl Bachelors in Communications
Shelia Goodrum first began a real estate career in 1995 and the began teaching with Gold Coast Schools in 2019. Shelia is a US Navy Veteran that served our country during Desert Storm/Desert Shield. Over the years, Shelia has provided professional real estate services to many within FL, KY, and MO. She is experienced with traditional sales, new construction, managing and listing foreclosure, property repairs & renovation, BPOs, as well as REO asset preservation. Shelia is a licensed Real Estate Broker, Real Estate Instructor, Mortgage Loan Originator, and All Lines Insurance Producer.
Shelia is a humanitarian at heart. She has funded several fresh wells in Asia, contributed to the building of an orphanage and school in Haiti, supports Toys-4-Tots, Salvation Army Angel Tree, and numerous back-to-school programs for kids by helping to purchase & distribute much needed school supplies to our youths. Sheila is also an ongoing contributor to food banks, regularly collect & donate items to Veterans, Salvation Army, and Goodwill.
Shelia enjoys the outdoors activities, paint-ball, charitable poker-runs with other veterans, comedy, live theater, décor, and spending time with the grandkids.
Steve is a licensed real estate broker and instructor who has been in the real estate business since 1981. He began teaching Gold Coast’s sales associate pre-license, post-license, continuing education, and CRAM courses in 2011, and is well liked for his engaging teaching style. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Florida, Steve owned an antique mall, worked as a real estate broker who owned and operated his own office, served as a property manager, and specialized in both commercial and residential real estate. When not teaching, Steve has a passion for buying, restoring, and selling antique muscle cars.
Terry joined Gold Coast in 2002 and is a highly experienced real estate instructors. He teaches the following courses:
- Sales Associate Pre-Licensing
- Sales Associates Post Licensing
- Broker Pre-Licensing
- Broker Post Licensing
- Continuing Education
- State Exam Cram Review
Terry holds a Florida Real Estate Broker license and a Florida Real Estate Instructor permit. When not working, he enjoys traveling, playing racket ball, weekend trips to the Florida Keys and the West Coast of Florida each month.
Tom joined Gold Coast in 2005 and is an excellent teacher for the broker pre-license, broker post-license, sales associate post-license, continuing education, and the CRAM course. He currently holds a broker and instructor license, and still works as an active broker. His experience in the industry enables him to combine the textbook material with real world information that helps students acquire the knowledge they need to succeed both in the course, as well as in their careers. Tom graduated from the Michigan State University and loves the great outdoors.
- BS/BA University of Central Florida
- Licensed Real Estate Broker
- BS, Florida Memorial University
- MBA, St. Thomas University
- Academic Advisor, Keiser University
- Fort Pierce Area Council Member
- Licensed Real Estate Broker
- BS, University of Miami
- Owner/Broker, Ocean Real Estate Group, LLC (FL and SC)
Walt has been an Instructor at Gold Coast Schools since 1998. He teaches the real estate sales associate pre-license course and the CRAM review which prepares students to pass the state exam. Over the years, Walt has taught all of the real estate courses that Gold Coast offers.
Walt teaches at the Lantana campus and is passionate about perfecting the materials used to teach so that he can better guide students towards success in their new careers. He has a real estate instructors license, real estate broker’s license, Bachelor’s Degree (BBA U of M), J.D. New York Law School. Before Gold Coast, he was an officer in the US Navy for 5 years and toured in Vietnam and England. He has 30 years of experience in data processing, 20 years in business law and approximately 15 years in real estate. When he is not teaching real estate classes, Walt enjoys spending time with family, playing golf and reading.
Alaine Laguerre started teaching insurance courses at Gold Coast in 2016 and currently teaches many of the general lines for prospective agents and customer service reps. She holds a 2-15 Life, Health & Variable Contracts license, 2-20 General Lines license, and a 6-20 All Lines Insurance Adjuster. She is high energy and is passionate about delivering quality courses that are informational and carry real world practicality.
Prior to teaching at Gold Coast, Alaine acquired 12 years of insurance industry experience working with major companies like Progressive Insurance, AIG, and State Farm. When she is not working in the field and teaching in the classroom, Alaine enjoys dancing, spending time with her family and is a volunteer teacher at her church.
Alan has been in the financial services industry since 1997. He is a fully licensed 2-15 life, health and variable annuity agent as well as holding a variety of securities licenses including the series 7 and 24. Alan started his career on the banking side of the industry before becoming the Chief Compliance Officer of a national firm.
Today, Alan spends his time working his own practice and has enjoyed teaching insurance and continuing education at Gold Coast since 2008. Imparting his knowledge and experience in a beneficial and enthusiastic way is Alan’s passion and gifting.
Bob Halverson is an excellent Property and Casualty and Surplus Lines insurance instructor, and has been with Gold Coast since 2011. Prior to obtaining his 2-15, 2-20, & 1-20 insurance licenses, Bob was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force, commercial airlines pilot, and a corporate pilot. He gained a tremendous amount of his insurance experience through owning an insurance agency for many years before focusing on teaching new agents how to be successful in this lucrative field.
Bob is a proud member of the AOPA, EAA, Elks, and American Legion and continues to enjoy flying his own personal aircraft. He often travels to Columbia and is enjoying his semi-retirement between teaching and traveling.
Bob Lederman joined Gold Coast in 2017 with 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, including six years teaching pre-licensing and continuing education courses. He continues in that role at the Lantana facility where he derives his greatest satisfaction when he sees that his students get what insurance is all about.
Bob holds a 220 General Lines and a 215 Life, Health and Variable Annuity license. He has also held series 6 and 63 licenses and is a former CPA. He owned and operated his own Allstate agency in Deerfield Beach.
When he is not teaching, Bob enjoys reading ‘Spy-Fi’ novels, swimming and being with his wife and family.
Carlos Celta’s tenure in sales began in 2003. Since that time, he has mastered a skill-set of serving and education people. In 2012, Carlos, along with his family, moved from Venezuela to the USA, requiring him to restart almost all aspects of his life. Fortunately, with his sales background, he was provided an opportunity in the insurance business; a decision has not regretted.
His years within the insurance field has allowed him to focus on the practices of life insurance, health insurance, and finances. As an insurance instructor, Carlos is committed to helping people obtain and understand the necessary knowledge and skills , required to obtain and maintain their State license. Carlos lives in the Orlando area and is looking forward to helping those new to the field embrace their newfound career.
Debora Willis joined the Gold Coast team in 2015 as a Property and Casualty Insurance Instructor at the Doral Campus. She is a Certified Insurance Counselor and a Certified Risk Manager. She has over 25 years of insurance experience working in small agencies and large top 10 brokers. She has handled everything from homeowner policies to hospitals, and taught P&C licensing for Dade County Schools and the Florida Insurance School.
Debora truly enjoys teaching insurance and is passionate about seeing her students do well in her class and then becoming passionate about insurance just like she is. She says, “Insurance is a diverse, ever changing field with limitless opportunity.” She wants her students to succeed in the course and their new profession. When not reading new policy forms, she likes to travel with her husband, hunt for antiques and spend time with her cats.
Ismary Cardoso is a Business Management graduate from Western Governor’s University, and is currently working on finishing her MBA from the same school. She also holds a Florida General Lines insurance license, is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), and an Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI). Ismary has been in the insurance industry for 4 years, and is passionate about understanding the foundation of the property and casualty principles, as well as sharing her knowledge and helping others find a fulfilling career in the industry as she did herself. Originally from Cuba with a professional background in Translation and Linguistics, she enjoys reading and writing, researching technical terms in several languages, and learning all kinds of different cultures. On her free time she loves to travel and dance. She plans to retire as an insurance professional, helping organizations manage and mitigate their risks.
Jerry started his insurance career in 1980 by being a life and health agent. He took his 2-20 course at Gold Coast and passed on his first attempt at the state test. He worked for agents until he was appointed as an agent for a major insurance company. He started his own agency in 2007 and retired in 2019. Instructing at Gold Coast gives him an opportunity to give back to the industry that has been so good to him and his family. He is a member of the Society of Insurance Trainers and Educators. He has a B.Min. degree from SBC and enjoys writing songs, recording and playing his guitar.
Jessy teaches insurance licensing courses and is passionate about helping students obtain the license they need to start new careers. When not working, Jessy enjoys spending time with grandchildren and family.
Karl has been in the insurance industry since 2007, he currently holds the Florida Life, Health and Variable Contracts 2-15 license and the FINRA series 6, 7 and 66 licenses. Karl Miranda is a Certified Financial Planner™. Karl has been a Florida resident since 1992, he is a graduate of Florida International University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance, and a Certificate in International Bank Management.
Kevin is currently teaching pre-licensing and continuing education classes for life, health and annuity.
Kevin earned his BS in Biology from SUNY Fredonia, an MBA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is a Certified Financial Planner™ and Chartered Life Underwriter™ who works with business owners and retirees all over the country in his personal practice.
Kevin currently holds his 2-15 and 2-20 insurance licenses, is a licensed tax preparer and has held his Securities Series 6,7 and 66 licenses in the past as well.
In his spare time Kevin enjoys good food, good stories, a good work-out, meeting new people and spending time with friends and family.
Lynn joined Gold Coast Schools in 2014 and brings more than 30 years of insurance and stocks, bonds, and mutual fund experience to the Life and Health courses that she teaches. When not working, Lynn enjoys spending time at the beach and relaxing.
Merle Silver started teaching insurance courses at Gold Coast in 2016 after teaching similar classes at a local college for more than 10 years. Merle teaches insurance agent pre-licensing courses at the Doral Campus. He holds a 2-15 Life, Health & Variable Contracts license, 2-20 General Lines license, is an Independent Insurance Adjuster, and previously held a Series 6 license. He holds designations as an Accredited Claims Adjuster and a Certified Senior Advisor. As a practicing insurance agent and agency owner, educating the next generation of insurance agents is of critical importance to Mr. Silver.
Mr. Silver is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he attended the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.
When he is not working on behalf of his many clients or teaching in the classroom, he enjoys sports, family time and adjusting to the reality that he is now a grandfather on Medicare.
Mike is a highly experienced insurance instructor who teaches the Surplus Lines Pre-licensing course at Gold Coast Schools. He has more than 40 years of insurance experience holding both a 1-20 and 2-20 license that is valid across 38 US states, and is also a registered professional engineer in California. Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BSIE) degree from Western New England University and is a Visiting Lecturer at Providence College School of Engineering. He also spent 20 years with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Pat Billera joined Gold Coast Schools in 1999 and is a well known and liked insurance instructor. He teaches the Life and Health Pre-license course and is known for combining real world experience with the course information so that students finish the course fully prepared to start a successful career in the insurance industry. His use of humor, examples, and words of wisdom leave students with knowledge that will last a lifetime.
Prior to joining Gold Coast, Pat was an insurance agent, middle manager and general manager for more than 25 years, and worked as an insurance specialist in the banking industry for a few years before retiring. When not teaching, Pat truly enjoys traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.
Patria’s insurance career started in New Rochelle, NY as a manager for a small insurance agency while also teaching English as a second language. She then moved to Florida where she obtained her 2-15 and began working as a field agent, field agent recruiter and sales agent for both large and small corporations. She also volunteered with South Florida Workforce One-Stop Career Center and the Public Library, educating Spanish speaking adults on basic credit-building and helping English speaking adults improve their reading and writing skills. Her passion for both the insurance industry, as well as teaching, drove her to combine both. When she is not working in the field, she enjoys spending quality time with her son and daughter. She enjoys going on weekend road trips, as well as browsing and exploring the internet.
Randy Gordon started teaching insurance courses at Gold Coast in 2017 and currently teaches the continuing education and pre-licensing for Property and Casually agents. He holds a 2-20 General Lines license and has an Accredited Advisor of Insurance designation. He enjoys teaching the future agents using real world examples and techniques that make understanding the information exciting.
In addition to teaching at Gold Coast, Randy is an active agent selling policies. When he is not working in the field and teaching in the classroom, Randy enjoys golf and spending time with his family.
Shawna holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Economics from Florida A & M University. She started her career in finance with Miami-Dade County government where she held several administrative positions during her 9 years there. In 2003, Shawna obtained her 215 insurance license and began a career as an agent with AIG. In 2007 she became an Associate Manager with AIG, a position she held for 7 years. Shawna was ranked the #1 Associate Manager with AIG in 2013, earning her the industry’s Brian Early Award. A boardmember for two years, Shawna has been a member of the National Association for Insurance and Financial Advisors for the last 14 years. She also obtained her Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow designation in 2013.
Shawna is a third generation insurance professional. Her grandfather was an insurance agent in Albany, GA. Her mother, Cheryl Josey, was an agent and manager with AIG for 20 years before retiring in 2011.
Shawna is currently an Associate Director with the South Florida office of Transamerica Agency Network. She holds an insurance license in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Michigan. Married for 20 years, she is also mother to a 16 year old daughter, and a 12 year old son. Shawna loves to read and travel.
Augusto joined Gold Coast Schools in 2009 as a CAM instructor teaching the CAM Pre-license course, CRAM course, and Continuing Education courses. He holds a CAM license and brings industry experience into the classroom for students to benefit from. Augusto hold various degrees and certifications including:
- ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY, M.B.A.
1982 Chicago, IL. Master in Business Administration.
Concentration in Organizational and Human Resources Development
- UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, B.A. 1974
Chicago, IL. Bachelor Degree in Latin American Studies
- THE CORPORATE SYSTEMS DESIGN, INC. 1996
Organizational consulting with concentration in organizational structure reinvention and redesign, work process alignment, strategic performance optimization, alignment corporate systems, leadership, change agent and team development, reward and employee development.
- AMERICAN MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION, 1998
International School of Management, Certified Consultant and Facilitator
When not teaching, Augusto volunteers at his community association, Lions Club, and is politically involved with Ecuadorian issues.
Laura brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to Gold Coast in 2015. She received her community association manager license in 2001, and has CAM experience that spans over fifteen years. Laura earned her PCAM designation from Community Association Institute in 2007. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
As an independent consultant, she worked with developers for five years. As senior manager with a community association firm in Palm Beach County, Laura provided supervision and training to other managers.
Laura’s educational background is in organizational leadership and employment law. She received her Master’s Degree with Barry University, and served as Adjunct Professor with Barry University from 2005 through 2012.
Laura is still active in the real estate profession as well as community association management. In her spare time she serves her own community association’s board of directors. Planning, design, communication and development are her personal enjoyments.
Paul joined Gold Coast Schools in 2015 and is the Assistant to Director of CAM Education. He teaches and writes CAM continuing education and pre-license courses and brings extensive experience into the classroom. He has held many licenses including CAM, Life & Health insurance, Series 6, Series 7, and Series 3, was a Certified Financial Planner, and held a Mortgage license.
Prior to joining Gold Coast, Paul was employed as a CAM for approximately 13 years, primarily for troubled high-rises. He wrote courses and trained and supervised instructors to teach community associations directors, officers & residents, through a 501(c)(3). The courses were offered throughout the State of Florida in 2000-2001. He was President of the Northeast Dade Coalition, a community association education & advocacy group representing over 120 associations in Miami-Dade County, for about 10 years. Paul also served as President of an association board for a short period of time. Through his corporate entity (co-owned with Patricia Rogers), he had contracts with Barry University and Broward Community College, to offer education to community association residents. As a health care professional, he served in high level administrative and/or planning positions in comprehensive health planning councils in LA and Boise and county health departments in Erie County (NY), and Miami-Dade County. Paul successfully wrote grants for these entities. In Miami-Dade County, he successfully negotiated funding from the federal government to help handle the influx of Haitian refugees in the 1980s. Paul’s corporation also wrote and successfully obtained grants for local municipalities in Miami-Dade County.
He holds various degrees and certifications including:
- State University of NY at Buffalo – B.A. Anthropology
- University of California, Berkeley – School of Public Health – Master of Public Health (Administration & Planning)
- College for Financial Planning – Denver, CO – Certified Financial Planner
- Gold Coast Professional Schools – Insurance, Mortgage & CAM licenses
- Miami-Dade County – Management Productivity Analyst
Paul has two cats, Dynamuffin and Blueberry Muffin. He has a great sense of humor which he uses to great effect both in business and in personal relationships. With a cousin in NJ, Paul did extensive research tracing his family tree back to the 1700s. He shared his findings with the Montreal branch at a family reunion, including slides of birth, marriage and death certificates, and photographs of some of his ancestors.
Ricardo (Rick) Russi received his CAM license in 1995. He also holds a license as a real estate broker, and recently received his license as a Real Estate Instructor. Rick earned his Bachelor’s degree from Barry University in Legal Studies and his MBA from Florida Atlantic University, in Business Administration. He is currently working on a PhD at Kansas State University, focusing on financial planning Rick has owned a small business for over 20 years. He has a strong background in sales, business development, customer and employee relations, and community associations.
An active member of the community, Rick has served on several community committees, including the Miami-Dade County Housing and Urban Development Advisory Board, City of Miami Community Social Development Committee, Metro Miami Action Plan, and the Business Friends of the Northeast Dade Coalition.
In addition to teaching CAM classes with GCPS, Rick is also an adjunct at the school of business at Johnson & Wales University, where he is teaching business and finance courses.
Rick is married and has two daughters.
A recent addition to the GCPS team, Rick notes: “I value the reputation and the quality of Gold Coast Schools. I came here as a student in 1992, and I have been coming to the school for my continuing education ever since. Now I can assist others in achieving their objectives.”
David joined Gold Coast in 2005 and has a passion for teaching contractors how to prepare for the Air Conditioning and Mechanical trade licensing exams. Prior to joining Gold Coast, David worked for Ford Motor Company for 23 years where he handled various service related issues, and gained extensive experience in HVAC. He holds an MBA from Florida Atlantic University, and is an ASE Master Automotive and Truck Technician. In his free time, David enjoys fixing and restoring cars.
Dawn is an Instructor for Gold Coast and teaches the General Contractor cram classes to aid students in their preparation for their state licensing tests. She teaches out of the Tamarac, Lantana, and Doral campuses.
Dawn has an Associate of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Broward Community College, a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Barry University, Graduate Work in Psychology from Nova University, and a General Contractor license from Gold Coast Schools. She has been working in various phases of the construction industry since 1985. She has been teaching both individuals and small groups in private tutoring here at Gold Coast, and also teaches in a classroom setting. Dawn is passionate about seeing students have that “AH-HA moment” when problem solving.
When not working, Dawn enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and active adventure traveling. Dawn has completed several bicycle trips across the United States and Canada.
Dominick is a General Contractor, Developer, and Architect who has been teaching contractor exam prep and continuing education courses since 1999. He is passionate about teaching contractors how to operate and run a successful contractor business that is both profitable and ethical.
Dr. Richard H. McMonagle is currently the instructor of the Mold Assessment and Remediation licensing renewal program at Gold Coast Schools. He holds a Ph. D. from the Union Institute Graduate College, and a M.S. and B.S. (Magna Cum Lauda) from Nova Southeastern University. He is a Certified OSHA Outreach Trainer, a Certified Indoor Environmentalist, a State of Florida licensed Mold Assessor and a Certified Infrared Thermographer. He has taught classes in Mold Assessment, Bioaerosol Assessment, Indoor Air Quality, Occupational Safety and Health, IEQ Report Writing, Sampling Methodology, and IEQ Research Methods. He owns his own company, HEI Systems, and serves as an expert witness for both plaintiff and defendant in structural environmental disputes.
Frank Ortiz teaches Construction Pre-Licensing, Continuing Education, Plan Reading and Bidding Estimating since 2006. He was born in New York but raised in Dominican Republic. In the summer of 1986, after obtaining his degree in Civil Engineering at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Francisco decided to move to Miami.
Frank is currently a Florida licensed:
- General Contractor
- A/C – A Contractor
- Home Inspector
- Mold Remediator
- Mold Assessor
While not working for Gold Coast Schools Frank is the President, Owner and founder of Octagon Construction Corp.
Gilberto Fernandez is a Certified Building Contractor since 1976, a Certified Roofing Contractor since 2005, and a Certified Home Inspector since 2010.
He received his Business Administration and Accounting Degree at The Havana & Oriente University – Cuba. Once residing in the US, he attended the following higher learning institutions to improve knowledge in business: Jones College – Orlando, Fla – Administrative Accounting. Rollins College – Winter Park, Fla – Business Administration and Commercial Law Courses.
Gilberto was once the President of the Florida Prestressed Concrete Assn. and held chairmanship of different committees with the association including the FDOT Liaison and Plant Certification, Safety. He conducted presentations and seminars with Trade Associations, Engineers, and Architects about the benefits of utilizing Prestressed Concrete in their design and construction. Gilberto has been married for 46 years with 2 children and 2 grandchildren.
Mr. Joseph C. Rebuck is a state Certified General Contractor since 2003, Joe first joined the Gold Coast team as a part time instructor in 2004. Over his career Mr. Rebuck has owned his own General Contracting Company, served as director of Property Management for Lennar Homes Dade Division, was an area Facility Manager for Washington Mutual Bank/CB Richard Ellis as well as an area manager for Kings Point Condominium Association in Tamarac, Florida.
In addition to holding his General Contracting & Roofing Licenses Mr. Rebuck is credentialed as a License Real Estate Broker, Licensed CAM, Licensed Home Inspector, License Mold Assessor & Remediator, LEED AP and a Certified Pool Operator (CPO)
Jorge Urrutia has been an instructor at Gold Coast Schools since 1995. He is an instructor for Home Inspection, Wind Mitigation and Continuing Education. He started his career as a Building Inspector and has since become a Project Manager. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the University of Florida and Professional Certifications in General Contracting, Plans Examination, Building Inspection, Home Inspection, Mold Remediation, Mold Assessment and Roofing. He authored our current Wind Mitigation and Home Inspection CE courses.
Luis Bentancor joined Gold Coast in 2016 and teaches the General Contractor exam prep courses that help students who are preparing for the state contractor exam. He is an Architect and a General Contractor with years of industry experience that he brings into the classroom to help students succeed. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from Universidad de la República from Montevideo, Uruguay; he studied Engineering at Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He previously worked as a Project Manager for a construction company and as an Associate Architect in an Architectural Studio. He owns and manages his own construction company.
Mr. Wallace Lawson holds State Certified Licenses as a General Contractor, Roofing Contractor and Residential Home Inspector. Mr. Lawson has qualified and owned his construction services companies since 2007 and has successfully completed various commercial renovation projects in Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Mr. Lawson is currently developing a new construction services company located in Marion County in the city of Ocala, Florida which will involve ground up construction of residential units as well as commercial projects. Mr. Lawson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from the University of New Haven as well as an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy New York.
Mr. Lawson is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and currently resides in Sunrise, Florida with his wife Elayna Lawson. As an avid sports fan, Mr. Lawson has competed in Amateur Bodybuilding, Judo,
Whitewater Canoe Racing and Cycling.
- Senior Home Inspection Instructor
- IFREC Home Inspection Series Author
- Florida Home Inspector License HI 1354
- Redesign Architectural Services, Owner
- WHS Home Inspections,Owner
- IRIS Certified Residential Inspector