Karena Piedmont, a licensed real estate Broker in Connecticut, has over 20 years of experience in residential real estate sales & investment. She is the principal of Real Estate Eight, a real estate brokerage in Wilton, CT, and is the owner/director of Real Estate University which she founded in 2005. Karena also teaches the Principles & Practices course part time at Norwalk Community College. Karena has successfully trained over 7,000 students to achieve or maintain their Connecticut Salesperson or Broker real estate licenses. She also published her first children’s picture book in December 2019. It is about real estate and is called “A Roost for A Rooster, A Home for A Hare.”
Chuck Brittenham spent over 20 years in the financial/investment sector as a VP of an asset management company & as an investment consultant for multiple companies including Citi Personal Wealth Management. He was the former President (& founder) of Fairfield Capital Advisor Group where he developed & maintained lending agreements with leading banking institutions, while facilitating the placement of several millions of dollars in financial assets & investment properties. He is now a much sought-after consultant for investing & income producing properties & property management.
Ken Gruder, ESQ
Attorney Ken Gruder is a founding member of Goldman, Gruder & Woods, LLC & chairman of the Real Estate Law Practice Group. Specializing in General Real Estate Transactions & Loss Mitigation, to include short sales, Attorney Gruder has represented most national loan servicers, over 35 mortgage lenders, title insurance companies, and many of the nation’s largest REO and servicing companies. A member of Mid-Fairfield County Association of Realtors, he has lectured for Real Estate University, Greater Fairfield Board of Realtors, Greater Bridgeport Board of Realtors, Stamford Board of Realtors & serves as general counsel for the Connecticut Multiple Listing Service.
Sue Baxter has been in the banking business for over 25 years. Currently a mortgage banker with Residential Mortage Services, Inc., she specializes in residential & commerical banking in the Tri-state area. Ms. Baxter has won numerous awards for “Top Producer” & “Top 10 Loans Originator” by providing direct access to a full sprectrum of integrated loan processing, underwriting, & direct lending services to fit her client’s needs. Sue is the lead instructor for the finance course for broker pre-licensing, as well as all of the finance related CE courses for current licensees.
Martin Iselin is a State Certified Appraiser in CT and over the past 27 years has performed over 5000 appraisals of single family homes, condominiums, and multi family dwellings. He does appraisals for major banks, individual home owners and attorneys and is also FHA approved. Martin is accepted as an expert witness in CT Superior Courts and also holds a real estate license. In addition to his appraisal credentials, Martin earned his MBA at Pace University Lubin School of Business.
Dan Raposo was raised in the construction and real estate industry, spending his childhood on construction sites as his father built single and multi-family homes throughout Fairfield County. For the past eleven years Dan has been an active real estate agent, house flipper, landlord and more recently has been teaching what he has learned over the years to help agents and investors grow their businesses.
George Johnson, a Realtor® with Houlihan Lawrence in New Canaan, began his real estate career in 1977 doing investment analysis and engaging in capital raising for multi-family housing development. He pivoted from there and spent 40 years on Wall Street in the fixed income markets with experience ranging from securities trading and risk management to customer relations. His expertise includes relative value analysis, underwriting, hedging, risk management and trading systems. George is now enjoying helping his clients realize their objectives in the real estate market and has concurrently returned to security financing for multi-family real estate development.
Rose Eapen, a Realtor® with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties, has been involved in real estate for more than 10 years. Licensed in Connecticut and Rhode Island, her diverse range of experience brings perspective and real-life examples of the practical application of the principles of real estate taught in the pre-licensing course. Rose serves on her local board and is a member of the Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors, Connecticut Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors. Professional certifications include ePro, Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA), Commercial Investment Real Estate Certified (CIREC), At Home With Diversity (AHWD). Her interest in helping others achieve their selling and personal real estate goals coupled with the belief in the importance of education leads her to pursue instructing on the Principles and Practices of Real Estate.
Kevin E. O’Brien
Kevin E. O’Brien is founder and broker of O’Brien Premier Properties, LLC, a full service residential and commercial brokerage in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
Kevin’s real estate experience began as a surveyor in 1977, where he spent over 20 years working with Builders and Developers. In 2000, Kevin started O’Brien Design, a Land Use Planning and Design Company specializing in House Plans, Permits, Zoning Board of Appeals, Inland Wetlands and Planning and Zoning work. In 2004, Kevin joined Wilton Country Homes as a real estate agent.
As a 42 year Wilton resident and father of three sons (Sean, Casey and Glenn), Kevin is an active member of the community, coaching his children in soccer, football, basketball and baseball. Kevin is a former board member and past president of both the Wilton Little League and the Wilton Baseball & Softball Association and also served as Chairman of the Wilton Parks and Recreation Commission.
Membership : National Association of REALTORS
Connecticut Association of REALTORS
Mid-Fairfield County Association of REALTORS
Consolidated Multiple Listing Service
Board of Director Ogden House
Real Estate U Career Opportunities
We are always looking for part-time instructors for the pre-licensing course. You must have strong real estate investment, property management, appraisal, real estate law or land use background, OR hold a real estate sales, broker or appraisal license or an advanced degree in a relevant field of study. We prefer candidates with some teaching experience but are willing to train those who have a great attitude & strong communication skills & otherwise show great potential.