FLORIDA STATE CHAPTER

Guest Speakers

Marc Cunningham


Marc grew up in the real estate world and spent many years pulling weeds, painting walls, showing properties, and collecting rents for Grace Property Management & Real Estate, the company his father founded in 1978. Today, from a platform of managing over 700 rental properties and with 17 team members, Grace Management helps people buy, sell, invest, flip, collect rents, evict, and have fun doing it!

A popular and dynamic speaker on the topics of property management, real estate, and business leadership; Marc helps people across the country improve their lives – by improving their business.

Rebecca Panosso

Rebecca is a Realtor and Property Manager with ERA Grizzard in Orlando, FL. Rebecca is known today as an expert in creating efficiency in real estate operations. Her system allows her to control both the number of properties she manages and sells and the time commitment necessary to do so. Her system is the magic behind her wildly successful business results and raving customer reviews.  

Steve Rozenberg

Steve Rozenberg is an entrepreneur, international commercial airline pilot, real estate investor, CEO, business strategist, international speaker and a leading expert in real estate investing. His company Empire Industries is considered one of the top residential property management companies in the United States, providing frustration free property management by investors for investors.

Eric Wetherington, MPM®, RMP®

Eric Wetherington, MPM, RPM, is your 2019 NARPM National President. He is the Director and Broker-in-Charge of New Heights Property Management, CRMC, in Summerville, South Carolina. Eric is a dynamic business leader with a background that includes everything from overseeing small startup companies to building multi-million dollar operations for Fortune 200 companies.

As a speaker and trainer, Eric has covered topics including Real Estate Law, Fair Housing, Title Insurance, Sales Techniques, Success in Property Management, Leadership and many others. Eric is a certified Continuing Education Instructor for South Carolina.

In 2009 Eric founded New Heights Property Management and quickly grew the company to manage nearly 1,300 single family homes in the greater Charleston area. Since that time he has started 5 other companies with his partners and capable leadership team.

A native of Clearwater, Florida, Eric now resides in the Charleston, South Carolina area with his wife, Leigh and their two adult children. When he is not hard at work, Eric enjoys singing and directing choirs, cooking, traveling and spending time enjoying the beautiful beaches of South Carolina with his family.

Paul Valenti


Paul Valenti became Director of Pinellas County’s Office of Human Rights in January of 2012. Before his tenure with Pinellas County, he served as the Manager of Lee County’s Office of Equal Opportunity, a position he assumed in June of 2005. Prior to working for Lee County, Paul worked for the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities. Paul is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and Quinnipiac University School of Law. Paul is licensed to practice law in Florida and Connecticut, and is admitted before the United States Supreme Court.

Mario Gonzalez


Mario Gonzalez is the Founder and Broker of Navy to Navy Homes in Jacksonville, FL. A 24 year retired Navy Pilot, his sense of dedication to service is apparent in his real estate company. Navy to Navy Homes is a full service real estate brokerage that specializes in Property Management, Sales, and Relocation Services for military families in the Jacksonville area. Their continual focus on the customer and rewarding others has made them a local favorite in the Jacksonville real estate market and has awarded them as #1 in the Nation for Teams representing the Homes for Heroes Program, a special incentive program for local community heroes (Police officers, fire fighters, medical personnel, military personnel and teachers).

Mario taught various leadership classes at the Naval Academy and has instructed a variety of Naval subjects over his 24 year career. Training his agents and educating the community in all aspects of property management, is his passion.

He continues to be active in numerous aspects of real estate. Since 1998 he has been an investor, homeowner, landlord, property manager, realtor and real estate adviser. He is an active member of NEFAR (Northeast Florida Assoc of Realtors) and sits on their EATF (Education Action Task Force), Mario is also an active NEFAR Instructor under Florida Realtors and leads the local VAREP (Veteran Association of Real Estate Professionals) in Jacksonville.

He is an active member of NARPM (National Assoc of Residential Property Managers) where he sat as President on the Board in 2017, served as Past President in 2018, and lastly, was awarded as Property Manager of the year in 2016. In addition to his many positions and dedicated leadership roles, he holds the GRI, MRP, RPM, and MPM designations.

Kurt Hitzemann


Kurt Hitzemann was born and raised in rural Wisconsin. He earned a bachelors of science degree in aquatic biology from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1985. He earned his juris doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1994. He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1998. He has served as an assistant state attorney, assistant county attorney and in private practice while in Florida. In November of 2005 he was appointed to the Hernando County bench by Governor Jeb Bush and in 2008 was elected without opposition to his first full term on the bench. His judicial assignments include Hernando County’s Domestic Violence Court, County Civil cases (to include evictions) and Small Claims cases.

Christopher Picciurro

Chris has been a CPA for over 20 years and spent the last 16 years as founder and executive officer of Integrated CPA Group (ICPA). Since 2003, Integrated CPA Group has grown from a small, one office operation to a multi-state firm servicing well over 2,500 clients.

Harry Heist

Harry Heist is the founding partner of the Law Offices of Heist, Weisse & Wolk representing a large number of property management companies, owners and investors in legal matters and filing thousands of eviction actions each year. He has evicted well over 150,000 tenants all over Florida.

Harry began his legal career in 1989 diving head first into property management law. He does property management law. Nothing else.

Harry believes education is the key to success in property management. One of Harry’s passions is keeping Florida a “landlord friendly” state writing and co-writing most of the changes to the Landlord/Tenant Act in the past 27 years.

The firm’s website, evict.com is the largest source of Florida-specific legal information for the property manager. Harry believes that most litigation and headaches can be avoided through proper policies, procedures and forms and has made it his mission to spread the word.

He moved to Florida escaping from New Jersey in 1989 where he attended Rutgers University School of Law and Seton Hall University graduating with honors from both.

He charges no retainers, no monthly charges, no hourly billing AND he will send you all these forms and notices you have in front of you plus much more FOR FREE by email.

His goal in life is to KEEP IT SIMPLE.

Fred Stokes


Fred Stokes: Super Bowl Champion, Speaker, Author and Entrepreneur

“Fred Stokes has a personal mission to positively enhance the life of every person who comes across his path. His down to earth personality and his uncanny ability to connect with people is what sets Fred Stokes apart from other athletes of his caliber...”

While attending High School in Vidalia, Georgia, Fred excelled in Basketball, and Track. However, it was not until his senior year that he decided to give football a try. As a result of his outstanding play on the field, Fred was offered a full scholarship to play football for Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga. under the legendary leadership of Coach Erk Russell. While at Georgia Southern, Fred played on two National Championship teams (1985 and 1986). Fred was one of two players on his team voted First Team All-America after his senior season as an Offensive Tackle.

In 1987, Fred was drafted into the National Football League where he would spend the next ten years playing Defensive End for the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins, and the New Orleans Saints. Fred had the awesome privilege of playing in and winning Super Bowl XXVI with the 1991 Washington Redskins against the Buffalo Bills. In that game, Fred recorded two and half sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Fred’s teammates affectionately labeled him “Big Play Stokes” because of his knack for making the “BIG PLAY” at just the right time of a ball game.

After retiring from the NFL, Fred went back to his Alma Mater (Georgia Southern University) and completed his degree in 1998. A few short years later Fred got his first taste of the food business while reconnecting with one of his lifelong friends from college. His friend was promoting their family’s signature product “Bubba Burgers.” Over the next several years, Fred would travel the globe doing Sales and Marketing to the Military Dining Facilities of all branches for Advance Foods headquartered in Enid, OK

In 2007, Fred established Fred Stokes Foods. Their signature item is “Fred Stokes Smoked Sausage.” It is currently distributed in the Southeast Region by three of the top distribution companies in the country.

In addition to promoting his brand of Sausage, Fred uses both his life experiences and his time spent on the football field as he speaks to different organizations around the country, including our Military Service Men and Women. In the mist of all of the travel, Fred found the time to write and publish his autobiography entitled “The Bridge That Brought Me Over.” Fred and his wife Regina have three sons and currently live in Orlando, FL.


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