Meet Our Instructors
Laurie Barrett serves as the Director of Education and Training for the Arthur Gary School of Real Estate. She is a 27 year veteran of the industry and has worked on every side of the transaction as a Real Estate Paralegal, Title Insurance Manager, Loan Officer and Director of Business Development, Education and Recruiting. She is a past member of the Cape and Islands Education Committee and a current member of the Northeast Association of Realtors Education Committee. She is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the states of Massachusetts and Maine, and is working to expand the School’s footprint and curriculum throughout New England.
Born and raised in southern Massachusetts, Laurie is the proud Mom to son, Jeff, who is a Compliance Specialist for a Global Asset Management firm in Boston and she is also a former professional billiards player. When not immersed in real estate, Laurie enjoys many outdoor activities with her Golden Retriever, Lilly.
Arthur R. Gary ABR, AHS, ASR, BPOR, CBR, C-CREC, CRS, CSR, CSM, E-BUYER, ESRES, GREEN, GRI, REOS, SRES
Arthur has been Education Committee Chairman for both the Western Maine and the Greater Portland Board of REALTORS® as well as a Member of the Maine Association of REALTORS® Education Committee and on the Board of Directors of Tri-State REALTORS® Institute. He is past President of the Real Estate Educators Association of Maine, and past President and Treasurer of the Portland Board of REALTORS®. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Maine Association of REALTORS® and a member of the Maine Association of REALTORS® Legislative Committee. He is presently treasurer of the Maine Association of REALTORS®, president of Maine CRS, Bylaws Chair for the Great Portland Board of REALTORS®, as well as a practicing real estate broker, real estate educator and consultant.
He has written student outlines and instructor texts for the Associate Broker and the Sales Agent courses. These outlines and instructor texts are being used by various instructors throughout Maine.
Arthur was honored, twice, by being selected Real Estate Educator of the Year, by REEA Maine. His Associate Broker course was, twice, selected as the Prelicensing Course of the Year. The course 'You Worked Hard For Your License - Don't Let It Be Taken Away’ and the course 'Multiple Offers- The Licensee's Role' were also awarded the Continuing Education Course of the Year by the Real Estate Educators Association of Maine. Arthur was also honored by being selected the Portland Board of REALTORS®, REALTOR OF THE YEAR for 1998.
Paul Amatucci is currently responsible for all aspects of Renovation and Construction Lending for Regency Mortgage, with headquarters in Hooksett, NH. This position includes lender and investor interaction, guideline review, operational support, realtor presentations and education, loan officer training, builder interface, marketing and advertising. Paul conducts continuing education courses for real estate licensees in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island. Previously he was the Senior Mortgage Executive for Northern New England for M&T Bank. His activities included education, training and follow on interaction with retail loan officers for renovation, construction, and other lending.
Prior to obtaining his real estate license Walter owned and operated a human resource consulting business working with organizations nation-wide to implement systems and practices designed to support learning and encourage excellence. For over twenty years he developed and delivered training programs and was a featured keynote speaker for numerous companies, associations, civic and educational groups. Walter now teaches qualifying education courses for Maine real estate licensing including the Sales Agent, Associate Broker, and Designated Broker courses as well as several continuing education courses. He has served on the teams responsible for developing several of the most recent core courses. He also teaches for two adult education districts and is a “battle tested” substitute school teacher at Piscataquis Community Elementary School--Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. An active community volunteer, Walter also serves as Communications Director for the Maine State Grange and is President of the Executive Committee of the UMaine Piscataquis County Extension. He is a volunteer “bookworm” with second and third graders and says he “learns a lot” from the stories they read to him and the conversations they have. His recently published book, “Small People — Big Brains” details some of his experiences and lessons the kids have taught him.
Al Boothby, ABR, CSP, GRI, MRP
Born and raised in New England, Al began his working career in the United States Air Force where he served 20 plus years as an aircrew member on KC-135 aircraft. Al accumulated over 4000 hours of flight time to include over 500 hours of combat time in support of several theaters of conflict throughout the globe. Al also spent many hours as flight, ground, and simulator instructor.
After his retirement, Al launched his new career in Real Estate specializing in residential sales. This eventually led to positions as a Sales Manager, Director of Operations, and Broker/Owner of 3 Real Estate firms. It was in these capacities that his expanding expertise in the spectrum of Real Estate allowed him to add the title of Real Estate instructor to his portfolio. Al is passionate about promoting better education and considers teaching both Real Estate professionals and the public an important part of his role as a REALTOR®.
Al is a member of the National Realtors Association, New Hampshire Realtors, and the Seacoast Board of Realtors where he served on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Education committee. Al is a licensed Broker in New Hampshire and Maine.
Al resides in Hampton NH. When not engaging in Real Estate, Al enjoys handyman duties, woodworking, taking the family German Sheperds to the beach, and as a licensed pilot, flying the friendly skies over New England.
Gary is a Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser and President of Central Mass Appraisals, Inc., a real estate appraisal company specializing in residential valuation since 1986. He is the past owner and President of Bourque Realty, Inc. for 25 years and is currently a co-owner of Realtyology, Inc., a new blended real estate sales firm located in Leominster. Gary is a past Board member of the North Central Massachusetts Association of Realtors® and currently serves on various committees including Education, Real Estate School, Professional Standards (Chair), Golf and Orientation where he is also an instructor for the Code of Ethics and many other real estate and real estate appraisal classes. He is also a certified instructor for continuing education at the Central Mass Real Estate Institute, an instructor for the Massachusetts Association of Realtors®, and a Nationally Certified AQB USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) instructor by the Appraisal Foundation instructing appraisal classes in multiple states including Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont. Gary was awarded the North Central Massachusetts Association of Realtors® Instructor of the Year for 2004 & 2005 and has recently been awarded the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® Instructor of the Year for 2008.
Jeff Chute has been in the real estate business for over 33 years. His roles have included agent, office manager, and principal-broker, state-certified real estate instructor and expert witness. Along the way, he has earned the ABR, SRES, GREEN, SRS, CBR, GRI, REOS, SFR, HAFA and BPOR designations. A recipient of the 2003 REALTOR® Outstanding Service Award from the Plymouth and South Shore Association of REALTORS®, Jeff has been a part of many committees both at the local and state level. A Massachusetts certified instructor, Jeff has taught a number of designation classes including the SRES and GREEN courses along with numerous CE courses in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. His latest venture in this area has been an affiliation with an online Real Estate school delivering courses in multiple states. Recent appearances include the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® annual conference where he was awarded Educator of the Year, 2010 by the MAR.
Gary has over 35 years’ experience in Real Estate related industries. He was the founder of Horizon Settlement Services, Inc. in 1996 where he served as CEO/President until the sale of the company to Market Street Settlement Group, LLC in 2014. During his title career as a Title Insurance Agent, he has personally closed over 6,200 real estate transactions and has overseen in excess of 30,000 transactions in his various management positions. Gary also founded Accredited Real Estate Academy, a provider of real estate and mortgage lending education in New Hampshire and Maine. He is a former President of the Mortgage Bankers & Brokers Association of N.H. and an active member of the Association of REALTORS® in Maine and New Hampshire. He holds an MBA from Plymouth State University and MSMA from Bentley University. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker in New Hampshire and Maine.
James J. Fleming
Patricia (Patty) Flowers
Patty is Assistant Vice President, New England Business Development for Investment Property Exchange Services, Inc. Patty is not only a frequent lecturer on I. R. C. 1031 exchanges but she also has authored numerous articles on tax deferred exchanges. Investment Property Exchanges Services, Inc. provides investors with Qualified Intermediary Services for Tax Deferred Exchanges through I. R. C. 1031.
Les is a graduate of Lake Forest College. He has been restoring old buildings since 1975. Les has taught over 2,000 assessors, appraisers, real estate licensees and inspectors about old buildings. He has also given lectures and workshops for hundreds of local, county, state and national groups. Les currently inspects over 100 buildings per year for re-sale, preservation or condition assessment for buyers, preservationists and non-profit organizations and donates his time to many Maine non-profit organizations with historic buildings.
Linda has been in real estate since 1991. She was a contractor for 8 years and restored over 20 early homes and moved two. Linda now specializes in listing and selling antique homes all over Southern Maine. She has taught real estate courses for 7 years and currently teaches at area adult education classes and speaks at local historical societies. Linda is a graduate of the University of Maine in Orono. She is currently co-president of the Windham Historical Society and has recently helped revive the Cornish Historical Society.
Lisa Lavigne has worked with MaineHousing’s First Home Program since 1989. She has assisted in the development and administration of many affordable housing programs over the years. In addition to ensuring loan compliance, Lisa regularly provides technical assistance and trainings for both lenders and real estate professionals.
Angelia is a Regional Sales Director for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Masiello Group. She is responsible for training and development in the Eastern Maine area including Bangor, Ellsworth and Dover Foxcroft. She has taught the pre licensing Sales Agent course at EMCC. She is a former Subway Franchisee before turning to a full time career in real estate. She is a past President of the Maine Association of REALTORS®.
In addition to her mediation of commercial, business, and real estate disputes, Kat trains and consults (in person or on-line) with Executives, Realtors, Boards, Attorneys, Managers, Community Association Managers (CAMs), Human Resource Professionals, Educators, and individuals who want to incorporate core Mediation and Conflict Resolution principles into their professional and/or personal life. Attorney Marquis instructs on topics such as Litigation Avoidance, Conflict Prevention, Conflict Management, Conflict Resolution, Core Mediation Skills to resolve disputes, Best Practices, and other matters. Her training seminars are: CEU-credit approved by CAMICB, the New Hampshire Real Estate Commission, and qualify for continuing legal education credits with the New Hampshire Bar Association.
Michele has been practicing real estate since 1998. She has consistently been a top producer while being the Operations Manager at Bay Realty in Portland. Michele belongs to the Greater Portland Board of REALTORS® and sits the Professional Standards Committee. Michele has served as President and Director of the Maine Real Estate Resource Center, a subsidiary of the Greater Portland Board of REALTORS®. Michele also served on the Board of Directors of the Maine Association of REALTORS® and sat on the Contract Review Committee for many years. Michele was the recipient of the Greater Portland Board of REALTORS® “Spirit Award”. Michele has been instructing at the Arthur Gary School Of Real Estate since 2002. She currently resides in Old Orchard Beach with her husband Garry. She has two adult children Eric and Rhianna and three Grandchildren, Molly, Simon and Callen.
Michael Mercer is a retired police officer with over thirty years of crime-prevention experience.
Nationally Certified Chemical Agent Specialist, Expert Witness, and National Practitioner in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. He is a US Navy Veteran, President of the Maine Association of Police Retirees, He is a Mason, a Shriner, and a member of the Police Emerald Society.
Michael's Realtor Safety Awareness Class has been approved by the Director of the Maine Real Estate Commission for 3 clock-hours toward fulfillment of the educational requirements for real-estate professionals.
David is a licensed REALTOR® in New Hampshire and Massachusetts with over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry. His high degree of integrity and business-sense has made him an excellent source of knowledge. Formerly being a #1 top producing agent and Rookie of the Year for the ERA Franchise in MA and RI, David now takes pride in being the Managing Broker and Sales Director for The Masiello Group offices since 1994.
Elaine Richer SRES
Elaine has held a real estate broker’s license since 1981. She has taught the Sales Agent, Associate Broker and Broker courses as well as numerous continuing education and GRI courses. Elaine is the author of the widely used textbook “Maine Real Estate Principles And Practices”. Elaine is a member of the Real Estate Educators Association.