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Paula Greenberg  ::  David Jones  ::  MariCatherine McCombs  ::  

  ::  Steve McFarlin  ::  Ron Passaro ::  Larry Riefberg  :: 

Paula Greenberg 
Paula Greenberg has been a Mortgage Loan Officer since 1989. She received her bachelors degree from Brooklyn College with a major in Accounting and a minor in Music. Prior to working as a Mortgage Loan Officer, Paula worked as an Accountant and Cash Manager for large Commercial Real Estate Developers in New York City. Paula has been creating and teaching her CE courses for two years now. Her courses are also taught at other Realtor Boards throughout the state of Connecticut. Paula is also an active Rotarian that gives back to the community through her efforts in Rotary. 

David Jones

David is an independent Real Estate Broker and Certified Residential Appraiser. He teaches pre-licensing and continuing education courses for both specialties and enjoys bringing real life context to the classes. A member of the National Association of REALTORS® “Land Use, Property Rights and the Environment” he has written  courses focused on land development/conservation, smart growth, water use, and the impact of public policy decisions and government regulations. He has been involved in numerous REALTOR® related positions on the State and Local levels including Past Local Board and MLS Presidencies, Legislative/Political affairs, Issues Advocacy, and currently serves as a Regional Vice President on the CT. Association’s Executive Board. Prior to these past 23 years in real estate, he taught High School Math and Social Ballroom Dance in lower Fairfield County. He resides in Guilford, CT with his wife, Kathleen. His son is a Middle School Orchestra teacher in New Haven County. His Brooklyn, NY based singer/songwriting daughter, Pamela, just released her first professionally produced EP.


MariCatherine McCombs


MariCatherine has been involved in Real Estate since 1993. MariCatherine has been the Region II VP for Connecticut Association of Realtors, she has served on the Board of Directors for Connecticut Association of Realtors, President of the Greater Bridgeport Board of Realtors, Instructor Naugatuck Valley Community College, Professional Standards Committee for Connecticut Association of Realtors.


Steve McFarlin

Steve has been a Mortgage Loan Officer and Sales Manager since 1993 when he started with Hamilton Mortgage.  He opened his own Mortgage Company, Phoenix Financial in April 2006 and became one of the most successful boutique mortgage companies in Ct.  Steve’s personal production of 2600+ loans to date puts him in the elite category.  After his partner of 18 years retired, Steve joined Total Mortgage and is now working as a Mortgage Banker in Ridgefield.  Prior to his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer, Steve created and ran the sales and telemarketing departments for a chain of Gold’s Gyms in NY and CT.  Under his leadership, sales increased over 50% in the first year.  Steve and his wife and 2 daughters have lived in Brookfield for 16 years and are active in their church as well as their own ministry; Casseroles For The Hungry, which supplies 16 casseroles a month to the Dorothy Day House to feed the homeless.  Steve is also an active basketball and soccer coach for school and local teams as well as serving as treasurer for both St Joseph School and Western United Soccer.

Ron Passaro 
Ron Passaro, President of RES-I-TEC, Inc. in Bethel, Connecticut, is the founder and first President of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).  Prior to entering the home inspection profession, Mr. Passaro was President of his own construction company for 18 years.  He founded RES-I-TEC, Inc., a home inspection company, in 1973 and has since served as its President and C.E.O. Mr. Passaro has voluntarily served for 15 years as ASHI’s National Spokesperson throughout the United States for news media interviews and meetings with home inspectors. Mr. Passaro has appeared on numerous local radio and cable television shows, as well as national television networks such as; “Good Morning America”, “48 Hours”, “American Journal”, and “Dateline NBC”.  He has been featured as an authority on home inspections in many national and local publications.  Mr.  Passaro has authored articles published in Real Estate Today, Mobility, National Relocation and Real Estate Magazine, Journal of Light Construction, and many others.  He was one of the primary designers of the Employee Relocation Council’s (E.R.C.) National Home Inspection and Report Manual. He is a real estate instructor in Connecticut, where he teaches continuing education and other programs. He frequently lectures throughout the country and conducts educational programs for professional home inspectors, real estate professionals, and new home buyers. He has been a speaker at the National Association of Realtors national conferences and the Triple Play in Atlantic City New Jersey as well as the national conferences for the American Society of Home Inspectors. Mr. Passaro was a Real Estate Instructor for Continuing Education at Teikyo Post University, the University of Hartford, and presently at Norwalk Community College, Dynamic Directions, Inc., The Northern Fairfield County Association of REALTORS® in Danbury and many more.  He is also the Senior Technical Trainer for the American Home Inspectors Training Institute and conducts classes for first time Home buyers. Mr. Passaro was named “Educator of the Year” by the CT Association of REALTORS® in 2002 and is the retired Chairman of the Connecticut Home Inspection Licensing Board. 
Larry Riefberg 
Born in Danbury and having attended Danbury public schools (then Tufts University and the University of Connecticut School of Law), this "Rock Star Lawyer" won the "Most Creative" Award for his rendition of "Yesterday" and "Those Were The Days" at two Realtor Idol Shows. On a more serious note, Attorney Riefberg serves on the NFCAR Board. This is his second stint on the Board of REALTORS® Concentrating his practice to all aspects of residential real estate Law, Larry has been an Affiliate Member of the Board for years, participating in the Annual Trade Show, Realtor Day at the Capitol and is teaching many courses at the NFCAR office in Real Estate Law, Short Sales/Foreclosures, Disclosures, etc.  He speaks regularly to local Realtor offices and offers a "Lunch and Learn" session taking Realtors to local Town Halls to familiarize us with the title searching process and what we can learn from an examination of the land records.  Larry is a partner at Riefberg, Smart, Donohue & NeJame, PC, and has practiced law for twenty-six years.  Riefberg also served in the Connecticut General Assembly in the 1980's.  Larry is happily married to his wife, Meg, and they have four beautiful children.


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