Faculty & Staff in Real Estate & Finance

Ina Midkiff

Department Chair and Professor of Marketing, Fashion Marketing, Real Estate  & Finance
Austin Community College
Cypress Creek Campus 
1555 Cypress Creek Road 
Cedar Park, Texas 78613
Phone: (512) 223.2072
Office: CYP 2204.8
Directory Listing and Office Hours
Curriculum Vitae
Faculty Website
ina@austincc.edu

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Ina Midkiff is the Department Chair of Marketing, Fashion Merchandising, and Real Estate. She has taught at Austin Community College for over 20 years. She earned a BBA and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Tarleton State University. Over the years she has served as Division Chair of Business Studies Division, Department Chair of Management, Associate Dean at Cypress Creek Campus, Assistant Department Chair of Marketing, Fashion Merchandising, and Real Estate and served as an officer of Austin Community College's Faculty Association. She also has had several consulting jobs for small Internet companies. She teaches Advertising, Marketing, and Financial Management courses.

She received the ACC Teaching Excellence Award for the outstanding full-time faculty member (2004-2005) of the year in May 2005. She was the 2002 Piper Professor Nominee from Austin Community College. In 1991 she received the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award at ACC and has been nominated several times as the outstanding full-time instructor at ACC by the Phi Theta Kappa student association. Her professional affiliations include Texas Community College Teachers Association and the Southwestern Administrative Disciplines in Marketing.

Eileen Collazo

Administrative Assistant
Austin Community College
Cypress Creek Campus
1555 Cypress Creek Road
Cedar Park, Texas 78613
Phone: (512) 223.2199
Office: 2204.1
Directory Listing and Office Hours
eileen.collazo@austincc.edu

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Eileen has over ten years of experience in Retail Management with focus in Customer Relations and has earned her AAS in Visual Communications from Austin Community College. She has collaborated with ACC's Creative Design Technologies and ACC's Architectural and Engineering CAD Departments while serving as Graphic Designer and Graphic Design Tutor. Eileen has brought a valuable set of skills, experiences and diversity to our department and now serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Marketing, Fashion, Real Estate and Finance Departments.

Mario Aguilar

Associate Professor of Paralegal
Austin Community College
Rio Grande Campus
1212 Rio Grande
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 363.8649
Office: RGC Adjunct Portable Building
Directory Listing and Office Hours
maguilar@austincc.edu

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Mario Aguilar is an Associate Professor in the Paralegal Department.  He has taught at Austin Community College (ACC)  for more than seven years.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Mario has more than 35 years of professional and management experience in various positions including Senior Attorney, Executive Assistant, Manager, Research Associate, Editor, Trainer and Counselor at local, state and national programs.  He has counseled, represented and/or work with real estate agents, brokers, appraisers, banks, homebuyers, developers, construction companies and real estate development companies. He was a Senior Attorney at two State Agencies responsible for the administration of more than 300 million dollars in public housing and real estate programs.  Mario helped design, manage and implement the state’s Single Family Housing, Mortgage Credit Certificate, Multi-Family Housing and the Low Income Tax Credit Programs.

Courtney Ahrenholtz

Adjunct, Associate Professor
Austin Community College
Cypress Creek Campus
1555 Cypress Creek Road
Cedar Park, Texas 78613
Phone: (512) 223.1790 x22330
Office: CYP 2204.2
Directory Listing and Office Hours
Curriculum Vitae
Faculty Website
courtney.ahrenholtz@austincc.edu

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Courtney Ahrenholtz has been an NASD licensed securities supervisor, producer and agent and has an extensive background in banking and financial services. Courtney lead the flagship branch of a Fortune 100 bank in the Austin and has been part of setup teams for new (deNovo) retail bank operations in the area. Courtney has also worked in various teaching and support roles with the Leander Independent School District.

 

Courtney is a small business owner of and the active beekeeper for Green Fields Apiary. She is an active member in the community and has served multiple non-profit organizations.

In 2002, Courtney graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a minor in French from the University of Northern Colorado. She continued her studies at Texas A&M–Commerce where she earned a Master of Science degree in Business Management in 2010. Courtney strongly believes in serving the community and has served for several non-profit organizations in Central Texas. She has traveled extensively and enjoys learning about new cultures and customs.

Jason P. Ahrenholtz

Adjunct, Associate Professor
Austin Community College
Cypress Creek Campus 
1555 Cypress Creek Road 
Cedar Park, Texas 78613
Phone: (512) 223.1790 x26384
Office: CYP 2204.2
Directory Listing and Office Hours
Curriculum Vitae
Faculty Website
jahrenho@austincc.edu

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Jason Ahrenholtz joined the ACC faculty in fall of 2008 as an Assistant Adjunct Professor in Financial Management. Jason has a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming. Jason relocated to the Austin area from Colorado in 2005. He has been in the banking industry for approximately 10 years and has held various positions within the banking sector. Additionally, he is a commissioned bank examiner with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Jason is very active in the community and has volunteered with several non-profit organizations in the Austin area.

Stacia Ashmore

Professor of Real Estate
Austin Community College
Cypress Creek Campus 
1555 Cypress Creek Road 
Cedar Park, Texas 78613
Phone: (512) 223.1790 x26557
Mobile: (512) 619.7260
Directory Listing and Office Hours
Curriculum Vitae
Faculty Website
sashmore@austincc.edu

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Stacia L. Ashmore is an instructor for Austin Community College, as an Adjunct Professor since 2001. She is qualified to teach Real Estate Appraisal, Property Management, Principles I & II, Law of Contracts, Law of Agency and Texas Notary Law. These classes have been approved by the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB) and the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) to qualify toward licensing requirements. Stacia has completed course work at the University of Texas, Austin, in the field of Education and Educational Psychology and has earned an Associates Degree of Applied Science in Real Estate from Austin Community College.

Stacia L. Ashmore has been involved in real estate since 1991. She has experience in the areas of loan processing, real estate sales transactions representing both buyers and sellers, consultation, property management, leasing and residential appraisals. Stacia has been appraising on a full time basis since 1998. Stacia is a state certified residential appraiser, Certification #TX-1329540-R and is the founder and sole proprietor of Texas Hill Country Appraisals since 2000. Stacia is also a licensed real estate broker, Broker License #0478152, and is the founder and sole proprietor of Texas Hill Country Real Estate Services, offering full brokerage and property management services for residential properties.

James Michael Crane

Professor of Real Estate
Austin Community College
Cypress Creek Campus
1555 Cypress Creek Road
Cedar Park, Texas 78613
Phone: (512) 633.7482
Office: CYP
Directory Listing and Office Hours 
Curriculum Vitae 
Faculty Website 
jcrane@austincc.edu

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Michael Crane was first licensed in Real Estate in 1972 and has been a Broker since 1976. He is a practicing real estate professional and has operated his own firm since 1982. Licensed as a General Real Estate Appraiser through much of the 1990s, Mr. Crane has extensive experience in the sale, management, marketing, appraisal, finance and investment of Real Estate. He has taught courses in Real Estate at Austin Community College since 1993.

Mr. Crane received his BLS Degree in Real Estate from St. Edward's University and has completed advanced valuation courses through the Appraisal Institute and the American Society of Appraisers, and studied Financial Planning at the University of Texas. He is an Instructor for the University of Texas Professional Development Center in Small Business topics and is an approved MCE Instructor for core and elective classes by the Texas Real Estate Commission.

Peter Glover

Professor of Real Estate
Austin Community College
Highland Business Center
5930 Middle Fiskville Rd
Austin, TX 78752
Phone: (512) 388-4152
Office: NRG and CYP
Directory Listing and Office Hours
Curriculum Vitae
Faculty Website
pglover@austincc.edu

 

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Pete Glover has been licensed to practice real estate by the Texas Real Estate Commission since 1973. He is currently the broker/owner of Pete Glover, REALTOR, specializing in residential and commercial sales, property management and leasing services. Mr. Glover is a member of National Association of REALTORS, Texas Association of REALTORS, Austin Board of REALTORS, and the Austin Central Texas Realty Information Service. He has taught at Austin Community College as an Adjunct Professor of Real Estate since September 1980. He teaches all areas offered by the Real Estate Department including college credit, continuing education, and mandatory Texas Real Estate Commission courses.

Mr. Glover earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut at Storrs, Connecticut, and also holds an Associate Degree of Real Estate from Austin Community College. He was awarded his pilot wings after graduating from United States Air Force pilot training in 1967. He served as a pilot in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War flying 100+ combat missions. During his service, he was awarded the Air Force Air Medal with oak leaf clusters. In 2004 he was honored by receiving the NISOD Teaching in Excellence Award which is awarded by the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin.

Melinda McKenna

Adjunct, Associate Professor
Austin Community College
South Austin Campus
1820 W. Stassney Lane
Austin, Texas 78745
Phone: 512.288.5055
Office: SAC 1224
Directory Listing and Office Hours
Curriculum Vitae
Faculty Website
melinda.mckenna@austincc.edu

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Melinda McKenna is a licensed broker with more than 35 years of experience in auctions, sales, leasing, land acquisition through eminent domain, and commercial property management. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Excelsior College in New York, and an Associate degree in Real Estate from North Lake College near Dallas, TX. She holds the Certified Residential Broker (CRB), Graduate Real Estate Institute (GRI), and Internet Professional (e-PRO) real estate industry certifications.

While her experience and designations may tell you what she does or has done, it doesn’t tell you who she is. Melinda McKenna is a master “Connector” of people and a champion problem solver. Her genuine concern for people and willingness to unravel highly complex problems makes her a positive force to be sure. She is, in a nutshell, all about building long-lasting positive relationships throughout the various communities she serves.

A few examples appear below:

. 2019 Finalist - RecognizeGood Ethics in Business Award
. 2015 Winner - Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and Permian Basin Better Business Bureau Torch Award
. 2015 Finalist - Better Business Bureau International Torch Award for Ethics
. Founder – “Supply the Teachers” a 501(c) 3 non-profit
. Director – Circle C Child Development Center

Vince Prendergast

Professor of Real Estate & Finance
Austin Community College
Cypress Creek Campus
1555 Cypress Creek Road
Cedar Park, Texas 78613
Office: CYP 2126
Directory Listing and Office Hours
Curriculum Vitae
vprender@austincc.edu
 

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Vince Prendergast has been an Accounting adjunct faculty member at Austin Community College since Jan. 1985.  He is a CPA (licensed in Texas since 1983), and has earned the designations of Certified Management Accountant, Certified in Financial Management and Chartered Global Management Accountant.  He received his MBA, with distinction, in 2007.

He most recently worked 17+ years for the Texas County & County District Retirement System, a statewide public employee retirement system with $25 billion , where he served as Director of Finance.  Prior to that, he was the Controller for Prime Medical Services, Inc., which was the largest provider of lithotripsy equipment to hospitals and doctors in the US, for 9+ years; he served as Subsidiary Controller and REO Coordinator for First Federal Savings of Austin, and worked 4+ years with Touche Ross & Co. in Austin and in Philadelphia.
 
In his spare time, he has been a movie extra in a half-dozen movies that were filmed in Austin.
 

Vance E. Powell III

Professor of Real Estate & Finance
Austin Community College
Rio Grande Campus
1212 Rio Grande St.
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 306.8179
Office: RGC
Directory Listing and Office Hours
Curriculum Vitae
Faculty Website
vpowell@austincc.edu

 

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Vance E. Powell III has been instructing part-time at Austin Community College for the past 3 years. Prior part-time teaching experience includes 4 years with the Society of Real Estate Appraisers and 6 years with the American College of Real Estate. Vance is an independent Fee Appraiser and Market Analyst. His appraisal experience encompasses all types of commercial and residential properties. Since 1973 he has been actively involved in numerous aspects of the real estate profession and is experienced in real property appraisal, acquisition, development, counseling, financing, management, and instruction. He has testified as an expert witness in Bexar, Comal, Dallas, Harris, Travis, and Williamson Counties in Texas. Mr. Powell holds a BBA from the University of Texas with a concentration in Real Estate.

He has been very active in serving in the professional appraisal associations being elected the local SREA Chapter President during 1987-1988. Other positions include 3 years as the Vice chair (1985, 1986, and 1987) on the National SREA Foundation and the National Continuing Education Committee, six years on the SREA Standard of Professional Practice committee, two years (1989-1990) on the AIREA Regional Standards Committee, 4 years on the Regional Standards of Professional Practice Committee for the newly merged Appraisal Institute, two years on the AIREA National Division of Professional Recognition Committee 1989-1990, and during 1991 he served on the Appraisal Institute's National Public Relations Committee and was an elected one of the Chapter Regional Representatives.

Professional Designations and Memberships are as follows:

Appraisal Institute (MAI)-American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers
Senior Real Property Appraiser (SRPA)-Society of Real Estate Appraisers
Senior Residential Appraiser (SRA)- Society of Real Estate Appraisers
State of Texas Certified General Real Estate Appraiser
State of Texas Real Estate Brokers License

Scott Sims

Professor of Real Estate & Finance
Austin Community College
Cypress Creek Campus
1555 Cypress Creek Road
Cedar Park, Texas 78613
Phone: (512) 964.3773
Office: CYP 2204.2
Directory Listing and Office Hours
 Curriculum Vitae
Faculty Website
scott.sims@austincc.edu
 

 

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Scott Sims is an adjunct professor in Financial Management and Real Estate. He has taught courses in Marketing, Financial Management and Real Estate since joining the faculty at Austin Community College for the Spring Semester of 2007.

Scott has been a licensed real estate agent for 25 years and a real estate broker for 22 years. He has had his own brokerage office in Austin for the past 20 years. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Real Estate and Finance in 1986. Scott worked previously in his family's real estate business and taught real estate classes at Odessa College.

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