Real Estate & Finance Advisory Committee


Real Estate & Finance Advisory Committee


Ina Midkiff, Department Chair Austin Community College

Ina Midkiff

Department Chair of Marketing, Fashion Marketing, Real Estate  & Finance
512-223-2072, [email protected]

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.

Mario Aguilar

Mario Aguilar

Associate Professor in the Paralegal Department
512-494-1916, [email protected]

Mario Aguilar is an ACC Associate Professor in the Paralegal Department. 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 25 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.

Lesli Akers

Lesli Akers

President of Keller Williams Luxury International
512-439-8847, [email protected]

Lesli Akers is the President of Keller Williams Luxury International.

Rick Ellis

Richard (Rick) Ellis

Vice President & Managing Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas Realty
Office: 512-483-6000, Cell: (512)9478151, [email protected]

Rick Ellis is the Vice President & Managing Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas Realty. He is a member of NAR, TAR and BHHS Luxury Specialist. Rick has 24 years of real estate experience and is also TREC licensed to teach real estate.

Margot Harmatuk

Margot Harmatuk, Committee Chair

Financial Center Manager for University Federal Credit Union
512-467-8080 x22780, [email protected]

Margot Harmatuk is a Financial Center Manager for University Federal Credit Union.  She has over 25 years in the financial industry.  Her areas of expertise include: corporate trainer, legal assistant, mortgage lender, excellence in customer service, overseeing administrative supervision of all branch office and personnel activities , ensuring efficient operation within the framework of federal and state laws and  NCUA regulations.
Julia Lashay Israel

Julia Lashay Israel

Head of Inclusion and Belonging – Keller Williams Realty, Inc.
612-701-7633, [email protected]

As the head of inclusion and belonging, Julia Lashay Israel advises, trains, and coaches leaders, team members, and agents to recognize and address diversity, equity, and inclusion opportunities and challenges across the organization.

Over the past 20 years, Israel has trained and coached thousands of real estate professionals. A community leader and homeownership advocate, Israel has instructed continuing education courses on diversity, career development, and homeownership.

Israel is the co-founder and owner of Refocus University, a real estate training firm, focused on career development and diversity.  A licensed real estate broker in Minnesota and Texas, Israel also serves as a managing partner of The Signature Group at Keller Williams Realty Integrity Lakes in Minneapolis.

Israel is a founding member and past president of the Twin Cities National Association of Real Estate Brokers. She also serves on the National Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Committee and the Minnesota Association of Realtors Board of Directors.

In 2020, Israel received the Exceptional Service Award conveyed by the Minneapolis Area Realtors.

Lane Lanford

Wade (Lane) Lanford

President & CEO of TEXASRE
Office: 512-583-4940, Cell: 830-305-0078, [email protected]

Lane Lanford is the President & CEO of TEXASRE. He is also the Corporate Treasurer, a Board Member and a Loan Committee Member of Capital Certified Development Corp, which is an SBA real estate lender operating in Texas and New Mexico. Lane is a retired ACC Adjunct Faculty.
Julie Nelson

Julie Nelson

Licensed Realtor® with eXp Realty
512-848-5881 , [email protected]

Julie Nelson is an 18-year veteran of the real estate industry including 5 years as the Director of Career Development with the Keller Williams Southwest Market Center, running the largest new agent broker training program in the country.  Julie’s accomplishments include Platinum Top 50 Trainer of the Year, Inman News Contributor, KWU Approved Instructor, national speaker and trainer, and being recognized as one of the top new agent coaches within the Keller William Realty franchise system.  Julie is a licensed Realtor® with eXp Realty and her latest book is Success Faster.

Matt Teifke

Matt is a real estate entrepreneur in Austin, Texas. He and his business partner, Alex Coffman, run Teifke Real Estate (TRE). In addition, he is co-owner of TRE Property Solutions and Longhorn Construction & Development. As a huge believer in the power of connecting and adding value, Matt seeks to shine light on what is possible and grows with others. Matt earned his real estate license 13 years ago at 18 years old and he is still just as passionate now about the Real Estate industry as ever. He grew up in Round Rock, Texas aka Opportunity City, currently has two baby boys and married to Lexi.

– Founder of TRE Homes, TRE Teifke Real Estate, Longhorn Construction & Development and TRE Property Solutions

– Founder TRE Real Estate Services employing over 175 agents and staff

– Master in Real Estate, Valuation, Analysis, Investment from Texas A&M University

– Holds brokerage license with the State of Texas.

Laura Gass Weaver

Laura Gass Weaver

Agent at Horizon Realty
512-535-9906, [email protected]

Laura Gass Weaver is a practicing agent at Horizon Realty and a member of NAR.  She has over 40 years’ experience in the real estate industry, including commercial development/sales/leasing and residential sales and investment. She served 8 years with Texas REALTORS (formerly TAR) as interim director of professional development and then Chief Operating Officer. She holds a BA in Computer Information Systems from the University of Houston, along with certifications in customer service, real estate negotiation and technology. She served in several volunteer roles at the Downtown Austin Alliance, and currently with the South River City Citizens neighborhood association.

Kelea Youngblood

Kelea Youngblood

Chief Marketing Officer at the Austin Board of REALTORS®
512-905-2742, [email protected]

Kelea is the Chief Marketing Officer at the Austin Board of REALTORS® and former Chair of the Texas Real Estate Commission Education Standards Advisory Committee (ESAC). The Education Standards Advisory Committee (ESAC) reviews curriculum standards, course content requirements, and instructor certification requirements for qualifying and continuing education courses, and makes recommendations to the Commission regarding these topics to ensure license holder education meets the highest educational standards

Kelea cares deeply about her community and programs that help young adults realize their dreams and build thriving careers. In partnership with Austin ISD and Austin Community College, she co-created a first-of-its-kind pilot program for Akins ISD in 2019 that allows high school students to graduate with an Associates’ Degree and their real estate license. Kelea serves on the Board of Directors for Creative Action, on the Austin Chamber’s District-to-College Achievement Plan Executive Committee, as a mentor for the Austin Women’s Alliance, and as Chair of the Texas Real Estate Commission’s Education Committee. Previously, Kelea has served on the Austin Chamber of Commerce’s Business Awards Nomination Committee, and the National Association of REALTORS®’ Professional Development and REALTOR® Certified Executive (RCE) Committees. Kelea graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Mass Media Communications and International Affairs, holds RCE and C2EX designations, and is a proud graduate of the Texas Real Estate Leadership Program and Leadership Austin.

The Real Estate & Finance Advisory Committee is composed of recognized leaders in the field in ACC’s service area. Members convene regularly to offer their combined expertise to influence the curriculum structure and instructional methods of the program.

The purpose of the Real Estate department is to provide premier courses and degree plans that give students the practical, theoretical, and technical knowledge needed to be successful in the field of real estate. Our curriculum provides students with first-rate professional and workforce programs that result in employment in the public and private sectors. It is based on identified competencies, has a capstone experience, and strives to be socially responsible as well as addressing employer needs. These courses will also allow students to qualify to take the Texas Real Estate License exam. We are committed to:

  • Providing students in the real estate degree plans the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance their abilities that will enable them to seek employment in a real estate position.
  • Providing students in the transfer degree plan the knowledge and skills necessary for transfer and success at a baccalaureate degree granting institution.
  • Providing students in the workforce areas the knowledge and skills necessary for job enhancement.
  • Providing employers in our community a trained, technically competent, and diverse workforce.
  • Providing all students advising from a qualified, dedicated, and accessible faculty.

Our overall departmental mission is threefold: 1) to prepare students for entry-level employment in the rapidly expanding real estate market, 2) to enable students to improve their job skills to promote career advancement and development, and 3) prepare students to achieve a passing grade on the Texas Real Estate Licensing Exam.

The department hires highly qualified professionals within our field of study and provides them the support they need. The department has relevant, up-to-date course materials and keeps text books current. Course content complies with TREC regulations and local industry standards and includes recommendations from the Advisory Committee.


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