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Virginia Lawson

Virginia “Ginny” Lawson has been a practicing attorney since 1984. She has taught real estate pre-license and continuing education classes since 1981 for many providers including colleges, universities and proprietary schools. Ginny earned her bachelor’s degree in real estate from Eastern Kentucky University and her juris doctorate from the University of Louisville. Although Ginny has practiced in numerous areas of the law, her focus has always been real estate law. Part of her practice deals with handling cases assigned to her by the errors and omissions insurance carriers that hire her to defend real estate agents who have had lawsuits and KREC complaints filed against them. Many of her classes deal with the issues that have arisen in those cases, because it seems that the same issues keep arising. Ginny has authored five books, including Kentucky Real Estate Law, Sales Contracts for the Real Estate Professional, AMP Real Estate Exam Preparation, Kentucky Real Estate License Law Tutorial and Law of Agency. She has written numerous articles that have been published in newspapers, newsletters, professional journals and trade publications.

Mike Gooch

In addition to being an accomplished auctioneer, Mike is a real estate broker, a certified instructor for the KY Real Estate Commission, a motivational speaker and has served on the Board of Directors for the Lexington Bluegrass Association of Realtors®. For the last ten years, he has focused mostly on the art of selling real estate at auction. He has sold hundreds of properties using the tried and true method of selling real estate at auction as well as mini-horses, automobiles and fine antiques. After meeting him, you will see how his energetic and positive attitude has helped him to rise to the very top of his profession. While attending the University of Kentucky, Mike was licensed as an auctioneer apprentice in 1989. Working weekends, he served a 4 year tutelage under Jessamine County’s premier auctioneer, Col. Harlan Veal Sr.  It has truly been a labor of love and he has completely enjoyed every step of the way since his adolescent days as a young auctioneer.

Jeff Ratanapool

Jeff joined Century Mortgage in 1997 and opened the first satellite office in Lexington, KY in March of 1998. Since that time, Century Mortgage has grown to 6 regional offices, 12 satellite offices and is licensed in 13 states. Last year, the Century Mortgage Corporation closed over 900 Million in residential mortgages. He has personally originated and closed over 850 million in home loans since 1997, so it is easy to see why Jeff earned the title of President in 2010, where he continues to lead and grow. Jeff began teaching finance classes for the Greater Louisville and Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors® prior to becoming a GRI instructor, which he has done for past ten years. He is a committed businessman and family man with a wife and two daughters. He is extremely disciplined, focused and makes time for the important things. In addition, Jeff is committed to giving back to his community in many different forms. He has served or is serving on the boards of directors for Kentucky Easter Seals, Louisville Easter Seals, Louisville Homebuilders Association, Affordable Housing task force, Political Action Committee, JCPS/Stopher Elementary School and the Fern Creek High School Alumni Association.

Harry Borders

Harry graduated with honors from the University of Louisville with a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering in 1988. He went on to graduate in the top 10% of his class at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Harry has practiced real estate law in his family firm of Borders & Borders in Louisville since 1991. The firm's focus is real estate closings, setting up small businesses, wills and estates. Harry and his firm make volunteer work a priority. Borders & Borders has closed every single closing for both Habitat for Humanity of Louisville and the Fuller Center For Housing of Louisville since both organizations have begun. In addition, Harry travels annually to Central America to build homes for families in need. Harry has taught real estate law to Realtors® throughout Kentucky for nearly 20 years. He consistently receives very high praise from his students. Harry's goal is to keep Realtors® up to date on the constant changes in the industry while making the time pass quickly with his enthusiasm and humor. You will come away from his classes with many new skills and hopefully a few laughs at the same time.

Heidi Fore

Heidi knows what makes a house sell. As the leader of growing brokerages in both Louisville and Northern Kentucky, she has helped over 400 people through the home buying process. Heidi attended Xavier University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in three years with a degree in Business Administration, majoring in marketing. In 2002, she began her real estate career in Louisville, Kentucky and was quickly recognized for her success. In 2006 she was named one of the top 50 "REALTORS® on the Rise" in the nation by RIS Media. In 2007  REALTOR® Magazine profiled her as one of their 30 Under 30 - 30 REALTORS® Under 30 Years Old. Along with that honor, NAR chose her out of all the 30 REALTORS® in the country to speak about marketing and technology at their national conference. She has also been a writer for a monthly column in the RealtySuccess Magazine and is the author of How to Buy a Home in Louisville, Kentucky.