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David M. Michonski

Real Estate Legend

David (67) is the founder and CEO of Quigler. He is the author of three books (two award-winners) on listing and marketing real estate and for the past 10 years has been operating Power Marketing, Inc., a consulting, coaching and advisory service for real estate agents. In 1996 he brought the Coldwell Banker franchise to Manhattan and married it to a small firm with $60M in sales, growing it to almost a billion dollar in sales by August of 2008 and making it one of the 15 largest Coldwell Banker franchises out of 2000 worldwide. While in New York City he was the founding President of the Manhattan Association of REALTORS (now part of the Hudson Gateway Association) and was a founding President of the Manhattan Multiple Listing Service, the first MLS and the first REALTOR Association ever in Manhattan.

While at Coldwell Banker, he was awarded the prestigious “Q” (Q= “quality”) award by Coldwell Banker. In January of 1996 David was named by Today’s Realtor magazine as one of the Top 10 Realtors in the United States and was singled out for his experience and expertise in international real estate. He has been named one of the “100 Most Important People in Real Estate” and was named one of “The Top Ten Newsmakers in 2008” by RealTrends along with Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Benjamin Bernanke. He was Chairman of the International Operations Committee for the National Association of Realtors (“NAR”) and was the Regional Coordinator for the Asia/Pacific region for the President of NAR.

Two of his three books have received Pinnacle Book Awards and all three have received FIVE Stars from Clarion Independent Reviews and on Amazon.com. He has appeared on CNBC’s “High Net Worth” with Tyler Mathiesen, Consuelo Mack’s “Money Talk,” on CNBC’s “Opening Bell,” “Squawk Box” and “Closing Bell”, MSNBC, NBC’s “Today Show”, CNN, PBS and in hundreds of publications worldwide.

David graduated from Colgate University in 1973 cum laude with High Honors in political science and attended graduate school in political philosophy at Boston College completing his doctoral examinations with Highest Distinction.

Afterwards he became a barteder, ski bum, writer for SKI Magazine and then went into real estate because his mother-in-law told him that if you fail at everything else you can always do real estate. Since then he has been trying to raise the standards of the profession and Quigler is the result of 40 years of those efforts. He has two children and resides with his wife, Linda, in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Linda Michonski

Co-Founder

Linda is co-founder of Quigler and has been a practicing real estate agent for 40 years, earning a place among the top 2% of the agents in the U.S. At Quigler she is involved with everything, especially how the app works for agents (like her) and for consumers (like her clients). She is passionate about everyone having a good user experience and works daily with our developers to perfect the user flow. And she is not only one of the largest investors in Quigler, she is also David’s wife. As such she provides what an entrepreneur needs most, someone who can help bring stability during the often breathtaking emotional highs and lows of starting a new company. She helps to keep David calm. She assures him it will be alright. When he stumbles she helps to stabilize him (and contrary to rumors he has spread, he does stumble). Sometimes he even falls and for 40 years, she has always been there to pick him up, dust him off, polish him up a bit and send him back into the fray so we can think he’s as perfect as he tells us he is. Besides being Quigler’s quality control department and helping to keep David sane, she also works with Ed Giardina on our accounts receivable and account payable, keeps track of all the shareholders’ paperwork, puts out Quigler fires and helps to raise the funds Quigler needs. Meanwhile, she is also the mother of two great kids, Katie and Michael. She volunteers to manage over 70 ushers as the Head Usher at Christ Church in Greenwich, is a member of its Worship Commission, just retired as a member of its Vestry, and is a member of numerous task forces for the Church. In sum, she is the noble tolerator of an entrepreneur husband, the supporter of just about anything that has to do with dogs, horses or Christ Church and is an accomplished real estate agent in her own right. She gives credence to the belief that a mother and wife when also a business-woman is probably the world’s best time manager. As if all she does daily were not enough, she co-authored (with David) the award-winning book, “Get Your Highest Price,” the definitive guide for consumers about what their agent should be doing to get a seller the best price. That book was the inspiration that has now resulted in Quigler.
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Davor Lovrić

Full-Stack Software Engineer

Davor Lovrić is an experienced full-stack software engineer. During last twenty years he has worked on different projects ranging from mobile games to full-fledged ERP systems. He saw technologies come and go, but core concepts stay the same. Always keeping in mind project success, he wears different hats adapting to project’s needs. Software Architect is his favorite hat, as it allows him to have biggest impact on the system being built making it successful not only from the technical side, but more importantly from the perspective of the people interacting with it. He is a maker who does not relent until finding an elegant and practical solution to a problem at hand and enjoys automating processes that are “impossible” to automate. He joined Mindtrust Labs in search for complex systems needing elegant architecture.

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Barbara A. Fairfield

Content Queen

Barbara (63) serves on Quigler’s Control Advisory Board. She has been in the real estate business for 34 years and is one of its most prominent educators. She trains and certifies agents for various designations, including Seller Representative Specialist (SRS), Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) and Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS). She herself has earned many designations and certifications including, GRI (Graduate of the Realtor Institute,) ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative), Certified Buyer Representative, Senior Real Estate Specialist, SRS (Seller Representative Specialist), GREEN, Short Sales and Foreclosure certification, Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternative certification, At Home With Diversity certification, Certified Negotiations Expert, CIPS, (Certified International Property Specialist) and Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager.

She has served as the Marketing Forum Chair for the National Association of Realtors®, served on NAR’s Risk Management Committee and NAR’s Education Committee. She has served on the Connecticut Association of Realtors® Executive Committee as well as a state director. Barbara is an expert witness in Errors and Omissions court cases.

Among her many awards are the Connecticut Association of Realtors’® Educator of the Year award, NAR’s SRES Distinguished Service Award and Real Estate Buyer Agency’s Hall of Fame award, which currently has only been awarded to 42 Realtors® (out of 1.1M). Barbara is a Broker practitioner based in Florida.

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Edward Giardina

Money Guy

Ed handles financial, accounting and tax matters for Quigler. He is a Founding Partner of Giardina and French in Boston and specializes in helping start up companies establish their accounting and bookkeeping systems. His services include business planning, start -up structuring for maximum tax efficiency, business forecasting and projections, financial analysis, financial statements and a system for financial reporting.

He holds a Masters in Science and Accounting from Northeastern University, Boston, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Boston College. He has been a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1993 and a Certified Valuation Analyst since 1995. He has been in professional practice since 1983 providing income and estate tax planning, tax preparation, financial statement reporting and business valuation to businesses and individuals. Memberships include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Massachusetts Society of Public Accountants and the National Association of Certified Valuers and Analysts.

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Neil B. Garfinkel, Esq.

Broker Guru

Mr. Garfinkel is the managing partner of Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP (“AGMB”), a national law firm with offices in New York and California, and he is the partner in charge of AGMB’s Real Estate and Banking Practices.

Neil B. Garfinkel’s legal experience is diverse and his practice focuses on all aspects of commercial and residential real estate and banking law.

Mr. Garfinkel’s clients include trade associations, national and international banks, mortgage bankers, mortgage brokers, real estate brokers, real estate developers and purchasers and sellers of residential and commercial real estate.

Neil B. Garfinkel proudly serves as Broker Counsel to the Real Estate Board of New York (“REBNY”), New York City’s leading real estate trade association. In addition to counseling REBNY members on the vast array of laws and regulations that affect the real estate brokerage community, Neil hosts the REBNY Legal Line, a daily legal hotline provided exclusively for members of REBNY, and authors the REBNY Legal Line Question of the Week, which is distributed weekly to all members of REBNY.

Through his affiliation and participation with REBNY, he has become acutely aware of the many issues that face his real estate broker clients on a daily basis. Accordingly he counsels his clients on commission disputes, licensing and disclosure requirements, agency issues, fair housing laws, employment and wage laws, strategic alliances and affiliated business relationships and disciplinary actions instituted by governmental entities.

in May 2018, Neil was appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to serve on the New York State Real Estate Board, which has general authority to promulgate rules and regulations affecting real estate brokers and salespersons in order to administer and effectuate the purposes of New York State Real Property Law as it pertains to real estate licensees.

Mr. Garfinkel and AGMB serves as counsel to the Empire State Mortgage Bankers Association and the New York Association of Mortgage Brokers. He regularly counsels his mortgage banking and mortgage broker clients regarding all aspects of their businesses. Mr. Garfinkel has traveled extensively throughout the country to provide training programs to the employees of his banking clients. Mr. Garfinkel has also counseled his clients on loan portfolio acquisitions and sales. He is well versed in the complex areas of federal and state licensing and lending laws and assists his clients in obtaining banking and broker licenses, as well as structuring affiliated business relationships under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.

Mr. Garfinkel resides in Great Neck, New York with his wife, Shari (they have two children). Neil is a Trustee in the Village of Kensington and also served on the Village’s Zoning Board of Appeals.Mr. Garfinkel is the managing partner of Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP (“AGMB”), a national law firm with offices in New York and California, and he is the partner in charge of AGMB’s Real Estate and Banking Practices.

Neil B. Garfinkel’s legal experience is diverse and his practice focuses on all aspects of commercial and residential real estate and banking law.

Mr. Garfinkel’s clients include trade associations, national and international banks, mortgage bankers, mortgage brokers, real estate brokers, real estate developers and purchasers and sellers of residential and commercial real estate.

Neil B. Garfinkel proudly serves as Broker Counsel to the Real Estate Board of New York (“REBNY”), New York City’s leading real estate trade association. In addition to counseling REBNY members on the vast array of laws and regulations that affect the real estate brokerage community, Neil hosts the REBNY Legal Line, a daily legal hotline provided exclusively for members of REBNY, and authors the REBNY Legal Line Question of the Week, which is distributed weekly to all members of REBNY.

Through his affiliation and participation with REBNY, he has become acutely aware of the many issues that face his real estate broker clients on a daily basis. Accordingly he counsels his clients on commission disputes, licensing and disclosure requirements, agency issues, fair housing laws, employment and wage laws, strategic alliances and affiliated business relationships and disciplinary actions instituted by governmental entities.

in May 2018, Neil was appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to serve on the New York State Real Estate Board, which has general authority to promulgate rules and regulations affecting real estate brokers and salespersons in order to administer and effectuate the purposes of New York State Real Property Law as it pertains to real estate licensees.

Mr. Garfinkel and AGMB serves as counsel to the Empire State Mortgage Bankers Association and the New York Association of Mortgage Brokers. He regularly counsels his mortgage banking and mortgage broker clients regarding all aspects of their businesses. Mr. Garfinkel has traveled extensively throughout the country to provide training programs to the employees of his banking clients. Mr. Garfinkel has also counseled his clients on loan portfolio acquisitions and sales. He is well versed in the complex areas of federal and state licensing and lending laws and assists his clients in obtaining banking and broker licenses, as well as structuring affiliated business relationships under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.

Mr. Garfinkel resides in Great Neck, New York with his wife, Shari (they have two children). Neil is a Trustee in the Village of Kensington and also served on the Village’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

She started her artistic journey, without realizingthat at the time, while working with textile materials in the fashion industry. From tactile textile, Nikolina moved to digital design and worked on mobile applications.

Leaving transient worlds of fashion and mobile applications, in 2017 she graduated from the “Public open University Zagreb, Ceramics, glass & porcelain art” and started experimenting with clay and porcelain clay combining it with other materials.

Nikolina finds her main source of inspiration in nature and lace capturing its fragility in eternal clay. She is led by the thought “The world is in the eyes of the observer”, whatever she creates, it becomes reality only when someone looks at it.

Nikolina creates installations that are usually wall or table mounted. Lives and creates in Zagreb, Croatia.

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Michal Shapot

Rental Maven

Michael (57) serves on Quigler’s Control Advisory Board. A lawyer by training who closes 75 residential transactions annually, Michael currently leads a top producing team of real estate agents at Keller Williams in Manhattan, New York. He was named Manhattan’s Realtor of the Year by the Manhattan Association of Realtors and has always been recognized as one of the industry’s Top Producers. As a rental agent at Coldwell Banker, Michael was yearly awarded The #1 Rental Agent in the firm. In some years he exceeded 150 rentals. He has also served as the manager of 73 sales agents for Coldwell Banker, earning his office the distinction of being Coldwell Banker’s # 1 office in New York State for four years in a row.

He is deeply involved in real estate as an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), was named a Certified Relocation Specialist by the Employee Relocation Council, and is certified as a Real Estate Divorce Specialist. He was the Treasurer of the Manhattan Association of Realtors and served on its Board for 5 years, is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, the Riverside Park Fund and has sat on the Board of Directors of several cooperative and condominium buildings in New York.Michael (57) serves on Quigler’s Control Advisory Board. A lawyer by training who closes 75 residential transactions annually, Michael currently leads a top producing team of real estate agents at Keller Williams in Manhattan, New York. He was named Manhattan’s Realtor of the Year by the Manhattan Association of Realtors and has always been recognized as one of the industry’s Top Producers. As a rental agent at Coldwell Banker, Michael was yearly awarded The #1 Rental Agent in the firm. In some years he exceeded 150 rentals. He has also served as the manager of 73 sales agents for Coldwell Banker, earning his office the distinction of being Coldwell Banker’s # 1 office in New York State for four years in a row.

He is deeply involved in real estate as an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), was named a Certified Relocation Specialist by the Employee Relocation Council, and is certified as a Real Estate Divorce Specialist. He was the Treasurer of the Manhattan Association of Realtors and served on its Board for 5 years, is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, the Riverside Park Fund and has sat on the Board of Directors of several cooperative and condominium buildings in New York.

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Philip Kiracofe

Tech Minimalist

Philip bridges the world of real estate to technology ventures. He has co-founded or led a diverse range of companies including a pioneer online grocery service company known as “Information Neighborhood,” an India-based venture capital fund named Horizon Ventures, the first large-scale social networking site (“sixdegrees”) and a New York City based property development firm, Realm Property. When not working on Quigler he serves as a consultant for South African companies who wish to do business in the United States and serves as an advisor for Stik.com, a major social network lead referral company. He has worked at various prestigious New York City real estate firms before joining Coldwell Banker Hunt Kennedy in 2006 as its Chief Technologist. In that role he led some of the most innovative projects in the industry including early cloud initiatives and ad-tracking. He served on the board of and became the President of the Manhattan Association of REALTORS® and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. He attended the United States Air Force Academy where he studied Computer Science and Behavioral Science. Philip’s interests range from adventure sports to ultra-endurance events to wine. He currently splits his time between Cape Town and midtown Manhattan.

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Anthony Handel, Esq.

Patent Prince

Tony is Quigler’s patent attorney and is responsible for the patent and trademark filings and the protection of Quigler’s intellectual property. With over 30 years of practice, Tony is among the most experienced attorneys in the United States focusing his practice on patent, trademark and copyright trial and appellate work as well as on internet and commercial matters.

Over the past 30 years, Tony has served as lead counsel in over 200 intellectual property lawsuits with amounts at risk ranging up to $2 billion, representing such clients as ADM, JVC, Conair Corporation, Dayco, Estee Lauder, Clear Channel, Neiman Marcus and Target. These actions have been before the U.S. Supreme Court, many Federal appellate and district courts, and overseas tribunals, and include jury and bench trials. In his career, he has also obtained over 700 patents for his clients. He has experience representing clients from various technologies and industries, including pharmaceuticals, electronics, business methods, medical devices, software, molecular biology, biomedical systems, holography, apparel and retail. Tony has taught patent litigation strategy at the Patent Resources Group. He has also presented in-house training programs at many corporations, including Xerox, Pitney Bowes, J.P. Morgan Chase and General Electric.

A former engineer who conceived the first digital data compression system while a University researcher under Project Apollo, Tony also has worked for many years in licensing, and related corporate matters, as well as in the enforcement and procurement of intellectual property rights in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Tony earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Polytechnic University (1969) and his Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center (1972).

Tony is admitted to practice in the states of New York and Connecticut. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, and Ninth Circuits, the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Eastern District of Texas.Tony is Quigler’s patent attorney and is responsible for the patent and trademark filings and the protection of Quigler’s intellectual property. With over 30 years of practice, Tony is among the most experienced attorneys in the United States focusing his practice on patent, trademark and copyright trial and appellate work as well as on internet and commercial matters.

Over the past 30 years, Tony has served as lead counsel in over 200 intellectual property lawsuits with amounts at risk ranging up to $2 billion, representing such clients as ADM, JVC, Conair Corporation, Dayco, Estee Lauder, Clear Channel, Neiman Marcus and Target. These actions have been before the U.S. Supreme Court, many Federal appellate and district courts, and overseas tribunals, and include jury and bench trials. In his career, he has also obtained over 700 patents for his clients. He has experience representing clients from various technologies and industries, including pharmaceuticals, electronics, business methods, medical devices, software, molecular biology, biomedical systems, holography, apparel and retail. Tony has taught patent litigation strategy at the Patent Resources Group. He has also presented in-house training programs at many corporations, including Xerox, Pitney Bowes, J.P. Morgan Chase and General Electric.

A former engineer who conceived the first digital data compression system while a University researcher under Project Apollo, Tony also has worked for many years in licensing, and related corporate matters, as well as in the enforcement and procurement of intellectual property rights in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Tony earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Polytechnic University (1969) and his Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center (1972).

Tony is admitted to practice in the states of New York and Connecticut. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, and Ninth Circuits, the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Eastern District of Texas.

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Linda Jones Neil

Mexicano Adviser

Linda has been called ”A Mexican and International Real Estate Icon” by the Gringo Gazette in Baja, Mexico for her pioneering role in bringing American real estate best practices to Mexico. She is the CEO and Founder of The Settlement Company, Mexico’s first escrow and title insurance business, and Co-Founder of the Global Mexico Real Estate Institute. She is a consultant on Mexican real estate specializing in legal and fiscal issues. She has presented at conferences throughout Mexico and the United States on all aspects of Mexican real property acquisition and is co-author of the National Association of REALTORS® course, “Doing Business in Mexico.” She has published so many articles in newspapers and magazines throughout the U.S. and Mexico that they are too numerous to list here. She is also a license real estate broker in California. She is a Certified Real Estate Professional (PIC) by Mexico City AMPI and holds numerous REALTOR® designations including Certified International Property Specialist, Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Authorized Buyer Representative, ePRO and RSPS while also being a certified instructor in all these designations. She is also a Certified Negotiation Expert from the Real Estate Negotiation Institute of Arizona and is certified to teach the CNE-1 course in Mexico. She was the National Association of REALTORS® Presidential Liaison to Mexico from 2012 to 2014 and was awarded “International REALTOR® of the Year” in 2013. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Linda is a Member of the Control Advisory Board and is creating the Steps and Actions for Mexico while assisting with the development of the Spanish version of the Steps and Actions for Quigler USA.

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Joseph Darnell

Marketing Automation Maven

Joseph Darnell is Quigler’s Marketing Automation Maven managing our use of the marketing automation software called Infusionsoft. He is a an email marketing expert, an Infusionsoft Certified Partner and helps Quigler to strategize, implement, evaluate and optimize email marketing and follow up, SMS and web marketing campaigns. He provides both strategic and practical value to Quigler for ecommerce integration, setting up and optimizing membership sites, WordPress integration and reporting data analytics. He works cooperatively with Mindtrust Labs to provide digital marketing solutions for Quigler. He has a diverse background from experience with starts ups, an MBS in Social/Sustainable Entrepreneurship as well as a visiting professorship teaching social entrepeneurship at the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan in Merida, Mexico. He is a devoted husband and father with two children and resides in Hudson, New York.

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Nicolas Scandiffio

Digital/Video Marketing Manager

Nick Scandiffo is the founder of Cinema Squared and produces and develops digital media for Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. He is a valuable member of Quigler’s team working under the Mindtrust Labs umbrella. His skills range from producing national TV commercials to Sizzle Reels, from MTV videos to Facebook and Instagram ads. He started his career at Kaplowe Studies where he was an associate producer having graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a degree in advertising/television and radio broadcasting. He resides in Connecticut with his wife and daughter.

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