Certified Exchange Specialists

David Brown, President of IPE 1031, and Katie Brown, Vice President of IPE 1031, each hold the designation of Certified Exchange Specialist® ("CES®"). They are two of fewer than twenty CES® designees in the upper Midwest. The Federation of Exchange Accommodators (FEA), a trade organization dedicated to the promotion of security, integrity and professionalism in the qualified intermediary industry, established the CES® certification program to enhance the professionalism and expertise of its exchange industry members. CES® designees must meet specific work-experience criteria and pass a comprehensive examination on exchange laws and procedures. Additionally, candidates are subject to a background check and eliminated if they have committed any offenses involving theft or the loss of a professional license. CES® designees must adhere to a code of ethics and maintain continuing education requirements. The FEA advises property owners considering a like-kind exchange not to proceed with the transaction without first consulting with a CES®.