Firm Profile

David A. Brown, CES®, President and owner of IPE 1031, was raised in Swisher, Iowa.  He is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Business and Drake University Law School.  Dave is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, and served as a past Chair of its Tax Committee; the Federation of Exchange Accommodators, a trade organization dedicated to the promotion of client security, integrity and professionalism in the qualified intermediary industry, where he serves on the Board of Directors, as Chair of the Ethics Committee and as its 2013 President; and the Realtors Land Institute.  Prior to starting IPE 1031, Dave served as a state prosecutor.  He holds the designation of Certified Exchange Specialist (“CES®”) and lectures on the subject of Section 1031 for events sponsored by the Iowa State Bar Association, Drake University Law School, the University of Iowa College of Law, the Realtors Land Institute, the Iowa Association of Realtors, and various other accounting, legal and real estate associations.  Dave is a contributing editor to the Iowa State Bar Association Income Tax Manual.

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M. Kathleen Brown, CES®, Vice President and owner of IPE 1031, was born in Sioux City, Iowa and raised in the Minneapolis area.  She received her undergraduate degree from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and her law degree, with honors, from Drake University Law School, where she was a Note Editor for the Drake Law Review.  She is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and the Federation of Exchange Accommodators, a trade organization dedicated to the promotion of client security, integrity and professionalism in the qualified intermediary industry.  Prior to joining IPE 1031, she practiced law as a partner with a private law firm.  Katie holds the designation of Certified Exchange Specialist (“CES®”)

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Becky J. Petersen, Assistant Vice President for IPE 1031, was raised in Oelwein, Iowa. Becky received her law degree, with honors, from Creighton University and served on the Creighton Law Review. She holds a B.A. in Finance from the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to joining IPE, Becky served as Field Operations Director and Commercial Underwriting Counsel for Iowa's Title Guaranty program and managed escrow operations for Title Guaranty's Commercial Services Department. She is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, where she is actively engaged in the Real Estate Section; and the Federation of Exchange Accommodators, a trade organization dedicated to the promotion of security, integrity and professionalism in the qualified intermediary industry.

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Douglas J. Mizer, Exchange Officer for IPE 1031, split his upbringing between his hometown of Geneseo, Illinois and Tipton, Iowa. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in English and Communications Studies. He earned his law degree from the University of Kansas, where he was a member of the Moot Court Council. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association. Prior to joining IPE 1031, Doug practiced law with a private law firm, handled subrogation settlements for a large national health insurer, and worked in radio production and broadcasting.

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Cherie L. Johnson, Exchange Officer for IPE 1031 was born in Oaklawn, Illinois and raised in Cherokee, Iowa. She is a graduate of Buena Vista University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She earned her law degree from Drake University Law School. She is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association. Prior to joining IPE 1031, Cherie practiced law at a private law firm and at her own law firm where she primarily handled civil litigation and family law cases, including work as a mediator and collaborative attorney.

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Rebecca S. Eslinger, Exchange Assistant at IPE 1031, is a Prairie City, Iowa, native. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Grandview College. Becky’s past experience includes working in the legal department at an insurance company.

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Anne M. Birdsell, Exchange Assistant at IPE 1031, was raised in Hampton, Iowa. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Iowa. Anne's past experience includes working for an abstract and title company and as a legal assistant for a private law firm.

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John H. Witt, Business Development Representative for IPE 1031, resides in Johnston, Iowa. John attended the University of Northern Iowa where he received a B.A. in Marketing. John worked with the Maytag Corporation for over 34 years in various sales and marketing management positions. He was the Director of Sales Promotion and Manager of Merchandising Programs for Maytag, Jen-Air, and Amana brands. He also served as a Regional Sales Manager for Maytag Appliances in various major markets throughout the United States.

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Mike Murley, Business Development Representative for IPE 1031, resides in Omaha, Nebraska. Mike graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in Political Science and Business and is a US Army Veteran. Mike has more than 35 years of retail experience. He ran and supervised stores in South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. For the last seven years, Mike was the head of Pamida's real estate and property division. In this capacity, he was responsible for 250 leases in 17 Midwestern states. During this period the company developed 25 new locations in the Midwest. He also oversaw the site selection, development and construction of these facilities, and worked with 120 different landlords to negotiate leases on more than six million square feet of retail space.

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Linda Hinz, Business Development Representative for IPE 1031, is an Iowa native currently residing in Minneapolis. She received her B.A. in Management from Simpson College and an MBA from Drake University. Linda has served in marketing and business development capacities for a variety of real estate related enterprises including Iowa Title Guaranty, GMAC Home Services and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Service.

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