We understand that precise and dependable valuations are vital for the success of any real estate investment. Carlson Norris & Associates Valuation and Advisory Services provides comprehensive valuation, litigation, and consulting services to real estate owners, investors, and lenders. With extensive market knowledge, superior analytics, and comprehensive data, we provide our clients with the value they seek and deserve.

Our seasoned team provides litigation services and delivers accurate and quality products with the attention to detail the legal industry demands. Our team’s years of litigation experience include eminent domain, family law, lease disputes, arbitration, bankruptcy, deficiency, fraud, and has qualified as expert witnesses in various courts in the state of Florida. We provide a full range of appraisal and consultation services where litigation may ensue.

Michael P. Jonas

Managing Director

Michael P. Jonas, MAI, AI-GRS, CCIM began his career in 1999 working in appraisal commercial real estate in Orlando. After earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance at University of Central Florida, he relocated to Naples working at Coastal Engineers Consultants, Inc. Michael also spent time as a bank review appraiser with Orion Bank and Iberia Bank, where he helped implement a revised ordering process to keep banks current with revised government regulations.

Michael later joined Integra Realty Resources and Capstone Valuation Advisors before starting his own business specializing in appraisal review. During this time, he provided various appraisal services including lending assignments, government condemnation assignments, and appraisal reviews. He is versed in litigation assignments including deficiency judgement appraisals and qualified as an expert witness.

Michael is married with four children. When he is not chasing his children, he enjoys boating, fishing and diving in the Florida Keys.

J. Lee Norris, MAI, SRA

Director of Residential Operations

J. (Lee) Norris was born in Fort Myers, Florida and has been a lifelong resident of southwest Florida. Lee has a Bachelor of Science in real estate from Florida State University. Lee achieved his SRA in 1983, the SRPA designation in 1989 and the MAI designation in 1994. Lee is a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser (#643) and maintains an active Florida Real Estate Broker license.

Lee was a founding member of the Carlson Norris & Associates appraisal firm. He is a past chapter president of the predecessor organization the Society of Real Estate Appraisers to the Appraisal Institute, and has also served as a regional representative.

Lee performs a variety of tasks for the company including reviewing appraisals, preparing appraisal reports and day to day management of the firm. He has performed a variety of assignments over his 30 year career with Carlson, Norris. These assignments include all types of commercial and industrial properties as well as agricultural properties and litigation assignments.

Lee has recently appraised conservation easements, airboat venues as part of the Everglades restoration project, agricultural tracts as large as 8,000 acres, environmentally sensitive land, development tracts and numerous commercial retail buildings, offices and industrial properties.

Lee is a native Floridian, with ancestors in Florida since 1835. He was born in Fort Myers and has been an appraiser since 1978. He is married and has 2 children.

C. William Carlson, MAI, SRA

Bill Carlson was founding partner of Carlson Norris & Associates. He is a native Floridian having been born in Miami, Florida and has lived in Lee County since 1961. Bill graduated from Fort Myers Senior High in 1966 and earned his AA degree from Edison Community College (predecessor of Southwest Florida State). Bill received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1970.

His appraisal career began in 1975 and he has been awarded the MAI and SRA designations of the Appraisal Institute. Bill served various positions in the local chapter of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers (Prior to merging with the Appraisal Institute) including serving as the local chapter president. He is a state certified general appraiser and holds a Florida real estate broker’s license.

Bill handles a wide variety of assignments for the firm including industrial, office and retail properties. He also has experience with valuing land, multi-family properties and litigation assignments, as well as providing consultation services to clients to help meet their needs. All work is provided in a form to be consistent with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice of the Appraisal Foundation.

Bill has performed numerous assignments for Conservation 20/20 for Lee County. This program acquires land for conservation purposes for Lee County. He has also performed assignments for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, working in Collier, Hendry, Glades and Charlotte counties. He is qualified to perform a wide range of assignments on multiple property types.

Bill is a native Floridian, born in Miami, and has lived in Fort Myers since 1963. Bill has been an appraiser since 1975. He is married and has 2 children. A founding partner, Bill is now semi-retired.

Arthur A. Paus

State-Certified General Real Estate Appraiser RZ3202

Art Paus was born in Nebraska and was general manager of Paus Farms, a family farming operation for 30 years in Nebraska and production manager of PSF Inc. in northwest Missouri for 5 years. In 2004 Art moved to Cape Coral, Florida. He holds a BS degree in Bio-systems engineering from the University of Nebraska in 1972 and a MBA degree from William Woods University in 2003. Art is married to his wife Cathy of 47 years and has three grown children and five grandchildren.

Art’s appraisal career started in 2005 as a real estate appraiser for Carlson Norris & Associates. He became a Florida Registered Trainee Appraiser in 2005, State-Certified Residential Appraiser in 2007 and State-Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in 2008. He also was an associate member of the Appraisal Institute from 2008- to 2015.

Properties appraised include commercial buildings, industrial buildings, hotels, motels, RV/mobile home parks, golf courses, marinas, condominium developments, residential subdivisions, convenience stores, medical office buildings, commercial vacant land, apartment projects (4 units and more), acreage, single family homes, single condominium units, mobile homes, residential lots and duplexes.

A few of the more interesting assignments for Art include: Marinas in Collier and Sarasota Counties, fish camp in Highlands County, hotel in Orlando, island resort in Charlotte County, two proposed upscale RV parks in Hendry County, two high-end private golf courses in Collier County and several bowling alley/family entertainment centers in Collier, Lee and Charlotte Counties.

John B. Jamison, Jr. (Buck)

State-Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser RD1254

Born and raised in South Florida, Buck moved from the east coast of Florida to the west coast of Florida in August 2004. After receiving his bachelor’s degree at the University of Georgia, he spent several years as a petroleum inspector and in restaurant and retail management, before becoming a residential appraiser in 1985. Shortly after his arrival to Lee County, he came on board with Carlson Norris & Associates in September of 2004.

His expertise includes unique residential properties, appraisal review, as well as litigation related consultant and appraisal services. He has testified as an expert witness in Lee County Florida and Erie County, New York.

His expertise includes single family homes, condominiums, co-ops, 2-4 small residential income properties, manufactured homes, acreage, dockominiums, rackominiums, and vacant land. Specialty residential appraising includes historical homes, stigmatized properties, high end custom residences, retrospective appraisals and residential properties unique in construction features and/or location.

He has extensive appraisal review experience and has served as a litigation related appraisal consultant, as well as testified as an expert witness in Lee County, Florida and Erie County, New York

Richard (“Rich”) Carter Tyler

State-Certified General Real Estate Appraiser RZ3136

Rich is an appraiser at Carlson Norris & Associates. He is married to his wife, Beth and they have three grown children. Rich is a third generation Floridian, who received his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida International University in 1982. Rich grew up boating and diving in the Florida Keys, and he is an enthusiastic tennis player.

After working for over twenty years in hospitality management and in the insurance industry, Rich became a real estate appraiser in Miami, Florida in 2003. He became a State Certified Residential Appraiser in 2006, and has been a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser since 2007. Rich is also an associate member of the Appraisal Institute. Rich joined Carlson Norris & Associates in 2013 and has appraised a variety of commercial properties including; vacant land, complex multi-tenant office and retail as well as industrial properties.

Victor Torres

MAI State-Certified General Real Estate Appraiser RZ3912

Victor A. Torres is one of the Senior Appraisers at Carlson, Norris & Associates. Since 2012, Victor has completed commercial appraisals in Puerto Rico, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. He specialized in residential subdivisions, multi-tenant retail facilities, triple net facilities, ground leases, industrial properties, proposed facilities, and single-tenant office/retail facilities.  In addition, Prior to Carlson, Norris & Associates, he was an appraiser for Bluemark Realty Advisors and Franklin Street Valuation Advisory in Tampa, Florida.

Torres, received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez campus. He holds a State-Certified General in the state of Florida and Puerto Rico. Also, Torres has recently completed the Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI) designation.

Erin Walter

State-Certified General Real Estate Appraiser RZ4235

Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Erin began her career as a bank teller in 2006. She quickly advanced through the banking industry and eventually planted her feet in real estate lending as a mortgage loan processor. It was in that role where she discovered her passion for real estate and delved deeper into the world of appraisals. In 2012, Erin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Penn State University, where she graduated with honors.

Erin’s background in real estate lending, combined with the spectacular waterfront neighborhoods of Southwest Florida, inspired her to pursue appraisals as a full-time career. She joined Carlson, Norris and Associates in 2019 and has since obtained her Certified General Appraiser license. Her experience includes single family homes, condominiums, manufactured homes, vacant land, 2-4 unit residential income properties, high end custom residences and various commercial property types.

Tara M. Galeoti

State-Registered Trainee Appraiser RI12086

Tara Galeoti, who is originally from Northeastern Ohio, moved to Southwest Florida in 1998. She began her journey as an appraiser in 2003 attending The Real Estate Academy in Fort Myers, Florida. Tara began working for a small appraisal firm in Cape Coral where she gained experience appraising various types of properties in Lee, Collier and Charlotte Counties. In 2008, when the area was experiencing an economic downturn, Tara was hired at an appraisal firm in Englewood, FL to handle the bulk of their foreclosure work in Lee County. In 2015, she began working with Carlson, Norris and Associates in Ft. Myers.

Tara’s experience includes single family homes, manufactured homes, condominiums, 2-4 unit residential income properties and vacant land.

She thoroughly enjoys living in SW Florida and believes working in the Sunshine State has its perks including visiting some properties by boat. Two unique properties that Tara appraised include a bungalow-style property in Cayo Costa Island and an elevated, single family home on Useppa Island; both waterfront properties only accessible by boat or seaplane.

Tara also attended Hodges University from 2011-2014 where she received her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Russell Rands

State-Registered Trainee Appraiser RI24721

Russell Rands began his appraisal career in 2019 working for a smaller commercial appraisal firm. After gaining loads of experience Russell was hired by Carlson, Norris in early 2020. Russell is a native Floridian from Lake Mary, Florida. After earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance at the University of Central Florida, he relocated to Southwest Florida in 2012. Russell also spent time as a commercial insurance broker with Brown & Brown of Southwest Florida.

Russell’s appraisal experience includes complex commercial, industrial, and multi-family properties. Russell is taking continuing education courses to expand his knowledge and ultimately grow to a Certified General Appraiser.

Russell is newly engaged, and his fiancé works for a large medical device manufacturer in Naples. They have a fur-baby (a golden-doodle) who is currently their pride and joy, albeit a bit spoiled. Russell’s favorite hobbies include golfing, boating, fishing, and beaching throughout SWFL.

Zachary (“Zack”) D. Kazak

State-Registered Trainee Appraiser RI24996

Born in Dayton, Ohio, and raised in Fort Myers, Florida Zack has been a Florida native for 21 years. He graduated from Fort Myers High school in 2015. After that, Zack earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Edward Waters College in 2020 while playing collegiate baseball.

Zachary started his appraisal career in 2021, but he became interested in real estate well before that thanks to his parent’s involvement in property management and home remodeling. Though he has not been in appraising for very long, his goal is to become a Certified General Appraiser. After moving back from college, Zack enjoys his time going to car events, spending time with friends, and exploring the sunshine state.

Hannah Dwyer

State-Registered Trainee Appraiser RI25089

Hannah was born and raised in Upstate New York where she spent time in retail management before moving to sunny Southwest Florida to pursue a career in appraisal. She became a Florida State Registered Trainee Appraiser in 2020 and began working at Carlson Norris & Associates in 2021. She is currently in her last year of school at Western Governor’s University to obtain her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Her goal is to become a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser.

In her free time, Hannah enjoys lake and saltwater fishing, boating, spending time with her two dogs and enjoying the year-round warmth of the Florida outdoors.

Carlos Sanchez

State-Registered Trainee Appraiser RI25464

Carlos A. Sanchez is originally from Bogota, Colombia, He graduated from law school at Universidad Catolica in Bogota, he is a licensed attorney in Colombia since 2002, spending time in his professional practice as a consultant to financial and fiduciary institutions on issues related to deeds, real estate appraisals and guarantee contracts. He earned his postgraduate degree in commercial, contract and corporate law from Universidad del Rosario in 2004.

In 2006 he immigrated to the United States, he became a real estate agent attending The Gold Coast School after that he attend the Nova Southeastern University and studied the stock market, He also was loan officer for Banco Mortgage Lender in Davie Florida before moving to the southwest coast of Florida in 2021.

He began his career as a registered trainee appraiser at Carlson, Norris & Associates in Ft Myers where he gained experience appraising various types of residential properties including single family homes, condominiums, 2–4-unit residential income properties and vacant lots.

Carlos enjoys spending time with his wife Karen and two children going to the beach, watching soccer and cooking barbecue for his family and friends.

Bonnie Leite

Operations Manager

Bonnie Leite is originally from northwest New Jersey. She moved to Florida in 1985 and relocated to southwest Florida in 2016. She brings 15 years’ office administration expertise and 5 years’ real estate industry experience. Her background is commercial real estate, title coordinator, office manager, business consultant, and marketing/social media consultant.

Bonnie attended Rollins College in Winter Park studying Organizational Behavior, Culture and Innovation, Leadership, Psychology and Communication. In 2018, Bonnie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at Hodges University, Magna Cum Laude.

Having joined Carlson Norris & Associates in 2019, she is excited to assist with providing quality professional services to our valued clients while growing the potential and success of the company.