MuniReg was founded in 2018 by Michael Halpern. Michael spent the prior seventeen years at Safeguard Properties, the nation's largest mortgage field services contractor, working on behalf of their loan servicing ("banks") clients. For the most recent 7+ years Michael was Director of the Community Initiatives Department. The department led Safeguard's outreach to municipal and state governments assisting them in addressing "zombie foreclosures".
Michael was a frequent presenter at numerous regional and state municipal (code enforcement, city manager, building officials, municipal league etc.) association conferences, along with several national organizations, including:
1) US Conference of Mayors
2) National League of Cities
3) American Association of Code Enforcement
4) National Housing Conference
5) Center for Community Progress
Michael's involvement has helped countless communities address "zombie foreclosures" through education of loan servicing industry best practices and sharing of available resources.
Numerous communities across the country have implemented property registration programs to assist in preserving and protecting their respective communities.
Michael has worked with numerous communities to create a "win-win" program, one that achieves the municipality's goals and improves compliance. Yet, these programs remain just one tool in the continuing struggle with vacant and abandoned properties. With the ever-increasing demands on local governments, utilizing MuniReg will allow you to alleviate some of the “heavy-lifting” and allocate existing resources to focus on where they are better served!
Our Support Team
Sarah Sizer | Operations Manager
Sarah began her career at MuniReg in 2022 after finishing her BBA from Cleveland State University. She has a passion for creating innovative processes to increase efficiency and enjoys taking on new challenges. She brings years worth of experience working in the property management and client relations industries. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys traveling, puzzles, and volunteering with animals.
Danielle Shanks | Senior Client Account Representative
Danielle joined MuniReg in 2023 after finishing her Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL. A Chicago native, Danielle is excited to bring her years of customer service experience to the Cleveland area and the team at MuniReg. She is passionate about aiding her clients as well as the communities they serve. When out of the office she loves exploring new restaurants and trying different foods!
Nechama Leah Rice | Client Account Representative
Nechama began her career with MuniReg in early 2021 and is passionate and dedicated to her work. She brings enthusiasm and positivity to clients and to the MuniReg team. Nechama is an avid reader, homemaker, and loves spending time with her family.
Brenda Yarbrough | Client Account Representative
Brenda has over a decade of experience in the customer service and support industry that she brings along to MuniReg. She brings positivity wherever she goes and is passionate about serving and helping others. She is excited to be a new, dedicated addition to the MuniReg team. In Brenda's spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Angelica Martinez | Technical Project Manager
Angelica started with MuniReg in 2020. In the realm of technical project management, Angelica is committed to continuous growth, with a focus on delivering impactful results. She has a passion for spearheading technical projects, particularly in software development initiatives. Beyond the technical sphere, she has a proven track record for driving business development strategies, facilitating scaling efforts, and fostering innovation within teams. Outside of work, Angelica is a photographer, loves to travel, and volunteers for a mental health advocacy organization.
Yaakov Shifrin | Registrant Support
Yaakov joined the MuniReg team in early 2022 and has been an asset in our research department. He is a true problem-solver and values finding unique solutions to challenges. When Yaakov isn't at the office, he enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling.
Issy Riber | Registrant Support
Issy began his career at MuniReg in 2023 after moving to Cleveland from Dallas, Texas. Shortly before starting at MuniReg, Issy studied abroad in Israel. Issy thrives while working with team members to best serve our clients. Outside of work, he enjoys playing tennis and studying cultural philosophy.
Utilizing MuniReg will allow you to alleviate some of the “heavy-lifting”
and allocate existing resources to focus on where they are needed.