Past Speakers – April 2019

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Ken McElroy – Principal of MC Companies, Author

Ken McElroy is the Principal of MC Companies and a best-selling author. For over two decades, Ken McElroy has experienced great success in the real estate world–from investment analysis and property management to acquisitions and property development. With over $1B investments in real estate, Ken offers a unique perspective on how you will get the biggest return on your investments. Ken and his business partner, Ross McCallister are the founders and owners of MC Companies, which is a real estate investment company, primarily multifamily of over 10,000 units and 300 employees. 

Ken’s commitment to the success of MC Companies is rooted in his desire to help others live their best lives.  His passion for real estate, speaking, writing and philanthropy is always embedded in his daily guidance whether it be in a meeting at MC or a speaking engagement across the world. He’s been featured on Cheddar, Fox and Friends, Forbes, ESPN and many more. He’s a consistent contributor to Jetset Magazine and Rich Dad Radio. 

Ken is the author of the best-selling books The ABC’s of Real Estate InvestingThe Advanced Guide to Real Estate InvestingThe ABC’s of Property Management, and most recently his book on entrepreneurship:  The Sleeping Giant, where he shares his real-life examples and ideology of how to be successful in business and in life. As the Real Estate Advisor to Robert Kiyosaki of The Rich Dad Company, Ken is also a chapter contributor in the Rich Dad book, More Important Than Money: an Entrepreneur’s Team.


Tarl Yarber – CEO of Fixated Real Estate LLC

Tarl Yarber is CEO and founder of Fixated Real Estate LLC, a leading investment company in the Pacific Northwest with over $40,000,000 in single family residential properties purchased, rehabbed, and re-sold over the last 3 ½ years. Over 500 real estate transactions under his belt in his career, Tarl and his team are considered experts in the investment industry and specialize in real estate systems for success. After creating Fixated On Real Estate, the top PNW real estate meet up with an average of 175 attendees monthly, he found his true passion for helping others scale their businesses to the next level.   


Forbes Riley – Author, Entrepreneur, and Award-winning TV Personality

Forbes Riley is an author, award-winning tv personality, entrepreneur, creator of the SpinGym fitness sensation - Forbes is one of the most sought after female keynote speakers in the country. As a motivator and role model, she has a unique connection with her audience that stems from her own personal journey. Before becoming a media success, host of more than 180 infomercials and 20 years marketing products on home shopping channels worldwide, Forbes Riley struggled with her own weight and her father’s unrealized dream of becoming an inventor. Crowned by the press as the $2.5 Billion Host. 

She has worked on TV alongside Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington, Montel Williams, George Forman, fitness legend Jack LaLanne, Mario Lopez, Tony Little, Beachbody Tony Horton, Body by Jake and many more legends. On TV she has also starred on Fox’s 24, Fashion House, As The World Turns - served as the host of ESPN’s X-Games, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel and more. Truly a Renaissance Woman she stands for perserverance and passion is all you do in life!  Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It.

Her mission is to create opportunities for everyone to experience the greatness inside them and truly live their best life.


Brandon Turner – Host of BiggerPockets Podcast, VP of Marketing & Growth at BiggerPockets, Author

Brandon Turner is a real estate entrepreneur and the host of the top ranked BiggerPockets Podcast with over 320 episodes and 62 million downloads. He is also the VP of Marketing and Growth at BiggerPockets, one of the web’s largest real estate investing communities. Additionally, Brandon is the author of best selling books such as The Book on Rental Property Investing, The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down and several others. Buying his first home at the age of 21, Brandon quickly grew his real estate portfolio to nearly 100 units using a variety of creative finance methods. He, his wife Heather, and adorable daughter Rosie now reside full time in in Maui.


SSG Travis Mills – Travis Mills Foundation

Retired United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne is a recalibrated warrior, motivational speaker, actor, author and an advocate for veterans and amputees. Travis’s New York Times best-selling memoir, Tough as They Come, is currently available on sale in bookstores everywhere. Despite losing portions of both arms and legs from an IED while on active duty in Afghanistan, Travis continues to overcome life’s challenges, breaking physical barriers and defying odds. Travis lives by his motto: “Never give up. Never quit.”

Travis’s story has been featured on local and national news including Fox News’ Happening Now with Jenna Lee and The O’Reilly Factor with Bill O’Reilly. In September 2013, Travis founded the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization, formed to benefit and assist combat-injured veterans.Travis also founded the Travis Mills Group, LLC where he consults with and speaks to companies and organizations nationwide inspiring all to overcome life’s challenges and adversity.


Kathy Fettke – Co-CEO of Real Wealth Network

Kathy Fettke is Co-CEO of Real Wealth Network and best selling author of Retire Rich with Rentals. She is an active real estate investor, licensed real estate agent, and former mortgage broker, specializing in helping people build multi-million dollar real estate portfolios that generate passive monthly cash flow for life. With a passion for researching real estate market cycles, Kathy is a frequent guest expert on CNN, CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg, NPR, CBS MarketWatch and the Wall Street Journal. She was also named among the “Top 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs” by Goldman Sachs two years in a row. 

Kathy hosts two podcasts, The Real Wealth Show and Real Estate News for Investors — both Top 10 podcasts on iTunes with listeners in 27 different countries. Her company, Real Wealth Network, offers free resources and cutting edge education for beginning and experienced real estate investors. Kathy is passionate about teaching others how to create “real wealth,” which she defines as having both the time and the money to live life on your terms. 



Seth O’Byrne – HGTV’s “Hot Properties” & CEO of the O’Byrne Team

Seth O’Byrne has become a fresh voice for the world of California luxury real estate and his focus on modern marketing has not just earned him accolades from the Real Estate Industry, it has delivered over $1 Billion in home sales under the O’Byrne Team brand since 2004. Last year Seth was named “Realtor of The Year” by the San Diego Association of Realtors, “50 Most Influential Business Leaders in San Diego” by the San Diego Daily Transcript and “40 Under 40” by the San Diego Business Journal. This was the same year that O’Byrne’s HGTV Show “Hot Properties” aired all over the world to Tens of Millions of viewers and Seth celebrated a year of speaking on stage to tens of thousands of people all across America. Considered both a major influencer in the real estate industry and a voice for modern business; Seth’s focus on social media marketing and high production video has placed him at the tip of a changing marketplace. In 2019 the O’Byrne Team has their focus on completing over $150 Million in San Diego home sales and strengthening their global partnership with Giveback Homes. Together, the O’Byrne Team and Giveback Homes will not only move hundreds of homes in California for local clients, they will direct a piece of each sale towards funding, building and providing new homes for the homeless both in America and Nicaragua as well. Seth is a new father, a proud husband and a Solana Beach resident who is passionate about sharing the lifestyle his city has become famous for.

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Scott Trench – CEO of

Scott Trench is the CEO of, host of the Bigger Pockets MONEY Podcast, author of Set for Life and is a perpetual student of personal finance, real estate investing, sales, business, and personal management. He is also an active real estate investor in Denver, CO as well as being a real estate licensed agent. is the world's largest online network of real estate investors. The site helps ordinary Americans build wealth and achieve financial freedom through real estate investing. Its role is to increase investor’s odds of success in their careers and help them build wealth faster and with less risk by giving them access to great content (and debate!) about nearly every aspect of real estate investing imaginable. Their members also have access to an incredible network of nearly one million investors and real estate professionals, along with a suite of tools they've designed to help them find, finance, and analyze potential investments.

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J Scott – CEO of & Author

J Scott (he goes by "J") runs and a full-time entrepreneur and investor, living in the suburbs of Washington, DC. J is an engineer and business guy by education and spent much of his early career in Silicon Valley, where he held management positions at several Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft and eBay. In 2008, J and his wife Carol decided to leave the 80-hour work weeks and the constant business travel behind. They quit their corporate jobs, moved back East, got married, started a family and decided to try something new. That something new ended up being real estate and in the past nine years, they have bought, built, rehabbed, sold, lent-on and held over $40M in property.

J runs the popular website and is the author of three books on real estate investing, including the best-selling, The Book on Flipping Houses. His books have sold over 100,000 copies in the past five years and have helped investors from around the world get their start with real estate.

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Thach Nguyen – CEO of Thach Real Estate Group & Principal of SpringBoard to Wealth

Thach Nguyen is the CEO & founder of Thach Real Estate Group, a Seattle-based real estate company, and principal of Spring Board to Wealth. He is not only a seasoned realtor, investor and developer, but also a proud ambassador of the American Dream.  During his 28 years in the real estate industry, he has built over 300 homes, townhomes and multifamily units and completed over 100 flips. He currently holds 120 rental units with the goal of owning 1000 investment properties. Thach’s journey from homeless refugee to multi-millionaire taught him that wealth goes far beyond financial success alone. Today he is committed to giving back by creating affordable housing for the less fortunate and sharing his life as an example that anything is possible so others will be inspired to live their goals and dreams. Thach and his team have assisted over 1,500 families to create their own American Dream of home ownership, ranking him in the Top 1% of all real estate professionals nationwide. 

His story and successes have captured the attention of The Seattle Times, NW Asian Weekly, Puget Sound Business Journal, The International Examiner and The Early Show on CBS.


Charles McKinney – CEO & Co-Founder of Certain Lending

Charles McKinney is the CEO and co-founder of Certain Lending. Certain is a mortgage company for real estate investors that simplifies borrowing and delivers reliable, competitive financing for all investable projects. Charles manages a multi-family portfolio and previously held corporate roles at financial services companies. At Freddie Mac during the housing crisis, he led efforts to resolve the companies nonperforming loan portfolio that, among other things, sold over $30 billion of real estate to fix-and-flip and buy-and-hold investors.


Shreyas Vijaykumar – CTO & Co-Founder of Certain Lending

Shreyas Vijaykumar is the CTO and co-founder of Certain Lending. He previously was an early engineer at Palantir Technologies, a $20 billion Silicon Valley software company. While at Palantir, Shreyas led the firm's commercial business, which primarily worked with Fortune 500 financial services institutions, and participated in the company growing from 50 to 1,500 employees. Shreyas holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.


Ross Fubini – Founder/Managing Partner of Village Global

Ross Fubini is a venture capitalist, most recently founded Village Global as managing partner. As an engineer, company founder, and early stage technology investor, Ross is passionate about connecting people and helping them build amazing products. Before joining Village Global, he formed his own fund, XYZ Ventures and currently sits on the boards of BrightFunnel, Piazza Technologies, Legion, and Beneficial State Bank. Some of his investments include Certain Lending, Lendup, Optimizely, and Metromile. Prior to XYZ, Ross was a partner at at Canaan Partners and Kapor Capital where he focused on defensible businesses across enterprise applications, FinTech and healthcare IT spaces. 

Ross is an avid triathlete, marathon runner, and Ironman competitor. He holds a B.S. in engineering and art from Carnegie Mellon University.


Dave Van Horn – President & CEO of PPR Note Co.

Since 2007, Dave Van Horn has served as President and CEO of PPR Note Co., a holding company that manages several funds that buy, sell, and hold residential mortgages nationwide. Dave’s expertise is derived from over 30 years of residential and commercial real estate experience as a licensed Realtor, real estate investor, and fundraiser. As the latter, Dave has raised over $100 million dollars for both notes and commercial real estate. Dave also owns a considerable portfolio of residential investment properties, as well as various commercial holdings. 

In addition to his investments and role as CEO, Dave’s biggest passion is teaching others how to build and preserve wealth. Dave is a co-founder and board member of Strategic Investor Alliance, a purposeful planning and networking group for accredited investors. Dave is also a national speaker and weekly investment blogger on 


Damion Lupo – President of Total Control Financial

Damion is the president of Total Control Financial and the lead architect of the eQRP® – the Ferrari of 401(k)s®. The eQRP® is a unique and powerful system to put individuals in command of their own investments, tapping into the $25 trillion locked away in Wall Street-controlled retirement programs. Damion’s mission is to free a million people from financial bondage. His unique tool is a little-known strategy using Qualified Retirement Plans to help individual investors take control of their financial future. Damion is also a professional investor with decades of real-world experience that started with the purchase of his first rental using a VISA card advance -- a move that snowballed into 150 rental houses in less than 5 years. In 2008 he lost the whole $20 million business only to bounce back and recreate his wealth over the following 5 years. 

Damion is the Best-Selling author of 9 books on personal finance, investment, and retirement planning. He hosts the Transformation Nation podcast, has owned more than 40 companies, and is the founder of his own martial art, Yokido®. 


Tucker Merrihew – Owner of TTM Development Company

Tucker Merrihew is the owner of TTM Development Company, which is located in the Portland-Metro Area. He began his career in the Real Estate business back in 2002 as a Top Producing Mortgage loan officer, then by 2004 he had built his own Mortgage Company that served both Oregon & Washington. In 2008 Tucker began building TTM Development Company from the ground up, which today not only renovates existing homes, but also builds higher end new construction throughout the Portland Area. Presently Tucker is in charge of overall operations, Investor Relations and project financing for the company. Tucker was the youngest builder ever to participate in Portland’s 2013 Street of Dreams, where TTM built and sold their first multi-million-dollar spec home. Tucker has also been the Host of The Real Dealz Podcast for the past 4 years, which is one of the top Real Estate Investing shows on iTunes with over 200+ episodes! 

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Will Heaton – Co-founder of Heaton Dainard & Intrust Funding

Will Heaton is co-founder and managing partner at Heaton Dainard and Intrust Funding. With over 10 years’ experience in renovation, financing and construction management for multi-family and residential real estate, Will is responsible for investor relations, underwriting and business development. He has been recognized by the Master Builders Association and Built Green for his work with LimeLite Development and Infinity Land Management as well as establishing Intrust Funding as an industry leader with annual awards from Inc. 5000’s Fastest Growing Private Companies in America (since 2015) and both Puget Sound Business Journal’s list of 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies and Eastside’s 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies in Washington State (since 2013). Will continues to offer his value-added approach through publicized articles and educational lectures for local real estate investors. He also is an enthusiastic and participating member of the King County community. 


James Dainard – Co-founder of Heaton Dainard & Intrust Funding

James Dainard is co-founder and managing partner at Heaton Dainard and Intrust Funding. As a seasoned real estate investor, James leads the development and execution of corporate strategies, marketing, and property acquisitions at Heaton Dainard Real Estate. His decade of experience investing in multi-family and single-family units in the Puget Sound region has guided Heaton Dainard to more than 200 million in sales volume from 385 transactions in only 2017. James continues to be recognized as an industry leader by Inc. 5000’s Fastest Growing Companies in America (since 2015) and both Puget Sound Business Journal’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies and Eastside’s 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies (since 2013). In 2017, he was honored with Washington’s Top 40 under 40 for his business acumen and contributions to the local community. James is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business with a focus in finance and marketing. 

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Brad Sumrok – Brad Sumrok Apartment Mastery Academy, Apartment Investor 

Since 2005 Brad has personally helped his students purchase over 300 apartment complexes involving hundreds of investors,most of whom attended Brad’s training. Many of Brad’s students begin with no previous investing experience and within a few short years, many have retired and/or increased their net worth by over $1,000,000. Brad has continued his own progression as an apartment investor since he retired in 2005. He has owned over 3,700 apartment units and has invested as an Individual, Syndicator and Passive Investor. His personal mission is to help a thousand people retire from their jobs or become millionaires by transferring his 16+ years of apartment investing experience to those who attend his training and events. The income from his apartment investing has allowed him to live life on his own terms, spend time with family and friends, enjoy two residences (Texas and Florida) and travel the world. Brad wants you to be able to enjoy the same quality of life that he and Jen have. 


David Greene – Co-Host of BiggerPockets Podcast, Best-Selling Author

David Greene is a former Police Officer and co-host of the BiggerPockets Podcast. The author of best selling books “Long Distance Real Estate Investing”, “Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat”, and “Sell Your Home For Top Dollar”, David is passionate about helping others build wealth through real estate and runs the blog “”. A nationally recognized authority on real estate, David has been several times on CNN, Forbes, and HGTV as well as over 25 different real estate podcasts. David runs “The David Greene Team”, a top producing real estate company in Keller Williams where he has won multiple awards for production and teaches agents how to excel in building their business. An active real estate investor, David owns single family properties across the county, shares in apartment complexes, notes, and shares in note funds.


Nikolaï Ray – CEO of MREX

Nikolaï Ray is the founder and CEO of the MREX (multi-family real estate exchange). Nikolai is regarded as one of North-America's leading experts in apartment investing with over 1 billion dollars in analysis and transactions. He is also a real estate tech pioneer through his current work on multi-family real estate property tokenization using blockchain technology.  


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Steve Rozenberg – CEO of Empire Industries Property Management and Realty Services

Steve Rozenberg  is CEO and co-founder of Empire Industries Property Management and Realty Services based in Houston, TX as well as an international commercial airline pilot flying the famous Dreamliner 787. His company Empire Industries is considered one of the top residential property management companies in the U.S., providing frustration-free property management by investors for investors. Steve has been a key note speaker for numerous organizations and companies across the United States and international cities including Sydney, Brisbane and London, sharing his expertise and methodology in systemization and the importance of having a check list mindset. He has written and published seven e-books, he co-hosts two weekly radio shows “Real Estate Wealth Building” on 1070 AM The Answer and “Wealth Through Real Estate” on Vinyl Draught Radio in Houston. He’s a frequent guest in Dallas on 620 AM KEXB The Experts in Business with Brian Glenn and has been featured across the country and in Australia on multiple real estate investor programs including Flip Nerd, “Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever” with Joe Fairless and is a frequent speaker for the Lone Star Real Estate Expo in Houston and several motivational and real estate conferences throughout Australia. 


Ian Morell – CEO of Caliber Real Estate

Ian Morell is an active Real Estate Investor and CEO of Caliber Real Estate. Ian knows what it takes to build a real estate portfolio from the ground up, helping thousands of investors purchase real estate in throughout the Pacific Northwest. He’s helped develop and manage one of the largest private real estate lending funds in the state, has personally purchased and sold over 200 properties and owns over 75 doors. Ian is a compelling leader and serial entrepreneur with the ability to develop long-standing relationships, being recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of their “40 Under 40.” He’s led Caliber to being one of PSBJ’s “Top 50 Fastest-Growing Companies” 3 years in a row and included in the Inc. 5000 2 years in a row. 


Zack Lazo – President & Designated Broker of Caliber Real Estate

Zack Lazo is an active Real Estate Investor, and President & Designated Broker of Caliber Real Estate. Beyond personally purchasing and selling over 200 properties, Zack has helped investors purchase over $250 million in real estate acquisitions during his 12 years in the business. He also served as a key acquisitions member for the nation’s largest real estate hedge fund, employing a buy-and-hold strategy that purchased over 2,500 properties. His knowledge and experience has him consistently in the Top 1% of real estate agents in Washington, and sought after for advice and training on a variety of Real Estate Investment topics.


Fred Rea – Founder & President of Rain City Capital

Fred Rea is the founder and president of Rain City Capital and has over a decade of experience in the Alternative Finance industry. Since 2009, Rain City have funded over $450 million in loans in over 3,500 transactions. In August 2016, Fred was named to Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list. Fred was born and raised in the Seattle area and lives in Woodinvillewith his wife and two children.


Lloyd Ball – President & Managing Broker of Anomaly Commercial

Lloyd Ball is the President and Managing Broker of Anomaly Commercial and possesses +17 years of real estate experience, which he gained through key strategic and operational roles as a consultant, investor, and broker. These positions involved large-scale leadership of all 5 of the main property types of commercial real estate investment: apartment, hotel, industrial, office, & retail. Lloyd is a Board Director for Rental Housing Association of Washington (RHAWA) and Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA), a past Board Director for Seattle King County Association of Realtors, and past Board Director of its Young Professionals Network. He also possesses an Executive Certificate in Real Estate Finance & Development from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was a Partner of the MIT Center for Real Estate in 2015.


Gerald Allan Hennessey – CEO of Bentley Kensington, Inc. &

Gerald Allan Hennessey has been a real estate investor and developer since 2006 purchasing properties in Texas, Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii, and Washington State. Gerald and his wife Chelsea Hennessey work together as a couple full time as a real estate team and are proud parents to their family legacy of 6 children. Gerald continues to provide innovative solutions to complex real estate issues that include probate, bankruptcy, foreclosure, and creative financing. Gerald enjoys working with other investors as partners in Syndications/Joint Venture equity partnerships, where Gerald and his team continually market and seek out value add opportunities in single-family, commercial, and multi-family properties.

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Enrique Jevons – Regional Director of Mynd Property Management

Enrique Jevons is the Regional Director of Mynd Property Management for the State of Washington. Mynd Property Management currently manages over 4,000 homes and apartments in California and Washington. Enrique is a seasoned real estate investor with more than 20 years of experience in rental properties. He also worked in various management positions for Hyatt Hotels, Stanford University, and as a General Manager for a Marriott Hotel. He personally owns 76 units at the moment. Enrique is also an investor in various other companies such as Hillstone Capital, Pellego, Compumed, and a few other private money loans.

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Elliot Smith – Co-founder of Summit Development

Elliot Smith, co-founder of Summit Development, started investing part-time while working 70 hours a week at his W2 job. Because of his time restrictions, systems were built to maximize the sparse time he had available to invest each week. After leaving the employee life behind, he continued to invest part time. The company completed 22 deals in 2017 working 20 hours a week and is on track to complete 40 flips in 2018. Elliot is a master negotiator, deriving 95% of the companies investments through direct-to-seller marketing.   

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Mike Sumsky – Owner of Washington Home Solutions

Mike Sumsky is the owner of Washington Home Solutions, a real estate investment company based out of Bremerton, WA. Over the last 14 years Mike has bought, wholesaled and flipped over 150 properties, nearly all of them sourced through various direct-to-seller marketing campaigns. He also owns and manages a portfolio of over 50 rentals around the Puget Sound, all financed with private money or seller financing. Many consider Mike to be a “transaction engineer”, utilizing several creative real estate strategies to buy and sell homes. He sits on the board of the Real Estate Association of Puget Sound (REAPS) and is the MC of the REAPS Kitsap investor group.

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Rich Fettke – Co-CEO of Real Wealth Network

Rich Fettke is the Co-CEO of Real Wealth Network, a 3-time Inc. 5000 ranked real estate investment company with 22 employees and over 37,000 members.  Rich oversees the marketing and business development at RWN. He is passionate about developing the company's team and systems, and is always looking for new ways to bring good people to the Network. A licensed real estate broker and investor, Rich is also the former CEO of a large health club franchise.  As a Master Certified Business Coach and the author of Extreme Success  (Simon & Schuster, 2002), Rich has been featured in such media as USA Today, Entrepreneur Magazine and the Wall Street Journal.  With a love for adventure sports, Rich has competed in the ESPN X-Games and is a record-holding bungee jumper, a skydiver, rock climber, skier and surfer.  He is happily married to his Co-CEO, Kathy Fettke, and they have also co-parented two wonderful daughters. 


William Barnard – President of Barnard Enterprises, Inc.

William Barnard, Founder & President of multiple real estate investment companies, has been investing in nearly every aspect of real estate since 2004. Over the years, and as the market changed, so did his investing strategies. Currently he specializes in the acquisition of single family homes in higher end neighborhoods throughout Southern CA to redevelop and sell. Other previous investment strategies have included buy and hold, land development, spec building, notes, & wholesaling. Will Barnard has completed over $50M in single family real estate transactions alone, and has borrowed & returned well over $25M in private investor funds over the last eight years. Will has been a guest speaker at numerous real estate education events throughout the country and has been interviewed and featured in multiple articles, magazines and podcasts across the counry. 


Bruce Mack – Owner/Founder of Platinum Financing Group & Platinum Trust Group

Bruce Mack, owner and founder of Platinum Financing Group (additionally Platinum Trust Group), knows that his funding options and asset protection programs are the perfect solution for all business owners to achieve complete financial freedom. As a licensed financial advisor and former owner of a licensed and bonded credit repair company, Bruce empowers small business growth through customized funding options, including lines of credit, corporate credit building programs, and more. He’s especially passionate about educating clients on asset protection and the tax mitigation benefits of his unique, specialized Business Trust. Bruce will share his expertise to help you find the right funding option for your business and help you learn how to protect your assets and mitigate your taxes.


Dennis Spivey – VP of Originations at CoreVest

Dennis Spivey, Vice President of Originations at CoreVest, graduated Cum Laude from Pepperdine University in 2003 with a degree in Business Administration. He has over 14 years of experience in loan origination and finance, both in the retail and wholesale mortgage channels. His roles have gained him extensive knowledge in appraisals, valuation, underwriting, capital markets and mortgage origination management. With background in both residential and commercial finance, he played a large role in the formation of CoreVest (formerly Colony American Finance) and the growth of the platform. As one of the company’s top producers, he has established himself as a prominent originator in the SFR Investment lending industry. 


Justin Silverio – Owner of JS2 Homes & Open Letter Marketing

Justin Silverio is the owner of JS2 Homes and Open Letter Marketing. He has been investing in real estate since 2011 with extensive experience in rehabbing, new construction, wholesaling and multi-family rental properties in and around the Boston area. Justin founded Open Letter Marketing in 2016 with a focus on providing real estate investors with a more effective direct to seller marketing approach than the outdated methods. The company works with hundreds of investors throughout the country and is recognized as one of the top real estate investor marketing companies.


Serena Norris – Operations/Designer at Fixated Real Estate LLC

Serena Norris is the operations manager and interior/graphics designer for Fixated Events and Fixated Real Estate LLC, an investment company specializing in volume fix and flip and BRRRR single-family properties. Founded in 2013, Fixated Real Estate has since become an authority in the real estate investment community in the Puget Sound and surrounding areas. By focusing on building strong, scalable and duplicatable systems, the Fixated team has been able to successfully “flip” over $40,000,000 in single-family homes from Seattle, WA to Portland, OR. In addition, Serena is a licensed broker with Keller Williams Realty and a participating member of multiple networking and charitable events groups in the Northwest. With her involvement in these groups, Serena has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local and national charity organizations. 


Andrew Lanoie – Co-CEO of Four Peaks Capital Partners

Andrew Lanoie is the founder and CEO of Four Peaks Capital Partners. Andrew is an expert at building teams and connecting people with opportunities. Formerly a Talent Agent at William Morris for 16 years representing some of the world’s biggest celebrities, including Tim Allen, Taylor Swift, Steve Martin and Tom Petty, to name a few. In 2009, Andrew began investing in single-family residences and acquired well over 100 properties in under 4 years. After a few initial investments in manufactured housing and Mobile Home Parks, Andrew created Park Place Communities. In less than 5 years, Andrew and team have closed on over 28 manufactured housing communities in 13 states, with close to 2,000 lots, quickly making Park Place Communities a Top 100 Owner/Operator in the U.S. In addition, he will be launching a foundation in 2019 to assist families and individuals going through financial hardship.


Mike Ayala – Co-CEO of Four Peaks Capital Partners

Mike Ayala is the Managing Partner and CEO of Four Peak Capital Partners. Mike has been active in construction and management since he was 15 years old. He graduated from the Associated Builders and Contractors 4-year project management program at age 22 and then became a licensed instructor. Shortly thereafter, his first project was the management and oversight of a multi-million-dollar casino remodel. By age 24, Mike founded his first construction company and has been involved with over 2,000 projects totaling over $1 billion, including hospitals, courthouses, federal buildings, casinos, mills, gold-processing facilities, civil projects, multi-family homes, and shopping centers. Of the companies he started, most notable is the construction company that scaled quickly to more than 100 employees and sold at a $12 million valuation, making it onto the Inc. 2009 “2500 Fastest Growing Companies in America” list. Additionally, Mike currently owns 160 Mobile Home lots, has renovated over 500 units, and manages over $1M a year in rents under management.


Michael Bowman, Esq. – Partner of Anderson Business Advisors

Michael Bowman, Esq. is a partner of Anderson Business Advisors. He is an experienced business attorney who practices in the areas of tax minimization, wealth preservation, and estate and business planning. Michael is a national speaker and educator on topics that include business law, tax, and estate planning as well as a frequent guest on radio shows, webinars and other live events. He has taught thousands of business owners how to structure and operate their businesses. He uses his practical knowledge and expertise derived from his many years of managing and counseling business owners and from teaching at a university in their MBA department to help clients draft business plans and business operating agreements, form entities, and utilize other legal tools to maximize revenue, minimize expenses, and transfer assets. Michael is recognized as an attorney who formulates and executes legal strategies. He is also a member of Wealth Counsel, a national community of the top business and estate planning attorneys and advisors who work together to develop strategies to assist their clients to keep more of what they earn.


Anson Young – Owner of Anson Property Group and Author

Anson Young is a full-time real estate investor and licensed agent, living and working in Denver, Colorado. A longtime contributor to the BiggerPockets community, Anson also wrote the best-selling book "Finding and Funding Great Deals" out through BiggerPockets Publishing. Specializing in the types of distressed properties the average person runs away screaming from, his mission is to help homeowners out of bad situations and change neighborhoods for the better. Having completed hundreds of deals in his twelve-year career, he currently focuses on fix and flip investments, watching crappy houses get turned into nice ones.   


Mark Kenney – Co-founder of Think Multifamily, Best-Selling Author

Mark Kenney is a seasoned real estate investor, coach, two-time best-selling author and founder of Think Multifamily. Mark started his Apartment Investing career over 20 years ago as a side hustle, while working 70-80 hour work weeks in the corporate world. He has purchased over 4,000 units in just the past few years in five different states. He is frequently asked to speak at Real Estate events and has a desire to help others learn how to get started and go bigger with apartment investing. Mark has a passion to help others achieve success quickly in multifamily investing. He specializes in educating others how to go BIG, fast through syndication! In his first year of coaching, he helped others acquire 2,500+ apartment units worth over $180M. The smallest deal any of his students purchased is 90, it is possible to go BIG, fast even if you don’t have any experience! His coaching style is “no fluff” and he is passionate about results and providing unmatched service! 



Tamiel Kenney – Co-founder of Think Multifamily, Best-Selling Author

Tamiel Kenney is an apartment real estate investor, a three-time Amazon best-selling author, mother of 2, and the President & co-founder of Think Multifamily. She, along with her husband Mark, currently own over 4,000 apartment units in five states across the U.S. Tamiel is passionate about apartment investing and she offers a holistic & family oriented approach to educating others on how to be successful in this business. She holds investor education conferences multiple times a year to help others learn how they can use apartment investing to provide freedom for themselves and their families. 

Prior to being a full time real estate investor, Tamiel was a Registered Nurse and served on the board of a Christian Medical Missions charity for over 13 years. She is still actively involved in supporting missions that work with at risk children and those who have been rescued from sex trafficking. 

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John Knab – CEO of Americas Housing Alliance

John Knab is the CEO of Americas Housing Alliance, one of the most well-run buy & flip, full turn-key single-family rental entities in the country. There are larger operations than Americas Housing Alliance but none are run better, averaging between 75-100 flips in multiple states each year. Mr. Knab loves mentoring those that are just entering the SFR industry. It is not often that you get to be part of a new asset class called Single-Family Rental (SFR). Mr. Knab literally cashed in all his stocks and bonds holdings, formed a self-directed IRA and built a portfolio of SFR for his retirement plans. So, he practices what he preaches.  


Augustus Bukowski – Owner at BK Investment Group & Branch Manager at Bay Equity

Augustus Bukowski has been working in residential mortgage for 10+ years becoming one of the top mortgage lenders in America. He has leveraged his financial knowledge to build a strong development business focused on multi-family and SFR construction. His projects consistently rent and sell for among the highest price per square foot in their neighborhoods. From 2012 to current, he has turned $2,000 in the bank into a real estate portfolio worth an estimated $16,000,000 and has no plans of stopping.  



J Martin – Founder of SF Bay Real Estate Summit

J Martin is a felon, Airbnb Entrepreneur, World Traveler, Real Estate Investor, and host of the SF Bay Real Estate Summit. After getting out of jail, J bought cash-flowing real estate in the expensive SF Bay in rougher areas, then started an Airbnb sub-leasing business - now managed by a team in the Philippines. He quit his “9-5” at 31, and now spends his time traveling the world. He hosts an annual real estate conference in Oakland with some of the best folks from the BiggerPockets website. If you’ve been curious about starting or growing an Airbnb business… processes, procedures, and outsourcing… or living the life you want to live, instead of grinding it out… then don’t miss him. 


Brian Evans – Owner & CEO of Madrona Financial Services, Madrona Funds, and Bauer Evans Inc.

Brian is the owner of Madrona Financial Services, Madrona Funds, LLC, and Bauer Evans Inc. P.S. He serves as Chief Investment Officer, lead planner, and senior portfolio manager. Brian also hosts a weekly radio show on KTTH 770 AM, and KVI 570 AM, is a nationally published author and has been a regular guest on CNBC and Fox television. Brian was honored to ring the bell on the NYSE. 

Brian is a Tae Kwon Do black belt, and still loves playing basketball, even though he can’t dunk anymore! 

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Neal Bawa – CEO & Founder at Grocapitus and CEO at MultifamilyU

Neal Bawa is CEO and founder at Grocapitus, a commercial real estate investment company. Neal sources, negotiates and acquires Commercial properties across the U.S., for 400+ investors. Current portfolio over 1800 units/beds, projected to be at 2500 in 12 months. The portfolio includes Multifamily and student housing properties in 7 U.S. states. 
Neal also serves as CEO at MultifamilyU, an apartment investing education company. He speaks at events & meetups across the country. Nearly 4,000 students attend his multifamily seminar series each year and hundreds attend his Magic of Multifamily boot camps. Thousands hear his podcasts and he has been featured in over a dozen podcasts and radio shows. His management techniques and revenue optimization techniques for Multifamily are considered unique in the industry.