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Jason Engelman

Freaky Fast Home Buyers & Investments

Jason has over a decade of executive management experience. For the past 5 years, his focus has been managing investment portfolios within the real estate and energy industries. Jason is married to Country Music Artist Tori Martin and together they live in Nashville

Eddie Gant

Jet Lending

Morning Keynote

Eddie Gant is one of the leading real estate investors in the Houston, Texas area.  He owns and manages one of the largest and most successful HomeVestors offices in the nation.  He has completed more than 1,700 property purchases and renovations, has been in business since 1999 and has an A+ rating with the BBB. Eddie is a frequent guest on television and radio shows and speaks regularly at Houston area Realtor offices and investment clubs.

Eddie founded Jet Lending, LLC on January 1, 2004 for the purpose of assisting real estate investors in their purchase of investment properties quickly with as little cash out of pocket as possible.  Jet Lending, LLC loans money for the purchase and rehabilitation of investment properties. Jet Lending has originated more than 3,000 loans for real estate investors in the Houston area totaling over $390,000,000.00.  Our private money lenders earn 6-10% return on their funds & their loan is secured by real estate in the first lien position. Jet Lending also holds the BIGGEST and BEST investor event in the Houston area, frequently averaging around 1,000 attendee's every month (Currently virtual due to Covid). Check out www.jetlending.com for details!

Speakers


Inaas Arabi

Propertyware

State of the Single Family Rental Industry Panelist

Inaas Arabi joined RealPage in 2019, to lead the single-family division. He brings many years of single-family property management experience from managing start-ups, to large portfolios. As a former Propertyware customer and VP of Rental Property Management over a large multi-state portfolio, Inaas gained in-depth understanding of Propertyware and Consumer Solutions. His goal is to serve as the voice of the customer and develop new and innovative ways to help property managers attain profitability and growth.

Rob Barney

DHLC Investments Inc.

What Makes a good Fix N Flip Investment Panelist

Rob Barney, President of DHLC Investments, Inc. and owner of DHLC Mortgage, LLC, has been involved with real estate and real estate financing since 1998 when he bought his first investment property. Since then Rob has become a Realtor, rehabber, landlord, speaker, mentor and a direct hard money lender.

Rob spends his personal time working on his charity, DHLCNow, a 501(C)3 organization providing home repair services  to families of military and first responders.  He is a frequent guest lecturer at Collin County Community College and Champions School of Real Estate. Rob is also a published author of many real estate investing articles in various print periodicals and online publications.

Zach Bassett

Property Masters

Zach Bassett began his career with Property Masters Inc in 2013. His passion for the business and construction renovations was nurtured by working his way through Property Masters field organizational structure on his path to his current role of VP, Field Operations, where he oversees national field operations and staff. Zach’s leadership path in the company has given him a unique perspective and understanding of the the importance each role plays in the overall success of the business in meeting strategic goals and objectives of both the company and our clients alike. Zach’s keen ability to maximize individual strengths along with his unwavering focus on setting clear expectations, accountability achievement, and demanding results has created an efficient, productive, and cohesive field operations team that is second to none in the industry. Zach attended Northern Arizona University where he majored in Geology. After college he settled in North Carolina, and began his 20 year construction career in new home building as a principal of a boutique firm serving the Asheville, NC premiere market. As the demand for new home construction faded post recession, Zach parlayed his construction expertise into a role in Property Masters North Carolina field leadership quickly moving into a Regional management role and then as the Director of Operations before assuming his position as VP National Field Operations. Zach resides in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife, Dina, and 2 children. When Zach isn’t traveling all over the US working with field teams and performing quality assurance in construction in progress you will find him outdoors. A bit of a Renaissance man, Zach is a certified fly fishing and whitewater rafting guide. You can find Zach using his free time leading fly fishing excursions in his home state, guiding rafting trips down the Colorado River, or nurturing his lifelong love of Geology by hiking in the deserts of Arizona & Utah.

Gary Beasley

Roofstock

State of the SFR Industry Panelist

Gary is the driving force behind Roofstock's goal to power the future of real estate investing. Gary brings a valuable perspective on using technology to disrupt incumbents through his deep industry expertise leading various real estate, hospitality, and tech companies. “Disrupting a historically fragmented segment is no small feat - but well worth doing. Critically challenging the way that things have been done and solving for it are pieces of the puzzle, but staying motivated and constantly thinking of ‘what's next' is how you truly succeed.” Gary has a proven track record of starting and launching successful companies, having led two companies through IPOs: ZipRealty as CFO and Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust (now a part of Invitation Homes, the largest single-family rental home REIT in the United States) as co-CEO. In addition, Gary was instrumental in acquiring and integrating more than $800 million of resort properties for KSL Resorts and also served as CEO of Joie De Vivre Hospitality, then the second-largest boutique hotel management company in the United States. Gary was named a 2019 Top 50 Fintech CEO by Financial Technology Report and HousingWire's 2018 HW Vanguard. He earned his BA in Economics from Northwestern and holds an MBA from Stanford, where he regularly participates as a guest speaker.

Mark Burch

Temple View Capital

I am the business development manager at Temple View. We lend hard money and DSCR financing to individuals and brokers as well as buy closed loans from lenders. We are interested in creating strategic partners in the fix and flip and rental property space from goal orientated investors to successful brokers and lenders.

Alex Buriak

Jet Lending

Finding The Right Investment Path For You Panelist

Alex Buriak is the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Jet Lenidng. As a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Alex was awarded the University of Pittsburgh “Emerging Leaders” award.  During his undergraduate time at the University of Pittsburgh, Alex helped develop the College of Physician Assistant Studies for the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. As an undergraduate he taught for the Center for Emergency Medicine and was a research assistant for the American Heart Association.  After graduating the University of Pittsburgh with degree in Emergency Medicine, Medical Sciences, and a AS in Biology, and curriculum for a minor in Chemistry, he went on to Graduate from National University of Health Sciences Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine program where he was the Student Body and Student Class President.  From there he was awarded the Joseph Janse Outstanding Graduate Award for Scholastic and Operational Development achievement within the university. After practicing for three years, running multiple clinics over that time, Alex got into real estate to look for a better avenue to raise capital to start another practice.  Over that time, Alex became the highest producing loan officer and business developer for Jet Lending, closing over 600 loans, selling an average of 18 houses a year, and evaluating countless other deals around Texas.  Alex has helped expand real estate companies to other markets and states and has solidified and modernized operations to achieve efficiency and ease of business. He regularly speaks in multiple venues in Texas on panels for lending, business and underwriting operations, and strategies.

Kori Covrigaru

PlanOmatic

Technology That Maximizes Your ROI Panelist

Kori Covrigaru is the Co-Founder and CEO of PlanOmatic, the biggest, fastest provider of Property Insights™, 3D tours, photography and floor plans nationwide. With an unwavering determination for client success, he has created a team that thrives on the core value of together we win. With a national network of 200+ contractors and 40 employees, Covigaru has met the moment with the unique value proposition PlanOmatic offers through technology combined with data to support their clients’ goals.

Kathy Fettke

Real Wealth Network

State of the SFR Industry Panelist

Kathy Fettke is Co-CEO of Real Wealth Network, a 2-time Inc. 5000 ranked real estate investment group with over 38,000 members. Since 2003, Kathy has been helping people build passive income streams through high cash flow real estate investments nationwide. She is the host of the Real Wealth Show and Real Estate News podcasts and is the best selling author of Retire Rich with Rentals, which teaches people how to invest in cash flowing rental property so they don't have to work forever.

Kathy was named one of the "Top 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs" by Goldman Sachs two years in a row, and is a regular guest expert on Fox News, CNBC, Bloomberg, ABC and CNN. She's passionate about teaching people how to better understand real estate market cycles so they can thrive during the booms and be protected during the busts.

Contact: kathyfettke@realwealthnetwork.com or call 888-796-3896

Haley Gant

Quest Trust

Emcee

Abhi Golhar

AbhiGolhar.com

Technology That Maximizes Your ROI Panelist

Abhi Golhar is a media host, educator, and sought-after speaker with a large national following and wealth of resources to share in the RE investment industry. He has built and manages a sizeable, profitable investment portfolio across the Southeast US, with expertise in benchmark markets.

Shenoah Grove

Texas REIAs

Moderator of the Investing in Houston Panel

Texas Born, Texas Raised...

Shenoah Grove is a fourth generation Texas real estate investor.  She started investing in 2003 and became a full-time investor in 2004. Shenoah and her husband, Phillip Grove, have transacted over 1,000 real estate deals. In addition, they have trained over 87,000 real estate investors on how to complete creative real estate transactions that work in every part of the market cycle. As a result of their knowledge and success, neither of them have had to rely on “taking a paycheck” from anyone else since 2003.

Shenoah joined her local real estate investing association in Austin in 2003 and started to lead it in 2004 and formally purchased the association in 2008. In 2013 Shenoah created associations throughout Texas with monthly meetings in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. Every month hundreds of members, guests and vendors attend. If you’d like to attend a meeting, head over to www.TexasREIAS.com to get started in your investing.

These associations uphold the tradition of “Texans teaching Texans how to invest in Texas using strategies and systems that work and make money in Texas” which is the cornerstone of its success and the success of the members. It was that first real estate investing association that gave her the tools, funding, deals, knowledge, contacts, contracts, and contractors to be successful in this business. She continues to carry the torch so other investors can leverage the tribal knowledge within the association to create their own success.

Shenoah is a licensed Texas Realtor (#0518223) and Broker (#0591721). She has her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her MBA from Rice University.  Shenoah, Phill and their son Zilker live in the Barton Creek community in Austin, TX. And most importantly, she actively invests in single family and commercial real estate throughout Texas.

Ellis Hammond

Kingdom REI

State of the Multifamily Industry

Ellis Hammond has quickly made a name for himself in the commercial real estate industry. He is the founder of Kingdom REI, the #1 mastermind community for faith-based real estate operators and host of the kingdom REI podcast. He is also the CEO of Hammond Equities where he manages the first ever faith-based multifamily syndication fund, focused on transforming the lives of residents while providing a great return for investors. Think Realty also named Ellis Multifamily Investor of the Year in 2020.

Brian Lauchner

NoteSchool

How to Become a Deal Architect: Find Killer Deals and Money After a Pandemic

Brian purchased his first piece of real estate in 2008. Making the leap out of the financial software industry, he jumped full time into real estate as a wholesaler and rehabber. Gaining traction as a wholesaler, Brian expanded into other strategies including land trades, private lending, rentals, and buying/selling on terms through owner finance. He’s seen first-hand how becoming a deal architect is required to get deals done at today’s seller’s “kitchen table”. Brian also realized the reality of wealth building using real estate secured assets which inspired him to dream of connecting people and educating others so they too can build wealth using real estate. Brian has been teaching and consulting investors since 2017 and is very excited to bring his passion and experience to the Note-School team. Brian is a family man first, he’s married to his high school sweet-heart Chelsea, and has two amazing kids that drive him to be a change-agent in the world.

Bruce McNeilage

Kinloch Partners

Build for Rent Panelist

Bruce is a nationally published author and lecturer on Build To Rent. He entered the SFR/BTR space in 2005 and started Kinloch Partners which has offices in Kennesaw, Georgia and Nashville, Tennessee.

Jerome Myers

Myers Methods

State of the Multifamily Industry Panelist

Jerome Myers is the preeminent authority of dream realization. A believer that dreams can, and should be real, Jerome left corporate America when he realized that his role offered financial gain, but little significance. He is the founder and head coach of Myers Methods and has been featured in Business Insider and numerous podcasts.  After building a highly profitable division of a fortune 550 company, Jerome decided to leave the rat race to get away from what seemed to be the endless slew of layoffs.  He has developed a system for exiting corporate America and creating a life of impact.  Today, he and his company help other apex performers find their calling and live every day on purpose by harnessing the power of his model for a Centered Life, what he calls “the Red Pill”. Jerome and his firms can guide any individual from a monotonous uninspiring existence to a life of fulfillment and impact.

Jorge Newbery

PreREO

Investing in Notes Panelist

Jorge P. Newbery is CEO and Chairman of AHP Servicing LLC and American Homeowner Preservation LLC, which crowdfund the purchase of nonperforming mortgages from banks at big discounts, then shares the discounts with struggling homeowners. He is also Founder and CEO of Debt Cleanse Group Legal Services, a nationwide legal plan to help consumers and small businesses get out of debt. He is also a non-attorney Partner in Activist Legal LLP, a law firm in Washington, D.C.; Founder and CEO of preREO, an online marketplace for lenders offering defaulted first mortgages secured by vacant- and tenant-occupied properties to local investors; and a Board Member of the Group Legal Services Association, which is committed to advancing access to quality legal services through legal service plans and industry collaboration.

Aaron Norris

PropertyRadar.com

Technology Panelist

Aaron Norris is an industry expert in real estate, investing, and marketing trends. See hiswork on Forbes.com, Think Realty Magazine, and BiggerPockets.com, where technology, trends, and real estate collide. Licensed real estate broker (CA) and mortgage broker (CA & FL), active real estate investor. See his TedX Talk on his weird journey from professional artist to data geek.

Robert Martinez

The Apartment Rockstar

State of the Multifamily Industry Panelist

Robert Martinez is the Founder and CEO of Rockstar Capital, an investment and multi-family property management firm specializing in the acquisition and management of value-add opportunities across Texas. Currently, the portfolio consists of 4,200 units across 22 communities. As the CEO and founder, Robert Martinez directs the investment strategy, sources the investment capital, and secures the appropriate financing. Since 2011, Rockstar Capital Management has become one of the most decorated property management companies in Texas with 18 City, State, and National Apartment Associations awards. Other industry achievements include Top-Rated status by ApartmentRatings.com for the entire Rockstar portfolio from 2015-2019 and the distinction of being ranked the #4 multifamily management company in Texas for online reputation by J Turner Research. In all, five Rockstar Capital communities ranked in the Top 1% nationally (out of over 116,000 communities) for online resident satisfaction. Most recently, Rockstar Capital was included in the prestigious Houston Business Journal Fast 100 for the third consecutive year (2018-2020). Robert was also named an Honoree on HBJ's Most Admired CEO List in 2019 and Rockstar Capital received its first international recognition as a Great Place to Work, achieving Silver Rank from the Stevie Awards. Finally, Robert Martinez has the distinction to being the first recipient to win the NAA Independent Owner of the Year award twice (2013,2019).

Gary Pinkerton

Aligned Strategic Wealth

Gary Pinkerton is a wealth strategist, veteran, best-selling author and real estate investor – passionate about small business, building wealth, family legacy and reducing taxes. He’s a graduate of the US Naval Academy, commanded the attack submarine USS TUCSON, was a Pentagon division director for the Joint Chiefs, and a senior ethics professor before retiring as a Captain. Gary owns and helps others couple high cash value life insurance with real estate and alternative investments.

Bruce Petersen

The Apartment Guy

Jumping from Single to Multifamily Panelist
Bruce began mentoring others in the syndication, acquisition, operation, and disposition of multiple apartment complexes in 2014. Bruce’s passion is providing passive streams of income to investors by improving apartment complexes and creating communities residents love to call home.
The Apartment Guy℠, Bruce Petersen, is a serial syndicator of large multi-family properties throughout Central Texas ranging in size from 120-292 units. He was awarded the Austin Apartment Association’s Independent Rental Owner of the Year for 2016 and the National Apartment Association’s Independent Rental Owner of the Year for 2017. Bruce targets stabilized properties where he can buy a cash-flowing asset and drive value through improved operations. He is able to do this by implementing his proven systems and deploying his experienced staff to replicate his business model across the new acquisitions.

Steve Rozenberg

Millionaire Mindset Academy

Build For Rent 101 Panelist

Steve Rozenberg An international commercial airline pilot who, after the tragedies of 9/11 was forced to realize that his “Safe and Secure Career” was nowhere near as safe and secure as he had thought. Steve chose real estate investing to be able to control his own destiny and create his own generational wealth. Steve created the fastest growing property management company in the state of Texas. Managing over 1,000 properties across 3 major metropolitan cities. Steve built the business up and created maximum cash flow positioning his company for a very profitable exit. Along with growing his property management company, Rozenberg has flipped, owned, and wholesaled hundreds of single family homes and apartment complexes across the US. Parlaying all of the success from real estate investing and property management growth. Steve has gone on to be one of the most well-known influencers in the Real Estate Community, he is a top contributor to BiggerPockets as well as other top level Real Estate platforms. He has been a guest and collaborated on countless panels, webinars, masterminds, conferences, podcasts as well as being a published author. An international speaker, Steve has spoken on numerous stages across the US, Australia, New Zealand as well as in Europe. Steve is best known for coaching people on having the right mindset to become a successful Real Estate Investor while making sure they have strategies and tactics in alignment to achieve their intended goals. He is passionate about helping new and experienced investors deal with the every day and the extraordinary challenges in a way that only leaders in the industry know how to overcome

Rick Sharga

RealtyTrac

State of the SFR Industry Panelist

Rick is the Executive Vice President of RealtyTrac, a leading foreclosure search and discovery website used by real estate agents and investors. In this role, Rick is responsible for Marketing and Industry Relations, and is the company’s primary spokesperson.

One of the country’s most frequently-quoted sources on real estate, mortgage and foreclosure trends, Rick has appeared on CNBC, CBS News, NBC News, CNN, ABC News, FOX, Bloomberg and NPR. Rick is a founding member of the Five Star National Mortgage Servicing Association, on the Board of Directors of REOMAC, and was included in the Inman News Inman 100, an annual list of the most influential real estate leaders in both 2013 and 2014.

Rick was formerly an EVP for Carrington Mortgage Holdings, and Chief Marketing Officer of the company’s Vylla business unit. Rick was previously the Chief Marketing Officer of Ten-X and Auction.com, the leading online real estate marketplace.

Greg Slaughter

GregSlaughter.com

Think Realty Member Training

Greg is a Real Estate Investor that has been involved with over 1,000 real estate transactions, Cash Flow Creator, Author & Speaker With A Vision To Help 1 Million People In Real Estate. Follow or Like @GregSlaughterLegacy to stay connected.

Kim Slaughter

GregSlaughter.com

What Makes a good Fix N Flip Investment Panel Moderator

Kim is an investor in real estate and has been doing so since 1999. She has done everything from wraps, subject 2's, flips and buy and hold. Kim is currently in the buy and hold market and helping revitalize c class areas. She is also a licensed RE agent.

Adam Stern

Strata SFR

Adam Stern has transacted on more Single-Family Rental Portfolios than any other single professional broker in the SFR industry. He has built a firm presence in the institutional Single-Family Rental industry since its emergence in 2010. Over the past decade, he has made a career listing and selling existing rental property portfolios to and for some of the largest institutional investors in the space as well as newly emerging private equity groups. Now focusing on Build-For-Rent projects Adam specializes in peicing together single site new construction rental communities brining together land owners, builders, developers and capital sources. Adam’s has over a decade of real estate experience and before launching Strata SFR, he was the president and co-founder of an online Single-Family Rental Property marketplace, OwnAmerica, which was sold in 2019.

Glenn Stromberg

Stromberg Investments

Glenn  believes investing in mobile homes is one of the easiest in the real estate industry, proven by his own experience of investing in 10+ mobile homes per month – every month.

Glenn began his career in real estate in 1982, quickly becoming a top sales manager for a mobile home dealership. Over his 37 years in the mobile home industry, he developed mobile home subdivisions, owned a mobile home park, owned and operated mobile home sales centers and bought, sold, and leased single-family homes. Today, Glenn invests in his most profitable venture to date, double-wide mobile homes on land. Glenn has completed thousands of mobile home deals in his career and is excited to have the opportunity to share his legacy and valuable knowledge with you.

Jeff Tesch

RCN Capital

Moderator of Panel - State of the SFR Industry

Jeffrey Tesch, Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for overseeing the operations of RCN Capital, including sales growth initiatives, underwriting review with compliance oversight and leadership of senior level strategic planning. Joining the Company in 2010 as Managing Director, Tesch led efforts to develop a national brand in private lending with the best practices and transparent products for a diverse customer base. Since RCN’s inception, Jeff has personally overseen over $2 Billion in originations. Jeff’s previous real estate experience was as an investor in both commercial and residential properties, ranging from single family homes to commercial retail centers. Jeff currently serves as a member of the American Association of Private Lenders’ (AAPL) Ethics Advisory Committee and as an Advisory Council member for the National Private Lenders Association.

Dana Wasson

Civic Financial Services

Dana Wasson is a 25 year mortgage veteran currently working with Civic Financial Services as Vice President of Sales. Dana’s tenure and expertise in the mortgage space runs from originating loans to the end sale with Wall Street Investors. Her years of experience transcend the wholesale, retail and correspondent markets as well as, conventional, government, sub-prime, Non-QM and her most recent years in the commercial side for Real Estate Investment Lending. Dana has been an active speaker in the mortgage industry and a mortgage policy advocate both state and nationally. She has written for different mortgage related magazines through the years on topics from mortgage operation efficiencies to getting the best out of your people as a leader. Dana currently lives in Texas and has raised two (2) amazing daughters, with the youngest attending her Alma Mater of Texas A&M university. Football is her favorite season and she is actively involved in her community.

Travis Watts

Ashcroft Capital

Jumping from Single to Multifamily Panelist

Travis Watts is a full-time passive investor. He has been investing in real estate since 2009 in multi-family, single-family and vacation rentals. Travis is also the Director of Investor Relations at Ashcroft Capital. He dedicates his time to educating others who are looking to be more "hand's off" in real estate.