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Featured Speakers

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!

Grant Cardone


CEO of CardoneCapital, international speaker, entrepreneur and author of The 10X Rule & creator of 21 best-selling business programs, Grant Cardone owns & operates seven privately held companies and a $1.5B portfolio of multifamily properties. Named the #1 marketer to watch by Forbes Magazine, Cardone is also the founder of the The 10X Movement & The 10X Growth Conference, the world’s largest business & entrepreneur conference.


Jorge Abreu

Elevate Commercial Investment Group

Growing Your Portfolio in Today's Market Panelist

Jorge Abreu has been Investing in Real Estate for over 15 years now. He started in Single Family, small Multifamily properties and eventually working his way up to large 100+ Unit Multifamily properties. Jorge has wholesaled over 200+ Single Family Properties. Fixed & Flipped over 150+ SF. Developed and completed several new development projects, over $20 Million in ground up construction.

He also started and built a Construction Company bringing in over $12 Million in yearly revenue & growing. He is now an Active & Passive Full Time Multifamily Real Estate Investor. Jorge and his company Elevate currently have 2,141 Doors with 284 under contract on the GP side. He has also over 2,400+ doors on the LP side.

Jorge is the CEO of Elevate Commercial Investment Group and JNT Construction. JNT Construction focuses on helping Multifamily Investors with their Due Diligence & Full renovations. He is based out of Dallas & currently owns properties in Texas, Oklahoma and South Dakota but open to other areas
as well. Strong points are Locating Deals, Due Diligence, Executing CapEx, New Development & Raising Equity.

His goal is to reach 10,000 doors by the end of 2022 by creating strategic partnerships & implementing the proper systems in place for scalability. He is focused on continuing to grow his network and locate more Co-GP Partners, Passive Investors and also clients for his construction company. And always looking forward to adding value and helping others reach their goals.

Inaas Arabi


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


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.

Justin Bogard

BrightPath Notes

How to Structure Notes for Maximum Value Panelist

Justin’s company, BrightPath Notes, educates both new and seasoned investors alike in cutting-edge methods for producing cash flow from properties without actually having to own them. In essence, they help investors escape the stress of being landlords and teach them how to become the bank instead. Since its founding, BrightPath Noes has helped hundreds of people find the financial freedom they crave through passive income streams that generate real wealth for their families.

Mark Burch

Temple View Capital

Mark started in the mortgage biz on the retail side, headed into wholesale then experienced the crash. He then picked things back up buying and working out defaulted mortgage notes. This was an opportunity to get into flipping houses and buying rental properties. He opened a renovation and property management company and then started originating fix and flip loans. Temple View was born in 2017 from a wall street fund and since then, he and his team have emerged into a leader in the space. Mark specializes in renovation loans as well as DSCR loans and is excited to partner with like minded investors so he can use his vast experience to help them succeed in scaling their real estate business.



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.

Andrew Davis


State of the Multifamily Industry Panelist

Andrew focuses on investor relationships and driving greater awareness of the PassiveInvesting.com mission.

With a strong background in sales and residential real estate, he brings a people focused, thoughtful and consultative approach to the team.

He has spent the recent years in a sales leadership role at a leading CPG company and has been investing in real estate since 2012.

Joseph Dela Cruz

Real Estate IQ

Technology That Maximizes Your ROI Panelist

With a background in Mechatronics Engineering, Joseph started his career in the high-tech industry in Austin focusing on computer vision while becoming involved in the growing DIY/maker and startup culture.

His first experience in real estate came as a first time homebuyer where he was constantly outbid by investors, sparking his curiosity with the "all-cash investor buyer" crowd. Several seminars, books and networking events later, he stumbled across Real Estate IQ and was intrigued by the combination of technology, big data and real estate.

Now, as part of the leadership team at Real Estate IQ, Joseph manages the Data Operations and Engineering team. As Chief Technical Officer, he seeks to bring new features, tools and data into the system with the goal of helping real estate investors increase their returns by leveraging technology and data.

Born and raised in Toronto, Joseph is a Texas transplant of 9 years and currently resides in Austin.

Scott Evans


Finding the Right Investment Path For You Panelist

Scott Evans is a Regional Manager for Sharestates, a leading real estate investment marketplace lending platform that connects real estate developers with investors. Since joining the company in 2018, Scott has been part of a team that has closed nearly $3 Billion in loan origination. Now operating in 42 states, Sharestates offers diversified asset classes including residential, multi-family, mixed-use, commercial properties, and land acquisitions. Loan types include short-term, long-term, and non-performing loans across different stages of development from ground-up construction to stabilized properties. Sharestates is based in New York and Scott now operates a satellite office in Central Florida.

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

Chad Gagnon


Technology That Maximizes Your ROI Panelist

Chad Gagnon is the COO of PlanOmatic, the biggest, fastest provider of Property Insights, 3D tours, photography and floor plans nationwide. Gagnon joined the company in 2008 as a photographer before growing into an operational executive passionate about building and leading his team of over 350. He has taken PlanOmatic from operations in one state to nationwide coverage with an exceptional scope of services available on demand to help their clients achieve their goals.

Haley Gant

Quest Trust


Abhi Golhar


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.

Olivia Hathaway

Big Dog Partners

Investing in the Houston Market Panelist

Olivia was born in Brazil and grew up on a farm in the Amazon. At 19 she moved to Rio to pursue a modeling career, and learned the "ways of the world" in the Favela’s of Rio - the toughest slums on the planet.

Once she started making decent money, she got an apartment overlooking the ocean, and literally was The Girl From Ipanema, for a time, walking along the beach each morning on the way to her fashion, media, and Formula-1 modeling gigs.

Through modeling, Oliva met powerful people and got a taste for travel, success, and being a real estate investor. She bought her first house at 21.

Her career moved her to Spain, and then to New York, and later to several other cities, across the USA.

She currently lives in a beautiful home in Austin Texas, which has the perfect combination of hot weather and cool people. She is a single mom, with two teen boys, and a big dog, and a huge salt water aquarium.

Olivia speaks 4 languages and has combined her passion for modeling with with her passion for real estate investing.

She does modeling now for fun, for herself, and to build her Brand: #Sexphisticated - which epitomizes a sexy and sophisticated lifestyle, made possible though success.

Olivia has achieved financial success from being a real estate investor, with projects in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

If you are looking to get started in Real Estate Investing, or for help with deals or financing, please reach out! Olivia can provide funding and flipping resources to fix and flip a property with you, and split the profits!!

Most of the money Oliva makes comes from PARTNERING ON DEALS, with partners found through marketing the sexphisticarted brand and the Texas REIAs network.

Brad Hunter

Hunter Housing Economics

State of the BFR Market Panelist

James Kandasamy

Achieve Investment Group, LLC

State of the Multi-Family Market Panelist

James Kandasamy is a bestselling author and award winning multifamily syndicator. Since establishing Achieve Investment Group, LLC in 2015 James has syndicated 9 large apartment complexes, totaling 1700 units and grown his portfolio to $130M+. His is pragmatic skills in solid communication, interpersonal, analytical and organizational leadership skills, as well as his deep rooted background in real estate investment are what makes him unique. In addition he holds the prestigious CCIM designation as well. With over 6 years of experience in real estate and more than 4 years in multifamily acquisitions and asset management, James harnesses his experience and drive to offer clients firsthand, vertically integrated services in multifamily investment, finding off-market deals, asset, construction and property management. Achieve Investment Group prides in their ability to find value add deals by using off market strategies. This skill, coupled with and strong underwriting skills, enables them to be a sharpshooter in finding under-performing assets and turning them around into profitable investments.

Ellis Hammond

Kingdom REI

State of the Multifamily Industry

Ellis Hammond’s investing journey began when he was still a full-time college pastor. With the goal to create passive cash flow for his family, he realized that investing in real estate could be an incredible resource to help his family and many others achieve financial freedom. He and his wife invested in a duplex in San Diego in 2018 and nine months later Ellis co-GP’d on a 144 unit complex in Memphis, TN. Today, Ellis is the founder of Kingdom REI, the #1 mastermind community for Christian real estate entrepreneurs. He also manages his own network of investors who are seeking passive investment opportunities in multifamily apartment complexes across the U.S.

Brian Lauchner


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.

Steve Laing

Real Estate IQ

Technology- Technology That Maximizes Your ROI Panelist

Vee Lee


Investing in the Houston Market Panelist

Vee Le moved to Houston, TX with her family in 1995. She graduated from Spring Branch ISD then earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at University of Houston in 2005.

Vee Le has only been involved in Houston and Austin real estate since 2014, but she has already accomplished more than most other real estate investors accomplish in their entire career. She is a Development Agent for HomeVestors, Host of the Real Estate Ballers show, and President of Buzz Vacation Rentals.   Furthermore, her operations have expanded to many major cities in Texas.

Chris Marroquin

Streamline Funding

Fix and Flip: What Lenders are Looking For Panelist

As Associate Vice President, Chris is responsible for all sales, brokerage and business development activities at Streamline Funding. Chris has been actively involved in sourcing private financing for Texas real estate professionals since 2012 and has originated over $350MM in successful transactions with our clients. We are currently seeking active real estate investors and developers with projects in the major metro areas of Texas.

Robert Martinez

Rockstar Capital

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).

Kaylee Mcmahon

The Apartment Queen

Growing Your Portfolio in Today's Market Panelist

Kaylee has purchased over 68.2 million in multifamily real estate as a General Partner and principal. She sold over 3 million dollars in residential real estate before transitioning into her current full-time syndication role. Originally from Portland Oregon,

She founded the Women Who Invest Wednesday networking group in Dallas,  which is also digital, and a podcast called #1 leading ladies. She interviews kick-ass women who are disrupting their industry and the REAL story of how they got where they are. She is developing technology to help make it easy and convenient for women to learn how to make passive income through apartment investing-the Shevest app.

Kaylee has done home flipping, note buying, active/passive investing in apartments, and sometimes is her own lender as she feels that to be truly confident in giving advice, one should NEVER take advice from someone who has never gone through these things themselves.

Kaylee has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education in real estate. In addition, she is always learning about multifamily business models to get her and her partners the best return on investment.

The entire backbone of what gets Kaylee out of bed every day is her “why”. At a 30,000 foot view, it is to create financial independence and space for those experiencing codependency and toxic relationships which hamper their ability to visualize and then manifest what their amazing reality could be. Her company culture models this why and is “Changing the face of multifamily” to bring more women into the light as powerhouse operators, key principles, and limited partners. We will create 1 billion more female SheVestors and “givers” by 2030.

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.

Sean Miller


Technology That Maximizes Your ROI Panelist

Sean Miller is the President of PointCentral, an Alarm.com subsidiary. PointCentral provides short and long term residential property managers with the industry's leading enterprise-class property automation solution that monitors and controls IoT technology across all properties over a best-in-class secure and reliable cellular network – protecting assets, reducing operational costs and providing an in-demand resident amenity.

Prior to PointCentral, Sean was global director of sales and business development for WeMo, Belkin’s International’s Connected Home/IoT division.  Before WeMo, Sean held several positions with Generac, including leading the creation of a new IOT/M2M business unit at Generac that connected the company’s standby generators to customers, dealers and Generac corporation.

Sean has an MBA from Kenan-Flagler at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Occidental College. Sean resides in Redondo Beach, CA with his wife and their two lovely daughters.

Brent Mott

Bow Tie Investments

Growing Your Portfolio in Today's Market

-CEO and Founder of Bow Tie Investments
-Trusted Real Estate Coach and Speaker
-Experienced residential and commercial real estate investor

Jorge Newbery


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


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.

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.

Chris Ragland

Ragland Real Estate

Growing Your Portfolio in Today's Market Panelist

Chris Ragland has managed real estate related businesses for the past twenty years. Brokerage, Disposition, Insurance, Management, Finance, Development; Chris has exposure to all aspects of real estate, but his favorite role to play is investment mentor. An active investor and principal in several real estate related ventures, Chris continues his mentoring mission through his investment firm, Ragland. In addition to real estate, Chris serves on several boards for non-profits and is also active in the start-up community in Austin, Texas.

Anne Marie Rogers

Quest Trust Company

Anne Marie joined Quest Trust Company in 2013 and currently serves as a Sales Officer.  After graduating from St. Edward’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication focused in Public Relations and Advertising, Anne Marie pursued a position as an IRA Specialist.  In 2014, she received the designation of Certified IRA Services Professional from the American Bankers Association.  Anne Marie’s strong sales background and degree focus motivated her to accept a position directing the Sales Department at Quest Trust Company.  In this role, she directly oversees all of the Houston and Dallas operations, business development and sales.  Anne Marie is one of the lead female public speakers at Quest Trust Company, and travels around the country educating investors on the benefits of Self-Directed IRAs.  She teaches Americans how to take control of their retirement through her experience at Quest and from personal experience starting to do her own note investments in her early 20s.  In 2018, she was approved by the Texas Real Estate Commission to be an instructor of real estate continuing education courses.  Additionally, Anne Marie manages the coordination of company events, including some of the largest and most successful events in the history of the company like the Quest Expo, Fright Night and the Online Boot Camp.

Lee Rogers


Optimizing the ROI on Your Investments Panelist

Lee Rogers is the President of realprotect, an Atlanta-based insurance brokerage that specializes in working with residential real estate investors. He and his team insure billions of dollars of residential investment real estate across all 50 states, and he frequently consults with leading SFR lenders to advise on insurance requirements, coverage and risk management. He can be reached at lrogers@realprotect.com or 770-718-5214.

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

Marco Santarelli

Norada Real Estate Investments

Optimizing the ROI on Your Investments Panelist

Marco Santarelli is an investor, author, and founder of Norada Real Estate Investments -- a national real estate investment firm offering turnkey investment property in growth markets nationwide.

Marco Santarelli is the host of the Passive Real Estate Investing show -- the show where busy people like you learn how to build substantial passive income while creating wealth for the long-term.  (Subscribe via iTunesStitcher RadioRSS feed)

Marco Santarelli is also the creator of DealGrader™ - a scoring system that measures the investment quality of a real estate investment, giving you an overall snapshot of its profitability and investment risk.

He purchased his first real estate investment at the age of 18.  He successfully handled the entire rehab and property management of his first property without ever taking a course or reading a book on the subject.

Marco went on to get his real estate license and sell residential real estate for three years before leaving real estate sales to pursue other active business ventures.

Because of his love and passion for real estate, and desire to help others succeed in building their wealth through real estate investing, he eventually returned to real estate investing and founded Norada Real Estate Investments in 2003.

Today, Marco Santarelli is a licensed California real estate broker and runs a successful real estate investment firm focused on helping other investors build wealth through the power of real estate.

Rick Sharga


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.

Russell Simmons

Texas Area Properties

Investing in the Houston Market Panelist

Russell Simmons was born and raised in Houston, Texas and has had a passion for real estate since buying his first property as a teenager, becoming a real estate agent at 21 years old and running his own brokerage firm Texas Area Properties since 1993. Russell as an investor has renovated, owned and operated more than 500 units of houses, warehouses, offices and apartments in the Houston area while simultaneously helping his clients build their own solid portfolios. Russell spends most of his time managing his portfolio, helping clients evaluate and purchase commercial properties as investments or operating their company’s real estate needs all over Texas. Russell is an active board member of HAR, Former Executive Advisory Board member of the University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business Graduate Real Estate Program, Past President of Gulf Coast Commercial Real Estate Network and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Houston. Russell enjoys mentoring young agents and investors on how to build a solid real estate portfolio that is diversified and can withstand the market fluctuations over a long period of time. Russell and his wife have been married for 35 years and work together building new homes, renovating historical properties and buying and upgrading ranch properties in the Texas market.

Greg Slaughter


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.

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.

Eric Stewart

Atlantic Business Capital

Jumping from Single to Multifamily Panelist

Eric Stewart is the owner of Atlantic Business Capital, Inc. a fullservice commercial lending advisory & brokerage firm. Eric has been structuring finance solutions for both Commercial real estate investors and business owners since 1996 with products ranging from equipment leases to commercial real estate loans as well as assumption representation & consulting. Atlantic currently specializes in structuring finance solutions for investment opportunities in commercial real estate nationwide. Atlantic leverages direct relationships with both Agency and conduit lenders for permanent loans as well as hedge funds and insurance companies for interim financing. Atlantic also provides equity funding solutions for select properties within the domestic United States.

Eric also provides an advisory platform for commercial real estate investors. It is based on over two decades of working with clients who are working through the challenges of financing commercial real estate acquisitions. Essentially, packaging up effective solutions for financing commercial real estate and combining that with capital markets updates as well as negotiating strategies that are crucial to securing the capital needed to fund commercial real estate acquisitions.

In addition to providing debt & equity solutions to commercial real estate investors, Eric currently holds partnership interest in multifamily assets throughout the Southeast & Midwest as described below. Additional holdings include residential & mixed-use properties in the Midwestern United States.

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.

Joni Wolfswinkel

Real Property Management

Optimizing the ROI on Your Investments Panelist

As an accomplished business leader with over 20 years of proven success, Joni Wolfswinkel has been consistently recognized for exceeding goals with a passion for building high performing companies. She writes and often speaks about the importance of a woman's empowerment and encourages women worldwide to seek self-development and growth.  A devoted mother, wife, writer, top producing realtor, CEO & owner of three franchises, owner of a nationally recognized investment property provider, and owner of a leading virtual assistant supplier company, Joni has skillfully navigated her two-decades-long tenure in the real estate business.

She is a fierce modern-day entrepreneur and has been a special guest speaker to discuss how she has crafted her incredible success. HousingWire.com, the most influential source of news and information for the U.S. mortgage and housing markets, named Joni to its esteemed tenth annual Women of Influence list honoring 100 extraordinary women shaping and propelling the real estate industry.  The prestigious "Women of Influence" are selected by HousingWire's Editorial Selection Committee based on their professional achievements within their organizations, and contributions to the overall industry, community outreach, client impact, and personal success.

Outside the office, Joni's community service efforts are far-reaching. She is persistent in her dedication to servant leadership and mentors her team to "give back and pay it forward." Currently, Joni serves on the board of directors for the Bridge the Gaps Foundation, a non-profit organization set up to assist underprivileged, lower-income, and at-risk athletic students by reconnecting their cultural, emotional, mental, and educational gaps. Joni and her family also sponsor special needs children through the Lenn Foundation and have spent several years volunteering with Generous Genius. Joni currently spearheads the successful entrepreneurial podcast, "Inside The Wolf's Den, An Entrepreneurial Journey with Shawn and Joni Wolfswinkel." She currently resides in Houston, Texas, with her "Wolfpack," which includes her husband of 20 years, Shawn, and their two children Mila and Lucas.  When she's not speaking or writing about the value of woman's empowerment and entrepreneurialism, Joni can be found investing quality time with her family.

Shawn Wolfswinkel

Texas Turnkey Properties

State of the Build for Rent Market Panelist

Shawn Wolfswinkel is a CEO & owner of three franchises, owner of a nationally recognized investment property provider, and owner of a leading virtual assistant supplier company, Shawn has skillfully navigated his two-decades-long tenure in the real estate business.

Shawn has never stopped learning about topics like property wholesaling, pre-foreclosure acquisitions, property rehabilitation & contracting, leasing & management, owner financing, commercial real estate, contracts and state laws. Based on a solid foundation of experience and integrity, has built Texas Turnkey Properties into the ideal partner for real estate investors.  Texas Turnkey Properties has evolved into one of the premier Build to rent turnkey providers in Texas.  With his wife, Joni Wolfswinkel, Shawn also has built several successful property management companies to manage the properties they sale.

Outside the office, Shawn and his family also sponsor special needs children through the Lenn Foundation and have spent several years volunteering with Generous Genius. Shawn currently spearheads the successful entrepreneurial podcast, "Inside The Wolf's Den, An Entrepreneurial Journey with Shawn and Joni Wolfswinkel."  He currently resides in Houston, Texas, with his wife of 25 years, Joni, and their two children Mila and Lucas.