Think Realty Honors | Think Realty | A Real Estate of Mind

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Think Realty honors the leaders and change-makers of real estate who represent the best the industry has to offer. These individuals are nominated by their peers, like you, and the finalists are determined by voting via public ballot.


How it Works

Nominations are open until June 30, 2021, with public voting from July 13 through August 5. Nominees will be publicized for public voting via email, social media, website, and more.

We will announce winners - by popular vote - at the Think Realty Conference & Expo - Baltimore on September 18. Winners in each category will be publicized in Think Realty Magazine, interviewed on the Think Realty Podcast, and able to attend the 2021 Presidents' Circle Meeting in Baltimore.

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Nomination & Voting FAQs:

  • Any individual worthy of recognition should be nominated and/or voted for, no matter the scale of their business relative to the industry.
  • Anyone can submit a nomination, with one exception: You cannot nominate yourself. You may, however, vote for yourself.
  • Past award winners are ineligible for nomination in any category for a period of three (3) years after winning.
  • Only one person per company may be nominated per year. We will notify affected parties if nominations are received for:
    • An individual in more than one category, and/or
    • Multiple people from the same company
  • Nominees are free to create their own vote campaigns and images. Anything using the Think Realty name or logo must be approved by Think Realty staff in writing prior to use; please submit items to info@thinkrealty.com for approval.

2021 Honors Nominees

Single-Family Investor
The honoree for this award is an investor excelling in the single-family sector, using any strategy related to single-family residential real estate.
Frank Cava, Cava Companies // As principal at Cava Capital, Frank oversees real estate investment focused on residential properties in Central Virginia. Since inception in 2007, Cava Capital has completed nearly 1,000 transactions across Virginia. The Cava team has 20+ years of professional experience developing 3,000+ buildable homesites, constructing 2,500+ homes, and selling 2,000+ residences. Cava has closed in excess of one billion dollars in real estate transactions.
Jared Irby, Irby Home Buyers // Jared is an Alabama Real Estate Licensee (inactive) and pursuing a CCIM designation. Over the last 10 years, Jared and his group have flipped hundreds of houses, acquired hundreds of apartment/rental units, and transacted tens of millions of dollars in real estate deals. Along with real estate and business, Jared is passionate about spending time with his two daughters and is also a licensed pilot who enjoys flying, hunting, fishing, and boating along the amazing Gulf Coast where he calls home.
Brian Snider, Simple Wholesaling // Brian Snider graduated from Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor’s in Middle Childhood Education and spent 14 years teaching reading and math. After working on his Master’s degree to become a Principal, he decided that was not the path he wanted to take, so he took a job with Simple Wholesaling where he was Marketing Director, Dispositions Manager, COO and now CEO. Simple Wholesaling now does more than 300 deals per year.
Multifamily Investor
The honoree for this award is an investor excelling in multifamily real estate including, but not limited to, new construction and development, community master-planning & development, apartments, condominiums, cohousing, duplexes and larger multiunit investments, and other multifamily communities.
Jorge Abreu, Elevate // Jorge Abreu is a full-time Multifamily Real Estate Investor with more than 3,000 doors in Texas and Oklahoma. He is the CEO of Elevate Commercial Investment Group and also owns JNT Construction that focuses on helping Multifamily Investors with their full renovations. His strong points are locating deals, due diligence, executing CapEx and raising equity.
Ali Khirbeet, 180 Property Development // Ali Khirbeet grew up in Iraq going to work with his engineer father, fostering his love for construction at a very young age. He worked with construction companies and nonprofit organizations focused on community development then moved to Columbus, Ohio, in 2012 to work construction. Ali founded 180 Property Development in 2016. Building, remodeling, and/or transforming spaces that were once lifeless and abandoned is his passion.
Robert Martinez, Rockstar Capital // 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 4,220 units across 22 communities. As the CEO and founder, Robert Martinez directs the investment strategy, sources the investment capital, and secures the appropriate financing.
Real Estate Investment Services

The honoree for this award is a company or association that excells in providing real estate-related services. This includes, but is not limited to, property management, private lending, real estate education, remodeling, contracting, investment management, software development, data management, web-based investing platforms, social media, and crowdfunding platforms and communities.

Andy Abas, Carlyle Capital //
Andrew Abas is a Managing Director of Carlyle Capital, a nationwide private lending firm based in California. Andrew’s analytical skills drive his expertise with real estate investments to navigate potential risk and ensure his clients a reasonable rate of return. He finds joy in helping his team aim for constant improvement, both professionally and personally; and likewise strives to offer clients an unparalleled experience when working with his firm.
Kori Covrigaru, PlanOmatic //
Kori Covrigaru is the Co-Founder and CEO of PlanOmatic, the biggest and fastest provider of Property Insights, 3D tours, photography, and floor plans for single-family rental investors, owners, and operators nationwide. With an unwavering determination for client success, Kori has created a team that thrives on the company’s purpose of “We exist to help our clients win.” With a national network of contractors and 40 employees, Kori has met the moment with the unique value proposition PlanOmatic offers through technology combined with Property Insights to support their clients’ goals.
William (Bill) Horan, Realty Exchange Corporation
William (Bill) Horan is a Certified Exchange Specialist® (CES), the qualified intermediary industry’s prestigious designation. The CES® designation requires years of experience, testing, adherence to a code of ethics and on-going continuing education. He is Principal at Realty Exchange Corporation, providing qualified intermediary service to real property investors and their advisors for 1031 exchanges since 1990.
Austin McCurdy, Sharper Personnel //
Austin McCurdy is the COO of Sharper Business Solutions. Austin served as a teacher and principal for 6 years. In 2005 he purchased his first Papa John’s Pizza store and eventually grew to 8 locations in 3 states. After winning multiple sales and operations awards, Austin sold his stores in 2017 and joined the Sharper Team to help other businesses reach their business goals. Having managed a staff of over 200 employees, Austin’s understanding of hiring the right personnel and placing them in the right roles is an invaluable asset.
Damon Riehl, Investment Property Loan Exchange, LLC //
Damon Riehl has 35+ years of lending experience in commercial and residential mortgage, home equity, consumer, small business, and construction lending. He has held leadership roles with some of the largest banks and lenders in the world like Ocwen Mortgage Servicing, Citibank NA, GE Capital, and Fannie Mae. Damon has built six de novo lending platforms and is now using that knowledge to build and grow Investment Property Loan Exchange where he is Founder and CEO.
Marco Santarelli, Norada Real Estate Investments //
Marco Santarelli has been investing in real estate since he bought his first property at 18.  He is the founder and CEO of Norada Real Estate Investments, a nationwide provider of turnkey cash-flow investment properties.  He is a published author, host of the “Passive Real Estate Investing“ podcast and the creator of the DealGrader™ system that scores the quality of potential real estate investments in a snapshot format.
Christina Trembly, Preferred Trust Company //
Christina Trembly is the Director of Operations at Preferred Trust Company, a Self-Directed IRA custodian. She is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of the company’s daily operations and also serves as Compliance Officer. Under her leadership, Preferred Trust Company clients continue to enjoy the benefits of working with a custodian where the custody of real estate related investments has no company-imposed limitations, as well as a specific expertise in real estate transactions. For Trembly, educating clients is the priority to ensure that clients do not unknowingly engage in real estate transactions that could disqualify their retirement savings.
Linda's Legacy: Industry Impact Award
Linda’s Legacy: Industry Impact Award is named in honor of Linda Liberatore, a champion of the REI industry who pioneered industry innovations and paved the way to success for the many investors she mentored along the way. In tribute to Linda, this award goes to a real estate investor who exemplifies creativity, integrity, and financial success and is changing or shaping the conversation about real estate and real estate investing.
Carrie Cook, Ignite Funding // Cook holds two executive level roles consecutively as President of Ignite Funding and CEO of Preferred Trust Company. As the President of Ignite Funding since April 2011, Cook brings more than 15 years of experience specializing in private lending and is a licensed Mortgage Broker with the Nevada Mortgage Lending Division and Arizona Department of Financial Institutions.
Monick Halm, Real Estate Investor Goddesses // A former attorney, Monick Halm is an author, speaker, and the founder of Real Estate Investor Goddesses. She is an educator and advocate for women to create passive income streams through real estate with a mission to help one million women achieve financial freedom through investing. She has over 15 years of real estate investing experience in multifamily, mobile home parks, RV parks, flipping, commercial, vacation rentals, syndication, and ground-up development. Together with her husband and her investors, she owns more than 1100 rental units across six states.
Quincy Long, Quest Trust Company // H. Quincy Long is the founder and CEO of Quest Trust Company. He has been a Texas attorney for over 30 years, specializing in real estate, and is an active real estate investor. Quincy is the author of numerous articles about self-directed IRAs and other real estate related topics, and is well-known as an expert on self-directed IRAs.
Angel Solis, Carlyle Capital // Angel Solis is a loan officer at Carlyle Capital, a nationwide private lending firm based in California. He starts every day with a smile and is always there to lend a helping hand. Angel’s hard work, dedication, and expertise in a wide range of loan products has gained the trust and respect of clients and designated him a leader among the team.  

Previous Honors Winners

Single-Family Investor

The honoree for this award is an investor excelling in the single-family sector, using any strategy related to single-family residential real estate.

2020 // Bruce McNeilage has been a real estate investor for more than 31 years. He is co-founder of Harpeth Development as well as Kinloch Partners & Kinloch Homes, a real estate investment company and single-family home builder in Georgia with assets in the Nashville, Atlanta, Raleigh, Greenville/Spartanburg & Columbia, South Carolina MSA’s. Bruce is a national speaker and guest lecturer on the topic of single-family “Build to Rent” housing.
Multifamily Investor

The honoree for this award is an investor excelling in multifamily real estate including, but not limited to, new construction and development, community master-planning & development, apartments, condominiums, cohousing, duplexes and larger multiunit investments, and other multifamily communities.

2020 // Ellis Hammond is a former college pastor turned real estate investor. He sees capital as a means to have tremendous impact for the glory of God and the good of others! He is founder of EllisHammond.com and manages a private network of investors seeking passive investment opportunities in multifamily syndications across the United States. His mastermind, Kingdom Capitalists, is the premiere mastermind community for established Christian real estate entrepreneurs, bringing together the most talented, faith-driven entrepreneurs and investors to create, sustain, and manage amazing businesses and wealth-creation vehicles.
Real Estate Investment Services

The honoree for this award is a company or association that excells in providing real estate-related services. This includes, but is not limited to, property management, private lending, real estate education, remodeling, contracting, investment management, software development, data management, web-based investing platforms, social media, and crowdfunding platforms and communities.

2020 // Anne Marie Rogers is a Sales Officer at Quest Trust Company and directly oversees the Houston, Dallas, and Austin operations. Quest Trust Company is a Self-Directed IRA provider that allows Americans to choose their own investments in assets such as real estate, private companies, promissory notes and more. In addition to Anne Marie's proven experience in marketing and sales, she is also a Certified IRA Services Professional. As one of the lead female public speakers at Quest Trust Company, Anne Marie travels around the country educating investors on the benefits of self-direction. Anne Marie teaches Americans how to take control of their retirement through her experience at Quest IRA and from personal experience doing her own note investments, starting in her early 20s.
Linda's Legacy: Industry Impact Award

Linda’s Legacy: Industry Impact Award is named in honor of Linda Liberatore, a champion of the REI industry who pioneered industry innovations and paved the way to success for the many investors she mentored along the way. In tribute to Linda, this award goes to a real estate investor who exemplifies creativity, integrity, and financial success and is changing or shaping the conversation about real estate and real estate investing.

2020 // Arianne Lemire is a value-add real estate investor and owner of Glast Heim Real Estate, a Real Estate Investment company in Florida's Emerald Coast. She provides homeowners with a stress-free way to sell their homes and helps them renovate their homes with local tradesmen. Hercompany also partners with investors to buy large apartment complexes that provide consistent returns. She loves working with and improving her community.

2021 Honors Ballot