Brandon Turner is the host of The BiggerPockets Podcast, author of several real estate books, and founder of Open Door Capital LLC, an investment firm that focuses on the acquisition and management of mobile home parks and apartments across the US. He lives in Maui, Hawaii with his wife and two kids.
Jilliene Helman is Chief Executive Officer of RealtyMogul and its wholly owned subsidiaries, RM Manager, RealtyMogul Commercial Capital, RM Adviser, RM Technologies and RM Communities. She has been involved in investments with property values over $2 billion, including over 15,000 apartment units, and is a pioneer in real estate crowdfunding.
David Toupin is a Top Millennial real estate investor and entrepreneur. David is the co-founder of Obsidian Capital, an Austin Texas based real estate investment firm. He started investing at the age of 20 when he bought his first property while in college, a 12 unit apartment complex. By the age of 25 David has purchased and developed over $100M in multifamily real estate and has raised north of $30M in capital from investors. He is also the CEO of Real Estate Lab, a community and software platform for Multifamily investors.
Michael’s an entrepreneur through and through and passionate about helping people become financially free with real estate investing. He’s the author of the Amazon bestseller “Financial Freedom with Real Estate Investing” and host of the popular Apartment Buildings Investing Podcast. He’s helped investors purchase 5,000 multifamily units valued at $330M through his content and training programs.
As CEO of Nighthawk Equity, he controls over $90M million in performing multifamily assets all over the United States and has raised over $21M.
Since 2005, Brad has personally helped his students purchase over 2 billion dollars in apartment complexes, involving thousands of investors who have taken his training. Many of Brad’s students began with zero previous investing experience and, within a few short years, hundreds of students have retired and/or increased their net worth by over $1 MILLION. Even more are earning double-digit average annualized returns! Over the years, Brad has owned over 5,000 units in 8 US Markets. His mission is to impact and mentor over 1 million people to achieve financial freedom by investing in apartments following the proven Sumrok process and improving working class communities.
Joe Fairless is the Co-founder of Ashcroft Capital which has over $1,000,000,000 of assets under management. In addition to his work with Ashcroft Capital, Joe created the podcast, Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever Show, which is the longest running daily real estate podcast in the world.
Joe is also a proud Member of the Texas Tech Alumni Advisor Board for the College of Media and Communication, as well as being recognized as Outstanding Alumni at Texas Tech University, where he is a former Adjunct Professor. Joe is currently a Junior Achievement Board Member and Volunteer for the Cincinnati chapter and has been recognized by the Junior Achievement’s Free Enterprise Society. Joe volunteers at Crossroads Hospice and in 2018 he was recognized as Multifamily Investor of the Year by Think Realty Magazine.
Greg Willett serves as chief economist of RealPage, Inc., facilitating the alignment of the firm’s technology and analytics solutions with real estate sector needs and opportunities that evolve alongside shifting economic conditions, demographics, and market performance levels. Greg works with RealPage’s real estate industry research and analysis team as well as the firm’s data science group. He is well versed on market fundamentals and activity nationally, by metro, and in individual neighborhoods. Greg is active in organizations such as the National Multifamily Housing Council, the Urban Land Institute and the National Apartment Association. He provides commentary for national and local business media as well as numerous news and information sources focused specifically on the real estate and rental housing markets. Greg began his tenure in the multifamily industry as a data analyst and later served as a research consultant specializing in feasibility evaluations of new apartment community development and existing property acquisition. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University and a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Southern Methodist University.
A former senior counsel for the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) with extensive experience investigating and litigating securities laws violations, Greg provides strategic advice to individuals and businesses in financial services and other industries. He serves as a key advisor on investigations and litigation strategy and applies his firsthand knowledge of the SEC to help clients manage risk and achieve positive outcomes in matters led by financial regulators. Prior to joining Lowenstein Sandler LLP, Greg served for five years in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, most recently as a member of the Asset Management Unit, where he managed investigations and litigations concerning investment advisors, hedge funds, private equity funds, and mutual funds. Greg’s matters involved issues such as hedge fund valuations, private equity fee disclosures, compliance violations, market manipulation, performance advertising, insider trading, derivative arbitrage, and accounting. He received four Directors’ Awards from the Division of Enforcement in recognition of his outstanding achievements in investigative work.
Robert Calhoun is a Managing Director in CoStar’s Market Analytics group, leading a team of analysts throughout the northeast United States and Canada. The group is tasked with identifying market and economic trends, then communicating those to clients through market reports, news articles, webinars and presentations. Robert contributes to various product development initiatives at CoStar related to capital markets analytics, and co-authors the weekly newsletter CoStar Economy.
Prior to joining CoStar, Robert was director of research for Annaly Capital Management, the largest mortgage real estate investment trust in the US, where he was responsible for the creation of proprietary research to drive investment decisions on a multibillion dollar portfolio.
Robert holds an undergraduate degree in Business Management and a graduate degree in Economics, both from Clemson University. He is a CFA charterholder and member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.
John Chang serves as the National Director of Research Services for Marcus & Millichap. He is responsible for the production of the firm’s vast array of commercial real estate research publications, tools and services. Under his leadership, Marcus & Millichap has become a leading source of market analysis, insight and forecasting, and the firm’s research is regularly quoted throughout the industry and in mainstream business media. John oversees a team of dedicated real estate research professionals who produce the firm’s more than 1,000 annual market research publications and conference presentations. These detailed reports, analyses and presentations integrate economic and financial market trends with insights on all major commercial property types including: Hotels, Industrial, Manufactured Housing, Multifamily, Office, Medical Office, Retail Multi-Tenant, Retail Single-Tenant, Self-Storage and Seniors Housing. John is a seasoned industry analyst who has been quoted in numerous publications and is an active member of the NMHC Research Foundation Advisory Committee, the ICSC North American Research Task Force and the NAIOP Research Foundation. He regularly presents at a wide range of conferences and events hosted by industry-leading organizations such as the NMHC, NAIOP, ULI, CCIM, ICSC, SSA and numerous others. John joined Marcus & Millichap in April 1997 as a Research Manager in the Seattle office. After holding executive marketing and e-business positions with premier residential real estate firms in the Pacific Northwest, he rejoined Marcus & Millichap in November 2007 as the head of its Research Services division. John was elected as Vice President in 2010, advanced to First Vice President in 2013 and promoted to Senior Vice President in 2018.
Liz Faircloth co-founded the DeRosa Group in 2005 with her husband, Matt. The DeRosa Group, based in Trenton, NJ, is an owner of commercial and residential property with a mission to “transform lives through real estate.” DeRosa controls close to 1000 units of residential and commercial assets throughout the east coast. Liz is the co-founder of The Real Estate InvestHER® community, a platform to empower women to live a financially free and balanced life through over 30 Meetups across the US and Canada and an on-line community and membership that offers accountability and mentorship for women to take their business to the next level! She is the co-host of the “The Real Estate InvestHER Show” and recently published their first book, “The Only Woman in the Room – Knowledge and Inspiration from 20 Successful Real Estate Women Investors!”
Scott Choppin is the CEO and Founder of The Urban Pacific Group of Companies, a Long Beach, CA-based real estate development company, founded in 2000, that focuses exclusively on workforce rental housing communities throughout California and the western US. Urban Pacific has created a new housing innovation called Urban Town House (UTH), which pairs private capital with middle income multi-generational rental housing, while producing market superior yields on invested equity. Historically, Urban Pacific’s UTH projects have delivered 22.66% programmatic IRR yields on equity. With over 35 years in the development business, Scott is a leader in the field, and is a regular contributor to major media outlets throughout the nation. Scott has been published in Forbes Magazine, GlobeSt.com, Los Angeles Times, Builder Magazine, Affordable Housing Finance, Affordable Housing News, and most recently, the cover and feature article about the UTH housing model in Multi-Family Executive magazine. Scott and his wife Becky have been happily married and together for 27 years, and are raising their 3 kids in Long Beach, CA – Sean Patrick 19, Dylan 16, and Jenna 13. Scott and Becky’s three kids are the 4th generation of the Choppin family in Long Beach.
John founded the company to help business executives make informed housing industry investment decisions. The company’s research subscribers receive the most accurate analysis possible to inform their macro investment decisions, and the company’s consulting clients receive specific property and portfolio investment advice designed to maximize profits. The team takes great pride in enabling the profitable development of the best places to live in the world. John co-authored Big Shifts Ahead: Demographic Clarity for Businesses, a book written to help make demographic trends easier to understand, quantify, and anticipate. 750,000+ people follow John’s LinkedIn Influencer column, 30,000+ subscribe to his emails, and the media cited the firm 230+ times in 2019. Before founding John Burns Real Estate Consulting in 2001, John worked at a national consulting firm for 4 years and for 10 years at KPMG Peat Marwick—2 as a CPA and 8 in their Real Estate Consulting practice. John has a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA, and works in our Irvine, California office. He has attended home games for all 30 major league baseball teams, and regularly runs the hills in Southern California.
Karlton Dennis is a Licensed Tax Accountant and the Youngest Forbes Tax Accountant in the US. He is fully passionate about the tax codes and leveraging it with Real Estate Investors and Business Owners to provide them the strategies that lowers their taxes legally.
Kathy Fettke is Co-CEO of RealWealth and best selling author of Retire Rich with Rentals. She is an active real estate investor, licensed real estate agent, and former mortgage broker, specializing in helping people build multi-million dollar real estate portfolios that generate passive monthly cash flow for life. With a passion for researching real estate market cycles, Kathy is a frequent guest expert on CNN, CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg, NPR, CBS MarketWatch and the Wall Street Journal. She was also named among the “Top 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs” by Goldman Sachs two years in a row. Kathy hosts two podcasts, The Real Wealth Show and Real Estate News for Investors — both top ten podcasts on iTunes with listeners in 133 different countries. Her company, RealWealth, offers free resources and cutting edge education for beginning and experienced real estate investors. Kathy is passionate about teaching others how to create “real wealth,” which she defines as having both the time and the money to live life on your terms.
Ryan Gibson is the Chief Investment Officer and the Co-Founder of SIG. He has organized over $30M of private equity for Spartan’s projects. Ryan has experience managing the development of SIGs projects in challenging markets. For SIG, Ryan is responsible for investor relations and capital raises for projects. Ryan is also a highly experienced commercial airline pilot. Ryan graduated from Mercyhurst University with a bachelor’s degree in Business, with concentrations in Marketing, Management, and Advertising.
Ben Lapidus is the Chief Financial Officer for Spartan Investment Group LLC, where he has applied his finance and business development skills to construct from scratch a portfolio of over $100M assets under management, build the corporate finance backbone for the organization, and organize over $20M of debt capital from the firm. In addition to completing over 50 real estate transactions at and prior to Spartan, Ben is also the founder and host of the national Best Ever Real Estate Investing Conference and managing partner of Indigo Ownerships LLC. Before Spartan, Ben founded and sold a multi-million dollar study abroad company and worked with several start-ups through IPO or acquisition. He graduated from Rutgers University with dual degrees in Finance and Economics where he founded the Rutgers Entrepreneurial Society.
Monick Halm is an educator and advocate for women to create passive income streams through real estate investing. Her mission is to assist 1 million women to achieve financial freedom through real estate. She is the founder of Real Estate Investor Goddesses and is herself a real estate investor and syndicator with over 14 years of real estate investing experience in multi-family homes, mobile home and RV parks, flipping, commercial, vacation rentals, and ground-up development. Together with her husband and her investors, she owns over 1,300 rental units across 6 states. She is the #1 bestselling author of The Real Estate Investor Goddess Handbook and Wealth for Women: Conversations with the Team That Creates the Dream, and host of the Real Estate Investor Goddesses Podcast. She is also a Real Estate Strategy Mentor, keynote speaker, recovering attorney, certified interior designer, Feng Shui expert, avid world traveler, wife and mother of three amazing kids.
Scott Lewis is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Spartan Investment Group, LLC (SIG) and has led several successful real estate projects ranging from single family flips to ground-up development of self-storage. To date, SIG operates over 5500 storage units, 200 RV pads, has completed $11M in development projects, has $110M more underway, and raised over $30M in private equity. As the Chief Executive Officer, Scott is responsible for developing business strategies and plans ensuring their alignment with short-term and long-term objectives. In addition to Spartan, Scott is also in the US Army Reserves and is an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran. Scott graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Chemistry and Marketing, from Catholic University with an MS in Management, and from Georgetown University with a Certificate in Project Management.
Jen has been recognized by Fortune’s Top 500 companies like Johnson & Johnson and Nestle as an engineer, and high-performance leader. In 2012, she decided to take a leap of faith and changed her career trajectory to become a real estate investor. After her first year in real estate investing, Jen found her passion for raising capital, successfully raising capital to fund and manage real estate equity projects, acquisitions of non-performing notes, rehabs, developments of multi-family units, extended stay hotels & other private loans that totaled $90M in assets. Currently, she is planning to acquire extended-stay hotels and self-storages, and keep developing residential multi-units with her partners. In 2015, a Huffington Post Journal interview recognized Jen as an inspirational and revolutionary real estate investor, consulting business owners and entrepreneurs to reach their full potential by tapping into owning their power and create wealth through real estate. As one of the executive leaders and speakers of WREN Inspires, Jen has impacted the lives of its members, consisting of over 7,000 women real estate investors. Jen has been honored with the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) award “Women who Rock 2020 in Los Angeles”. Jen co-authored the 2019 book “You Got This!”, which was ranked a “#1 New Release” on Amazon. Her influence as a capital raising strategist earned her two consecutive nominations as Corporate Advocate and Rising Star at the Women’s Summit lead by Los Angeles Business Journal. Jen continues to inspire and be a guiding light by authoring books, videos and speaking about women’s causes in the fields of real estate, self-help, self-care, and community.
Trevor is a Master Platinum Coach with over 20,000 hours of coaching experience. He’s worked with clients from around the world, including Fortune 500 executives, high level real estate investors, entrepreneurs, world-class athletes and professionals. They all seek him for one reason: life-changing transformation.
Before launching his own coaching practice, Trevor was a Master Coach with the Anthony Robbins Group, offering elite coaching unlike any other program in the world.
His mission is to assist others in realizing their true power and hidden potential to achieve more success, wealth, freedom and contribution than they ever thought possible.
Ash Patel has started numerous companies over the past 20 years. Today, he is primarily a Commercial Real Estate Investor focusing on non-residential value-add properties. His investments include a mix of Medical, NNN, Restaurants, Office, Strip Centers, Multi-Family, Mixed Use etc. His high rate of return comes from creative ways to source deals and investing in multiple asset categories. In addition to Real Estate, Ash also invests in start-ups and has created an investment group to analyze and fund various ventures.
Ketan is a High Performance Coach that helps motivated real estate entrepreneurs create more income and impact by aligning their thoughts, emotions and actions. He has mastered the art of getting results by combining techniques from Tony Robbins, Wim Hof, & Dr. Joe Dispenza. His unique program will give you the clarity, confidence & strategy you need to achieve your goals faster and create an edge. His achievements include earning an accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (while Learning English), Building a Multi-Million Dollar Rental portfolio by starting from $8k, Raising Over $10 Million for his multifamily syndication business and growing a senior care business by 3x in just 2 years.
Lance is the Founder and Managing Partner of Verivest, an end-to-end real estate investment platform designed to bring transparency and trust to middle-market investing, a Principal of Fairway America, a real estate private equity firm, and Host of The Real Estate Risk Report podcast.
Always an independent spirit, Deborah started her first business in 1990. After owning and partnering in several successful small businesses, she realized that her path to financial freedom was through real estate investing.
In addition to her business degree and graduate work at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, Deborah expanded her investing education in 2011 with a series of intensive workshops with Robert Kiyosaki, The Rich Dad Advisors and The Real Estate Radio Guys.
It was a natural transition to her, shifting gears from her 20-year design firm to her booming rehabbing business in Southern California. With her first house flip netting near $100,000 in profits, her business took off. Her strategy of flipping houses in California for capital and buying and holding for cash flow in other markets for long term wealth has proven to be a success.
Deborah has a flare for fixing and flipping properties, from purchase, rehabbing, marketing and sale processes to tools and techniques for locating properties, analyzing market values, timely decision making to capitalize on opportunities, crafting offers, negotiating, effective due diligence, budgeting, assembling teams, hiring contractors, staging and marketing the sale for profit.
With an unsurpassed expertise in renovation and team management, Deborah began purchasing foreclosures in the Memphis area. And just 2 years ago moved from rehab to development. After only 7 years, she now controls over $5 million in real estate and has done several more million in deals. She is currently focusing her energy on partnering with investors seeking financial freedom.
She is also the founder of the Women’s Real Estate Network (WREN), a community where women in real estate excel and empower each other. We share experiences, resources and tools to help one another grow both personally and professionally. Currently with Chapters in LA, Seattle, OC, Phoenix, Atlanta and San Diego. More to open this year in Las Vegas and Washington DC.
Deborah was recently name Woman to Watch by the national publication Think Realty and was recently selected to be on the cover of the Women’s Issue in March of 2020.
Hunter is a full-time real estate investor and founder of Asym Capital, a private equity firm based out of Los Angeles, CA. Since founding Asym Capital, he has raised more than $35 million and directed the purchase of more than $90 million of commercial real estate across a variety of asset classes. He is the author of Raising Capital for Real Estate: How to Attract Investors, Establish Credibility, and Fund Deals. Hunter is also the host of the Cash Flow Connections Real Estate Podcast which is frequently listed in the top 200 Investing podcasts in iTunes.
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.
Trevor built a nationally recognized wealth management and financial planning firm from the ground up starting in 2003 straight out of college. After experiencing exponential growth over the last decade, he decided to sell his firm just over 1 year ago at the age of 40. His reasons for selling are numerous, but what’s most intriguing, is how his journey interconnects with multi-family real estate and the why behind this surprising shift.
Whitney Sewell is a country boy from rural Kentucky. He grew up riding horses and has always driven a Chevy truck. He is a veteran of the Army National Guard and spent all of 2005 deployed in Iraq. He was awarded the Soldier of the year that year. When he arrived home he began working for the Kentucky State Police and courting his lovely wife, to whom he’s been married for over 10 years. Whitney and his wife, Chelsea, have three children who came to their family by adoption. They began investing in real estate in 2009 when it became clear that a career in law enforcement was not going to afford them the ability to live off one income as they desired. In 2017, they started Life Bridge Capital LLC, working with accredited investors and helping them improve their investment returns via the exceptional opportunities that multifamily syndication offers. Whitney has always had a passion for both real estate and helping others, and Life Bridge Capital LLC affords him the opportunity to do both, while also funding a very important cause that has become deeply personal. This becomes the best of both worlds for investors. Through working with Whitney, investors not only receive exceptional returns financially but also change both the lives of orphans around the world and the lives of the families who adopt them. Whitney is quick to point out that while this is his own passion, he doesn’t make this the main focus to investors, but does hope a certain percentage feel good about what Life Bridge Capital does.
Mr. Maffuccio is a 30-year real estate veteran and an expert in mortgage notes. He is deeply networked in the secondary mortgage industry and is responsible for acquisitions and underwriting as well as relationships with primary sources and key vendors. During his real estate career, Mr. Maffuccio developed, and/or rehabbed multiple residential projects in Southern California, including infill subdivisions, affordable homes, luxury homes and homesites, multifamily, and planned developments, such as the Gold Nugget Award-winning “Traditions” community in Fillmore. Mr. Maffuccio has personally executed and/or managed every aspect of the development process, including site selection and acquisition, project conceptualization and design, procurement of entitlements and permits, regulatory compliance, entity structuring and capitalization, construction management, marketing, sales, and investor relations. In 2009, Mr. Maffuccio began investing in mortgage loans, developing key sources and vendors and applying his extensive real estate experience to the note investment space. In 2012 Maffuccio co-founded Aspen Funds, a fund management company focused on mortgage investments.
Frank Roessler is the founder and CEO of Ashcroft Capital, a real estate investment firm headquartered in New York City. Previous to forming Ashcroft Capital, Frank gained over a decade’s worth of acquisition and asset management experience at M&A Real Estate Partners, another national multifamily investment firm.
As of 2020, Ashcroft Capital has acquired over $1 billion of assets and 10,000 units. The firm focuses on capital preservation while striving to return strong, risk-adjusted cash on cash to investors. The firm is capitalized with high net worth, family office and institutional capital. Within the real estate industry Ashcroft specializes in value-add real estate and has an expertise in extracting maximum value from every asset it acquires. The firm does not try to play cycle timing and instead strives to acquire excellent apartment communities within well-located submarkets of large and growing U.S. metroplexes.
Frank has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Bucknell University and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
Ashley Wilson, is the Co-Founder of Bar Down Investments, LLC & HouseItLook, LLC, Best Selling Author of The Only Woman in the Room, Knowledge and Inspiration from 20 Women Real Estate Investors, and an active member of The Real Estate InvestHER Community. She has over ten years of real estate experience and has been involved in over $60 million in transactions within both single and multifamily real estate. Ashley Co-Founded Bar Down Investments, LLC with her husband, Kyle. Ashley leads asset and construction management on her multifamily investments, and has provided operational consulting for several other large multifamily owners throughout the country. Additionally, Ashley & her father, Tom, also have a very successful high-end flipping business in Pennsylvania, HouseItLook LLC, which handles several million in transactions annually. When Ashley is not working on her businesses, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband and their two daughters. Additionally, Ashley enjoys competing with her horse, Wow!.
Previous BEC Speakers
J ScottCo-Host | BiggerPockets Money Podcast
Michael B. CohenVice President, Advisory Services | CoStar Grou
Scott Trench CEO & President | BiggerPockets
Terrell FletcherFormer NFL Running Back & Investor
John SebreeSr. Vice President/National Director | Marcus & Millichap
Adam Adams Founder | BlueSpruce Holdings
Ansa AhmedOwner | Thunder Ridge 6, LLC
Neal BawaCEO/Founder | Grocapitus and MultifamilyU
Michael BennettManaging Principal | Cadence Capital Partners
Kevin BuppCEO | Sunrise Capital Investors
Tyler BurkeInvestment Associate | Spartan Investment Group
Andrew CampbellManaging Partner | Wildhorn Capital
Lue ChenFounder | Money101.me
Chris ClothierCo-Owner | Memphis Invest, LLC
Clint CoonsManaging Partner | Anderson Business Advisors
Skyler CooperRegional Manager | Marcus & Millichap’s
AdaPia d’ErricoPrincipal & VP of Strategy | Alpha Investing
Josh DavisCo-Founder | Davis JM Capital
Roni EliasAsset Manager | TownCenter Partners LLC
Matt FairclothCo-Founder | DeRosa Group
Rich FettkeCo-Founder & Co-CEO | Real Wealth Network, LLC
Jackie GibsonDirector of Operations | Spartan Investment Group, LLC
Reed GoossensManaging Partner | Wildhorn Capital
Jay GrahamManaging Director | Columbia Ag Investments
Justin GrimesHost | The Cashflow Hustle Show
Gene GuarinoPresident | Residential Assisted Living Academy
Lucas HallHead of Industry Relations | Cozy
Dan HandfordManaging Partner | PassiveInvesting.com
Spencer HoughDirector, Debt & Structured Finance | Newmark Knight Frank
Merrill KaliserShareholder & Founder | Kaliser & Associates PC Title
Dugan KelleyCo-Founder of Kelley | Clarke, PC
Mark and Tamiel Kenney Founders | Think Multifamily
Stu KerberManaging Director | Columbia Ag Investments
Nick KnociljaDirector | Bow River Capital
Brandon KramerSenior Associate | Marcus & Millichap
Henry LaiDirector, Corporate Strategy | Siemens Healthineers
Julie LamMember | Forbes Real Estate Council
Scott LebenhartDirector of Acquisitions | Ashcroft Capital, LLC
Damion LupoShackle Breaker | eQRP Co.
Mark MasciaCEO | Mascia Development LLC
David McAlvanyCEO | Vaulted
Lucas MillerOwner and Managing Principal | Bannock Capital