2018 Keynote Speakers
Real Estate Investor, Best-selling Author, & Popular Podcaster
Joe Fairless is a full-time real estate investor that started buying multifamily properties in 2013 and now controls over $191,000,000 worth of real estate. Prior to that, he was the youngest vice president at an award-winning advertising agency in New York City. He is the host of the extremely popular leading iTunes podcast, Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever, where he has interviewed guests such as Barbara Corcoran, Robert Kiyosaki, Emmitt Smith, and Tony Hawk.
2018 Speakers and Panelists
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Real Estate Investor | Adams Investor Group
Brian is an experienced real estate investor dedicated to the acquisition and management of commercial real estate investments. He is also an experienced CPA with a background in real estate taxation and forensic accounting. In recent years, Brian has bought and sold over 2,300 apartment units and currently controls a portfolio valued at $60 million. Brian’s focus is to help a group of investors generate passive cash flow through real estate investing.
President and CEO | Capital Source 2000, Inc
Bill has worked in the financial services industry for 30 years. His experience ranges from holding middle management in Regional Banks to starting a successful de novo bank from scratch. First Sterling Bank started as a de novo bank in 1988 and is now part of Bank of America. Bill also led an investor group that bought and recapitalized a troubled Eagle National Bank with a $10 million initial capital raise. It took 18 months to bring the bank back to satisfactory condition and built its asset base from $60 million to $300 million while increasing the capital base to $25 million. Bill has also held board of director positions with the Pennsylvania Bankers Association and the Pennsylvania Community Bankers Association.
Co-Founder | Crest Core Realty, LLC
Dan is Co-founder of Crest Core Realty, LLC – a full-service real estate brokerage and property management company that manages thousands of houses in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Their specialty is working for investors who look to grow their portfolios and who have a focus on long-term cash flow. Dan has also co-founded a sister rehab and maintenance service company that rehabs 100+ houses per month and completes 150+ service work orders per week.
Prior to his co-founding of Crest Core Realty, Dan worked for 13 years in the manufacturing industry, overseeing plant operations all across the US at a Fortune 500 company. Within that time, alongside his partner, Dan has also built a personal Real Estate portfolio of hundreds of homes throughout the mid-south area of the United States.
Real Estate Investor | Prosperity Group LLC
Anil Dham has been investing in real estate since he was 23 years old and brings in a diverse mix of real estate and real-life entrepreneurial experiences. Anil has participated in all aspects of real estate investment, from wholesaling, single family fix and flips, owning 10+ unit apartment buildings, a car wash, and starting 3 companies. Anil strongly believes in the concepts of “scattered focus” and multiple streams of income. Additionally, as an accomplished physical therapist and elected official, Anil is a highly sought after consultant and adviser.
Insurance Agent | Snyder Moore Agencies, Inc.
Barbara S. Cohen (Married name Roach) entered the insurance industry in 1984 after studying finance at Drexel University. Barb received her training at the Travelers home office school in Hartford, CT. During her training, she obtained a Property and Casualty license, a Life and Health license, a Broker license, and a Surplus Lines license. Her training continued at Travelers PRIME agent training program for 2 years, and then transitioned to Snyder Moore Agencies, Inc. in 1986. Barbara is a trusted insurance consultant for multiple customers insuring Commercial, Personal, Life & Health accounts.
Barb has lived in the West Chester area for the past 32 years and has two adult children. Kevin Roach joined his mother at Snyder Moore Agencies last January, 2017 & is learning the industry from the ground up. He is finishing his Business Management degree at Temple University this year. Her daughter, Ashley Roach is finishing her junior year at Millersville University this May. In her spare time, Barb is an avid sports fan and enjoys golfing & with her husband at Penn Oaks Gold Club.
Co-Founder | The DeRosa Group
Liz Faircloth, Co-founder of the DeRosa Group, began her investing career with the purchase of a duplex with a $30,000 loan outside of Philadelphia. After selling their first investment property, she co-founded the DeRosa Group with her husband. While helping grow DeRosa, she had a career for many years where she worked with Fortune 500 companies to develop team and talent development programs. Liz has facilitated more than 200 workshops for universities, business conferences, and executive level trainings. As chief advisor with DeRosa, she has helped build their portfolio to owning and managing apartment buildings, small multifamily, mixed use buildings, and commercial buildings throughout the east coast. Liz is also the host of “The Real Estate InvestHER Show,” a podcast providing straight talk along with inspiration for existing and aspiring women investors to live both fulfilled and financially free lives.
Co-Founder | The DeRosa Group
Matt Faircloth, Co-founder & President of the DeRosa Group, is a seasoned real estate investor and developer. The DeRosa Group, based in Trenton, NJ, is a developer and owner of commercial and residential property with a mission to “transform lives through real estate.” DeRosa has completed over 20 million in real estate transactions involving private capital including fix and flips, single family home rentals, mixed use buildings, apartment buildings, office buildings, and tax lien investments. Matt has an extensive expertise in connecting passive investors to lucrative investment opportunities through syndications, private loans and joint ventures.
Founder | CAMA Self-Directed IRA
Carl Fischer is a Cornell University graduate and third-generation real estate developer. Carl began his investing career in the 1970’s when he was employed as a rocket scientist at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. He is presently one of the principals of CAMA Self-Directed IRA, LLC. Carl has been involved in over $20M in real estate transactions. His real estate investments include both commercial and residential properties, notes, and mortgages.
Co-Founder & Owner | SlateHouse Group
Chad Gallagher is the co-founder and owner of SlateHouse Group. SlateHouse is an investment and property management company, with a focus on using technology and local service to improve property management operations. SlateHouse manages over 2500 units for 800+ owners across Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with over 80 full-time employees in the company.
SlateHouse is devoted to helping investors grow their portfolio through a variety of ways. Chad leads 4 free meetups across PA for investors to learn about real estate investing. SlateHouse also has 10 real-estate agents that specialize in working with investors and a full home repair maintenance division. Finally, Chad is a blogger on BiggerPockets focused on the evolving technology landscape in real estate.
Chad has acquired over 200 buy-and-hold residential units across Pennsylvania. 100 of those units are a part of a syndication where Chad raised $2M across 25 high net-worth investors.
Previous to real estate investing, Chad led Advertising.com Mobile, a leading global mobile advertising network, which was eventually acquired by Verizon. Chad graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in System Engineering and is originally from Lititz, PA.
Frank Giovannone, Jr.
CEO | Giovannone Group of Companies
Frank is CEO of the Giovannone Group of Companies which acquire, develop, construct, and manage commercial real estate investments. For over 25 years Frank has actively been involved in developing a multitude of commercial real estate asset classes including industrial parks, residential subdivisions, retail land assemblies, commercial mixed use apartments, and medical office buildings. A serial entrepreneur and strong believer in multiple sources of income, Frank along with his partners have invested in various businesses including construction, property management, laundromats, and parking lots. Frank enjoys sharing stories and helping other like-minded real estate investors and has spoken internationally on the topic of commercial real estate investments.
CPA | www.AskJohnGroom.com
Many of our friends refer to John Groom as their resident CPA expert on real estate and income taxes. He is the one they go to for advice on how to structure entities and deals to minimize taxes and personal liability. John actively invests in real estate and paper and is also a private lender and borrower. Many of his deals involve shared appreciation provisions on one side or the other.
Since the middle of December, John has kept busy changing and fine tuning deals and entities to take advantage of the new TCJA (Tax Cut and Jobs Act) law which took effect January 1.
John has been in private practice for over thirty years and is based out of Austin, Texas. He has several hobbies, some of which involve seeing how fast he can make a car or motorcycle go around in useless circles without killing himself. He also teaches what he likes to call “defensive tactics” at a local sheriff’s department.
Owner | The Real Estate CPA
Brandon Hall, owner of The Real Estate CPA, is an entrepreneur at heart who happens to be good at taxes. Brandon is a real estate investor and CPA specializing in providing business advice and creative tax strategies for real estate investors. Brandon’s ‘Big 4’ and personal investing experiences allow him to provide unique advice to each of his clients.
Founder | Realty Xpress
Deepta Hiremath is a graduate from Villanova University. She has been working in the real estate world and focuses on various investment strategies in this arena. She has over ten years of diverse entrepreneurial experience. Deepta is well-known for her ability to identify real estate market opportunities. She is currently a Founder and Managing Partner of several real estate companies and hedge funds. She purchases and manages several 2nd mortgage notes and properties in her portfolio. She specializes in due-diligence when purchasing huge pools directly from banks.
Real Estate Investor | Second Chance Homes, LLC
Brad got started as a full time real estate investing while on unemployment in early 2007 after over a decade with his former employer. After completing a couple of wholesale deals and his first rehab, in September of 2008 he partnered up with a fellow investor he had never met just in time for the financial and real estate markets to start on their wild ride. Over the last 10 years, as partner in several real estate companies his single-family investing experiences include wholesaling, joint venture projects, rehabs, additions, subdivision, and new construction. He has also acquired and manages a total of 70 rental units comprised of everything from single family homes to 22 unit buildings.
Author and Investor | David Krulac Real Estate LLC
David Krulac is a full time real estate investor and has bought and sold over 900 properties for his own personal portfolio. In addition he is a licensed real estate broker, owning his own business and representing sellers, buyers, investors, and landlords. Beginning as a part-time investor with a busy, full-time career and out of state travel, Krulac was able to accelerate his real estate holdings by purchasing in one year 39 properties, and selling 35, while having a full time non-real estate job. For 20+ consecutive years he has bought and sold over 12 properties a year, averaging about 1 property a month. He specializes in locating, researching, purchasing, improving and selling niche properties that others may overlook. His experience includes title searching, tax assessment appeals, tax sales, foreclosures, zoning issues, soil perk testing, land subdivision/development and unusual real estate situations.
CPA | D’Amato & LaSpada LLC
Chris LaSpada, CPA, CGMA is currently the managing member of D’Amato & LaSpada, LLC, a CPA firm located in Wilmington, Delaware. For over 20 years he has been providing tax preparation, tax planning, accounting and consulting services to small businesses and individuals. Chris’ client base includes real estate investors who invest in residential and commercial properties, note funds and distressed mortgage debt.
Chris is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University. He is a member of the American and Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the Delaware Society of Certified Public Accountants. In addition to being on the board of Strategic Investor Alliance he is also on the board for Springhaven Country Club and has served as a member of the Federal Tax Committee for the PICPA.
Co-founder, COO and Acting CFO | Fund That Flip
Stephan serves as CFO of Fund that Flip and is responsible for finance, underwriting, strategy development and execution. He began his career with a leading professional services firm and spent 15+ years with a technology focused investment bank where he served as a Managing Director. He then co-founded a company to establish and incubate leading technology companies where served as member of the executive management team. He is a strategic advisor and mentor to several start-up companies. Stephan co-founded Fund That Flip in order to provide a better experience for real estate investors. The company has built proprietary technology to make the borrowing experience first-class from loan application all the way through payoff. They are a direct lender with diverse sources of capital which includes their online “crowdfunding platform”, institutional investors and lines of credit. This allows them to match borrowers unique needs with the right capital. Over the last 3 years Stephan has scaled Fund That Flip from just an idea to a 25 person company with an office in NYC and Cleveland and are now closing millions of dollars in loans each month.
Founder | Stone Bay Holdings LLC
Steven Lloyd is a real estate investor engaged in the strategic acquisition and development of residential properties (mortgage notes, private lending, mobile home parks, and apartment buildings) located in the United States. As founder and managing partner of Stone Bay Holdings (SBH), Steve is responsible for sourcing investment opportunities, investor relations, and specifically securing capital from private sources. Steve manages and owns a portfolio valued over $120 million. He works closely with our experienced partners to deliver a diversified portfolio of real estate investment opportunities
President & CEO | Precision Realty Group
Shaun Lyons has more than 15 years of working in and operating out of the heart of the city. Precision Realty Group is dedicated to the ins and outs of the robust real estate scene in the city of Philadelphia and its suburbs. Shaun is active in the area personally and professionally, and believes in not only contributing to the region’s sense of brotherly love but to developing its diverse, community-driven culture and rich, progressive commercial landscape. Precision Realty Group is a full-service commercial real estate firm and one of the top investment brokers in the region.
Founder | San Francisco Bay Real Estate Networking Summit
J Martin is the Founder and Moderator of the San Francisco Bay Real Estate Networking Summit. Starting by living paycheck to paycheck with negative net worth, J started buying real estate in the SF Bay Area in 2012 after carefully studying the real estate market and jumping in when the best risk-adjusted returns seemed realizable – and he was able to retire from the “9 to 5” at 31 years old.
Principal | Wellings Capital
Paul Moore, a graduate of Ohio State, started his career at Ford Motor Company and then departed to start a staffing company with a partner. After selling it for $2.9 million, he entered the real estate sector, where he completed over 85 real estate investments and exits, appeared on an HGTV Special Real Estate episode, rehabbed and managed rental properties, built a number of new homes, developed a waterfront subdivision, and started two successful online real estate marketing firms.
Senior Loan Officer | First Equity Funding
Anthony Palmiotto is a Senior Loan Officer with First Equity Funding. He specializes in the origination of investment real estate loans for fix & flips and other investment real estate in the residential and commercial space. His primary area of focus is New Jersey, including both the Philadelphia and New York metro areas with millions of dollars of loans originated.
He also maintains an active real estate license in Pennsylvania and New Jersey with the The Kislak Company since 2012. He focuses on investment sales of multifamily and other commercial property throughout Philadelphia and parts of New Jersey with transactions totaling tens of millions of dollars.
Anthony is a graduate of The College of New Jersey where he played baseball and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. He resides in Jackson, NJ and is an active multifamily real estate investor and networker.
Vice President and Director of Borrower Management | Partners for Payment Relief
Mr. Paulus serves as Vice President and Director of Borrower Management for the Company and is instrumental in creating homeowner workouts. Bob also oversees the Company’s REO Department and its Human Resources and Payroll functions. Bob’s other responsibilities deal with key components of the note business including managing the complex cash flow and budgeting for note pool purchases. He is the primary architect in providing the due diligence on pre-sale note pools and provides the analysis and recommendations for which pools of notes the company will purchase and at what price point. Mr. Paulus has owned and operated five successful franchises beginning in 1996. Bob has invested in real estate, performing and non-performing loans for 10 years and has passively invested in various commercial holdings. Mr. Paulus graduated from Penn State University in 1990 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics.
Real Estate Agent and Investor | EXP Realty LLC
Starting his career off in Deloitte’s Real Estate practice group in New York City, Darren worked on several high profile projects including the sales of properties in lower Times Square. In that time he also did consulting for one of NYC’s largest landlords, Vornado Realty Trust. Having been a landlord himself since 1998, Darren has restored several residences. His personal primary focus has been to find value proposition properties, under utilized and in need of repair, and maximize their potential by adding features and functionality – significantly increasing their rental value. As an agent who primarily works with investors, he’s also helped many people find great opportunities for both flipping a home as well as income production.
President | TurnKey-Reviews.com
Brie Schmidt, President of TurnKey-Reviews.com, started purchasing investment properties in 2011 when she founded BBS Apartments. She currently owns and manages 90+ rental units in Chicago and Milwaukee. Brie owns her own Brokerage company in IL and WI and works with both new investors and seasoned investors looking to expand their knowledge of the industry and their portfolio.Through her hands-on experience of real estate investing by building a multi-million dollar portfolio, she has been featured on various podcasts and spoken at REIA events and real estate conferences about investment strategies and property acquisitions.
Founder | 123Flip.com
J Scott (he goes by “J”) is a full-time entrepreneur and investor, living in the suburbs of Washington, DC. J is an engineer and business guy by education, and spent much of his early career in Silicon Valley (California), where he held management positions at several Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft and eBay.
In 2008, J and his wife Carol decided to leave the 80-hour work weeks and the constant business travel behind. They quit their corporate jobs, moved back East, got married, started a family and decided to try something new. That something new ended up being real estate – in the past nine years, they have bought, built, rehabbed, sold, lent-on and held over 300 deals, encompassing over $40M in transactions.
J runs the popular website 123Flip.com, and is the author of three books on real estate investing, including the best-selling, The Book on Flipping Houses. His books have sold over 100,000 copies in the past five years and have helped investors from around the world get their start with real estate.
Owner/Broker | Vanguard Realty Alliance
Steven is the owner of Vanguard Realty Alliance and has been a licensed Realtor for 12 years and has been investing in Real Estate for 10 years. Presently, he owns several companies including a real estate brokerage, title insurance, construction, home flipping business and a holdings company. Using non conventional financing, he has recently been investing in commercial and mixed use properties. Steven Seymour has a passion for “seeing more” in the transaction than just the numbers, taking a more holistic approach considering all factors in a real estate transaction including improving value and the overall big picture.
Realtor and Author |Jack Shea Real Estate
Jack Shea was raised in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois where he received a BS degree in Engineering with a minor in business. He spent seven years as an Air Force pilot flying four-engine transports worldwide. He spent over ten years in the aviation and technology industry serving as V.P. of Marketing.
Jack moved to Florida in 1978, and began investing in Real Estate and Notes. He is a licensed Realtor and the author of a book, Secrets of Lease Option Profits. He teaches seminars on trusts with his partner, Atty. Mark Warda. They cover Land Trusts, Personal Property Trusts, and IRA Checkbook Control Trusts. Jack is the President of Keys Capital Inc. a 1031 exchange facilitator since 1986. He is a frequent speaker at real estate meetings and on panels helping investors wherever he can.
Founder and CEO | Green Drake Advisors, LLC
Paul Sloate is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Green Drake Advisors. He has spent over 30 years advising individuals, families, businesses, and institutions on wealth management, investment management, and global economics, serving in senior roles with companies such as Wellington Management and BlackRock Financial Management. Mr. Sloate has appeared on TV on numerous occasions to share his expertise with the public and hosted Money Matters TV for many years. In addition to his time given to sharing his knowledge, Mr. Sloate has served on industry bodies such as the Financial Accounting Policy Committee of the Association for Investment Management & Research.
Mr. Sloate is highly involved in giving back to the community. He supports numerous non-profit organizations, serves on a private company Board, and lectures often in the Philadelphia area on investing and economics. In his spare time, Mr. Sloate is an avid fly fisherman and teaches karate.
Principal | Carolina Capital Management
Wendy Sweet has been lending money to investors since 2001 as both a conventional lender and Hard Money lender. In 2008, Wendy and her brother began growing Carolina Capital Management to offer funds to investors, rehabbers, and builders. Wendy is also a 35 year licensed real estate broker in both Carolinas. She combines her selling knowledge with her long time lending expertise in order to provide top-notch service to her borrowers and investor lenders.
Dave Van Horn
CEO | PPR Note Co.
Dave Van Horn is CEO at PPR Note Co, which manages private mortgage investment funds. Dave has been in the real estate business for over 25 years, starting out as a Realtor and contractor and moving onto everything from fix and flips to raising private money. He is an avid investor in notes and mortgages, as well as a long-term holder of multiple investment properties. In addition to being a board member and facilitating the Strategic Investor Alliance group, Dave also travels to many RE meetings and conferences as a national speaker on real estate note investing.
Real Estate Investor and Author | Williamson Ideations
Al Williamson is a professional engineer, full-time real estate investor, and the author of a several real estate books. He began investing in 1996. Al is best known for publicly documenting his quest to create enough ancillary income to cover the 1st mortgage of his eight-unit apartment building (which he accomplished in September 2015). He is now trying to figure out how to hot-rod one residential rental so it generates enough income to replace a middle-class job. Al is a proud family man who now spends his day managing and expanding his corporate housing business in Sacramento, California.
Partner | FisherBroyles, LLP
A graduate of George Washington University Law School, Craig serves as the chair of the Securities Transactions and Regulations Practice. With over 20 years of business transactional, compliance, and consulting experience, Craig specializes in providing securities compliance counsel to private and public companies, representing venture capital funds and early stage companies in financing transactions, counseling buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions, and counseling investment advisors on regulatory compliance matters. He also offers general counsel to both public and private companies regarding corporate matters.