Conference Speakers

You will have the opportunity to learn from speakers who are experts and who specialize in all aspects of real estate investing, marketing & technology. Our speakers are not going to be pitching you on products or services . . . they will just be providing incredible education and insight!

Our incredible speaker lineup includes:

    Joshua DorkinFounder / CEO, BiggerPockets.com

    Joshua Dorkin is the founder and CEO of BiggerPockets.com, the nation’s premier real estate investing community, and is the host of the conference. With a background as a real estate agent, investor, web-designer, and entrepreneur, Dorkin embarked on a quest seven years ago to build what was to become the premier website for networking, learning, deal making, and marketing for the real estate investment space. As a result of his work on BiggerPockets, many of this nation’s most important national, regional and local news organizations have turned to him. A New York native, Dorkin holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and marketing from Washington University in St. Louis.
    Website: http://www.biggerpockets.com
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/biggerpo
    Twitter: @jrdorkin | Facebook | LinkedIn | Google+


    Tahani Aburaneh

    Tahani Aburaneh is a self made multi millionaire, real estate developer, builder, investor, entrepreneur, and author of the book,’Real Estate Riches,’ dedicated to helping newbie investors. A sought after Speaker across Canada with almost two decades in the real estate industry, Tahani has negotiated over a thousand deals and had worked with over a thousand investors.
    Website: http://www.RealEstateRichesBook.com
    Twitter: @TahaniAburaneh


    Tony Alvarez

    Tony Alvarez is a successful Southern California Real Estate Investor, licensed Broker, Developer, Property Manager and Certified General Appraiser; and has built, purchased, rehabbed, managed and sold hundreds of properties from vacant land to condos, single family residences, apartments and commercial properties since 1980. He’s worked with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, FDIC and the RTC (Resolution Trust Corp.) Tony’s knowledge of real estate, appraisal, finance, and investing is vast and varied.
    Website: http://www.TonyAlvarez.com
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/TheREOMentor
    Twitter: @TheREOmentor | LinkedIn


    Kevin AmolschFounder, Pine Financial Group

    Kevin Amolsch is the founder of Pine Financial Group, Inc, Colorado’s premier hard money lender. He has raised over $18 million in private equity for real estate deals and has created two mortgage funds registered with the SEC. He has been quoted in The Denver Post, Las Vegas Review Journal, and Yahoo Real Estate and is the author of The 45 Day Investor, a book dedicated to helping beginner investors buy their first home in 45 days or less.
    Website: http://www.PineFinancialBlog.com
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/KevinAmolsch
    Twitter: @kamolsch | Facebook | LinkedIn


    Will BarnardOwner, Barnard Enterprises, Inc.
    William Barnard, owner of Barnard Enterprises, Inc., has been a real estate investor since 2004, investing in nearly every aspect of real estate. Over the years as the real estate market changed, so did his investing strategies. Currently he buys properties to fix and sell. Other current and previous investment strategies include land development, spec building, short sales, wholesaling, and much more. He does millions of dollars in real estate transactions each year.
    Website: http://www.BarnardEnterprises.com
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/barnardinc


    Geraldine BarryPresident, SJREI Association

    Geraldine Barry is president & Founder of SJREI Association the premier educational and networking association for real estate investors in the Bay area. Under Geraldine’s leadership SJREI has grown from a half-dozen investors to a vibrant three chapter organization with several hundred investors attending monthly meetings. SJREI won the Award for Excellence from the National REIA Award in several categories in 2010. An avid investor herself Geraldine is also publisher of the award winning publication REI Voice magazine.
    Website: http://www.SJREI.org
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/Geraldine


    Jason BermanOwner, JBerman Group

    Jason Berman has been originating mortgage loans in Colorado since 1993. He operates the JBerman Group, a two-person boutique mortgage brokerage in “investor-friendly” Summit County. He also moonlights as a serial event planner; he created Mortgage Tech Summit, a community event for mortgage originators building mortgage practices online and he co-created and developed REBlogWorld, a Real Estate Blogging event. Jason is also a Past-President of the Colorado Association of Mortgage Brokers (2006).
    Website: http://jbermangroup.com
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/jberman
    Twitter: @jbinfrisco


    Marty BoardmanOwner, Rising Sun Capital Group

    Marty’s been a real estate investor and instructor since 2002. During that time he’s done over 250 real estate deals in Arizona, Illinois and Texas. He’s the owner of Rising Sun Capital Group, LLC, a private equity firm based in Gilbert, AZ. His company buys homes at the courthouse steps, from banks, and short sales on the MLS, to fix and flip. Marty’s also an accredited instructor for the Arizona Department of Real Estate.
    Website: http://www.risingsuncapitalgroup.com
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/martyboardman
    Twitter: @martyboardman | Facebook | LinkedIn | Google+

    Angel BronsgeestPresident, The Equity Growth Group

    Angel is a full-time real estate investor currently focused on buy-and-hold properties with her business partners, Shawn Watkins and Sarah Buonora. She specializes in controlling cash-flowing properties using only creative finance techniques with the goal to use very small amounts of money. After 4 years, they control 207++ doors all purchased using seller-finance, subject-to, options, and/or master leasing without obtaining conventional financing. With a staff of six, they manage their own rental portfolio as well as managing properties for other investors.
    Website: http://investorsworkshops.com
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/angelbronsgeest
    Facebook | LinkedIn


    Jeff BrownOwner, Brown and Brown, Inc.

    Second generation real estate, licensed in 1969. Mentored by several iconic brokers, Jeff is also CCIM trained, completing all 200 hours back in 1980. Have successfully executed well over 200 tax deferred exchanges, many of which have been multi-state in nature. Strong points are analysis and the creation/real world application of Purposeful Plans employing several strategies synergistically. The idea is to arrive at retirement with the most after tax income possible, backed by the largest net worth.
    Website: http://bawldguy.com
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/bawldguy
    Twitter: @bawldguy | Facebook


    Amy L CavenderSr. Mortgage Banker, LeaderOne Financial Corporation

    Amy started in the mortgage business as a teenager answering phones and has worked her way up through the trenches to her current position of a Sr. Mortgage Banker. Her deep background in the mystical workings of the “back room” of the mortgage process gives her the unique ability to recognize and avert potential bottlenecks and address those issues before they become problems. FHA, VA, Conventional, USDA.
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/mylender
    Twitter: @Mylender | Facebook | LinkedIn


    Chris ClothierCo-owner of Memphis Invest

    After starting as an active investor in 2002, Chris has helped guide his two companies toward $50 million in yearly revenue by assisting passive investors with building their own portfolios. In 2005, Chris began working with other investors and since that time has helped hundreds of investors with purchasing over 1,000 properties in Memphis. In 2011, Chris realized his true passion as he began mentoring other real estate investors looking to grow from investor into business owners and entrepreneurs.
    Website: http://MemphisInvest.com
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/memphisinvest
    Twitter: @chrisdclothier | Facebook | LinkedIn


  • Steve CookManaging Editor at Real Estate Economy Watch and UPI.com

    Steve Cook is managing editor of UPI’s real estate section and Real Estate Economy Watch, which was recognized as one of the best real estate news sites of 2011 by the National Association of Real Estate Editors. Before he co-founded REEW in 2007, he was vice president of public affairs for the National Association of Realtors. In 2006 and 2007, he was named one of the 100 most influential people in real estate.
    Website: http://www.realestateeconomywatch.com/
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/renewsblog/author/scook/
    Twitter: @realestateupi | LinkedIn


  • Clint CoonsManager, Anderson Business Advisors and Law Group

    Clint Coons is the Manager of Anderson Business Advisors and Law Group, the nation’s premiere provider of asset protection and business planning services for real estate investors. Mr. Coons has authored numerous articles and publications on business structuring and tax planning. He is nationally recognized for his asset protection and tax related programs across the country. A successful real estate investor, Mr. Coons has a portfolio of properties that stretch across six states.
    Website: http://www.alglaw.com/
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/ccoons12
    Twitter: @ccoons12


    John FedroMobile Home Coach

    John Fedro is a leading expert in creating passive income utilizing mobile homes for beginner and novice cash-flow seeking audiences. He has helped close more than 120 real estate transactions in over 27 states. He has also established the first interactive performance-based online education classroom, creating a more accountable experience for real estate development. Recently, he has helped redefine investing in mobile homes as a popular addition to traditional real estate investments for cash-flow.
    Website: http://www.MobileHomeInvesting.net
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/Johnfedro
    Twitter: @johnfedro


    Frank GallinelliPresident, RealData

    Frank Gallinelli is the founder of RealData, specializing in analysis and presentation software for real estate investors and developers since 1981. He is the author of “What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know About Cash Flow…,” one of the top-10 real estate books on Amazon since 2004. A graduate of Yale University, Gallinelli serves as adjunct assistant professor in Columbia University’s MSRED program for developers and teaches continuing education for Connecticut licensees.
    Website: http://www.realdata.com
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/gallinelli
    Twitter: @fgallinelli | LinkedIn


    Peter GiardiniFounder, The Club Mastermind

    Peter Giardini has been an active real estate investor in the Baltimore Maryland region for the past 10 years. He has purchased and sold over 120 properties and currently invests in 10 – 15 properties a year. Peter is one of the founders of The Club Mastermind, a real estate investing coaching program, is a weekly contributor to the BiggerPockets Blog and was featured in a recent Kiplinger Magazine article on real estate investing.
    Website: http://www.theclubmastermind.com
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/PeterG
    Twitter: @peterg1234 | Facebook


    Brett Green

    Brett Green is a Senior Mortgage Banker with Guild Mortgage Company, the leading privately-held direct lender servicing the Western United States. Brett holds a degree in finance from the University of Colorado and has 10 years of real estate financing experience. During his career, he has closed and funded over 1,000 transactions in excess of $200 million.
    Website: http://www.greenteamloans.com
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/BMGreen
    LinkedIn


    Jon Holdman

    Jon Holdman started investing in Real Estate in 2007 with a investment in a mini-storage in Mobile, AL. That’s $30,000 investment just might, someday, return $10,000. Total. If things go well. That’s the school of hard-knocks and just goes to show that “just do it” philosophy would be a heck of a lot more fun with $30K on a hard six. Since then, other investments in rental houses and hard money loans have proven more profitable. Jon has been a member of BiggerPockets since 2008 and a moderator since 2009. With a background in Physics, Chemistry, and Computer Science, calculating a mortgage payment is quick and easy. After all, there’s an app for that.
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/wheatie


    Kim HubbardExecutive Vice President, Merchants Mortgage & Trust Company

    Kim Hubbard has been a rehab property loan specialist for over 18 years. She is the Sales Manager for Merchants Mortgage, a local portfolio lender that has been lending to investors since 1961. Kim and Merchants have closed over 5,500 transactions totaling over $1.5 billion since 1993. Kim has also fixed-and-flipped properties and invested in fix-and-hold properties herself and with partners.
    Website: http://www.merchantsmtg.com
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/khubbard
    Twitter: @MerchantsMtg | LinkedIn


    Kevin KaczmarekFounder & CEO, Capital Blueprints

    Kevin has completed over 1 thousand investment transactions serving a global client base by combining his expertise in Self Directed retirement accounts, capital raising, and real estate investing. Author of Creating Your Wealth Blueprint With a Self Directed IRA, a regular contributor to BiggerPockets.com, Kevin also publishes articles detailing strategies and insights for building wealth and creating passive streams of income. Capital Blueprints has been featured on Fox News and in the publication Christian Science Monitor.
    Website: http://www.capitalblueprints.com/
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/mycapblue


    Aaron Mazzrillo

    Aaron went full time as a real estate investor when he purchased his first wholesale property on Aug 28, 2006. Over the next several years he focused on building systems, outsourcing, partnering, and buying properties direct from sellers, but mainly he was obsessed with building a business around his vacation driven lifestyle. He consistently buys dozens of properties every year without ever seeing the properties, meeting with the sellers or his end buyers.
    Website: http://www.aaronmazzrillo.com
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/Aaron_M
    Twitter: @AaronMazzrillo | Facebook | Google+


    Bruce NorrisPresident, The Norris Group

    Bruce Norris is a 30-year real estate veteran with over 2,000 transactions under his belt as investor, builder, and hard money lender. Bruce is best known for long-term market timing predictions and trends in California. He hosts an award-winning real estate radio show and podcast which no-nonsense interviews with economists, government officials, authors, national associations, and local experts.
    Website: http://www.thenorrisgroup.com/
    Google+


    Paul PedriCo-Founder of Investors Choice Funding

    Paul Pedri, Co-Founder of Investors Choice Funding, is a full-time real estate lender and investor. He has been a full time real estate investor since 2006. Paul’s education started in 2003 with the Russ Whitney Education Group. In 2007 Paul and his wife Tami were inducted in to the Russ Whitney Hall of Fame, the only inductee to be nominated by other students and mentors.
    Website: http://www.InvestorsChoiceFunding.com
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/PaulP
    Twitter: @investorscf | LinkedIn


    D. Scott SmithCCIM

    D. Scott Smith’s contribution to the Commercial Real Estate community comes in the form of education. An excellent instructor, he is called upon frequently by Local REALTOR Boards and various other industry organizations to teach. His involvement with CCIM and NAR has allowed him to continually increase awareness about education opportunities and in turn has caused many more people to become educated and successful in the Commercial Real Estate industry.
    Website: http://www.expertcre.com/
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/ExpertCRE
    Twitter: @DScottSmithCCIM | Facebook | LinkedIn | Google+


    J ScottLish Properties, LLC

    Jason (“J”) Scott is a professional real estate investor in Atlanta, GA. After spending more than 15 years in management positions at such companies as Microsoft, eBay and DirecTV, J and his wife left the corporate world in 2008 to focus their efforts on building a successful and scalable investment business aimed at purchasing, rehabbing and reselling single family homes. In the past three years, their business – Lish Properties, LLC – has completed over $5M in real estate transactions, comprising 30+ renovations and property sales; in the same time period, the Lish team has mentored, consulted to and assisted other investors in several dozen additional projects.
    Website: http://www.123flip.com
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/jasonscott


    Shawn WatkinsInvestors Workshops

    As an Orange County Deputy Sheriff for nine years until 1997, Shawn learned the value of education, training and integrity. With over 14 years of real estate experience, Shawn is currently focused on buy-and-hold properties acquired using creative financing techniques. He buys real estate primarily using seller finance techniques (subject to, options, master leasing, etc) and buys without using large amounts of cash or obtaining traditional financing. Shawn is the founder of Investors Workshops (started 2003) in Orange County and can be found lecturing frequently on the topics of foreclosures, trusts, title insurance, seller financing and property management.
    Website: http://www.investorsworkshops.com
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/iworkshops


    Ryan WebberOwner, Amarillo Home Buyers

    In 2003, Ryan started buying houses with his $5,000 tax return. In his first 2 years he did 8 deals and made very little money doing them. Over the next two years, he transformed his entire business model, wholesaling and/or retailing 119 single and multifamily properties. Ryan has now bought and sold 400 properties, and he currently wholesales and keeps a portfolio of rentals and notes. He has also been a regular contributor to the BiggerPockets forum for over 5 years.
    Website: http://www.amarillohomebuyers.com
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/Ryan_Webber


    Rich WeeseWeese Investin’ Properties
    Rich Entered the real estate field during a recession (by accident) after determining that College was a waste of time. Received his license and started practicing Real Estate in 1971. Owned Brokerages in CA and CO, and have owned over 1000 SFRs. Started management, rehab, construction, lending, landscape, janitorial, and syndication companies. Retired from fulltime real estate at age 29 as a multimillionaire. Self published the book “From Janitor to MultiMillionaire,” detailing his 9 year journey from broke to retired.
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/venomousviper


    John WilhoitPresident, Wilhoit Investment Network, LLC
    Mr. Wilhoit’s career has focused on high volume, large-scale multifamily communities including market rate and mixed-finance developments. He has previously held positions with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Apartment Investment Management Company (AIMCO) and the Maryland Housing fund. Mr. Wilhoit holds an undergraduate degree in Business from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and a Masters in Urban and Regonal Planning from Alabama A&M University in Huntsville Alabama.
    Website: http://www.multifamilyinsight.com
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/JohnWilhoit
    Twitter: @JohnWilhoitJr | Facebook | LinkedIn


    Michael Zuber

    For over 10 years Michael Zuber has worked full time in the technology industry while investing in real estate part time. He knows how hard it is to get started in real estate especially while balancing the demands of a high stress job with growing family commitments. Michael is a buy and hold investor who currently owns over 130 rental units. In addition to active investing Michael helps Passive Investors secure returns not offered by traditional investments.
    Website: http://www.wealthbuildingpro.com
    BiggerPockets: http://www.biggerpockets.com/users/mpjzuber


Note: Conference speakers are subject to change without notice.