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September 10, 2019

Democratizing Real Estate Investing: Interview with Craig Cecilio

Craig Cecilio is the CEO and Founder of DiversyFund. Craig’s mission is to disrupt traditional alternative asset investing and empower the average investor by giving them the same wealth-building opportunities available to the 1%. Craig’s visionary approach to democratizing alternative asset investing combines the power of crowdfunding with cutting-edge technology through DiversyFund’s online platform.

Before founding DiversyFund in 2014, Craig worked for nearly 20 years as a joint venture equity partner, lender, and developer. A natural entrepreneur, Craig has utilized his networking skills to lead the development of over 1,000 single-family residences, financing more than $1 billion worth of real estate assets.

Craig Cecilio and his co-founder Alan Lewis combine nearly four decades of collective experience in the real estate investment industry. They bring the best of both real estate expertise and Wall Street experience to the company’s investors.

Craig Cecilio has set out to build a team of like-minded individuals who embraced his idea of how technology could transform the way people invest in real estate. Based out of “America’s Finest City” in San Diego, DiversyFund is driven by its passion for opening the world of real estate investing to the average investor.

The team Craig has developed at DiversyFund is incredibly passionate about their approach and mission of bringing wealth-building opportunities to the 99%.

With a focus on technology, Craig has broken down the barriers to invest in real estate, allowing all everyone to invest in that would otherwise only be accessible to the privileged and well-connected.

He is a frequent speaker on topics surrounding start-ups, crowdfunding, entrepreneurship, real estate syndication, capital raising, and leadership.

 

https://diversyfund.com/
https://linktr.ee/craigcecilio

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/craigcecilio/

September 3, 2019

Partnering with Property Managers: Interview with Chris Bright

Company Bio:

Best Orlando Property Management specializes in day to day management of residential properties covering all of Central Florida. The company’s motto is “We Treat Your Property Like Our Own!”, and this is reflected on how the company takes pride in each property they serve.

What makes Best Orlando Property Management unique is it not only focuses on the owner of the property, but it also fosters great relationships with it’s tenants. This additional focus allows the company to keep vacancy rates low and rental rates high. The company’s top management team all come from the Corporate America world, so they run their business with the same financial and customer service as the top Fortune 500 companies.

Personal Bio:

Before Chris began his real estate career, he worked in corporate America for 10+ years. Throughout this time, he held management positions for one of the world’s largest marketing firms and one of the largest International Energy companies. He brings the same professionalism that he developed from corporate America to real estate. With a business background in negotiating large complex deals and an MBA from the University of Florida, he takes enjoyment in providing superior customer service.

Connect with Chris:

www.BestOrlandoPM.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-bright-34b93b3/

August 26, 2019

Flipping to Hedge Funds: Interview with Pat Flynn

OUR STORY

WE’RE NOT YOUR AVERAGE REAL ESTATE GUYS.

Although founded recently, YellowBird owners Kyle & Pat have been buying properties in Northeast Florida for over 15 years, operating the largest privately-owned home buying company is Northeast Florida. YellowBird purchases on average 30 homes per month, buying from sources including foreclosure auctions, tax deed auctions, MLS, agent & homeowner referrals, HUD, bank REO’s & outbound marketing. Their no-nonsense approach and true transparency allows them to be much more direct with their clients, both home sellers and investors.

OUR MISSION

OUR MISSION IS TO CREATE A PAINLESS HOME-SELLING EXPERIENCE FOR OUR SELLERS WHILE KEEPING THAT SMALL BUSINESS FEEL; FOCUSING ON OUR REPUTATION OF KINDNESS AND UNDERSTANDING OVER THE BOTTOM DOLLAR. OUR NEW CONSTRUCTION HOUSES AND RENOVATIONS WILL REVITALIZE NEIGHBORHOODS ATTRACTING MORE BUSINESSES, IMPROVING THE LOCAL ECONOMY, AND INCREASING THE STANDARDS OF LIVING IN JACKSONVILLE. AS THE REAL ESTATE MARKET EVOLVES AND AS CUSTOMERS DEMAND A HIGHER LEVEL OF TRANSPARENCY, YELLOWBIRD IS EXPECTED TO LEAD IN THE MARKET DISRUPTION.

About Pat

Pat directly manages and oversees property acquisitions and direct marketing. Starting his real estate career in 2017, Pat quickly became one of Jacksonville’s largest home buyers purchasing over 100 homes during his first year! Pat’s pure honesty and transparency and unique ability to listen to clients and find win-win solutions has elevated his success in a short period of time. Pat is often a featured speaker in local real estate groups and leads our networking group, YellowBird Connect. Pat earned his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy. After graduation, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the USNR and sailed in the U.S Merchant Marine Fleet for 7 years traveling the world. Pat lives in Neptune Beach with his wife Jane & daughter Nora. Pat enjoys seasonal beer, creepy old hotels, stinky houses.

Pat’s Instagram is @patflynnhomes 
Real Estate Events in Jax https://yellowbirdhomebuyers.com/events/
August 22, 2019

Scaling Your Real Estate Investment Business: Interview with Brian Daly

How do you fit 15 years of business successes and failures in a few sentences? Brian Daly is an entrepreneur, real estate investor, strategic business investor, and advisor. He received a firehose of experience in real estate and asset management by overseeing over 2,000 REO sales for one of the big 4 banks between 2008-2011. In 2011 Brian left the corporate world to start a real estate investment company initially focused on rehabbing and selling single-family homes in San Diego. By 2016 (with too many bumps on the way to count) that company grew to almost $10m in revenue and 60 employees with 2 other business lines in commercial construction and multi-family syndication. But, by the end of 2016, Brian exited that company over partnership disagreements about the future direction of the company. He took 2 years off real estate and business ownership while he had the incredible fortune to work with Darren Hardy, one of the best business owner/CEO mentors in the world. In 2019, the entrepreneur itch became too strong, and Brian left to go back to the scary, thrilling world of investing and business building. Starting from a standstill, his new investment company, Blue Wave Investments, is on pace for over $800,000 in revenue in its first 12 months, while earning over 25% annualized ROI for its investors.

Blue Wave Investments Bio:

Blue Wave Investments is currently focused on short-term value add real estate investments in the San Diego market with plans to add longer-term value-add syndications in multi-family and self-storage properties in select emerging growth markets of the Southwest and Midwest regions of the country. Our mission of restoration and transformation is at the core of what we do and why we do it. We love taking something that has been ignored, mistreated, or mismanaged and bringing new life back into it…while earning healthy returns for our investors in the process. Whatever opportunity we choose to tackle under that mission, we first make sure it’s a smart, sophisticated investment decision backed by trustworthy data and conservative forecasting.

Blue Wave Investments LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/blue-wave-investments/

Brian Daly’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/briancdaly/

Brian Daly’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/briancdaly/

Brian Daly’s Instagram: @briancdaly

August 8, 2019

Trusting Your Property Manager: Interview with Chris Calise

Chris Calise is a Co-Owner of Real Property Management & Realty, Inc. with experience in both real estate investing and portfolio management. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst which is an elite investment designation that puts him and his company in a class of their own as it relates to property managers in the area. When he is not hard at work increasing returns for his landlords, you can find Chris at the gym very early in the morning or trying new restaurants in the area as he is a self-proclaimed “foodie”.

Links:

Website: www.rpmrealty.net

RPM Realty FB: https://www.facebook.com/rpmrealtyinc/

RPM Realty LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopher-calise/

Chris’s Email: chris@rpmrealty.net

Chris’s Instagram: @christopher_calise

July 30, 2019

Charitable Real Estate: Interview with Rob and Jerrell

In the field of U.S. based real estate companies (which includes anything from developers and property managers to brokerages and leasing companies), the Tampa Bay Times points out that Welfont came in 2nd place. However, among all real estate brokerages, Welfont finished in the top spot in the country, separating themselves from the 2nd fastest growing real estate brokerage by a margin of nearly 4,000%.

Rob Blakely and Jerrell Bass are both senior producers with the Welfont Group in Tampa, Florida.  Their experiences and personalities came together to form a fruitful friendship, and their chemistry is palpable.

Rob’s Bio:

Rob was always interested in working with his hands, spending time as a carpenter in North Virginia and North Carolina at 18 years old.  Soon after, he called Tampa Bay home; joining the Sunshine Development Group specializing in market-rate/affordable housing.  Studying community real estate & development at the University of South Florida, Rob honed his skills in how to develop projects with layered financing and heavy tax incentives.  After applying for a position at Welfont Group, with his application covered in “I love Jesus” writing, he soon became a solid fit within the company as the National Acquisitions Director.

Jerrell’s Bio:

After graduating with a BBA in Industrial  Psychology & Marketing from East Carolina University, Jerrell pursued his passion for selling homes through connections with his fraternity brothers.  Eight years later, he started his own construction company focused on developing custom homes.  He formed a 501(c)(3) to benefit widows and widowers with custom-built, fully furnished homes during the market crash.  After running into Rob Blakely of Welfont Group one morning, Jerrell soon became a Senior Acquisitions Manager at Welfont.

If you would like to connect with Rob and Jerrell directly you can call or text 813-575-7111 or use any of the links below.

Let them know you heard them on A Real Estate Show

Links:

Rob’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-blakely-b727249a/

Jerrell’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jerrellbass/

Rob’s email: rob.blakely@welfont.com

Jerrell’s email: Jerrell.bass@welfont.com