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Karen Bershad

Posted on January 29, 2011 by

Karen BershadKaren Bershad has owned and operated several businesses during her career including a printing company and a remodeling business with her late husband. Having over thirty years of hands on business ownership experience, she learned many things about owning and operating a business and always felt “there has to be a better way”. This was the basis of developing The Small Business Advisor.

All the downsizing and our current economy has encouraged many who have been employees to change hats and become entrepreneurs. What has come to light is, most entrepreneurs know a product or service really well and decide to go into business for themselves, but they don’t know what they don’t know about running a business. Read More→

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Andy Heller

Posted on January 26, 2011 by

Andy HellerNeither Andy Heller nor his real estate partner Scott Frank, ever intended to become full time real estate investors. However, in their approximately 40 years of combined real estate investing, they have developed a long term real estate investing strategy that has allowed them to make loads of money while minimizing their time, effort and headaches.

On a part-time basis, while involved in successful non-real estate careers and putting their families first, Scott and Andy have bought, rented and sold approximately 100 homes. Additionally, in many years, they have made more money in their 2-5 hour a week “side real estate investing job” than in their 40+ hour per week day job. Read More→

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Russ Hiner

Posted on January 26, 2011 by

Russ HinerRuss Hiner is an active real estate investor, coach and mentor. Russ is currently the leader of the Atlanta REIA Creative Deal Structuring Group and co-leader of the Atlanta REIA Mastermind Group. Russ also teaches several Atlanta REIA Workshops throughout the year on a variety of real estate investing topics such as Negotiations, Wholesaling 101, Wholesaling 401, Real Estate 101, Property Management and more.

Russ got started by working as a medical technologist in hospital and manufacturing setting before becoming involved in real estate. One year later the company shut down that department. RUSS lost HIS job! The life lesson was, he needed to work for himself and started the entrepreneurial adventure. Read More→

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Scott Scheel

Posted on January 25, 2011 by

Scott ScheelScott Scheel is the nation’s leading authority on creative commercial real estate investment. His unique strategies for investing in apartments, office buildings and retail shopping centers of any size have forever changed the world of successful real estate investing.

Scott is a self educated multi-millionaire entrepreneur and 2 time Congressional Businessman of the year (2004 & 2005) as recognized in the Wall Street Journal. Read More→

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Kathy Kennebrook

Posted on January 25, 2011 by

Kathy KennebrookKathy Kennebrook is the ultimate success story. She spent twelve years in the banking industry and another ten in sales logging thousands of miles each year in order to make a living before discovering the world of real estate investing. After attending several real estate investing seminars and real estate investor association meetings, this 4 foot 11 mother of two got really excited and before you know it she’d bought and sold hundreds of properties using none of her own money or credit. Read More→

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Beth Fasnacht

Posted on January 25, 2011 by

Beth FasnachtBeth Fasnacht is currently the co-leader of the Atlanta REIA Mastermind Group for Real Estate Investors with Russ Hiner, her mentor/teacher from another real estate educational organization. Beth, the mother of two teen age boys eager to learn more about real estate investing so they can do more to help run the family investing business,  is also creating a new Atlanta REIA training program designed to teach teenagers about real estate investing at an early age. The Teen Real Estate Boot Camp will be starting in the summer of 2011. Read More→

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Don DeRosa

Posted on January 10, 2011 by

Don DeRosaDon DeRosa is a real estate investor, author, teacher, coach and national speaker.  He is past president of Georgia Real Estate Investors Association. Don is also an an active Charter Business Member of the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance (Atlanta REIA).  Don has trained thousands of new and experienced investors to build wealth in real estate using the same techniques that helped him build his fortune, particularly buying with owner financing, using private money, creatively structuring deals and selling quickly in any market. Read More→

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Reginald “Reggie” Jackson

Posted on December 9, 2010 by

Reginald JacksonReginald “Reggie” Jackson has been a licensed real estate broker and investor in the state of Georgia for the past 30 years. He has invested in single-family and multifamily properties throughout metro Atlanta in areas where he has worked endlessly  to revitalize low income communities. Reginald believes in buying low and building high, where both property and community members grow together to raise property standards, ownership pride and unity.

Reggie is also the new leader of the Atlanta REIA South Group.

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Ron LeGrand

Posted on December 7, 2010 by

Ron LeGrandRon LeGrand is the world’s leading expert in residential quick turn real estate and a prominent commercial property developer. Ron has bought and sold over 2,000 single family homes over the past 30 years, and currently owns commercial developments in nine states ranging from retail, office, warehouse, residential subdivisions and resorts. The developed value of his current projects tops two billion dollars and many of the profits are shared with student partners.

Ron is an active teacher, author and writer with a best selling book in stores today and a new one recently released. He’s shared the stage with some of the most famous people in the world, including Donald Trump, Dr. Phil, Jay Leno, Jerry Rice, past presidents, corporate CEO’s and movie/TV stars, and spends a great deal of his time conducting real estate training in rooms as small as 100 to as large as 20,000.

Ron is a former mechanic that has helped create millionaires numbering in the thousands and has hundreds of thousands of students all over North America and numerous other countries. He’s famous for his “tell it like it is” style and down to earth, humorous presentation about the real business of investing in real estate with little or no money or credit and building a fortune quickly with time tested and proven techniques, many created and trademarked by him. Read More→

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Joe Thompson

Posted on December 7, 2010 by

Joe ThompsonJoe Thompson is an experienced business and financial consultant with over 28 years in the financial arena and business ownership experience dating back to 1973. Joe entered the financial consulting field in 1982 and has been awarded numerous awards for his achievements and quality of work.  Joe focuses his practice on working with Real Estate Investors, Entrepreneurs and Business Owners, all of whom have unique challenges and opportunities, which require experience and additional skills not commonly found in the advisement industry. Read More→

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Alan McDonald

Posted on November 15, 2010 by

Alan McDonaldAlan McDonald was born in central New Jersey in the early 1970’s, grew up near Charleston SC, moving to Atlanta in 1995. Alan’s interest in entrepreneurship, audio production, and real estate investing began early in his teenage years.

Alan is an avid reader, discovering Robert Kiyosaki’s  series in 2001, and has followed Rich Dad’s teachings ever since.

Alan became involved in Atlanta’s investor community in 2002. Some of his adventures have led him to be a property manager for Metro Management and Investments, a marketing coordinator for a local Domino’s Pizza franchise, and an event planner, performer and talent for Avalanche Entertainment.

Alan is currently building a support and professional network. One of the ways he is doing that is by organizing the Atlanta REIA Cashflow Players Group and Cashflow Game Nights throughout the Atlanta metro area. Alan’s hope is to inspire others to learn about financial literacy. Alan’s driving force is to live by a statement from Zig Ziglar, “help others get what they want, and in turn, you will get what you want”.

Alan is also currently serving as Atlanta REIA’s Volunteer Director of Audio Video Services and helps record and produce the Atlanta REIA’s Haves & Wants Speed Marketing Session at the Main Meeting each month.

Alan is also the host of the new Atlanta REIA Beginning Investors Group (BIG) which is is an educational and networking special interest group for new investors who are just getting started in real estate investing as well as “new again” real estate investors who’ve taken a few years off and are looking to start investing again..

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David Lindahl

Posted on November 9, 2010 by

David LindahlDavid Lindahl has rehabbed over 820 houses in just under 10 years and currently owns over 7,400 apartment units. Starting out as a struggling landscaper with no experience in construction, Dave accepted an opportunity to renovate a foreclosed house for a local bank during the wintertime when there was no landscaping to do in Boston.

The job was completed mostly with the advice of relatives and friends who knew how to do the work. After completing the first house, he did another and then (after getting over his initial fears) began to buy and hold small apartment buildings for himself. Read More→

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