Atlanta REIA is the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance

Atlanta Georgia Real Estate InvestorsThe Atlanta Real Estate Investor Alliance, aka Atlanta REIA, is an Atlanta Georgia Real Estate Investor Association for real estate investors and other real estate professionals dedicated to the highest level of professionalism and integrity. Whether you’ve been involved in the real estate industry for years or are just getting started, you will feel at home at Atlanta REIA since we will be catering to all levels of knowledge and experience. We will be providing you:

  • Access to local, national and international experts, trainers and experienced investors who are actively investing
  • Access to local vendors and service providers that matter
  • Fun, exciting network opportunities with other like minded professionals and industry experts
  • Ongoing educational opportunities for new and seasoned investors on many different real estate strategies
  • A platform to market your properties to other investors and buyers as well as allowing you to be the first to purchase other member properties
  • A Main Meeting on the first Monday of each month
  • Specialty satellite meetup groups that meet throughout the month at locations around town
  • Other seminars, workshops, bus tours, webinars, teleseminars, and meetups throughout the year to keep you informed on the exciting and ever changing real estate market

We are different from other Georgia real estate investor associations in that we do not focus on bringing in national speakers each and every month who want to sell you books, cds and seminars for thousands of dollars. Instead, we will be focusing on delivering you affordable, local real estate education taught by local investors and professionals who are actually doing deals, not just selling books and cds. We are also putting a very strong emphasis on live networking events, social networking and community outreach programs through local charities such as the Fuller Center of Atlanta whom we help build, renovate and repair homes for needy families in the Atlanta area.

We have multiple meetings each month that you need to know about and attend… See our Atlanta REIA Monthly Meetings.

The cover charges and/or membership fees for these meetings and our REIA are subject to change at any time at our sole discretion.

We look forward to seeing you all at one of our meetings, webinars, networking events or our Fuller Center Saturday Workdays in Lakewood!

Dustin Griffin, Executive Director

Dustin GriffinDustin Griffin is husband to Christine Griffin and father of Savannah and Hudson Griffin. Dustin has been “Self-Unemployed” and proud of it since 1996 when he first began building dynamic, database driven websites and virtual back office systems for Realtors and real estate investors. In 1999, several of Dustin’s successful real estate investor customers talked him into buying his first investment property and he has been doing it ever since.

Today, Dustin’s website business, Super Smart Web Profits, has thousands of customers who use his virtual investing systems in all 50 states. His home buying company, One Hour Homebuyers buys houses in Atlanta in an hour or less using creative purchase strategies such as subject-to and short sales. Dustin is also a coach and mentor and teaches classes and webinars on traditional marketing, Internet marketing, search engine optimization, blogging, social networking, subject-to, short sales and more.

Recently Dustin formed Late Nite Networking, a social networking group for Atlanta real estate investors and other real estate professionals that meet late in the evening and network late into the nite at a popular restaurant in Buckhead, Ga. Dustin is also the founding President of the new Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance ( in Atlanta whose purpose is to provide affordable, local real estate education as well as providing ongoing motivation, networking and community outreach programs for its members. Dustin is also an active member of the Fuller Center of Greater Atlanta, a non-profit charity that builds, renovates and repairs homes for poor Atlanta area families.

Christine Griffin, Assistant Director

Christine GriffinChristine “Chrissy” Griffin is wife to Dustin Griffin and mother of Savannah and Hudson Griffin. Chrissy is not only the Assistant Director of Atlanta REIA, but she also helps run Super Smart Web Profits as well as the Griffin’s real estate investing business. Chrissy has done wholesaling, rehabs, subject to, cash deals and currently specializes in short sale investing and will soon be pursuing commercial investments. Chrissy is also a professional hair stylist by trade and is famous for giving many real estate investors and gurus a trendy new look for their speaking appearances.

Jeff Nix, Volunteer Director of Business Membership

Jeff NixJeff Nix is the owner/operator of Atlanta Carpet Services, Inc., an Atlanta REIA Business Member, whom has been serving the real estate community throughout Metro Atlanta for over 20 years. Jeff is also a recent Past President, Georgia Real Estate Investors Association (GaREIA), currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Panola Mountain State Park, currently serving in the Air Force Reserves from 1981 to present, is an active real estate investor with a self-managed portfolio of single family residences, and resides in Ellenwood, Georgia with his wife Jennifer and daughter Abigail.

Gordon Catts, Volunteer Director of Programs & Leader of Movers & Shakers

Gordon CattsGordon Catts is currently Atlanta REIA’s Volunteer Director of Programs, liaison with National REIA, leader of the Movers and Shakers Monthly Lunch Meeting and teaches several Atlanta REIA Workshops throughout the year. Gordon has a widely diversified real estate background. He has been involved in building, appraisal, title work, and brokerage, as well as training, mentoring and consulting. Gordon has trained thousands of real estate investors nationally, as well as locally in the Greater Atlanta area. He actively participates in the Creative Real Estate Movement and is a Past President of Georgia Real Estate Investors Association (GaREIA) as well as being a Founding Board Member of the National Real Estate Investors Association (NaREIA). As an instructor he has also taught Real Estate License Law and Post License Continuing Education for agents. He was one of the contributing review editors for the Real Estate Post License Courses and was a Founding Member of the Georgia Association of Real Estate Educators. He is a published author with articles in the Financial Freedom Report, The Creative Investor’s Advisor, Creative Real Estate Magazine, The Offer (GaREIA’s monthly newsletter), and other periodicals.

Joe Thompson, Leader of Have’s & Wants Speed Marketing Session & Thursday Meetings

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.

Joe is currently the leader of the new Have’s & Wants Speed Marketing Session which takes place at the Atlanta REIA Main Meeting each month. Joe is also a sub group leader for Atlanta REIA and North Metro REIA and is the founder and leader of Haves and Wants, Atlanta’s premier networking meeting for Real Estate Investors having facilitated over $100,000,000 in transactions over its 5 year history.

Alan McDonald, Volunteer Director of Audio Video Services & Cashflow Players Group Leader, Beginnning Investors Group Leader

Alan McDonaldAlan McDonald‘s interest in entrepreneurship, audio production, and real estate investing began early in his teenage years. After discovering Robert Kiyosaki’s book series in 2001, he 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 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.

Reginald Jackson, Atlanta REIA South Leader

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 currently the leader of the Atlanta REIA South subchapter.

Leslie Mathis, Atlanta REIA West Leader

Leslie MathisLeslie Mathis is a full-time, well-documented, proven real estate investment professional. Leslie buys and sells real estate by maximizing creative techniques to produce substantial profits with little to no risk. She invests by taking the approach that her main focus is on helping her buyers and sellers first, with the income following as a result. It is imperative for her that she creates win-win solutions for all parties involved in her transactions. She has mastered the art of and is a true transaction engineer, buying and selling hundreds of single family residences since her investing career began. Leslie is currently the leader of the Atlanta REIA West subchapter.

Russ Hiner, Co-Leader of the Mastermind Group

Russ HinerRuss Hiner has been an active real estate investor consistently reaching goals in real estate for over 30 years. Russ is also coach and mentor and worked with Rich Dad and Russ Whitney for 13 years. Russ is currently the co-leader of the Atlanta REIA Mastermind Group with Beth Fasnacht. Russ will also be teaching several Atlanta REIA Workshops in the near future on a wide variety of real estate investing topics such as Wholesaling 101 for Beginners.

Beth Fasnacht, Co-Leader of the Mastermind Group

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.

Karen Bershad, Volunteer Director of Membership & Leader of the Small Business Group

Karen BershadKaren Bershad is “The Small Business Advisor”. Having over thirty years of hands on experience running several successful businesses, Karen’s goal is to help small business owners run their businesses more efficiently through ongoing training, better business management systems and technology. Currently, Karen runs the Atlanta REIA’s Small Business Group which is designed to help real estate entrepreneurs and other small business owners survive and thrive in the current economy. Karen is also Atlanta REIA’s Volunteer Director of Membership.

Steve Brown, Leader of the Cash Cows Commercial Real Estate Group

Steve BrownSteve Brown has been an active real estate broker and investor since 1980 and has over 30 years experience with an emphasis on commercial real estate. Steve has built and renovated low and high end houses and has built and sold all types of commercial buildings and continues to do so to this day. Steve is currently the leader of the Cash Cows Commercial Real Estate Group. Steve’s goal is to help you take your real estate investing career to the next level and achieve financial freedom by investing in commercial real estate the right way.

Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Atlanta

Fuller Center of AtlantaThe Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Atlanta, faith-driven and Christ-centered, promotes collaborative and innovative partnerships with individuals, organizations, corporations, and religious groups of all faiths in an unrelenting quest to provide adequate shelter for all people in need in the Greater Atlanta area.

The Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance and our members are proud to be partners with the Fuller Center of Atlanta and assisting them in building, renovating and repairing homes for needy Atlanta families.