Archive for Biographies

Tolla Cherwenka

Posted on December 1, 2017 by

Tolla CherwenkaTolla Cherwenka is an internationally renowned Business Operation Transformation Executive, thought leader, startup advisor and keynote speaker. Tolla started working, writing algorithms, for the federal government at the at the age of 15 in Seoul, Korea. Her teenage job morphed into a lifelong passion for creating the intersection between business and technology. She is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Goldmine Properties, Inc. and with her husband Mike, heads up Cherwenka Realty Team, a boutique realtor specializing in luxury real estate.

Amy Ransdell

Posted on November 29, 2017 by

Amy RansdellAmy Ransdell is an active real estate investor, real estate investment coach, investment strategist, real estate broker, designer, speaker, writer, and mother of three rockin’ children. Actively running an investment team and brokerage sales team in Marietta, Georgia, Amy has been buying, renovating, and wholesaling homes for over 15 years. She is heavily experienced in short sales, turn-key investments, and extensive renovations.

Amy RansdellHer team works actively to support fellow investors throughout Atlanta to locate opportunities, list and sell their renovated property for maximum profit, and provide consultation to investors to develop their scope of work and project management skills. While working as a real estate investment coach for an Inc 500 top program for 9 years she realized her passion is to empower people to build their investment skills, grow their entrepreneurial fortitude, and help them find the moxie to live fiercely everyday.

Lorraine Beato

Posted on November 29, 2017 by

Lorraine BeatoLorraine Beato is a passionate, constantly evolving real estate professional that specializes Residential Single-Family Homes, Investment Acquisitions, and Renovated Investment Sales. Lorraine has garnered an excellent reputation and counts some of Atlanta’s top business people and private lenders as clients as well as investors from across the country. She hails from the financial services industry having worked on the Mortgaged Backed Securities trading floor for Merrill Lynch in Manhattan as well as several years working as a real estate appraiser.

In order to deliver the greatest value to the clients—whether they are buyers, sellers, developers or investors – she focuses on one thing above all others: the client.

“I have an incredibly high work ethic for myself as well as for everyone who works with me. The client always comes first, and we keep our clients happy—and coming back to us—through hard work, doing what is right for the client at that particular time, advocacy, and innovative thinking.”  Read More→

Peter Pasternack

Posted on November 2, 2017 by

Peter PasternackGrowing up in Connecticut, Peter Pasternack came by his entrepreneurial spirit very early on. Peter’s parents owned and operated a Dunkin’ Donuts location as well as a fast food restaurant in the West Hartford area. From an early age Peter had a knack for numbers as he assisted his father with payroll for both businesses, even processing payroll checks himself starting at age 5 when his parents were away for vacations.

Peter’s love of numbers lead him to the University of Georgia where he earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting. Upon graduation he began his career at Price Waterhouse in Atlanta before transitioning to the banking industry where he gained over 20 years of experience. From this He financed over 500 businesses and saw firsthand why some ventures succeed and many fail.

In 2005, Peter co-founded Foundations Design, LLC with his best friend and business partner, Brian Trow. The award winning company designs, builds, and renovates residential properties in the Greater Atlanta area. Peter is responsible for the operational and financial aspects of Foundations Design as well as the long term growth of the company.  Read More→

Ramon Tookes

Posted on November 2, 2017 by

Ramon TookesRamon Tookes is a real estate investor, coach, author, wealth builder, public speaker, radio celebrity and developer with 20+ years of experience in the industry. Ramon currently oversees the daily operations of The Tookes Group, a firm that he founded in 2005, specializing in real estate investment consulting.

Ramon has been surrounded by entrepreneurs for his entire life. He watched his grandfather build many successful businesses, his father amassed a respectable real estate portfolio and his uncles had a lucrative contractor business. Ramon began his entrepreneurial career as a teenager when he started his own lawn care service and car wash. He inked his first real estate deal as a freshman in college and financed his college career with the proceeds from his real estate investments.  Read More→

Larry Goins

Posted on June 27, 2017 by

Larry Goins Larry Goins has been investing in real estate for over 30 years. Previously, Larry served as president of the Real Estate Investors Association in Charlotte NC, a not-for-profit organization that has over 350 members and is the local chapter of the National Real Estate Investors Association.

Larry is an active real estate investor and travels throughout the United States speaking and training audiences at conventions, expos, and Real Estate Investment Associations on his strategies for buying and selling houses.

Larry has also written several books on real estate investing that are available wherever books are sold.  Read More→

David Tilney

Posted on May 19, 2017 by

David TilneyDavid Tilney has owned and operated single-family houses for 39 years.  He understands that real estate, if vacant, is not an asset but a liability. He also believes that his tenants are his greatest assets. David views his tenants as his on-site resident managers who are compensated with good long-term housing. Empowering tenants has allowed David and his wife, Mary, to spend 8 months each year in Naples FL and 4 months in Colorado Springs, without the need for any employees.

In 1984 David became a tenant and rented a house for 35 years, which he then sub-leased for a profit. By the end of 1996 David had leased and sub-leased over 100 houses. Many others have achieved real estate success using this business model.

John D. Rockefeller once said, “Own nothing, but control everything.” David has found master leasing to be a great way to control most of the benefits of real estate without all of the liabilities.

Jonathan Henrich

Posted on April 30, 2017 by

Jonathan HenrichJonathan Henrich was a professional drummer from Philadelphia in his early 20’s. He started his investing career in 2009 investing in paper, stocks, real estate wholesaling, then bought and rehabbed his first rental property in 2012 even after battling a debilitating brain tumor. His interest was piqued by Larry Harbolt who introduced him to a legendary real estate investor in the St. Pete area, he decided to move to Florida in 2012 as part of his recovery and to study under the legends of investing.

He worked alongside Wayne Arnold and Peter Fortunato to help develop the Creative Real Estate Exchangers (CREE) where he has gotten a unique look at the real estate business. He has since authored his first book The Secret Recipe for A Happy Life: Practical Guide to Conquering Fear Depression and Anxiety and spends his time writing, speaking, investing, working on his Tech Start-Up company Jinzi Tech, and enjoying life.

Donna Bauer

Posted on April 24, 2017 by

Donna Bauer Donna Bauer, nationally known as The Original NoteBuyer®, is one of the country’s most recognized authorities on Discounted Notes, Seller Financing, and Defaulted Notes. Donna started out over twenty-five years ago, when she was babysitting nine children for a dollar an hour per child so that she could be a stay-at-home mom. Her life was changed forever when she discovered the amazing power of note buying and made over $5,000 on her very first deal. She went on to develop her own systematized approach to making amazing profits with notes. Since then, she has shared her exclusive note buying strategies and helped thousands of individuals to create, build, and maintain financial freedom.

Donna’s extensive real estate background enables her to bring a wealth of knowledge to her students and uniquely qualifies her to integrate her exclusive creative note buying strategies into all areas of real estate investing. Her experience includes the management of single-family homes, an office park, downtown high rise, and 400 – 500 unit apartment complexes. In addition to her own extensive investment career involving both residential and commercial notes and properties, she has facilitated thousands of transactions as a real estate paralegal, as the owner of a title company, and as a personal mentor to investors across the country.

Roger Blankenship

Posted on February 15, 2017 by

Roger BlankenshipRoger Blankenship is the “Flipping America Guy.” He’s host of the nationally syndicated real estate show, “Flipping America,” author, educator, motivational and inspirational speaker, and business leader. He is a member of several professional real estate organizations and is part of the Forbes Magazine Real Estate Council.

Roger is a unique and visionary leader with a broad background in corporate and nonprofit leadership and a lifelong history of entrepreneurial ventures. His corporate career gave him a strong background in staff development, cost management, process evaluation and work-flow improvements. His skills in curricular design, strategic planning and vision-casting have allowed him to help many companies develop new approaches and new products. He has a track record for innovation, creativity, flexibility, and continual process improvement in a wide range of situations.

In 2007 Roger founded Whitestone Investments, Inc., a real estate investment company in Atlanta, Georgia. Whitestone specializes in the purchase and resale of single family residences. Since 2002 Roger and his team have purchased and sold more than 800 properties across the southeastern United States. Whitestone offers a complete solution for both homeowners who need to sell quickly and investors looking for quality properties at wholesale prices. In addition to purchasing, remodeling, and marketing properties, Roger has ,founded the Whitestone Real Estate Investors Institute which teaches the science and art of real estate investing. He has a new book coming soon, “The Ten Day Real Estate Investor.” Roger and his team teach seminars in real estate investing and provide coaching for new investors. Roger is in demand as a speaker and small business consultant. He has led seminars with groups as large as 5000.

In his spare time Roger serves on the board of a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide housing for the homeless worldwide. How does he manage all of this? Some time ago Roger developed his own paper planner, calendar and personal goal tracking system. This year he is making it available to busy and motivated people everywhere. The “GMS Planner” a life planner and calendar, allowing the user to track their Annual Goals, Quarterly Milestones, and Daily Steps to success.

Jack Kudron

Posted on January 30, 2017 by

Jack KudronI’m originally from Massachusetts and moved to South Florida when I was 19.  I worked full time while putting myself through college, graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Marketing.

I’ve been investing in real estate for the past 30 years.  I started at the age of 21 with a 1/3 investment in a house in South Florida. We sold the house and split the $21,000 profit 3 ways, each receiving $7,000.

I then started buying properties on my own. I couldn’t afford a lot back then, so I moved into them, sleeping on the floors and using a cooler as my refrigerator.  I sold one house at a time, increasing my net worth over time.

Beginning in 1986, I moved 8 times within a 6-month period, selling the homes while I lived in them, until I could finally afford to buy a condo on the beach.  Read More→

Mike Cherwenka

Posted on January 30, 2017 by

Mike CherwenkaMike Cherwenka is Atlanta’s leading expert in residential quick turn real estate. Mike has wholesaled and fixed and flipped over 2,050 single family homes since 1996 and is known as the “Godfather in flipping homes”. Mike has also acquired 93 rental properties on the Atlanta Housing Authority Section 8 program.

Mike is known for literally transforming blighted communities into beautiful neighborhoods. His niche is “MAKING MONEY IN THE HOOD”. A true “TRANSACTION ENGINEER”. Nobody find bargains like Mike.

Mike believes learning the skills to fix and flip residential real estate correctly is the surest way to achieve financial freedom. Unlike most of the educational speakers on the circuit who have not even flipped a handful of properties, Mike is the “real deal” flipping 2-3 properties weekly. It is safe to say Mike has more experience than anyone in the market place.

A true “Rags to Riches” story on how Mike overcame $100,000 in debt to becoming a multi-millionaire through real estate investing in 1996. And lost several millions during the real estate crash of 2008-2013 and had to start all over again. Learn the TRUTH in achieving financial freedom. What really works and how to achieve it.

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