Archive for Biographies

Lenny Ogburn

Posted on March 17, 2011 by

Lenny OgburnLenny Ogburn has always been an entrepreneur and investor, owning  a partnership in 3 video stores in the early 1990’s, owing over a dozen rental properties and self storage units, rehabbed and/or flipped over 30 properties, has invested in car notes, business notes and real estate notes. In 1998, when he bought his present home at a great price, paying the sellers asking price and acquiring it by a subject-to deal, the county that year raised his property tax value to over $60,000 higher than the purchase price of his home. Having bought 7 properties that year, Lenny quickly realized that buying properties as an investor was tough to make cash flow from the rentals when the county jacked the values for investors and home owners. Read More→

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Mark Durham

Posted on March 5, 2011 by

Mark DurhamMark Durham  has been studying and investing in real estate since 1982.

In 1980, Mark turned his lifelong love of tennis into a career and became a USPTA Certified Tennis Professional. He moved to Florida to start his tennis career.

Mark became interested in real estate in 1982, and began studying and investing in real estate at the same time he was advancing his tennis career.

Mark moved back to Georgia in 1986 and opened Tennis Atlanta, a company that provides tennis services to private and public tennis facilities. He continued to study and invest in real estate while running Tennis Atlanta. Read More→

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Bill & Kim Cook

Posted on March 1, 2011 by

Bill & Kim CookBill and Kim are a husband and wife real estate investing team.  Bill creatively constructed his first deal in 1990, and he’s been helping other investors do the same since 1997.

Their investment portfolio consists of single-family rental homes, mobile homes, a small mobile home park, plus notes and options.

They built their business square on the back of knocking on homeowner’s doors.  Why?  Because it’s the fastest, cheapest and most effective way to get face-to-face with homeowners and make written offers.

Their core belief is that real estate investing is not about buying, selling or renting houses.  It’s about helping people solve their real estate problems.  Read More→

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Jay Conner

Posted on February 23, 2011 by

Jay ConnerJay Conner is a proven real estate investment leader. He locates, buys, and sells multiple real estate deals, even in the new economy. Jay is a recognized investment genius, having graduated as a Master in Real Estate Investing; and he accepted Ron LeGrand’s invitation into the prestigious Platinum Inner Circle.

Without using his own money or credit, Jay maximizes creative methods to move properties for substantial profits with little to no risk. “Jay is a real estate magician,” noted a business networking associate. “He works seemingly magical deals for buyers and sellers alike.” When he started investing, he did it all THE WRONG WAY. (Those are his words) He went to his local banker and was able to do a few deals. But you know what happened? He had come up with the big down payments, origination fees and he had to play by their rules. Then the Market turned and Jay’s Banker cut him off with NO WARNING! And Jay was never late on a payment… Read More→

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Steve Brown

Posted on February 23, 2011 by

Steve BrownSteve Brown has been an active real estate broker and investor since 1980 and has over 30 years experience. His very first deal was with the Coca Cola Company on the lease of a large commercial building that he was rehabbing and planning to turn into a self storage facility. From there he went on to build his first shopping center that he pre-leased to 80% capacity before purchasing the property.

Steve came to Atlanta in 1968 with an MBA degree in finance and marketing. His last full time employment with a REIT, Tri-South Mortgage Investors, as the money market manager. After watching all the developers get wealthy, he got excited and left his job and started investing in 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 that meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 11:30 AM at 5 Seasons Brewing located at 5600 Roswell Rd in Sandy Springs, GA. 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.

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Leslie Mathis

Posted on January 30, 2011 by

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. Read More→

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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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