Archive for Biographies

Doug Shaddix

Posted on April 27, 2011 by

Doug ShaddixDoug Shaddix grew up in the Atlanta area and graduated from Georgia State University in 1978.  With a degree in Political Science, he worked for a congressman while attending law school until the election of President Ronald Reagan.  Putting his law degree on hold, he moved to Washington, D.C. for eight years where he worked in International Trade at the Department of Commerce.  After serving in the Reagan Administration, and other political and public policy positions, he returned to Atlanta and to law school where he graduated Cum Laude.

Having spent several years with the Atlanta-based law firm of King & Spalding, he left to practice law on his own in the area of asset protection and estate planning.  His firm, Wealth Preservation Solutions, LLC, specializes in setting up corporations and limited liability companies, as well as a variety of trusts such as Revocable Living Trusts, Land Trusts, Charitable Remainder Trusts, Personal Property Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Asset Management Trusts, ILITs, and other estate planning needs for his clients. Read More→


Fred Kross

Posted on April 21, 2011 by

Fred KrossFred Kross attended under graduate school and Georgia State University and graduated with a BA degree in real estate.  Fred attended the Georgia State School of Law earning his law degree in 1993.   Upon graduating from law school, Fred worked in his family’s business as a real estate appraiser and gained experience in appraising commercial and residential properties.   In addition, Fred was a licensed real estate agent with ERA Allpoints Realty and member of the million dollar club for several consecutive years in the late mid 90’s. Read More→


Tom Boyer

Posted on April 21, 2011 by

Tom Boyer aka Cash Flow TomAffectionately known as “Cash Flow Tom” by investors, Tom Boyer grew up in data communications sales and accidentally fell into real estate when moving to a new house and keeping the old one as a rental in 1989.  He tried his hand at many facets of real estate to find what best suited him: foreclosures, pre-foreclosures, rehab to retail, birddog, options, wholesaling, quick-turn, land lording and finally notes.  By trading in his hammer for a calculator he can now nail a deal without getting dirty, and loves it!  He has studied under both local and national note professionals.  Tom has used seller finance structuring for assemblages, commercial and residential real estate transactions.  He offers a private note structuring service to buyers and sellers. Cash Flow Tom supports investors in their quest to find their niche and conducts the Note Buyers Group for investors to network and improve their professional real estate craft.


Duncan Wierman

Posted on April 15, 2011 by

Duncan WiermanDuncan Wierman is a full time investor in Greenville, South Carolina. His business revolves around automated systems so he can do less work and make more money. He has used internet marketing and automated internet systems for attracting buyers, sellers, and investors have allowed him to do over 300 deals a year without leaving his desk!

After working at real estate investing the hard way, Duncan finally swore to himself that he’d had enough: He then invested serious time and money into using systems that would pay off in less aggravation, more time, and more profits! He became an expert in finding motivated sellers, hungry buyers, and private lenders through the Internet. Read More→


Catherine McFarland

Posted on April 14, 2011 by

Catherine McFarlandFrom Rags to Riches a real life miracle… Catherine McFarland was born in a small town in the mountains of East Tennessee. At that time she was born her family lived in a one room house with no indoor plumbing. From her humble beginnings, she broke the mold. She became an entrepreneur early on, selling greeting cards door to door, doing odd jobs for neighbors and undertook many other ventures to provide for herself.

Hard work was a way of life, that’s all her family knew. Her Dad had a 6th grade education and couldn’t seem to keep his head above water. Catherine became an over achiever. She found her self worth in winning awards, in competitions and in helping others. She won many, many awards on local, state and national levels. She is an accomplished equestrian and animal lover. She attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Read More→


Eric Nicoll

Posted on March 17, 2011 by

Eric NicollFor over a decade, Eric Nicoll, CPA has been helping real estate investors to maximize their opportunities to create wealth through real estate.  Having been a builder, developer, investor and financial strategist himself, he is able to bring a depth of knowledge to the table to assist investors with their transactional issues as well as tax planning strategies and tax preparation needs with the prime goal of helping people to build wealth.


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→


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→


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→


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→


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.


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→