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Our 2024 Speakers

Our 2024 Speakers

A serial entrepreneur, Ben was most recently a Partner and Chief Financial Officer with Spartan Investment Group LLC, where he applied his acquisitions, capital markets, corporate finance, accounting, and data engineering skills to construct from scratch a self-storage portfolio of over $500M assets under management with accompanying property and construction management companies. Ben is also the founder and host of the national Best Ever Real Estate Investing Conference. Before Spartan, Ben founded and sold a multi-million dollar study abroad company, worked with several start-ups through IPO or acquisition, and syndicated over 30 single and multi-family deals. He graduated from Rutgers University with dual degrees in Finance and Economics where he founded the Rutgers Entrepreneurial Society.

Host and Founder

Best Ever Conference

Joe Fairless
Joe Fairless is the Co-founder of Ashcroft Capital which has over $900,000,000 of assets under management. In addition to his work with Ashcroft Capital, Joe created the podcast, Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever Show, which is the longest running daily real estate podcast in the world. Joe is also a proud Member of the Texas Tech Alumni Advisor Board for the College of Media and Communication, as well as being recognized as Outstanding Alumni at Texas Tech University, where he is a former Adjunct Professor. Joe is currently a Junior Achievement Board Member and Volunteer for the Cincinnati chapter and has been recognized by the Junior Achievement’s Free Enterprise Society. Joe volunteers at Crossroads Hospice and in 2018 he was recognized as Multifamily Investor of the Year by Think Realty Magazine.

Joe Fairless

Ashcroft Capital | Co-Founder

Vicky is a highly experienced entrepreneurial thinker and industry recognized C-Suite operations and investment executive. She has consistently identified emerging trends and created business models around investing before an oversupply of capital drives down investment returns. Vicky has successfully founded/co-founded 6 firms since 1996 in various sectors of the real estate and private equity industry. She’s currently the CEOof Avrio Real Estate Credit.

Vicky Schiff

CEO | Avrio Real Estate Credit

John leads a team of dedicated real estate research professionals who produce the Marcus and Millichap’s vast array of market reports, analyses, and presentations providing insights on all major commercial real estate property types. As a seasoned commercial real estate analyst, John frequently presents at leading industry events hosted by NMHC, NAIOP, ULI, CCIM, ICSC and SSA, and is often quoted in both trade and mainstream news media. He is a graduate of Washington State University and an active member of the NMHC Research Foundation Advisory Committee, the ICSC North American Research Task Force and the NAIOP Research Foundation.

John Chang

Senior Vice President, National Director Research and Advisory Services | Marcus & Millichap

Jacob haas 25 years experience in CRE asset management and occupier strategies. He advises investors, owners, and occupiers on navigating CREs future by monetizing and reimagining CRE assets. He drives value creation and revenue management strategies & occupier portfolio performance through workplace productivity and experience. Jacob has directly led billions in real estate transactions in the US, and in more than 70 countries globally. He's also successfuly led the fund raising of hundreds of millions, from seed to Series D funds.

Jason Bates

Managing Principal | Protean

Chris has advised on some of the industry’s most notable monetization assignments, including over $1 billion in value on behalf of one of the largest Catholic health systems in the United States. Over his career, he has been involved in the disposition of more than 100 million sq. ft. of commercial assets, exceeding a total value of $25 billion on behalf of his clients.

Christopher Bodnar

Vice Chairman, Head of Healthcare Advisory, Americas | CBRE

Matt Burk is the CEO and Founder of Verivest and a 30 year commercial real estate industry veteran. He has started and managed eleven (11) real estate asset-based Reg D pooled investment funds and originated and closed nearly 1,000 deals funded by accredited investors. Author of the book, "Capital Attraction: The Small Balance Real Estate Entrepreneur's Essential Guide to Raising Capital," Matt is considered a leading expert in the industry on 506 Regulation D pooled investment funds.

Matt Burk

CEO | Verivest

Chiccorra Connor, a leading figure in the multifamily industry, is a two-time recipient of the Most Influential Women award (2020, 2021). With over 2 decades of experience, she founded Occupancy Heroes Incorporated, renowned for its nationwide services aimed at assisting multifamily real estate owners and their teams in effectively managing, maintaining, and optimizing their properties through accelerated leasing, talent placement, training, and maintenance.

Chiccorra Connor

Founder and CEO | Occupancy Heroes Incorporated

Clint is a founding partner of Anderson Advisors, a nationwide tax and asset protection firm with over 500 employees, where he assists real estate investors create and implement solid entity structuring and tax planning structures. A successful attorney, real estate investor, author, and speaker, Clint has used his innovative and dynamic strategies, coupled with knowledge borne from his personal experience as an investor with over 400 doors, to help thousands of people save millions of dollars.

Clint Coons

Managing Partner | Anderson Advisors

Chiccorra Connor, a leading figure in the multifamily industry, is a two-time recipient of the Most Influential Women award (2020, 2021). With over 2 decades of experience, she founded Occupancy Heroes Incorporated, renowned for its nationwide services aimed at assisting multifamily real estate owners and their teams in effectively managing, maintaining, and optimizing their properties through accelerated leasing, talent placement, training, and maintenance.

Andrew Dietz

Senior Managing Director | CBRE Investment Banking

Herve has been a General Partner with DeRosa Group since 2018 where he has assisted in guiding its Multifamily market & property acquisition strategy while also helping to raise over $50M for DeRosa Group led syndication deals. Since 2017, he has become a General Partner in six Multifamily deals with over $120M in value and a Limited Partner in a wide array of Multifamily, Retail & Office deals. Prior to joining DeRosa, Herve spent a 23 year career on Wall Street covering Technology stocks as a Financial Analyst & Institutional Sales Manager. In his spare time, he enjoys scuba diving, cooking & a great glass of bourbon!

Herve Francois

Acquisitions Manager | DeRosa Group

Amanda Han is a CPA and tax strategist who specialize in helping people use real estate to save massive amounts in taxes and keep their hard earned money. She is the author of the highly rated book Tax Strategies for the Savvy Real Estate Investor and has been featured in prominent publications including the Forbes Finance Council, Money Magazine, Talks at Google, CNBC’s Smart Money Talk Radio as well as the BiggerPockets podcasts.

Amanda Han

Managing Director | Keystone CPA, Inc.

Zach is the CEO and Co-Founder of Rise48 Equity and Rise48 Communities. Rise48 Equity is a retail syndication Multifamily Investment company with offices in Phoenix, Arizona, and Dallas, Texas. Rise48 Equity has completed over $2.11 Billion in total transactions and purchased 48 assets, 8,830+ units since 2019. They currently have $1.67Billion+ of Assets Under Management in Phoenix and Dallas and have completed 11 Full-Cycle Dispositions and returned capital to investors.

Zach Haptonstall

CEO & Co-Founder | Rise48 Equity

Jilliene is Chief Executive Officer of RealtyMogul and its wholly owned subsidiaries, RM Manager, RealtyMogul Commercial Capital, RM Adviser, RM Technologies, RM Admin and RM Communities. She has been involved in investments with property values over $5 billion, including over 24,000 apartment and single-family units, and is a pioneer in real estate crowdfunding.

Jilliene Helman

CEO | RealtyMogul

As a VP of Consulting at John Burns Research and Consulting, Kristin and her team assist executives in making informed investment decisions within the housing industry. Drawing on her experience and analysis of urban, single-family, build-to-rent, and multi-family housing markets, she provides valuable insights for development and investment decisions to help ensure success. She earned a BS degree in mathematics from the University of Utah and a master’s in economics from San Diego State University.

Kristin Matthews

Vice President, Consulting | John Burns Research and Consulting

As both tax strategist and real estate investor, Matt combines his passion for real estate investing with his expertise in tax strategies. His goal is to help investors with strategies designed to supercharge their wealth-building through tax savings. He co-authored the top selling book Tax Strategies for the Savvy Real Estate Investor and has been featured in prominent publications including g Money Magazine, Talks at Google, CNBC’s Smart Money Talk Radio as well as BiggerPockets podcasts.

Matt MacFarland

Managing Director | Keystone CPA, Inc.

Neal Bawa
Neal Bawa is CEO / Founder at Mission10K and Grocapitus, two commercial real estate investment companies. Neal’s companies use cutting edge real estate analytics technology to source and acquire OR build large Commercial properties across the U.S., for over 1000 investors. Current portfolio over 4800 units, with an AUM value (upon completion) of over $1 Billion.

Neal Bawa

CEO/ Founder Grocapitus

Leka Devatha
Leka is a real estate developer and broker based in Seattle, WA. She is the President of Rehabit Homes, Inc. a company focused on residential and commercial redevelopment. Leka has spearheaded hundreds of transactions, totaling over $100 million in real estate development. Beyond her achievements in the real estate industry, Leka is a sought-after speaker and has emceed prominent conferences such as BiggerPockets and MFIN!

Leka Devatha

President | Rehabit Homes, Inc.

Kyle Matthews
Kyle Matthews is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Matthews Real Estate Investment Services, a commercial real estate and technology firm with 20+ offices and over 600+ personnel nationwide. The firm is a leader in commercial real estate brokerage providing advisory services in transactions, leasing, and debt/capital markets. Since founding the company in 2015, Matthews has become the fastest-growing CRE firm in the country, is the largest privately privately held brokerage platform in the US.

Kyle Matthews

Founder, Chairman, and CEO | Matthews Real Estate Investment Services

Todd Hanson is the Managing Director for RM Communities across the US and has responsibility for planning and execution of overall strategy and directing the investment and financing activities of the company. He is actively involved in maintaining existing client relationships and developing new capital and partnership opportunities for the company. Mr. Hanson was previously EVP and Head of Investments at a private equity multifamily investment firm, a Director in the Real Estate Strategic Advisory Group at Investment Bank Houlihan Lokey, and a Real Estate Attorney at O’Melveny & Myers.

Todd Hanson

Managing Director for RM Communities (subsidiary of RealtyMogul Co)

Ben Lapidus
A serial entrepreneur, Ben was most recently a Partner and Chief Financial Officer with Spartan Investment Group LLC, where he applied his acquisitions, capital markets, corporate finance, accounting, and data engineering skills to construct from scratch a self-storage portfolio of over $500M assets under management with accompanying property and construction management companies. Ben is also the founder and host of the national Best Ever Real Estate Investing Conference. Before Spartan, Ben founded and sold a multi-million dollar study abroad company, worked with several start-ups through IPO or acquisition, and syndicated over 30 single and multi-family deals. He graduated from Rutgers University with dual degrees in Finance and Economics where he founded the Rutgers Entrepreneurial Society.

Ben Lapidus

Founder | Best Ever Conference