RealCap is a national conference dedicated to educating leaders and newcomers, developers and investors alike on the expanding industry of real estate crowdfunding. According to Forbes Magazine, this year the crowdfunding industry will account for more funding than venture capital.
2016 Promises to be even better !
RealCap 2016 will build on RealCap 2015. You asked for more individual and intensive instruction and we plan to deliver. Stay an extra day and meet one on one with real estate estate crowdfunding experts. They'll be ready to answer YOUR questions about YOUR project.
Is your project still in the planning stages? No problem. We've got you covered. Our panel discussions are packed with useful information. Take notes and ask questions that will help once you're ready to secure funding for your project.
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Jorge P. Newbery is on a mission to help Americans crushed by unaffordable debts.
Jorge P. Newbery is Founder and CEO of American Homeowner Preservation LLC, which crowdfunds the purchase of nonperforming mortgages from banks at big discounts, then shares the discounts with struggling homeowners. A 2004 natural disaster triggered the financial collapse of Newbery's former business, leaving him with $26 million in debts he could not pay. Newbery rebuilt himself through AHP, sharing what he learned from his challenges to help families at risk of foreclosure stay in their homes.
He authored Burn Zones: Playing Life's Bad Hands, in which he chronicled his rise and fall, and Debt Cleanse: How To Settle Your Unaffordable Debts For Pennies On The Dollar (And Not Pay Some At All) to help families resolve their unaffordable debts. He speaks regularly on debt, housing, and finance.
Eve Picker's world is wrapped around cities and change. With a background as an architect, city planner, urban designer, real estate developer, community development strategist, publisher, and instigator, Eve employs a rich understanding of how cities and urban neighborhoods work - and how they can be revitalized. Her latest urban (ad)venture is Small Change, a real estate equity crowdfunding portal to help fund transformational real estate projects. Learn more about Eve here, and watch her TEDx talk.
Markley Roderick concentrates his practice on the representation of entrepreneurs and their businesses. He represents companies across a wide range of industries, including technology, real estate, and healthcare. Expanding on his in-depth knowledge of capital raising and securities law, Mark is one of the leading crowdfunding lawyers in the United States, and has spent more than 30 years representing entrepreneurs and their businesses in a wide variety of transactions. Learn more about Mark here and on his crowdfunding blog, crowdfundattny.com.
Ben Schulman serves as the communications director for Small Change, one of many ventures he engages in to communicate the value of design and cities. Ben is the editor of the Design section of Newcity Chicago, host of the "A Lot You Got to Holler" podcast on architecture, urbanism and design, and a writer on urban affairs. Previously, Schulman served as the communications director for the Chicago chapter of The American Institute of Architects, editor of Chicago Architect magazine and as communications director for the urban think-tank, the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). When not writing about cities, Ben helps head the Contraphonic Sound Series, an attempt to document cities through sound. Learn more about Ben here.
Heather Schwarz is Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of EarlyShares. She leads EarlyShares' education, community outreach, and client acquisition efforts with the goal of broadening EarlyShares' footprint and building the company's relationships with investors, customers, and long-term strategic partners. Heather is a national speaker and thought leader in the private investing community. An expert on the JOBS Act and General Solicitation regulations, she has been an active advocate for private investment “crowdfunding” since co-founding EarlyShares in 2011. Learn more about Heather here.
Ben serves as our VP of Customer Operations for Groundfloor. He collaborates with borrowers to present deals for funding and is responsible for the overall customer experience of borrowers and lenders alike. He has held various roles in the Financial Services, Technology and Consumer Products Industries. Ben worked with Brian to help launch Republic Wireless and prior to that he was an Associate in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Investment Banking Division. He has received his Masters in Finance from London Business School and has an MBA from Emory University. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Learn more about Ben here.
Dan Bull is the executive vice president of Nello Construction and the founder of Zero Six Eight, an incubator that harnesses the entrepreneurial energy and amibitions of ex-convicts. Read more about Dan here.
Anthony Zeoli is an experienced corporate/small business attorney practicing in Chicago and the Chicagoland area. His primary areas of practice include banking and commercial finance law, real estate law, securities and general corporate law. He has substantial experience(among others) in: Crowdfunding (including Regulation A+, Title III, and Rule 506(c) offerings); Other Privately held debt/equity offerings (including 506(b) offerings); Real estate acquisition/sale/leasing/financing/construction. Learn more about Anthony here.
Bhavik was born and raised in Chicago, IL. His formal education includes attending DePaul University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics. Bhavik also holds a Juris Doctorate Degree from Charlotte School of Law. His prior work experience includes working for several real estate developers in the Chicagoland area. Bhavik has a decade of construction experience having managed sites for mid-sized residential sub-divisions and select service hotel assets. He has spent extended time abroad in China finding and sourcing reliable manufacturers for construction materials. Bhavik also led an electric vehicle charging infrastructure pilot program for hotel operators, relaying his data to Tesla Motors and several other hospitality groups. Learn more about Bhavikhere.
Jordan Fishfeld is the founder and CEO of PeerRealty. Before founding PeerRealty, Jordan worked as a finance attorney for Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP, where he assisted on more than $1 billion worth of syndicated loan transactions. Learn more about Jordan here.
Mark spent 14 years at The Bank of New York in both London and New York, which established his foundation in the securities processing industry. During his last three years at BoNY, Mark led the effort to expand the European hedge fund client base and contributed to the development of a Dublin-based hedge fund administration service. He continued to build his expertise in hedge fund administration in the U.S. as salesman for Fortis Prime Fund Solutions in New York from ’06 to ’08.
During ’08 and ’09 Mark headed the Alternative Investment Products (AIP) initiative at Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation in New York, which provided his first exposure to the Direct Participation Program (DPP) industry. Then in 2010 Mark came across Marcal Systems Corporation, the predecessor to Great Lakes Fund Solutions, while he was with Advanced Fund Administration. Mark came to recognize how this highly specialized transfer agent had the potential to support a much wider array of alternative investment managers.
John Uhlein is the founder of Grenadier Capital, LLC. John has over 25 years of experience in completing complex structured transactions as a lawyer, banker and lender. At Grenadier, John assists companies in the growth stage seeking equity and debt capital. Learn more about John here.
Ben Bingham is the CEO and Founder of 3Sisters Sustainable Management LLC. He is principly engaged in overseeing a series of positive impact funds called Scarab Funds LLC. A Certified Financial Planner trained in Gestalt Psychology, Spacial Dynamics, BioDynamic Agriculture and Grantsmanship, he was a Founder of the Circle of Entrepreneurs system of peer to peer counseling and two technology start-ups. His focus has been to develop the best investment options for investors in the new paradigm that supports a sustainable environment and social justice in the context of meaningful diversity and cultural richness. Learn more about Ben here.
Scott Jordan has over 25 years of experience in investment banking, and financial technology (FinTECH). He has raised over $150 million for healthcare companies via traditional and online investment marketplaces - HealthiosXchange, www.healthiosxchange.com. He is Co-Founder of a leading online marketplace, HealthiosXchange, and Advisor to Capbridge, a Pre-IPO financing platform sponsored by the Singapore Exchange, and Capbridge Accelerator. Learn more about Scott here.
Michael Norton works with corporate partners in, among other fields, the legal, private equity, venture capital, accounting, and real estate arenas, introducing and educating such partners on the wide array of services provided by Houlihan Capital's Valuations & Financial Advisory practice. Some of these services include the following: Fairness Opinions; Solvency Opinions; Portfolio Valuations; Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP); AIFMD &&Valuation; Valuations for Financial Reporting and Tax Compliance (ASC 805, IRC 409A) and much more. Learn more about Michael here.
Marty Coyne is the Chief Technology Officer at Connected Investors. He is responsible for the execution of the company’s business mission through development and deployment of the company’s web presence as the largest network of real estate members in the world. This requires envisioning the company’s service offerings as a web-based business, providing a secure, easy to use client interface, leading implementation of web applications, and planning for risk and growth. Learn more about Marty here.
Daniel Mulcahy is responsible for the evolution and development of the firm’s capital raising platforms as well as the coordination and execution of due diligence, advertising, and placement efforts. He led the expansion of LBMZ Securities, Inc. to include private placements, underwriting, and selling group participation. Daniel has more than 20 years of experience in diverse leadership roles in private market investments, asset mgmt, finance and real estate. Daniel earned a bachelor’s from UNLV and holds Series 7, 24, 66, and 79 securities licenses. Learn more about Daniel here.
AdaPia d'Errico owns and runs RECFEN (Real Estate Crowdfunding Education &Networking Group) on LinkedIn and across the country through Meetup.com. AdaPia is a published writer, contributor to the Huffington Post, and frequently presents on topics ranging from entrepreneurship, growth strategy and marketing to real estate, economics, marketplace lending and crowdfinance.
AdaPia’s business philosophy is rooted in providing the highest possible value to clients and partners, and developing longstanding, mutually beneficial relationships. She has co-founded two businesses with women partners, coached entrepreneurs, start-ups, and taught business students. She is passionate about encouraging women in to succeed not only in business – but also in all aspects of creating a successful life. AdaPia has lived and worked in 5 countries, has completed the Canadian Securities and CFP programs and obtained her BBA from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of International Business Economics from Hogeschool Zeeland.
Georgia Quinn is the CEO and co-founder of iDisclose, an adaptive web-based application that enables entrepreneurs to prepare customized institutional grade private placement documents for a fraction of the time and cost. Heralded by Thomson-Reuters as a "Top Female Attorney" in New York City, she also serves as counsel at Ellenoff, Grossman & Schole, a leading crowdfunding firm where she specializes in facilitating financial transactions and compliance with JOBS Act regulations. Learn more about Georgia here.
For 25 years, David has served neighborhoods throughout Chicago in various nonprofit and governmental capacities, getting his start as a community organizer in Lawndale, evolving to a lead role at the City Department of Planning, then as CEO of Chicago Park District, only to return to the nonprofit field through his role at CNI. At CNI, David has closed $55 million in New Markets Tax Credits to support community facilities, coordinated the investment of nearly $200 million in public and private funds in Chicago’s low-income neighborhoods, raised more than $900,000 in microlending capital, and helped lead an organizing effort to have Pullman declared a National Monument. David has an undergraduate degree from Wheaton College and a Master’s in Social Science from the University of Chicago.text in this area
Matt is the Co-Founder of BuiltWorlds, a multimedia platform educating built industry leaders who are committed to pushing innovation forward. A frequent public speaker, moderator and event organizer, he has played a leading role in industry-specific events across the U.S. Matt highly values fostering collaboration and connecting his partners in BuiltWorlds’ ecosystem. Working with everyone from startups to established industry giants, he provides opportunities for thought leaders to educate their peers and grow their businesses through BuiltWorlds multimedia network. Matt is a 6-time marathon runner, and loves supporting Imerman Angels as a board member since 2006.
Focusing his practice on commercial real estate transactions and general business counseling, Jordan strives to be a trusted advisor to his clients by delivering valuable and efficient legal counsel. Prior to joining the Firm, Jordan was President and General Counsel of a multi-million dollar manufacturing company in the Chicagoland area. Learn more about Jordan here.
Charisse Conanan Johnson
Charisse is a wealth expert, entrepreneur, investor, and strategist with over 15 years of financial services experience. Charisse is currently a Director at Next Street, a merchant bank focused on small-to-medium businesses, where leads the Chicago market’s portfolio of client engagements. Charisse also writes and speaks on financial wellness through the Charisse Says platform.You can follow her @CharisseSays.
Sean is also a owner and managing partner in Strata Investments LLC. Strata Investments is a private equity real estate firm that specializes in multi-family real estate in Chicago and strategic emerging markets. Sean manages all investment activities including acquisition, disposition, capital sourcing, and asset management. Sean is a seasoned internet executive and passionate entrepreneur who led Action Lead Solutions to be honored by the INC 500 as Chicago's fastest growing online marketing company in 2013. Learn more about Sean here.
Scott Purcell is a serial entrepreneur with experience in banking, securities, technology, publishing, internet infrastructure, music industry, and social networking. He's best at setting or understanding a vision and pulling together a team that can execute on it. He is a competent writer (more business plans and marketing literature than he can remember), accomplished public speaker (US Congress, FCC, and countless industry conferences), and successful capital raiser (over $140 million in venture and angel investment for various enterprises). Learm more about Scott here.