Real Estate Experts & Coaches

Alex Schuck

Alex and Kathy Schuck started investing in real estate in 2009 when they purchased their first property to rehab. They invest in single family houses in Essex and Middlesex counties in Massachusetts (north and west of Boston). They created their business, North Shore Real Estate Solutions, LLC in 2010 and have been in the business of buying, renovating, and selling rehabbed properties ever since (over 5 years). Alex and Kathy joined Fortune Builders as students in 2010 when they wanted to take their business to a new level by increasing the volume of deals. They became Coaches in 2012. Alex holds a BS degree from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications. Prior to working in real estate investing, Alex was an Advertising Salesperson at several media/communications companies such as a local radio station, a cable television company, and most recently ClearChannel Outdoor Advertising. Kathy has a BS degree from Babson College. She has worked in the advertising field at a Boston advertising agency, a software development company (where she worked with Kevin O’Leary from TV’s “Shark Tank”), and most recently at Bank of Boston (now part of Bank of America). Additionally, Kathy has her real estate sales persons license since 2010 and is an agent with Realty National, MA – a division of Fortune Builders. Alex and Kathy specialize in rehabbing single family houses but have done many other aspects of real estate investing such as short sale negotiation, private money lending, and most recently new construction. They currently manage the Boston Mastery FaceBook page and run the Boston Fortune Builders Mastery Meet-up which meets once a month at different students’ projects for educational and networking purposes. They are also frequent speakers at their local REIA meetings and presenters on many Fortune Builders’ case studies.

Bret Barattini

Bret began his real estate investing journey with no experience and plenty of doubts, fears, and worries. He obtained a real estate license and joined FortuneBuilders Mastery in 2013. He made the commitment to follow the system, study the Mastery curriculum, attend live events like Bootcamp Summits, work with coaches, take action, and Crush It! As a result, Bret successfully implemented many real estate strategies including real estate brokerage, wholesaling, rehabbing, passive income, buy and hold rental properties, creative financing, lease options, private lending, new construction, and commercial debt & equity investing. He attributes his success to financial education and virtues like faith, courage, gratitude, humility, discipline, perseverance, and joy. Bret is from New Orleans, Louisiana. He owns and operates Rise Up Real Estate Group, LLC, a real estate brokerage and investment company. Bret is an LSU alumnus, Geaux Tigers! He wrestled for NAVY and coaches wrestling to this day at his alma mater, St. Paul’s High School. Go Wolves! He enjoys staying active. He has competed in marathons and triathlons as well as owned a CrossFit box. He is a PADI SCUBA Divemaster, a USHGA Hang Glider Pilot, and is licensed to ride motorcycles. He enjoys Saints football, the beach, snow skiing, camping, backpacking, fishing, sailing, live music, and is slowly learning how to swing the golf clubs. Bret loves his family and his dog, Scout.

Brynn McNicholas

Brynn has been an active real estate investor in Chicago, IL since 2015. She started her investing career using the FortuneBuilders’ systems as she exited her teaching profession. Brynn has worked with her brothers on rehab projects in Chicago and has utilized the FortuneBuilders community to find several business partners, including her full-time real estate business partner, Mary. After starting her investing career, she also obtained her broker’s license to grow both her investing business and add additional income. Since joining FortuneBuilders, she has bought and sold several rehab properties from 95% new construction two-story homes in Chicago to “prehabs” where essentially no work was done and the property was resold. In 2017, Brynn and Mary completed six of their own rehabs and two wholesale deals while also working on their real estate agent business. Brynn and Mary bought and sold these properties by leveraging other people’s money and using the systems that FortuneBuilders taught them. While leaving a career in education had been tough on Brynn, she has been grateful for the opportunities to build long term wealth and use her success to give back. In her free time, Brynn enjoys the company of good friends and family. She comes from a large family, five brothers and one sister, which is constantly growing through weddings and babies, and they remain her “WHY”. Brynn also enjoys a good book and a soccer game to stay fit!

Chris Banks

Chris Banks has been investing in real estate since 2001 and has become more active since 2009 working wholesale and short sale deals. He’s worked with distressed home owners gaining their trust and confidence to direct them to helpful resources and guide them through the short sale process. Chris lives in the Washington, DC area and he’s been learning and working alongside real estate professionals Dan and Marcus of Helpful Investing since 2009 and he’s been a student of Fortune Builders since that timeframe. Chris started coaching in 2012 while working full-time as an IT professional and continues to find deals through patience and persistence.

Christina Macri

Christina has been in real estate since 1990, primarily acquire buy and hold properties. In 2002 she became a licensed real estate agent in California and New York. Since joining fortune builders in 2012 she has expanded her transactions to include wholesales , renovations , and passive income acquisitions. In 2013 she joined the coaching team at FB, she has experienced marketing on a budget and is focused on monetizing her marketing leads. One of her joys in coaching is educating investors and agents to work together. Throughout her life she has participated in equestrian events, everything from playing polo to working on a Kentucky Derby winner. Chris and her husband Lane ( FB coach Schloeder ) and their daughter spend the majority of the year in Northern California and summers in NewYork.

Christy Duckett

Christy Duckett-Harris has been an active real estate investor in South Carolina since 2007. Since 2007 she has done multiple deals using numerous strategies such as rehabbing, wholesaling, lease options, and REO’s. She holds passive income properties consisting of single family homes and the best kept secret mobile homes. She also has experience in the commercial side of the business investing in Mobile Home Parks. She has been with Fortunebuilders since 2011. Like many she thought the path to financial freedom was through a college education and received her Psychology degree from Radford University. After college she bounced through corporate America until she attended her first real estate seminar in and realized she was the only one who could control her future! From that point on she decided work was not an option and continued to keep a job until she was able to transition into real estate full time. Christy loves helping others and giving back. She is always educating others in her local community and helping those who thought they could never purchase a home get in a position to be able too. Her biggest passion is her husband and son. Real estate has allowed her the ability to be a full time stay at home mom and run a business

Barbara Bauer-Chen

Coach Barbara Bauer-Chen joined FortunBuilders in 2015, and has been a licensed real estate agent in Virginia since 2015 and recently became licensed in Wisconsin. Coach Bauer-Chen and her husband are active investors and have rehabbed numerous properties and held over half of them as passive-income rental properties. She and her husband focus on rentals (single family, college rentals, and mixed-use commercial) but also enjoy doing rehabs. Coach Bauer-Chen loves the design phase and seeing what can be created when working with great contractors. Further, she’s skilled at negotiating “subject-to” and other creative deal purchase options. Most of the investments in her portfolio are located in the coastal Virginia area as she started investing there while her husband was active duty and stationed nearby. She and her husband have since moved to Wisconsin to be closer to family and have continued their real estate business there. Her first career was with the US Navy as an aviation hydraulics mechanic, master training specialist, and aerospace maintenance officer- primarily with P-3s and C-130s. Coach Bauer-Chen has lived in eight states within the US and also Japan.

Chad Tate

Coach Chad Tate is an investor, developer, and community business leader in Charlotte, NC. Prior to his real estate career, Coach Chad spent 15 years as a Human Resources leader for two Fortune 100 companies. He began investing with his mother and sister in 2009 with absolutely no real estate experience. After joining Mastery, they quickly found success in raising private money and rehabbing. Coach Chad eventually became a sought after speaker and leader in his local REIA and even went on to represent the REIA in his local Chamber of Commerce. By 2011, Chad and his sister, who is also his business partner, Carie were leading FortuneBuilders bus tours in his local market as well as speaking for FortuneBuilders and other national organizations. Coach Chad and his team currently focus on development and new construction in the semi-luxury segment within his local market while also building a passive income portfolio through rentals and notes. From meeting Than Merrill back in 2009 and first starting his career in real estate, Coach Chad now co-owns an award winning REIA.

Craig Barton

Craig Barton has been an active Real Estate investor since 2004 and has done over 200 real estate transactions using all strategies buying, selling and holding that include Manufactured home and land packages, wholesaling, rehabbing, subject-to, owner carry, lease options and rentals. Craig currently lives in Tucson Arizona working primarily in Tucson and Phoenix markets. Craig joined Fortunebuilders in 2011 and started coaching in 2015. Prior to real estate investing, Craig had a successful career in sales and marketing and credits that experience to countless successful closes. Craig also hosts a Real Estate investment club of 200 members and counting.

David Fair

David Fair is co-owner of SELL NOW RGV, a one-stop solution for real estate investing in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Having grown up in a family owned retail clothing business, he was not only involved in the day-to-day operations of retail, but also oversaw store expansion and renovations. Directing the leasehold improvement finish-outs of several commercial retail spaces helped him to hone his design and construction skills. After leaving the retail business in 2000, he entered the field of residential contracting. One day while calling on a supplier, who happened to also be a real estate investor, the topic of estate investing came up. With that conversation a new passion was born. They soon created a partnership focusing on wholesaling and rehabs.Looking to fill a void in real estate education, David, his partner, and another local investor co-founded the Rio Grande Valley Real Estate Investors Club in late 2002. Currently, David is the past president and serves as a partner of the club.David, an expert networker, has done a little of everything. His primary fields involve subject to, owner financing, wholesale/wholetail, and rehab. He is also fluent in Spanish.David enjoys helping people understand that building a real estate business is achievable for anyone who wants it. It takes dedication and hard work, but that’s what entrepreneurship is all about. You can’t give up!

Dennis Hoffman

Dennis Hoffman is a Certified Professional Performance Coach. Coach Dennis has been a licensed real estate agent in Colorado for 16 years and has worked with investors for 12 years. Coach Dennis is a graduate Mastery Student and Inner Circle member. He has served as a managing broker in 2 offices and is on faculty of the nation’s largest real estate franchise. He and his team have done over $35 million in transactions as an agent and investor. Coach Dennis was named the Coaching “Rookie of the Year” for 2014 from FortuneBuilders and was also part of the Coaching Team of the Year in 2014. In 2015 he received, Most “Exceeded Expectations” in Student feedbacks.

DJ Reed

DJ started in real estate in 2001 and is also a licensed agent. She is a retired math teacher and pricipal and has been F/T in real estate for 3 years.

Akila Nayak

Dr. Akila Nayak started her real estate career in 1986, learning from family members on how to purchase properties and acquire rentals. For twenty years, she managed residential and commercial properties for herself as well as family members before turning over her rentals to a property management company. Desiring to rekindle her passion for real estate, she along with her fiancé, Mark, joined Mastery Inner Circle in 2017 as a means to reeducate and become part of a group of investors interested in participating in commercial syndication deals. As a result of their participation with FortuneBuilders, they invested in four commercial deals. A focused leader, effective manager, and efficient planner, she has over 33 years of experience in training, teaching, professional development, and operations. Her solid years of experience include researching, designing, developing and conducting business skills training, college course lesson plans, leadership, and management development programs. Dr. Nayak augments her training, professional development and academic skills with her strong practical experience in operating several successful small businesses. These businesses include property management, childcare, consulting, and advising on soft skills training to governments. Dr. Nayak served as an adjunct professor in the Business Studies Department for a community college for five years and since 2017 has been serving as an Associate Adjunct Professor for the University of Maryland (Global campus). Dr. Nayak earned a Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in Management from Northcentral University, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business – College Park. In her spare time, she enjoys music, yoga, reading, gardening, topics surrounding holistic health, and her furry friends.

Eddie Bodkin

Eddie is an active real estate investor and affiliate broker in Chattanooga, TN. He was previously employed as a health care professional and decided to switch careers due to the lack of opportunity and increased volatility of the health care industry. This led him to search for a profession where he could put his people skills to practice and position himself for financial success. His real estate journey began in 2009 when he started out as a short sale negotiator and wholesaler. Since that time, Eddie has expanded his company, Rock Solid Real Estate LLC, into multiple areas of real estate. His experience includes wholesaling, rehabbing, short sales, foreclosures, probate, turn key rentals, and raising private money. Eddie has overcome many obstacles since joining Mastery and wants to help other people do the same.

Erica May

Erica May is co-owner of CTM Investment Group and started her real estate career in 2007. In 2008 she moved to Columbia, SC and made real estate investing her full time job. Erica became a part of Fortune Builders in 2011. She has done numerous real estate transactions and her knowledge of real estate is in mobile homes/mobile home park investing, rehabbing, lease options, private money, rentals, REO’s and property management. Erica owns several passive income properties consisting of single family homes as well as mobile homes. She was fortunate enough to learn about the mobile home industries from one of her mentors Lonnie Scruggs. In 2012 Erica became co-owner of CTM Property Management and is also a licensed property manager in charge. Erica grew up in West Virginia and attended the University of Charleston on a soccer scholarship. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. Prior to real estate investing Erica was an accomplished Interior Designer. She worked on large projects all over the country for Marriott Vacation Club, Bank of New York, IBM, Nautica, University of Central Florida and Eli Lilly.

Guylaine Parthenais

Guylaine Parthenais has been an active real estate investor for over 25 yrs in Ontario, Canada. She joined Fortune Builders in 2012 as a Mastery Student and Inner Circle member. Guylaine joined our coaching team in early 2015 and has experience in rehabbing, raising private money, rental properties. She enjoys motivating new students/couples in getting things done while keeping a good work/life balance. As a “Franco-Ontarienne”, Guylaine also gets to assist French speaking students if that is the language they prefer to be coached in.

Harry Naill

Harry has been investing in real estate for over 15 years and has been a Real Estate Broker for the last 30. Harry owns and manages more than 35 residential tenants and 35 garage/storage units. Harry specializes in raw land, subdivisions, marketing and rental properties and loves to teach and mentor on each of these real estate niches. Harry has an awesome marketing phone number ,1-800-WILL-PAY, and truly believes that having a great phone number and domain name is very helpful for everyone’s business. Harry was born and raised in York PA and he is business partners with his wife Michelle, who is the company’s CFO. Harry also has three children Colton, Tyler and Samantha and has two incredible German Shepherds. Some activities that Harry enjoys, include hunting ,saltwater fishing, volleyball and boating

Jo Pascarella

Jo started her Real Estate Career in 1987 in the Virginia Beach Area. She started working for investors in 1990 and started slowly buying for herself in 1993. F/T investing in 2001.

JoAnna Anderson

JoAnna has been investing in real estate since joining Fortune Builders in 2012, conducting business in both Virginia and North Carolina. Graduating from Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology prepared her for her former career of 14 years as a high school Biology teacher. Since transitioning into a fulltime career as a real estate redeveloper, she received her license as a real estate agent in 2012. JoAnna has experience with wholesaling, rehabbing, and raising private money. She presides over a local REIA, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and serves on their Women’s Council, speaks at various high school career functions and Fortune Builders 3 day events, and volunteers with various local homeless charity organizations. JoAnna has also facilitated a case study for Fortune Builders on a historic renovation.

Dennis Cammack

Known by many in the company as the Ol’ Dawg, Dennis has been with FortuneBuilders for most of their history. Having started investing in real estate over 40 years ago, he initially rehabbed a couple dozen homes in the late 1970’s part time, loved the business and went into commercial real estate full time. Being successful in commercial land development led him to helping and teaching others good business techniques. Currently, the Ol’Dawg is moving into semi-retirement but still owns and operates his Commercial Mortgage business, owns two other small businesses and does considerable real estate and small business consulting. Being personally involved in over one billion dollars of commercial transactions and having consulted on even more than that gives him a broad perspective. Dennis has been coaching and working with FortuneBuilders’ students since 2009 and has personally worked with over 3,000 students. Additionally, Dennis has taught Economics and Business at the College/University level for 17 years and has started 11 small businesses outside of his real estate investing. His experience includes having been President of the Board of Trustees for a college, served on numerous community boards and foundations, is currently on the Planning Commission for his city, and has been actively involved with community Economic Development for over 30 years. He is competitive, loves sports, and is an accomplished woodworker. He is a man of faith and is currently helping build an $8M new church using many FortuneBuilders’ techniques.

Lane Schloeder

Lane Schloeder started investing in real estate in 1990 with buy and holds in CA. His company, Tristate Properties & Development is currently doing business in CA and NY and has real estate holdings in half a dozen states and lends on projects throughout the US. They have been involved with dozens of real estate transactions, including rehabs, wholesales, pre-habs, private money lending deals, owner finance, subject to, short sales, listings, 1031 exchange and rental property management. Lane joined Fortunebuilders as a student in 2012, and has been a coach and mentor for other investors for the last 2 ½ years. Prior to his real estate career he built and still operates a Veterinary practice, specializing in race horses. Lane and his wife and business partner Christina are parents of a wonderful 11 year old daughter named Kiera, and they are involved with their community and church.

Mary Anschutz

Mary Anschutz has been an active real estate investor since 2013, which is the same year she joined Fortune Builders and acquired her Colorado real estate license. She and her husband focus on private money lending and rehabs. Mary lives in Littleton, Colorado, which is a suburb of Denver. A Wisconsin native, Mary graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then went on to pursue a master’s degree at Northwestern University. Before venturing into real estate investing, Mary spent nearly 20 years working in PR, national accounts and marketing for the iconic beverage companies of Coors and Heineken. Mary also worked for a global provider of ski resort management technology, which fed her passion for skiing. Being the mother of twin teenage daughters provides daily experience with negotiating, trouble shooting and strategic team management.

Michael Gregg

Michael Gregg has been an active Real Estate Investor since 2006 and has done many fix and flips with a few buy and holds. Michael actively invests in the Hawaiian market, particularly the island of Oahu and Big Island of Hawaii, and also has done some investments in California, Texas, Massachusetts and S. Carolina. Although investing since 2006, Michael made it official by starting his own company when joining as a Fortune Builder mastery student in Dec. of 2012. Michael actively pursues rehabs, and has experience in creative financing and private lending. Prior to joining Fortune Builders Michael worked several jobs, finally landing a job as a civilian contractor for the Dept. of Defense Commissary Agency. As a coach Michael feels he can connect well with students who aren’t able to do this full time, take care of a family while living in an active military home, and finding ways to be successful when resources are limited.

Monaz Karkaria

Monaz has been an active real estate investor in Texas and Florida since 2013.

Shaun Magner

Shaun has been investing in residential real estate in the Baltimore, MD area since joining Mastery and Inner Circle in 2015. Since then, he has completed multiple rehabs and started to build a rental portfolio for passive income. Although he has been involved in wholesale transactions and a number of mid-level rehab projects, his passion has been building his portfolio of cash-flowing, buy-and-hold rental properties. His portfolio consists of both subsidized housing and market rent models. Shaun’s deal-sourcing comes from his marketing efforts, as well as the network of wholesalers, REO Agents, Realtors, Bankers, Contractors, Property Managers and other investors that he has met along the way. Over the years, he has had experience using hard money, raising private money, and negotiating seller-financing to fund deals. He’s been a guest speaker at multiple Meetups and REIA’s and has been involved in a number of masterminds. Before becoming a full-time real estate investor, Shaun spent 11 years as a Territory Sales Manager for different building material manufacturers. Prior to that, he spent 4 years as a residential new construction/remodeling carpenter after his formal education in the trade. Shaun lives in Baltimore, MD and enjoys spending time exploring the city, mentoring w/ Big Brothers Big Sisters, boating on the Chesapeake Bay, hiking, cycling, running and spending as much time as possible with his family and friends.

Tammy Merk

Tammy Merk began investing in real estate in 2008 in the South Florida area and has done countless transactions that include auction properties, foreclosures, REO’s, rehabs, wholesales, and private money lending. Tammy joined FortuneBuilders in 2014 and got her Real Estate agent license in 2015. Prior to her real estate career Tammy was an Electrical Engineer and a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) for 15 years working for Fortune 500 companies such as Intel, Motorola, Siemens, and Office Depot. She later focused on strategy and process implementation, helping large corporate clients such as ADT security realign portfolios after their Tyco divestiture. Tammy and her husband absolutely love sharing their knowledge and experience to help others, and they love to give back to their community and church. They volunteer and serve on the development board with Big Children’s Foundation who help provide hope for at risk youth, and also with “4Kids” of South Florida and “His Caring Place” who are helping to solve the severe orphan crisis in Florida. Tammy was a trainer/speaker at the 2015 Real Estate Ignite event in Las Vegas and Tammy also did the Tuesday Case Study training where she went through the first two deals she ever did as a Mastery Student wholesaling for the first time!

Wayne Evers

Wayne Evers is a Certified Professional Performance Coach. Coach Evers is a retired Naval Officer who has been active in real estate investing since 1985. He been a licensed Real Estate Professional in Florida for the last 12 years and is the Broker/Owner of Evers Realty, LLC, a brokerage that focuses on all aspects of real estate with an emphasis on real estate investing. Coach Evers is proficient in Wholesaling, Short Sales, Foreclosures, Rental or Passive Income Properties and Tax Lien/Tax Deeds. Coach Evers enjoys helping people attain their goals, especially in the real estate arena. He takes pride in his ability to teach and help others learn through his own experiences. On a philanthropic note, Coach Evers gives back to the community through the guardianship of two profoundly disabled adults and is a member of the Knights of Columbus Catholic Men’s Organization. Additionally, he also enjoys working to improve needy communities (especially Blythe) through his expertise and resources in construction.

William Shield

William Shield has been in the FortuneBuilders Mastery Program since 2009 and and a active investor since 1980 with a multi-million portfolio in real estate assets. He also owns and manages a residential and commercial real estate office, a mortgage brokerage firm in the Northern California market and supervises a property management division. His previous experience includes posts as a NASD registered principal for a securities firm, CFO of a real estate syndication firm, manager of a vegetable farm in Saudi Arabia and teacher at the secondary level. He is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of California, holds a life teaching credential, is an active investor, a registered tax preparer and is registered with the National Mortgage Licensing Service. He makes his home in the San Francisco bay area.

Yesenia Vazquez

Yesenia has been an active real estate investor in Hawaii & California since 2004. She started investing by flipping condos and single family homes before finding FortuneBuilders in 2012. She is a graduate Mastery and Inner Circle member. She has been a Field Expert Coach since November 2015. Since joining FortuneBuilders, Blue Coastal Homes, her team, has bought and sold numerous rehab properties and built numerous new construction homes. Yesenia and her team are currently focusing on new construction subdivisions and acquisitions on 100+ door multi-family apartment buildings and commercial projects. Prior to joining FortuneBuilders and establishing her buisness, Yesenia proudly served in the US Air Force. The then spent 10 years climbing the corporate ladder as a Solutions Architect and Consulting Manager for Hewlett Packard Software. She has a Masters in Organizational Leadership & Strategic Planning and a Bachelors degree in Information Technology. She is a firm believer of building businesses focused on your passions. Yesenia’s first passion is technology. She is proud owner of VARTek Solutions, an IT company that specializes in providing Acquisition/Program Management Support, Cyber Security Solutions, and Intelligence Support and Technical Training services to our military services. As a disabled veteran, Yesenia spends time in consulting veterans wanting to creat their own path and build their businesses. Her consulting firm, Strategic Life CEO, focuses on all types of business startups and seasoned businesses. Yesenia was born in Luquillo, Puerto Rico. She came to the United States at the age of 11 years old. She enjoys her Sunday beach days, reading, traveling, outdoor adventures, spending time with her partner and dogs, and meeting at least one new person a day.