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[collapse title=”Josh Cantwell – CEO of SREC | Freeland Ventures | Yellow Jacket Properties | MCI” active=”true”]
A native of Northeast Ohio, Josh Cantwell graduated from Baldwin Wallace College in 1998 with a Major in Business Administration and a Minor in Communications. Although a full-time student and college athlete, Josh was already driven to succeed in his career. After graduation he obtained his Series 6, 63, 66 and life and health insurance licenses, and worked as a Financial Advisor from 1999-2004

In 2004, Josh ventured out on his own and started investing in real estate full time. He was able to combine his knowledge of Financial Investing with real estate to create a very successful business, which quickly grew and he began training and teaching apprentice partners and students. He began Strategic Real Estate Coach in 2007, and since then has been involved in wholesale, rehab, rental, foreclosure, pre-foreclosure and short sale transactions, and taught thousands of investors how to replicate his success. Josh has vast knowledge and experience in helping coaching clients, mentor students and apprentice partners from across the US in finding, structuring, negotiating and closing various types of transactions for a profit.

Josh is also the CEO of Freeland Ventures Private Equity, where his team provides total turn key real estate solutions.  Freeland provides real estate investing, financing for real estate borrowers and consistent double digit returns to investors.

He has bought and sold over 700 properties in 30 states, and currently holds a robust rental portfolio of cash-flowing properties.  His vast residential redevelopment experience, “boots on the ground” street smart education and fee-based financial planning experience allow Josh to provide total solutions to active and passive real estate investors.  He is the founder of Sharp Concepts Realty, a real estate brokerage based in Cleveland, Ohio which sold to Stouffer Realty in 2015. Josh lives near Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and three children.


[collapse title=”Mark Cantwell – Foreman/General Manager of PRG” active=”true”]

Mark is a graduate of the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Mark got married to his wonderful wife Michelle.  He was always involved in construction and art projects at school and during summer breaks.  He became a teacher for two years and was working for Josh in the summers doing real estate projects.  In the fall of 2005 Mark decided to quit his teaching job and become a full time real estate investor.  From 2005 until 2009 he was involved in short sales and flipping between 1-3 homes a month, in 2008 / 2009 mark decided to buy properties with private money, improving and then selling them.  From, 2009 – 2011 Mark worked on buying and selling foreclosure properties.  Then in 2011, Mark and Josh decided to create a formal business relationship where Josh took care of marketing, raising capital and systems and Mark would  handle all the construction and purchasing of homes.  Mark now has over 40 rehabs under his belt and currently he and Josh carry 12-15 single family, 40k flips, and renovation projects at any one time.

Mark focuses all of his time on standard operating procedures, scheduling, budgeting, finding homes, and interviewing, and hiring contractors. Mark limits his swinging of hammers, laying floors, roofing etc. and now focuses on being the foreman and general manager.  His expertise is teaching student on how to find properties, budget repairs, accurately make offers based on repairs needed, find houses from VA, HUD, Fannie Mae, and many other avenues. Mark now enjoys a fairly free lifestyle with his wife and their daughter where they reside in Northeast Ohio.


[collapse title=”Kyle Garifo – CEO of AZ Home Solutions, LLC | Real Estate Investor | SREC Head Coach ” active=”true”]

Kyle Garifo is a native of the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL in 1998 as well as participating in collegiate football and baseball.  After graduation, he went on and earned his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology where he then achieved the title of Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor after two years of supervised clinical work.  He practiced individual, group, and family therapy full time until 2007 when he decided spending time with his young children was a top priority.  So, he quit on a Thursday and closed on his first REO project the following Monday, rehabbing a project that ultimately took him seven months to buy and sell!

As a full-time real estate investor since 2007, Kyle has created multiple companies including Sky Equity, LLC, a lending company for rehabbers in the Chicago area, Forty One Properties, LLC and Pin High Properties, LLC which are companies used to hold his portfolio of rental properties.  AZ Home Solutions, LLC was also created to conduct a myriad of real estate transactions including back to back short sale closings, note buying, lease options, lead generation, and now, predominantly property rehabilitation.   Kyle finds that his extensive experience listening and helping people as a clinical therapist reminds him what real estate is all about; creating winning situations for all parties to benefit from.

In the last six years, Kyle has been involved with over 250 real estate transactions.  Kyle lives in Algonquin, IL with his wife and three kids.


[collapse title=”Christopher Seder – CEO of Big Sky Property Solutions | Real Estate Investor | SREC Coach” active=”true”]
Christopher Seder is a real estate investor who has grown up around the business his entire life.  He is born and raised in rural Montana where he graduated from college with a Business Management degree from Montana State University-Billings. After graduating college in 2009 Christopher quickly realized that the job market sucked and knew he was destined for something else.  Christopher began working for his father’s real estate investing company where he worked as a handy man working on his father’s vast rental portfolio.

In late 2009 Christopher started his own real estate investing company Big Sky Property Solutions and has grown the company into Billings MT’s # 1 real estate investing company.     Christopher Seder has a lot of experience in finding, structuring, and negotiating all types of real estate deals.  In 2012 Christopher switched up his business and started focusing most of his effort on Finding and flipping VACANT houses. He has become one of the foremost experts on finding vacant houses and flipping them for profit.

Christopher Currently lives in Billings, MT and continues to flip houses each and every month.