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Value Hound Academy's Advisory Board is made up of some of the worlds leading value real estate syndicators, investors, financiers, entrepreneurs and top executives. Learn how are they making things happen.  What is behind their dare-to-be-different mentality?  What innovative strategies are they using in today's market to be successful? Gain insight and perspective from a variety of visionaries in the value investing space.

Craig Haskell Craig Haskell
Craig Haskell is author of, The Inside Game to Real Estate Value Investing, and founder of Value Hound Academy, a leading training and coaching platform for new and experienced real estate where he teaches a value oriented approach to real estate investing so that his students can make more money capitalizing on today's real estate market. Craig's unique understanding of real estate value investing is reinventing the way value investors do business to achieve high risk adjusted returns. more >>

Bruce Kirsch Bruce Kirsch
Bruce Kirsch began his real estate career at CB Richard Ellis, where he marketed high-rise New York City office buildings for re-development in the top-producing Midtown Manhattan Investment Properties Institutional Group. After CBRE, Kirsch was recruited to be the Director of Acquisitions at Washington, DC-based Metropolis Development Company. more >>

Mitch Siegler Mitch Siegler
Mr. Siegler co-founded Pathfinder in 2006. From 1992 to 2006, he founded and served as CEO of several businesses. Mr. Siegler previously spent five years as a partner with Sorrento Associates, Inc., a boutique investment banking firm and Sorrento Ventures, a venture capital firm. He concluded more than 40 mergers, acquisitions or financings with private and publicly-traded companies and was involved in numerous workouts and restructurings. He also participated in scores of private financings totaling more than $1 billion. more >>

Gene Trowbridge Gene Trowbridge
Gene Trowbridge, Esq., CCIM, has over 25 years experience in creating and sponsoring real estate investment groups. The author of the preeminent book in the field, he also works as an attorney for and consultant to individuals engaged in group sponsorships. more >>

Edward Kobel Edward Kobel
Edward Kobel is the President and Chief Operating Officer of DeBartolo Development and is responsible for the company's strategy, execution and capitalization. With a "customer and community come first" philosophy, Mr. Kobel leads a team that has created a nationwide real estate investment platform that spans from Hawaii to Florida. Capitalized by the DeBartolo Family and major capital commitments that Mr. Kobel secured with institutional partners, DeBartolo Development has underwritten real estate of over $1 billion. more >>

Christopher E. Lee Christopher E. Lee
Serving the needs of over 500 clients in the U.S., Canada and Europe, CEL & Associates, Inc.'s advice, forecasts, insights and predictions have made Christopher Lee a much sought after consultant for over 30 years. Chris's expertise is in such demand that he has over 7,000,000 frequent flyer miles. Mr. Lee is a frequent contributor to national journals and a keynote speaker at conferences sponsored by national associations. more >>

Jeffrey Lerman Jeffrey Lerman
Jeff Lerman has established a nationwide reputation as "The Real Estate Investor's Lawyer". He has appeared on TV, radio and in front of numerous real estate investment clubs as an expert. Jeff was the 2007 President of the Marin County Bar Association. He's Managing Partner of his law firm, Lerman Law Partners. His credentials also include being Chair of the State Bar Real Estate Litigation Section and of the Marin County Bar Association Real Property Section. more >>

William A. Shopoff William A. Shopoff
William A. Shopoff is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Shopoff Group. William has more than 25 years of real estate and investment experience. His expertise includes the acquisition, development and sale of new and redeveloped residential and commercial properties throughout the United States, as well as partnership structure, debt placement, venture capital and investment underwriting. more >>

Steven Fogel Steven Fogel
Steven Jay Fogel is Principal and Co-founder of Westwood Financial Corp. After graduating from the University of Southern California in 1964, Steven began his real estate career purchasing apartment houses in the Los Angeles area forming his own property management company. In 1970, Steven co-founded Westwood Financial Corp. with his partner Howard Banchik. more >>

Michael Brennan Michael Brennan
Michael W. Brennan is a Co-Founder, Chairman, and Managing Principal of Brennan Investment Group. Prior to forming Brennan Investment Group, Mr. Brennan co-founded First Industrial Realty Trust (NYSE: FR) in 1994, and served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors until late 2008.Under his direction, First Industrial attracted investment partners including The Carlyle Group, the Kuwait Finance House, Union Bank of Switzerland, ING, and CalSTRS. more >>

Jerome Fink Jerome Fink
Jerome A. Fink, co-founder and Managing Partner of The Bascom Group, LLC. The Bascom Group (named after "Bascom Hill," upon which the University of Wisconsin Business Schools sits) was founded by three University of Wisconsin alumni, Derek Chen, Jerome Fink, and David Kim in 1996 in the midst of the savings and loan meltdown. Their business plan was to acquire and re-position 300 to 500 unit apartment buildings in the midst of the foreclosure and job crisis of the early 1990s in California by creating value-added more >>

Samuel Freshman Samuel Freshman
Mr. Freshman founded Standard Management Company in 1961. Since Standard's formation, Mr. Freshman's responsibilities have included Standard's investment strategy, business development and negotiations. During his career, Mr. Freshman has been responsible for the acquisition, development and management of approximately $500 million of real property in 11 states and more than 25 cities. more >>

William "Rance" King, Jr. William "Rance" King, Jr.
RK Properties was founded in 1976 by William Rance King, Jr. (RK) after a ten year history in business machines for a Fortune 500 company. He was a pioneer in developing and marketing early style computers that were sold to a variety of industries, primarily focused on commercial real estate. By the time he became National Director of Sales, he had already purchased his first apartment building, which was the inception of what would become RK Properties. more >>

David Campbell David Campbell
As a real estate developer, investor, syndicator, and broker, Mr. Campbell has been a principal or key advisor to over $800 million of real estate transactions including apartments, office, retail, hospitality, winery, condo-conversion, and production home building. David's companies have held real estate interests in California, Texas, North Carolina, Delaware, Canada, Mexico, and Belize. more >>

Alan Pollack Alan Pollack
Alan Pollack is a licensed California real estate broker since 2001, president of Delta Investment Group, Inc. of San Clemente, CA and a former registered representative in the securities sector. Prior to the market down turn of 2008, Mr. Pollack specialized in commercial, NNN, and Tenants-in-Common (TIC) participating in over $50 million of placements. more >>

Kaaren Hall Kaaren Hall
Educating individual investors and professionals is the cornerstone of uDirect IRA Services. We have events right here in Southern California geared toward self-directed investing. We also offer webinars so no matter where you are you can "Learn to Earn". uDirect IRA Services provides complete and accurate information on self directed IRAs so you can make the most of your retirement funds. We do not promote any investments. Rather, we provide the knowledge, tools and information you need to make self-direction easy. more >>

Mike Conlon Mike Conlon
Mike Conlon is President and majority owner of Carolina Property Managers (CPM), LLC based in Cary, NC. Through CPM, Mike has bought, rehabbed, and subsequently sold 15 multi-family deals resulting in over $50 million of sales since 2002. He is also President and majority owner of Carolina turnkey Properties, LLC which buys distressed single-family homes in the Raleigh-Durham area, rehabs them, leases them to long-term tenants, and sells them to investors (carolinaturnkeyproperties.com). more >>

Bill Bennett Bill Bennett
Bill Bennett has been a successful principal real estate investor over the past eight years, has worked for two real estate private equity funds, was one of three members of a senior housing developer with over $400 million of product under development, and owns a profitable student housing brokerage. more >>