Creating Real Estate Investors
Real Estate Education
The Renatus Real Estate Investing Education program is unmatched in the industry. It is based on the scientifically proven learning methodology, Instructional Systems Design. Consulting a PhD in Education and working with subject matter experts in specific disciplines of real estate investing, we developed well-structured instructional materials using objectives, related teaching strategies, systematic feedback and evaluation. We ensure our students acquire the skills and knowledge they need to become successful real estate investors.
The real estate investing curriculum, offered both online and in a live classroom, includes classes beginning at 100-level and increasing in complexity to 400-level. All classes are taught by “practitioner instructors” who work hands-on in the areas they teach, so you can be confident that the strategies are current and applicable to real-life investing! The courses adhere to the Instructional Systems Design methods so no matter what the subject and teaching style of the instructor, you will receive a consistent, effective learning experience.
A Real Estate Investing Education Program for Everyone
Renatus Real Estate Investing programs cater to both the novice and experienced investor, and there are no prerequisites other than your desire to learn how to become a successful real estate investor. Our students range from having no previous investing experience, to the well-seasoned investor.
We offer two programs for structured learning:
The instructors play a significant role in the effectiveness of the Renatus real estate investing educational program. Hand-selected based on their expertise and track-record in the corresponding Renatus course, these professionals ensure the most up-to-date methods are presented to our students. They are practitioners in their field who also have a passion for teaching others how to apply their real estate investing knowledge in the real world.
Renatus instructors bring their years of hands-on experience and execute the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) teaching methods used by Renatus. The structured design of the courses dictates a consistent, effective, student learning experience. The learning is reinforced by the genuine interest in each student’s success, demonstrated by the instructors.
The quality of each Renatus instructor is monitored by the Curriculum Advisory Board as well as the students themselves! The students have the opportunity and are encouraged to offer their evaluation of the instructors.
Experienced, practicing real estate investors with a true desire to share their knowledge, plugged into the proven Renatus educational system, is a potent formula for success. Learn more about each of these dynamic instructors as you explore the possibilities of a profitable real estate investing career with Renatus.
Curriculum Advisory Board
Renatus is whole-heartedly committed to ongoing excellence and state-of-the-art learning for our students. We take pride in providing a superior learning experience for each student, facilitated by a top-notch team of instructors who are well-trained in the Renatus teaching methods.The Curriculum Advisory Board was formed to develop, approve, and manage the Renatus Education’s ongoing educational curriculum. Each member is well-versed in their respective areas of expertise and are available to offer advice and updates on real estate market changes and laws, as applicable, ensuring the Renatus curriculum is relevant and current. As of January 1st, 2011, the nominated and elected members of the Curriculum Advisory Board are:
Chris Albin brings a wealth of instructional and analytical real estate investing skills to the Renatus Community. He has taught more than 50 3-day trainings focused primarily on probate real estate investing strategies and instructed advanced training classes focused on rehabbing and commercial real estate investing, as well as Web-based classes on commercial real estate investing. He is the Owner/Broker of the Danville, IL area’s only Flat-Fee Exclusive Buyer’s Brokerage, where he’s worked with area investors analyzing and purchasing real estate investments and area buyers in purchasing a home (usually first-time home buyers). With an established real estate portfolio of his own, Chris is the Owner of over 100 investment properties and manages many more, mostly single-family rental homes, and has real-estate-related companies that employ numerous full-time management and maintenance staff.
Chris’ background as a high school English teacher and wrestling coach, as well as his leadership experience in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, has given him a strong foundation in education. He holds a BA with Teacher Certification from Eastern IL University, a GRI Certification from Graduate Realtor Institute, and is a Certified IL Assessing Officer with the IL Department of Revenue. He states, “My two passions outside my church and family are teaching and real estate investing. I have purchased over 200 properties on a teacher’s salary, and I have used multiple, creative strategies in doing so.” Mr. Albin always looks forward to teaching the Renatus Community his strategies for success.
Jeff is a recognized and requested speaker on seller financed notes, marketing, motivation and inspiration at industry conventions, conferences and events nationwide. His enthusiastic and encouraging style as well as his step by step approach has quickly made his Secrets of Paper workshops top rated and one of the most sought after note courses in the country. He shares his knowledge with the Renatus Community as an Instructor on Seller Financed Notes.
After a history of entrepreneurism in several business ventures, Jeff established Armstrong Capital (www.armstrongcapital.com) in May 1991. Jeff has been working in the note business full time since October 1993. He acquired his California Real Estate Sales License in June 1992 and then his California Real Estate Broker’s license in June 1996. Jeff became a member of the American Cash Flow Association’s Million-Dollar Club in April 1996 and was designated a Master Broker in the field of private mortgages in November 1997. He was appointed a visiting instructor position for the American Cash Flow Corporation in August 1998 through August 2008 when the company dissolved. With over 1500 closed note transactions closed since the inception of Armstrong Capital, Jeff’s knowledge and experience in the note industry is unsurpassed.
In February of 1999 Jeff wrote and published his first book entitled, “Scripts and Tips: A Handbook for the Serious Note Broker” to assist new brokers in obtaining the success they are looking for in of the cash flow industry. Jeff became a Certified Appraiser of Mortgages in September 1999 through the American Appraisal Institute of Privately Held Notes and Mortgages. In July of 2002 he wrote and published a marketing book entitled “Every Single Profitable Note Marketing Idea in the World (almost)”. In March of 2005 he wrote and published “Personal Cash Flow Prosperity” detailing how he successfully operates his one-man business. In November of 2007 Jeff updated and added to his popular “Note Holder’s Handbook”. In 2011 he completed his latest aid for the real estate and note industry “Calculator Secrets” providing step by step details on calculating notes and note transactions.
Jeff is also a contributing columnist for the Paper Source Journal, Cash Flow Exclusive and other industry newsletters and publications. In May 2005, he was awarded the “Contributing Writer of the Year Award” by the American Cash Flow Journal. From April 2006 through April 2008 Jeff was the Editor of the NoteWorthy Newsletter.
Jeff enjoys competing in bass fishing tournaments and doing other activities with his family including snow skiing, camping, golf, biking, water skiing, swimming and surfing. When he is not watching his girls dance or in fashion shows, Jeff can often be found on a mountain, beach or lake.
“Renatus students are some of my most successful students. The combination of the top rated education by current practitioners in their field AND a supportive community of like-minded individuals makes success in real estate investing within reach for anyone that has the desire. TWITA! (That’s What I’m Talking About!)”
Melissa Bloxham is best known in the Renatus Community as the “Head Coach” in the Renatus Coaching program. As a true student-advocate with a heart of gold, Melissa has helped numerous students grasp critical real estate investing concepts through the Coaching Program. She is excited to also work with students in the classroom as a part of our elite group of Instructors. Melissa states, “My passion is to teach my students how to take action to become successful real estate investors.”
Before joining the Renatus Team as Head Coach, Melissa was a personal real estate and internet investment consultant for 13 years. Learning various investment strategies as a student of four nationally recognized real estate educators, she put her knowledge into action. Her investment specialties include tax liens, deed certificates, trustee sales, pre-foreclosures, and fix and flip properties. Her coaching accolades include: “highest success rate of all coaches” and “Top Producing Coach”. Adept at teaching students from all walks of life at various levels of investment experience, she has been the catalyst for many of her students’ expanded residential real estate portfolios.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family and doing outdoor activities with her husband and four boys!
Ryan Bloxham has been investing in real estate for nearly 14 years. Born and raised in Southern Idaho, he’s always possessed an entrepreneurial spirit and recognizes the extreme importance of education. After attending Brigham Young University, he worked in several different areas before discovering his passion in real estate investing. Ryan had the good fortune of working with amazing mentors who taught him the ins and outs of both real estate investing and business. As Ryan says, “I have had the pleasure of being mentored by some of the greatest minds in the various areas of real estate that I currently work in. If I can help others achieve their goals by acting as a mentor to them, I know of no greater accomplishment than helping others find success.”
Ryan and his wife began working as a team consulting real estate investors over nine years ago. He specializes in foreclosure auctions, fix and flips, and wholesaling. His expansive experience includes working with and holding properties in multiple states across the country.
Utilizing his years of investing experience, Ryan brings to his role with Renatus both a real-world view on real estate investing and much excitement about sharing his knowledge with the Renatus Community. He says, “Coming from the ‘school of hard knocks,’ I bring my ‘learning experiences’ to the table, sharing first-hand knowledge to help students potentially avoid the same mistakes I have made…The opportunity my wife and I have had to change our lives and the lives of our children through real estate investing, and now having the ability to share that opportunity with others, is very fulfilling to us.”
In his spare time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife, Melissa, and their four boys. He also loves to travel, camp, and having spent the past couple of years training as a tri-athlete, most weekends you will find him at a triathlon.
Davis is a tenured investor. He tag-team teaches the following classes: Private/Hard Money, Fix and Flip day 1 and Fix and Flip day 2. He and his partner Kendall Stock have been full-time Real Estate investors since 2008.
Earlier in his life, Darren got a job as a paint pump mechanic. As soon as he started working, he started planning to retire. Knowing that there would be years between the start and end date of his job, he started to get educated about Real Estate.
As is often a great motivator, Darren was let go from his job. He took the knowledge he had gained and started to look for investment opportunities. He found Real Estate investing intimidating. It was at this point that he was introduced to the Renatus Community.
Armed with knowledge, a community and now a partner, Darren dove head first into Real Estate investing. He has since closed 83 deals, creating a net profit of more than 1.9 Million dollars.
He is now honored to give back to the same community that enabled him to start investing.
John “Johnny-D” Dessaur is an entrepreneur, Internet radio show co-host, and author of “Real Estate H2O” and “The Alchemy of Wealth.” John is a self-made millionaire, dedicated to helping others achieve financial independence so they, too, can achieve their dreams. Through that dedication, he enjoys teaching Renatus students his strategies for success in real estate.
After a highly successful sales career in the environmental industry, John quit his corporate sales position in 2000 to establish his own national environmental company, ICON Development. Capitalizing on his experience and knowledge in the industry, John grew this company to exceed $5 million in gross revenues in the first 14 months!
At the same time, John became inspired to create passive income and achieve complete, financial freedom and thus, founded Cribs, LLC, a real estate investing and property-management Corporation. Through innovative and creative investing techniques that he developed, John turned this company into a million-dollar business in just over a year. His specialty and expertise includes investing and profiting in multi-family housing units. John has refined the art of forced appreciation. “Investing is all about strategy and designing the appropriate strategy to meet your dreams.”
After developing two multi-million-dollar companies, John embarked on his third successful company, The Dessaur Group – teaching real estate investing as your gateway to life freedoms. Through The Dessaur Group, John has expanded his business to include delivering educational, inspirational, and motivational products and presentations on investing and developing your freedoms. He has presented throughout North America and has shared the stage with such notables as John Childers, world-renowned speaker, trainer and author; Robert Allen, author of Multiple Streams of Income and Nothing Down and co-author of the One Minute Millionaire; Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the One Minute Millionaire and Chicken Soup for the Soul; and Jack Miller, real estate investor/mogul.
John’s goal is to help people invest in real estate with an outcome that positively changes their lives and brings about their life dreams. “I’m doing this because it’s more than just money. The big payoff for me is time; I can leverage my time a lot more with our real estate company and be able to teach other people to do what I did – to develop both their passive and monthly residual incomes. Once they have this financial freedom, all they will have to decide is what to do with all the time they will have and whether it’s to spend it with a loved one, to develop a new business, to help people who are less fortunate, to travel, etc. The fun comes in when they’re making these decisions.”
John has a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Business Administration from St. Ambrose University, in Davenport, Iowa.
Christian George is the newest of the amazing Renatus Instructors. As a business proprietor and seasoned escrow officer, he adds an amazing breadth and depth of knowledge to the Renatus Education. Christian is the owner operator of a fine eatery and Ogden, Utah staple, the Prairie Schooner. As a business owner and seasoned escrow officer he has learned the benefits of entrepreneurialism. In sharing his knowledge it becomes clear that his point of view revolves around his experiences and is supported by his knowledge. Christian’s class is the newest in the Renatus Line-Up, Title, Escrow & Closing. This class encompasses what happens before, at and after the closing table. This class is dedicated to walking through the entire scope of an escrow officer and sheds light onto the laws and regulations that guide every real estate transaction.
Get to know Christian a little better by watching his video here.
Mark J. Kohler, M.Pr.A., C.P.A., J.D., is a personal and small business tax and legal expert with a long list of accomplishments including best-selling author; national speaker; radio show host; writer and video personality for Entrepreneur.com; real estate investor; and senior partner in the law firm, Kyler, Kohler, Ostermiller & Sorensen and the accounting firm of Kohler & Eyre, CPAs. Mark also enjoys sharing his expertise as an instructor for Renatus.
Mark is a hands-on professional who helps clients build and protect wealth through wealth management strategies and business and tax remedies often overlooked in this challenging, ever-changing economic climate. His seminars have helped tens of thousands of individuals and small business owners navigate the maze of legal, regulatory and financial laws to greater success and wealth. Mark’s valuable advice can be found in his powerful first book, “Lawyers Are Liars: The Truth About Protecting Our Assets.” Mark’s much anticipated new book, “What Your CPA Isn’t Telling You – Life Changing Tax Strategies,” published by Entrepreneur, is a fictional story that brings tax planning alive. He also shares his knowledge and has created a loyal following of fans through his weekly radio show, which can be accessed at: www.blogtalkradio.com/markjkohler.com.
Mark is a proud father of four beautiful children and husband to his lovely wife, Jen. They reside in Orange County, California, where Mark practices his surfing skills and loves to exercise in the outdoors and play tennis.
Renatus is proud to induct Mr. J. Massey into the “Student-Turned-Instructor” Hall of Fame. J. Massey recently received approval from Renatus to become the company’s newest instructor following in the footsteps of short sale educator Brian Sump, and self-directed retirement instructor Jim Allfrey, as past students of the college to become instructors.
The announcement was made at the National Conference in Utah.
J. will instruct the following amazing classes:
- Real Estate Sales Success
- Financial Strategies for Successful Investing
- Understanding Your Investor Identity
A former financial planner, J. has completed over 100 transactions in the last 24 months. He has successfully closed deals in TN, MI, IL, IN, AL, GA, FL and CA. J. has been married for seven years and has four amazing kids.
John McCants has been investing in residential real estate since 1990 in Seattle and several markets throughout the state of Washington. John has been a licensed real estate broker since 1992. Working with an experienced group of contractors, he has developed a team approach towards buying, rehabbing, flipping and maintaining a solid portfolio of investment real estate with positive cash flow.
John has specialized in acquiring most of his real estate in the competitive foreclosure marketplace buying wholesale what most people would say is impossible. Whether the property is a “fixer” or in “move-in” condition, they have developed a proven method to evaluate and assess the property in order to acquire it and turn it profitably. John’s favorite source of investment purchases come through Trustee Sales (Bank Auctions) in King and Snohomish County.
John has also been a trainer since 1994 with Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, and for John Burley’s Advanced Real Estate Boot Camps and financial trainings throughout the United States. John also joined together with national and regional real estate investors at the Renatus Real Estate Investment College to further his career and mentor others as they get in the real estate game to attain their financial dreams and goals.
John’s financial goal was to retire at the age of 50 and start his retirement with a vacation in Fiji and travel the world. John met his financial goals and changed plans after seeing the financial crisis develop in the USA and around the world. John put retirement on hold and committed to increasing their investment portfolio due to the real estate recession and economic crisis going on today (a perfect storm for investors!!!!).
Mostly recently John was honored to be invited to join the team at Pickett Street Properties & Keller Williams Real estate in Bothell, WA. The Pickett Street team saw a trend in the local foreclosure real estate market where investors like John could add tremendous value and additional services to the valued clients of the Picket Street Team.
John represents buyers of all types at trustee sales in King & Snohomish County Washington, purchasing property weekly at a very steep discount off retail values.
Renatus was founded and is led by 25-year entrepreneur, Mr. Bob Snyder. As CEO and President, Mr. Snyder is responsible for day-to-day company operations, affiliate marketing program expansion, course curriculum evaluation and renewal, practitioner-instructor recruiting, and month-over-month increased sales performance.
Mr. Snyder began his entrepreneurial journey over 25 years ago with the desire to leave a positive mark on the world. Establishing himself as a marketing leader, he gained first-hand knowledge of what drives marketing and team-building success. Mr. Snyder built and managed sales organizations with tens of thousands of individuals, achieved top status in multiple companies, and became a top income earner in the direct selling industry. He has freely shared his formula for success as he served on more than a dozen leadership counsels and advisory boards in the direct sales industry, received recognition in national publications as an expert in his field and has personally mentored over a dozen marketers to become seven-figure earners.
After years of building and growing marketing teams, Mr. Snyder’s vision transitioned him into developing companies to expand the entrepreneurial spirit that has made this country the world’s economic leader. He has founded and co-founded dozens of companies that have collectively produced hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. His real estate company completed over 2,500 real estate transactions while his former education company trained over 60,000 entrepreneurs on the subject of real estate investing and business ownership.
Mark Victor Hansen, Co-Creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul“Mr. Snyder’s wisdom, insight and information will wow your soul. His abundance is overflowing, and he wants to share it with you.”
His ability to teach the principles and duplicate his distinctive skillset has enabled many of his real estate students to become multi-millionaires. His speaking and teaching style have wowed audiences on six of the seven continents of the world. He continues to share his vision with aspiring entrepreneurs and real estate investors at live events across the country.
Mr. Snyder’s extensive business and leadership experience more than qualify him to lead Renatus into the future as the premier real estate investing and business education company in the country. His uncanny ability to attract exceptional talent, coupled with his vision for Renatus are paving the way for this company “to empower one million entrepreneurs with the knowledge, tools, systems and support needed to become financially free.”
“My greatest achievement in life,” shares Mr. Snyder, “is not the awards or the companies I’ve built. It’s my 28-year marriage to my high school sweetheart, Holly, and the four amazing children we have been blessed with.” A kid at heart, Mr. Snyder enjoys “chilin” with the family in the home theater, riding ATVs and motorcycles in the mountains and at the sand dunes and cruising the highways and byways of America on his Honda Goldwing with Holly.
Mat is an attorney, business owner, and real estate investor. He lives and works in Phoenix, AZ and has clients all across the United States. Mat’s practice areas include real estate, self directed IRA law, business entity formation, securities law, estate planning, and general litigation.
Mat strives to aggressively and effectively protect clients’ legal interests and his experience in the law is broad. Mat has worked in the in-house legal department of two international companies where he dealt with franchise law, trademark law, employment law, state regulatory schemes, and contracts. He also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Attorney General’s Office in Utah where he prosecuted felony criminal cases from filing to trial.
In his current private practice Mat has set up over 1,000 companies for clients, has litigated in the U.S. Tax Court as well as in federal and state Courts in Arizona, Utah and California, has assisted dozens of clients in raising capital through private offerings, has advised over a thousand clients with self directed retirement investments, and has helped clients buy/sell numerous multi-million dollar businesses.
In addition to practicing law, Mat is a partner in a real estate development company, a commercial real estate holding company, and has owned and managed a title insurance agency that completed over $100M in transactions.
Mat has received many awards and recognitions for his work and was recently selected by Utah Business Magazine as a Legal Elite in the area of Corporate Counsel.
Kendall Stock began his real estate investing in a down market with over $300,000 of debt. Knowing that using his own credit was not an option, Kendall specialized in maximizing other people’s money. He enters the proud ranks of yet another Renatus student-turned Instructor.
He and his business partner Darren Davis have worked together for 4 years. In that time they have completed 83 deals and generated a net profit of $1.9 MIL.
Kendall lives by the motto of Fail Forward. He believes that knowledge utilized creates experience. Experience is then maximized as you make your failures into learning experiences that create more success moving forward.
Kendall is happy to share his exact model. His purpose is to now teach others how to go and create their own success.
Kendall is happily married and is the father of 4 daughters. He and his family live in Southern California.
After 16 years as a diesel mechanic and only six months into his real estate investing career, Brian Sump told his employer “It’s costing me too much money to keep working for you!” He believes it would have taken him 11 years as a mechanic to earn what he did in 2007 alone. Through his education with Renatus, in only 9 short months, Brian was able to pay off all his debt, including the mortgage to his family’s home.
To date, Brian has done over 300 real estate deals and never lost money on a single transaction! With hundreds of successful real estate transactions under his belt, including subject-tos, rehabs, wholesales, and short sales, he has worked his way into the private money lending arena, where his money works for him!
As an instructor for Renatus, Brian continues to pay-it-forward by sharing his knowledge and expertise with as many Renatus students as he can.
Chris is a real estate professional with over 30 years of experience. He is both a real estate investor and a licensed real estate agent in the state of Arizona. As a real estate professional, his businesses specialize in fix and flip, property management, wholesaling, land lording and traditional real estate services targeting buyer’s and seller’s needs in residential, land and light commercial real estate transactions.
Chris holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and has held corporate jobs in companies such as Lucent, GTE, and AG Communication Systems. His corporate jobs ranged from customer support, research and design, customer training, to marketing and sales. He has held titles of AVP Government and International Sales, Director Program and Product Management, Manager of Customer Training, and Engineer.
In real estate, his expertise lies in building real estate networks, acquiring properties and pursuing real estate strategies. Chris developed a wholesaling strategy and methodology which, although often imitated, very few have mastered at his level.
Furthermore, his skills and knowledge as a lector are in high demand for both real estate investors and real estate professionals. He speaks on real estate and business topics such as understanding markets, trends, techniques, and strategies. Chris is an instructor for Renatus and The Arizona Academy of Real Estate. He is also a full-time real estate professional doing both traditional real estate and investing. He and his business conduct hundreds of profitable real estate transactions every year. Chris continues to share his vast real-world expertise with Renatus students to assist them in achieving their real estate investment goals.
Hugh Zaretsky is a real estate investor, entrepreneur, author, speaker and honored Renatus instructor. He describes himself as someone who “took the long road” to real estate investing after enjoying much success in his corporate career.
Hugh began his professional career consulting for Fortune 500 financial services companies. Next, he joined a global leader in the photo industry, rising to the top as one of the youngest directors in the company. While there he became an expert on commercial real estate transactions. He made presentations to Wall Street analysts, executive committees and senior management teams. He successfully negotiated global technology deals with Dell and Microsoft to save the company over a million dollars per year. Hugh also helped lead the technology team to win CIO magazine’s award as one of the Top 100 Agile technology teams for 2004.
In 2005, Hugh left the corporate world for good to launch his own real estate investment and consultant business. Since then, his companies have invested in projects all across the United States and overseas. In 2008, he helped launch an asset-based (hard money) lending company that lends in the NY tri-state area. Currently his companies are involved in all types of real estate transactions, from single family homes to land and condo developments. Hugh helped launch Renatus in 2011. His team has completed many different real estate transactions including a 33 bulk OREO note deal.
Hugh is a graduate of Binghamton University Watson School of Engineering, where he received a degree in Computer Science. Coming from three generations of teachers, teaching and speaking are in Hugh’s blood. He is a certified continuing education instructor in New York, Texas and Florida, and has trained thousands of real estate investors and entrepreneurs all across the United States. Hugh’s real estate and other businesses have given him the freedom to travel to all 50 states. He believes, “Shoot for the Stars and if you only get half way there you will land on the moon.”
Hugh is very close with his family including his nieces and nephew. He is an avid sports fan and soccer player. In 1996, he was invited to try out for the US Olympic Team heading to Atlanta. As a true entrepreneur at heart, Hugh even found a way to get people to pay him to run. One of his philosophies is “You can always Quit, so why Quit now!”
Eric is an author, business trainer, and nationally featured speaker. His extensive knowledge of credit and credit repair have gained him audiences with the likes of Wells Fargo, Regions Bank, and Century 21 branches across the country. Eric has served as expert witness to lawmakers in matters of credit and debt collection, and due to his extensive knowledge of the laws governing the credit industry, Eric is considered a valuable resource by many business professionals nationwide.