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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Real Estate Investing Conference, sponsored by The Soho Loft, Connected Investors, Pura Vida Tequila, Victoria Global, Patch of Land. This event was in NYC on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

    Photo of David Drake, Chairman, LDJ Capital and The Soho Loft David Drake
    The Soho Loft
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    The Soho Loft
    David Drake, founder of The Soho Loft, a subsidiary of the VC division of the Private Equity firm LDJ Capital based in New York USA, is the founder of the US Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) and US CrowdFunding Professional Association (CfPA). Fluent in 6 languages and born in Sweden, he lobbied for the JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act) in both the US and at the EU Commission and was a U.S. Commerce Department delegate at the Transatlantic Economic Council forum in Brussels and Rome on July 2012 where he met with European Ministers and national legislators. David presents regularly as an expert on financial innovation and impact investing at 150+ annual and international events. He writes for a number of online publications including, and Thomson Reutersí David Drake also hosted the HBS Club NY, Trail Blazers and Best Buddies Carnegie Hall Charity events for many years.

    Richard Russo, VP Development, Morgans Hotel Group Richard Russo, VP Development, Morgans Hotel Group

    Prior to his post as Vice President Head of Development at the Morgans Hotel Group, Richard Russo steadily rose in ranks from Consultant to Manager for Capital Markets at Ernst & Young in London, UK from 2002 to 2007. During this time at Ernst & Young, he completed his MBA in Finance, Management and Global Business at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He earned his undergraduate degree of BA in Hotel School with concentration in Real Estate Finance at the Cornell University.

    Ziel Feldman, Founder & Managing Principal, HFZ Capital Group Ziel Feldman, Founder & Managing Principal, HFZ Capital Group

    Ziel Feldman is the founder and managing principal of HFZ Capital Group, a Manhattan based real estate investment and development company formed in 2005. With an expertise in a broad range of real estate disciplines including underwriting, analytics, structured finance, investment, development, construction and asset management, HFZ capitalizes on development and investment opportunities both in the U.S. and abroad. Some of Mr. Feldmanís recent projects under HFZ include the acquisition of the notes securing 303 East 51st Street, 20 West 40th Street, The Setai at Wall Street (40 Broad Street) and One Madison Avenue, as well as acquiring the properties located at 11 East 68th Street and 11 Beach Street, all located in New York City.

    Nav Athwal, Co-Founder and CEO, Realty Shares Nav Athwal, Co-Founder and CEO, Realty Shares

    Nav started his career as an Electrical Engineer and commercial real estate broker. From there, he transitioned into real estate law and prior to founding RealtyShares, worked as a Real Estate and Land Use Attorney at San Francisco based Farella Braun & Martel, LLP. As a Real Estate Attorney, Nav led some of the largest mixed-use residential, commercial and renewable energy real estate projects in California on behalf of National and International Clients including public REIT's, real estate developers, property owners, investors, non-profit housing providers and governmental agencies.

    Christopher Crippen, Co-Founder, IndieAngels Christopher Crippen, Co-Founder, IndieAngels

    Christopher has over 15 years of executive-level experience in Commercial / Residential Finance, Private Equity & Structured Finance. The rare combination of his passion for education and entrepreneurial attitude has given him a unique opportunity to successfully develop and implement innovative business ventures.

    Photo of Benjamin Miller, Co-Founder, Fundrise Ben Miller
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    Ben is a co-founder of Fundrise. Ben's responsibilities involve strategic partnerships, deal underwriting, real estate development, PR as well as setting the long-term strategy and goals for the company.

    Ben has 15 years of experience in real estate and finance, and he has acquired, developed, and financed more than $500 million of property in his time as Managing Partner of WestMill Capital Partners and President of Western Development Corporation.

    Ben also started US Nordic Ventures, a cross-Atlantic private equity and operating company. Ben has worked as an analyst for Lubert-Adler, a private equity real estate fund. Ben was part of the founding staff of Democracy Alliance, a progressive investment collaborative.

    Ben is also co-founder of Popularise, a real estate crowdsourcing website.

    Lita Dwight, Senior Vice President, Sterling Green Corp Lita Dwight, Senior Vice President, Sterling Green Corp

    Lita Dwight is a real estate developer specializing in the renovation of historic buildings. She started Acquis Development Corp in 2004 successfully converting a 19th century brownstone to high end condominium units and later co-founded Sterling Green Corp with her business partner in 2009. Prior to real estate, Lita was an investment management attorney for Sidley Austin Brown & Wood and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan with a focus on hybrid hedge funds, mutual funds and other investment products. She is a graduate of Davidson College and Georgetown University Law Center. She lives with in midtown Manhattan.

    Photo of Jilliene Helman, Founder and CEO of Realty Mogul Jilliene Helman
    Founder & CEO
    Realty Mogul
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    Realty Mogul
    Jilliene Helman is the Founder and CEO of Realty Mogul is crowdfunding for real estate, a marketplace for accredited investors to pool money online and buys shares of pre-vetted real estate investments. Jilliene is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and operation of the business. Previously Jilliene was a Vice President at Union Bank, where the majority of her time was spent in Private Wealth Management working with the broker-dealer, registered investment advisor, real estate lenders and wealth planners. Jilliene is a Certified Wealth Strategist, holds a Series 63 license and earned a degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University. She has been featured in countless publications including Forbes, Entrepreneur, NYT and Bloomberg, and is a frequent speaker on the subjects of crowdfunding, real estate finance and entrepreneurship.

    Photo of William Skelley, Founder, iFunding William Skelley
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    Prior to iFunding, William worked for other corporations such as General Electric, Olympus, Bain Capital and Rose Park Advisors and has been an advisor to several start-ups. He specializes in fundraising from accredited investors, family offices and is a frequent speaker at industry events discussing real estate finance.

    Bruce Lipnick, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Asset Alliance (Family Office) Bruce Lipnick, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Asset Alliance (Family Office)

    Bruce H. Lipnick is Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Asset Alliance Corporation (ďAsset AllianceĒ). He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Asset Alliance Advisors, Inc. He has an extensive background in alternative investments with over 38 years of experience in the investment management and financial services industries, and was a pioneer in utilizing various

    Brian Dally, co-founder of GROUNDFLOOR Brian Dally, co-founder of GROUNDFLOOR

    Brian Dally is co-founder & CEO of GROUNDFLOOR, the nationís first crowdlending platform for real estate. Brianís 15 year career building disruptive technology startups spans stints in Silicon Valley, Boston, London and the North Carolina Triangle area. Previously, he led the launch of Republic Wireless to take on the big four cellphone carriers to international acclaim. As a result, millions more Americans can now afford a smartphone. Brian has a JD from Harvard Law School, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia.

    Rodrigo Nino, CEO and Founder, Prodigy Network Rodrigo Nino, CEO and Founder, Prodigy Network

    Rodrigo Nino. is revolutionizing both the real estate and crowdfunding industries by being the first to meld the two worlds. After successfully representing numerous projects in Miami for sales and marketing, Nino brought Prodigy Network to Manhattan in 2007 and immediately started working on some of New York's most iconic projects, including Andre Balazs' residential condominium, William Beaver House and the Trump Organization's ground breaking hotel condominium, Trump SoHo. Meanwhile, Nino continued to build on his success and expand internationally by pursuing projects in Mexico, Colombia, and Panama.

    Richard Aidekman, Owner of Prime Realty Services, Inc Richard Aidekman, Owner of Prime Realty Services, Inc

    Richard was the principal owner of Prime Realty Services, Inc. based in NYC that sold several residential properties at the height of the real estate boom in 2006. He owned Cornelia Day Resort in Madison Avenue that became a favorite of Hollywood celebrities. Richard worked for Prudential Real Estate in the past and currently developing properties in New York and Florida. He has 40 years of experience in real estate development and investments.

    Sydney Armani, Founder and CEO, SVCF Ventures, CrowdFundBeat and ICFFF Sydney Armani, Founder and CEO, SVCF Ventures, CrowdFundBeat and ICFFF

    Sydney Armani is a long time silicon valley entrepreneur, with more than twenty years experience in Valley's community acting in both an entrepreneurial and investing capacity. Sydney is publisher of, an online daily crowdfunding news site in US and UK. He is also the organizer of the annual Silicon Valley Meets Crowdfunders conference in Palo Alto, CA

    Photo of Steve Cinelli, Primarq Steve Cinelli
    Founder & CEO
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    Steve has consistently applied his profound knowledge of corporate finance, banking and capital markets to innovation, in particular, distributed capital formation via applied technology. In co-founding OffRoad Capital in 1999, Steve was the first to create a web-based platform to aggregate global accredited investors in a private securities market system, well before the term crowd funding was coined. And in assessing areas of optimizing capital, Steve conceived leveraged housing finance within the USA and abroad, by bringing fresh equity funds efficiently into a multi=trillion dollar market. He is an active participant in the crowd-capital movement through participating on crowdfunding national boards, in addition to writing and speaking on next generation finance.

    Carlo Tabibi, CEO, Patch Of Land Carlo Tabibi, CEO, Patch Of Land

    For the past 20 years, Carlo has been operating, developing, and investing in real estate, both domestically and overseas. For the past 5 years, he has also been lending to real estate operators through the hard money marketplace. Carlo has built multiple online retail businesses during this time, including the $80M where he was a co-founder, and the incentives program provider where he is currently Chairman.

    Alessandro Lerro, Founder, Lerro & Partners Alessandro Lerro, Founder, Lerro & Partners

    Alessandro is an Italian lawyer expert of new technologies and business creation. A wellknown Italian expert of crowdfunding, Alessandro published "Equity Crowdfunding" for Il Sole 24 Ore and is a regular speaker in conferences and workshops. Founder of Lerro&Partners, he has been advising for years start up and small/medium sized companies dealing with information real estate, information technology, and media.

    Stefano Zaccaria D'Aniello, Co-Founder & COO, GroundBreaker Stefano Zaccaria D'Aniello, Co-Founder & COO, GroundBreaker

    Stefano DíAniello comes to GroundBreaker with a passion for solving and simplifying complex legal and financial problems and over $54 billion in success stories to boot. Prior to GroundBreaker, Stefano worked at BBVA, one of the largest international banks as Vice-President and Senior Counsel for Corporate & Investment Banking. Before this, Stefano worked at White & Case LLP as a securities lawyer, handling a broad array of securities transactions for issuers of all sizes as well as international transactions.

    Michael Felman, Director, Fund Advisory, LDJ Capital Michael Felman, Director, Fund Advisory, LDJ Capital

    Michael Felman is a global financial advisory with LDJ Capital and business expert with 10 years of fund advisory clients with over two dozen funds under his umbrella. Mr. Felman represents institutional investors such as family offices, venture capital, private equity, hedge funds and a select group of high net worth individuals and continuously sources deals for them and pins down the right companies both private and public, both domestic and international that may have the best fit for the funds that are our clients.

    Dan Farrell, Chairman & CEO, Privos Capital Dan Farrell, Chairman & CEO, Privos Capital

    Mr. Farrell is the Chairman & CEO of Privos Capital, a leading U.S. family office advisory firm with offices in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Privos provides private client and financial services world-wide to single family offices, multi-family offices, sovereign royal families, their portfolio companies, funds, and foundations. We work in all leading international financial centers, as well as in the BRICS, N-11, and the Frontier Countries of the Emerging Markets. We have deep expertise working with Arab family office partners in the Middle East (MENA, GCC, Levant), UK (London, BVI, Jersey, Guersney, Cayman), and on the Continent (Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Milan, and Frankfurt).

    Rebekah Woo Principal, Crimson Capital Rebekah Woo  Principal, Crimson Capital

    Backed and owned by Asian families, Crimson Capital is focused on investing across asset classes and strategies, with specific interests in growth companies and real estate. Originally from Asia, Rebekah has extensive networks globally and deep experience working with family offices. Rebekah spent the most recent six years with an ultra high net worth family office in New York, responsible for investing especially in Asia

    Photo of Nick Jekogian, Signature Group Investments Nick Jekogian
    Signature Investment Group
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    Signature Investment Group
    Nick Jekogian is founder and President/CEO of Signature Community Investment Group. Mr. Jekogian founded the company while in college with the purchase of a small apartment building in Center City Philadelphia. Mr. Jekogian has since built Signature Community into a fully-integrated real estate company that owns and operates more than 4,000 apartment units throughout the United States with an aggregate value of over $300 million.

    Mr. Jekogian is a licensed real estate broker in New York. He has a Business Administration degree from Drexel University and a Masters degree in Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Mr. Jekogian has more than 20 years experience developing commercial properties in the New York metro area for retailers such as CVS, TD/Commerce Bank and Blockbuster Video. Mr. Jekogian currently resides in Manhattan with his wife and two young daughters. He is a competitor in Ironman-level triathlons and ultra-distance marathons. Mr. Jekogian is a member of YPO. Mr. Jekogian also invests in early stage companies through his involvement with the various Angel Groups.

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