Meet Our Trainers
Before our mentors and trainers are hired they must be active investors and meet certain professional requirements. Each mentor and trainer that becomes a part of our team is held to the highest standards in the industry and must maintain a minimum level of activity to continue working with us. See our Trainer Requirements.
Barry Duke got his start in the working world by joining the US Coast Guard right out of high school in 1980. Barry was involved in all aspects of the USCG’s missions from Search and Rescue, to Maritime Law Enforcement, and Marine Environmental Protection. He retired in 2000 and has since had a varied career in civilian law enforcement, corporate security, transportation, project management, commercial property, and construction management.
Barry and his wife attended real estate investor training back in 2007. Back then, they had one property for two years before they decided to sale it and learn how to become successful real estate investors. In 2014 Barry decided that after many years of buying and selling real estate for his personal residence that is was time to step into the real estate agent realm and got his Utah State Sales Agent license in March of 2015 where he closed his first deal within 1 month of getting his license.
Due to Barry’s past, he has a strong commitment to the tasks he is assigned and helping those under his care experience the highest level of success possible.
Barry is licensed in the state of Utah.
Bob has been involved in the investment industry for over 25 years. Working with Fidelity Investments and Investools he has gained experiences with many facets of the industry. He has experience with stocks, options and forex. On the teaching side he has been an instructor at the technical college level along with teaching stocks and options to individual investors for many years.
With degrees in accounting and business administration along with previous licenses in the investment industry as a series 6 and 7 he is able to share his knowledge and skills to best meet the needs of beginner and advanced investors.
Brad is working on a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and is in his first year of trading. He has a genuine love for computers, numbers and option theory.
When Brad is not at work he is spending time on the golf course with his family.
While Brandon Strickland was growing up, his father was a carpenter and homebuilder for several years. From a young age, Brandon had the opportunity to work with and learn from his father. Brandon went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in urban planning from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Utah. He worked as an inspector for local government for several years and then began investing in real estate. He has also been an asset manager in a family investment company managing many seller-financed properties located around the country.
Brandon’s favorite part of real estate investing is taking old, worn out properties and transforming them into desirable homes where people and families can build lives. He enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for real estate as a consultant. He loves hearing the excitement in a student’s voice when they have conquered an obstacle that was holding them back. His hobbies include camping, backpacking, and hiking. He also enjoys spending time with his family outdoors.
Brandon is licensed in the state of Utah.
Bryan’s far-reaching investing experience extends back 15 years. During his career he has used a variety of vehicles to further his investing goals, including stocks, options, FOREX and real estate.
For the last 9 years Bryan has been working in the education sector training individual investors about stocks and options. Being able to impart his knowledge with others is deeply gratifying for him, he loves watching those he trains succeed.
For 10+ years, Cameron has been trading and investing in the financial market. After actively trading within the market for years, he had the opportunity to share his story and path with new investors. His extensive knowledge of stock options has become his vehicle of choice for building wealth.
He has worked as an educator and trainer for Investools, EduTrades, Tigrent Learning and Traders Edge Network. While he works with traders of all types, he particularly enjoys helping new traders begin their journey to become independent investors.
Born and raised in a small southwest Wyoming town, Casey Poppinga developed a competitive spirit and passion for athletics at a young age. Upon graduating from high school, he accepted a football scholarship to the University of Wyoming. Two years later he transferred to Utah State University where he completed his college career playing tight end. He followed that up with two years in the National Football League.
When Casey’s football career ended he returned to Utah State and completed his master’s in business administration (MBA). He was soon hired as a real estate consultant by our organization. Over the last several years he’s had the opportunity to personally mentor some of the organization’s most successful students. Most notably, he was the personal mentor of Matt Larson, a former machine shop operator who has since built a real estate empire.
Not only has Casey mentored many students he’s also a very successful real estate investor in his own right. He currently maintains a portfolio of rental properties in Michigan, Missouri, and Illinois. In addition, he continues to buy, fix, and sell several single-family residences each year. He also does hard money loans for other real estate investors. Casey loves spending his free time with his family. Together they enjoy camping, water skiing, snow skiing, river rafting, and hunting.
After studying music education at Brigham Young University, Cory Larsen has held a variety of job positions including director of operations, site director, business consultant, and corporate trainer.
Cory began his real estate career in 2005 when he accepted a managerial position at a 50-agent realty company. In the course of a year, the agency grew over 200%, from 50 agents to 160 agents (almost all of them being brand new agents). Cory later joined on with a nationwide real estate company in a similar position, where he managed and trained over 400 realtors. Since then, Cory has enjoyed learning the ins and outs of the real estate industry.
Cory enjoys playing volleyball and tossing a football around with his four boys. If he isn’t playing with his boys, he’s in the kitchen creating new recipes and cooking with his wife. In his free time he teaches acting classes and directs theatrical productions.
In 2007, Craig received the real estate “Rookie of the Year” award from us. His past experience in real estate, home building, and home inspections makes him a valuable asset to his clients.
Craig loves the opportunity he has to teach others about real estate. He enjoys helping his students implement tips and information from our lessons. He enjoys seeing his clients grow, learn, and get excited about how easy real estate investing can be. In his words, “It is wonderful to see them grow from just a student to a successful business owner.”
Craig relishes working with people in general, with both adults and youth. In his free time, Craig enjoys playing basketball, hunting, skiing, hiking, and flying model planes.
Craig is licensed in the state of Utah.
Throughout his 20 plus year career, Dallen Miner has been dedicated to helping individuals, new companies, and organizations succeed. His vast range of experience extends through several industries including manufacturing, production, healthcare, and consulting. This wide range of experience has helped him maintain expertise in vital skills, such as process analysis, project management, acquisition/merger, business development, and coaching.
His career has been heavily influenced by growing up in a real estate development environment where Dallen learned firsthand the phases and flow of property development and investment.
Additionally, he has had experience seeing market movements and trends in numerous states. He has also owned property in Texas, Colorado and Utah.
Dallen is licensed in the state of New York.
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area he was immersed in the housing market in California during the real estate explosion. That has influenced his life in realizing the tremendous advantages of buying Real Estate.
After purchasing his first house he found that it was much easier to purchase his second house and rent the first. That was the beginning of a great relationship with real estate.
David has experience with large apartment complexes and commercial properties Fix and flip, Tax deeds, and others you would just need to ask about.
He is an adjunct professor at a local university and an advisor for their Salt Flats racing team that has achieved 5 land speed records.
He enjoys all outdoor sports, although water and snow activities are his favorite. David is a licensed Pilot and has restored a number of old muscle cars that have been in local car shows and parades.
He has been coaching and helping people buy real estate for over 13 years. His favorite Real Estate saying is “There is always a way to make the deal work, you just have to figure it out”.
David is licensed in the state of Utah
Over the past 22 years, Dennis has been trading option and equities markets and has traded thru several stock market cycles; including the technology bubble (2001-2002), the financial crash (2008-2009), and the super tech rally (1998-1999). Dennis has taught thousands of students as a Financial Trainer and has been doing it for the last 10 years.
Dennis has his undergraduate degree in Financial Management from CSULB and graduate work in Education from National University of San Diego. During his career he has dedicated himself to technical analysis and relies heavily on his trend analysis in his own trade decisions.
Market trends tend to make or break traders, as for Dennis, he trades the prevailing trend, whatever that happens to be. Favorite strategy is the Calendar spread, where he will then take off the short leg of the spread when the stock breaks out. He calls it the “sling shot,” just ask him about it!
As a paragliding enthusiast, Dennis knows how to have fun, and manages risk.
Don has been in the financial industry for 15 years. Like most educated trainers, he got his start working with a brokerage firm. Don’s passion for teaching pushed him into the education and teaching.
With a degree in education and knowledge of the markets, Don is able to work with beginning, intermediate, and advanced students to help them understand the complexities of trading. He is a key asset to our resource line.
Eric Roberts is an outstanding trainer with a variety of investment experience that has led him to become a valuable asset to the company.
He owns a duplex and single-family residence and holds two properties under a lease option. He also enjoys investing in stocks and foreign exchange. He is a licensed loan officer and is well versed in real estate finance.
Eric is married with 5 children and enjoys sports, including playing and watching basketball and football. He collects sports cards and loves to cook.
Eric is licensed in the state of Michigan.
With an MS in Psychology, a master’s in business administration (MBA), and over 45 years of real estate experience, Jan Plumb has held a wide variety of roles including principle broker and general contractor. His past real estate projects include the development of high-end custom homes, townhouse subdivisions, and commercial buildings. He has rehabbed more than 50 homes and several apartment buildings. Jan loves the process of seeing his vision for a project become a reality. He takes great pride in watching people enjoy properties he’s played a role in developing.
In addition to mentoring other real estate professionals, including the agents who worked under his broker’s license, he’s served clients in a variety of life coaching fields. He takes pride in helping people improve their lives.
His own life is filled with sports like skiing, surfing, hiking, scuba diving, and tennis, which he plays competitively.
Jan is a licensed broker in Utah, Nevada and the state of California.
Jerry got started in real estate in 2004 when he attended the Harmon Real Estate Academy and received his real estate license. While there, he met a gentleman who introduced him to real estate investing. This investor was kind enough to mentor Jerry through his first 2 investment deals. Those investments went very well and Jerry has been investing in real estate ever since. Jerry’s favorite part of real estate investing is negotiating and being able to create win-win deals.
Jerry learned about goal setting and personal development in 1985. He owned and operated a business with Success Motivation Institute where he coached and taught goal setting and personal development. Through living the principles of personal development for over 20 years, Jerry has developed a deep belief in the power we all have inside. His experience and belief in the principles of personal development is what motivates him to help others through those same principles. The combination of personal development and real estate investing has enriched Jerry and his family’s lives and is what inspires him to coach and assist others in the pursuit of their dreams. Jerry has been coaching in this industry since 2009.
Jerry enjoys spending time in the mountains with his family. He also enjoys golf, basketball and motocross.
Jerry is licensed in the state of Utah.
Joel Johnson started teaching people how to trade options in early 2008. His experience in trading and in the brokerage industry includes time spent with firms such as Morgan Stanley, TD Ameritrade, E*Trade, optionsXpress, and OptionsHouse.
Joel is passionate about helping people to perfect their own approach to the market. He has taught thousands of people to trade options in individual and group settings. His broad understanding of technical analysis and options theory allows him to help both advanced traders and beginners.
This combination of passion, knowledge, and experience has helped Joel guide many traders to solidify their approach to the market.
“Wake up – Be amazing – Go to bed!” It’s a philosophy that demands excellence. Karen has a love for real estate and has led to her ability to organize, motivate and achieve success.
Karen has worked in the financial industry with 7 years of experience as a mortgage loan officer and has purchased, renovated and sold numerous properties over the past 18 years. Karen has presented weekly live phone seminars, trained hundreds of real estate students, attended multiple real estate investor expo's, presented at Boots On the Ground events, and performed mentorships worldwide.
Because of her diverse background she’s become extremely adept at adjusting her mentoring approach to the different people she works with throughout the world. Karen makes it a point to first gain an understanding of exactly what her students intend to accomplish, and then guides and builds towards their next goal, step by step. Consequently, many of Karen’s students have experienced success beyond their highest expectations.
When Karen isn’t running her businesses or mentoring, she is likely to be found enjoying the outdoors, reading or otherwise savoring life. She imparts the same philosophies in her teaching. Karen is a single mother of six children and 4 grandchildren. Karen has her real estate license in Utah and Florida.
“Think Positive, Be Positive And Positive Things Will Happen”
According to Kim Thurman, education is an ongoing process that should never end. She practices what she preaches by, among other things, reading with her family every evening. The information she gathers from reading has become the life blood of her career as she continues to learn and train others in real estate investing and internet investing. Books have helped her fine-tune her teaching skills. She takes pride in finding simple ways to share complex information.
With many years of training experience, Kim is particularly skilled at understanding others’ concerns. She’s a great listener who knows how to help her students move past the obstacles and fears that stand in their way. She cares about her students and is committed to their success. She loves the excitement that comes when students are able to step outside of their comfort zone and reach long anticipated goals.
Kim’s hobbies revolve around her family. They ride bikes, swim, play racket ball, weight-lift, go to movies, and just hang out. Her favorite pastime is playing with her two-year-old twins. She is motivated to work hard to show her children that if they work hard and work smart they can accomplish anything.
Kimberly bought her first investment property at the mere age of 19 and soon thereafter, obtained her Virginia real estate license. Since then, she has completed a number of real estate transactions ranging from fix and flips, wholesaling, and residential rentals. She has always had a strong desire to see people succeed and has a track record of bringing financial success to her business partners. Her dedication to success is best exemplified by closing on a recent deal on a hospital bed three hours after delivering her daughter.
Kimberly’s two greatest passions in life are real estate and serving her country. She is a Paralegal in the U.S. Army Reserve JAG Corp where she supports Unit Commanders, Judges and the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. She provides legal assistance in all areas of criminal law, international law, civil/administrative law, contract law and fiscal law.
Kimberly has recently moved to Utah to raise her family. In her spare time Kimberly enjoys long walks with her husband and daughter looking for possible investment opportunities in the nearby neighborhoods.
She is currently working on her Utah Real Estate License and is currently investing in Virginia and Utah.
Matthew Walton has worked in several capacities at our organization, including working as a consultant, a real estate team leader, and as the director of consulting. In addition to his many years of experience working here, he has extensive experience in the mortgage, lending, and finance industry. Matthew has participated in many seminars and trainings to develop real estate and training prowess. His background and experience in real estate and lending helps him more fully assist his clients in finding success.
Matthew’s favorite part of working here is the opportunity to work with clients and to learn from the other trainers. He enjoys the relationships that he has with many of his fellow coworkers.
Michael grew up one of the “poor kids” in Las Vegas. After living on an Indian reservation in New Mexico, he later moved to East LA as a teenager. Michael remembers his mother saying, “put that back we can’t afford it” more often than not. Those humble beginnings helped him realize that if he wanted financial freedom, he’d have to learn about money and how it works on his own.
He bought his first investment property in 1987 in California. For the past 30 years Michael has sought out and learned from the best mentors in real estate. This has brought him the good fortune to be able to work with some of the most well respected and sought after teachers and authors in the world. Michael has mentored students for Dean Graziosi, Robert and Kim Kyosaki, Jack Canfield, and Stephen R Covey.
Michael thoroughly enjoys the time that he spends as a mentor. He believes that no one can be truly successful without helping others to become so as well. That’s why he helps others understand the organizational systems that are crucial in helping others keep more of their money than they’re spending, which is the ultimate goal. Michael also believes that how you think is much more important than what you know, especially when you have a powerful mastermind team around you.
Michael is licensed in the state of Nevada.
Nathan grew up in an environment of great hardship. His early life was shaped by an emotionally and physically abusive father. At the age of 17, in the course of an argument his mother said, “you’re turning out to be just like your father.” The comment changed Nathan’s life. He didn’t eat or return to school for three days as he reevaluated who he was and who he intended to become. From that day forward he made conscious decisions to become the person he wanted to be. He soon discovered that he had far more control over his future than he’d previously realized.
For these reasons, personal development drives Nathan. He’s energized by making a difference in people’s lives, and is always willing to go the extra mile in order to accomplish his objectives. It’s through this sort of commitment that Nathan earned the prestigious Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, an honor which only Eagle Scouts with more than 25 years of community service are eligible for.
Nathan created his first business when he was only 18 and has since run a number of successful enterprises. After working as a licensed mortgage broker for a few years, Nathan came to work as a trainer with us. Nathan has worked with thousands of clients and dealt with a myriad of obstacles. He’s never had a losing transaction, even in cases where things have not gone as planned, he’s been able to refine his knowledge base. Nathan uses this knowledge to both increase his future prospects for success and to improve his quality of life. He also freely shares everything he’s learned with his clients, vastly accelerating their learning curve. Nathan is also an avid artist, cyclist, and public speaker.
Nathan is licensed in the state of Missouri.
A love of real estate is what led Rick to coaching. He’s driven by the desire to help his students reach their full potential and realize their financial goals. It’s a very personal process to him, having successfully utilized real estate to improve his own family’s life. He’s been involved in land deals, lease options, assignments, and even billboards to put money in his pocket. Experience has proven to him that there is always a creative way to make things work for all parties, and he considers it a bonus that he usually meets great new people in the process.
Rick’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in PR along with a minor in business management. When not coaching or managing his own real estate business you’re likely to find him feeding his addiction to fishing, preferably in the company of family and friends.
Rick is licensed in the state of Utah.
Roy Voeks graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in history education. He started buying houses in college and began his lifelong interest in real estate investing. Through the years, he has bought dozens of properties using traditional and creative ways to finance his various deals. He has also found success in the world of tax liens and deeds.
Roy loves helping as a coach in youth sports. He enjoys being involved in politics at the state and local level. He is a retired Army Reserve Officer in the Corps of Engineers. Roy and his beautiful wife, Sharon, have six children and seven grandchildren.
Scott is a Financial Trainer at Interactive Trader Education where he helps self-directed investors become empowered to reach their financial goals, through customized teaching and guidance. He is passionate about trading options, and is determined to pass that on to his clients.
After graduating from the University of Utah he worked for a large brokerage firm. He has spent the last 13 years teaching and educating individuals. His own trading experience comes from trading stocks, bonds, futures, commodities and mutual funds.
Shah Bahadur got his start in real estate as a realtor in 2003 specializing in luxury properties and working with investors. In 2004 and 2005, he ranked among the top five, out of 120 agents, in his brokerage. This overwhelming success led to the co-ownership of his office in 2006, where he became a sales manager and trained, mentored, and coached other agents. He ultimately assisted his office in producing over $18 million in sales in that year alone. Shah’s wide range of experience adds a wealth of real estate knowledge to our organization.
He has enjoyed the ups and downs of being an investor and has used a variety of techniques that has helped him find great success.
In Shah’s free time, he enjoys learning about new cultures and loves to travel. He is fluent in four languages: Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi and English. He can also speak some Spanish and can read and write Arabic. He loves raising his daughter and being around family and friends. Among his many hobbies, he is a fierce competitor on the volleyball court and on the poker tables. While admitting that he is not the best cook, Shah is avidly trying to improve his culinary abilities. The Food Network and home rehab shows are his newest television addictions.
Shah is licensed in the state of Utah.
“Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon…must inevitably come to pass.” Paul J Meyers” Sherry believes and lives by this quote. She has been doing real estate investing for 15 years. She buys, fixes and sells homes. Sherry is also an interior designer and has a construction back ground. She is a partner in a construction company that she started several years ago.
They have built several homes for themselves and for other investors. Sherry has extensive experience in training new real estate investors. She is especially talented at explaining investment techniques and strategies in a clear, easy -to – understand manner.
Sherry also travels across the United States and Canada teaching real estate seminars (Boots on the Ground). Real estate has been really good to Sherry and her family.
Sherry is married to her husband Tom and they have 4 Children that are married and are enjoying their grandchildren.
Sherry loves the outdoors, boating, water skiing and scuba diving. She loves spending time with her family.
“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Zigler
KNOWLEDGE PLUS ACTION = RESULTS
Sherry is licensed in the state of Utah.
Steve has been an active trader for over a decade. During this time he has continued to work in the education industry working with new investors. His focus lies with both stocks and options. Throughout his career he has developed extensive experience with automated trading systems.
He loves teaching new students and helping them gain mastery of the financial markets.
Prior to his role in the financial education industry, Steve trained clients for a major software company. His experiences working on the front lines became excellent preparation for introducing others to the world of online trading. Steve holds a BA in English and has developed curriculum for students learning to trade using automated processes.
Ted was personally mentored by some of the top Real Estate Investors in the country and is happy to share what he has learned and used in his own investing. While Ted has worked on Flips with other coaches and mentors, his prefers cash flow properties. Ted has Coached, Trained or Mentored over 1000 students in Sales, Business, or most frequently Real Estate Investing.
After receiving a BS in Business Administration, Ted went on to own and manage two successful software companies. Ted is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and a Certified Professional Behavior Analyst (CPBA).
He began work in real estate in 2006 and was a former part owner of Team Armando Flipping.
Ted is known around the office for finding creative ways to draft proposals and get deals done.
Ted is licensed in the state of Utah.