Real Wealth Network Team
We help people create real wealth.
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Kathy specializes in teaching people how to build multi-million dollar real estate portfolios through creative finance and planning. She is passionate about researching and then sharing the most important information about real estate, market cycles and the economy. Author of the #1 best seller, Retire Rich with Rentals, Kathy is a frequent guest expert on such media as CNN, CNBC, Fox News, NPR and CBS MarketWatch.My Story
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Rich oversees the marketing and business development at Real Wealth Network. He is passionate about developing our team and our systems, and is always looking for new ways to bring good people to the Network. As a licensed real estate broker, experienced investor and Master Certified Business Coach, Rich specializes in helping our team stay aligned and inspired to fulfill our company’s purpose, mission and values.My Story
Director, Affiliates & PropertiesBio
Director, Syndications & CrowdfundingBio
Ben Erik Smith
Director, Investor Relations & Investment CounselorBio
Director, Finance & AdministrationBio
Technology & Support ManagerBio
Acquisition & Engagement ManagerBio
Investor Relations ManagerBio
Digital Editing & Event SupportBio
Podcast Producer & WriterBio
Investor Relations SpecialistBio
Member Relations SpecialistBio
About Tim Horvath
Tim previously worked for two turn-key real estate companies in Cleveland, Ohio, where he gained valuable knowledge and skills in property acquisition, renovations from start to finish, and property management. He is a certified Six Sigma Blackbelt — a high-level, disciplined methodology for systems integration, communication and problem solving.
This strong background helps Tim screen potential property providers for Real Wealth Network members, and perform regular audits on our current teams. Tim also helps further develop best practices and standards for all our property providers to ensure that our members continue to receive top notch service. Tim has been a long time resident of Northeast Cleveland, Ohio on beautiful Lake Erie where he enjoys spending time with his wife, two boys and three dogs.
About Ben Erik Smith
Ben has been an active real estate investor for over 25 years, buying and rehabbing over 20 properties in California and Arizona. Before joining our team, Ben was a RWN member and purchased investment properties in both Ohio and Pennsylvania. In April 2016, his family sold their East SF Bay home and moved to the Gulf Coast of Florida, adding FL to the list of states where he owns houses.
As Director of Investor Relations, Ben helps our members create unique investment plans through personalized strategy sessions. He also travels the country to meet with our current and prospective affiliates. Ben is a native of Northern California and enjoys skiing, boating, camping and 4×4 trekking in the wilds of the West with his wife, daughter and Alistair the giant dog …and whoever else is daring enough to join them!
About Joe Torre
Joe joined RWN following a 20-year career as a marketing data analyst for Silicon Valley tech companies and is RWN’s Bay Area-based investment counselor. With over 13 years of experience as a real estate investor and educator, he helps members build their portfolios of cash-flowing properties. In his off-time, he enjoys traveling abroad.
Joe served in the US Marine Corps and holds an MBA from Columbia University Business School in New York. He is not related to the manager of the New York Yankees. 🙂
About Aristotle Kumpis
Aristotle received his real estate license in 2007 and has since helped hundreds of investors acquire cash flow property in emerging markets nationwide. As an investment counselor, he helps our members develop a unique investment plan based on their personal goals. As an investor himself, Aristotle is able to share his knowledge, experience and insights with new and experienced investors.
He regularly visits the various markets promoted by Real Wealth Network to keep the pulse on various teams and economics in those areas. Aristotle grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, where he attended UMSL and then moved to Southern California in 2002. His interest in real estate was inspired by his parents, who own income property in the St. Louis area. He likes writing music in his free time and enjoys spending time outdoors — especially with his family.
About Maggie Pike
Maggie has been working for Real Wealth Network since 2009 and is simultaneously the longest-tenured employee and youngest Director on our management team. Over the years she’s worked in various capacities, most notably managing the Investor Education department which has produced hundreds of hours of educational content over the years.
Today, Maggie manages the Syndication & Crowdfunding department of RWN, which in 2017 alone raised over $33 Million in investor capital. The market is changing and we are seeing a major increase in developers approaching the Network with amazing projects. Maggie’s strong project management skills, attention to detail, and tenured ability to create processes that span all our departments, means she is uniquely suited to the challenge of scaling this department to meet growing investor demand.
With a passion for learning and travel, Maggie is truly a “digital nomad” and can be found working from different locations around the world. In 2017 she continued to work for us full time while visiting 16 different countries.
About Nick Grant
Nick has been with Real Wealth Network since 2011. During this time, Nick has been instrumental in growing our network of passionate real estate investors to just over 24,000. He currently works to ensure that our Live Events, Investment Property Tours and weekly Webinars are filled to capacity, with qualified real estate investors.
Nick has a sales & marketing background and is proficient in Lead Generation, Lead Conversion, Email Marketing, as well as Sales & Marketing Automation. Nick lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Becca and they are expecting twin boys late this summer.
About Amy Searcy
Amy helps keep our website looking good and working right. For over five years she’s been developing websites and says she’s proud to be working with Real Wealth Network. Amy’s had several fun careers — including working as a video game producer and as a production manager for an art studio. She has been teaching yoga, qigong and tai chi for over 13 years and is a certified Zen Wellness Medical Qigong director.
She is also certified in Bikram and Barkan Yoga. Amy has a 1st degree black belt in Kung Fu and is working on her 2nd degree. She also loves to act and has been in numerous films and plays in the Phoenix area. She enjoys traveling, hiking, sword-fighting and spending time with her family.
About Jessica Conflitti
Jessica manages content creation, PPC and SEO for Real Wealth Network. She joined our team part-time in August of 2015 and quickly moved to a full-time position to write for the blog and to oversee our independent researchers and analysts that help keep RWN on the cutting edge of investor education. In her free time, Jessica enjoys writing music, baking, meditating, and spending time with her friends and family.
About Kelley Pecoraro
We love having Kelley on the Real Wealth Team because she expertly handles the back office and financial details — so we can focus on serving you. Kelley has worked with RWN since early 2008. As sole proprietor of SmartBooks, she also works with other clients, and real estate portfolios are one of her favorite projects.
Prior to starting SmartBooks, Kelley worked in Hotel and Commercial Property Management as well as Program Management in the software industry. A long time Walnut Creek resident, Kelley enjoys time with her husband and their two sons — one in high school and one in college.
About Jill Benes
Jill is masterful at making RWN’s webinars, videos and podcasts look and sound amazing. She edits both The Real Wealth Show and the Real Estate News for Investors podcasts, as well as our Market Overview videos and our weekly educational webinars. Jill grew up in Southern California and attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where she majored in Computer Arts.
In her free time Jill enjoys surfing, skiing, songwriting, and taking road trips up and down the California coast.
About Krista Fettke
With possibly more hours of social media practice than anyone else on the RWN team, Krista is highly qualified to understand and manage our social media channels. Plus, as the daughter of our company’s co-founders, she’s had the experience of being part of the Network for as long as she can remember. To further strengthen her skills, Krista also earned the designation as a Certified Social & Community Manager through DigitalMarketer’s week-long course and final exam.
When she’s not managing our social media, studying for school, or volunteering at Operation Smile, Krista enjoys going to the beach with friends, dancing, rock climbing, slacklining and skiing.
About Donna Behrens
Donna brings 25 years of top market TV news experience to our operation. As a podcast producer and writer for The Real Wealth Show and Real Estate News for Investors, she manages content and keeps listeners up-to-date on the most relevant industry news, events, trends, and forecasts. She also provides digital content for our blogs and articles. Donna is a UC Berkeley graduate who, after many years of renting in the San Francisco Bay Area, recently purchased her own home in Southern California. She enjoys anything related to real estate, latin music and dancing, learning Spanish, working remotely, and traveling as if you “live there.” She has a great affinity for small dogs, especially the Australian Silky Terrier.
About Kathy McBride
Kathy has been a RWN member since 2009 before joining the team as our Investor Relations Manager. Kathy’s role is to talk (and does that a lot ) with our investors to establish relationships about their investing needs. With a BA in Mass Communications/Marketing and 30+ years in customer service she is a natural at her job. Kathy is passionate about real estate and holds a California Real Estate license.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she now lives in Folsom (Sacramento area) with her husband and has two sons; one who attends college, the other a 82nd Airborne Paratrooper. In her free time, Kathy likes to hang out with family and friends, is a wine enthusiast, likes to travel, watch college football, and is always game to try new things!
About Celia Christensen
Celia joined RWN in early 2017 as member support staff and is now working on the Investor Relations team. She’s also managed to sneak her way into editing many of the articles on our website because (as she puts it) she’s “a total weirdo and likes grammar” (she earned her degree in Technical Writing from Utah State University — old habits die hard). When she’s not on the phone with RWN members, Celia teaches private music lessons (piano, violin, and viola) to students in her hometown of Bozeman, Montana. Although these two jobs keep her plenty busy, she also manages to find time for her other loves: baking, running (to offset the love of baking), and spending time with her husband and four kids, two dogs, and their desert tortoise, Esteban.
About Mariah Ferries
With a 5 year background in providing excellent customer service experiences, Mariah brings her skill and passion to Real Wealth Network as your member concierge. When she isn’t working to help meet your needs with RWN, you’ll likely find Mariah consumed in a good book, finding the next trail to run, or spending time with her friends and family.
About Ann Triplett
Ann Triplett worked with Kathy Fettke when they were both in the mortgage industry years ago. She joined Real Wealth Network as a member in 2006 where she deepened her education in real estate investing. Today she owns rentals nationwide and has participated in several RWN syndications. That’s why she’s a perfect fit to now be assisting other RWN members who attend our events and tours, and wish to invest in our syndications.
Prior to investing, Ann established other successful businesses, always with a passion to develop passive income. She is a long time resident of Livermore, and enjoys the outdoors, sports (Go Giants & Dubs!), Livermore’s wineries & concerts, and spending time with family and friends.
About Dallin Chase
Dallin manages the development of web systems and operations including Real Wealth Network’s websites. Dallin has over 10 years of experience working with web systems and CRMs including extensive experience with WordPress.
Dallin specializes in creating scalable systems that help Real Wealth Network succeed online. He loves spending time out doors and off roading and is the proud father of two handsome boys.
About Leah Collich
Leah began investing in real estate in 2010 and became a RWN member in 2017 in order to expand her portfolio into five new markets while living overseas. While she enjoys the creative outlet of flipping, she strongly believes buy-and-hold investing is the path to real wealth. Before joining our team, she worked in program management and benefits education for a national economic initiative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
As an Investment Counselor, Leah is passionate about discussing real estate investment strategies that create a clear path to real wealth and helping our members realize that retirement might not be as far away as they think.
Leah is a native Texan and is the spouse of an active duty Army officer. The Army has afforded them with the opportunity to see the world and live in Asia, Europe, and South America. Leah enjoys learning Spanish, Peloton, and long nature walks with her rowdy Golden Retriever.