Who We Are
Pip’s Path was founded to help entrepreneurs reach their goals through cutting edge tools, programs and unwavering support. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. You bring the effort, we bring the support.
Pip has an MBA in business management from the University of Nebraska, and he started his career in a family owned grocery business. He helped lead and grow the company to over $17 million in gross yearly revenue with 250 employees, including a pharmacy and franchise business.
With a desire to diversify, he started his real estate investment career in 2002. His investment portfolio includes: lease options, renovations, commercial, AirBnB, and creative financing. Building upon the success of his real estate business, and with a strong desire to give back and help others achieve their dreams, he began to mentor and train real estate investors. For the last decade, Pip has trained and mentored over 40,000 entrepreneurs in 18 different countries.
Pip’s goal is to create win-win relationships for business partnerships so that all parties can succeed. Pip has been married to his wife and business partner, Jennifer, since 1999. They have two daughters and live in Kansas City, Missouri. Pip likes to spend time traveling with his family.
Pip truly believes what Zig Ziglar said: “You can have everything in life you want, if you just help enough other people get what they want.”
Steve has coached and trained thousands of real estate investors in multiple countries to accomplish and exceed their investing goals and take their business to the next level. Steve has been investing in real estate in Canada and the US since 2010. He is always looking to build great relationships, implement high performance investment strategies, and explore new opportunities.
Steve graduated from Lambton College. He started investing in real estate in 2010 and quickly directed his focus to creatively financing deals, including joint ventures, buying at discounts, lease options, renovations, income properties, lending and short term rentals.
Sam has trained investors in 12 different countries around the world.
Sam has shown investors how to take their businesses to the next level by stacking strategies to increase profit and higher return on investment. Sam brings huge energy along with huge value to help people change their lives.
Trainers & Mentors
Alfonso Salemi is the co-owner, co-founder, and current vice president of JAAG Properties Inc. JAAG specializes in Rent-To-Own (lease options) and has over 200 successful Rent-To-Own (lease options) projects. Alfonso loves sharing his passion for Rent-To-Own and the benefits it brings to people’s lives. He thrives on these interactions and enjoys helping others with the most significant purchase or investment of their lives.
He is the conduit to Tenant Buyer Clients, Joint-Venture Partners, Investors, Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. As a true ‘people person,’ Alfonso enjoys showing the benefits of JAAG’s Rent-To-Own program and how it enables those who have experienced roadblocks to becoming homeowners. Bringing these entities together is one of the things that Alfonso values most about his role.
Hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, Brent Trotter is a professional filmmaker, who made the transition into Real Estate. With a focus on short term rentals and property fix flips, he began building wealth by acquiring properties in California and Indiana. Brent’s main focus in asset acquisitions, is to help people on “both ends”, allowing financial freedom for burdened property owners while giving a new beginning to first time home buyers. Teaching financial literacy has become his biggest passion, allowing him to break generational barriers to finance, not previously accessible to many. Aside from being a comic book geek and movie buff, Brent enjoys good discussions on history and being a couch potato.
Anita Winkles has over 25 years of experience in the real estate and financial services industry. In addition to her banking and real estate background, Anita has successfully launched two commercial service companies proving she understands the importance of relationship building, attention to detail, the art of management, and the spirit of entrepreneurship. Her experience led her to sit on the board of directors for a financial institution in the Dallas metroplex.
Sam Winkles was born in Wisconsin but quickly made it to Texas, where he lives today with his bride Anita. Sam is a Navy Veteran and has 25 years of management experience. After years of being an investor/Realtor, Sam and his wife saw how important using other people’s money is. Hence, they started their Commercial and Real Estate Finance company. Now they can lend in over 30 different categories and have over a hundred funding sources backing them.
Cheryl Bednar-Jimenez, MA., Realtor®, is a Florida real estate expert. She combines her love for helping people with her passion for the real estate industry.
From 2013 to the present, Cheryl has done over 100 real estate investment transactions, including, Wholesaling (assignments and double closings); Fixing and Flipping; Creative Deals (Lease Option, Wrap, Subject to, and Seller Financing); and Holding (Renting). As a real estate entrepreneur, Cheryl identifies the seller’s problem and what they “need” instead of just what they “want.” Then she creates a solution with value and is a win/win for both her and the seller.
Cheryl has the expertise, proven track record, and resources to help you achieve your goals. Cheryl’s clients have praised her for listening carefully to understand their goals and working hard to provide the solution and the support that worked for them.
Eric Buchanan’s first job out of school was working for a flooring importer. This job led him to be a corporate trainer and guest speaker on various television shows. He also began to volunteer his time for a personal growth workshop through which he met his wife, Dina.
Today, Eric lives with his family in Florida. His real estate investment activities are focused in four States and include residential and commercial properties. He is an expert in the areas of wholesaling, pre-foreclosure, foreclosure auctions, bank-owned R.E.O. property, property management, sandwich lease options, purchase lease options, and private money. His experience and a strong sense of giving back have led Eric to spend some of his time training others to be financially free through real estate investing. To date, Eric has taught over 300 real estate investing classes to students from virtually all 50 states.
Before May 2011, Jason Little was one of the first to create interactive versions of admired magazines such as Popular Science, Field & Stream, Parenting, and Cycle World, among others, for Apple’s new device, the iPad.
Then, tragedy struck. One fateful night, Jason and his wife Krystal were driving home in a thunderstorm on Interstate 4 when they lost control, hydroplaned, and then rolled over multiple times. The traumatic event cost him his left arm when it had to be amputated during emergency surgery.
Within two years of the accident, Jason became an award-winning real estate investor, dodged bankruptcy, avoided foreclosure, and became debt-free for the first time in his life. He has mentored over 350 beginner investors one-on-one as a success coach, teaching the lessons he learned along the way in real estate, business, and life.
Vicky Greene brings over 25 years of real estate management, investing, and marketing experience to support the needs and efforts of new and seasoned investors.
Her real estate investing began in the early ’90s when interest rates were still high compared to today. As a result, her career started with creative financings like loan assumptions, lease options, and seller financing – before knowing these strategies had a name!
Since then, Vicky has held real estate licenses in two states, been a guest speaker on real estate industry panels, a member of the Board of Directors for a local landlord association, a contributing writer for an investment magazine, a host for a weekly investor forum, a trainer and a mentor for domestic and international students, and the author of multiple training programs and learning tools/systems in the field of real estate investing and marketing. She and her team currently hold shared housing property, flips, and wholesale with multiple property types in numerous states. Her passion for real estate has inspired the next generation of investors in her family to build their real estate businesses to create a path to financial freedom.
Tres is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in electrical engineering. He flew as a C-130 Pilot for the Air Force for 14 years, including the First Gulf War.
He has now been a full-time real estate investor since 2003. He has first-hand experience in many single-family real estate deals, including Lease-Options, Wholesale, Rehab, Foreclosure, and many other creative investing techniques.
He is an expert in the unique investing strategies and investor challenges found in Texas. He is a licensed real estate broker and has a current ongoing real estate investing business in the central Texas area market.
“You can not have something without doing something to get it” – Kim Kiyosaki.
“If you want to go somewhere, it is best to find someone who has already been there” – Robert Kiyosaki.
Joe owns businesses in real estate, retail, e-commerce, and entertainment. He began his entertainment career at Paramount Pictures before launching his own production company that’s won 60+ awards for films, music videos, and documentaries. He’s proud to have produced promo videos for notable clients such as American Red Cross, United Way, and Rotary Club. Joe later expanded into owning a retail and e-commerce business that sold natural health products in the US, UK, Canada, Korea, Denmark, and Australia.
As a graduate of the Rich Dad, Poor Dad Program, Joe quickly acquired several properties in both the U.S. and Thailand. His real estate experience includes raising investment funds, pre-foreclosures, lease options, rehabs, and short-term rentals. Besides teaching the Short-Term Rental Course, he also writes articles featured on Pip’s Path Blog and regularly participates in the weekly REIA. Joe’s published books include “Airbnb Mastery: 8-Steps to Maximize Your Short Term Rental Business”, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles” (Contributing Author), and “Filmmaking Success: Making the Teen Comedy”.
Joe graduated from the Academy of Art University with a BFA in Motion Pictures & Television in 2003.
Kathryn is a real estate investor and has mentored, coached, and trained thousands of students in the US, including students from Asia. She has also invested internationally.
She does the majority of her investing in the US but has invested internationally, also. She has specialized in foreclosures, rentals, property management, rehabbing, wholesaling and creative financing. Her most recent project was a venture into the short-term rental market. Her favorite strategy is to buy a property using either cash or OPM (other people’s money), rehab it, and do a cash-out refinance, thereby getting all her money back and pocketing or reinvesting the rest –– all tax-free! That strategy is often referred to as a BRRRR – buy, rehab, rent, refinance, repeat! Kathryn tries to source her deals in different ways and, during mentorships, teaches her students over 100 different ways of finding deals! She even once bought a property from a guy in jail!! In addition to helping people in foreclosure, Kathryn likes to sell a house to a long-term tenant (a good paying one, of course!) and then owner finance them, thereby helping them buy a property they likely wouldn’t have an opportunity to otherwise.
Nina is an active Investor from Drumheller, Alberta, Canada. Passionate about sharing her knowledge and experiences to help other investors.
Over the years, she has been involved in various investment projects such as residential lease options, wholesaling, income properties – both commercial and residential—her portfolio types in her portfolio range from single-family homes, duplexes, triplexes, and self-storage facilities.
Became a Real Estate trainer in 2018 – Educating fellow investors on Income Properties, Property Management, and speaking about Credit and the utilization of Mortgage Brokers to succeed in RTO business structures. In addition, she has gone into high schools to educate students about credit and how to get and keep good credit reporting habits.
Currently has been focusing on Short Term Rentals – and is working at expanding her STR portfolio and assisting other hosts to optimize listings.
Shelley Hagen has been a full-time real estate investor for the past 20+ years. She started her real estate investing career with her business partner Carol McConnachie in 2001. Their initial investments started in Regina, Saskatchewan, and soon expanded to other provinces. Their motto was ‘Go Big or Go Home.’ As a result, they purchased 96 units in their first year and have never looked back from there. Shelley has since been involved in real estate transactions in several provinces and the United States.
After living in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, and Phoenix, Arizona, she became familiar with procedures on real estate acquisition in those states. She completed a variety of different real estate transactions. Shelley has invested in Buy-Rent-Hold, Fix and Flips, Lease Options, Wholesale, Discount Notes, Foreclosures, Land Development, and Commercial properties and is well versed in many facets of real estate finance and contract law.
Shelley has also provided real estate investing training and mentoring in Canada and the United States since 2003.
Coach Roel Saramago believes that there are three types of people in the world: Those who are good with numbers and those who are not.
Coach Roel is the author of “Undiscovered Riches: How to Find Your Hidden Wealth,” He possesses the Certified Financial Planner designation – the highest designation in the financial planning industry. He has been quoted in Money Sense Magazine, Yahoo Finance, Market Watch, Seeking Alpha, and the Washington Business Journal.
Realizing that his CFP training did not teach him how to invest in real estate, Coach Roel took it upon himself to seek out trainers and mentors to learn how to use OPM (Other People’s Money) to acquire income-producing real estate safely to take better control over his young family’s financial future. He has been actively investing since 2012 in both Canada and the U.S., having relocated his family from Toronto to Orlando in 2018 to pursue the “Canadian Dream.” His investing expertise includes: long- and short-term rentals, fix and flips, the “BRRRR method,” rent-to-own, apartment buildings, private lending, and self-storage facilities.
Their story is relatable and inspiring. They met, fell in love, got married and raised their blended family (Ron’s two sons & Jean’s plentiful pets) while working successful corporate careers. Life was “good” for many years. They were busy doing what they thought they were supposed to do: working long hours, making money, and providing the best life they could for their family. Truth is the pace of life was hectic and stressful with never enough time. They felt stuck and decided to do the unthinkable. They took a leap of faith and left corporate. They slowed down in search of their purpose, more meaning, and enjoyment in life. They redesign their life to be what they wanted, something extraordinary.
What does an extraordinary life look like? For Ron and Jean, it’s simple. It is making choices every day that align with their values. It is being who they are, doing what they love and making a positive impact. It’s MOVING FORWARD daily and helping others to do the same.
Their style of teaching, coaching, and mentoring is to keep it real, simplify the complex, help students to overcome their fears and enjoy the process!
Ron & Jean have been investing in real estate since 2014. Their experience and success spans across multiple strategies including Lease Option, Long Term Rentals (in-state and out-of-state), Vacation Rentals, Rehabbing, Creative Finance and Private Lending. They have a strong understanding of Creative Finance/Deal Structure and extensive experience with Rehabbing which serves them well in all strategies they implement. In addition to Mentoring, Ron and Jean lead our Tuesday night REIA and they teach SMART Rehabbing and our Acceleration Mastermind here at Pip’s Path.
Gretchen started her real estate investment journey after attending a 3 day event in 2017. To her freedom, creativity and being of service is key. Gretchen specializes in creating unique short and midterm rental properties and stacking strategies. She strategically buys homes in places she loves to visit and furnishes her properties with style and design using antiques and salvaged furniture to create an upscale atmosphere. A multiple year Airbnb superhost, she boasts 5 star reviews only. Gretchen uses her homes as much as her guests do and spends every spring in Albuquerque and fall in Northern California.
Her favorite strategies to date are raw land development, negotiations, rehabbing, short/midterm rentals, leasing to sober living environments and commercial apartments. She has used the business principals and creative financing skills of real estate to start other businesses including a tech startup. Using the freedom real estate has created in her life she spends her free time volunteering in her community.
Francois De Jager
Francois moved to NYC from Cape Town, South Africa in 2012 searching for the American Dream. He comes from an Information Technology background and continued his career in the USA, by managing the IT infrastructure for a New York City nonprofit organization that helped homeless and low-income men and women by providing them everything they needed to reclaim their lives.
In August 2018 Francois attended a 3 Day Real Estate training event, where he met Pip who showed him how to use Real Estate as a tool to build financial freedom. He then started his Real Estate business part time, but quickly found that real estate investing was a perfect way to help those in need, find creative and simple solutions to seemingly complex problems and meet great people! He decided to resign from his IT job on December 31st, 2020 to pursue real estate full time.
Francois currently invests using multiple strategies which include: Lease Options, Smart Rehabbing, Pre-Foreclosures, Wholesaling, Commercial and has begun development on a 40 Unit apartment building.
Today, Francois lives in a small town with his daughter in Illinois, where he uses his time to assist others in building for their future. He enjoys spending time with his daughter, fishing, camping and traveling the world.
Kelley & Jason Ricker
After 20+ years in corporate America, Jason and Kelley decided it was time for a change. In 2018 they began their investing careers in real estate. With zero real estate experience, they immediately sought after education and mentorship. They, 100% committed to making it work, jumped in the game and never looked back!
With a strong desire for passive income and legacy wealth, today they specialize in Single Family homes and love to find off market deals to add to their portfolio. They’re also very active in Retail Fix and Flips, Wholesaling, and have started a Hard Money Lending business. They are now expanding into markets to start Lease Options and Commercial real estate. They are living proof that it is possible to vision out the dream life a person or couple wants and then build a business around it. They believe strongly in the 80/20 principle and have implemented systems that allow them more time to enjoy life while requiring only a few hours a week in their business. Jason and Kelley have helped numerous investors in their local market and have started speaking at local real estate meetups. They have shown people how to find cheap private money, organize their business, how to work together as a married couple, and provide guidance to investors all around northeast Tennessee.
Darrell Teddick & Tracy Freeman
Bio coming soon!