CEO/Owner -Diego was born in Colombia, and moved to Houston as a young child September of 1980, and spent most of his life in Houston. He attended Catholic School from kinder garden to 8th grade then attended a Franciscan All Boys Academy in Colombia for preparatory and College. He started early in his career in banking and then transitioned into mortgage lending. He later became an independent mortgage broker. When over 100 lenders went out of business in early 2008, he took a step-back to re-evaluate his professional direction. Shortly Diego went to work for a division of Ocwen and Goldman-Sachs as an asset manager. In 2012, Diego decided to start investing in real estate Diego has been able to grow the company StratiVentures to be a pillar in the real estate investment arena by focusing on the reality of investing "mitigating risk". He developed a training and support team that would help and partner with over 2500 members nationally in the Strativentures Company.
Contracting and Design Director -Maria Rodriguez was born in Jinotepe, Nicaragua. Maria attended Catholic University of Nicaragua for three years and studied Business Administration before becoming a business owner. Maria started her selection and design journey back in 2003 working with her husband in a construction company in Managua, Nicaragua. In 2005, she and her family moved to New Orleans where she started a real estate investing company after hurricane Katrina. Her company was engaged in many renovation projects along with buying and holding properties. In 2012, she moved to Houston and joined StratiVentures, Inc in 2017 in her current role. Maria also owns and operates two companies, Home Selection Consulting, and Gardenia Capital Ventures, a Real Estate investing company. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and two kids, a son and a daughter.
Instructor-Michele is originally from Ohio where she studied Communication/Theatre Arts and Business Administration in college. Post-graduate adventures took her to a worldwide software training corporation where she worked as a Director of Training, training end-user as well as development classes all over the US and England. In 1993 she moved to Houston, continued training and launched her own business as a software developer & trainer of proprietary applications. In 2011, she hung up her favorite propeller hat and helped launch Good Move Properties LLC, a real estate investment company. Many rehabs, rentals, and stories later, Two Moms Rent Homes LLC was born in 2017 to continue building the rental side of the investment business. After more than a decade in the real estate investment world, Michele is still actively involved in RE Investing with her family company, Orange Dog Endeavors, Inc. She firmly believes in the importance of an honest, solid education of new RE investors to help grow the industry in an ethical manner. Michele & her husband are new empty nesters with 2 kids in college.
SVI Realty Group -Eric is a dynamic individual with a rich professional background. After spending 17 years in the IT industry, he decided to pivot towards his true passion - real estate. As an investor and founder of a real estate investment company, Eric has always been driven by the desire to improve communities and lives wherever he does business. In order to better serve his community, Eric decided to become a licensed real estate agent. He is committed to helping people achieve their dream of owning their own home, and takes great pride in educating and advising others who are interested in acquiring investment properties. He believes that everyone has the potential to change their lives for the better through investing. In addition to his professional pursuits, Eric is a devoted family man who loves spending time with his wife and five children. He is an avid hiker and enjoys exploring new destinations with his family and friends. Eric's philosophy is based on fairness, high-quality service, and community service. He is committed to treating everyone fairly, providing the highest level of service to his clients and customers, and giving back to his community through various charitable activities. Eric's drive and commitment have helped him to achieve great success in both his professional and personal life, and he is always looking for ways to grow and make a positive impact on those around him.
Real Estate Services Director - Stacy believes that having the right real estate agent means having an agent who is committed to helping you buy or sell your home with the highest level of expertise in your local market and understands the investor mentality. She is skilled in understanding each step of the negotiations, buying and selling process with investors enough to be the training component to real estate agents who want to work with SVI members. This commitment level has helped her build a remarkable track record of delivering results. Nothing is more gratifying to her than the feeling she gets from helping people meet their real estate needs and goals. You can count on her to always do what's in your best interest and she prides herself on being honest, trustworthy, and knowledgeable in the investor real estate market.
Home Inspector -Eric Christie is a Professional Home Inspector at Boxer Inspections (#22974) specializing in residential inspections. His formal education includes a BS in Mechanical Engineering , AS in Engineering, an AS in Engineering Technology, and an AS in Technical Writing. After 26 year in the semiconductor and oilfield industries, Eric started a home inspections business. Eric is an SVI member and also a real estate investor. Eric is a member of and contributor to InterNACHI and the Texas Professional Real Estate Inspectors Association (TPREIA). He regularly speaks at REI meetings to educate investors and realtors on the importance of accurate repair estimates and inspections. Eric’s investor experience uniquely positions him to meet the needs of investors and provide comprehensive inspection services.
Property Manager- Troy Espenlaub is a licensed real estate sales agent and is the owner of Real Property Management Avitus. Troy’s mission is to help his owner clients reduce risk and to increase their returns from rental property ownership. He is native Houstonian that graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Science degree in Finance. He passed all four parts of the CPA examination that same year and began his career working as an auditor with an emphasis on large publicly traded companies in the energy sector. Troy left his position as a Manager at a Big Four Accounting Firm at the end of 2007 to purchase his family’s multi location quick service restaurant franchise business. Troy gained valuable experience as an entrepreneur while significantly increasing the company’s revenue and value during his tenure as an owner/operator. After selling his restaurant business for a significant gain, Troy decided to team up with Real Property Management, one of the largest property management companies in North America to start his own property management company.
Troy believes strongly that a rental property is a business and should be managed with that in mind. He has made the decision not to offer his services to represent buyers or sellers in real estate sale transactions, but to concentrate solely on rental property listing and management to give his rental property clients and their properties the focus that they deserve. This decision has allowed him to service clients throughout the entire Houston area while cultivating relationships with valuable vendor partners. In addition, he has been able to put emphasis on tenant and owner service through quick follow-up and effective communication. Troy believes that a property manager’s top priorities should be to find and to retain good tenants for owner clients while not sacrificing the ability to get current market rental prices. Troy enjoys being a member of and attending events sponsored by investor groups in the Houston area and is a proud member sponsor of various real estate investor education groups and the Humble Rotary Club.