Executive Team

Executive Leadership Team

The Executive Leadership Team manages the day-to-day activities with the association. This team includes the President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, Marketing/Sponsorships, and Executive Director.



Matthew J. Atkinson

Matt Atkinson started his career in real estate 14 years ago and has been investing for the last 12 years. He purchased his first investment property in 2004, a single-family home through a short sale, which is a rental unit he still owns today. However, he over-improved the property, spent too much money on the renovation, and mismanaged his tenants. Throughout this process he learned the struggle of having a full-time job and being a landlord, and how to effectively utilize other industry professionals to improve his investing. Matt credits this experience with getting him addicted to local real estate investing and now owns dozens of rental properties personally and with partners. He has accumulated 25,500 hours experience – nearly 7 years round the clock – and has personally invested over $1.87 million dollars in rehabbing rental properties since 2004, and an additional $2.25 million on flip properties since 2008. After making only $500 on his first flip project, he reevaluated the strategies others were using and learned how to effectively buy the property, get the most bang for his buck during the remodel, and how to price the home for the quickest and most profitable return. In 2015, Matt and his team added wholesaling to their repertoire and sold 32 homes to other investors. He has been the President of UVREIA for 4 years, a board member of SLREIA since 2010, a member of NAHREP for 2 years, and is member of UAMP.

Contact Matt at email matkinson@intercaplending.com Phone 801-671-9367


Leslie Peterson

Leslie Peterson
Vice President

Leslie Peterson has cultivated a deep knowledge of the title and escrow industry through 15 years of hands-on experience. After 8 years of working at various title companies, she opened Charger Title Insurance Agency, Inc. While Charger Title is located in Utah County, she closes files not just in Utah but across most of the 50 states.  She works with a wide variety of clients, from hard money lenders, to investors, to first time home buyers and basic refinances. Leslie is known for her attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile for the client.

When not hard at work on her client’s files she’s busy investing in her own rental properties. She started investing in real estate in 2001 and has done seller carry transactions, hard money loans, and traditional lending. Her personal investing experience just adds to her vast knowledge in the title industry.

Contact Leslie at email leslie@chargertitle.com Phone 801-830-7529


Derek Smart

Derek Smart

I am very fortunate to have been involved with real estate since I was born. My family owns a lot of land throughout the valley that we farm, hold and develop. Currently we are working on 3 projects to develop about 50 acres of land in both residential and commercial real estate. I read Rich Dad Poor Dad while finishing my business degrees at Utah State University. It helped me realize the importance of cash flow, and tax planning. After reading it I purchased an owner occupied 4 plex. We recently had our 2nd little baby girl, and as things return to normal we will purchase a single family home, and another income property using a rate and term refi strategy early 2017.


Yoshi Shiraki

Yoshi Shiraki

Yoshi has taken an entrepreneurial approach to life. He has pursued each of his efforts with rare commitment and energy. He has been an actor “Law and Order SVU”, a hairdresser to the rich and famous, an amateur boxer, an aspiring Olympian in the sport of Skeleton, an internet marketer, a published author, an inventor, and of course a real estate investor.

A Utah native, former resident of New York City, London, England, & Tokyo, Japan, Yoshi lives life as an adventure while constantly taking massive action in his pursuance to higher success.

It was his commitment to not working a 9 – 5 every day for the rest of his life which inspired his quest for financial independence. Yoshi started his real estate investing career back in 2001 fixing and flipping houses, wholesaling and buying rental properties.
Today Yoshi is also a licensed real estate agent and loves being able to bring his past experiences as a real estate investor to help buyers and sellers find or sell their next home to complement building his real estate portfolio.

Today Yoshi, his wife, son and two dogs “Chihuahua fighters” now reside in Salt Lake City as this allows them to enjoy their love for hiking, snowboarding, golf, the great outdoors, and to be able to do more of what they love.

Contact Yoshi at 917-334-7190 or via email yoshishiraki@gmail.com


Kadan Atkin

Kadan Atkin

Kadan graduated from Virgin Valley High School in 2013 as the Valedictorian and Student Body President. He is committed to performance and helping others. Kadan is currently a Sophomore at the University of Utah, majoring in Marketing and Finance. Kadan started his internship in June of 2014 after attending Matt’s investor boot camp. Kadan has previously worked for a construction company to learn the hands on approach to flipping houses. Through his internship Kadan has developed his investment knowledge, and closed his first wholesale deal in August of 2014. Kadan is an active member of both UVREIA and SLREIA.


Erik Hammond

Erik Hammond
Membership Coordinator

Erik Hammond is a multi-faceted Real Estate Agent and Investor with real life experiences. This is something that he takes pride in, being able to help people achieve their goals.

With a background in construction management and an ability to manage large teams, he also has a great understanding of the different aspects of the Real Estate market. Erik has been managing a rehabbing company for several years, Revive Homes LLC, that is actively managing and flipping homes in Utah and California.

Currently Erik is working out of San Diego, California as a REALTOR and is now an expert on all things Real Estate: managing, financing, procuring, selling, rehabbing and flipping homes for profit. Erik has a long standing relationship with Keller Williams, a nationally top rated Real Estate brokerage.

Because of this experience and education Erik has developed the uncanny ability to look at the Real Estate market, understand where it is going and how to capitalize on it – and he wants to help you better understand the various Real Estate options that are available.

Erik is actively educating those around him with several weekly online training seminars and informative videos that are to help educate and inspire others to accomplish their own personal goals – just like he did. Erik wants to help others around him through is education and experience. Visit Erik and stay updated with the latest information, market reports and tips about the ins-and-outs of Real Estate. Go with The Pro with the Bow today!

Contact Erik at email Erik@ErikHammondRE.com or join him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ErikHammonRE #TheProWithTheBow.


Ashlie Henrie

Ashlie Henrie
Executive Director

Ashlie’s professional career is as diverse as she is. Starting with humble beginnings as a receptionist in 2004 to holding a license as an Escrow Officer from 2008 to the present. Additionally, she has endeavored in several positions as a caregiver to the young as well as the elderly. Throughout her experiences she has come to know one thing for certain: she is passionate about people.

If asked, she would tell you that it’s all about customer service–to stand above the rest. When you don’t have something tangible to sell, you need to be compassionate, energetic, outgoing, and knowledgeable. Always providing top notch service sets you apart from the rest.

Ashlie enjoys using her know-how to assist in the organization and planning of events that cater to things she is dedicated about in both her work and home life. As a mother of three, she has learned that in order to be efficient staying organized and communicating clearly are essential.

Ashlie is excited to use her talents, experiences and knowledge to cultivate an environment of growth for UVREIA and its members. She strives to do her very best and keep herself educated in order to be a continued asset.