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, Board Members, and Executive Director.
 

Matt-Atkinson

Matthew J. Atkinson
President

Matt Atkinson started his career in real estate 19 years ago as a mortgage professional and is currently a branch manager of Intercap Lending. He has been investing in real estate for the last 16 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 over 22 million 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 $4.55 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 2012, Matt and his team added real estate consulting to their services. He has focused consulting on a local level with his expertise ranging from rentals, land lording, hard money lending, fix and flipping, assignments and building wealth as an investor. He currently is the President of UVREIA, which he has served on the board for 8 years. He serves as an advisory board member of the Salt Lake City NAHREP chapter for the last 2 years. He is also a member of SLREIA since 2008, UAMP since 2005, and UtahREIA since 2016.

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

 

Yoshi Shiraki

Yoshi Shiraki
Vice President

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, 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 and buying rental properties. 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.

Today Yoshi, his wife, and two dogs 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.


 

Alan Walker

Alan Walker
Secretary

Alan Walker started his real estate career as a buy & hold investor, purchasing a single family home and duplex within a month of each other. He quickly transitioned to a full-time realtor, picking up 4 rentals in a year. He works heavily with investors and also does flips throughout Utah.

 

Derek Smart

Derek Smart
Board Member

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.

 

Leslie Peterson

Leslie Peterson
Board Member

Leslie Peterson has cultivated a deep knowledge of the title and escrow industry through 22 years of hands-on experience. After 8 years of working at various title companies, she opened Charger Title Insurance Agency, Inc. 2006 and is the sole owner. 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 portfolio. She started investing in real estate in 2001 and has 14 Doors. She has done seller carry transactions, hard money loans, and traditional financing. Her personal investing experience just adds to her vast knowledge in the title industry.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, riding at the sand dunes and sitting by a campfire. No matter which hat she’s wearing, her motto is simple – life is about the little things. Contact Leslie at email leslie@chargertitle.com Phone 801-830-7529

 

Ben Lakey

Ben Lakey
Board Member

Ben began his real estate career flipping homes in 2002. He was deployed with the Utah National Guard in 2006, and after returning home Ben returned to real estate with a few small development projects until the market crashed in 2007. Throughout the recession he worked on distressed asset projects, while also attending Brigham Young University (BYU) Law School from 2010-2012.

In 2013, Ben opened his own law firm specializing in real estate law and continued to flip houses, meeting and then working with Brady Young around this same time. The two decided to partner and establish BNB Homes in 2015. Ben’s primary areas of focus at BNB Homes are investor relations, financing strategy, negotiations, complex deal structuring, and legal affairs. Ben has recently joined Freeman Lovell as of Counsel, handling real estate development and construction matters.

 

Elizabeth Cordero

Elizabeth Cordero
Board Member

Elizabeth Cordero has not traveled an easy road to success and financial security. Elizabeth grew up in Mexico as the youngest born to a single mother. At the young age of 14, Elizabeth and her older sister successfully completely a dangerous border crossing into the United States.

Though she started her life in the U.S. with no worldly possessions other than a few dollars of money for food and no ability to speak the language, Elizabeth has overcome obstacles that would have caused many to give up — she has achieved financial security and established a multi-faceted set of business profit centers in the state of Utah, which range from a cleaning business to real estate sales, flipping homes, property management and investment activities.

Elizabeth’s first job in the U.S. was as a bagger at a grocery store. After a number of these rapid-fire work experience, Elizabeth began a new approach–as an entrepreneur. She launched a Elizabeth Cleaning Services, a residential cleaning company that at first employed herself, her mom and sister, but quickly grew into a leading provider of residential cleaning for the Salt Lake metro area. As this company grew, she launched another thriving cleaning service, Elizabeth Business Cleaning, to tap into the lucrative business cleaning market.

As these businesses skyrocketed, Elizabeth expanded her reach and influence progressively–from real estate residential sales to property management, buying and selling homes, and investments in real estate and other projects. Through her business success Elizabeth, who became a legal U.S. working resident shortly after the 2012 enactment of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, no longer needs to work to support herself. Instead she works because she chooses to pursue her profound passion for leadership, real estate and charitable service.

She has an abiding commitment to learning, and has maintained a 3.9 grade point average in her college studies, running a business full-time as she studied. She is an active member of the Salt Lake Real Estate Investors Association, Utah Valley Real Estate Investors Association and has holds a real estate license.

This year Elizabeth also embarked on her dream of building a first-of-its-kind orphanage in Mexico that will not only provide the necessities of life for the children it serves; it will also empower them with practical education and training in professional skills, entrepreneurship and other crucial life skills.


 

Carmen Hall

Carmen Hall
Executive Director

Carmen is a mother of 4 amazing children and has been married for 20 years. She immigrated from South Africa at the age of 17 along with her family, because of this she understands what it is like to start over and work hard to build a future. She readily expresses gratitude for the opportunities this country has given her and for those who selflessly protect the freedoms she enjoys.

Her passion is helping people achieve their dreams, and is a certified foot zoner. Her skills from the title/escrow industry has sparked her interest in real estate investing. Her husband is a licensed master electrician and they are branching out into the business world together. She loves details, thoughtful customer service and volunteering at the Utah Foster Care Foundation.

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