Speakers for Real World Seminars
Ben D. DeHaan was raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. After receiving a tennis scholarship to Clemson University, he suffered an injury which ended his tennis career. He received a BA in Religious History from Toccoa Falls College and has studied at Trinity University in Dublin, Ireland and New York University. He and his wife Claire have four children: Sam, Eowyn, Aidia and Jack.
Bill Nemeth began his tax preparation career at H&R Block and in 1992 he purchased his first Jackson Hewitt franchise. Along with wife Merry Brodie, Nemeth now owns seven franchises in Atlanta which all operate under his business, Tax Doctor, Inc. He prepares 9,000-10,000 personal returns a year and is also an enrolled agent and president of the Atlanta chapter’s GAEA. Prior to tax preparation, Nemeth began his career in engineering; he holds an MS in engineering from MIT and an MBA from Wayne State University. You may contact Nemeth at email@example.com or www.homebuyer.taxdoctorinc.com.
Christopher Davis is a senior mutual fund analyst for Morningstar, covering the Fidelity, Baron, Columbia Acorn, and First Pacific Advisors fund families. He also edits the monthly newsletter, Morningstar Fidelity Fund Family Report. Davis specializes in dividend-focused, tax-managed, health care, and behavioral finance funds. He joined Morningstar in 1999 as a data analyst.
Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
ILYCE R. GLINK is an award-winning, nationally-syndicated columnist, television reporter, radio talk show host and bestselling book author. Her syndicated column, Real Estate Matters, appears in more than 100 newspapers and Web sites, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press and the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal.
As a Bank of America Mortgage Specialist, Mike Rose can share his experience and expertise gained in the mortgage business.
Before Mike entered the mortgage and real estate business, he was the host of the daily issue oriented call-in talk show the Mike Rose Show on Talk Radio 1340, WALR-AM. Creative Loafing readers voted the Mike Rose Show the "The Best Radio Show to Seek Out" in Atlanta. Previously, Mike helped talk show hosts and radio personalities become the best in the business. He was there to help consumer guru Clark Howard create his first radio show. He spent many fun years helping the top talents in this market including Neal Boortz, Sean Hannity, Kim Peterson and many other great hosts. He was a producer, talk host, and finally Program Director at Newsradio WGST.
Rob joined Mesirow Financial in 2002 with 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, including 15 years as an options market maker on the floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange. This background gives Rob a unique perspective of the financial markets, as well as additional insight. Rob specializes in Comprehensive Wealth Management. He believes strongly in building long-lasting relationships with his clients to gain an in-depth understanding of their financial needs. Rob holds an MBA in finance from Loyola University of Chicago, an undergraduate degree from Indiana University, and is a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner. Originally from Chicago, Rob spent seven years as the head varsity basketball coach at the Latin School of Chicago. He is a board member and treasurer of the nonprofit The New Foundation Center.
Sarah Bolling is a staff attorney and Skadden Fellow in the Home Defense Program of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Prior to joining the Home Defense Program in 2007, Ms. Bolling graduated from Harvard Law School with honors. While in law school, she focused on predatory lending and consumer law, and studied bankruptcy law under Elizabeth Warren. She worked for two semesters in the Predatory Lending clinic of the Hale & Dorr Legal Services Center representing homeowners who had been victimized by predatory lending practices. Ms. Bolling's prior work experience includes the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and the Center for Responsible Lending in Durham, NC.
At Legal Aid, Ms. Bolling has advocated for vulnerable homeowners who have predatory mortgage loans and face the threat of foreclosure in state court, federal court, bankruptcy court, and negotiations. She worked with other housing advocates to draft SB 531, the foreclosure bill that passed the Georgia Legislature in Spring 2008 and was signed into law. This bill lengthened the foreclosure notice period from 15 to 30 days, mandated that the entity foreclosing establish its ownership of the loan in the county deed records, and required the lender to disclose to the homeowner the person or entity with the authority to negotiate or modify their loan prior to foreclosing. Ms. Bolling has appeared on local TV news discussing the foreclosure crisis and has been quoted in stories about her clients in The Nation magazine and NPR's All Things Considered.
Steve Ely is President of Equifax Personal Information Solutions, which provides credit-related products to consumers that help them manage their credit health, protect themselves against identity theft, and improve their overall financial well-being.
This position reflects the culmination of a 30-year career in technology and information-based companies, where he developed products that empower consumers in their everyday lives. Steve has become a leading expert in the burgeoning area of Identity Management as a result of his experience in financial services, healthcare, and retail.
Prior to joining Equifax in 2004, Steve led worldwide marketing at S1 Corporation, the first company to provide Internet banking. At the heart of online banking are trust, security, and ease of use – all attributes highly transferable to today’s consumers who are demanding more control over their personal information.
Wes Moss is Executive Vice President/Chief Investment Strategist of Capital Investment Advisors (CIA). He works directly with clients providing investment strategy and guidance to help them meet their financial objectives.
Woody Alpern is the co-founder and partner in both Capital Investment Advisors and Capital Benefits Administration, Inc. Alpern is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Personal Financial Specialists (PFS) and before becoming a real estate executive, he focused on pension retirement plan administration and related issues. More information on his investment management firm can be found at Yourwealth.com.
Woody’s roles in Capital Investment Advisors include advising clients on tax issues, personal finance, investing, and real estate. Woody is a CPA, a Registered Investment Advisor, a Personal Financial Specialists (PFS) and a licensed Life and Health insurance agent. He is a member of the AICPA and The Georgia Society of CPAs.
Woody has taught financial accounting for three years at Georgia Perimeter College, and has been the lecturer of many personal finance and tax related classes and lectures. This year, he is focusing on 100 Tax Tips and Sticking to Financial Basics classes. He also co-hosted the financial talk radio show, Money Time, for three years on CNN radio, and is a regularly guest on the award winning, longest financial talk radio show, Money Matters, which airs on WSB 750am radio every Sunday morning from 9am to 11am.