Local Successful Real Estate Investor Panel
Join us at the WiscoREIA Appleton Local Successful Investor Panel Meetup! Be inspired and hear from our local real estate investors as they talk about their success stories and how they got to the top.
You will not want to miss out! Make sure to bring tons of business cards as you will be meeting with people that you want to get to know!
Speakers: Kevin Gracyalny, Laura Ritchie, Kevin Birr & Andrea Fanta
- Buy and hold investor
- Started investing in 2017
- Current portfolio consists of 55 units (more contracted, so it should
- be stronger when the meeting comes around)
I own a tradeshow business - importing products and selling them at events like EAA, Summerfest, and Fairs. I graduated from St. Norbert in 2016 and live in De Pere. I live about 2 blocks down from where I lived in college and stumbled along the sidewalk. In my free time I like to spend time with my brother, girlfriend, and workout.
Laura Ritchie, ex-media maven, entrepreneur and NBC Sports Sales Exec, quit her career January 2020 to expand her Corporate Housing business full time. New to the real estate game, Ritchie’s Appleton Corporate Housing already hosts 39 rentals, including 35 offered as fully furnished extended stay options.
Knowing at a young age that he wanted to be involved with real estate, Kevin attended UW-Oshkosh and graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and emphases in entrepreneurship and real estate. Since graduation he has been a Personal Banker for Wells Fargo, worked alongside a very knowledgeable investor flipping homes, and in October of 2012, starting his first company Birr Investments, LLC flipping homes. In 2014 he decided to start investing in rentals as his flipping company continued to grow. He also started a residential new construction company, partnered with an experienced real estate agent to form One Realty Group, LLC running a team of realtors, and started investing in commercial real estate.
Kevin takes a lot of pride in his companies and strives to create a pleasant experience for all involved. Having flipped almost 200 homes he's seen and has been through a lot of situations and nothing ceases to amaze him. Real estate investing is an extremely interesting field and there are many ways to succeed and grow. In his personal opinion, real estate is the best investment one can make. In the future he hopes to continue growing his business and expand throughout the US.
Over the years Kevin has been able to donate time and resources to several local organizations from B.A.B.E.S of the Fox Cities, Feeding America, Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes, Walk for Autism, Red Day, KW Cares, and more. He enjoys spending time with his growing family, friends, and his two dogs, in addition to watching and playing pretty much all sports and loves the outdoors, hunting, fishing, boating and even a round of golf. He also has a passion for motorcycles, classic cars, and racing.
Andrea Fanta is married with five children, and recently moved out to a home they renovated in Suamico. As a family they enjoy hiking, kayaking, and demolition. Andrea began her real estate career in 2015, as a side hobby. After a little while, she realized there was much more to this real estate gig than just selling houses. In 2018, she pulled her husband, Aaron, into the equation when they began flipping homes.
They have since flipped 20+ homes, purchased multiple rental properties, and partnered with another powerhouse to form their own real estate company, Fanta Allen Realty. While sales is exciting, Andrea’s focus is on developing new agents and helping them find their path in the real estate world. She knows better than anyone that there’s no “right” way to do things, it’s discovering the right way for you.
Additional Meeting Information:
N8770 Fire Lane 1
Menasha, WI 54952
You can come early to purchase appetizers, entrees, and drinks! Waverly Beach is right down the street from Wilder's Bistro.
You can stay after the meeting as well to network! Remember to bring your deals!
*Our past meeting location, Wilder's Cutting Edge Bistro, is open for take-outs so be sure to still support them during this time.
WiscoREIA’s Appleton Main Meeting Always Meets on the Second Wednesday of the Month from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm!
Wednesday, July 14th from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Hosted by: Jason Lund & Cory Schubert