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Meet The Team

Nate & Bethany Smith - Partner/Founders

Nate is the oldest of 6 kids; his dad was in the USAF, which prompted the family to move 8 times growing up. Nate has served 12 years in the USAF and is currently a C-130J pilot in the CA ANG. He is also a dual rated fixed wing and helicopter pilot/instructor. Nate graduated from Embry-Riddle University with a BS in Aeronautics in 2012. 

Nate is also an expert in coaching people how to create sales and marketing funnels for their businesses and loves helping people win in life. He is an avid reader and student of life and has had a longtime interest in Real Estate investing.

Bethany, the youngest of 3, grew up in Boise, ID, attending Boise State and eventually graduating from Western Governors’ University with a BS in Business Management. After marrying Nate, she worked remotely as an English and Essay Writing tutor for Tutor.com with students grade school through college and also mentored other tutors. She then worked as the Director of Operations for a Keller Williams Real Estate team for 3.5 years, overseeing team management, lead generation, marketing, daily ops, and more. 

She transitioned from that job Dec 31, 2018 to dive into MultiFamily/Apartment Real Estate full time. 

Both Nate and Bethany volunteer at the Commemorative Air Force SoCal wing, the largest wing in the nation in Camarillo, CA. Bethany is the Gift Shop Manager for CAF SoCal and loves traveling with the group to various air shows.

Rod Khleif - Senior Advisor

Rod Khleif is a passionate real estate investor who has personally owned and managed over 2000 apartments and homes. 

Rod is Host of the #1 Ranked iTunes Real Estate Podcast which has been downloaded more than 2,000,000 times – “The Lifetime Cash Flow Through Real Estate Investing Podcast.” 

As an accomplished entrepreneur, Rod has built several successful multi-million dollar businesses. 

But ask Rod what he is most proud of, and he will tell you about his work as a community philanthropist, over the past 14 years Rod’s work has benefited more than 40,000 underprivileged community children.

Rod has combined his passion for real estate investing with his personal philosophy of goal setting, envisioning, and manifesting success to become one of America’s top real estate investment professionals.

Robert Ritzenthaler - Senior Advisor

 For the past 17 years Robert has been involved in completing over $1 Billion of commercial and multi-family real estate transactions from New York to Florida.

During that same time Robert was instrumental in building a commercial construction company and property management business to further monetize the portfolio investments that were made. Robert has also spent time on Wall Street helping raise capital and launch a $72 million technology hedge fund.

He has guided equity partners on over a dozen acquisitions ranging from real estate to manufacturing and been responsible for raising capital for these projects and completing due diligence. As a CPA with many years of CFO experience, Robert also understands the importance of knowing the numbers and managing risk.

Kevin Easterly - Partner

Kevin Easterly, owner of Apollo 10X Holdings, is one of our core partners, advisors, and investors at Excel Equity. Kevin currently operates 3 multifamily assets and a substantial portfolio of franchises, with over 150 employees in his company. 

Garrison Gilbert - Partner

Garrison has experience in buying, selling, and managing 1500+ properties. His focus since moving to Maryland after college has been buying real estate and figuring out how to creatively turn headache properties into profitable investments.

Garrison has been involved in everything from low priced government subsidized rentals to multimillion-dollar renovation projects, new construction, beach houses/condos, commercial projects, land development, and of course Multi-unit apartment buildings. He has extensive experience in both residential & commercial real estate, creative deal structuring, project management, and property management.
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