MEET THE TEAM – ABOUT WHO WE ARE
Pete Asmus is a real estate investor who specializes in marketing, branding, and raising capital. He has a well-established history of securing capital for projects such as flipping highend residential properties and starting up small businesses. He has personally purchased and invested in mobile homes, single-family homes, restaurant franchises, and commercial buildings.
He has spent the last decade learning, teaching, and speaking, making connections and building relationships with top deal makers in the industry. He has always been driven to build platforms and strategies that he not only could personally invest in but that would also provide opportunities for other investors. His achievements have come with both successes and setbacks which Mr. Asmus has used to prove that he has the ability to not only survive the storm, but thrive.
A strong proponent of transparency and openness, he always includes his investors (who he prefers to call partners) in his decisions. When he formed The Asmus Group and its many subsidiaries, it was always his primary focus to take care of and look out for his investors, aiming at all times to create truly win/win relationships and business models.
Generous by nature, Mr. Asmus has garnered a national reputation, personally training thousands of students and helping them to find the right investment opportunities to match their goals and objectives. He is also a regular public speaker and a published author, having written Force Your Dreams into Reality, The Question Factor, and The Stock Market Refugee. Additionally, he is an editor at Investor Quarterly and an award-winning radio host. He also manages a database of over 2.5 million investors and owns the world’s largest LinkedIn real estate investment group with over half a million members.
More than a businessman, Mr. Asmus is a reliable, dependable, and loving family man whose children can frequently be seen when he’s conducting business, either sitting at a nearby table, taking pictures and video, or simply observing their father in action as he instills in them the seeds of their own future success. Of particular personal interest, Mr. Asmus is a staunch advocate for public education on Alopecia.
As CEO, Mr. Asmus will be responsible for managing all personnel, team members, and managers. He will be the primary point of contact for investors and tasked with keeping everyone continually moving forward. A licensed Realtor with a deep network Mr. Asmus is an expert at finding and identifying prime real estate. He will also work closely with his personally handpicked Board of Advisors consistent of attorneys, accountants, investors, and other consultants.
Find out more about Pete at PeteAsmus.com
Mark Scarola is a real estate investor with a background in social services. In his past he created programs aimed at serving local communities, developed training programs, and was a college professor. As a licensed mental health therapist he provided therapy to people with mental health diagnoses, those impacted by sexual abuse, individuals with suicidal thoughts, and later counseled college students
Mr. Scarola has been an entrepreneur for the last eight to nine years, having established several small businesses including an investment company, an educational and networking group, and a non-profit organization that provides emotional support and whose website regularly attracts 11,000 visitors a month.
His investment company is involved primarily in mortgage notes (home loans) and rental properties. Drawing on his counseling experience he works well with distressed and struggling homeowners to find mutually beneficial solutions. He also relies on his thorough attention to detail and organizational skills in completing the necessary due diligence inherently involved with all forms of investing.
Mr. Scarola graduated at the top of his college class where he was named Senior Marshall and gave a speech to 5000 people during their commencement. He has received numerous performance based awards over the life of his career, has been a guest speaker at area events and online podcasts, and has saved his employers tens of thousands of dollars.
He has also successfully defended two theses, prepared four research manuscripts, and conducted a number of statistical analyses. He is a research grant recipient and has completed several research projects, frequently presenting his findings at local and regional conferences.
Mr. Scarola is bringing his skills to GreenZone Properties as COO to complete proposals, analyze information, and coordinate events and tasks completed by others. He will also be responsible for overseeing a smooth operation, assuring that the company stays on task and meets its deadlines, developing and maintaining strong community ties, working closely with consultants to assure legal and financial compliance, and managing others associated with the organization such as vendors and associates.
As CEO of Porrevecchio Advertising and Marketing, Dan Porrevecchio navigated a changing marketing landscape to create a history of success for his clients. In competition with brands such as Lockheed Martin, Hewlett Packard, and FedEx, Porrevecchio Advertising and Marketing produced work featured in the Graphis Advertising Annual as one of the top five corporate campaigns worldwide. Graphis is a compendium of the best advertising, design, photography and art/illustration in the world. More important, Porrevecchio Advertising and Marketing has helped its clients’ make millions, gain market share, and produce a legacy of success for the shareholders and entrepreneurs the agency represents.
Our focus is on achieving strategic objectives and performance, such as taking a business-to-business client from a $79 million loss to a $6 million profit in one year; an industrial client from a start-up to the industry leader in 39 states, an institutional client from a three year trend of negative growth to 14% growth in one year, a business-to-consumer client to double digit growth for 19 years, and directed marketing campaigns for a nationwide insurance enterprise that grew from 2 companies and diversified to more than 50 companies in four years. We begin with an understanding of why people buy. We study people, put them in context with a client’s market segments, business strategy, management principles and distribution models, then craft a message to show why and how our client is a better consumer choice. We respect our clients while respecting the consumer, creating a benefit to both.
Dan’s interests go beyond the world of advertising and marketing. For the better part of the last twenty-three years, Dan has been the Chairman of the Little Blue Valley Homes Association in Kansas City, Missouri. The Little Blue Valley is a scenic, rural, twenty-one square mile area tucked away in the southeast corner of the city. It’s heavily wooded tracts, rolling hills, streams, and narrow winding roads access large and small farmsteads and ranches. A growing interest in residential and commercial development, combined with the community’s interest in maintaining its rural lifestyle, led Dan to bring city leaders together with the community to develop the first major land use plan for Kansas City, Missouri (Area Plan 13). The plan takes advantage of the topography, waterways, and the natural resources preserved by generations of area farmers and ranchers to provide development opportunity without sacrificing the natural beauty, the environment, or the integrity of the community. Since its adoption, Kansas City’s Area Plan 13 has effectively guided development in the Little
Blue Valley, and has been used as a model for community development and preservation in cities across the country.
By its nature, the Little Blue Valley is one of the least populous areas of Kansas City. As development interest grew, and with scarce police resources for the area, crime began to disturb the peace and quiet of the Valley. Working with the Kansas City Police Department, Dan brought the community and the Police Department together to create one of the first community policing partnerships in Kansas City. The police department and the community then worked together with the city council to craft ordinances to better protect citizens and the community. Since then, the Little Blue Valley has remained one of the three most crime-free areas in Kansas City. In recognition for this work, Dan was awarded the highest civilian commendation by the Kansas City Missouri Police Commission and the City of Kansas City.
Area Plan 13 spurred city planners to create a blueprint for the future of Kansas City. It is called FOCUS Kansas City – Forging Our Comprehensive Urban Strategy, and Dan was asked to help lead the initiative. FOCUS Kansas City is a blueprint for priorities and guidelines about neighborhoods, jobs, taxes, capital improvements, public safety, education, and more. In short, FOCUS Kansas City was formed to meet the comprehensive challenges facing Kansas City in the 21st century. Stemming from this strategic framework, Kansas City, Missouri has become an entrepreneurial hotbed, and is recognized among the best cities in the country to start a new business. In addition, it is regarded as one of the most hospitable cities to raise a family.
These strategic civic initiatives led to the realization that Kansas City’s charter, crafted in the 1940’s, was no longer suited to meet the goals and the dynamic needs of the city in the 21st century. The Mayor, City Council, and City Manager wanted an innovative plan to revise Kansas City’s charter to make it workable and relevant well into the future. Once again, Dan was asked to help lead this initiative. To accomplish the objective, Dan proposed a city charter designed after the United States Constitution…a simple, clearly defined, yet flexible governance guide working in the interest of citizens and business alike. This proposal was accepted, and 18 months later, Kansas City adopted one of the most innovative, effective, and workable city charters in America.
Dan has also served for many years as an officer and member of the board of directors of four other community institutions: The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Greater Kansas City, the Foundation Workshop for the Developmentally Disabled, the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City, and the Citizens Association of Kansas City.
Jillian Sidoti, Esq. is one of the country’s leading experts on crowdfunding. Her firm, CrowdfundingLawyers.net, focuses on securities transactions with an emphasis on servicing the small business and entrepreneurs providing PPM’s, Regulation A filings, and small public offerings. Prior to her legal career, Jillian owned and operated a record label enabling her to tour worldwide with artists, worked in commercial development, and held various positions in the financial field in manufacturing, real estate, and financial services. Jillian has taught Finance and Accounting for the BS and MBA programs at the University of Redlands.
In 2000, Jillian completed the BS program cum laude at Northeastern University, concentrating in finance and international business. Later, Jillian earned her law degree from New England School of Law.
Jillian is the author of The Crowdfunding Myth which debunks the multiple myths surrounding crowdfunding and teaches the reader how to effectively crowdfund their securities offering.
Trowbridge Sidoti LLP (CrowdfundingLawyers.net) is a boutique law firm whose area of practice includes setting up Syndications, Private Placement Offerings, Private Equity Funds, and Joint Ventures for real estate ventures and small business startups.
Trowbridge Sidoti LLP’s legal services include preparation of Private Placement Memorandums (PPMs) and investor Subscription Agreements, selecting the appropriate securities exemption, formation and structuring of legal entities, and drafting investor agreements such as limited liability company (LLC) Operating Agreements or Private Loan Documents. We prepare and file the securities notices with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and state securities agencies required to qualify for a securities exemption from registration.
The firm’s clients range from seasoned and sophisticated commercial real estate investors and brokers to individuals raising Private Money from family and friends for their first deal or new business. Many of their first-time syndication clients have gone on to do multiple Private Securities Offerings. Trowbridge Sidoti assists clients with federal securities offerings in all 50 states.