Detailed Agenda for March 3 & 4, 2019 – To be Announced

In the meantime, view the agenda from our most recent event to get a sense of how a Pitbull Conference is formatted.

Oct 22, Monday Evening 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Pitbull Conference After PartyMonday Evening – VIP Cocktail Party hosted by Armanino LLP

A gathering of Pitbull Conference attendees & sponsors, kicking off what will be a great event! Please plan to join us for live music, cocktails, and hors-d’oeuvres on the West Lawn of the Four Seasons Austin—a beautiful park-like setting overlooking Lady Bird Lake.

This event is for registered Sponsors, VIP, Premier & General Admission guests only. RSVP required.

Oct 23, Tuesday Morning 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Meet & Greet Catered BreakfastTuesday Morning – Check-In, Meet & Greet Continental Breakfast hosted by DealKeepers

Arrive at 8am to get checked in, find your seat and have a leisurely breakfast.

Catered meals are for registered Sponsors, VIP, Premier & General Admission guests only. RSVP required.

9:00 am - 10:45 am

Leonard Rosen, CEO Pitbull ConferenceLeonard Rosen

CEO Pitbull Conference
Host & Keynote Speaker: Real Estate Funds & Syndication
Mr. Rosen will guide you through all aspects of starting your own Real Estate Fund and Syndication Project—how these models function and what exciting opportunities they can provide you. He will also discuss in frank terms, who may or may not be a viable candidate for these models, as well as how to best position yourself to raise capital.

10:50 am - 11:00 am

Jon HornikJonathan Hornik

Attorney, LaRocca Hornik Rosen Greenberg & Blaha
One-On-One with Leonard Rosen: Fund Creation from a Legal Prospective

11:05 am - 11:30 am

Jeff Tesch, Managing Director, RCN CapitalJeff Tesch

Managing Director, RCN Capital
Featured Speaker: Achieving Success as a Fix & Flip Lender

Jeffrey Tesch will guide you through the process of becoming a successful private lender in the fix & flip space. He will cover every aspect of of how to get your lending business up and running including how to develop loan programs that suit your clients, what to look for when qualifying deals and how to establish closing procedures. With home flipping in the U.S. at a 10-year high this presentation couldn’t be more timely.

11:30 am


12:10 pm - 12:20 pm

Jeff Levin, Specialty Lending GroupJeffrey Levin

Founder & President, Specialty Lending Group
One-On-One Speaker: 2018 Market Trends in Private Lending

Ten years after the Great Recession, what is the state of private lending? Where is the industry heading through 2018 and beyond? How might new regulations affect lenders and investors? Sit in as Jeffrey Levin shares his expert commentary on these matters as well why he believes private lenders are poised to garner an even greater market share in the coming years.

12:20 pm - 12:30 pm

Marc HeenanMarc Heenan

Head of Originations, PeerStreet
One-On-One Interview: Secondary Market Alternatives

Marc Heenan, Head of Originations for PeerStreet will discuss what alternatives are available to private money lenders in today’s financial environment. Mr. Heenan will discuss how an originator can present themselves in the best possible light, what a prospective capital partner is looking for in a counter-party and how the on-boarding process works.

12:30 pm - 12:40 pm

AJ Poulin, The Mortgage OfficeA.J. Poulin

Vice President of Sales, The Mortgage Office
Featured Speaker: Raising Capital via Loan Servicing

A.J. Poulin will enlighten you on one of the most fundamental yet overlooked aspects of private lending – how to raise capital by servicing loans. Find out what the most successful lenders do to grow their portfolios and raise capital. Plus you’ll see what high tech lenders offer their clients. This brief and entertaining session will leave you with many “ah ha!” moments and a few laughs as well.

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

John Beacham, Toorak Capital PartnersJohn Beacham

Chief Executive Officer, Toorak Capital Partners
Featured Speaker: Understanding Credit in the Residential Bridge Loan Market

Mr Beacham will describe the key drivers of credit performance in the Residential Bridge Loan market and will provide guidance as to what steps lenders can take to avoid common pitfalls.

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

LunchLunch hosted by Spiegel Accountancy Corp.

Join us for a delicious lunch catered by the Four Seasons.

Catered meals are for registered Sponsors, VIP, Premier & General Admission guests only. RSVP required.

2:40 pm - 3:45 pm

Jon HornikJonathan Hornik

Attorney, LaRocca Hornik Rosen Greenberg & Blaha
Keynote Speaker: Private Lending

Do not miss this presentation by one of the Private Lending industry’s most renown legal authorities. Mr. Hornik will share his sage advice for anyone involved in originating, borrowing or lending private money. Learn from the best how to evaluate prospective loans, identify the “less than honest” borrower and how to create a business model that is profitable, sustainable and legally compliant.

Mr. Hornik will also address the new rules and regulations coming into effect this year:

  • ​New Licensing requirements all across the country (including pending legislation in Florida)
  • New tax laws affecting Fund Structure
  • Market changes in legal documents and closing procedures
  • HMDA and New Reg C applicable to the fix & flip space
  • Recent frauds and scams to be on the lookout for
3:50 pm - 4:00 pm

Gene Guarino, Family Legacy HomesGene Guarino

Family Legacy Homes
One-On-One Speaker: Investment Opportunities in the Senior Housing Market

Gene Guarino believes senior housing will be the place to invest for the next twenty years. The Baby Boomers are here! They are aging and will need housing and care. In fact, it is highly likely you will become a participant in this market yourself—as either a lender, an investor or a customer. Join us as Gene shares the “why and how” of investing in this booming market.

4:05 pm - 4:20 pm

Special Giveaway

Win Pitbull’s
Work Hard, Play Hard, Weekend Getaway!

► $1000 Delta Airlines Certificate**
► $1000 Marriott Certificate**
► $500 Cash for a fabulous dinner on Pitbull


*Must be present to win. All Guests with the exception of Sponsors are eligible. Must be redeemed within a year’s time. **Not redeemable for cash.

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Expert Forum and “Bring Your Deal” with Q&A

Jon Hornik

Jon Hornik

Larocca, Hornik, Rosen, Greenberg & Blaha

AJ Poulin, The Mortgage Office

AJ Poulin

The Mortgage Office

Jeff Spiegel, Spiegel Accountancy

Jeff Spiegel

Spiegel Accountancy Corp.

Eric Abramovich

Eric Abramovich


Jeff Tesch, RCN Capital

Jeff Tesch

Managing Director, RCN Capital

Gene Guarino, Residential Assisted Living Academy

Gene Guarino

Family Legacy Homes

Trey Aulls, Secured Investment Lending Corp.

Trey Aulls

Secured Investment Lending Corp.

Toby Potter

Toby Potter

Global Integrity Finance

John Tedesco, Appraisal Nation

John Tedesco

Appraisal Nation

Ken Quiat

Kenneth Quiat

Direct Lenders’ Insurance Services

Michael Mill, 5 Arch

Michael Miller

5 Arch

Yanir Ram, DealKeeper

Yanir Ram


Dan Baruch

Dan Baruch

Center Street Lending

Ketan-Parekh, Verus Mortgage Capital

Ketan Parekh

Verus Mortgage Capital

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Pitbull Conference After PartyAfter Party hosted by CFSI Loan Management

Close out the day with one last opportunity to meet and network with new contacts. Relax and enjoy a beautiful Austin evening with music, cocktails & light hors-d’oeuvres.

This event is for registered Sponsors, VIP, Premier & General Admission guests only. RSVP required.

Tiered admission pricing available.

Find one that suits you best.

Four Seasons Austin - Special Room Rate

Link for discounted room rate will become available soon. In the meantime, click here to view the Ritz-Carlton website.

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