Tom Braegelmann

Chief Executive Officer, Fund Manager

Tom is a co-founder of Secured Real Estate Income Strategies, LLC and is a manager and part-owner of the  Company. Tom is also the Company’s senior Fund Manager. Since September 2011 he has been the Chief Executive Officer and managing member of GCA Equity Partners, LLC and is an accomplished entrepreneur, fund manager and private lending mentor offering a wealth of experience and knowledge gained during his 30+ year career in real estate investing, commercial construction, land development and private lending. Through careful investment analysis and emphasis on secured investments, as well as the development of the unique National Construction Lending Alliance™ program, Tom and his partners have shown a consistent track record of delivering double digit returns to their investors on short-term, passive real estate investments. With Tom’s leadership, and through the development of the National Construction Lending Alliance™ program, GCA participated in the funding of more than $100 million in real estate transactions nationwide in under 18 months. As a native of Central Minnesota, Tom previously served as owner and CEO of a private real estate investment company, with a portfolio comprised of several hundred multi-family apartment units, residential and commercial complexes, and single-family homes. With a passion for facilitating and teaching collaborative real estate investing, Tom donates his time and serves as a well-respected, highly sought after mentor and teacher for a group of more than 400 passive real estate investors around the country. He also founded and hosts a monthly REIA/Private Investment club with over 2100 members in the San Francisco Bay area. Tom is committed to giving back to the community and building sustainable cash flow for passive real estate investors.

Chuck Tralka

Chief Investment Officer, Fund Manager

Chuck is a co-founder of Secured Real Estate Income Strategies, LLC and is a manager and part-owner of the  Company. Chuck is also a senior Fund Manager to the Company, and has been a managing member of GCA Equity Partners, LLC since September 2011. He is a former high-technology executive, having served in a variety of engineering and marketing management roles during his 23-year career in that industry.  While working in high-tech, he began investing in various real estate projects and over the last twenty years has bought, held and sold multiple investment properties.  Since 1990 he has been an active investor in real estate and real estate investment funds focused on the financial aspects of the business. Mr. Tralka has a passion for helping investors achieve their financial goals through careful selection of the right investments and in particular for helping people optimize returns for their own retirement accounts.  Mr. Tralka is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and holds a degree in electrical engineering from that institution.  During his high-tech career he served in various roles at Altera Corporation, Aptix, Inc., QuickLogic Corporation and Xilinx, Inc.

Matthew Sullivan

Director, Investor Relations

Matthew is a co-founder of Secured Real Estate Income Strategies, LLC and is a manager and part-owner of the  Company. Matthew is responsible for the fund’s structure, partnerships and investor relations. Matthew also serves as the president and founder of Crowdventure, LLC, a real estate crowdfunding company. He has worked with Richard Branson’s Virgin Group on a number of projects and was a director and trustee of Virgin’s London Air Ambulance. Mr. Sullivan went to Westminster School in London, UK and studied Law at Birmingham University before pursuing a career in finance and stockbroking, specializing in the South East Asian markets. In 1997 he chose an entrepreneurial path and founded Europe’s first internet billing application service provider. Since then his career has been focused on finance and technology.

Robert Barr

President, Good Steward Financial Services Group

Robert has been Founder and President of Good Steward Capital Management, Inc (‘GSCM’) since January 2012. GSCM is the Advisor to the Company and its associate companies, Good Steward Account Servicing, Inc and Good Steward Lending Services, Inc provide administration and loan servicing to the Company. Robert joined the U.S. Navy as a Cryptologist in 1988 and served 6 years. After being awarded the Navy Achievement Medal in 1991 and serving in several critical positions, Robert left the Navy with a goal of taking his wealth of international experience and objective analytical skills to private sector business and finance. With over 23 years of business and finance experience, Robert has held positions ranging from Owner, CFO, CEO, and Financial Advisor. As a Financial Advisor Robert successfully managed million dollar fixed income portfolios during the height of the financial crisis. True to his belief in stewardship and particularly financial stewardship, Robert started Good Steward Financial Services Group in 2009 to provide financial consulting to businesses, individuals, and retirement plans. The Good Steward family of companies includes Good Steward Capital Management, Inc., Good Steward Lending Services, Inc. and Good Steward Account Services, Inc. The Good Steward companies provide specialized services to the real estate and real estate financing industry including capital management, loan servicing, fund administration, and mortgage brokering.

Mark Ross

Good Steward Financial Services Group, CEO, Good Steward Lending Services, Inc.

Mark serves as Director, Lending Services at Good Steward Lending Services, Inc. Mark has been in the mortgage industry for 43 years, focusing on conventional, commercial and private money lending (and the sale of existing paper). He has experience in running his own company for over 26 years, managing warehouse lines of credit, multiple loan originators, underwriting private money loans, and originating commercial and agency loans. He understands federal and state laws due to his involvement in writing the original Arizona Mortgage Broker law. He was previously the editor of a statewide mortgage publication and hosted a radio show for 5 years. From an industry perspective, Mark has been selected as one of five members of the Arizona Mortgage Brokers Testing Committee, responsible for writing and updating the Arizona Mortgage Loan Originator licensing test, and continues to teach licensing and renewal classes for loan originators.