About

Invest in Your Future

Since 1977, we’ve been helping people realize their financial dreams. We work with investors who range from first-time buyers to million-dollar property owners, taking each starting point and turning it into a prosperous retirement.

History

For more than 40 years now, Jeff Brown, along with the BawldGuy Investing team, has proactively helped clients do a better job of acquiring rental property, selecting the right financing, and growing their investments. Collectively, they’ve worked with college graduates, high school dropouts, business owners, teachers, electricians, office workers, and everyone in between.

The basic plan is always the same: to combine multiple investment approaches in ways that vastly improve results, often times beating the average investor’s growth by two or three times to one. This tried-and-true method is how BawldGuy Investing clients make their way to an increased retirement income, an early retirement, and sometimes even both.

Meet Jeff ‘BawldGuy’ Brown

Jeff Brown, BawldGuy Investing broker/owner since 1977 and Bigger Pockets author, received his license in 1969 and has been working ever since to help investors find and live their best possible retirement. He is extensively trained and experienced in tax-deferred exchanges and long-term retirement planning. His stockpile of knowledge is built on solid, time-tested property investment principles, and has been integral in enhancing his clients’ retirements for decades.

Key Partners/Team

Brian Eastman

Senior Consultant

Brian Eastman

Senior Consultant

Since 2008, Brian Eastman has consulted for Safeguard Advisors, helping thousands of clients take control of their retirement investing.  He acquired Safeguard from founder Robert Hubbard in early 2014. As Senior Consultant, Brian offers a wealth of experience from his entrepreneur, real estate investor, and corporate trainer backgrounds. A University of California, Berkeley graduate, Mr. Eastman’s in-depth knowledge of self-directed IRA investing, his breadth of real-world experience, and his ability to clearly communicate the ins and outs of retirement investing in  plain English make him a valuable resource.

Chris LaSpada, CPA, CGMA

Financial Consultant

Chris LaSpada

Financial Consultant

Chris LaSpada, CPA, CGMA has been providing tax preparation, tax planning, accounting, and consulting services to small businesses and individuals for more than 18 years. He is the managing member of D’Amato & LaSpada, LLC, a CPA firm in Wilmington, Delaware. A 1995 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University with a BS in accounting, Chris is a member of the American and Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Delaware Society of Certified Public Accountants. In addition to being on the board of Strategic Investor Alliance, Mr. LaSpada is also on the board for Springhaven Country Club and has served as a member of the Federal Tax Committee for the PICPA.

David Shafer, Ph.D.

Finance & Insurance

David Shafer

Finance & Insurance

David Shafer, Ph.D. received his formal education in finance and social psychology, then continued his research into investing and, most importantly, developing retirement income. He came to understand the important concept of risk and how it plays into lifetime income development, and via his years of study David found alternatives to Wall Street–developed strategies. Investing in real estate and life insurance policies—the traditional strategies used by wealthy individuals throughout the 20th century—are two of the important financial strategies he employs as an alternative to the 401K/mutual fund strategies now popular among workers. After purchasing his own Equity-Indexed Universal Life Insurance policy (EIUL), he felt it was such an underused strategy that he obtained his insurance license so he could offer them to others.

Dave Van Horn

Notes & Mortgage Expert

Dave Van Horn

Notes & Mortgage Expert

Since 2007, Dave Van Horn has served as President of PPR, a note company managing several funds that buy, sell, and hold residential mortgages nationwide. Dave’s expertise comes from more than 30 years’ experience as a landlord, commercial real estate investor, private lender, and note investor. Currently, he primarily invests in notes and mortgages while maintaining a portfolio of investment properties, both residential and commercial. Dave is also a contributor to the BiggerPockets blog and community. He speaks at investor events around the country and is a founding member of Strategic Investor Alliance, a group dedicated to providing educational resources and connections to accredited investors.

Gregg Wood

Notes and Land Contracts Expert

Gregg Wood

Notes and Land Contracts Expert

Gregg Wood began his real estate, lending and investing career in 1992 as a loan specialist. His drive and work ethic allowed him to grow his personal book of business to exceed any expectations. Mountain America Federal Credit Union recognized that he was the one they wanted to help create their mortgage division in 1993. During his 8 years with them, he helped MACU grow to be one of the largest financial and lending institutions in the state of Utah.

He was recognized with many awards for production and leadership within his community. He then went on to own a mortgage company and continued to offer excellent service to his clients. He was elected by his peers to be President of the Utah Mortgage Lenders Association where he served for 5 years. He forged his way as a leader in the real estate industry through countless hours of research. His knowledge of the real estate industry and trust of others allowed him to finance over a billion dollars in real estate transactions, become a successful land developer and helped build substantial wealth for his clients.

He was a founding organizer of a federal thrift and served on other bank boards in Utah. As a visionary with all things real estate, Wood has been keen with market timing and leads his company with honor and integrity.

Silver Stream Advisors has grown to be a leader in the real estate investment and education. They now are one of the premier experts nationwide in acquisitions and dispositions of investment real estate.

He is currently an asset manager for an investment fund as well as the project manager/developer and visionary for a master planned community in Southern Utah.

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