Anthony Lolli – Author, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Real Estate Mogul

Whilst in New York (April 2017), I also had the privilege of meeting Anthony Lolli. He grew up in Brooklyn, NY and at the age of nineteen obtained his real estate license. By the age of 23, he was a millionaire.

Anthony built Rapid Realty NYC from scratch. He diverged from the Manhattan sales market and instead chose to focus on the apartment rentals of the outer boroughs. With his intimate knowledge of Brooklyn, he recognised that renters were a very under-served market.

With any property investment strategy, having detailed knowledge of the particular area being considered is imperative. The more knowledge, the greater the likelihood of being able to find deals that others will miss.

Anthony’s decision proved to be very fruitful and renters began flocking to Brooklyn in record numbers. He was able to grow Rapid Realty, his portfolio of investment properties and even open a real estate school.

The growth was such that Anthony was able to begin opening franchises. He became known nationally and internationally.

He has also published the book The Heart of the Deal: How to Invest and Negotiate like a Real Estate Mogul

Jason Flom – Millionaire music executive helping the wrongfully convicted

In April 2017, I was fortunate to be in New York and met Jason Flom. He shared some of his background in the music industry. He began his career with Atlantic Records and eventually became CEO. He moved from there to Virgin Records, then Capitol Music Group and is currently CEO of Lava Records, which he originally founded in 1995.

Along the way, he has discovered artists such as Lorde, Katy Perry, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Kid Rock.

For over 20 years, Jason has also been an advocate for first time offenders and the wrongfully convicted. He now has a regular podcast where he interviews those who have been exonerated, giving them an opportunity to discuss their stories in greater detail and to talk to experts about the science that has helped to free them.

Cherie Barber – Renovating for Profit

In November 2016, I was able to attend a 3 day Renovating for Profit workshop in Sydney, NSW run by none other than Cherie Barber – Australia’s renovation queen!!

Information covered topics such as:

  • determining what strategy was going to be the most effective
  • what changes could be completed as part of a cosmetic renovation that would not require council approval
  • what style of home was most suited to a cosmetic renovation
  • the time frames that should be allowed in which to undertake a cosmetic renovation
  • how to determine what purchase price should be offered in order to drive a good profit
  • tips on the most effective changes to make in order to gain the optimum return
  • tips on styling
  • an overview of building and planning regulations
  • how to drive a project plan
  • managing and mitigating risk on a project
  • the importance of mindset

Since undertaking this workshop, I have completed a successful renovation of an investment property in Pakenham, Vic and a number of other small projects.

John Travolta – Actor, Cinema Producer, Singer and Dancer

Not only is John Travolta a much loved actor, he is also an accomplished businessman. It was inspiring to hear of his interests and achievements beyond acting and film.

However, the most fun was being able to sing “You’re the One that I want” with John Travolta!! Thank you JT Foxx for allowing all of us this privilege at Family Reunion, November 2016

Johanna Mukoki – Group CEO “Travel with Flair”

Meeting with Johanna on the 18th November 2016 was an absolute delight. She is a Rhodes University graduate and co-founder of Travel with Flair. Along with her two business partners they began with only 3 employees. They now have over 800 and offices in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.

She is the first person to sit on the Global Tourism Board representing the Middle East and Africa. She has been awarded the “Most Influential Woman in Business and Government in Tourism”, the “Ernst & Young Emerging World Entrepreneur of the Year” and in July 2014 was awarded a certificate for “Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business”.

Johanna spoke about being the best version of yourself and striving for excellence through a life well lived.