Meet Our Board of Advisors & Graduates

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The Board of Advisors

“A single conversation with a wise man is better than 10 years of study.” The difference between knowledge and wisdom is experience. So we’ve rounded up the most experienced players in the game: thought leaders, industry experts, and more. They’re ready to make an impact, and they’re committed to your success.

Andrew Cushman

Andrew Cushman started off flipping single family properties in Southern California in 2007. In 2011, he transitioned to multifamily acquisitions, successfully syndicating and repositioning just under 1,800 multifamily units to date. Andrew is a details-driven professional who leaves no stone unturned when vetting deals. His passion drives him forward in entrepreneurial endeavors but his easygoing, down-to-earth attitude is what builds lasting friendships with his investors and partners. Andrew believes in building passive income streams in order to free up more time for enjoying family and the personal hobbies/passions that make life enjoyable and worthwhile.

Codie Sanchez

Codie Sanchez is a Managing Director and Partner at Entourage Effect Capital, a private equity firm focused specifically on investing in the legalized cannabis industry. Since its inception in the summer of 2014, EEC has deployed close to $160 million into over 65 companies out of its three dedicated funds and co-investment vehicles. She started her career as a journalist where she won the JFK award and the Howard Buffett Foundation grant for covering human trafficking. Sanchez is a pundit and columnist on investing, cannabis and startups, highlighted on CNBC, Fox, The Today Show, Forbes, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, People en Español, Business Wire, for her Contrarian Thinking series and weekly email followed by 100k+. She has an M.B.A. from Georgetown University, a master’s from ESADE and Fundação Getúlio Vargas, and a B.A. from Arizona State University.

Dan Grieb

Dan is a residential real estate expert and CEO of the Home To Sell Team affiliated with the Keller Williams real estate organization. Dan is ranked in the top 1% of all Realtors in the country is a widely respected member of the Central Florida real estate community and in Keller Williams top 100 mega agent group led by Keller Williams founder Gary Keller. Dan built one of the most successful real estate teams in the country and strategically selected an elite team of real estate agents, known as the Dan Grieb Home to Sell Team. His team specializes in residential real estate and new home sales, and has a proven track record of successfully selling over 2,200 homes in the last 10 years.

Gino Barbaro

Gino Barbaro is an investor, business owner, author and entrepreneur. He has grown his real estate portfolio to over 1400 multifamily units. He is the co-founder of Jake & Gino, a multifamily real estate education company that offers coaching and training in real estate founded upon their proprietary framework of Buy Right, Manage Right & Finance Right. He is the best-selling author of two books, Wheelbarrow Profits and Family, Food and the Friars, and graduated from IPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching) where he earned his designation as a Certified Professional Coach. He currently resides in St. Augustine, Florida with his beautiful wife Julia and their six children.    

Mike Ayala

Mike is an investor, speaker, podcaster and founder of Investing for Freedom. Mike helps busy professionals and business owners find true freedom to live their best life. He’s also co-founder of Four Peaks Capital Partners, LLC. His scope includes operations, management teams, development, and chief people officer. Mike has over 22 years of experience in finding freedom by building teams and streamlining operations. Of the companies he started, most notable is the construction company that scaled quickly to more than 100 employees and sold at a $12 million valuation, making it onto the Inc. 2009 “2500 Fastest Growing Companies in America” list.

Ned Mahic

Ned Mahic is an experienced real estate developer and investor. He has accumulated more than 20 years’ experience in acquiring, financing, developing, and investing in various real estate properties, ranging from condos, student housing, and self-storage to light industrial properties across North America. As a business veteran, Ned is widely recognized for his ability to create stellar growth in a sustainable manner. Believing in the power of people, he has developed his own success formula: growth = scalable system + empowered employees. His leadership skills in constructing scalable “corporate machines” and unlocking people’s potential significantly contribute to our board.    

Ray Bayat

Ray is a husband, father, son, brother, and leader in the shopping center industry addicted to progress. He has an insatiable appetite to learn, grow, and lead. Ray along with his brother Mitch found NetCo Investments, Inc. to focus on acquiring, redeveloping, and re-tenanting shopping centers. In his career as a principal, Ray has been involved with the acquisition, redevelopment, sale, and financing of more than 1.2 million square feet and transactions valued at over $300 million. Over the last 25 years, Ray has had experience in transactions with many national retailers such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and Ross Dress for Less. He has an MBA and MRED from USC, is currently a member of GoBundance, FamBundance, Front Row Dads, and an avid traveler who has visited 42 countries.

Cody Bjugan

Cody Bjugan is a seasoned real estate developer who has been a key player in over 30 development projects that have resulted in over 2000 lots/units produced from raw land, which have generated over $900M in revenue. He excels in negotiation and out-of-the-box problem solving to create win-win real estate transactions. Cody is also the founder of VestRight, an educational and coaching company dedicated to helping others achieve their financial goals through real estate, and more specifically, the land development sector. Beyond his all important task of being a husband and father of 3, his mission is to share so that we together can create fulfilling legacies through our purpose and impact.

The Board of Graduates

We are dedicated to helping others succeed and grow. It’s a mission that we pass on to our members, which is why our graduates make us so proud. They are committed to helping others live their best lives. Lean in, get to know them — you’ll be glad you did.

Bryce Stewart

Bryce retired at age 35 after being an elementary school teacher for 10 years. Since joining M1, he boosted his net worth to +$1M and his monthly horizontal income to $16k; He credits the curriculum and culture of striving and accountability M1 provides for much of this growth. He has also lost 35 total pounds since M1, as he began to target each of his gardens specifically. “Get good grades, get a college degree, take student loans, get a good job, and sit in a cubicle for 40 years.” Like everyone else he knew, Bryce believed this was the only realistic Economic Life Plan. But through real estate investing, he was able to retire from the 9-to-5 at age 35. He now spends his days with his wife and four daughters, free from the bondage of a traditional job. He loves to golf, supports Young Life, is involved at his church, tosses a mean frisbee, coaches his daughters’ lacrosse teams, plays guitar too loud, takes his wife on adventurous vacations and is an avid reader. He hopes to inspire and instruct others to follow a similar path toward Financial Freedom while they are still young enough to enjoy it!

Carolyn Colleen

Carolyn is the founder of the FIERCE Academy, an online program that helps women create life strategies that enables them to have the life they dream of—without sacrificing their families, careers, or lifestyles. She is also the author of F.I.E.R.C.E.: Transform Your Life in the Face of Adversity, 5 Minutes at a Time! With a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and Behavior, an MBA, and a BA in Business, Carolyn understands the importance of traditional education. She also knows that intertwining personal experiences allows people to maximize the information from her teachings, presentations, and workshop offerings. From standing in a food line at the Salvation Army to earning a Ph.D., Carolyn is avid about sharing her own life story and encouraging others to make changes that move them from fear to focusing on the pursuit of their passions. 

Linzee Ciprani

Linzee is the wife of Steve Ciprani and a mom to two amazing little leaders Emerson and Alexis Ciprani. Linzee is the co-founder of the Podcast The Leader Equation where she and her co-host talk all things leadership weekly. Linzee is the Founder of Ciprani Consulting– a recruiting and training company that specializes in the field of Real Estate. This company has placed and trained over 2000 talented individuals within the Real Estate world. In addition, Linzee is the Founder of The Linzee Ciprani Team- a real estate team within Keller Williams that uses the processes and systems of Ciprani Consulting. The Linzee Ciprani Team was built from the ground up in 1 year and closes around $30,000,000 annually. Prior to owning her own companies, Linzee was the COO/Owner of the Jesse Johnston Team and the Listing/Operations Manager of the Matt Fetick Team. Linzee holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Pennsylvania State University with an emphasis in Communications. Last but not least, Linzee’s claim to fame within the M1 community is that she was in the first female group to go through M1 and was the first female to become a millionaire through the program.

Mike Lambert

Mike started his career in banking. He originated and managed complex transactions worldwide and a couple of them received industry awards. Mike is now helping others as a stock market investor and coach and an international real estate investor. When everybody panics, Mike buys cheap stocks that pay him huge dividends until the next crisis comes and he does it again. Mike started investing in real estate in Mexico a few years back and he is now traveling the world to find the best opportunities for himself and his investors. He is regularly the top contributor in BiggerPockets’ international forum.

Mike Sjogren

Michael “The AirBNB Guy” is an investor, entrepreneur, CPA, author, speaker, instructor, and iTunes podcast host. His career has spanned from working as a CPA to launching and running an architectural photography studio to purchasing and developing real estate to now running a short-term rental management and education company. He is passionate about helping others create financial independence so they can pursue their passions and leave their mark on the world.

Steve Ciprani

Steve Ciprani has been involved with Ciprani Consulting from that start, transitioning to it full time in 2019. Previously, he worked as an educator in his local school district, focusing on teaching Latin. Steve has a passion for helping others grow through education, training, and coaching. In his free time, Steve enjoys making pasta with his family, running through his hometown, and exploring dead languages. After a year in M1, these are some of Steve’s achievements: a new career, investment properties, bucket list adventures with friends and mentors, better health, gratefulness and an ever expanding vision for “leveling up” his life.