STR Innovate 2024 Speakers

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Emily Corker

Co-Founder of Roam to Rome Spaces
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Jeff Iloulian

CEO of HostGPO
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Jeff Iloulian

Founder of HostGPO

Jeff has been in the vacation rental industry for nearly a decade. He has set up, managed, and/or operated over 250+ vacation rental properties–from cozy cabins in the woods to luxury mansions in Beverly Hills.

Additionally, Jeff has successfully grown several businesses and has a passion for interdisciplinary problem solving in emerging industries. He firmly believes that the further you push outside of your comfort zone, the larger that zone becomes.

With a background in Economics and Philosophy from Columbia University and a JD from UCLA School of law, Jeff spent three years as a lawyer practicing Business Litigation, Intellectual Property and Cybersecurity before becoming an entrepreneur.

In his free time, Jeff enjoys playing music, eating tacos, and, of course, travel.

Kirby Atwell

Founder of Living Off Rentals
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Kirby Atwell

Founder of Living Off Rentals

After growing up in the south suburbs of Chicago, Kirby served 11 years on active duty in the U.S. military, first attending the United States Military Academy at West Point and then traveling the world as an officer in the Army. During his time in the service, he developed a strong interest in real estate entrepreneurship. He began studying and reading as much as he could on the topic, and he bought his first rental property in 2006.

In 2011, he left the service and earned his MBA with a focus on real estate finance. While attending graduate school, he started his first real estate investment company, rehabbing over 100 properties either to flip or keep as rentals in the Chicago area.

Today, Kirby primarily focuses on investing in high-cash-flowing vacation rental properties. He owns a portfolio of vacation rentals in northern Indiana, where he lives on a 45-acre farm with his wife and young kids. He also helps others who work a full-time job to buy and set up their first high-cash-flowing vacation rental through his signature program called Your First Vacation Rental Investment Blueprint. Ten percent of all profits that he earns are donated to support veterans in need.

Kirby is the host of the Living Off Rentals podcast and YouTube channel, where he and other subject matter experts help equip listeners to achieve financial freedom through rental property investing.

Richard Hernandez

Vice Chairman
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Dan Bourdeau

Founder of Vivala
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Dan Bourdeau​

Founder of Vivala​

From Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Dan Bourdeau has carved a niche in the real estate world, blending his background in business operations, hospitality, and technical analysis to quit his 9-5 at Google to become a full time Investor and coach. With 3 years in short-term rentals and one of Colorado’s top Airbnb, he uses his Data Science background to create and manage experiential and unique airbnbs.

Bill Neville

BD Manager at The Entrust Group
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Bill Neville

Business Development Manager at The Entrust Group
Bill Neville joined The Entrust Group twelve years ago through his initial role as Manager of Operations for the company’s franchise program. When the program was discontinued, Bill stepped up to the task of managing the Compliance and Internal Audit departments. With a keen eye for detail and gaining valuable insights into the IRA industry, Bill kept Entrust’s educational programs and internal processes in line with industry regulations. Bill actively takes pride in the company’s growth and success and is currently the Business Development Manager for Entrust’s San Francisco Bay Area office.

Jeff Welgan

Mortgage Advisor at Bluprint
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Jeff Welgan

Certified Mortgage Advisor at Blueprint Home Loans

Jeff is an investor financing expert with 20 years experience. He is a Certified Mortgage Advisor with BluPrint Home Loans and his team is a trusted BiggerPockets preferred lender. As the leader of the BluPrint Investor Team, Jeff has built a team of investor financing strategists dedicated to solving problems for real estate investors. They specialize in helping investors build & scale their real estate businesses, and their mission is to break down the barriers to real estate investing and simplify investor financing.

Richard Hernandez

Vice Chairman
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Ditron Corker

Co-Founder of Roam to Rome Spaces
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Ditron Corker

Co-Founder of Roam to Rome Spaces

With nine years of military experience under his belt, Ditron made a strategic shift to Chicago, where he pursued an MBA at Loyola. It was during this transformative period that he embarked on his entrepreneurial journey by founding his Airbnb venture. In 2015, he honed his expertise in rental arbitrage and co-hosting, leading him to become a prominent figure in the short-term rental market. Today, Ditron proudly oversees and operates a diverse portfolio of short-term rentals spanning across Illinois, Texas, Michigan, and Mexico.

Gabe Kubanda

Founder of Kubanda Properties
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Gabe Kubanda

Founder of Kubanda Properties
Singer-songwriter/recording artist – turned – entrepreneur, Gabe Kubanda started his own personal brand during COVID by throwing a twin-sized bed in his office and putting it on Airbnb. Now amassing 16 single family vacation homes, and a small fleet of rental vehicles, Gabe has carved out another unique niche with Kubanda Properties, and has big plans for the future!

Jacquelina Jablonski

Founder of I & J Good Rentals
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Jacquelina Jablonski

Founder of Roofing by Hernandez, I & J Good Rentals and Southwest Housing Providers Group

Sharon Berry

Project Manager
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Omid Tehranirad

Founder of Nomadic
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Omid Tehranirad

Founder of Nomadic
Omid has helped grow Alpha Geek Capital’s STR portfolio to a 10+ million portfolio which includes 20+ listings in multiple markets. Half of the portfolio includes themed tiny homes which are adjacent to the national park of Joshua Tree. The goal with these tiny homes is to have modern luxury amenities where you can disconnect from the world, and experience self-care. These tiny homes allow guests to stare at the captivating stars while sitting in a hot tub or a hammock.

As the cohost of the “Find Your Freedom” podcast, Omid interviews entrepreneurs to amplify their abundance mindset to inspire aspiring investors to seek out their dreams. Omid has been featured in numerous podcasts including the Bigger Pockets Rookie podcast.

Omid lives in southern California with his wife of 12 years. He is also a father of three to Cyrus, Kian, and Lucy. He loves to build community and is an advocate for trying new experiences. He also coaches basketball and soccer in his local community.

Jacqueline Matoza

Founder of 360 Real Estate University
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Juliana Lane

Lead Designer
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Thomas Johnson

HR Manager
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Speaker Request

Do you have an interest in sharing your time and expertise with the STR Innovate community?

The STR Innovate Conference Team is searching for speakers that are enthusiastic and passionate about short term rental investing.

The event will take place in Chicago, Illinois at the Ravenswood Event Center on March 17-19, 2024.

Requirements + Details

  • Presentation must be 45 – 60 minutes in length for our sessions.
  • If selected, you will be required to sign a speaker agreement and use the STR Innovate PowerPoint template for your presentation.
  • Once you send out your request we will set up a call with you to see if you’re a good fit.
Submission Deadline
January 31, 2024 11:59 PM CST

Featured Keynotes

Richard Hernandez

Vice Chairman
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Richard Hernandez

Vice Chairman
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Richard Hernandez

Vice Chairman
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