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Online Instructors

The online instructors used by Real Estate Entrepreneur Institute are all current real estate investors and made at least $1,000,000 in the area that they teach. The online instructors and curriculum is provided by Renatus, Inc. Here are the bios of some of the online instructions:

Mark J. Kohler, M.Pr.A., C.P.A., J.D., is a personal and small business tax and legal expert with a long list of accomplishments including best-selling author; national speaker; radio show host; writer and video personality for; real estate investor; and senior partner in the law firm, Kyler, Kohler, Ostermiller & Sorensen and the accounting firm of Kohler & Eyre, CPAs.

Mark is a hands-on professional who helps clients build and protect wealth through wealth management strategies and business and tax remedies often overlooked in this challenging, ever-changing economic climate. His seminars have helped tens of thousands of individuals and small business owners navigate the maze of legal, regulatory and financial laws to greater success and wealth. Mark’s valuable advice can be found in his powerful two books, “Lawyers Are Liars: The Truth About Protecting Our Assets.” and “What Your CPA Isn’t Telling You – Life Changing Tax Strategies,” published by Entrepreneur, is a fictional story that brings tax planning alive.



Chris Wilson, MBA., is a real estate professional with over 30 years of experience. He is both a real estate investor and a licensed real estate agent in the state of Arizona. As a real estate professional, his businesses specialize in fix and flip, property management, wholesaling, land lording and traditional real estate services targeting buyer’s and seller’s needs in residential, land and light commercial real estate transactions. 

Chris holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and has held corporate jobs in companies such as Lucent, GTE, and AG Communication Systems. His corporate jobs ranged from customer support, research and design, customer training, to marketing and sales. He has held titles of AVP Government and International Sales, Director Program and Product Management, Manager of Customer Training, and Engineer.

In real estate, his expertise lies in building real estate networks, acquiring properties and pursuing real estate strategies. Chris developed a wholesaling strategy and methodology which, although often imitated, very few have mastered at his level.

Furthermore, his skills and knowledge as a lector are in high demand for both real estate investors and real estate professionals. He speaks on real estate and business topics such as understanding markets, trends, techniques, and strategies. Chris is also an instructor for The Arizona Academy of Real Estate. He is also a full-time real estate professional doing both traditional real estate and investing. He and his business conduct hundreds of profitable real estate transactions every year.


Brian Sump has a diesel mechanic for 16 years. After only six months into his real estate investing career, Brian Sump told his employer “It’s costing me too much money to keep working for you!”  He believes it would have taken him 11 years as a mechanic to earn what he did in 2007 alone. Through his education, in only 9 short months, Brian was able to pay off all his debt, including the mortgage to his family’s home.

To date, Brian has done over 300 real estate deals and never lost money on a single transaction! With hundreds of successful real estate transactions under his belt, including Subject-Tos, rehabs, wholesales, and short sales, he has worked his way into the private money lending arena, where his money works for him!

As an instructor, Brian continues to pay-it-forward by sharing his knowledge and expertise with as many students as he can.



John “Johnny-D” Dessauer, BS, BA, is an entrepreneur, Internet radio show co-host, and author of “Real Estate H2O” and “The Alchemy of Wealth.” John is a self-made millionaire, dedicated to helping others achieve financial independence so they, too, can achieve their dreams. Through that dedication, he enjoys teaching students his strategies for success in real estate.

After a highly sucessful sales career in the environmental industry, John quit his corporate sales position in 2000 to establish his own national environmental company, ICON Development. Capitalizing on his experience and knowledge in the industry, John grew this company to exceed $5 million in gross revenues in the first 14 months!

At the same time, John became inspired to create passive income and achieve complete, financial freedom and thus, founded Cribs, LLC, a real estate investing and property-management Corporation. Through innovative and creative investing techniques that he developed, John turned this company into a million-dollar business in just over a year. His specialty and expertise includes investing and profiting in multi-family housing units. John has refined the art of forced appreciation. “Investing is all about strategy and designing the appropriate strategy to meet your dreams.”

After developing two multi-million-dollar companies, John embarked on his third successful company, The Dessauer Group – teaching real estate investing as your gateway to life freedoms. Through The Dessauer Group, John has expanded his business to include delivering educational, inspirational, and motivational products and presentations on investing and developing your freedoms. He has presented throughout North America and has shared the stage with such notables as John Childers, world-renowned speaker, trainer and author; Robert Allen, author of Multiple Streams of Income and Nothing Down and co-author of the One Minute Millionaire; Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the One Minute Millionaire and Chicken Soup for the Soul; and Jack Miller, real estate investor/mogul.

John’s goal is to help people invest in real estate with an outcome that positively changes their lives and brings about their life dreams. “I’m doing this because it’s more than just money. The big payoff for me is time; I can leverage my time a lot more with our real estate company and be able to teach other people to do what I did – to develop both their passive and monthly residual incomes. Once they have this financial freedom, all they will have to decide is what to do with all the time they will have and whether it’s to spend it with a loved one, to develop a new business, to help people who are less fortunate, to travel, etc. The fun comes in when they’re making these decisions.”



Jeff Armstrong established Armstrong Capital in May 1991 and has been working in the note business full time since October 1993. He acquired his California Real Estate Sales License in June 1992 and then his California Real Estate Broker's license in June 1996. Jeff became a member of the American Cash Flow Association's Million-Dollar Club in April 1996 and was designated a Master Broker in the field of private mortgages in November 1997. With over 1500 closed note transactions closed since the inception of Armstrong Capital, Jeff’s knowledge and experience in the note industry is unsurpassed.

In 1999 Jeff wrote and published his first book entitled, "Scripts and Tips: A Handbook for the Serious Note Broker". Jeff became a Certified Appraiser of Mortgages in September 1999 through the American Appraisal Institute of Privately Held Notes and Mortgages. In July of 2002 he wrote and published “Every Single Profitable Note Marketing Idea in the World (almost)” and “Personal Cash Flow Prosperity”. In 2007 Jeff updated and added to his popular “Note Holder’s Handbook”. In 2011 he completed his latest aid for the real estate and note industry "Calculator Secrets" providing step by step details on calculating notes and note transactions

Jeff is a recognized and requested speaker on seller financed notes, marketing, motivation and inspiration at industry conventions, conferences and events nationwide. His enthusiastic and encouraging style as well as his step by step approach has quickly made his Secrets of Paper workshops top rated and one of the most sought after note courses in the country.

Jeff is also a contributing columnist for the Paper Source Newsletter, Cash Flow Exclusive and other industry publications. In May 2005, he was awarded the “Contributing Writer of the Year Award” by the American Cash Flow Journal. From April 2006 through April 2008 Jeff was the Editor of the NoteWorthy Newsletter, a nineteen-year monthly printed publication for experienced Buyers and Brokers of Notes, Mortgages and other cash flows on the secondary market.



Study Group Faciliator 

Randy Pertler, BA, starting investing in real estate over 30 years ago. In the last 6 months, Randy has completed over 25 real estate transactions. He has completed nearly 100 transactions including Fix & Flips, Wholesaling, Buy & Holds, and “Subject To” acquisitions. Randy has raised investing capital through Equity Partnerships and Private Lenders. He has orchestrated as many as 10 Fix and Flip programs simultaneously.

Directly from college, Randy became a high school teacher and coach. By age 26, he was the head varsity boys basketball coach, head varsity girls softball coach, and assistant varsity football coach.

In 1991 Randy Pertler, began to pursue a career in educational publishing company.  Within six years, he became the National Vice President of Sales of Contemporary Books, a Tribune Education Company and later a part of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Since then Randy has held the position of National Vice President of Sales of Edventions, a start-up educational technology company, and West Regional Vice President of a Scholastic, Inc.