FlipOut Academy

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Williamsville NY  14221

Phone: (716) 800-1892

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I have been a Financial Advisor for 11 years now. I started when I was 24 years old and was completely green as we call it in the industry. Let me give you an idea of who I am, where I came from and why I feel I know a thing of two about being successful in the Financial Services business and business in general. I grew up in a low-middle class family, raised primarily by my mother. I worked on a farm from 14-16years old. I was always a very motivated and driven person. I was an avid snowboarder and skateboarder as a kid. When I was 16 years old I took a $500 loan out to start my first company called “Phat Clothing Company”. Phat Clothing was a clothing company geared at the snowboard and skateboard lifestyle. I started printing T-shirts with my art teacher after school and sold them during the day to classmates. This grew and multiplied fairly quickly. By 17 years old I had three seamstresses working for me making samples which my snowboard team would test the quality for the next season’s products. Around this time I was an amateur snowboarder traveling all winter to competitions across the USA and Canada trying to break into the Pro Snowboard Circuit. When I was 18 years old I had about 50 retail accounts selling my Phat Clothing products around the USA. I then embarked on a new journey. I opened a snowboard/skateboard/clothing store called Phatman Boardshops. On November of 1994 my partner and I opened our first store in the Lockport Mall. From that day a lot has happened. In 1997 I bought out my partner. This would be the first time I bought out this partner, but not the last. I went on to build Phatman into a small retail chain and opened multiple concept stores along the way, some worked out and some did not. I became a professional snowboarder which I did for almost 12 years. That was one of the most amazing experiences of my life so far. The snowboarding helped fuel Phatman Board shops growth and name recognition. The snowboarding career involved extensive traveling, this forced me to delegate a lot of the stores duties to managers and employees. I still had the clothing line which had gone through a name change and I had brought on a new partner to run that company. I would eventually spin the clothing line off to that partner. In 2000 I opened an indoor skate park called “Kingpin Skatepark” with a different partner. Around the same time, I had brought my original partner back into the Phatman business to expand the retail chain further. I made a lot of mistakes at that time which would end up costing me a lot of money in the future. Three years later we closed “Kingpin Skatepark” and liquidated the assets to walk away with no debts. Kingpin was the first business I failed at but, in hindsight that so called failure was one of my biggest successes. You see failing in business teaches you things you would never learn by succeeding. I was frustrated at the time and felt I needed a change. After extensively researching careers I saw an article titled “The Most Satisfying Jobs”. Financial advisors were number two on that list. This sparked my interest. I then entered the Financial Services Industry. At this time I viewed this as a way for me to get through a slow period at the Phatman stores. I did not view this as a long term career. I had no idea what that change would mean for my future. In 2005 I had consolidated some of the Phatman stores into larger more focused stores. In 2006 I sold one of the stores and used the proceeds to yet again buy out the original partner for a fairly large sum of money. That partner was a great mentor and I learned a lot along the way. Let’s say I was “paying it forward” when I bought him out this time. I had learned a lot from all of the partners I had in the various businesses. I was having tremendous success as a Financial Advisor and I had almost completely walked away from the Retail stores. I was fortunate that I had built a great management team and the years of delegation paid off because, at this time they were running the business completely. I simply worked on the business, not in the business. The money I was making in the financial service business enabled me to start buying real estate. I did a flip with my best friend which went very well. In 2008 right before the market crash I had began developing a strip mall which was going to be the future home for the largest Phatman store as well as two other commercial storefronts. I could not get traditional financing so I borrowed the money from Hard Money lenders. When I was well into the project the Markets crashed, money started drying up, banks were not lending and my financial business changed almost overnight. I started building a Health Insurance book of business to supplement the income I lost on the financial side. I was working 16 hours days, 7 days a week to keep all the balls in the air. I almost went bankrupt in the process but, I got lucky and First Niagara Bank financed the plaza deal after I filled 50% of the building with tenants. In 2010 I sold Phatman Board Shops. The business is still doing very well today. Since that day I have continued building and developing Real Estate, Primarily apartment buildings. I have three property holding companies, 32 units, and a property maintenance and landscape company. Even though it seems like a lot to handle from the outside looking in, all these real estate associated businesses are handled on the weekends and require very little of my time. I have been able to delegate the busy work and focus on the building of the businesses. My time is and has been focused on the one business that has enabled all this to happen and that is where the real story begins.
-C


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Monthly Real Estate Networking

Monthly Real Estate Networking
06:00 pm - 12/13/2018

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Every month we host a forum for real estate networking. All are welcome! And it's always free. We try and touch on a new topic every month and are open to your suggestions!...

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Monthly Real Estate Networking

Monthly Real Estate Networking
06:00 pm - 11/08/2018

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Every month we host a forum for real estate networking. All are welcome! And it's always free. We try and touch on a new topic every month and are open to your suggestions!...

Monthly Real Estate Networking

Monthly Real Estate Networking
06:00 pm - 10/11/2018

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Monthly Real Estate Networking

Monthly Real Estate Networking
06:00 pm - 09/13/2018

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Monthly Real Estate Networking

Monthly Real Estate Networking
06:00 pm - 08/09/2018

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Every month we host a forum for real estate networking. All are welcome! And it's always free. We try and touch on a new topic every month and are open to your suggestions!...

Monthly Real Estate Networking

Monthly Real Estate Networking
06:00 pm - 07/12/2018

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Monthly Real Estate Networking

Monthly Real Estate Networking
06:00 pm - 06/14/2018

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Sales & Negotiations - 2

Sales & Negotiations - 2
06:30 pm - 05/30/2018

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FlipOut Academy $ Money School

FlipOut Academy $ Money School
06:00 pm - 05/11/2018

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Did you know that you don’t have to swing hammers to make a return on real estate- you can just be the bank? And earn money while you sleep. Money school is...

Monthly Real Estate Networking

Monthly Real Estate Networking
06:00 pm - 05/10/2018

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FlipOut Academy Bus Tour

FlipOut Academy Bus Tour
09:00 am - 04/21/2018

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It's bus tour time again! Join us for the first tour of the 2018 season! We're really proud of this event, it's so much fun and tons of networking all along...

Contracts Workshop

Contracts Workshop
09:30 am - 04/14/2018

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Monthly Real Estate Networking

Monthly Real Estate Networking
06:00 pm - 04/12/2018

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Sales & Negotation Workshop

Sales & Negotation Workshop
06:30 pm - 03/14/2018

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Monthly Real Estate Networking

Monthly Real Estate Networking
06:00 pm - 03/08/2018

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Risky Builders TV Premier & LIVE viewing!

Risky Builders TV Premier & LIVE viewing!
01:00 pm - 02/18/2018

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Monthly Real Estate Networking

Monthly Real Estate Networking
06:00 pm - 02/08/2018

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Guest Speaker Dr. Brent Kesler

Guest Speaker Dr. Brent Kesler
09:00 am - 02/03/2018

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Dr. Brent Kesler will be teaching a class on Infinite Banking. Infinite banking is a 200- year-old concept that very few know about, much less apply. Yet, it is...

Bus Tour

Bus Tour
09:00 am - 10/28/2017

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Join us on our last bus tour before the winter months. The 5-stop itinerary takes us to different locations around the area to give you an inside look on who we...

Real Investing Network REIA

Real Investing Network REIA
06:30 pm - 09/28/2017

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MARK your calendars this Thursday Sept. 28th-Real Investing Network REIA event. 6:30-9:30 pm at Hyatt Place Main St Amherst Prop Swap 5:45-6:30 (lets make some deals...

FlipOut Academy Bus Tour

FlipOut Academy Bus Tour
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