Best Ever Conference 2022

Who am I?
Why do I make these?
What is the Best Ever Conference

Welcome to another of my magical adventures. 

If you are new here, my name is Alex. I am a real estate investor, a conference junkie, and a photographer. I’ve been attending these types events for the last 5 years and I always carry this big fancy camera with me and I shove it in everyone’s face and then come home and  create these epic photo blogs the likes of which you have never seen before. I make these stories crazy long because I like long dense nuance and think our culture’s race to the bottom of the attention span is a terrible thing we are doing to ourselves and maybe I’m the only one, but, maybe not?

“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? – Don Quixote

This event, the Best Ever Conference is in Denver Colorado and it’s geared towards commercial and multifamily real estate investors,  I am not the official photographer for the event, I just do this for fun. I also captured the 2020 event in the same way. If you want to invest in larger scale real estate assets, this is the place for you!

This was my first event as part of the Climb Capital team, a group of veterans turned investors focused on buying RV parks in the Sunbelt and Gulf Coast (Yes, that’s a plug, invest with me!)

Let’s get to it 

I arrive on a Thursday

I flew into Denver, went to the hotel, promptly left the hotel and went to the Biggerpockets headquarters for an annual party. BP is where I first learned how to invest in real estate so that community is near and dear to my heart. I’ve also shot the BiggerPockets Conference twice now, and I’ll be shooting that again this October. Always happy when I can see my people here.

THE Mindy Jensen!
The party was sponsored by Aloha Capital who seem to sponsor every great party at every conference I go to
I have this thing for taking pictures of people taking selfies. You will see this as a recurring theme

Leka – If you’re in the real estate investing community and you don’t know Leka, you aren’t in the real estate community. #bigfacts 

Michael and Suzy – Long time internet friends that I got to meet for the first time this weekend. Fantastic people! They run Adventurous REI and basically travel the world while buying real estate. If you want FOMO, find them on social

Sterling Chapman – host of the Rent Roll radio podcast, real estate buyer, and owner of a smile that just won’t quit. Very good dude 

Did I mention that this is a very professional event?
My buddy Herve deserves a better picture than this, but these are the sacrifices you make for being friends with an antagonist like me

My story with Matt Faircloth started about 4 years ago now. When I met him he had just closed a 200 unit apartment and was way out of my investing league, I committed hard to shoving my life into his life and adding value every chance I get. Since then we’ve done a ton of video and content projects together and we run into each other about 4 times a year. 

I tell you all that to tell you this, we all choose our social circles. If you put forth true effort and carefully choose your social circle and you’ll be able to design any life you want. 

This is another Matt, but this one is the result of a poorly chosen social circle. He’s annoying, very hard to like, he has no sense of style, he lives in IOWA (why?!?), he epitomizes the dumb marine stereotype, and he’s a GRUMP.

We spend about 80% of our time at conferences relentlessly insulting each other and it’s one of my favorite things. 

When I lived in Las Vegas I started a meetup that become a staple community for the area and still goes on there to this day. One of the OG members was Neil Henderson, an extremely nice dude, a private capital raiser, the host of the Road to Family Freedom podcast, and a good friend. 

He broke his arm while cage fighting, so I had to babysit him this weekend. 

This is the second "Alex Felice is my best friend" shirt Mindy has gotten, and she might get one every year for the rest of her life

The whole point of my photography is to give people pictures of themselves that they love. 

Last year at BPcon21 I took this epic photo of Alexandra dancing on Bourbon street and when I got to the office I found she had a print of it out in the lobby! 

Alex and Dave

This is Zach, and long time BP community member and a good friend of mine. Zach believed in my video skills before even I did and he gave me confidence when no one else did. This is something I will never forget

2019
2022

I snapped this picture of Zach and Mindy hugging and I realized I took nearly the same exact shot 3 years ago at BPcon2019 This sort of phenomenon happens in photography once in a while, I’ll get two unplanned candid’s that are nearly identical. Look at these pics and tell me an explanation for this other than magic.

Anson Young and I met last year. He’s a prolific content producer, author, and seems like a good dude but it’s too soon for me to make that claim. He will have to work harder to win my affection first. 

Which brings us to Friday

The Conference is always JAM packed with great content and high level thinkers

A quick story of personal growth: In 2020 I came to the Best Ever Conference and I was still very new to multifamily, I was a little less mature, and a little less confident in my ability to perform well in this business. Plus, this can also be a daunting event because so many people here are high achievers with massive financial success who take the whole weekend very seriously. The culmination of these factors drove me to self defeat a little bit in the form of dressing down too much, wearing my ripped jeans and pink t-shirts, and acting a bit too rebellious. Similar to how a person might angrily claim “I don’t care, I don’t need this” to an opportunity they do in fact need, but are petty to try and rise to the occasion. 

I’m not generally like this, I prefer to put in maximal effort all the time, but I don’t like to dress in suits to create an illusion of success. Finding a balance of being authentically me while stealing leaving room for growth has been an interesting lesson.

We held it down at this bar for a while catching up and planning the future
Networking and drinking go together like drinking and networking
A signature Alex Hughes pose!

Brandon and I met the normal way that people meet. You see someone on the internet looking for exciting podcast guests and you apply then when you do go on their show and they later say you are by far the best guest they have ever had. 

His show is the Gorilla State Investing podcast 

We only talked about a month ago and then we get to meet in person, I have a feeling our paths will cross a lot over the next decade. 

Kent Ritter, a very popular guy but I only met him briefly
Whatever I said, I'm sure I deserved this
My name is Matt and I'm a grump who only makes grumpy faces and everything I say and do is grump related. I probably named my kids Grumpley and Grumperson

The hotel we stayed at was the Gaylord Rockies resort and it was absolutely lovely. I try to take pictures at the hotels these things are at so you can get a feel for where we are. I stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville for BPcon2019 and it was equally as nice.

I might have to check out some others! 

I take this style of panorama with my drone everywhere I go. This one really didn't come out to my liking, but it's the only one I got.

This is Caitlin and she works for Aloha Capital. We have been friends for ~3 years now and I you will find her at all the big events. Having her around makes my job as a photographer very easy.

If you’re looking for portfolio lending, she might be the one you should call! 

Meet Tait 

Tait is gorgeous, his girlfriend is gorgeous, he’s a pilot, he’s a real estate investor, he travels the world constantly, all of which makes his social media feed produce a dangerous amount of jealousy. Anyone with a life this awesome could be expected to get away with being human garbage but not Tait, he’s humble, pleasant, and sincere. 

It’s infuriating how much I like this dude. 

I used to be a party animal who loved going to loud night clubs. 

We got to this place around 9pm, and as the night went on the music got louder and the crowd got bigger, something I hadn’t experienced in a while. As we exited, around midnight, the place had been filled with young 20 somethings and there was a long line to get in. 

I felt old. 

I met Esther (on the right) this evening with Matt and we gave her a proper military greeting. An evening of endless verbal abuse. 

White Claw smiles
I don't know anyone in this photo other than Josh McCallen in the center, who I love dearly

I’ve known Marcus for a while now, but this was the first weekend we met in person. Glad to have caught this great image of him. 

We are part of a military and veteran mastermind called The War Room. Which I highly recommend. 

Sarah Weaver (left) is an impossible-not-to-like world traveler and a total inspiration for good attitudes and life design.

I’m guilt stricken I don’t have better pictures of her this trip, something I intend to remedy with enthusiasm next time we meet which will probably be soon since we are both social butterfly’s. 

It’s taken far too long in this blog to get to my good friend Stacey but here she is. Stacey is active in the Air Force, a nurse, a real estate investor, a fellow War Room member, and a  We have been traveling to conferences all over the country to hang out the last few years. 

She is a rising star in real estate, a popular staple to the conference circuit, and a great connector of people. Make sure you get in her circle! 

Here is she is on the dance floor grooving. She is going to hate this picture! HA!
Stacey and Matt Faircloth

Saturday, a bit hungover

Mohawk looking fly and my girlfriend calls these my "Saved by the Bell" shoes
A prolific podcaster

Leka is the only person at these events who comes close to my level of style.

I still win for sure, but it’s CLOSE!

Marching bands are always a win

People do a funny thing to me all the time

They see me with my camera and think “there is a photographer, let’s have him take our picture” but they always give me their cell phone to do it with. WHY?!?!? They don’t trust me?! 

These two guys, Johnny and Derek did exactly that and now I’m delivering an image their cell phone could never produce. 

Underestimate me at your own peril bro

loathe canned solicitations of all kinds, for all products, and under all circumstances, I don’t care if you’re selling me real estate at 50% underpriced, or selling me something I actually really need. The instant you come at me with some generic sales message I take it as a deep personal insult at which point I give myself permission to insult you back…which I don’t do because this is mostly theatrical but I still don’t like solicitations. 

So that brings us to Julie…

The conference has an app where people communicate and greet each other the weeks before the event, which is a very smart way to network because it gives you people’s hands to shake when you get there. I get lots of these messages from people reaching out and I talk to some people but ignore most of them. One of them is a perfectly pleasant albeit canned message from Julie, which I also ignored. 

Then I meet her and she is incredible. We hit it off right away and her positivity outweighed my cynicism so far I had to question my whole personality. Julie was easily the most authentic and enthusiastic person I met at the event. We made instant best friends and we talked zero about real estate which is ironically my favorite conversations to have at these things.  Check out her podcast too here

We tried to get some awesome posed photos and she’s too much of a goof to do that so I got this goofy photo above and some great candids instead.

This was my 2nd time meeting Hutch and this time his son was there, who just turned 18.

Talk about being ahead of the curve, I was 31 before I started getting my life together. 

The man who started this whole thing, Joe Fairless

Chris Salerno from QC Capital in Charlotte, he’s also the host of the Mindful Multifamily Podcast 

Keith and Susu

I met Keith back in 2020 but we hung out a lot more this year. That’s how conferences work, and by the way things went this year we will probably hang out even more going forward. 

THE WAR ROOM

I joined this mastermind 2 years ago and it’s how I met Matt, all the people in this picture, and how I was able to join Climb Capital.

Literally life changing! 

Caught the sunset in front of the atrium while with some friends.

This is not photoshop, this starburst is a natural effect created from using high quality lenses. This one happens to be a gorgeous 9 blade ultrawide Canon RF15-35mm. 

Clint Harris is a short term rental MONSTER in Carolina beach North Carolina. 

There are lots of loud people on the internet teaching STR but I don’t think any are actually as good at it as Clint. 

Right after the sun went down I caught him standing by the railing just sipping a drink and minding his own business where I caught this epic impromptu candid. 

Probably my best shot of the weekend

Stu Grazier runs the War Room mastermind I’m in. Wouldn’t have made as much progress in the last 2 years if it weren’t for him.

He’s a total goofball too, as if that weren’t obvious from this image.

Erik and Levy Hemmingway are father and son self storage builders and operators. Great dudes and glad I could get a shot of them together, laughing. 

This is Mike from Open Door Capital saying “OMG I GET TO BE FRIENDS WITH ALEX FELICE. I’M SO LUCKY!” 

I couldn’t agree more my dude

We saw a lot of Matt but we didn’t see much of Justin. 

Justin is the asset manager for DeRosa group, the host of the True Multifamily podcast, and a tremendous human being. Thankful for his friendship. 

I met Ash at the final hour of the final night. We hit it off big and definitely didn’t get enough time together. 

Thankfully conferences aren’t really about the moment you’re in while you’re there. They are about making a connection, staying in touch over the internet, and then seeing each other again next year. People are a long game investment 

THE LEGEND HIMSELF, ME

A rare picture of me because someone inevitably insists on taking my camera and trying to make me look cool which is obviously quite easy. 

Lastly, I would be just another regular nobody like you without my tools. So have to show my gratitude for them

rf 85mm 1.2
rf 15-35mm 2.8

THANK YOU

If you found a picture of yourself you want in higher res or a different crop, reach out to me and I’ll get it to you. If you have a cool event or party you want me to cover hit me up here. If you found this interesting, please share it! 

I’m thankful for any amount of this you looked at. I know it’s way too long but I’m never going to stop 

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Alex Felice

Alex Felice

My name is Alex, I live in North Carolina and I’m a very high energy, loud, and eccentric guy. I like to talk about things that are high concept and of great importance, no small talk! I like controversy, I speak with conviction, and I’m not a fan of rules. I'm super into real estate, books, and self development

Be less broke.

Subscribe to our newsletter!

Bunch o' legal stuff

Privacy policies, disclosures, cookie management and all that fun stuff...

Let's Chat

Interesting in investing with me? Everything starts with a conversation!

My Brain Fuel

I'm a mega book nerd and I have proof.

In a hurry?

Don't know where to go, but know you want to talk with me?

Website powered by RapidWebLaunch