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.
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
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Saturday, a bit hungover
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!
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?!
Underestimate me at your own peril bro
I 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.
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.
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
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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