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The people you surround yourself with not only help you grow and succeed, but hold you accountable every step of the way. Here is the amazing support team behind me.

Marco Barbaro

In 1996, Marco graduated from Fairfield University and turned down a job with GE Capital to go into the restaurant business with his brother Gino. At the age of 23, he bought his first multifamily property, a 4-family, in New York. In 2013, he began investing with his brother & Jake in Knoxville Tennessee, where they purchased their first twenty-five unit deal. Since then, he has partnered with Jake & Gino on over 1300 units, and has witnessed and participated in the growth of the company. Marco exited the rat race on August 1st 2019, and joined the Jake & Gino team full time to help coach students and raise capital for Rand Partners. Marco excels in networking, building teams and putting people in place to succeed. He is a husband and the father of 3 beautiful girls. His family and multifamily are his two main focuses in life.

Gino Barbaro

Gino Barbaro is an investor, business owner, author and entrepreneur. He has grown his real estate portfolio to over 1600 multifamily units. He is the co-founder of Jake & Gino, a multifamily real estate education company that offers coaching and training in real estate founded upon their proprietary framework of Buy Right, Manage Right & Finance Right. He is the best-selling author of two books, Wheelbarrow Profits and Family, Food and the Friars, and graduated from IPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching) where he earned his designation as a Certified Professional Coach. He currently resides in St. Augustine, Florida with his beautiful wife Julia and their six children.

Mike Taravella

Mike Taravella is a CPA, and he graduated from Michigan State University in 2014 with a Master of Science in Accounting. He has worked 5 years professionally in accounting. He started at Ernst & Young  in public accounting and then transitioned into Detroit’s startup community at Rock Ventures.

He began his real estate investing career in 2016 by owning and self managing investments in Michigan. He also took an interest in real estate development before joining Rand Partners in 2019. Mike is currently an associate that is responsible for underwriting deals, investor relations, and asset management.

Darren Light

A mechanical engineer by trade, Darren quickly realized that his W-2 job and 401K would not support the current and retirement lifestyle that I wanted. He started purchasing single-family rentals and doing flips 4 months after attending a local seminar. After being laid off from his job in 2017, he went full-time into real estate investing by cashing in his 401K and stock options. In November of 2017 he attended the very first Jake and Gino live event in Knoxville. Since October of 2018 he has become part owner on the GP side in 150 doors. Darren started a Multifamily meetup in Johnson City, TN in March of this 2019. With Johnson City being such a great market, he saw the need to bring other multifamily investors together to leverage the power of partnerships, the market, and capital.

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