John Helmick, Gorilla Capital CEO, Named Finalist for SBRE Entrepreneur of the Year

jvh-photo-2009-750xx2640-3530-0-23Fairway America announced earlier today that Gorilla Capital’s CEO, John Helmick, is a finalist for SBRE (Small Balance Real Estate) Entrepreneur of the Year for building a successful SBRE business and embodying what the SBRE space represents. Winners will be announced on July 29 in Portland, Oregon at Fairway’s CapitalFlow Conference. Read the full press release below or at


Finalists for awards in the burgeoning field of Small Balance Real Estate (SBRE) were announced today by Fairway America, the industry leader in the space. Winners will be determined by a specific formula based on a combination of factors and announced on July 29 in Portland Oregon at Fairway’s CapitalFlow Conference.

Fairway’s flagship event, the Small Balance Real Estate Investment Summit has received high accolades from investors and SBRE entrepreneurs alike. “The success of the Summit has been very rewarding,” said Matthew Burk, Fairway’s CEO, “but the time constraints at that event do not allow us to go as deep as we would like on all the issues SBRE fund managers and syndicators face in their SBRE business. We wanted to create something equally compelling that focused heavily on practical, real world operational issues and challenges, particularly around raising capital, and so we created the CapitalFlow Conference.”

The CapitalFlow Conference has been designed with a different formula to augment the SBRE Summit and to continue to help facilitate the SBRE community of entrepreneurs and investors. The event will be held annually in Fairway’s home town of Portland OR and is expected to attract the leading SBRE entrepreneurs and fund managers from around the United States to gather each year for mind share, mutual learning, collaboration on the key issues they all face, and to enhance their capacity to successfully raise capital for their SBRE enterprise.

During this annual event, awards will be given in five SBRE categories as follows: Fund Manager of the Year, Emerging Fund Manager of the Year, SBRE Entrepreneur of the Year, Syndicator of the Year and the 1st ever inductees into the SBRE Hall of Fame.

Finalists for SBRE Fund Manager of the Year are Taylor Derrick Capital (Rocky Derrick) from Salt Lake City, Bay Mountain Capital (Dean Lontos) of Dallas TX, Grand Coast Capital (Jeff Carter) of Boston MA, Pathfinder Partners (Lorne Polger, Mitch Siegler), and Caliber (Chris Loeffler) of Phoenix AZ.

SBRE Emerging Manager of the Year finalists are Alturas Capital (Blake Hansen) of Boise ID, Legacy Group Capital (Brent Eley) of Seattle WA, Colonial Capital Management (Bob Repass, Ryan Parson) of Southlake TX, Thrive FP (JP Newman) of Austin TX, and Voyager Pacific Capital (Stephen Seal) of Vancouver WA.

Finalists for SBRE Syndicator of the Year are Worcester Investments (Paul and Joel Worcester) of Kansas City MO, The Capital 8 Group (Jeff and Shari Kissee) from Denver CO, RockStep Capital (Andy Weiner) out of Houston TX, Trion Properties (Max Sharkansky and Mitch Paskover) of Los Angeles CA, and Pepper Pike Acquisitions (Paul Kiebler) from Cleveland OH.

Additional awards will be given to recognize an entrepreneur who has built a successful SBRE business and embodies what the SBRE space represents. Finalists for SBRE Entrepreneur of the Year are John Helmick (Gorilla Capital, Eugene OR), Chris Loeffler, Billy Procida (Procida Funding and 100 Mile Fund, Englewood Cliffs NJ), Stephen Seal, and Paul and Joel Worcester. Hall of Fame inductees will be announced at the event as well.

Winners will be determined based on four inputs. Forty percent of the determination will be weighted based on general online fan voting, 20% will be based on votes from registered investor users on Fairway America’s online site,, 20% will be based on voting from Fairway’s community of fund manager peers, and the other 20% will be based on Fairway America’s sole vote. Votes will be accepted until a week prior to the conference and cut off on midnight Wednesday July 20th.

“The CapitalFlow Conference, like the Summit, is unique in the world of real estate,” said Burk. “While there are a lot of good conferences out there, nothing focuses on the unique capital raising needs and challenges of SBRE entrepreneurs, especially discretionary fund managers. I know because I struggled for two decades to try to find one. We have created this event specifically for those people and, while not explicitly designed for investors per se, many have expressed great interest in learning more about how this fascinating space works and want to come. It is going to be a great couple of days.”

About Fairway America
Fairway America, LLC is a longtime real estate asset based fund manager and real estate finance advisory firm providing strategic business planning services nationwide to SBRE entrepreneurs around the structure, architecture, and administration of proprietary 506 Regulation D pooled investment funds. Fairway’s related entities manage two proprietary funds, Fairway America Fund VI, LLC, and Fairway America Fund VII LP, each focused on the SBRE space with different asset allocations and investment features. Both funds consider investments nationwide.

About is an online education, information and match-making site that exclusively lists small balance real estate investment opportunities. Created by Fairway America, provides entrepreneurs and investors with education and connectivity to better capitalize and grow an SBRE enterprise. From connection with investors to strategic capital raising plans to live events, is the definitive resource for SBRE entrepreneurs and accredited investors to understand how to successfully work with one another for mutual benefit and growth.

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