Sherman Ragland, CCIM
For the past 12 years, I have served as the Dean of the Realinvestors Academy, which I founded just outside Washington, D.C. The Realinvestors Academy is the nation’s only fulltime training program with licensed professional staff dedicated to teaching adults how to become professional real estate investors on either a part-time or full-time basis. We also host online training programs that are viewed around the world. Prior to founding the Realinvestors Academy, I was involved in over $1.2 billion worth of real estate projects, including representing the federal government in the sale of over $500 million in real estate assets as an RTC and FDIC Asset Disposition Contractor, and the D.C. government in the sale of the land for the Newseum. I also worked for D.C.-based developers responsible for developing over 3,000 acres of land and three office buildings. More importantly, I have been personally involved in over $30 million in real estate projects in the greater D.C. region, and in the process earned the coveted CCIM designation from the Certified Commercial Institute of the National Association of Realtors. In 2001, I had the pleasure of cofounding the Greater Washington, D.C. Real Estate Investors’ Association (http://dcreia.com); it has grown into the largest active real estate investors’ group on the East Coast.