Experience: I am from Pittsburgh, PA and have 10+ years of investment knowledge, primarily through personal investments and online reading. My background includes a deployment with the U.S. Army to Iraq until being wounded by a roadside bomb in eastern Ramadi in 2005. After receiving my MBA in 2009, I received an acquisition position with the Department of Treasury in Washington, DC and then moved back to Pittsburgh, PA to continue career in contracts and program management and invest in real estate since I believed that Pittsburgh's real estate offered better rewards and less risk than if I would begin investing in the DC Metro area. I am now a Licensed Real Estate Agent in the Pittsburgh area and am specialized in VA, FHA, and investment real estate solutions.Education: MBA with a Marketing undergraduate degree. Professional Certifications/Licenses: FAC-C Level III (Contracts Management - Federal Government), Senior Level FAC-P/PM (Program Management - Federal Government), and Certified Professional Contracts Manager/CPCM (Contracts Management - Commercial), and PA Real Estate License *pending PA Real Estate Broker License. To make money investing in stocks, the investor must accurately predict one or more stocks. Thorough research with relevant knowledge enhances the investor's likelihood of positive gains, but the best predictor of any future is to create it on your own. Therefore, my short and long term goals are now primarily focused on real estate rather than stocks. As an average individual investor, I have nearly zero control over how a company performs, the leadership's integrity, and the decisions made. However, as a real estate investor, I control my destiny. Evermore so because I also have a construction crew who I have selected carefully based on knowledge, skills, abilities, and honesty. If you are interested in expanding your portfolio by adding what numerous relevant AND PRESTIGIOUS sources have proclaimed the BEST real estate market in the world with one of the best groups to have working for you, please do not hesitate to send me a private message with your contact information. I have decided that the measurement I am using to analyze my success in life is the amount of staff I can gainfully employ. I intend to prove to the construction industry that a construction company can offer best value while also paying its workers an above average wage with benefits and incentive plans. My crew is a family who busts our butts for the guys on the left and right because we are all in this thing together. This is about setting a standard that should have been made years ago.The only stock I currently have is Learning Tree International (LTRE). Check it out and you will see why and most likely buy your own shares.