Real estate investors to benefit from partnership of leading industry educators
Information Management Network and Think Realty partner to better support and educate real estate investors
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – October 18, 2017 – Information Management Network (IMN) and Think Realty have a partnership agreement for six IMN real estate conferences per year. The agreement brings together two leading real estate investment education platforms that share the goals of educating, empowering, inspiring and providing excellent networking opportunities for real estate investors. The partnership will expand resources and education opportunities for IMN and Think Realty audiences and members.
Beginning with IMN’s Sixth Annual Single-Family Rental Investment Forum, December 4 in Scottsdale, Arizona, IMN will place 16-page supplements in Think Realty Magazine, which will be handed out at the conferences. The inserts will feature industry news and specific conference information including conference schedules and speaker profiles. The magazines and inserts will also be distributed to Think Realty’s membership base around the six IMN conference dates.
“IMN is proud to collaborate with Think Realty as we build and expand these vital conferences for the single-family rental industry,” said Stacey Kelly, vice president of marketing at IMN. “We look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come.”
“IMN has earned a stellar industry reputation. This partnership builds on Think Realty’s mission to provide the best education and networking opportunities for real estate investors,” said Eddie Wilson, president of Think Realty.
Real estate investment industry service providers will have an opportunity to reach their target audience through the inserts. Contact Rodney Halford, vice president of media sales at Think Realty, for advertising opportunities:
IMN, founded in 1994, is a global organizer of institutional finance & investment conferences. In 2004, the business was acquired by Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, a U.K. company listed on the London Stock Exchange. IMN’s events cater to four areas: Structured Finance, Real Estate, Distressed Assets and Investment Management. IMN’s Real Estate division produces industry-leading educational and networking forums for Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund, Mezzanine Lending, Non-Traded REIT, Single Family Rental Investments, Data Centers, CFOs, Multifamily and Bank & Special Asset Executive professionals. More information on IMN’s Real Estate conferences can be found at
Think Realty is a central education and information resource for new investors and seasoned professionals. Think Realty’s national conferences, website content and Think Realty Magazine provide members with valuable tools that help them to optimize their competitive advantage, succeed in the industry, achieve wealth-building goals and live a life of purpose. Think Realty is part of Affinity Worldwide. More information can be found at and

Private lending association partners with deal-flow company

American Association of Private Lenders partners with Private Money Lending Guide, brings together lenders and borrowers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – October 18, 2017 – American Association of Private Lenders (AAPL) has partnered with Private Money Lending Guide (PMLG). The partnership brings together an association that provides education, ethics and networking opportunities for private money lenders and a tool for deal-flow that enables borrowers and lenders to find the appropriate counterpart for their deals. The partnership will work to better serve, educate and connect the community of private money lenders and borrowers.

“PMLG is the preferred deal-flow provider for our members,” said Linda Hyde, executive director of AAPL. “We feel that PMLG does an excellent job of educating and connecting buyers with the right lenders for their specific deals.”

“We want our lenders exposed to AAPL’s resources, education and peer networking. AAPL raises the bar for the industry by providing ethics and best practices education for lenders. The result is that buyers have a better experience. The more confidence buyers have in the process, the more the private lending industry will thrive,” said Erica Ruzicka, director of PMLG.

AAPL is the national organization representing the private real estate and peer-to-peer lending industry. Its three core principles – Excellence, Ethics & Education – provide a foundation for the next generation of real estate capital: private lending. AAPL serves as a catalyst for industry growth by fostering awareness, promoting best practices and encouraging a standardized code of ethics for its membership. More information can be found at

PMLG helps real estate investors and borrowers in need of hard money loans to better understand private lender requirements. Its website includes over 50 pages of educational content on obtaining or investing in hard money loans. Visit for more details.

AAPL and PMLG are part of Affinity Worldwide, a constellation of companies created to empower and support investors in the residential real estate industry. Affinity Worldwide can be found at

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Think Realty acquires Community Buying Group

Think Realty expands services and discounts for its real estate investing members

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – September 5, 2017 – Think Realty, the industry leader in residential real estate investor education and resources, has acquired Community Buying Group (CBG) for an undisclosed amount. The purchase allows Think Realty to continue growing the benefits it offers to its membership base. CBG affiliates and members will transition to Think Realty in early September. New national building material retailers, suppliers and discounts are planned for introduction to Think Realty members post-integration. CBG president, Ben Rao, will stay on in an executive capacity within Think Realty.

CBG was founded in 2012 and reaches 60,000 investors through more than 350 real estate investor associations and organizations. It connects real estate investors to significant savings at Sherwin-Williams Paints, Sunbelt Rentals and more than 20 other national retailers. Its members were responsible for $100 million in supplier spending in 2016.

“It’s important for real estate investors to keep costs in check, and the benefits we provide help do just that,” said Eddie Wilson, President of Think Realty and Affinity Worldwide. “It’s one more way we can add value for Think Realty members.”

“This acquisition will give us more resources to better serve members. It’s great being involved with a forward-thinking company like Think Realty,” said Rao. “We have three new retail and supplier partners under contract focused on savings for building materials, so stay tuned for these exciting announcements regarding new benefits that are ready to be rolled out.”

Think Realty is a central education and information resource for new investors and seasoned professionals, providing members with valuable tools that help them to optimize their competitive advantage, succeed in the industry, achieve wealth-building goals and live a life of purpose. Think Realty is part of Affinity Worldwide. More information about Think Realty can be found at and     

New antiques store opens in Excelsior Springs, benefits key community service

Fishing River Market opens in downtown Excelsior Springs, portion of profits benefit Good Samaritan Center

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. – October 15, 2018 – Old Towne Mall has reopened under new ownership as Fishing River Market. The new antiques store is located at 414 S Thompson Avenue, Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Its mall area includes booths of hand-crafted, refurbished, mid-century modern and vintage furniture; craftsman, artist and décor items. Its gallery includes higher-end antiques. An ice cream parlor is planned for future opening.

Mike Wrenn and Becky Cole, Kansas City entrepreneurs who have invested in old downtown Kearney and Marceline, Missouri, purchased and began renovations of Old Towne Mall last fall. In honor of previous owners and active community members, Pat and Tom Fish, they will donate $10,000 plus five percent of Fishing River Market’s proceeds less cost of goods each year, for five years, to Broadway Bargains, a Good Samaritan Center community service selected by the Fishes. The center assists low-income and senior area residents. More information about Good Samaritan Center can be found at

“We have a passion for investing in, and helping, historic mid-western towns,” said Wrenn. “I was raised in a small town and want to see them preserved and to thrive.”

Wrenn and Cole’s investment in old downtown Kearney has been recognized by the Clay County Economic Development Council. In December 2017 at its annual Keystone Awards luncheon, Kearney Culinary Academy was one of 10 companies or initiatives recognized for workforce or business development efforts. The Clay County Economic Development Council is a non-profit organization with a mission to maximize the county’s economic well-being and opportunity by attracting new business and industry, retaining and expanding existing business and industry and promoting a positive economic development climate. More information can be found at

Sue Boone, who previously managed Kearney Old Church Treasures and who, 30 years ago, ran an antique store at 414 S Thompson, will manage Fishing River Market.

“This is like coming home to me,” said Boone. “I am grateful to be back in the same building, all these years later. Excelsior Springs is a wonderful community.”

Fishing River Market is a 15,000-square-foot antiques mall, gallery and ice cream parlor located at 414 S Thompson Avenue, in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. It includes a variety of antiques, hand-crafted, artist and décor items. Contact Sue Boone,, for more information or visit Fishing River Market is part of Affinity Worldwide: