Executive Board Members
Donald J. Newman
Don started his career as a Title Company Salesman for Northwest Title Agency in February of 1992. He worked his way up to Vice President of Marketing & Sales. In November of 2000, after Northwest Title had been sold, he and two other Vice Presidents started what was then known as Metropolitan Title Company. Through various retirements and changes Don became the sole owner of Greater Metropolitan Title in June of 2011. Recently, Don sold the company to Fidelity National Title, the largest title underwriter in the country and he remains as President of Greater Metropolitan Title a Division of Fidelity National Title Company LLC.
Real Estate Investing has long been a passion of Don’s since prior to his college years when in fact he took the two Real Estate Classes to become a licensed Real Estate Agent back in 1979 prior to deciding to go to Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky. When Don started at Northwest Title his goal was to get involved with the Real Estate Investor’s Association in order to get title business. Not only did Don get title business from the many wonderful friends that he made through the investment association, but he also caught the bug for buying and selling houses as well as buying and renting properties.
Don currently owns eighteen (18) rental units and manages them himself. He stated that someone once told him that if he owned twenty properties he would make a nice retirement income for himself. That is his goal. Don stated, “the first purchase was the most difficult, but it gets easier every time.” Even though mistakes are inevitable, being a part of Property Investor’s Network and working with other community leaders in the same field have allowed him to work smarter and more economical than ever before.
Don was instrumental getting Property Investor’s Network started in January of 2017. Considering that the group has grown to over 70 members including individuals and vendor members in just over a year the progress and excitement for the group continues to grow. The Victory for Property Investor’s Group’s lawsuit against the City of Toledo and Lucas County Health Department over Lead Based Paint brings a lot of recognition to the newly formed group. “Fighting for investor’s in every arena, whether local, state or federal has become my passion.”
Andrew R. Fidler
I began property investments in 2009 when the public ran screaming from the housing market and all my friends thought I was crazy! My focus is on a long-term buy, fix, rent strategy. My homes are renovated for security, safety, absolute durability and rent at the upper end of the rental market.
With experience in handling several complex renovations such as four unit buildings–that required City of Toledo inspections to activate–new roofs, foundation repairs, collapsed sewer lines, ruptured water supply lines, vandalized copper, and a steady string of tenants that require a firm hand or swift foot out the door.
I’m the Mary Poppins of Toledo, meaning I thrive on taming challenging properties. Once the tenants are calm and comfortable I move these properties over to investors as turnkeys. I am always happy to continue to manage the property, but the owner has complete authority as to who takes it over.
Carol has been an investor since 1992. When she realized that without a 401k or IRA that real estate would make for a great retirement income.
She buys exclusively single family homes, usually in need of repair but in decent neighborhoods. Her strategy for purchasing and renovating properties involves charging the cost to credit cards and then putting a mortgage on the property afterwards to repay the cards and avoid having to come up with a 25% down payment. Carol also looks for sandwich lease options, as it is a beautiful thing to avoid needing the bank for a loan. Real estate investment has allowed Carol to get her family out of debt from credit cards and consumer loans.
Carol and her husband Bob have lived in Toledo for the last 21 years. During that time Carol helped organize PIN and served as their first president.
Her desire is to have a home in Florida for the winter months, and a home in Toledo for the other three seasons—of course, all supported by real estate.
Cindy is a full time real estate investor specializing in single family homes. She has a longstanding record of treating investors, contractors and tenants fairly. She enjoys serving on the board, and is one of PIN's founding members.
Helping members reach their real estate goals by providing relevant meeting content, talking “shop”, and discussing strategies is why she’s on the board.
She keeps herself fresh with the latest and current issues facing the real estate markets and tries to pass that along to our members. Currently Cindy compiling a list of tenant excuses for not paying on time with plans to give every new tenant a copy for Christmas.
Dave has been a Real Estate Investor since 2013 and owns five single family homes in the Greater Toledo area. He has graduated from the Rich Dad Real Estate Investment Program by Robert Kiyosaki, author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”. He has been involved with the Toledo REIA as well as being a Charter Member of PIN in 2017. Dave currently serves as Board Member and Chairman of the Web Committee on PIN. He is a buy and hold investor in single family homes, specializing in West Toledo and the University of Toledo. He emphasizes giving “good people good homes” with an emphasis on Responsible Landlording.
In addition to Real Estate Investing, Dave is a Physical Therapist and is married to Michelle, a Realtor with Key Realty. They have three small children and reside in Maumee, Ohio. When not working or installing faucets in his rentals, he enjoys golf, running, and the associated adventures associated with parenting.