On this week’s radio show, Ilyce discussed the economy, real estate investing mistakes and starting an innovative business.

Lindsey Piegza, Chief Economist, Sterne Agee

Lindsey is the Chief Economist for Sterne Agee, specializing in the research and analysis of economic trends and activity, world economies, financial markets and fiscal policies.

Prior to her role with Sterne Agee, Piegza served as an economist for FTN Financial for eight years. While with FTN, Piegza compiled daily and weekly commentary and was a highly sought after speaker across national and international forums. Prior to joining the economic division of FTN Financial in early 2005, Lindsey spent two years as a research analyst in the mortgage strategy group in Chicago.

In addition to more than 10 years of experience, Piegza has published several academic papers in journals such as Harvard Business Review as well as in textbooks published by the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Often quoted in the business press, Piegza is a regular guest on CNBC and Fox Business as well as national radio and other business news outlets.

She is a graduate of Northwestern University, a Ph.D. candidate at City University of New York and is based in Sterne Agee’s Chicago office.

To find out more about Lindsey and her work, go to:




Twitter: @LindseyPiegza

Michele Serro – Founder, Doorsteps

Michele Serro is the founder and CEO of Doorsteps, owned by Move, Inc., the operator of Realtor.com. Doorsteps helps future homebuyers make smart decisions on the path to homeownership.

A former opera singer, Michele has spent 15 years working in design and innovation before turning her sights and passion on making homebuying human. She’s bought two apartments in New York City— two experiences that inspired the initial idea. Michele is fascinated with finding better, more human-centered ways to harness the internet to support people through major life events.

Recently, she was as Associate Partner at IDEO, an innovation and design consultancy, and was one of the founders of the New York office. Michele has been known to bust out in song. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Indiana University.

To find out more about Michele and her work, go to:




Twitter: @MicheleSerro

Brandon Turner, V.P., Marketing and Communications, BiggerPockets.com

Questions for Brandon: How did you get started in real estate? How did you get involved in Bigger Pockets and why do you think it is such an important asset for investors? How is Bigger Pockets changing the world for investors? How did you get started as an entrepreneur and what tips do you have for people wanting to get into the real estate space?

BiggerPockets is the world’s largest real estate investing community – and Brandon is the face of that community! From writing blog posts about Real Estate Investing to hanging out in the BiggerPockets real estate forums to guest posting on a variety of different sites – his job is to engage, teach, learn, and grow.

Brandon started out flipping houses in 2007, but when the market began to drop he began renting them out and found his calling. He now owns and manages dozens of properties and officially exited the “rat race” by bringing his passive income above his expenses.

In addition to his work with Bigger Pockets, he is the owner of Open Door Properties LLC, a Washington State based property management company.  He is changing the ways tenants are treated in Grays Harbor and beyond.

And he is the author of two books: Bigger Pockets Presents: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Real Estate Investing and A Bigger Pockets Guide: How to Rent Your House.

To learn more about Brandon and his work, go to:





Twitter: @BrandonAtBP

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