Realty Investors Group is led by Jim Edenfield and its valuable Advisory Team members.  The leadership develops and revises the group’s strategic plan each year based on member input, plans and leads meetings, develops social marketing tools and responds to members’ needs.   Additionally, member volunteers take on various roles based on their areas of interest to support RIGs strategic plan.

Members are encouraged to become involved!

Jim Edenfield

Since 2011, Jim has been a Real Estate Investor in the Denver Metro area. He has worked with partners to find projects, do marketing, research and negotiations. With partners, Jim has invested in single-family homes and apartment complexes. He is looking to expand his holdings both in single-family homes and apartments. Jim was one of the founding members of Investors Network Community and is now the Executive Director of Realty Investors Group.

Working with partners, Jim has partnered in deals as a Private Lender, funding several deals.

Jim is passionate about helping others and working together to obtain common goals. That was one of the driving forces for Jim to partner with Tim Emery and become a Co-Owner of Invest Success.

The Advisory Group

Manfred Chemek

Manfred is a past senior instructor for all of the FIABCI, TRC, and CIPS International Real Estate courses. He is the only instructor to receive both the FIABCI University and NAR, CIPS Instructor of the year award. Featured speaker at NAR, CCIM, IREM, RLI, RE/MAX, and FIABCI International Conventions as well as state and local association functions and seminar presenter for several local associations like RIG and Canyon Title, NAR International/Global Councils.

Author of numerous international real estate articles, Books. Lectured and given investment seminars at Conventions, Private Functions, and Universities in the US and 78 countries around the Globe. Europe and Asia. Interviewed and quoted by International Newspapers, Magazines, Real Estate TV, and Radio shows. Written articles for CCIM, NAR, and other Real Estate Magazines.

Manfred helped introduce RE/MAX to Germany and served as regional owner and director for 3 of the 6 RE/MAX regions in Germany. Worked as an advisor for Cendant (now Realogy). Owners of the franchise brands, Coldwell Banker, Century 21, and ERA. Consultant for: Brookfield Real Estate Services, Royal LePage, Canada. Real Estate Franchising in Eastern Europe. RE/MAX and Coldwell Banker Franchising in India and several Nextage and eXp Franchises in the USA.

Manfred, a native German, has been a Broker, Investor, investment advisor, and trainer for over 30 years. He serves as a volunteer on the Board of Directors of Our Family Orphan Communities, Inc. Also as a volunteer on the Board of Directors of RIG Realty Investors Group, formerly on the board of INC, Investors Network Community. He was the Glozal Real Estate Education Director, course developer and webinar instructor.

Manfred is in the give-back phase of his life helping others to succeed. Helping them develop a second income, a Generational Residual Income stream, a startup business, or expand a business. Develop a Business and life plan that is realistic and measurable to stay on track to reach your financial and personal goals.

Manfred H. Chemek
International Investment Adviser and Trainer
Shigemi ‘Sherry’ Cree

Sherry is Broker/Owner of Ascendant Real Estate, specializing in selling residential real estate in North Metro Denver communities. Based on her strong belief “reputation is everything,” she builds her business through building relationships and trust from others. She demonstrates professional integrity by always representing her clients’ best interest. Being able to successfully assist her clients through their major life transitions is the most rewarding experience which drives her to stay on top of market conditions and to maintain highest competency in contract negotiations. She is a FIVE STAR PROFESSIONAL Award winner by Denver’s 5280 Magazine, 2014 ~ 2017. This award is based on a third-party survey asking actual buyers and sellers to evaluate their real estate agents for their customer service, integrity, communication, negotiation skills and market knowledge.

She has been active in the local community organizations, serving on the Board of Directors for Japan America Society of Colorado (JASC) and Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) Denver Chapter. She also serves as an Ambassador for Metro North Chamber of Commerce.

She is a native of Japan, grew up in Tokyo and graduated from Sophia University with B.A. in Law with emphasis in International Legal Studies. She met her husband of 23 years, Rodger, while he was stationed in Japan serving in the U.S. Navy. They relocated to the United States in 1996 with their marriage. After living in California and Washington D.C., they moved to Colorado in 1999. Her son, Isaac, is currently an ROTC student studying Mechanical Engineering at Metro State University in Denver. He will be graduating in the spring of 2019 as a Distinguished Military Grad and being commissioned to U.S. Army as an Active Duty Ordinance Officer with EOD as a control branch.

Her hobbies are tennis, golf, skiing and hiking. She loves her two rescue dogs, Tahoe and Shasta.

Mobile: (720) 299-5149


Steve Estle

For the past 4+ years, Steve has been a passionate Real Estate Owner, Investor, and private lender in the Colorado area. Steve has worked with many investors & partners to identify and fund projects as well as help and mentor in any way possible. Steve is a lending partner with strong knowledge in multi-family as well as commercial properties. After spending over 30+ years in the corporate technology world, Steve now is teamed up with a nationwide business consulting practice dedicated to helping businesses and real estate professionals improve cashflow and overall profitability via a broad suite of services on a contingency basis. He is based in Lafayette, Colorado and is happily married and has three young adult children as well as our dog Murphy. You can learn more about what Steve does via his LinkedIn profile or at
Kevin Montague

Kevin has been involved with the RIG group of investors since 2014 as a member and volunteer. He is honored to be a member of the RIG Advisory Board and looks forward to working with the entire group of members.

He started his education in the Real Estate Investing industry in 2013. After a couple of years, he made his first purchase of two out-of-state properties in early 2015. After rehabbing these properties he refinanced them later that year to get cash out for purchasing an additional property. On a shopping trip, he came upon a portfolio of rental properties and self-storage and negotiated their purchase, SInce then he has continued investing in both in Colorado and out-of-state. He purchases properties to buy and hold as rentals, to rehab for resale, is a private lender, wholesales, and works in the note industry. He continues to actively pursue real estate education, training, and mentoring.

He enjoys many outdoor activities including motorcycling, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and scuba diving. He grew up in Missouri and has two adult children who are married and three grandchildren there as well as most of the rest of his family. He enjoys visiting them all as often as possible.
David VanSteenkiste

In 1998 David became an accidental house hacker and landlord by buying, living in and rehabbing 3 houses over a 5 year period. He had no training and made some mistakes to be sure.

His career was spent primarily in engineering and sales. In late 2011 he decided to take some Rich Dad real estate courses. In early 2012 David got downsized. So, with some savings, he decided to try to flip houses. After doing about 20 fix and flips and a couple of fix and holds over 2 years, he was burned out. So much stress, dealing with contractors, running all over town, losing deals to consistently increasing competition, shrinking inventory, higher prices and smaller margins. IT JUST SUCKED!

Then David discovered Raw Land Investing. He read a book in a weekend and sent out some offers via direct mail. Holy cow, it worked. David bought 3 or 4 deals and sold them quickly for a nice profit. The hook was set. He had proven the model worked. But then, a former colleague called and offered him a job he couldn’t turn down. So David shelved Land Investing for a little while and took the job. In late 2015 he re-started land investing. David kept doing it as a side hustle with a goal of building up enough cash flow to safely leave his job. Within 4 years, he was able to do that. Now, after over 150 land deals, Davi is doing land investing full time at Mile High Rural Land. David is also a partner in a Land Investing Education business called Land.MBA and they run the Land.MBA podcast.