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Our mission is to provide superior training and vision concentrated on the note industry that is timely, relevant and accurate and is presented in ways that are easy to comprehend and implement so that it leads to superb results. NoteSchool takes pride in delivering the highest level of note training that produces a path that enables our students to create wealth and a secure financial future. At NoteSchool we are fully committed to educating each of our students to be successful, ethical and responsible leaders in the note industry as well as in their own communities.


Eddie Speed

Personal training from the nation’s most experienced note buyer!

Since 1980, W. Eddie Speed has dedicated his professional life to the seller financing and non-performing note industry. Over the years, he has introduced innovative ideas and strategies that have positively impacted the way the industry operates today.

Eddie founded NoteSchool which is a highly recognized training company specialized in the teaching of buying both performing and non-performing discounted mortgage notes. He is the owner and president of Colonial Funding Group LLC, which acquires and brokers discounted real estate secured notes. In addition, he is also a principal in a family of Private Equity funds that acquires bulk portfolios of notes.

He has been a leader and innovator in the Note Business for over 30 years. He will tell you that those 30 plus years have prepared him for the incredible opportunities of this current real estate market.


Bob Repass

Bob Repass is a 25-year veteran and expert in the seller finance mortgage and distressed asset industry. Over the course of his career, he has purchased over 40,000 performing and non-performing mortgage loans totaling over $2 billion dollars in volume, giving him an unparalleled track record in the industry. Mr. Repass most recently served as the President of Pathfinder Equity Holdings, LLC a mortgage consulting, loan trade advisory and real estate investment firm whose focus is to assist clients in realizing the maximum potential on their investments by improving acquisition returns, as well as loss mitigation and exit strategies.

Mr. Repass entered the seller finance industry in 1992 as National Contract Buyer for Metropolitan Mortgage & Securities Co., based in Spokane, Washington. In 1997, Mr. Repass joined Associates Financial Services in Dallas, Texas as Operational Vice President of its Private Mortgage Operation. In 2001, Mr. Repass joined Bayview Financial Services where as Managing Director his responsibilities included business development, operations, loan servicing and strategic planning. In addition, Mr. Repass was responsible for secondary market execution, focusing on the acquisition and securitization of seller finance and “scratch and dent” mortgage loans. During his tenure at Bayview First Funding, Mr. Repass oversaw the acquisition of more than $1 billion of residential and commercial mortgage loans from banks, mortgage companies, broker/dealers, real estate developers, homebuilders and individual investors.

Mr. Repass currently serves as Managing Director of Colonial Funding Group, where he shares overall responsibility for the management of the firm. In his role as Managing Director, Mr. Repass’ primary focus includes investor relations and regulatory compliance.


Susan D. DeLaGarza

Susan has been in the mortgage industry since 1984. She started her career with Finance America as a Financial Service Representative. The firm was subsequently purchased by Chrysler First, where Susan supervised the administration and lending departments of the company’s Irving, Texas branch. She ultimately managed Chrysler’s liquidation office for the State of Texas, before accepting a transfer to Jackson, Mississippi as Branch Manager. Susan has attended numerous training/enrichment courses pertaining to credit analysis, appraisal review, collections, loan processing, and real estate law.

A Colonial team member since March, 1993, Susan manages Colonial’s loan processing and closing functions. In that role, Susan manages the hand-off of loans from marketing, the actual processing and closing of all individual and small portfolios of loans, as well as the final hand-off of loans purchased for resale.

Susan is well known within the seller-financed note industry and is widely recognized among industry professionals as one of the most knowledgeable and capable closers in the business.

Susan and Jesse, her husband of 30 years, have raised two sons and reside in DFW area.


Joe Varnadore

Investing in his first property at the age of 19, Joe learned the importance of using creative financing to make the deal work. Since then, he has created and brokered more than $30 million in note transactions on residential and commercial properties. As an author, speaker, and trainer for the past 25 years, he believes that there has never been a greater opportunity for real estate investors to use non-performing notes to acquire properties and seller financing to cash out.


Derek Stringer

Derek has enjoyed over 20 years in automotive dealership management combined with over 10 years of experience in institutional mortgage lending. Having had the opportunity to train, nurture and develop sales and finance professionals in both industries, Derek is uniquely positioned to provide NoteSchool and its students an unparalleled resource in business and self-development.

Derek’s vast experience in developing and training hundreds of individuals in both personal and team production has afforded him the opportunity to build industry-leading teams responsible for creating over three billion dollars in mortgage notes and automotive finance transactions.


Ben Haught

Ben purchased his first investment property and started investing in 2000 and has helped train thousands of people across North America “get into the game.” He left the corporate world in 2005 and began investing full-time when he realized that being an entrepreneur and betting on himself was more to his liking. He acquired a vast knowledge of real estate strategies, and as an author and speaker, has helped thousands become aware of how they can improve their bottom-line by using time proven techniques and strategies. Although he cut his teeth for years on the traditional brick-n-mortar side of real estate, he has chosen to focus on the finance side of real estate as his primary concentration because of the limitless opportunities and resources that are available in the note business.


Brian Lauchner

Brian purchased his first piece of real estate in 2008. Making the leap out of the financial software industry, he jumped full time into real estate as a wholesaler and rehabber. Gaining traction as a wholesaler, Brian expanded into other strategies including land trades, private lending, rentals, and buying/selling on terms through owner finance. He’s seen first-hand how becoming a deal architect is required to get deals done at today’s seller’s “kitchen table”. Brian also realized the reality of wealth building using real estate secured assets which inspired him todream of connecting people and educating others so they too can build wealth using real estate.

Brian has been teaching and consulting investors since 2017 and is very excited to bring his passion and experience to the NoteSchool team. Brian is a family man first, he’s married to his high school sweet-heart Chelsea, and has two amazing kids that drive him to be a change-agent in the world.


Tiffany Alexander

Having begun her real estate investing career in 2006, Tiffany transacted on a myriad of different types of strategies ranging from short sales and tax liens all the way up to flipping multi-family properties. Within this last decade, her focus has shifted primarily to Note investing, including primarily buying as investments and brokering using specialized note investment strategies to increase gains for both herself, and her clients. Tiffany has helped over a thousand people in this space identify, and eventually realize their investment goals through just some of these real estate and Note investing strategies.


Todd King

Started investing in 2005, after 2008 crash was forced to learn creative financing. Since then, he has done many strategies on varies property types, everything from short sales to commercial properties to “Subject To” Deals.”




Janet and Mick Kuehn

Janet and Mick Kuehn have been in the Real Estate realm for over 20 years. They have been operating Southern Breezes Real Estate with the main focus on Distressed Properties, REO’s, Short sales and Foreclosures. Their services include Property preservation, BPO’s, Tax research, repair coordination, evictions, cash for keys, listing and selling of properties as well as HOA contact and negotiations. Their experience runs the gambit from Non-Performing loans to Performing loans, Partial sales, Brokering and Note sales to investors with self-directed IRA accounts.  In 2012 Janet found Eddie Speed and NoteSchool. After traveling to Houston to a 3-Day Non-Performing training, they signed up as mentoring students, just like everyone else.

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