Jeff Filali (Fa-LAH-lee) has been an entrepreneur nearly all of his life.
He started his first business when he was only 12 years old by talking his parents into allowing him to use the family lawnmower to mow yards for extra money, and would use the profits to buy & flip sports cards and memorabilia for more profit. While growing up his father owned rental property and restaurants, and his granddad was a real estate builder, developer and flipped tax auction properties. So, his first exposure to real estate was through sweat equity working for them while growing up.
After high school, he opened his own restaurant and three years later he sold it and decided to pursue a job in direct, door to door sales. This is where he credits a lot of his success, by gaining valuable experience in direct sales at an early age and learning the art of communication.
After success working for a very strong direct sales company, 9/11 happened and slowed the direct sales business. So, he started his own marketing business. A year later he had a few dozen salesmen working under him and decided to merge his company with two partners who had a similar company, in a neighboring market, together they planned to go nationwide.
Well, fast forward three years later to late 2004, and the company had tried to scale too fast, and was broke. He had lost everything, was 27 years old, BROKE, JOBLESS, & HOMELESS.... ROCK BOTTOM!!!
He had to start over at the bottom, starting off working for minimal wages, but would spend the next 10 years grinding and rebuilding, working 7 days a week, and started several side businesses that eventually grew into real business ventures. As he began to get ahead again, he immediately began investing in real estate.
By 2016, his various business ventures were doing very well, so he formed RBI Enterprises LLC, a new holding company, to oversee all of his business ventures, subsidiaries, and assets under one umbrella, and immediately began investing in more real estate and other private equity opportunities.
In 2018, after the death of his father, he decided to scale down his businesses, to be able to step out and pursue a fulltime passive investing role and have more freedom to spend with family, enjoy life and help others.
In 2018, he started REIQA to help more people learn about Real Estate Investing. Today, the group has over 25,000 active members and 100's of daily posts helping Real Estate Investors, Agents, and Wholesalers around the world.
Today, he resides in Broken Arrow, Okla. and believes in paying it forward by donating a lot of his time and money to youth sports, the homeless, and is also involved in a lot of other non-profit philanthropic causes. He has a passion for helping young people get college scholarships, learn a trade skill, or pursue entrepreneur endeavors to help them pursue better futures, and teaching people more about business, investing, finances in general and how to better succeed in life.