Surgeon Syndicate

Are you a medical doctor seeking to break free from the constraints of a traditional medical career and achieve both professional fulfillment and personal freedom? Look no further! Welcome to Surgeon Syndicate, the podcast that empowers doctors to take control of their future. Join your host, Dr. Mike McManus, a former burnt-out surgeon turned thriving real estate investor, on a transformative journey of possibilities. In each of our three weekly episodes, we dive deep into the world of commercial real estate investing, empowering you with the knowledge and tools you need to make your work optional. Don’t settle for the limitations of a traditional medical career and unlock a future of professional autonomy and financial prosperity. Listen now and take the first step toward building the life you’ve always envisioned!

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Episodes

Wednesday Jan 31, 2024

We're back with Dr. Joseph Ryan Smolarz! Explore the world of blockchain and its applications in real estate, understanding its workings. Discover powerful AI tools ready to transform your real estate business and learn why the current moment could be an opportune time to dive into real estate investment.
 
What you’ll learn from this episode
Blockchain: What it is and how it works in real estate
The value of understanding how to best use your skills 
Powerful AI tools to revamp your real estate business 
Why now might be a great time to invest in real estate
The best advice for first-time investors
 
Resources mentioned in this episode 
Blockchain: Massively Simplified 
Richard Branson 
Ep73 How Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionizing Business Operations with Vanessa Alfaro - Part 1
Ep74 How Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionizing Business Operations with Vanessa Alfaro - Part 2
AutoFunnel
ChatGPT
 
About Dr. Joseph Ryan Smolarz
Dr. Joseph Ryan Smolarz is the founder of STOR Partners, which was created to help provide financial sovereignty to doctors interested in holding self-storage assets. Dr. Smolarz has vast experience as an entrepreneur and as an Otolaryngology practitioner. As a medical professional, he has developed a patent for a reflux medication and has another patent-pending invention. In commercial real estate, he has a broad range of experience in self-storage and assisted living. In these asset classes, he has participated in both development and acquisitions. 
Dr. Smolarz understands that any successful venture or investment fund, whether public or private, requires a team and meticulous detail in the team-building process. This takes years of training and education, and his MBA from the University of Miami certainly contributes to this skill set.
 
Connect with Dr. Joseph
Website: Stor
Facebook: STOR
Instagram: @rsmolarz 
LinkedIn: Joseph Ryan Smolarz
YouTube: Medicine and Money
X: @stortoken
 
Connect with us
If you’re a busy professional who wants to know more about growing your wealth through real estate, contact us at TheFortressCapital.com  
LinkedIn: Michael McManus
Instagram: @michaelmcmanusp
Facebook: Michael McManus

Monday Jan 29, 2024

In today's episode, join Dr. Joseph Ryan Smolarz for some real talk on why virtual assistants are game-changers for your real estate success. Learn two big hurdles you'll face snagging your first investment deal, and get some solid advice on spotting top-notch real estate sponsors. Ready up your game and dive into the savvy side of real estate!
What you’ll learn from this episode
Dr. Joseph’s journey into the realm of real estate
How Dr. Joseph is crafting his business team
Why hire virtual assistants for your real estate business
Two major challenges when buying your first investment deal
Expert advice on finding good real estate sponsors
 
About Dr. Joseph Ryan Smolarz
Dr. Joseph Ryan Smolarz is the founder of STOR Partners, which was created to help provide financial sovereignty to doctors interested in holding self-storage assets. Dr. Smolarz has vast experience as an entrepreneur and as an Otolaryngology practitioner. As a medical professional, he has developed a patent for a reflux medication and has another patent-pending invention. In commercial real estate, he has a broad range of experience in self-storage and assisted living. In these asset classes, he has participated in both development and acquisitions. 
Dr. Smolarz understands that any successful venture or investment fund, whether public or private, requires a team and meticulous detail in the team-building process. This takes years of training and education, and his MBA from the University of Miami certainly contributes to this skill set.
 
Connect with Dr. Joseph
Website: Stor
Facebook: STOR
Instagram: @rsmolarz 
LinkedIn: Joseph Ryan Smolarz
YouTube: Medicine and Money
X: @stortoken
 
Connect with us
If you’re a busy professional who wants to know more about growing your wealth through real estate, contact us at TheFortressCapital.com  
LinkedIn: Michael McManus
Instagram: @michaelmcmanusp
Facebook: Michael McManus

Friday Jan 26, 2024

Step back in time as we compare history's game-changers to today's cutting-edge advancements. Explore the potential benefits of integrating AI into life and medicine, paving the way for revolutionary breakthroughs. Discover how AI is reshaping the landscape of real estate, unlocking new possibilities and efficiencies in the industry.
 
What you’ll learn from this episode
Historical innovations vs. today’s advancements
The potential benefits of AI in life and medicine
How to use artificial intelligence in real estate
What to look forward to in future AI integrations
Upcoming technological upgrades for the show
 
Resources mentioned in this episode 
ChatGPT
Descript
Bard
Claude
 
Connect With Us
If you’re a busy professional who wants to know more about growing your wealth through real estate, contact us at TheFortressCapital.com  
LinkedIn: Michael McManus
Instagram: @michaelmcmanusp
Facebook: Michael McManus

Wednesday Jan 24, 2024

In an ever-changing real estate landscape, being well-informed is crucial for success. Chris Larsen, MBA, offers a comprehensive overview of current market opportunities, challenges, and strategies. Whether you're a seasoned investor or just starting, these insights will guide you through the dynamic world of real estate. Stay tuned to stay ahead!
 
What you’ll learn from this episode
Opportunities in the current state of the real estate market
Why it’s crucial to shift strategies as the market landscape evolves
Considerations and challenges with exploring different asset classes
The complex dynamics and potential of mobile home parks
How demographic shifts impact real estate investing
 
Resources mentioned in this episode 
The Secret Life of Real Estate and Banking by Phillip J. Anderson | Hardcover
 
Receive a complimentary copy of Chris's book, "Next-Level Income," by visiting https://nextlevelincome.com/, clicking on the book link, and providing the requisite information for delivery to your specified address. 
 
Explore Chris's upcoming eight-week group coaching course by clicking on the resources link under the coaching section. All the essential details are available there, and make sure to utilize the code "Next Level" to receive a $500 discount on any of their online courses.
 
About Chris Larsen, MBA
Chris Larsen is the founder and Principal of Next-Level Income. After 18 years in the medical device industry, he dedicates his time to helping others become financially independent through education and investment opportunities. Chris has been investing in and managing real estate for over 20 years. He has experience in development, private lending, distressed debt as well as commercial office, and syndications, including assets across multifamily, self-storage, hotels, mobile home parks, car washes, and senior housing. Since 2016, he has been actively involved in over $1.5B of real estate acquisitions.
 
Chris holds a B.S. in Biomechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Pamplin School of Business. In addition to real estate, Chris was an All-American cyclist while in college and has held multiple state championships, podiums in national championships, as well a top 10 in world championships during his cycling career. Chris lives with his wife and two boys (and Vizsla, Lucy!) in Asheville, NC, where he loves spending time with them in the outdoors and enjoying the food and culture that the region has to offer.
 
Connect with Chris 
Website: Next-Level Income
LinkedIn: Chris Larsen
 
Connect with us
If you’re a busy professional who wants to know more about growing your wealth through real estate, contact us at TheFortressCapital.com  
LinkedIn: Michael McManus
Instagram: @michaelmcmanusp
Facebook: Michael McManus

Monday Jan 22, 2024

Get ready to take charge of your journey to success and overcome challenges by tuning in this episode featuring Chris Larsen, MBA. Gain valuable insights from his firsthand experiences and start integrating these practical takeaways into your life today to propel yourself toward a successful future.
 
What you’ll learn from this episode
The importance of having a plan in place as an investor 
Financial challenges that doctors face after achieving success
Valuable insights into Chris's dynamic approach to investing
Next-Level Income book: What’s inside and the mission behind it
Resources mentioned in this episode 
Next-Level Income by Christopher A. Larsen M.B.A. | Paperback
 
Receive a complimentary copy of Chris's book, "Next-Level Income," by visiting https://nextlevelincome.com/, clicking on the book link, and providing the requisite information for delivery to your specified address. 
 
About Chris Larsen, MBA
Chris Larsen is the founder and Principal of Next-Level Income. After 18 years in the medical device industry, he dedicates his time to helping others become financially independent through education and investment opportunities. Chris has been investing in and managing real estate for over 20 years. He has experience in development, private lending, distressed debt, commercial office, and syndications, including assets across multifamily, self-storage, hotels, mobile home parks, car washes, and senior housing. Since 2016, he has been actively involved in over $1.5B of real estate acquisitions.
 
Chris holds a B.S. in Biomechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Pamplin School of Business. In addition to real estate, Chris was an All-American cyclist in college and has held multiple state championships, podiums in national championships, and a top 10 in world championships during his cycling career. Chris lives with his wife and two boys (and Vizsla, Lucy) in Asheville, NC, where he loves spending time with them outdoors and enjoying the food and culture the region offers.
 
Connect with Chris 
Website: Next-Level Income
LinkedIn: Chris Larsen
 
Connect with us
If you’re a busy professional who wants to know more about growing your wealth through real estate, contact us at TheFortressCapital.com  
LinkedIn: Michael McManus
Instagram: @michaelmcmanusp
Facebook: Michael McManus

Friday Jan 19, 2024

In today's episode, we discuss finding your ideal real estate sponsor! Dial in as we differentiate between syndication platforms and individual syndicators, uncovering critical questions for a successful partnership and how these impact your investment strategy. 
 
What you’ll learn from this episode
Syndication platforms vs. real estate syndicators
Key questions and answers for evaluating syndicators
The value of having a plan without being overly scripted
An example of a high-value deal that had a rough start
Why it's important to ask about a syndicator’s main intentions
 
Resources mentioned in this episode 
Google Crowdsource
EquityMultiple
 
Connect With Us
If you’re a busy professional who wants to know more about growing your wealth through real estate, contact us at TheFortressCapital.com  
LinkedIn: Michael McManus
Instagram: @michaelmcmanusp
Facebook: Michael McManus

Wednesday Jan 17, 2024

Join us for the second installment featuring Vanessa Alfaro as we explore the intricacies of personality types in the business world. Plus, we’ll tackle an AI tool to enhance communication skills and explore ideas for integrating AI into your business strategies. Let's revolutionize your approach to success together!
 
What you’ll learn from this episode
The significance of understanding personality types in business
A remarkable AI tool for enhancing communication skills
Vanessa’s innovative ideas for AI integration in business
How to leverage AI for business accounting tasks
Automated financial reports vs. manual accounting 
 
Resources mentioned in this episode 
ChatGPT
LinkedIn
 
About Vanessa Alfaro
Vanessa Alfaro is an entrepreneur, founder of five 7-figure companies in three countries, a real estate investor, and a multifamily syndicator who was recently profiled in the Real Estate book “10 Paths” as one of the ten most successful real estate investor stories in 2022. She is the founder of Venus Capital Partners, a women-owned real estate investment firm focused on technology and innovation to provide investors with the best opportunities in real estate investing and acquiring assets in the US. With Vanessa’s extensive background in business, entrepreneurship, finance, capital raise, and team leadership, she led the company to $50 million in AUM in only three years. Vanessa plays a lead role as a visionary in the company.
Born in Venezuela, South America, Vanessa started as an entrepreneur at 22; she founded a boutique marketing agency focused on luxury brands. Absot Marketing became, after only five years, one of the biggest BTL marketing companies in the country. At that time, Vanessa (27 years old) was named one of the youngest and most successful entrepreneurs of the year. By then, Absot Marketing had more than 2,500 employees in 17 offices.
 
Connect with Vanessa 
Website: Venus Capital | LunaX AI
Facebook: Vanessa G Alfaro
Instagram: @vanessavenuscapital
LinkedIn: Vanessa Alfaro    
 
Connect with us
If you’re a busy professional who wants to know more about growing your wealth through real estate, contact us at TheFortressCapital.com  
LinkedIn: Michael McManus
Instagram: @michaelmcmanusp
Facebook: Michael McManus

Tuesday Jan 16, 2024

Join Vanessa Alfaro as she returns to the show, diving into technological innovations and uncovering AI's limitless potential in maximizing businesses. Explore the importance of employing AI effectively, envisioning a future where technology and business harmonize for unparalleled success.
 
What you’ll learn from this episode
Major breakthrough innovations in technology
The unwavering potential of AI in business optimization
Why it’s important to utilize AI the right way
4 ways to use AI in real estate syndications
How to create quality ‘deepfakes’ for your business
 
Resources mentioned in this episode 
Ray Kurzweil
ChatGPT
Netflix
Bard
 
About Vanessa Alfaro
Vanessa Alfaro is an entrepreneur, founder of five 7-figure companies in three countries, a real estate investor, and a multifamily syndicator who was recently profiled in the Real Estate book “10 Paths” as one of the ten most successful real estate investor stories in 2022. She is the founder of Venus Capital Partners, a women-owned real estate investment firm focused on technology and innovation to provide investors with the best opportunities in real estate investing and acquiring assets in the US. With Vanessa’s extensive background in business, entrepreneurship, finance, capital raise, and team leadership, she led the company to $50 million in AUM in only three years. Vanessa plays a lead role as a visionary in the company. Born in Venezuela, South America, Vanessa started as an entrepreneur at 22; she founded a boutique marketing agency focused on luxury brands. Absot Marketing became, after only five years, one of the biggest BTL marketing companies in the country. At that time, Vanessa (27 years old) was named one of the youngest and most successful entrepreneurs of the year. By then, Absot Marketing had more than 2,500 employees in 17 offices.
 
Connect with Vanessa 
Website: Venus Capital | LunaX AI
Facebook: Vanessa G Alfaro
Instagram: @vanessavenuscapital
LinkedIn: Vanessa Alfaro    
 
Connect with us
If you’re a busy professional who wants to know more about growing your wealth through real estate, contact us at TheFortressCapital.com  
LinkedIn: Michael McManus
Instagram: @michaelmcmanusp
Facebook: Michael McManus

Friday Jan 12, 2024

Whether you're a seasoned agent or just starting out, this episode is packed with practical tips to crush your goals faster and multiply your success in the real estate industry. Be inspired by Mike’s firsthand experiences and learn the actionable steps you can take to replicate his success. 
 
What you’ll learn from this episode
Mike’s journey to real estate success
Potential obstacles to property investor’s success 
Compelling reasons to hire real estate VAs
The value of acquiring investment knowledge and expanding your network 
 
Resources mentioned in this episode 
Passive Income MD 
How to Read Better & Faster by Norman Lewis | Paperback 
Rockstar VA
 
Connect With Us
If you’re a busy professional who wants to know more about growing your wealth through real estate, contact us at TheFortressCapital.com  
LinkedIn: Michael McManus
Instagram: @michaelmcmanusp
Facebook: Michael McManus

Wednesday Jan 10, 2024

Engage in this compelling narrative of breaking free from a high-paying job, gaining exclusive insights into savvy property acquisitions, and charting your course toward unparalleled financial success. Stay tuned with Wen Zeng to unlock the keys to monetary prosperity and craft a path uniquely tailored to your success story!
 
What you’ll learn from this episode
Common concerns when quitting your corporate job to invest in properties
What it takes to achieve financial freedom
3 reasons why property purchasing gets easier over time
Residential real estate vs. investing in stocks
Expert advice for new grads pursuing financial success
 
About Wen Zeng
Wen Zeng is the Vice President of Morgan Stanley, a FinTech product manager and real estate investor. He is a software product manager who focuses on helping people plan, monitor, and achieve their financial goals. At night and on weekends, he grows and manages my residential properties in Jersey City, Newark, and Philadelphia.
 
Connect with Wen
Facebook: Wen Zeng
LinkedIn: Wen Zeng    
 
Connect with us
If you’re a busy professional who wants to know more about growing your wealth through real estate, contact us at TheFortressCapital.com  
LinkedIn: Michael McManus
Instagram: @michaelmcmanusp
Facebook: Michael McManus

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