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Phill Grove is the co-founder of the Canis Major Incubator, real estate investor, national speaker and advocate for Texas real estate Investors’ rights. He chose to leave a successful career in the tech sector to invest in Texas real estate back in 2003. Phill has participated in over 1,200 real estate transactions along with his partner and wife Shenoah Grove.
Phill is also a mentor to thousands of real estate investors throughout Texas and has helped launch the largest real estate investor network in Texas. Phill and Shenoah also advocate for Texas Real Estate Investors’ rights during the Texas Legislative sessions to ensure there’s representation for non-institutional investors at the lawmaking table. Phill holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from George Washington University.
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Shenoah Grove is the co-founder of the Canis Major Incubator, real estate investor and has also founded multiple real estate investing associations throughout Texas. Shenoah is also a prized speaker because of her no nonsense approach to real estate investing and teaching about real estate.
She has been investing in Texas real estate since 2003. She holds a B.A. from the University of Texas and an M.B.A. from Rice University. She’s also a REALTOR and Broker licensed in Texas. She’s participated in over 1,200 real estate transactions along with her husband and business partner, Phill Grove. The Groves live in Austin, TX with their son, Zilker.
Chief Operating Officer
A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, David brings with him over a decade of corporate experience in a multinational technology corporation where he was responsible for global marketing and strategy.
David left the technology industry to take on opportunities in the Real Estate industry where he ran a very successful investment company focused on Infill Development Projects around downtown Austin TX.
As part of his strategy to diversify his business within real estate, David branched into commercial real estate investing. He is currently invested in numerous commercial deals ranging from value-add assets that are currently in operation, to new construction multifamily assets.
Leveraging his prior corporate experience, as well as his experience in real estate development and investment, David provides strong leadership in implementing best practices to achieve operational excellence in the organization.
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OVER 45 YEARS OF FULL-TIME REAL ESTATE EXPERIENCE
Active in the real estate business since 1971 with extensive experience in many phases of residential and commercial-investment real estate. Offering real estate consulting.
Through the mid-1970s, owned and operated a franchised residential real estate brokerage and property management firm specializing in high quality properties in Southwest Austin and Travis County.
In 1978, entered Austin commercial and investment real estate brokerage on a full-time basis. Throughout the 1980s, was involved in the development, project management, leasing and property management of office, retail and multi-family properties as well as extensive site acquisition services involving multiple locations for national and regional chains such as 7-Eleven, Stop-N-Go , AutoZone, Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, and Sonic Drive-Ins as well as local subdivision and income property developers and retail users.
In 1990, began a service providing specialized telecommunications tower and antenna site acquisition, development and project management for the cellular telephone industry. Completed more than 1,000 tower sites throughout Central, South and West Texas as well as parts of Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arizona.
Currently focused primarily on apartment investing with interests in five properties totaling over 700 units. Actively seeking more apartment investing opportunities.
Other past business interests include successful partnerships in the automotive body repair industry, self-service car-washes, fast automotive oil-change & tune-up business.
Celebrated 70th birthday in the summer of 2013 by bicycling across the United States coast to coast – San Francisco, CA to Portsmouth, NH – 3,872 miles in 52 days and raised over $6,000 for the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s disease.
Served four years as Communications-Electronics Officer, U. S. Air Force Intelligence including service at Da Nang, Viet Nam. Received Bronze Star and Air Force Commendation medals for meritorious service.
BA in Economics, University of North Texas.
Attorney at Law
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Roland provides legal advice to businesses with respect to their formation, growth, and operations. In his practice, Roland has represented multi-billion dollar pension funds, both start-up and seasoned hedge fund and investment managers, consumer product good companies, restaurants, and real estate investment funds. He also has developed expertise in the area of crowdfunding, which includes the offer and sale of securities through the internet using general solicitation and advertising. In all of these representations, the recurring theme of Roland’s practice is helping clients raise capital to fund their business operations and investment strategies. His practice centers around the sale and issuance of securities in an efficient manner that ensures full and adequate disclosure to investors to minimize the potential future liability for fraud claims.
Roland began his career at the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie in Dallas, representing large corporate taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. Following his time in Dallas, he moved home to Austin to join the Palo Alto, California-based law firm, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, representing early stage technology companies and investment funds in connection with private equity and debt financings. He later served as an associate attorney in the Austin office of Winstead Sechrest & Minick in its corporate and securities section. Representations included private equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, and public company Securities Exchange Act compliance. Additionally, his representations included federal and state income tax planning in connection with the foregoing transactions.
Roland later served as general counsel and chief compliance officer to a fund-of-hedge funds manager in Austin, Texas with $1 billion (2006) under management, and assistant general counsel to a public pension fund in Austin, Texas with over $100 billion under management (2011).
In addition to his work as a securities attorney, Roland is a passionate advocate for legal access to sacred, healing plants. In 2010, he helped to found and served as Board member and Chief Compliance Officer of AFC Wellness Center, Inc., a California Mutual Benefit Corporation organized as a medical cannabis patients’ collective under the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996. Roland also gives of his time, talent, and treasury to the Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies (“MAPS”), and volunteered legal services in connection with MAPS’s sponsorship of the first-ever DEA-approved study of medical cannabis to treat veterans with PTSD, for which MAPS obtained a $2 million grant from the State of Colorado in 2014.
Roland has four children: Cormac, Ava, Ella, and Coen. In his free time, he loves to write poetry, swim, practice yoga, and freedive.
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FULL-TIME RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SINCE 1978. Started in single-family new home sales before earning a Texas Real Estate Broker’s License. Built a successful new condo sales and project management organization before moving into commercial real estate brokerage in 1982.
From 1982-1990: acquisition, construction, project management, leasing, sales and other dispositions as Project Manager, Division Manager, and Managing Partner for the Houston and Austin Divisions of Vantage Companies, then second largest commercial real estate developer in the South. Projects included office buildings, warehouse, research space, showrooms, retail, multi-family and land development.
From 1991-2005: Asset Manager of seven southwest states for Travelers Real Estate Investment Company (TRIC), with $2.1 Billion of foreclosed multi-family apartment projects and office buildings. Office and Warehouse Sales Manager for The Horne Company, the largest independent commercial real estate brokerage firm west of the Mississippi. Regional Business Development Manager for Eastern US (eleven states) for ONCOR International, a consortium of international commercial real estate companies.
During and after corporate life: Consulted as a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) of the National Association of Realtors for 17 years. Developed small land tracts (< 10 acres) into 1 – 1.5 acre retail pads for fast food and automotive service franchisees, i.e. Schlotsky’s, Pop Eye’s. Dunkin’ Doughnuts, Midas Muffler. etc. Invested in family-owned businesses including two Alamo Drafthouse Cinema franchise locations and a state-of-the-art commercial organic-hydroponics lettuce operation.
Joined the Canis Major Incubator group in April 2017. Experienced in single-family wholesales, fix-and-flip and buy-and-hold strategies. Currently focused primarily on apartment investments and on developing a Class “A” destination RV Park.