AdvantaIRA Trust LLC – Fort Myers/Naples – The Real Estate IRA Team

Advanta IRA is comprised of a group of elite self-directed IRA administrators serving clients nationwide. While maintaining separate entities, we work and market ourselves together to offer clients exceptional experience and knowledge that is paramount in administrating self-directed IRAs.

Fort Myers

AdvantaIRA Trust, LLC, is headquartered in beautiful Fort Myers, Florida. The Southwest Florida office was opened in May 2003, but its parent company started in 1994 as Real Estate Tax Specialty office. Fort Myers is the original base of AdvantaIRA Trust’s locations, which include Miami and Gainesville offices. Dave Owens, President, oversees all transactions and compliance matters from this office. The Fort Myers asset base is real estate and our unique and extensive experience has made us a leader in teaching our distinctive tax-free strategies. This office also provides the services of 1031 exchanges to its clients.

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AdvantaIRA is not only committed to our clients but we are also dedicated to helping our community in any way we can. AdvantaIRA associates make it a point to not only donate to our local charities but we also volunteer our time at the locations that need assistance. If you would like to see our photos for past volunteer events, please click on our Advanta Cares volunteer page!

Management Staff

dave owensDave Owens, CPA, CES – Managing Member // Contact Info 239-333-4911

Dave Owens is the president of AdvantaIRA Trust, LLC. Dave specializes in Real Estate IRAs, 1031 Exchanges,  self-directed IRAs and retirement plans. His background as a certified public accountant, combined with a long history of personal retirement self-direction, provides his audiences and clients with solid advice and practical solutions to their IRA investment questions. Dave holds a BS in accounting from Purdue University. He also earned the prestigious Certified Exchange Specialist designation through the Federation of Exchange Accommodators. He spent the first 15 years in public accounting starting with Deloitte, Haskins and Sells. Dave has spoken with hundreds of groups about the power and possibilities of IRA self-direction, and provides continuing education seminars to attorneys, CPAs and real estate professionals. He has also appeared as a guest speaker on local and national investment radio shows and at local and national conferences. You will find his passion for building wealth in your IRA contagious and entertaining.

theresa knowerTheresa Knower, COO, CES, CISP // Contact Info 239-333-4910

Theresa Knower is better known as “Mama T” in the office. It may be due to the fact that she is the first to remind everyone to clean up after themselves and always mind their manners, or it could be due to the fact that she is a thirty-something working in an office overflowing with 20-somethings. She has had to face the harsh reality that very few people in the office share her intense appreciation for the 80s since most of them were still in diapers when she was rocking out to Bon Jovi, and Barbie and Ken were a happily married doll couple with a very bright future. If you have questions on how to successfully defer taxes on the sale of investment property through the use of a 1031 exchange, or you want to know how to invest in real estate with your IRA, or if you want to just reminisce about the time when MTV actually played music videos, give her a call!  Theresa is the local Expert in 1031 Exchanges and Real Estate IRAs.


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Brandon Hall, CISP- IRA Director // Contact Info 239-333-4912

Brandon “Too Small” Hall moved to Southwest Florida after graduating from the FIFTEEN-time football national champions, University of Alabama. Despite being surrounded by office Florida Gators, Brandon trudges forward like the old Atari “Pitfall” game, often only stopping to rest on top of the Gators. Brandon and his wife, Jennifer, who he met in college, have already successfully brainwashed their two sons, Preston and Kellan, as well as several local friends. Brandon is certified by the American Banking Association as an IRA specialist and can help you understand the rules and regulations of IRAs, transaction scenarios, IRS reporting, or why your team is inferior to the Crimson Tide.

Senior Associates

kelsey dineenKelsey Dineen, CISP – Real Estate Associate // Contact Info 239-333-4920

As a Southwest Florida native, Kelsey Dineen is as rare as the Florida panther and twice as deadly when it comes to closing real estate transactions. Wild and elusive, she thrives in the legal jungle of self-directed IRAs and the IRS regulations surrounding them. As a graduate from the University of Florida, she is also referred to as a Gator. Carnivorous comparisons aside, she prefers tofu over steak. If you seek to purchase real estate or notes in a self-directed retirement plan, she is happy to serve as your guide.  Kelsey is very well know for local seminars on Real Estate IRAs.

 

audra montgomeryAudra Montgomery-Accounting Associate//Contact Info 239-333-4914

Audra Montgomery is a graduate of the University of Florida Warrington College of Business. She bleeds orange and blue and can help you with your private placement and private stock investments. She is always bringing in one of her latest baking creations in attempt to fatten up her associates. She enjoys visiting the beautiful Florida beaches and going fishing with friends and family whenever she gets the chance. If you have any questions on how to invest in private placements or checkbook control LLCs  within your IRA or just want to talk about how great the Gators are, feel free to contact her and she would be happy to assist you!

amy restino003 Amy Scott – Accounting Associate // Contact Info 239-333-4922

Amy Scott is one of our client services associates who performs daily accounting transactions. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida and the only Bull in an office of Gators. She is the founder of the AdvantaIRA Asset Kickers kickball team, plays soccer locally in different leagues, and likes to take long runs during the sunset. She also enjoys reading a good mystery while lying out on the white sandy beaches of Fort Myers. Being the second Amy to join the AdvantaIRA Trust team, she has taken on a few nicknames such as “Amy2,” “S,” or “Other Amy.” If you have any general accounting questions regarding bills, checks, fair market valuation forms, and invoices then give her a ring!

 
david lowdenDavid Lowden-Senior Business Development Associate//Contact Info 
239-333-4923

David Lowden is a graduate of the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. He spent his days skiing through deep powder and hiking through mountain trails. After graduating with his degree in History and Economics he decided to take a vacation to Sanibel Island where he got offered a job as a windsurfing instructor. He fell in love with the island so much that he decided to stay and even volunteered as the Director for various organizations including the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. David then spent 20 years working as a Senior Personal Banker and a Financial Consultant for Smith Barney, and then Bank of America/Bank of America Investments Inc. He later went on to work for Living Ventures as the Vice President of Business Development before joining the team at AdvantaIRA. When David isn’t at home with his wife of 20 years and their three teenage children…2 being teenage twin daughters, you can find him at AdvantaIRA as the new Senior Business Development Associate!

 

Associates

brenda whetsellBrenda Whetsell-  Marketing Director//Contact Info  239-333-4913

Brenda Whetsell is a graduate at Florida Gulf Coast University, with her degree in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. Brenda enjoys cooking, planning events and watching movies. She was born a Steelers fan in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Cape Coral, Florida. Brenda is the oldest child with only one younger sister named Jamie.  She currently resides in Fort Myers with her longtime boyfriend and two adorable cats, Sasha and Snickle. Contact her if you’re interesting in planning or attending an IRA or 1031 event! Or for any of your marketing needs!

 

meredith rustMeredith Rust- Associate //Contact Info  239-333-4915

Meredith was born and raised in Ormond Beach, Florida, before attending the University of Florida in Gainesville. She graduated from UF with a BA in Economics and a minor in Business Administration. After graduation, she worked in the fundraising industry with the Florida Trail Association and the University of Florida. Meredith is currently pursuing her MBA at Florida Gulf Coast University and serves on the board of directors for the Florida Trail Association. She loves the beach and even though she’s from the east coast of Florida (her brother called her a traitor for moving to the west coast), she is thrilled to be living back by the water again. 

 

warren fountaineWarren Fountaine- Accounting Associate//Contact Info 239-333-4918

Warren Fountaine recently moved to Florida from the great city of Chicago.  He is now the second Chicagoan to work in this office.  It’s a good thing because with all the football fans someone needs to be rooting for DA BEARS.  Since his move to Florida he has been trying to find that perfect Chicago Deep Dish pizza but so far it has been a hard road.  Warren’s day primarily involves helping with transfers and distributions, coding incoming checks and billing.  As a graduate from DePaul University with Bachelors of Science in Finance and Marketing and with 8 years of accounting experience, he hopes to bring a helping hand to the Accounting department.  

 

samantha shermanSamantha Sherman- Associate//Contact Info 239-333-4916

Samantha Sherman was raised in Mississippi and graduated from Mississippi State University. Go Bulldogs!! She especially misses the Mississippi sweet tea.  She is very outgoing and always the first person to strike up a conversation about doing something fun as a group. She enjoys spending time with her husband and absolutely loves her dog Bo. She handles the real estate and note transactions here in the office. She loves to meet new people and is always eager to help her clients and fellow associates. Samantha specializes in Real Estate IRAs and Notes in IRAs.  

 

 

matt tierneyMatt Tierney- Associate//Contact Info 239-333-4921

Matt Tierney is a longtime Floridian who originally hails from Niceville, a small town in the Northwest Panhandle. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Matt graduated from the University of West Florida in Pensacola with a degree in Economics. He is excited to finally be living back on the Gulf Coast after years of being landlocked. As an avid rugby player, Matt loves to tackle any challenge that arises, both on the field and in the office. Contact Matt with any questions you may have about Precious Metals, brokerage accounts, investments and Outgoing Transfers.

 

karolyn willinghamKarolyn Willingham- Associate//Contact Info 239-333-1032 x101

Originally from Okemos Michigan, (she could hear the Michigan State University band practicing from her backyard). Karolyn moved to Cape Coral Florida for the love of boating six years ago.  Karolyn has two grown children and her hobbies include entertaining, reading, and going for long walks with her two dogs.  Karolyn prides herself in networking and great customer service to build long lasting relationships with clients, and colleagues.  Karolyn is a past president for Women’s Council of Realtors Cape Coral Chapter and member of the Realtor® Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach Inc.  

 

eric decookEric DeCook- Accounting Associate//Contact Info 239-333-4917

Eric is originally from the northern suburbs of Detroit where he grew up in Rochester, Michigan. He has his degree in accounting from Central Michigan University. Go Chippewas! He was a part of the business fraternity Phi Chi Theta and was also on an intramural soccer team. Eric worked for the university’s Information Technology Help Desk answering calls and assisting students/faculty/staff with technology related issues. After graduating he worked for a Futures Commission Merchant in the accounting department and received his Series 3 and Series 34 certifications. He vacationed in the Southwest Florida area his entire life. Then one day he made the wise decision of leaving the cold and snow and decided he’d be much warmer and happier in Florida. He went from shoveling snow to applying sunscreen. He now spends his free time fly-fishing, going to the beach, and boating. When he’s not bathing in the sun, you can find him in the accounting department here at AdvantaIRA.

patrick paulPatrick Paul- Accounting Associate//Contact Info 239-333-4919

 

 

kyle brownellKyle Brownell- Associate//Contact Info 239-333-4927

Kyle is originally from Newport, RI. He attended Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT, home of the Purple Knights! He graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Minors in Finance and Marketing. After graduation, he lived and worked in Boston, MA for 3 years. He moved to Florida in August, 2014 with his long time girlfriend after she accepted a position in Ft. Myers. Not only did she accept a new position, but she also accepted Kyle’s marriage proposal.  Now his fiancé, they are looking forward to exploring the area and learning all about what Fort Myers and what SWFL have to offer.