Meet Our Team

Watch this video and get to know Gene and the RALAcademy team.

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Founder & President

Gene is the President, CEO & Founder of RAL Academy. Gene has over 30 years experience in real estate investing and business and now is focused on just one thing… investing in the mega-trend of senior assisted housing. Having trained tens of thousands of investor/entrepreneurs over the past 25 years, he now specializes in helping others take advantage of this mega-trend opportunity.



Chief Operating Officer

Isabelle is a graduate from Arizona State University, a former flight attendant, Disney employee and now Gene’s right hand lady. She works as the COO of the company keeping everyone in line and on task.



Marketing Director

Garrett brings his passion for marketing to the RALA team with a background in business, church programming and audio/visual technical skill. He’s a natural leader and Gene’s favorite son-in-law! A graduate from Arizona State University with years of experience leading teams, he brings a wealth of skills and experience and helps drive marketing to the future!



Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Victoria has a Master’s degree in Education and was a grade school teacher for the last 6 years. She has now branched out and joined the family businesses as Gene’s Executive Assistant. She enjoys office tasks and keeping organized. In addition to all this, she still finds time to be a devoted mother to Gene’s grandchildren.



Resident RE Agent & RAL Specialist

Emmanuel is the head of the real estate division at RAL Academy. He is the GO-TO realtor for assisted living homes in Arizona. He also works as a expert support staff for RALAcademy answering tough questions and taking our show on the road. Emmanuel brings his background in Wellness with a degree from Arizona State University to the table. He helps our homes stay on track with health and wellness.



RAL Student Associate Consultant

RAL Product Development

Jim has trained tens of thousands of entrepreneurs in business, investing, real estate, marketing, finance, and personal development. He’s led hundreds of seminars throughout the United States, is the author of the Amazon #1 best-seller “Get Real MONEY!”, he’s been on radio shows many times and been published in over 800 periodicals. Jim regularly supports our RAL Academy Student Associates while simultaneously developing a nationally branded RAL concept.



Memory Care Expert

Loe Hornbuckle is the founder and CEO of Sage Oak Assisted Living, the premier “Boutique Senior Living” provider in Dallas. He has been involved in over one hundred real estate transactions since 2010, including Sage Oak’s current portfolio of five residential care homes.  Loe is a licensed Assisted Living Facility Manager in the state of Texas and currently handles day to day operations for all five locations.


Carla Lee

Student Success Support

Carla Lee started as Gene’s star student and is now one of our star staff! With some real estate experience, she took our course, went home and opened 3 Assisted Living homes in New Mexico within 5 months! She now works alongside us at the RAL Academy to help students like you have the same success she did!

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Online Visionary

Camper Bull is a recognized and sought-after product and marketing strategist, having teamed up with and produced hundreds of products and programs for leaders in the wellness industry for the past 10 years. His expertise is solidly built on how to create passive revenue streams, build an ever-expanding audience and build a brand to ensure long-term mind blowing success.

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Marketing Development Specialist

Jesse brings a wealth of experience in web technology to the team. He’s an Arizona State University graduate with a degree in Photography, and years of experience in multimedia production.

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Marketing Development Specialist

Kurt brings a wealth of skills and experience to the marketing team. A graduate of Arizona State University with years of experience as a team leader, systems developer, and writer.



Office Assistant

Bekah is the newest Guarino (by marriage to Emmanuel). She is a Tony Robbins life coach, Arizona realtor, and administrative assistant at RALAcademy. Bekah enjoys cross country running and helping people improve their attitudes about life!



Cruise Director

Mona is Gene’s better half and wife! She keeps the team spirit alive, you are lucky to know her as she is the glue that holds us together. She works with RALAcademy as the expo team leader. Mona has a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Accounting and enjoys traveling, taking care of her grandchild and cooking. She also helps with interior design in Gene’s assisted living homes. She helps with all different aspects on the RALAcademy team and we are beyond thankful for everything she does for us.



Memory Care Expert

Jordan Cole Hornbuckle is a corporate sales trainer who has trained in cities across the country on a wide range of topics. Her husband, Loe Hornbuckle, is CEO of Sage Oak Assisted Living in Dallas, Texas and she assists him in several areas, including investor relations, HR and operational training.



Business Plan Consultant

David has a long history in Financial Planning and Program Management in the computing field.  David supports the RAL Academy Associates with writing their business plans and working with the Financial Suite.

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Student Success Support

Shawn Medlin is a former student of the RAL Academy. He is a real estate investor and CEO of Seasons Assisted Living & Memory Care. In addition, he has served in multiple leadership roles for several publicly traded companies and has over 22 years of experience in sales, marketing, and business development. With his high energy teaching style, Shawn enjoys mentoring and coaching young entrepreneurs on business growth strategies, effective communication, and positive life principles.

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Student Success Support

As a former RALAcademy student, Jamie joined the RALA team to share his passion for helping others & providing our seniors with care options that are worthy of their generation. Jamie is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 18 years of experience in business & sales. He is the CEO & Co-founder of Lighthouse Personal Care Homes along with his wife Dana. Together, they own, operate & specialize in residential assisted living & memory care options in the Southeast United States and are expanding rapidly. Jamie enjoys mentoring fellow RALA students/entrepreneurs to help them first hand in the trenches to overcome obstacles for success.

Debbie Johnson


Social Media Consultant

Debbie has over a decade of experience working as a Social Media Strategist, Community Manager, and Brand Ambassador for both small business and large corporate clients. She is passionate about Social Media and it’s power to connect, educate and entertain. She loves developing strategies to reach out, engage, and connect with those who are ready to take control of their future and truly make a difference in their lives through RAL Academy.

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Customer Experience Representative

Ann is a former RAL student and real estate investor in the Cleveland, Ohio area. She has 20 years of financial experience prior to getting into real estate and loves helping students grow in their RAL success!

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Being a people pleaser, Kevin is a highly motivated individual with a passion for helping others. As a retired Police Officer from the Glendale Police Department (AZ), Kevin brings the qualities of integrity and honesty to each and every real estate transaction. Kevin also worked in the banking industry for 12 years in various Investigations and Compliance roles. He is a licensed Realtor in Arizona and has spent the last few years working primarily with real estate investors.



Brian Pinkowski is a commercial attorney and environmental engineer with experience in the field of public health and the environment. He focuses on handling matters related to business formation, contracts and operation and has advised companies at all stages of development. He has also counseled governments locally and internationally and is skilled in handling regulatory issues. Brian has served on the board of the Lutheran Medical Center Community Foundation responsible for funding and managing hospice facilities and the Lutheran Medical Center Properties in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.