Knowledge is Power: Come and learn how to use YOUR VA Benefit!

Join us for the VA Home Buyer Success workshop and learn the fundamental steps to maximizing your VA benefits! This informative session brings real estate and mortgage experts to the front lines for you. A panel of the best in the industry will answer your questions and help with your personal plan to reach home ownership. It is our goal to ensure you are mission ready to buy your home.


Our Industry Experts Will Guide You Through:

  • Achieve homeownership utilizing your BAH
  • What costly pitfalls to avoid when purchasing
  • Credit questions and solutions
  • Determine how much you can REALLY afford with the VA loan
  • Benefits of buying vs. renting

Derek Barksdale
BRE #01804284

About Derek

Derek Barksdale
Military Mutual
LT, LDO-6490, USN (Ret.)
BRE #01804284

As a licensed real estate broker and/or agent through two decades, Derek Barksdale has experienced every type of market with extraordinary success in facilitating client goals. Commonly known as not only "the expert," but "the expert who trains the experts," Derek is an active member of seven real estate associations and is frequently sought after for his sage advise throughout the nation. Derek has a broad background in workforce education and development. He embodies three decades of experience in facilitating the success of others while in the military as a naval officer, civil service as a Director of Operations, and private sector as an entrepreneur and founder of Military Mutual®. The passion he brings into any forum is evident by his strong desire to advance the personal and professional achievement of others.

A native of Oakland, CA., Barksdale enlisted as an E-1 in 1989, and nine pay-grades later, retired in 2011, as a naval officer designated as Force Protection Officer (FPO) in the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) community. Over his career Barksdale has served as the FPO and/or Training Officer onboard aircraft carriers, major installations, expeditionary squadrons and staff commands overseeing the law enforcement, physical security, weapons and public safety programs for up to 10,000 personnel at a time, ensuring force protection for well over 100,000 personnel; to include dignitaries, VIPs and High Value Assets critical to maintaining national defense.

Transitioning from his military career, Barksdale served over four years as a senior government service employee, directing the operations for over 350 civilian and military personnel, ensuring their personal and professional success was incorporated into the planning, managing and evaluation of daily routines. Barksdale attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and served in multiple educational and developmental roles throughout his career. Commonly known as not only "the expert," but "the expert who trains the experts," he is an active member of nine different local and national non-profit organizations intended to empower others to make informed personal and professional decisions. He is frequently sought after for his sage advice throughout the nation.

As the Founder of Military Mutual® and the Military Mutual Initiative, Barksdale directs a nationwide company and non-profit organization with offices that span from California to Florida, and a network that reaches into nearly every city with a military installation. He founded these organizations based on the sole principle of giving back to our nation’s military, veterans and their families through transitioning resources, programs, services and financial assistance intended to empower its members to make informed decisions alongside associate professionals with similar military affiliation. Today, Military Mutual® is the only known relocation organization for military, veterans and their families…exclusively employing military, veterans and their families!

Contact Derek:
(619) 254-1496

Tiffiney Welles
BRE #01271674

About Tiffiney

Tiffiney Welles
Tenax Real Estate
BRE #01271674

Tiffiney Welles was a high-level overachiever right out of the gate. Combining legal studies with a Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University, she excelled in the position of Legal Coordinator, and later VP of Legal Affairs with the San Diego Association of Realtors, where she transformed the legal department from a dysfunctional fiscal liability into a thriving and profitable business. She’s an innovative leader, well known in the real estate world, and boasts a solid track record for improving processes. She led the charge of some sweeping changes in contract negotiations and mediation practices that became an education model for agents, and was recognized state-wide and copied by various associations.

Beyond her immaculate professional background, real estate is in her blood. She’s the granddaughter of a self-enlisted WWII private who worked his way to officer, then used his benefits to buy and sell properties, retiring comfortably at age forty. Most fascinating, she’s also the great-granddaughter of one of the first women to engage in buying and renovating properties for resale and profit in the early 20th century.

Tiffany has experience in all things related to residential real-estate holdings. She’s an investor herself, having acquired, renovated, rented, and transferred multiple properties and currently continues to manage a fleet personal real-estate assets. Proud of her legacy, she honors her family crest with unwavering ethics, a poised determination, and strong sense of devotion.

Contact Tiffiney:
(619) 977-8433

Todd Stearman
BRE #01715131

About Todd

Todd Stearman
Jonville Team at Keller Williams Realty
BRE #01715131

Todd Stearman has been a member of the number one Keller Williams Team in Southern California in sales volume for over 11 years. He has been an integral part of the Jonville Team in helping thousands of families buy and/or sell their homes. Todd is proud to be a part of an organization that helps hundreds of families each year achieve their dreams of owning a home.

Clients choose to work with The Jonville Team for their experience, expertise and commitment to excellence. Customer service, strong communication and broad ranging marketing are just some of the key offerings that set the Jonville Team apart when it comes to serving San Diego North County’s real estate market. The Jonville Team has received the Five Star Award for top real estate agents offering premier customer service for the last seven years.
Todd was born in Southern California and graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in International Business. His studies also afforded him the opportunity to study abroad and learn a second language (Spanish). In his spare time, Todd enjoys surfing and spending time with his wife and four children.

Contact Todd:
(760) 525-7059

Bill Gaylord
NMLS #680603

About Bill

Bill Gaylord
Mortgage Expert
NMLS #680603

Bill Gaylord is one of the leaders of his mortgage team. He is “Mr. Positive” always finding good news in every situation, good or bad. He is known for high-fiving just about anyone and quick to give hugs too! His enthusiasm is contagious which leads to an always fun working atmosphere and culture. However, don’t let the happy-go-lucky exterior fool you! He is intensely competitive and expects nothing but the best from his team. He has a way with his unspoken candor and body language to keep his team on track to excel at the highest level. A true leader, Bill loves going to work and believes his “job” is a hobby!

Bill is passionate about giving back to the military community through the Gaylord-Hansen Shoe Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. His father served in the Navy EOD and he has been truly influenced by the discipline and giving his father displayed throughout his life with his military experience. The Gaylord-Hansen Shoe Foundation held their 6th annual shoe event on October 6th, 2017, where they put on over 1,600 new Converse shoes, school branded t-shirts, mini-back packs, and crazy cool socks on the school children at Camp Pendleton. We think Bill had more fun than the kids!! He can't wait until next year!

Contact Bill:
(858) 776-6830

Sam Hansen
NMLS #632837

About Sam

Sam Hansen
Mortgage Expert
NMLS #632837

Sam Hansen has been instrumental in serving the local California communities, bringing years of invaluable experience in the industry. Due to his vast knowledge, and continual commitment to quality, Sam has become a loyal and trusted resource among clients and associates. Sam has excelled in everything he has ever tackled in his professional and personal life. He has always been a top producer and held numerous leadership positions over the past 15 years. At one point, he ran the #1 retail branch in California in addition to managing retail mortgage branches that closed in excess of $1.5B annually for a large mortgage bank.

Sam has a background as a college football player with a degree in mechanical systems engineering. This experience has been invaluable to setting up the appropriate systems and processes to an ever complex and changing mortgage industry. Sam’s attention to detail on the process keeps files moving and ensures a successful and timely closing.

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or an experienced one, you can rely on Sam for your home and consumer needs. Sam truly is one of the most driven, competitive and passionate individuals you’ll ever meet. Combined with his ingrained integrity, enhanced and developed at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, there is no one you can trust more than Sam to get the job done and ALWAYS do what is in the best interest of the customer.

Sam and his wife Mary are blessed with four wonderful children, Jack, Jane, Grace and Belle. In his free time, he enjoys competitive softball and football, and golf. He is a sought after exert speaker in the mortgage industry as well as an avid real estate investor.

CA LIC # CA-DOC632837

Contact Sam:
(858) 442-1232

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