The Wealth Club was originally founded by Gordon Appleby. He became a full-time investor in early 2000 and shortly thereafter started a free meeting called The Newbie Club—the precursor to today’s Wealth Club. This meeting provided a unique environment for new investors to meet and begin their journey into real estate.
The meeting quickly gained popularity and attendance by both new and seasoned investors alike. What was most notable from the beginning was the willingness of the “old pros” to team up with newer investors, teaching them to bird dog and wholesale. Thus, the early Wealth Club began a reputation for action-oriented support and encouragement.
Gordon later developed and offered a more intense education opportunity called The Real Estate Investor’s Armed and Dangerous Boot Camp, bringing together 10 of the top local investors who taught on every aspect of launching a real estate business. It was later dubbed
“The best beginner’s real estate training on the planet.”
In 2005, Gordon stepped it up a notch by launching Project Prove It. It was composed of a series of inter-connected classes intended to lead the investor, step by step, through more advanced strategies.
The training was helpful, but Gordon sensed that the missing piece was a community, where investors could network, build relationships, and conduct business—all while receiving training and up to date information on an ongoing basis. There needed to be a community of Investors Helping Investors.
So, in January 2007, Gordon announced his intention to create that community. On March 31, 2007, the original meeting of The Wealth Club took place. Over 100 excited investors filled the room, which is less than half the size of our membership.
There were many good real estate investor clubs in town at the time, but The Wealth Club was created to be different…
One of the original principles of The Wealth Club was, and is still, the concept of giving back.
Gordon’s vision was that those who were helped by The Wealth Club would, in turn, help the next generation of new investors. As a result, he passed the club down to members Tom and Melissa Berry and they in turn passed the club down to long term members, Steve Vigil and Suzan Meaux.
Tom and Melissa took ownership of the club on April 1, 2013, almost six years, to the day, after that original meeting in 2007 was held. They can be credited for transforming the club from a small meeting in Galveston County to a larger Houston based meeting. The transition took place January 2016. The move was with the intention of providing more knowledgeable speakers, new investors, and expansion of deals. Tom and Melissa took part in hundreds of real estate careers being launched or expanded through The Wealth Club. In addition to this success, about two dozen teaching careers have been launched as well. Two of those have gone on to become nationally known teachers, with more to follow, no doubt. Tom and Melissa’s career literally grew up in The Wealth Club, and credit much of their phenomenal and rapid success to it.
The culmination of this original vision of homegrown leaders giving back was the passing of the torch of leadership to long term club members, Steve Vigil and Suzan Meaux.
The Wealth Club was built on great core values, such as “Investors Helping Investors”. Steve and Suzan have every intention of keeping these core values alive.
“The Wealth Club helped us grow and build who we are, both in business and in character. We are excited and look forward to building on those core values and growing The Wealth Club and taking it to great new heights.”