Alex Charfen

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Alex Charfen an American keynote speaker, thought leader and businessperson. Charfen is an occasional commentator on CNBC[1] and FOXNews[2][3][4] for small business and real estate issues. He also occasionally blogs for the Huffington Post[5] and CNBC.[6]

Early years[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

Charfen was born in Mexico City and raised in Southern California.[7][8] When he was young, his father opened a roofing tile factory to take advantage of the California housing boom of the 1970s, but the downturn in the market caused the factory to close.[9] The experience of his family's struggle during this time has been stated as "formative" for Charfen.[9]

Career[edit | hide | edit source]

During the early 2000s Charfen invested heavily in real estate.[7][8] The Florida housing market crash of 2006 resulted in the decimation of Charfen's real estate portfolio and ultimately bankruptcy.[7]

In 2007, Charfen, along with his wife, Cadey, founded the Distressed Property Institute (now the Charfen Institute)[10] and created the Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) Designation to teach real estate agents how to close short sales.[7] As of 2011, more than 30,000 real estate agents had taken the CDPE course.[7][10]

In 2011, the Charfen Institute was number 21 on the "Inc. 500", Inc. Magazine's list of the fastest growing companies in America.[11] The company repeated its appearance on the list in 2012 at #187[12] and made the "Inc. 5,000" list in 2013.[13]

Personal life[edit | hide | edit source]

Charfen is married to Cadey Charfen, Co-founder of the Charfen Institute.[7] They have two children and live in Austin, Texas.[8] Charfen is an avid runner.[7]

References[edit | hide | edit source]

  1. [1] CNBC.com, Retrieved 10 April 2014
  2. [2] YouTube, Retrieved 10 April 2014
  3. [3] YouTube, Retrieved 10 April 2014
  4. [4] YouTube, Retrieved 10 April 2014
  5. [5], Huffington Post, Retrieved 10 April 2014
  6. [6] CNBC.com, Retrieved 10 April 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Anderson, Dane. "Bounce Back", The Westlake Picayune, Austin, Texas, 15 November 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Top 10 Latino and Hispanic Entrepreneurs", Inc. Magazine, Retrieved 10 April 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 http://www.alexcharfen.com/about-alex
  10. 10.0 10.1 Weber, Andrew "For Charfen Institute, unusual methods pay off in happy workers", "Austin American-Statesman", Austin, Texas, 17 November 2011. Retrieved on 10 April 2014
  11. "2011 Inc. 500/5000", Inc. Magazine, Retrieved 10 April 2014
  12. "2012 Inc. 500/5000", Inc. Magazine, Retrieved 10 April 2014
  13. "2013 Inc. 500/5000" Inc. Magazine, Retrieved 10 April 2014