The Fascinating Story Behind Gene Rife’s Journey to Prosperity with Owner Finance Academy
President, Owner Finance Academy
Before becoming the president of Owner Finance Academy, Gene Rife spent most of his successful career in the
retail industry. More than just a career change, Gene’s life transformed dramatically when he found a way to
build financial prosperity and help others with knowledge he gained from Owner Finance Academy.
Gene worked in management and sales for multiple furniture retail stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and
nationwide. After much deliberation, Gene decided it was time to leave the retail furniture business. His
wife of almost five decades, Jackie, also enjoyed a long, successful furniture retail career — and agreed it
was time to embark on a new journey. This decision aligned their futures. Gene and Jackie decided to use
their sales knowledge and expertise to become real estate investors. They knew they’d need some expert
advice, so they plunged in and signed up for a training program.
Gene and Jackie learned new terminology and were introduced to some investment strategies in their first
training course — but didn't feel they knew enough to make informed decisions about where and how to begin
investing in real estate. They signed up for another training course a few months later. They acquired more
knowledge, but again — this course also left them feeling unprepared.
Gene and Jackie understood that real estate investing comes with risks, and they weren’t willing to
jeopardize their financial health by making costly mistakes. They also felt like these programs focused too
much on taking advantage of opportunities to make money, with little regard for those negatively impacted in
the process. This disregard made them uncomfortable and hesitant to proceed.
In just under a year, Gene and Jackie were out $32,000 and still lacked the tools and knowledge to
comfortably embark on a real estate investment career. Then they met Grant Trevithick, the founder of Owner
Finance Academy (OFA) — and realized what was missing from the previous training programs: the ability to
change people’s lives for the better while generating income from real estate investing.
Gene and Jackie completed an in-person training with Owner Finance Academy — and came away with not only the
knowledge and tools to embark on their real estate investment career, but with a renewed sense of purpose.
Unlike many real estate investment strategies that focus solely on generating income regardless of negative
consequences for some, they learned how to use owner financing as an investment strategy that didn't take
advantage of vulnerable buyers and sellers. In other words, owner financing was a win-win for all parties
A mere 10 days after Gene and Jackie completed their Owner Finance Academy training, they purchased their
first investment property. Over the next two years, they became more than successful graduates of Owner
Finance Academy’s training program — they became contributing members of OFA’s internal team. Gene and
Jackie assisted in purchasing and selling more than 25 homes with OFA.
Gene and Jackie experienced firsthand how OFA’s owner financing program improved people’s lives. They helped
more than a few couples who didn't think they could secure financing buy their first home. They rescued
homeowners who faced financial hardships due to job loss, illness, divorce or other life-altering events
from seeing their credit score shattered from a foreclosure or bankruptcy.
Helping homebuyers and sellers wasn't the only appealing aspect of becoming part of the OFA family — or the
only way Gene and Jackie felt they could use their new expertise to help others. Gene felt inspired to share
what he had learned from OFA’s training and continued mentoring. He so firmly believed in OFA’s approach,
processes and tools that he decided to become an OFA trainer. His goal was, and still is, to help others
achieve similar prosperity and security as he and Jackie.
Gene and Jackie integrated with Owner Finance Academy’s vision to expand its training program. The company
soon established a training facility and corporate offices at its current location in Irving, Texas. As a
trainer, Gene particularly enjoys coaching program graduates as they embark on their own paths to prosperity
using OFA’s owner financing investment strategy. He passionately believes that the company’s growth and
success are guaranteed as more people learn how its program can help them achieve their financial goals —
with the added bonus of knowing what they’re doing is benefiting others.
Gene attributes much of his success in becoming Owner Finance Academy’s president to his wife, Jackie.
Jackie now serves as the sales manager for OFA’s sister company, Owner Finance Homes, LLC. Jackie and her
team benevolently guide every homebuyer through the process, providing aid at every step. Gene believes the
success of Jackie’s team is a testament to its perseverance, loyalty and drive, as well as her leadership.
Under Gene’s thoughtful tutelage, Owner Finance Academy will continue to grow and offer even more win-win
services to all parties involved in owner-financed real estate transactions.
Prosperity with Purpose
Gene has experienced far greater success than he anticipated for this retirement phase of his life. He is
providing long-term prosperity for himself and his family while advancing the lives of so many others. As
proof of Owner Finance Academy’s commitment to improving the lives of those less fortunate, 10 percent of
all profits earned are donated to charities. The entire leadership team at OFA wholeheartedly supports this