Terri Garner, MBA
Terri Garner, MBAOperations
Terri started her professional career as a Mechanical Engineer, graduating with honors from Texas A&M University as a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. After 6 years of designing satellites for Hughes Aircraft Company, a year as a technical consultant in Europe, and 11 years as a business manager at Verizon Wireless, Terri left Corporate America in 2007 to focus on her real estate endeavors fulltime.

Involved at an early age – helping her father rehab homes as a child and purchasing her first rental property in 1996 – over the years Terri has personally been involved in more than $30 million worth of real estate, investing in 18 states around the country doing everything from rehabbing and home staging (she’s a certified Stager and Trainer), to long-term and vacation property rentals, to originating and purchasing performing and non-performing notes. She has managed projects both in state and out of state, successfully completing multiple ventures remotely.

Terri holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine, with exchange certificates from the University of Paris, Sorbonne, and the University of New South Wales Graduate School of Management, Sydney.

Alia Ott, Broker
Alia Ott, BrokerEducation
Alia is responsible for overseeing public relations and generating business for Investors in Action.

Alia has spent the past 13 years actively investing in real estate and enjoys creating opportunities for others to generate passive income through Investors in Action lending programs. She has been involved in well over $25M worth of real estate transactions – from flipping and renting properties to private lending and fund management.

Prior to launching Investors in Action, Alia served as a Director for several corporate philanthropy programs initiated by Cisco Systems, AOL, Yahoo! and the United Nations, raising over $1 Billion online and connecting more than a Million individuals with causes they care about. Alia was inspired by the model of leveraging corporate engagement as a more sustainable way to support social enterprise.

As a result, she and Terri are founding members of several financial literacy programs including a youth-based program called “The Magic of Money” and “Cashflow Divas,” a mastermind group for women focused on creating passive income.

Alia is a master connector and holds a degree in Communications from Chapman University as well as a Certification for Advanced Project Management from Stanford University. She is a licensed real estate broker and best-selling author of the book “Initiative”.

Andre Carter
Andre CarterTrainer & Emcee
Jillian Sidoti, ESQ.
Jillian Sidoti, ESQ.Securities Attorney
Tim O'Leary
Tim O'LearyEvent Support
Kaaren Hall
Kaaren HallSelf Directed IRA Expert

Giving Back

Contributing to our community has always been a big reason “WHY” we invest in real estate – it gives us the time, connections and resources to give in various ways.  In particular, we enjoy sharing our wisdom around financial management with the next generation.  Investors in Action partnered up with Invest Club for Women to create a program called “Magic of Money” that teaches financial literacy to youth. This highly interactive event covered topics including: money mindset mastery, creating age-appropriate businesses, and how to wisely allocate money between savings, spending, giving and investing.


Our team volunteers with the following organizations:

  • Junior Achievement: youth entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
  • Big Animals for Little Kids: delivering joy to children
  • Rally for Children: charitable programs to benefit children.
  • Girl Scouts:  preparing young women for leadership
  • First Lego League:  inspiring the innovators of tomorrow

Sharing Love with Locals

In 2015, we traveled to Michigan to visit one of our properties. While there, we visited with girls from a local Flint neighborhood whose baby brother was a victim of a middle-of-the-night shooting. Sometimes grand gestures aren’t needed… Just smiles and laughter help take young minds off a terrible tragedy for an afternoon.

A few months later, news spread that lead was found in the Flint water supply. While our property was unaffected, we gladly offered storage to house bottled water for Flint residents.