Mission First Capital
Founder & CEO
Phil served honorably as a Naval Special Warfare Combatant Craft Crewman, where he spent his days jumping out of planes, shooting, and manning the radios on the small fast boats that take Navy SEALs and other Special Operations personnel to and from their missions in non-permissive or denied areas of the world.
During his time in service, Phil realized that real estate was something he had a passion for and could help others, so he committed to pursuing it further. He took a real estate license course while still in the Navy and upon separation in 2012, immediately went to work selling his military buddies' homes as they transferred to and from Virginia. In 2019, Phil penned his first book "Your VA Loan: and How It Can Make You a Millionaire" in an effort to educate more military members and veterans about real estate.
Following dozens of brokerage transactions and flipping dozens of properties, he decided to start buying larger properties to sustain. Phil has sponsored over 500 apartment units across 8 projects with great results. He realized that the early deals only allowed very wealthy people to participate, which always bothered him. Fortunately, Phil used that bias to fuel the first 100% veteran- owned and operated fund backed by real estate, Mission First Capital.
Phil prides himself on creatively finding win-win solutions for complex problems and credits his time in the military, along with his tenacious-no-quit attitude and commitment to teamwork. Phil regularly shares his knowledge on real estate podcasts and conferences.
Diane entered the workforce by joining the U.S. Army as an Administrative Assistant. Her military career consisted of supporting Commanding Generals in both Germany and Washington, DC.
After departing the service, Diane has ensured the success of executive leaders and their teams in nearly every industry. She has also been the administrative leader in a myriad of projects, supervised units of up to 30 employees and teams of 50+ volunteers, and assisted with the creation of organizations in support of government programs.
Diane enjoys volunteering, scrapbooking, traveling, and spending time with her grandkids and pets.
Serving in roles that allow her to help give back to the veteran community has been one of Kara's greatest passions. As a MilKid and MilSpouse, she has lived in several military communities including Biloxi, Jacksonville, and Norfolk. While her family was stationed in NAS Brunswick, Kara oversaw the operations of a Child Development Home for the children of active-duty sailors.
After transitioning to civilian life, Kara worked at the state government level where she held positions serving underserved populations. Kara worked in the Utah Department of Workforce Services which oversaw the state's childcare, housing, and community development programs. Her experience then landed her a role at the Tennessee Department of Veterans' Services - helping connect veterans with earned benefits after they transition from the military into civilian life.