Veterans Path Up (VPU) has established a Board of Directors that consists of veterans from the Korean War through the Gulf War. These members have ‘been there’ and ‘done that.’ They are providing their experiences and accomplishments to help other veterans to move up.

Kenneth A. Lacy

Kenny Lacy Executive Director Veterans Path Up
Executive Director for Veterans Path Up

Ken started his Navy career in the Engineering Department on a Nuclear Submarine over a four year period. He followed this with 3 years of Security duty and then becoming an EOD-Explosive Ordnance Diver. He switched to the reserves and become a hard hat diver which then enabled him to become a Commercial Diver on the civilian side at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

He was injured on a dive job and during his rehabilitation, received his Bachelors in Business Management. He went on to retire from the Navy reserves with a combined 26 years of service.

He has two grown children and began investing in real estate in 2012. He has been investing with self-directed IRA’s in the local Charlotte market and has invested in delinquent mortgages in multiple states. In 2013, Ken developed an investment model of funding the acquisition and rehab of properties, placing tenants in them under property management and selling the properties to turn-key investors. In August of 2014, he began working with the Veterans Administration, and many non-profits within the community to place at risk and homeless veterans into properties. He is a member of the “Housing our Heroes” team to end veteran homelessness in Charlotte.

In order to maximize his ability to help more Veterans under the umbrella of a 501(c)3, he created Veterans Path Up. He established a board of directors and is now working to serve those honorably discharged veterans that want a path to home ownership. Through the network of a great team, Veterans Path Up is helping veterans build their credit while living in stable homes. This, in turn, gets them on the path to home ownership.

Mark Walters

Property Management, Real Estate Leasing and Investing

President and CEO of MW Properties of NC is a Serial Entrepreneur. At the tender age of seventeen, he firmly established himself as an entrepreneur. His first major business venture came at the age of twenty-six when he opened his first Bellsouth Mobility Authorized Retail Center. Within 3 years, he would go on to open a total of 26 retail stores becoming one of the largest Bellsouth Mobility Authorized Retailers on the East Coast.

In 2003, Mr. Walters ventured into real estate investing where he quickly built a large portfolio of investment properties. After going through multiple property management companies to maintain his own properties, he decided to self-manage. Within 10 years he would be leasing over 1100 properties for other investors.

Mr. Walters’s business style has become so popular that he has become the investor’s top choice for property leasing. He has been written about in publications on real estate & investment trainings, and is often asked to speak across the country on the business of real estate.

In 2005, Mr. Walters spearheaded one of his favored accomplishments to date. He created a Non-Profit in Gaston County named, New Beginnings Center. New Beginnings Center was created to help the homeless, seniors, disabled, & disadvantaged citizens with their affordable housing needs. Upon completion of the project, the city was so grateful for all of the hard work that Mr. Walters and his team put into the project they renamed the street, New Beginnings Avenue, honoring his vision.

In 2013, he is yet again expanding his business enterprise and has become a full-service real estate leasing & investment company. He is proud to add to his already profitable brand the, MW Done 4 U Division “ MW Properties Turnkey Investments “. Investors who seek cash flow, tax shelters, Done 4 U services, or Joint Ventures may now enjoy additional benefits of his new full-service Real Estate Leasing & Investment Company.

Mr. Walters’s dedication to detail has earned him a position as Platinum Member with the prestigious Louis Brown Organization. He is also a proud member of the local Charlotte Real Estate Investors Associations & member of the Landlord Advisory Board for the City of Charlotte Housing Authority.

Wendy F Sweet

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Principal, Sweet Carolina Houses, LLC and Carolina Hard Money, LLC

Wendy Sweet began her career in Commercial Real Estate and Hotel Management.She developed Fairman & Associates in 1995, sharing her knowledge and marketing expertise with Private, Semi- Private and Daily Fee/Resort Clubs and Residential Communities across the Country. She has been a Speaker at Crittenden Golf Inc, Expo, the Hotel & Golf Associates seminars and the National Homebuilders Association.

Wendy began working for a national lender as an account executive promoting their niche product of non-owner occupied programs to mortgage brokers and was led to Larry Goins at Financial Help Services, Inc. where she and Larry became partners in the Mortgage Company and began brokering Hard Money Loans as well. Together, Wendy and Larry started Investors Rehab, a wholesale Learn Key company. In 2007, the year of the CRASH, Wendy started South Street Mortgage establishing a company geared toward the owner occupied market and continued offering hard money for investors. She served on the Board of Directors for Metrolina Real Estate Investors Association from 2005-2007. The following year she enrolled in New Life Theological Seminary to gain an even better understanding of how God desires to use her for His kingdom. She served on the Board of Alumni from 2035-2016.

Wendy closed South Street Mortgage and opened Carolina Hard Money with her brother Bill Fairman in 2012. They offer financing options for residential and commercial rehab investors and lending opportunities through their investment fund for those anxious to earn a solid profit on their money. They have established a private placement Fund they are managing and Wendy teaches private lenders how to safely lend their money and borrowers on how to best position and leverage their investments for the greatest return. Wendy has acquired a deep, valuable Real Estate and Finance knowledge throughout her career. Her passion for real estate is anchored by her passion for God. Real Estate has given Wendy the opportunity to glorify His kingdom by putting People and Principles before profits.