About SDIRA Wealth

SDIRA Wealth is headquartered in Chicago, IL and founded by the creators of a revolutionary retirement investment strategy. Using real estate and finance as a way to accelerate and increase returns for its clients utilizing the “SDIRA Wealth Solution”. 

Our mission is to empower people to move beyond status quo and achieve their goals by creating the best possible investment experience using our solution. 

Backed by over 30 years of experience, over 400MM in residential real estate transactions, 14 states, and 40 cities across the country this company has truly changed the way thousands of clients look at retirement investment and planning for their families future.

Senior Management


Preston Despenas


One part savvy real estate investor, one part retirement portfolio innovator, and one part accomplished entrepreneur. Preston Despenas is a visionary helping others achieve their own personal financial goals through employing a strategy that has seemingly been a secret of the wealthy for generations. Preston is now Principal & Founder of SDIRA Wealth. Prestons passion lies in educating investors all over the country on a retirement planning strategy that he himself has employed with a great deal of success. Over the last 19 years in real estate, Preston has bought, built, rehabbed, sold, leased, managed, & brokered over 400MM in residential real estate.

Best known around the country for presenting and educating at the same forums with names like Robert Kiyosaki, James Smith, Scott McGillivray, Nicole Curtis, Dean Graziosi, and countless other professionals in the space. You will also find him educating at events like REI Expo, Lifestyles Unlimited, MoneyShow, New Orleans Investment Conference, IMN, and many other radio shows, podcasts, and webinars all over the United States.


Justin French


Justin is the CEO of SDIRA Wealth the innovators of the Award winning retirement self-directed investment strategy.

Proir to SDIRA Wealth starting in 1999 Justin was part of a retail executive team building one of the most profitable retail companies in the country with sales of over 1 Billion dollars annually.

In 2010 Justin founded Slate Consulting and helped impact small and large business’s around the country with his proven expertise in business and leadership.

As CEO of SDIRA Wealth Justin now spends his time leading and developing the SDIRA wealth team, consulting clients on self-directed retirement planning and developing relationships with our key business partners from all over the country.


Vince Gianfortune


As our COO, Vince Gianfortune oversees daily operations, and has been a highly effective leader in facilitating the scaling of infrastructure while maintaining solid customer experience.

Vince has over 16 years’ experience in quality control, transaction management, real estate, and due diligence. This includes handling quality control for a national real estate title and escrow firm. His talent for processing documentation, developing procedures, and designing property management solutions are an invaluable asset, and provide a solid, yet scalable foundation for SDIRA Wealth’s next phases of expansion.


Larry Calicchio

Director of Client Relations

As Director of Client Relations, Larry Calicchioo oversees all the independent property managers on the ground for its self-directed, income producing real-estate investments designed for retirement accounts. Calicchio brings an experienced resume of high-volume property management and an impressive track record of customer satisfaction. He serves as the chief liaison between on-site property management and individual investors as well as the firm’s expanding client base with their wealth advisor partnerships. Calicchio and his team supervise the local property management for each of their income producing rental properties in 14 states and 40 plus cities across the country.


Josh Gilmore

Vice President

As Vice President at SDIRA Wealth, Gilmore heads up a team of junior and senior associates who are assisting investors across the US in their mission to upgrade their retirement investment account performance. This role includes supervising and training associates, managing strategic referral partnerships with financial advisors and brokers, and engaging with a large portfolio of clients.


George Golub

Vice President

George heads up a team of senior associates aiding wealth advisors and financial planners with providing their clientele with income producing alternative solutions.  He is responsible for supervising asset acquisitions and providing new opportunity alerts to the company’s fast growing number of affiliates, and their self-directed IRA investors . Plus, hosting educational webinars for new partners and their clients.


Patrick Lavin

Creative Director

As Creative Director for SDIRA Wealth, Patrick Lavin is responsible for nailing the look, feel, and voice of the company. The SDIRA market is still largely untapped and it’s our job to provide an outlet and community for investors looking to make the most of their retirement portfolios. Making retirement diversification a simple and clear process is on the front of Lavin’s agenda on a day-to-day basis.


Hayley Neeley

Executive Account Specialist

As Executive Account Specialist for SDIRA Wealth, Hayley Neeley is in charge of account setups and education. Her self-directed IRA background has proved invaluable for those looking to get started on their own path toward financial freedom. Picking the most effective retirement plans to match investors’ retirement goals is a knack for Hayley, whose foresight on investment strategies has proved beneficial time and time again. Hayley’s determination and high-energy personality has become synonymous with the customer service aspect of SDIRA Wealth.


Elle Maroutsos

Lead Consultation Coordinator

Elle Maroutsos brings her experience and outstanding reputation for customer service to the company’s new clients. Maroutsos serves as a key point of contact for the firm’s new clients with its emerging Wealth Advisor Partnerships, collaborating to deliver essential education and awareness on self-directed retirement accounts.