Left Field Investors

We are very excited to announce that we are hosting The Meetup in the Left Field 2023! We have Zoomed together since last year’s Meetup and it is again time to meet face to face! The primary purpose of this meeting will be to network with your fellow Left Fielders as well as to meet and interact with some of our Community’s favorite sponsors and professionals.

Columbus, Ohio ​

October 4-6, 2023

The Meetup Details

The Meetup will start with an Infielder networking event Wednesday night, October 4th – this will be open to members of the Infield Community, Event Sponsors and other Partners and will include appetizers and drinks.  The venue will be Jackie O’s on Fourth 

The conference will be Thursday, October 5th through noon on Friday, October 6th where we will have a full program of networking, panels and speakers including the Keynote Address from Jeremy Roll from Roll Investment Group. 

We are upgrading the venue this year and hosting the event at the Left Field Hall of Fame building at Huntington Park baseball stadium.  The stadium is located in downtown Columbus and home to the Columbus Clippers, the local triple A baseball team.  

Tentative 2023 Schedule

Wednesday | October 4th
5 PM to 7 PM

Infielders and Partners Only 

Meeting Introductions 
Early Registration 

Thursday | October 5th
8 AM to 7 PM

All Attendees

Panel Discussions 
Operator Networking 
LP Networking 
Q & A Happy Hour 

Friday | October 6th
8 AM to 1 PM

All Attendees

LP Panel Discussions
Around the Horn 
LP Networking 

Every year, we focus on finding a diverse mix of experts to share their insights.

Scheduled speakers include…

Travis Smith


Jameson Lett

Jameson Lett

Ben Brundage

Aspen Funds

Rob Zabriskie

Money Insights

Lauren Brychell

Spartan Investment Group

Whitney Elkins-Hutten


Robert Levy

LBX Investments

Brock Freeman

Kirkland Capital Group

Drew Wahlgren

MAG Capital Partners

Paul Moore

Wellings Capital

Kenny Wolfe

Wolfe Investments

Denis Shapiro

SIH Capital Group LLC

Lee Yoder

Threefold Real Estate Investing

Clint Harris

Nomad Capital

Richard Delgado

DLP Capital

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Optional Wednesday Evening Happy Hour - $25

Left Fielder Or Clubhouse Access




Venue Locations

Venue Name Venue Address Parking Options and Notes
Parking available at site
Parking available at site


Limited parking available at site, additional parking across the street

Note: Only accessible via stairs. No Elevator!

The Hyatt Regency Columbus

LFI has reserved hotel rooms at a discounted rate at the Hyatt Regency Columbus located a half mile from Huntington Park (meeting venue) and Jackie O’s (Wednesday Happy Hour location).   

Rooms are just $169/night + tax with our special event room block.  A limited number of rooms are available.   The Group Code for the conference discount is G-FSTR or mention that you are part of the “Left Field Investor’s Conference”

This is our second event and we are still figuring things out as we go – just as we have always done at LFI! We would love to see you in Columbus this October! 

What Others Are Saying

Meetup 2022 Sponsor (on LinkedIn)
“October 21, 2022 will go down in history... The Inaugural MeetUp in The Left Field was EPIC! The Founders of this community get it. Investing passively, thinking differently! It's more than a motto, it's their culture.”
Meetup 2022 attendee
“Thank you for a great meetup this past weekend. It was my first investor event of any kind, and it was just a blast, exceeded expectations. And, I heard the same from quite a few other people for whom it was also their first investor event. You and the founders should be very proud of this great community that you’ve built in a few short years. The mindset of abundance was palpable there, everyone just wanting to give and learn as much as they could.”
Meetup 2022 attendee
“I can't thank you enough for the incredible job well done organizing last week's Meetup. I am so thrilled that I was able to make the trip and finally had the opportunity to meet this wonderful community in person. There is really nothing like it. Everything felt so organized, laid back, and organic. I learned so much and came home with lasting relationships. You've really cultivated a fantastic, warm and welcoming culture.”
Meetup 2022 Sponsor
“I told several people that your event was perhaps the best real estate investor event I have ever been to. The networking sessions, particularly, the speed dating style session in the morning were fantastic. I've never had that opportunity at an event before and that really helped set yours apart. I've been to a lot of conferences in the last few years, including 3 times speaking at Bigger Pockets. You've got something great with Left Field Investors and I am so honored to be a part of it!”
Meetup 2022 attendee
“I feel very blessed to have been in attendance for the inaugural Left Field Investors Conference! The networking alone was worth its weight in gold. I finally got to meet in person some people I've gotten to know online for a couple of years! It's so much better talking in person! I now feel like these guys and girls are not only my colleagues, but my friends!”

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Jim Pfeifer

President, Chief Executive Officer, Founder

Jim Pfeifer is one of the founders of Left Field Investors and the host of the Passive Investing from Left Field podcast. Left Field Investors is a group dedicated to educating and assisting like-minded investors negotiate the nuances of the passive investing landscape and world of syndications. Jim is a former financial advisor who became frustrated with the one-path-fits-all approach of the standard financial services industry. Jim now concentrates on investing in real assets that produce cash flow and is committed to sharing his knowledge with others who are interested in learning a different way to grow wealth.

Jim not only advises and helps people get started in passive real estate syndications, he also invests alongside them in small groups to allow for diversification among multiple investments and syndication sponsors. Jim believes the most important factor in a successful syndication is finding a sponsor that he knows, likes and trusts.

He has invested in over 100 passive syndications including apartments, mobile homes, self-storage, private lending and notes, ATM’s, commercial and industrial triple net leases, assisted living facilities and international coffee farms and cacao producers. Jim is constantly looking for new investment ideas that match his philosophy of real assets producing cash flow as well as looking for new sponsors with whom he can build quality, long-term relationships. Jim earned a degree in Finance & Marketing from the University of Oregon and a Master’s in Business Education from The Ohio State University. He has worked as a reinsurance underwriter, high school finance teacher, financial advisor and now works exclusively as a full-time passive investor. Jim lives in Dublin, Ohio with his wife, three kids and two dogs. In his free time, he loves to ski, play Ultimate frisbee and cheer on the Buckeyes.

Jim earned a degree in Finance & Marketing from the University of Oregon and a Master’s in Business Education from The Ohio State University. He has worked as a reinsurance underwriter, high school finance teacher, financial advisor and now works exclusively as a full-time passive investor. Jim lives in Dublin, Ohio with his wife, three kids and two dogs. In his free time, he loves to ski, play Ultimate frisbee and cheer on the Buckeyes.

Chad Ackerman

Chief Operating Officer, Founder

Chad is the Founder & Chief Operating Officer of Left Field Investors and the host of the LFI Spotlight podcast. Chad was in banking most of his career with a focus on data analytics, but in March of 2023 he left his W2 to become LFI’s second full time employee.

Chad always had a passion for real estate, so his analytics skills translated well into the deal analyzer side of the business. Through his training, education and networking Chad was able to align his passive investing to compliment his involvement with LFI while allowing him to grow his wealth and take steps towards financial freedom. He has appreciated the help he’s received from others along his journey which is why he is excited to host the LFI Spotlight podcast and share the experience of other investors and industry experts to assist those that are looking for education for their own journey.

Chad has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a Minor in Real Estate from the University of Cincinnati. He is working to educate his two teenagers in the passive investing world. In his spare time he likes to golf, kayak, and check out the local brewery scene.

Ryan Steig

Chief Financial Officer, Founder

Ryan Stieg started down the path of passive investing like many of us did, after he picked up a little purple book called Rich Dad, Poor Dad. The problem was that he did that in college and didn’t take action to start investing passively until many years later when that itch to invest passively crept back up.

Ryan became an accidental landlord after moving from Phoenix back to Montana in 2007, a rental he kept until 2016 when he started investing more intentionally. Since 2016, Ryan has focused (or should we say lack thereof) on all different kinds of investing, always returning to real estate and business as his mainstay. Ryan has a small portfolio of one-to-three-unit rentals across four different markets in the US. He has also invested in over fifty real estate syndication investments individually or with an investment group or tribe. Working to diversify in multiple asset classes, Ryan invests in multi-family, note funds, NNN industrial, retail, office, self-storage, online businesses, start-ups, and several other asset classes that further cement his self-diagnosis of “shiny object syndrome”.

However, with all of those reaches over the years, Ryan still believes in the long-term success and tenets of passive, cash-flow-focused investing with proven syndicators and shared knowledge in investing.

When he’s not working with LFI or on his personal passive investments, he recently opened a new Club Pilates franchise studio after an insurance career. Outside of that, he can be found with his wife watching whatever sport one of their two boys is involved in during that particular season.

Steve Suh

Chief Content Officer, Founder

Steve Suh, one of the founders of Left Field Investors and its Chief Content Officer, has been involved with real estate and alternative assets since 2005. Like many, he saw his net worth plummet during the two major stock market crashes in the early 2000s. Since then, he vowed to find other ways to invest his money. Reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad gave Steve the impetus to learn about real estate investing. He first became a landlord after purchasing his office condo. He then invested passively as a limited partner in oil and gas drilling syndications but quickly learned the importance of scrutinizing sponsors when he stopped getting returns after only a few months. Steve came back to real estate by buying a few small residential rentals. Seeing that this was not easily scalable, he searched for alternative ideas. After listening to hundreds of podcasts and attending numerous real estate investing meetings, he determined that passively investing in real estate syndications was the best avenue to get great, risk-adjusted returns. He has invested in dozens of syndications involving apartment buildings, self-storage facilities, resort properties, ATMs, Bitcoin mining funds, car washes, a coffee farm, and even a Broadway show.

When Steve is not vetting commercial real estate syndications in the evenings, he is stomping out eye diseases and improving vision during the day as an ophthalmologist. He enjoys playing in his tennis and pickleball leagues and rooting for his Buckeyes and Steelers football teams. In the past several years, he took up running and has completed three full marathons, including the New York City Marathon. He is always on a quest to find great pizza, BBQ brisket, and bourbon. He enjoys traveling with his wife and their three adult kids. They usually go on a medical mission trip once a year to southern Mexico to provide eye surgeries and glasses to the residents. Steve has enjoyed being a part of Left Field Investors to help others learn about the merits of passive, real asset investments.

Sean Donnelly

Chief Culture Officer, Founder

Sean holds a W2 job in the finance sector and began his real estate investing journey shortly after earning his MBA. Unfortunately, it could not have begun at a worse time … anyone remember 2007 … but even the recession provided worthy lessons. Sean stayed in the game continuing to find his place, progressing from flipping to owning single and multi-family rentals to now funding opportunities through syndications. While Sean is still heavily invested in the equities market and holds a small portfolio of rentals, he strongly believes passive investing is the best way to offset the cyclical nature of traditional investment vehicles as well as avoid the headaches of direct property ownership. Through consistent cash flow, long term yield and available tax benefits, the diversification offered with passive investing brings a welcomed balance to an otherwise turbulent investing scheme. What Sean likes most about the syndication space is that the investment opportunities are not “one size fits all” and the community of investors genuinely want to help.

He earned a B.S. in Finance from Iowa State University in 1995 and a MBA from Otterbein University in 2007. Sean has lived in eight states but has called Ohio home for the last 20+.  When not attending his children’s various school/sporting events, Sean can be found running, golfing, shooting or fly-fishing.

Patrick Wills

Chief Information Officer, Advisory Partner

An active real estate investor since 2017, Patrick Wills’ investing journey began like many others – after reading the “purple book” by Robert Kiyosaki. Patrick started with single family rentals, and while they performed well, he quickly realized their inability to scale efficiently while remaining passive. He discovered syndications via podcasts and local meetups and never looked back. He joined Left Field Investors in 2022 as a member and has quickly become an integral part of the team as Vice President of Technology.

An I.T. Systems Engineer by trade, he experienced the limitations of traditional Wall Street investing firsthand in his career and knew there had to be a better way to truly have financial freedom.

Unfortunately, that better way is inaccessible to those who need it most. His mission is to make alternative investments accessible to everyone who seeks to take control of their financial future and to pursue their passions in life.

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