Mahoning Valley Real Estate Investors Association


MVREIA Officers


President -

Jeff Rickerman

 Phone: 330 428-2832

Jeff Rickerman was raised on a farm in Southeastern Pennsylvania where he was brought up a Quaker, learned the value of hard work and gained a passion for life.  Jeff was treasurer of Mill Creek Quaker Meeting for 18 years and is currently a trustee, which he has been for the last 26 years.  Jeff worked in the corporate world for 36 years, serving in management positions ranging from area safety manager and division manager to vice president responsible for up to 1,200 employees.  Jeff has been involved in real estate since age 14, assisting in building timber frame houses and repairing and rebuilding houses including a number of old farmhouses. 


In 2013, Jeff started a real estate business in Northeast Ohio, acquiring 50 rental properties in the last 4 years.  Along with the rentals Jeff also does wholesaling, rehabs, lease options and contracting for other landlords.   Jeff strongly believes in helping others, by mentoring, sharing his skills and lending a hand in volunteer activities.  He feels that you learn as much from helping others as they can learn from being helped.  From an early age Jeff has felt that you can do good while you are doing well and he encourages his tenants to enter into lease options so they can fulfill their dream of homeownership.  Jeff has a life long passion for learning and teaching, acquiring new skill sets, and staying on top of market trends.  He attends many real estate conferences both local and national as part of his continuing education. 


Jeff feels that we all have something to teach and we all have something to learn and by engaging others in conversation, listening more than you speak, and being open to new things and new ideas, it is a win-win for everyone involved.

Vice President -
Zach Lewis

 Phone: 330 536 - 9002 Ext - 94

Treasurer - Carolyn Fankhauser

Phone:330 519 8323

 Carolyn Fankhauser now lives in Canfield, but graduated from Boardman High School and has lived in this area her whole life. She was a school bus driver for Canfield Schools for over 25 years (now retired from that) and owns her own home-based business. In the late 70’s to mid 80’s, she had a small gift shop (The Hole In The Wall) in Poland and Boardman. Since then, her craft interest has grown into the current custom framing and decorative painting business. She has set up at trade shows (both wholesale & retail) and shipped products all over the country. Having served on the board of directors of the Ohio Arts & Crafts guild for 8 years, she ran their yearly conference for several years She has been a REIA member for about 6years and on the board for several years, but is new to the real estate business She is  looking forward to spending more time with a shift of her career using her prior 35 years of business experience now focused on real estate investing. She has done house reno / flipping and some private lending.


Secretary - Jim Pirko 
Phone: (330) 507-3267

 Jim Pirko has been serving as MVREIA’s Secretary/Coordinator since 2010, Publishing Newsletters, Booking Meeting Speakers, and Handling Public Relations. He has been representing MVREIA on the OREIA Board of Directors since 2009, and is now serving as OREIA’s Vice President & Legislative Chair since 2013. He is a Commercial Real Estate Agent with Hanna Commercial Real Estate, having been with the Howard Hanna Howland office since 2006, specializing in Residential Investment Properties, Commercial, Industrial, and Economic Development Projects. He serves with numerous influential organizations in our region, including the Trumbull County Land Bank Board, the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce Commercial Real Estate Roundtable, YNG Air Partners, plus the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments General Policy Board, Citizens Advisory Board, Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee, and Natural Resources Assistance Committee. Also he is a member of Mensa.






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