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Our Team


Whitney Sewell

Founder and CEO

Founder of Life Bridge Capital LLC, Whitney began his real estate investing career in 2009. Whitney’s passion is working with investors, helping them secure financial security via the exceptional opportunities that multifamily syndication offers. Whitney hosts The Real Estate Syndication Show, a daily podcast where he has now interviewed over 600 experts providing cutting-edge tools and strategies of the syndication business.  Whitney and his wife Chelsea are on a mission to help other families through the process of adoption.  They have personally endured the financial burdens that the process puts on families and have committed 50% of their profits to this goal.  Whitney and Chelsea have three children by adoption.

Sam Rust

Chief Operations Officer

A lifelong learner, Sam Rust is a managing partner at Life Bridge Capital and full-time investor in
commercial real estate. Sam graduated from Thomas Edison State University with a BSBA in Business
Management and currently lives in Colorado with his wife and 5 children. He has been active in
commercial real estate since 2017 and has led the acquisition of a portfolio of properties across Colorado and Idaho with a value in excess of $100 million.

When not underwriting or touring properties, Sam enjoys spending time outdoors with his family chasing beautiful views, Ultimate Discs, or big game.

Emilie Rust

Acquisition and Property Analyst

At Life Bridge Capital, Emilie seeks to bring thorough assistance to Sam and the entire team. Working as an acquisition and property analyst, Emilie is an asset to the CEO by helping source, analyze, and perform due diligence on new investments. Emilie is an outgoing goal-oriented individual with a growing understanding of real estate valuation principles. She works to prepare financial and market analysis on a variety of properties in order to assess potential acquisitions. Experienced in preparing excel pro forms, and an in-depth understanding of financial modeling including cash-on-cash returns, and IRR analysis.

Emilie works to simplify the daily tasks for the LBC team by preparing investor reports, market research, and financial models. With a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Emilie enjoys living in Colorado and spending time in the outdoors!

Hannah Chick

Investor Relations Manager

At Life Bridge Capital, Hannah plays a role on the marketing side to promote communication with investors and guests on the podcast. She works on administrative tasks with the goal of keeping communication both personal and productive. Hannah focuses on public relations for Life Bridge Capital and works on creating and maintaining the relationships built, in order to give everyone involved the best experience possible. Hannah has experience in different communication and marketing fields. She worked as a social media manager, a public relations team member, and as an assistant Communications professor, and is continuing to expand her knowledge of the niche of real estate syndication.

Hannah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Strategic Communication.

Josie Risinger

Executive Assistant

At Life Bridge Capital, Josie provides comprehensive support to Whitney and the rest of the team. She ensures administrative tasks and projects are completed with a high level of efficiency, confidentiality, accuracy, flexibility, and positivity in order to support the initiatives of LBC. She is a key asset to the CEO – anticipating needs, implementing best practices, and researching and implementing innovative solutions. Josie focuses on high-level administrative needs for Life Bridge Capital and works on streamlining our day-to-day while always looking ahead and searching for ways to grow and improve LBC. She has experience in account management, digital marketing, CRM development, B2B sales, and executive administration. 

Josie graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Minor in Entrepreneurship/Family Business from Auburn University.  She lives in South Dakota with her husband, who is pursuing a medical degree. They are expecting their first child in April. 


This becomes the best of both worlds for investors. They can receive exceptional returns financially, while also helping change the lives of orphans around the world, as well as the lives of the families who adopt them. Whitney is quick to point out that while this is his own passion, he doesn’t make this the main focus to investors, but does hope a certain percentage feel good about what Life Bridge Capital does. “We provide a fantastic return for our investors, and that’s why someone should invest with us first and foremost. However, it is my hope that this component of our business – us giving 50% of our own profit to adoption – perhaps helps sway someone to work with us, assuming all else is equal, of course. This is our calling, but our investors can smile knowing that just by working with us, they helped a little bit too.”

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Whitney and his wife Chelsea have two sons and a daughter who came to their family by adoption. They know the costs associated with adoption (up to $60,000 on average), but they also know the life-changing blessings it offers. There are millions of orphans worldwide, yet the financial burden of adopting is more than many families can consider. This is where Life Bridge Capital comes in, as it donates 50% of its own profits to help families give orphans a loving home.