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 850 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’s sole focus is on making our investors experience as smooth and painless as possible. From managing the capital raise to sending monthly distributions, she is there for the investor through every step of the process. Hannah works to ensure that all investor needs are met and all questions get answered. Her goal is to promote professional and personal communication with investors so that everyone is kept consistently updated. Hannah works on administrative tasks with the goal of keeping communication both effective and efficient. She 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 has worked as a social media manager, a public relations team member, 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. She is located in Southwest Virginia and enjoys road trips, hiking, and buying airplane tickets.

Josie Risinger

Executive Assistant

At Life Bridge Capital, Josie’s main focus is to manage the many moving parts of business operations for both Whitney and the firm as a whole. She handles growth initiatives, liaises with our potential and current business partners, and maintains Whitney’s calendar and communications. Josie focuses on high-level administrative needs for Life Bridge Capital and The Life Bridge Foundation, and works on streamlining our processes to create the best experience for our investors. She has experience in account management, digital marketing, CRM development, B2B relationships, 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, and the couple welcomed their first child, a son, in March.

Clay Allen

Asset Manager

Clay Allen is responsible for the asset management of Life Bridge Capital’s investments. He brings over 20-years of commercial real estate experience including debt & equity origination, risk underwriting, and asset management. Prior to joining the Life Bridge Capital team, Clay managed a $1.5B portfolio of multifamily assets, totaling nearly 10,000 units across several major markets. He graduated from Samford University with a degree in Business Management, received a Master’s degree in Commercial Real Estate from Georgia State University, and holds the CCIM designation. Clay is a native Georgian and resides in Atlanta with his wife and three daughters.


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.