A former Super Bowl-winning NFL placekicker, Brien got his start in real estate following the collapse of the housing market in early 2009, when he and Wiel began buying single-family homes to renovate and rent out. Together they were able to scale an industry of mom-and-pop shops into a $3 billion+ portfolio of over 17,000 SFR homes that attracted institutional investors and competition from private equity firms. With the success of their company Waypoint Homes, Wiel and Brien defied critics to put single-family home rentals (SFR) on the map as a profitable and scalable financial asset class.
In 2016 Brien and Wiel partnered again to create Mynd, a property management and real estate investing firm with 8,000+ SFR units under management across 25 US markets. Last valued at $807M by Silicon Valley venture capitalists in 2021, they’re going long again on Mynd and leaving it all out on the field.