About Us

Gwyeth and Carolyn created Rustic Capital in order to provide clients with an alternative to traditional investment models through investment in the multi-family real estate market.

More than anything else, preservation of capital is our focus followed closely by delivering exceptional returns to our investors. We are committed to old world values, fundamental principles, and achievement through collaboration.

Gwyeth Smith


Gwyeth has a BS in Economics from James Madison University. After graduation Gwyeth worked at an old Rockefeller Company performing domestic and international cost of living analysis. He then transitioned to investing and worked as a proprietary equity trader for multiple New York based companies. At this time Gwyeth began to explore alternative investments to Wall Street. He turned his NYC apartment into an asset by renting it and moving to AZ to be with his future wife. There he found another passion; helping people with limb loss. He followed a path where he became a certified prosthetist and in 10 years has helped countless amputees achieve feats that few “able-bodied” people could even imagine. Gwyeth’s career in prosthetics didn’t stop his passion for investing and today his multi-family portfolio includes over 750 units.

Carolyn Smith


Carolyn graduated from Vanderbilt University then returned home to Pittsburgh, PA to pursue her teaching certificate. She has taught at risk youth in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Illinois, and New York and currently raises the Smiths’ four young boys. Carolyn’s love for her hometown of Pittsburgh was the driving force behind the Smiths’ first market investment. In 2016, Carolyn formed White Bridge Properties as a holding company to manage those assets.

Advisory Board

Rustic-Capital is a synergistic company that believes in partnering with the right principals.

We have strategically aligned ourselves with Jake Stenziano & Gino Barbaro, expert real estate investors who serve on our advisory board. They personally raised over $6M for 441-unit multifamily projects valued at over $60M. They continue to actively invest in apartment communities in multiple states throughout the East Coast and Mid-West. This relationship, and others, helps to produce returns that are greater than the sum of its parts.

Gino Barbaro

Gino Barbaro is an investor, business owner and entrepreneur. He has been investing in real estate for 15 years and has grown his multifamily portfolio to over 1100 units in just 6 years and over $70,000,000 in assets. He has teamed up with Jake Stenziano to create Jake and Gino.com, a real estate educational company that offers coaching and training in real estate investing.

He is the best selling author of “Wheelbarrow Profits”. Gino is a graduate of IPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching) and is a Certified Professional Coach. He is also the author of the best-selling cookbook “Family Food and the Friars”. He currently resides in Florida with his beautiful wife Julia and their six children Gabriella, Michael, Sofia, Veronica, Cecilia and Laura.

Jake Stenziano

Jake Stenziano is the best-selling author of Wheelbarrow Profits and co-founder of JakeandGino.com, the only multifamily real estate investment education company that teaches investors the three pillars of sound apartment investing Buy Right, Manage Right, and Finance Right. Jake is also the founder and Chief Operating Officer of Rand Property Management, the first property management company with a focus on “modern affordability.” As creator of the multi-media, multifamily investing framework, Wheelbarrow Profits, Jake is a leading expert on investing in the multifamily space and currently owns over 1100 multifamily units and over $70,000,000 in assets. Meet Jake at www.jakeandgino.com.

Dylan Marma

Beginning his real estate investing career in 2015, Dylan quickly rose to a leadership role in a residential and commercial Real Estate investment company in San Diego. There he began investing residential Real Estate, learning how to evaluate markets and manage properties remotely. In early 2018, Dylan joined the team with Rand Partners to expand into additional markets throughout the SouthEast, as well as to build out the systems to open up the doors for outside investors to partner through syndication. Dylan spends a lot of his time analyzing & underwriting new opportunities out of the home office in Knoxville, TN. He also works closely with brokers in our target markets and plays a role as front line contact with investors upon introduction and throughout holding period for asset management communications.


Real Estate Investing. Plain and Simple.

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