Keep in mind that I can call myself the Pope...it doesn't make it so. There will be no shortage of folks here who will claim to be experts, pro's, etc. and have good marketing but little else to back up their claim. My point is this. Don't assume because someone gives themself a common title, especially one that was simply paid for, that it has any resemblance to reality. There are indeed some true professionals (at least as the term is commonly defined), but there are just as many here who fall outside those boundaries.
I too invest actively and will always welcome the ability to meet and confer with other investors like yourself.