Nick Andrews: Renewable Energy Production in Opportunity Zones

Can Opportunity Zones be leveraged for biorefinery development and renewable fuel production? Nick Andrews is founder and CEO of Scottsdale, AZ-based USA BioEnergy, a multi-disciplinary company with experience in real estate development and renewable diesel biofuel production. Click the play button below to listen to my conversation with Nick. Episode Highlights How advanced biorefineries work … Read more

Valerie Grunduski: Opportunity Zone Fund Tax Accounting Considerations

What are some of the most important tax accounting considerations when forming and managing an Opportunity Zone Fund? Valerie Grunduski is a real estate tax accounting specialist and leads Plante Moran’s Opportunity Zones practice. Click the play button below to listen to my conversation with Valerie. Episode Highlights Tax considerations when creating a Qualified Opportunity … Read more

Jonathan Miller: Fees You Can Expect to Pay When Investing in Opportunity Zone Funds

What are the different layers of fees that Opportunity Zone investors should be aware of? And how much can investors expect to pay in fees to Qualified Opportunity Funds? Jonathan Miller is president and CEO of Parsonex Enterprises, a financial services firm, SEC registered investment adviser, and advisory group and asset manager that manages alternative … Read more

Emerald Coast OZ: Strategies for Collaborative Rural & Tribal Investment

Much of rural America has been left behind in the economic recovery that has transpired since the Great Recession. Can Opportunity Zone investing reverse that trend? The Emerald Coast Opportunity Zone in northwest Washington state is a unique group of rural municipalities and tribal nations that has collaborated on producing a portfolio of rural Opportunity … Read more

Taylor Lembi: How OZs Can Address the Housing Crisis

Can Opportunity Zones help address the nation’s housing crisis? Taylor Lembi is founder and CEO at San Francisco-based real estate developer M31 Capital. Their Morpheus 1 Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund, launched earlier this year, invests in multi-family housing redevelopments in the Bay Area. Click the play button below to listen to my conversation with Taylor. … Read more

Anu Varadharajan & Michelle Thompson: Academia’s Role in Opportunity Zones

Are colleges and universities an untapped resource for Opportunity Zone development? Anu Varadharajan is a tax professor at Tulane University. Dr. Michelle Thompson is a planning and urban studies professor at the University of New Orleans and data fellow at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. Click the play button below to listen to my … Read more

Kevin Shields: Strategies for Maximizing Opportunity Zone Returns

What are some strategies for maximizing Opportunity Zone investment returns? What should investors be aware of and what pitfalls should they avoid? Kevin Shields is founder, chairman, and CEO of Griffin Capital, an alternative investment firm with over $17 billion in assets under management. Click the play button below to listen to my conversation with … Read more

Quinn Palomino: The First Opportunity Zone Fund, One Year Later

It’s been one year since Virtua Partners launched the very first Qualified Opportunity Fund. Since then, they have raised $100 million, roughly half of which has already been deployed; they’ve broken ground on numerous projects, and have a pipeline of about 100 more. Quinn Palomino is principal at Virtua Partners, a global private equity firm … Read more

Reid Thomas: Third-Party Administration for Opportunity Zone Funds

Should Qualified Opportunity Funds best practices include third-party administration? And what are some Opportunity Zone trends being noticed by the industry’s largest service provider? Reid Thomas is executive vice president and general manager of NES Financial — a Silicon Valley-based fintech company that provides a purpose-built administration solution for Qualified Opportunity Funds. Click the play … Read more