Gary Hobbs, President
Gary Hobbs is an entrepreneur and former corporate executive with extensive experience in real estate, technology, education, and healthcare. He started his career as an electrical design engineer and has successfully migrated through the corporate ranks of companies like AT&T, Eli Lilly, and Roche Diagnostics. As an engineer, project manager, business executive, developer, and entrepreneur he has led organizations of up to four hundred people and budget responsibilities spanning well over $100M.
Currently, he is CEO for Black and White Investments, LLC. Gary founded BWI in 2005 as a development and construction management company. BWI’s target market is urban development within Indiana and their primary focus is multi-family and mix-use tax credit developments.
Gary is a co-founder of OZRA LLC (Opportunity Zone Real Estate Advisors). OZRA is a small consulting firm of leading experts in Accounting, Law, and Real Estate Development. We meets the growing needs of developers, investors, communities and municipalities in structuring deals and matching investors interested in the Opportunity Zone program. Gary is one of the country’s leading authorities on this subject matter, as one of the leaders supporting Senator Tim Scott in crafting the bill at its inception into Law.
John Napoli , Partner
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
John P. Napoli, partner in the firm’s Corporate department in New York and co-chair of the firm’s national Opportunity Zone Funds group, was named a Top 25 Attorney by Opportunity Zone Magazine. Napoli is the co-managing partner of Seyfarth’s New York office and also co-chairs the firm’s national tax practice. He practices federal, state and local tax law, and advises public and private clients on tax issues relating to opportunity zones, corporate mergers and acquisitions, international transactions, restructurings, consolidations, financing, real estate (including REITs), tax free like kind 1031 exchanges, subchapter S corporations, partnerships, joint ventures, and limited liability companies. Napoli is highly skilled in shaping tax-efficient real estate transactions, including the formation, operation, and liquidation of REITs and UPREITs.
Steven Meier , Partner
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Steve Meier chairs Seyfarth’s Corporate department and serves as co-chair of Seyfarth’s Tax practice. Steve develops real estate and alternative investment programs of all types, including Qualified Opportunity Funds, REITs, investment funds, and complex like-kind exchange programs (such as Delaware Statutory Trust investment programs). Clients appreciate his knowledge of the tax law and his ability to apply it in a common-sense manner to real estate and corporate transactions. He has been recognized by The Legal 500 (2014-2020) for his tax practice and recently led the team that represented Sound West Realty Capital in the design and implementation of the Marina Square project, one of the first syndicated Opportunity Zone Funds to come to market and named the top Qualified Opportunity Fund in the country by GlobeSt.com and Real Estate Forum in the category of “Economic Revitalization and Social Impact.”
Michael Lobie , Associate
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Michael Lobie is a senior tax associate in Seyfarth’s New York office. He has extensive experience advising public and private clients on the most tax-efficient way to structure and implement business transactions of all types, including real estate acquisitions, dispositions, like-kind exchanges, joint ventures, and syndications. He regularly works with clients to design, launch, and operate qualified opportunity zone funds, investment funds, REITs, and Delaware statutory trusts. He also represents clients before the federal and state courts, the Internal Revenue Service, and state and local tax authorities on a variety of litigation and controversy matters. Prior to joining Seyfarth, Michael worked as an attorney for the US Department of Justice, Tax Division, and as a judicial clerk for a judge at the US Tax Court.