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Webinar: Year 15 – Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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    2-Part Series

    • April 16 (Part 1)
    • April 23 (Part 2)


    TAAHP Members pay $55 / person for 1 webinar or $90 / person for both
    Non-Members pay $85 / person for 1 webinar or $150 / person for both
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    What We Will Cover:

    Part 1:  Year 15 — Shall I Stay?
    Considerations and Strategies for Maintaining Ownership After Year 15, Through Refinance or Re-Syndication”

      Part 1 Content Outline

      Part 2:  Year 15 — Should I Go?
      Disposing of Your LIHTC Property at Year 15

      Part 2 Content Outline

        Who Should Participate?

        Developers, Property Owners, Lenders, Syndicators

        Schedule (Both Webinars):
        10:00 am – Introductions
        10:05 am – Presentation
        11:15 am – Q&A
        11:30 am – End

          Moderator & Panelists

          Part 1 April 16, 2021


          Moderator: Sally Gaskin, President, SGI Ventures, Inc.
          Lead Panelist-Legal: Cynthia Bast, Managing Partner, Locke Lord
          Panelist-Investor Limited Partner: Diego A. Benites | SVP, Originations | Equity Production Boston Financial Investment Management
          Panelist-FHA Lender: Michael Backman, Executive Vice President, Director of Fort Worth Office, Mason Joseph Company, Inc.

          Part 2 April 23, 2021

          Moderator: Sally Gaskin, President, SGI Ventures, Inc.
          Lead Panelist-Legal: Cynthia Bast, Managing Partner, Locke Lord
          Panelist-Real Estate Broker, Multifamily Marketing Specialist: Christopher Bergmann, Sr., Director, Affordable Housing Multifamily Capital Markets, Newmark Knight Frank
          Panelist-Developer/Owner, Jeffrey S. Spicer, Vice President and Project Partner,
          Development, Central Region, DOMINIUM

          Sally Gaskin, SGI Ventures, Inc.

          Sally Gaskin, SGI Ventures, Inc.

          Sally Gaskin is the President of SGI Ventures, Inc., a developer, and a tax credit and private activity bond consultant. SGI Ventures, Inc. has been active in the affordable housing industry since 1996. Ms. Gaskin is a founding board member and former Board President of the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers (TAAHP). Ms. Gaskin has developed or co-developed over 900 affordable housing units.

          Before entering the affordable housing industry in 1996, Ms. Gaskin was the Director of Governmental Services for Summit National Realty, a SAMDA contractor for the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC).  Ms. Gaskin directed the firm’s contract responsibilities for restructuring and liquidating assets. From 2008 to 2018, Ms. Gaskin was a Manager and Senior Asset Manager with the FDIC in the Risk Share Management Group, with oversight responsibilities for loss share contracts between the FDIC and banks that purchased failed banks during the 2008 financial crisis.

          Cynthia Bast, Locke Lord

          Cynthia Bast, Locke Lord

          Managing Partner for the Austin office of Locke Lord LLP, Cynthia Bast is nationally recognized as a preeminent attorney in the area of affordable housing finance. She leads her firm’s Affordable Housing Section and is a member of the Firm’s Board of Directors. For nearly 30 years, Cynthia has been assisting clients with complex affordable housing and community development transactions using a variety of financing tools, including housing tax credits, tax-exempt bonds, HUD programs, and other federal, state, and local resources. In addition to her transactional work, Cynthia actively represents clients before relevant governmental authorities and advocates for affordable housing issues with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and Texas Legislature. More recently, Cynthia has been working with clients to reposition affordable housing properties that are nearing the end of their regulatory compliance periods or in need of financial restructuring. She is a recipient of the Jean W. MacDonald Lifetime Achievement Award, given by the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers, and the Texas Trailblazer designation from the Texas Lawyer.

          Diego Benites, Boston Financial

          Diego Benites, Boston Financial

          Mr. Benites is a Senior Vice President at Boston Financial responsible for originating affordable housing investments from non-profit and public housing authorities across the U.S. He was a Vice President for Boston Capital from 2005 until November 2020 when Boston Capital’s affordable portfolio was sold to Boston Financial. Mr. Benites has syndicated in excess of 100 developments totaling $850 million in LIHTC equity with for-profit and non-profit developers nationwide. Before his employment at Boston Capital, Mr. Benites held development and corporate finance positions with Archstone-Smith, a national multifamily REIT

          Mr. Benites received an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, a Master of Architecture II from Syracuse University, and an Architect Diploma from the National University of Argentina.

          Michael Backman, Mason Joseph Co

          Michael Backman, Mason Joseph Co

          Mike Backman entered multifamily finance in 2007 as the Fort Worth Multifamily Hub Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. During his five years as Director of FHA’s largest Hub, Mike oversaw an FHA-insured mortgage portfolio in excess of $7 billion, with annual originations exceeding $1 billion for the states of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and New Mexico. This included a 500 percent increase in affordable housing production and a greater emphasis on urban in-fill and transit-oriented development.

          While at HUD, Mike had a leadership role in the rehabilitation of over 1,000 subsidized apartment units in New Orleans damaged by Hurricane Katrina. He also was active in recovery efforts for Hurricane Ike and Gustav. Mike served on advisory committees for two HUD Secretaries and undertook the first FHA Multifamily Transformation efforts in Fort Worth in 2011. Prior to being named Hub Director, Mike led HUD’s Dallas Field Office and worked in HUD Headquarters in Washington, DC.

          Immediately prior to joining MJC, Mike was the Managing Director of a Denver-based FHA lender that, during his tenure, maintained a 100 percent success rate on mortgage insurance applications made to 16 separate FHA offices from coast-to-coast. Mike has previously worked for the cities of Syracuse, New York and Webster, TX. He holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Syracuse University. He lives in Arlington, TX with his wife Betsey and their children Luke and Lauren. They attend First Methodist Church of Mansfield and Mike is active in coaching his children’s sports.

          Christopher Bergmann, Sr., Newmark

          Christopher Bergmann, Sr., Newmark

          Mr. Bergmann has over 30 years’ experience in the multifamily real estate industry.  He has been involved in every aspect of the process: brokerage, work outs, acquisition, development, design, equity and debt financing, government relations, construction, property management and disposition.  Total capitalization of the projects he has worked on and/or been a principal in exceeds $1.75 billion.

          Mr. Bergmann is currently Director Affordable Housing Capital Markets with Newmark.  Specializing in the valuation and sale of LIHTC and HUD assets reaching the end of their initial and extended compliance periods since 2012.

          He has extensive experience with Low Income Housing Tax Credits (“LIHTC”), Historic Tax Credits, Home Funds, CDBG Funds, Housing Trust Funds, Tax Exempt Bond Financing, Conventional Financing and HUD financing and assistance programs.

          Mr. Bergmann is a graduate of James Madison University, BBA in Management.  He is a former President of the Texas Association of Affordable Housing Providers (TAAHP) as well as a former board member of this organization.  He also is former member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) HCG Steering Committee.

          Jeff Spicer, Dominium

          Jeff Spicer, Dominium

          As Vice President and Project Partner, Jeff Spicer is leading Dominium’s efforts in Texas and help Dominium grow their presence in this emerging market. Mr. Spicer is responsible for originating and overseeing new project development, financing and acquisitions.

          Mr. Spicer joined Dominium in September of 2017 but has a long-term relationship lasting more than 10 years as a consulting partner for Dominium. He has over 25 years of experience in affordable housing where he has worked to develop successful ventures in the state of Texas and across the southwestern part of the country.

          Mr. Spicer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and International Business and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Finance and Investment Analysis both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also held a Wisconsin real estate license and has been an active member on many boards.

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