Michael J. Gaber is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of WNC. Mr. Gaber oversees the day-to-day operations of WNC’s property investments and the Investment Management group. He has been involved in real estate acquisition, valuation, and investment activities for over 26 years and has been with WNC since 1997. Prior to joining WNC, he was involved in the valuation and classification of major assets, restructuring of debt, and analysis of real estate taxes with a large financial institution. Mr. Gaber is a member of the Board of Directors of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition and a member of the Board of Governors of the California Housing Consortium. Mr. Gaber is a member of the Housing Credit Group of NAHB and a member of the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association.
Tony Alfieri has worked extensively in the banking industry for over 25 years, primarily specializing in real estate finance and the creation of affordable housing. As Managing Director of Tax Credit Investments for TCEG, he has substantial responsibility for all of the buy-sell activity within the business unit, along with co-heading the team of 90 professionals as a key Operating Committee member. Since joining RBC-TCEG’s management team in 2006, Tony has held positions as Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director for Asset Management and Chief Credit Officer for RBC’s affordable housing platform.
Matt Josephs is the Senior Vice President for Policy for The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). As the SVP for Policy, Matt is responsible for developing LISC’s federal policy agenda; communicating this agenda to LISC employees, board members, funders, and other stakeholders; and pursuing this agenda through engagement with members of Congress and other Federal officials. Matt joined LISC in March of 2012 after serving for 13 years at the Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund--most recently as Senior Advisor for Policy, where he was responsible for coordinating policy development and implementation across the CDFI Fund’s programs, as well as planning and implementing new initiatives and interagency partnerships. Matt also served for six years as the Program Manager of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program.
Todd J. Crow is Executive Vice President and Manager of Tax Credit Capital for PNC Real Estate. Mr. Crow oversees all Tax Credit origination, syndication and management activities for PNC Real Estate. Mr. Crow is also a licensed securities representative of PNC Capital Markets, Inc. A 25 year veteran of PNC, Mr. Crow assumed responsibility for LIHTC syndications for PNC Real Estate IN 1998, a position he held until being named to his current position in early 2009. Mr. Crow is active in a variety of professional and industry organizations including the Urban Land Institute and National Multi Housing Council.
Ronne Lynn Thielen is an Executive Vice President of R4 Capital Inc., where she is responsible for running West Coast operations and acquiring housing tax credit and bond-financed properties throughout the US. Ms. Thielen has been a leader in affordable housing for over 30 years, forming the Housing Resource Connection, a consultancy based in Southern California, to assist those working in the Housing Credit industry; serving as a Managing Director in the Affordable Housing Group at Centerline Capital Group; leading the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee as Executive Director; and working at the National Council of State Housing Agencies as Deputy Director for Program and Policy Development. Ms. Thielen is a Board Member and the past Chairwoman of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association and a member of the Tax Credit Advisor Editorial Advisory Board and the California Housing Consortium Policy Committee. She is also on the board of Abode Communities, a nonprofit LIHTC developer in Los Angeles.
Jeffrey A. Whiting, President and Chief Executive Officer of City Real Estate Advisors (CREA), has been active in the area of affordable housing finance since 1989. In 2001 he joined City Securities Corporation and created the Real Estate division. Mr. Whiting is responsible for all activities within City Real Estate Advisors. Previously, he was an officer with an Indianapolis-based affordable housing developer and bank holding company. Prior to that, he was involved in Indiana public finance, specifically multi-family housing.
As a Partner at Holland & Knight, Alan Cohen represents syndicators and corporate investors in structuring real estate investments with an emphasis on the low-income housing and historic rehabilitation tax credits. For more than thirty-five years he has advised clients in tax-advantaged real estate investments, providing private equity counsel in structuring multi-investor syndications, public-private partnerships for urban neighborhood revitalizations, and investments for corporate treasury and tax departments.
Bryan Keller is the Partner-In-Charge of RubinBrown’s Real Estate Services Group and is a member of the Assurance Services Group. His focus is on real estate audit, financial, consulting, and tax services. Mr. Keller is a featured author for various trade publications and a frequent lecturer at industry seminars and conferences. He is also a regular instructor of various in-house real estate training.
Beth Mullen, CPA, is the National Director of CohnReznick LLP’s Affordable Housing Industry Practice, and a member of the firm’s Tax Practice Executive Committee. She has more than 25 years of experience providing consulting, tax, and accounting services to real estate owners and developers and the community redevelopment industry. Beth is also a member of the Commercial Real Estate Industry Practice and the Renewable Energy Industry Practice. Beth has been involved with the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program since its inception and has provided consulting services to developers, state credit agencies, and investors. She manages the CohnReznick tax requirements for private corporate funds and publicly syndicated low-income housing tax credit partnerships comprising several billion dollars in invested assets. Beth is an industry spokesperson and is frequently invited to speak at national and local industry trade conferences. She teaches internal and external courses on low-income, New Markets, and historic tax credits and has published articles in several trade magazines.
Ben Applegate is managing partner and founding member of Applegate and Thorne-Thomsen, PC, a law firm specializing in the area of affordable housing and community development. Ben has overseen the growth of the firm from a five-attorney firm representing primarily local developers to a nationwide practice representing investors, syndicators, lenders, public housing agencies and service providers in all aspects of housing and community development. Ben has served in leadership roles for several national organizations, including the American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development and the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association.