Meet the Team

Management

  

CEO & General Manager: David C. Sowels.

Mr. Sowels is a 40 plus year veteran of the California real estate market, having personally sold over $100,000,000 in commercial and residential real estate since first becoming a licensed real estate broker in California in 1970. In addition to founding the company, Mr. Sowels remains a Principal and founder of both 3N Realty Advisors a real estate brokerage firm, and Exsolarent Energy Group, INC a solar energy firm. Both 3N Realty Advisors and Exsolarent Energy are located in Fairfield, California.

Within his real estate experience in the States of Texas, Arizona, Nevada and California, Mr. Sowels has completed development of over $24,000,000 in custom and estate homes and has also completed commercial developments of over $240,000,000 including an AC Transit headquarters building in Oakland, California. Mr. Sowels is currently the manager of two companies, a Compass Pointe Off Campus, LLC. and Exsolarent Energy Group, INC. Mr. Sowels is currently licensed as a real estate broker in California and maintains the GRI designation. He is also included in other ventures such as Waterfall Vineyards and Private Residence Clubs.

Mr. Sowels has served on the Oakland Economic Development Committee and is a former Director of the Oakland Board of Realtors. Mr. Sowels is an active member of his church and homeless ministries. An avid tennis player, Sowels currently resides in Fairfield, California.

Management

  

Jerry Konohia

Jerry is a 25 year practitioner in the real estate industry including broad-spectrum experience and fluency in policy , law capital markets and financing products; special emphasis in real estate ad multifamily housing finance. The cumulative transactional market value of his work is $1B + . Track record of successfully merging capital from public/governmental (e.g. HUD, U.S. Department of Treasury, Resolution Trust Corporation, GSE’s, Fannie Mae and FHLB), and private capital in order to produce and preserving significant housing inventory projects. expertise- #LIHTC, #NMTC #CDFI #OpportunityZones # Opportunity Fund, #USDA

  

· James E. Peterson, as Vice President


James Peterson has served as an economic development planner and project manager concentrating on central city and rural area revitalization, equity investment, business and economic development. He is an expert in the area of capital formation for urban projects that are difficult to finance, inclusive of both market rate and tax credit oriented housing. Over the past several years, Mr. Peterson has devoted considerable effort to providing marketing and technical assistance to small and medium-sized minority and women-owned firms. He has written proposals, market studies, and business plan for public and private clients, including the East Bay Conversion and Reinvestment Commission. In this endeavor his focus has been on contract and procurement opportunities with both the private and public sectors. 

Mr. Peterson has been a project manager for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for projects, which have included many HUD and other federal funding programs. He was an advisor to the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Small Business and a senior consultant to HUD on Section 202 housing projects. He served as a congressional assistant to the former Congressman Honorable Ronald V. Dellums of the 8th Congressional District. He has successfully completed entitlements for housing projects in Oakland, CA., Dayton, OH, Birmingham, Al and Berkeley, CA. Mr. Peterson has served as a Commissioner of Berkeley Zoning Adjustment Board and Design Review. He held the position as Chief Financial Aid Director at a local university spanning a period of fifteen years in which he managed over $10 million in Title IV student-aid programs as a third-party servicer approved by the U.S. Department of Education. He was also an Administrative Judge handling critical and sensitive issues and making final determination rulings on cases on a nationwide basis for the National Guard Bureau.

His concentration has been on housing and commercial development and management and business analysis, retention, attraction and investment. He has conducted business development studies with Price Waterhouse and the California State Treasurer’s Office of Industrial Development and Pollution Control. Mr. Peterson has devoted extensive efforts in the development and rehabilitation of affordable housing projects in partnership with Kennon V. Rothchild in a company they formed P& R Housing Group. As a long-term debt and equity sources, he has maintained a business relationship with Red Capital Group, Arbor Realty Trust, Well Fargo Multifamily Capital, Related Capital, Simpson Housing Solutions, LLC formerly Kaufman and Broad Multifamily Housing Group, which has over $3.3 billion of tax credit eligible properties purchased, syndicated and financed to date. He was a financing consultant with Swinerton Builders on commercial, tax-exempt bonds and tax credit projects in Oakland, California.

Mr. Peterson is currently Vice President of Realty Project 44, LP and its Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF)directing his attention to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of December 2017 with an emphasis on Section 140OZ-2, which specifically focuses on Capital Gains Deferral Using Qualified Opportunity Zone Investment Strategies and the creation of Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund (QOF). This program is designed to increase the economic impact of low-income communities. Mr. Peterson has been invited to serve on Novogradac OZ Working Group, which has access to a platform to participate in shaping proposed opportunity zone rules and interacting with legislation sponsors and U.S. Treasury and IRS. 

Mr. Peterson is a graduate of University of California Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, and Antioch University, San Francisco with a Masters in Urban Studies and Planning.

Architect

I Michael Eric Gamble, Registered Architect Principal / Creative Director, Gamble and Gamble Director of Graduate Studies, School of Architecture, Georgia Tech Associate Professor with Tenure, Georgia Tech Research interests Design, Houses/Housing, Urban Design, Construction Technology and Fabrication, Energy Overview Michael is a registered architect, Director of Graduate Studies at Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture, and creative director at Gamble + Gamble Architects in Atlanta. His design-driven research operates at a variety of scales, from house to city, with emphases on innovation, alternative energy, and building technology pursued within the context of a larger concern for the creation of healthy, well-conceived environments. He has received numerous awards for excellence in design and scholarship. His love of design at all scales is evident in his teaching, research and practice. Educational Background Gamble received the Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University in 1989, a Master of Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1990, and a Master of Design Studies with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1996.  

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