Advisory Board

CYNTHIA L. BAST,  ESQ
Advisor

A partner in the Austin office of Locke Lord LLP, Ms. 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 Co-Chair of the Firm’s Board of Directors.  For more than 20 years, Ms. Bast has been assisting clients with complex affordable housing and community development transactions using a variety of financing tools, particularly the low-income housing tax credit.  She devotes much of her time to helping clients with respect to ad valorem tax exemption, regulatory matters with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, and repositioning tax credit properties through refinancing, workouts, or Year 15 dispositions.

WENDELL CHAMPION
Advisor

Mr. Champion is an attorney and counselor at law in Houston, Texas. Former Executive Officer and Platoon Leader for the U.S. Army, Mr. Champion’s business experience includes serving as Director of Business Development for Houston Metro Urology where he worked to contribute to the development and refinement of the company’s vision and strategy, internal and external operations, and corporate branding and marketing.

S. QUINN GORMLEY
Advisor

Mr. Gormley is the Director of Real Estate Consulting in the Austin office of CohnReznick. He has 20+ years of commercial real estate development experience, which has been principally centered on affordable housing and economic development. He has extensive experience in structured financing including conventional and tax exempt revenue bond transactions and provided multilevel oversight on the development and operation of 6,000 units of multifamily and single-family affordable housing. Mr. Gormley previously supervised all multifamily housing efforts at a national construction firm. Before that role, he served as Vice-President of real estate for one of the largest community development banks in the nation where he employed a wide range of products that facilitated commercial credit facilities largely related to Community Revitalization Act qualified investments. He has also originated LIHTC investments for a nationally recognized syndication firm and served as the Rental Programs Manager for the State of Arizona.

PETER NICHOL
Advisor

Mr. Nichol is a Senior Vice-President and Head of Originations at CWCapital within the firm’s affordable housing finance platform. A 15-year veteran of the real estate industry, Mr. Nichol’s expertise in affordable housing encompasses both development and financing. Prior to joining CWCapital, Mr. Nichol served as Director of Affordable Housing for The Reliant Group, Inc., where he was responsible for structuring new affordable housing investments for the company, including the development of properties using low-income housing tax credit equity and tax exempt bond financing.

WILLIAM PATTERSON
Advisor

Mr. Patterson is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Universal Healthcare Management Services, Inc. and Global Transcendence. Established in 1999, UHMS is distinguished as one of DC’s Choice Providers of community-based mental health and residential services. Mr. Patterson has over 20 years of experience in mental healthcare and human services. While working as a trainer and program manager with the U.S. Postal Service, he proactively sought out extensive trainings in substance abuse counseling, relapse prevention, conflict resolution, and adolescent aggression. Mr. Patterson studied business administration and marketing at Livingston College in Salisbury, North Carolina and the University of the District of Columbia.

CHRISTOPHER THOMAS
Advisor

Mr. Thomas is the Office Managing Partner at Tidwell Group’s Austin office. With over 20 years of public accounting experience, Chris is responsible for providing domestic tax, financial accounting, and tax consulting services to individuals, corporations, and partnerships in a multitude of industries. He is also responsible for federal and state compliance with partnership tax allocation requirements; tax planning and tax compliance for partnerships and corporations, with a focus on low-income housing tax credit projects and real estate developers. He has a strong focus and active role in FCTG’s tax-incentivized real estate and commercial real estate practice. Clients served include publicly-held Fortune 100 companies, nonprofit housing organizations and developers across the United States. Mr. Thomas leads the firm’s cost segregation study practice and also served as a member of the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Advisory Council for the Department of Accounting.

TOM DIXON
Advisor

Based in Boston Capital’s Los Angeles office, Mr. Dixon is responsible for establishing new developer relationships, assisting developers with feasibility and financial structuring using the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and analyzing all real estate and Section 42 properties in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. During his 20-year tenure at Boston Capital, Mr. Dixon has originated and closed approximately $850 million in tax credit transactions in 15 states. He currently serves on the boards of the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers and California Housing Consortium. Mr. Dixon has also represented Boston Capital on numerous other national committees and various state associations including the New York State Association for Affordable Housing, the National Association of Home Builders Housing Credit Group, and the California Council for Affordable Housing. Mr. Dixon holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from The George Washington University.