Brent T. Blackburn, PE, LEED AP- Giles Flythe Engineers
B.S. Architectural Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS Professional Engineer – Georgia, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional
Brent has more than eighteen years of experience in engineering, design and analysis of building systems for commercial and industrial projects that include hospitals, office buildings and industrial facilities. His formal education focused on building engineering disciplines including plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems with an emphasis on structures. In addition to design and analysis, Brent has spent a significant portion of his career in the field and on project sites reviewing the installation of engineered designs to ensure they are compliant with contract specifications and drawings. To further serve clients, he develops construction cost estimates and usable life projections for building and site components in the form of reserve studies and cost segregation studies.
Brent also performs Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and Property Condition Assessments (PCA’s) for a wide array of properties including office buildings, retail buildings, restaurants, industrial buildings, hotels, apartment complexes and other commercial real estate. These studies address a range of environmental and building system concerns including petroleum products, hazardous elements in construction materials and compliance with building codes, ADA regulations and mechanical, electrical and structural integrity issues.
Kevin R. Giles- Giles Flythe Engineers
B.S. Business Management Finance, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC- Member – American Society of Cost Segregation Professionals. The Member designation is for individuals with at least 1,000 hours of direct technical experience performing cost segregation studies. Requirements for the member designation also include submittal of application package with experience log and obtaining a passing grade on the Member exam.
Reserve Specialist (RS), Awarded by Community Associations Institute, the RS designation is awarded to experienced, qualified professionals who help community associations plan for the long-term repair and replacement of major components. RS designees perform reserve studies according to CAI’s National Reserve Study Standard
As Co-Owner of Giles Flythe Engineers, performs cost segregation studies for various commercial real estate properties including office buildings, industrial buildings and warehouse/flex buildings. Mr. Giles also performs numerous capital reserves studies for community associations, performs construction monitoring and quality assurance inspections for new apartment construction and community association capital repair projects, and performs Property Condition Assessment due diligence inspections for commercial real estate. Included in these assessments is repair/replacement cost estimates for near term/immediate repairs. Additionally, property condition assessments include capital reserve analysis including repair/replacement cost and useful life estimates for building components and site improvements.
Rebecca Long – ASCSP Member – Senior Associate RSM US LLP
Rebecca graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in architecture from Southern Illinois University. She has worked for RSM US LLP for 5 years in cost segregation, fixed asset review, 179D energy efficiency incentives, and accounting method changes.
Dr. William McBride is the Vice President of Federal Tax and Economic Policy at the Tax Foundation, where he leads our efforts to research, model, and reform the U.S. tax code.
Dr. McBride has more than ten years of experience analyzing a variety of economic and policy issues. Most recently, he served as a manager in the National Economic and Statistics (NES) group at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he worked on numerous projects, including economic impact analyses, industry surveys, U.S. federal and state tax revenue estimates, and general quantitative analyses. He also has experience researching and modeling the economics of taxation and issues related to tax reform at the state, federal, and international levels.
Dr. McBride is no stranger to the Tax Foundation. From 2011 to 2014 he served as chief economist, where he wrote extensively on the economics of taxation, particularly regarding business investment, and guided the development of the Tax Foundation dynamic scoring model.
Dr. McBride holds a PhD in economics from George Mason University, where he specialized in macroeconomics and agent-based modeling. His research has been cited by policymakers and major media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Mark G. Roberts, CFA, AIA currently serves as the Executive Director of the Real Estate Center at the UT McCombs School of Business
Mark has over 30 years of commercial real estate experience. Prior to this, he served as a Managing Director at DWS and held several senior leadership positions including Head of Research & Strategy, Alternatives and Real Assets, Head of U.S. Multi-asset & Solutions and Co-Head of Research for DWS. He led the research teams that support the firm’s global real estate investment process which also included developing the firm’s ESG strategy. He also led the portfolio management team responsible for over $2 billion in multi-asset strategies.
From 1995 until joining DWS in June 2011, he served as Global Head of Research of Invesco Real Estate. From 2003 to June 2011, Mr. Roberts was Chairman of the firm’s investment strategy group and also served as a member of various Executive and Investment Committees. Prior to joining Invesco Real Estate in 1995, Mr. Roberts was Director of Construction/Development for Club Corp International Inc., a global hospitality company, in Dallas, Texas.
He has also served as the Chairman of the Board of NCREIF and was the former President of RERI, and a member of the NCREIF Fund- Index Subcommittee which developed the NFI-ODCE Index. He is currently serving on the Leadership Committee of the Global Real Estate Fund Index and also serves on the PREA Research Committee and is actively involved in ULI, Austin. Mr. Roberts holds an M.S. in Real Estate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a B.A. in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana.
Scott R. Saunders is Senior Vice President with Asset Preservation, Inc. (API), a subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corporation.
Scott has an extensive background in Internal Revenue Code §1031 tax deferred exchanges, having been involved in structuring thousands and thousands of §1031 exchanges during his twenty four years in the exchange industry. He was a presenter at the 2012 ASCSP conference in Denver. He holds a Business Economics degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Asset Preservation is a leading national IRC §1031 Qualified Intermediary and has successfully completed over 140,000 §1031 tax deferred exchanges throughout the nation.
Mr. Saunders dedicates a significant portion of his time presenting classes on introductory and advanced §1031 exchange strategies to accountants, attorneys, financial advisors, real estate brokers and principals nationwide. He has spoken at the annual National Bar Association Conference, National Society of Accountants (NSA) Annual Conference, National Association
of Realtors® Annual Conference, GMAC Real Estate’s Annual Convention, Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants Annual Convention, Colorado Association of Realtors Annual State Convention, Ohio Bar Association, the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Success Series, Tenant-in- Common Association (TICA) and Washington D.C. Bar Association and many other state and local financial, real estate, accounting and legal associations. In addition, he has been a regular presenter of 8-hour C.L.E. and C.P.E. approved classes on advanced §1031 exchange issues to accountants, attorneys, commercial developers and CFO’s arranged by Lorman Education and the National Business Institute. Scott regularly provides webinars for continuing education credit on the subject of §1031 exchanges.
Scott is an Honorary Member of the ASCSP
Drew Rose is the CSO and Co-founder of Living Security.
As the company’s creative mastermind, Drew combines his experience developing security programs and his love of game design to expertly craft immersive products. He seeks to engage end users and create excitement with his educational experiences and measurable outcomes.
Drew is a CISSP with a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity who has spent years building and optimizing security programs in the public and private sectors. While serving in the military, Drew learned effective strategies for fighting cybercrime and earned a top-level security rating in the U.S. government. At Living Security, Drew applies his in-depth knowledge to reducing enterprise and personal risk by designing science-based, collaborative security awareness programs.