Interviews

Interview with Energy 1031 Specialist, Wolf Hanschen

Wolf Hanschen is a consultant and 1031 specialist for Resource Royalties in Dallas, TX. He is also the co-founder and managing director of Peregrine Energy Partners, also located in Dallas.

Hanschen began his career more than a decade ago in the energy industry and has since served in a variety of roles. During his career, he has raised over $400 million in the broker-dealer and RIA community, specializing in 1031 exchange investments out of real estate and into producing oil and gas properties.

With oil prices currently low and real estate prices high, would now be a good time to sell out of real estate and invest in oil and...

Interview with Mark Prendergast of Heritage Auctions

Mark Prendergast is director of business development and trust estates at Heritage Auctions, the largest collectibles auctioneer and third largest auction house in the world. Prendergast earned his degree in Art History from Vanderbilt University and began his career in arts working with a national dealer in private sales of 20th Century American Art. Joining Christie’s in 1998, he quickly advanced to Vice President where he was instrumental in bringing to market many prominent works. He later joined Heritage Auctions in 2009, where he provides assistance to fiduciary professionals in all aspects of appraisal and liquidation of assets.

In which areas has Heritage grown the most over the last few years?

Heritage Auctions continues to be the world leader as a dealer and auction house in U.S.. coins, world coins and currency. The market for collectible coins has seen very steady increases over the last few decades – often countering the wider markets, as people see the benefits of having tangible assets in their portfolios.  

Other collectibles areas such as comics and...

Tax Reform Interview with Michael Tuchman of Levenfeld Pearlstein

This interview is one in a series in which we've asked an industry leader questions on the topic of tax reform and the issues faced by Congress in addressing the tax code.

Michael Tuchman is a partner in Levenfeld Pearlstein’s Corporate & Securities and Tax Planning & Litigation groups. He structures and closes complex and tax sensitive transactions and builds organizational structures for U.S. and international operating, investment and real estate companies. Tuchman began his career in 1984 as a tax lawyer and is now a trusted advisor to numerous businesses and investors. He is an experienced and pragmatic negotiator.

What are your thoughts on Congress allocating significant time and resources to tax reform in 2015?

The goal is admirable but unlikely to be realized in this partisan environment. While there is some bipartisan support for a number of changes, nothing that is being contemplated rises to the level of what I would call reform. It is the usual tinkering with revenues, benefits and interests. Recall the president’s commission on tax reform...

Tax Reform Interview with Paul Campbell of Wheeler Machinery

This interview is one in a series in which we've asked an industry leader questions on the topic of tax reform and the issues faced by Congress in addressing the tax code.

Paul Campbell - Wheeler MachineryPaul Campbell is Executive Vice President at Wheeler Machinery, a Caterpillar dealership in Salt Lake City. Campbell has served on the Associated Equipment Distributors' (AED) board of directors since 2005 and, in 2008, was elected Chairman.

Should Congress address corporate-only or comprehensive tax reform, and why?

In recent attempts to address the oppressive and outdated tax code, many in Congress seem to have forgotten that most businesses in the U.S. are small businesses. Family-owned partnerships, LLCs, S-Corps and other entities where the business owner pays the taxes for the business personally. This means that many individuals show as high income earners on tax rolls when in fact they take home a modest salary in order to plow company earnings back into the business - thereby...

Tax Reform Interview with Scott Goodman of Sterling Bay

This interview is one in a series in which we've asked an industry leader questions on the topic of tax reform and the issues faced by Congress in addressing the tax code.

Scott Goodman - Sterling BayScott Goodman is the Founding Principal of Sterling Bay, a commercial real estate investment and development firm he established in 1986. Today, Scott focuses on investor relations, procurement of financing and equity, and transaction structuring. Scott earned a BS in Economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business. Scott is the former Board Chair and current Board member of both the PKD Foundation and Heartland Alliance. He is also a member of the Chicago Economics Club.

What are your thoughts on Congress allocating significant time and resources to tax reform in 2015?

Congress’s attention to tax reform is long overdue.  The tax code is just a series of layers on top of...

Tax Reform Interview: Ellen Voie of Women in Trucking

This interview is one in a series in which we've asked an industry leader questions on the topic of tax reform and the issues faced by Congress in addressing the tax code.

Ellen Voie - Women in TruckingEllen Voie founded the Women In Trucking Association in March of 2007, and she currently serves as the nonprofit organization’s  President and CEO. Women In Trucking was formed to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, remove obstacles that might keep them from succeeding, and celebrate the successes of its members. In July 2012, Ellen was honored by the White House as a Transportation Innovators Champion of Change. Ellen has written extensively about trucking and family issues. Her book, Marriage in the Long Run, collects some of the most popular of the columns she published in national trucking publications. Her most recent book, Crushing Cones, provides potential truck drivers with information on what to expect when attending...

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