Opportunity Zones: A Panel of Perspectives

February 7, 2019 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
UNC Charlotte Center City 320 E 9th St, Charlotte, NC 28202

The Childress Klein Center for Real Estate invites you to an evening of networking and a vibrant panel discussion in Uptown Charlotte. The Panel will discuss how Opportunity Zones, as codified in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, can work towards our regions economic development goals. There will be a short networking reception following the panel discussion. 

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Event Schedule: 

  • 6:00-6:30 pm: Check-In and Networking 
  • 6:30-7:30 pm: Panel Discussion
  • 7:30-8:00 pm: Networking Reception



Charles Lindsey McAlpine is CEO of Carolinas-based CitiSculpt, a visionary real estate development firm dedicated to improving lives by shaping communities through the creation and sculpting of impactful, mixed-use environments. Lindsey graduated from University of North Carolina at Charlotte with undergrad degrees in business administration and psychology. He has been active in the Charlotte community, serving at times as president of the Charlotte South chapter of Rotary, president of the Charlotte chapter of UNCC alumni and board member of the UNCC real estate graduate school. He was named one of Charlotte Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.”

Matthew Madden, CPA at Elliott Davis has more than 13 years of experience in public accounting. His primary focus is providing tax planning and compliance services to clients in the real estate, manufacturing and service industries. He has extensive experience in providing tax services for flow-through entities, corporations, and individuals. Additionally, Matt has been involved in dealing with numerous partnership allocation issues, structuring tax free exchanges of property, loan workouts, private equity transactions and economic incentives. He currently serves as the managing shareholder for the Greenville office’s tax practice.

Emily Reynolds is Partner at K&L Gates and represents developers, lenders, and investors in a variety of complex real estate matters, including: corporate relocations and major operations leases, including negotiation and structuring of associated incentives; build-to-suit leases; development and infrastructure agreements; acquisition, development, financing, leasing, and sale of office, retail and industrial properties; investments related to the newly established Opportunity Zones following the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 for long-term investments and development in low-income urban and rural neighborhoods; land banking, lot/land aggregation and associated financing for national and regional homebuilders, lenders and equity partners; real estate joint ventures; renewable energy facilities; private placement real estate funds; strategic planning; recapitalizations; and 1031 exchanges.

Richard Buttimer is the Director of the Childress Klein Center for Real Estate, John Crosland, Sr. Distinguished Professor of Real Estate and Professor of Finance, UNC Charlotte. Dr. Buttimer’s primary areas of research are the  development of mortgage default models and the application of options theory to problems in real estate development. Buttimer has published papers in many academic journals, has served on the Board of Directors for the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association and is a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. Dr. Buttimer holds both a Ph.D. and a B.B.A. from the University of Georgia.