Meet the Team
The MN-OZA Advisory Board members support and advise the management team. Distinguished Advisory Board members include:
Rick Beeson — Current Executive Vice President Sunrise Banks, Board of Regents University of Minnesota. Past President Park Midway Bank of Saint Paul (acquired by Sunrise) and a host of prominent community institutions. University of Minnesota B.A., St. Thomas M.B.A.
Ferdinand F. Peters — Currently practicing attorney and owner of Ferdinand Peters Esquire Law Firm. Prior attorney with Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, RTC and FDIC. Served in the United States Army and Reserves, retired at the rank of Colonel. St. John’s University B.A., William Mitchel J.D., University of Southern California M.A.
Chris Hanson — A natural entrepreneur and internet pioneer, Chris has founded or co-founded five successful businesses including Sanus, the largest manufacturer of audio/video furniture and accessories in the US, and three nonprofits. His current company, thedatabank, gbc, is a Certified General Benefit Corporation that was formed in 1998 as the first SaaS CRM software used by nonprofit organizations to manage relationships with their supporters. As a small business owner, fundraiser and direct marketer, Chris has presented at numerous regional, national and international conferences. Chris earned his Ph.D. in Organization Development at the University of Minnesota where he conducted research on the use of formal training to improve organizational performance in small businesses. An award-winning researcher and author, he has presented at national and international academic conferences and has published articles in the areas of small business development, social network analysis and social entrepreneurship. His focus is on helping social entrepreneurs and small business owners build organizations that are financially and socially beneficial. Chris is also a Senior Fellow of the Twin Cities Metro Independent Business Alliance and founding board member of MNVest.org.
Community Impact Advisory Boards
MN-OZA’s Opportunity Impact Fund is intended to be mission-focused, long-term (“patient”) and aligned with goals within the communities where MN-OZA’s monies are deployed. Ideally, every project MN-OZA invests in will be community-led and each project will feature its own Community Impact Advisory Board, comprised of local thought-leaders and neighborhood stakeholders, led by MN-OZA management team members.
MN-OZA is seeking to channel the talents and relationships of its personnel into good works and with an economic aspiration and not just philanthropy, so we will collaborate with community members to achieve positive outcomes. Our business philosophy revolves around deliberate “triple bottom line” objectives across economic, social and environmental realms.
MN-OZA Management Team
The MN-OZA organization is led by a distinguished range of wise and insightful leaders, including:
Jamie Stolpestad, Investor Relations – Jamie is a founder and managing partner of Minnesota Opportunity Zone Advisors. A real estate focused entrepreneur, advisor (NoVo Foundation, PVN Design Works, Knight Foundation Community Advisory Committee) and educator (NYU Stern School of Business). Past CEO Allianz Real Estate (first employee, grew to 16 FTE’s, $8.6B national debt & equity portfolio), other investment firms+$13B investment track record. Northwestern B.A., Kellogg School M.B.A.
Craig Estrem, Operations Manager — Craig is a founder and managing partner of Minnesota Opportunity Zone Advisors and a real estate investment firm executive. Past Managing Director of EverWest Real Estate Partners, Blackrock, Madison Marquette, often in COO role. Craig has significant experience setting up, running large-scale investment-oriented real estate platforms, real estate funds, and serving on investment committees. Craig attended Augsburg University where he obtained a B.A.
Linh Do, Compliance and Oversight – Linh is a MN-OZA Executive Vice President. Linh has been focused on real estate since 2016, but has vast previous experience in technology implementation for healthcare and construction. Her business acumen encompasses project management, leadership, customer relationship, accounting processes, and (informal) facilitation. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute (PMI). Her education includes an undergraduate degree in Marketing Management Research, Masters in Organization Management and Business Administration as well as a certificate in Finance from Concordia University. Linh’s work for MN-OZA is focused on downstream acquisition, development, and property management.