Robert J. (Bob) Banks, CCIM
Prior to founding The Seminole Companies in December 2008, Bob was the CEO and majority owner of The Midland Companies which was sold to a public company in 1999. He was with Midland since 1973 and remained employed by the purchaser (MuniMae) as Vice Chairman until he retired in December 2003. Bob is a licensed real estate broker in Florida and Michigan and holds the CCIM designation awarded by the National Realtors Association in Chicago. He is an emeritus member of the Board of Visitors at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University, and also Director/Member for the Penn State Institute for Real Estate Studies. He is the past general chairman of Copperhead Charities, Inc., a Tampa Bay charity that acts as the host organization for PGA Tour Golf Tournament, then known as the Transitions Championship. Bob is a graduate of the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University and served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps for a four-year period.
Ronald J. (Ron) Campbell, CCIM
Ron joined The Seminole Companies in 2009. Ron’s vast experience includes Touche Ross & Company, various financial positions with Guardian Industries Corp., and Chief Financial Officer for the Detroit Pistons Basketball Company and Palace Sports & Entertainment. Ron spent a decade as President and NHL Alternate Governor for the Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey Club. He serves on the Tampa Bay Sports Commission Board of Directors, University of Michigan School of Kinesiology Sports Management Advisory Board, Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation Board, and Copperhead Charities Board of Directors. Ron graduated cum laude from Eastern Michigan University, earned an MSA in Finance from Walsh College and received an honorary doctorate from Walsh College in 2006. Ron is a licensed real estate agent in Florida and Michigan.
Since joining Seminole in 2010, Chris has been responsible for the identification, evaluation, and negotiation of renewable energy finance transactions focusing on solar and wind projects between $2 million and $40 million in need of construction/interim financing and permanent debt financing. To date Mr. Diaz has closed just under $1 billion totaling over 350 MW in Construction and Permanent Financing for Renewable Energy projects. Prior to Seminole, Chris was employed by Credit Suisse, MMA Financial and the Midland Companies where he gained over 15 years of experience with tax credits and financial services. He has had multiple articles published on the subject of Renewable Energy Finance and continues to be a frequent speaker on Renewable Energy Finance and Energy Credits at national industry conferences. Chris is a member of the Board of Directors for the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) and an elected Alternate to the Board of Directors for the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA). Chris holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science with an emphasis in urban and regional planning from Florida State University, as well as an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.
Tim joined The Seminole Companies at its formation as a Senior Portfolio Manager and now oversees the underwriting, loan servicing and asset management functions at the firm. Prior to joining Seminole, Tim was employed by MMA Financial, LLC as a Debt Portfolio Manager analyzing and managing construction, permanent and supplemental loan portfolios. Prior to joining MMA Financial, LLC, Tim was with Raymond James Financial and Raymond James Bank, where he worked as a Senior Corporate Projects Analyst and Commercial Loan Underwriter. Tim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and an MBA from the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Mr. James has 15 years experience in structuring and financing debt and tax incented products for developers and investors. Prior to joining Round Rock he created and was Managing Director of Greystone Renewable Energy Ventures and Greystone CDE, its New Markets Tax Credit division. At GMAC Education Loan Funding, he led the creation of a $2.0 billion securitization of student loans. He has also worked in affordable housing and community development finance at GMAC Commercial Mortgage and Fannie Mae. Most recently Mr. James was a speaker and moderator at the White House Forum on Tax Equity for Renewable Energy in March and works closely with the Department of Energy as a reviewer for the Sun Shot Program, which leverages financial expertise and technological innovation to increase solar efficiency. He has extensive experience with various tax credit programs, including renewable energy, historic tax credits, new market tax credits and low income housing. Mr. James earned his B.A. from The American University and Masters of International Business from the University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand.
Mr. Eckhardt has worked extensively with tax incented investments from both an equity and debt perspective. His experience includes legal, underwriting, asset management, fund management, origination and syndication of investments representing more than $1.0 billion. He is a speaker at national renewable energy finance conferences and has been featured on C-Span. He has worked on behalf of tax credit syndicators, lenders, investors and developers. He previously served as Vice President for Capmark Finance Inc. and as Investment Counsel for a division of GMAC. Mr. Eckhardt earned his B.A. from Colorado State University and his J.D. from Gonzaga School of Law.