At the Top of Our Game

The investUS team is comprised of seasoned professionals with institutional investment experience in a variety of industry sectors that include real estate, energy, retail, manufacturing, technology, hospitality, biotechnology, film, media, transportation, financial services, aerospace, aviation, mining, utilities, infrastructure and industrial sectors.

Forward Thinking

Our Investment Strategy

investUS brings a multi-disciplinary institutional investment strategy to investing in Opportunity Zones. Rather than focusing on just real estate in major markets, the investUS fund offers investors a unique investment opportunity to invest in a diversified portfolio of Opportunity Zone businesses and properties in underserved and less appreciated markets.

Our Investment Philosophy

The investUS investment team has a triple bottom line investment philosophy which emphasizes financial return, economic growth and job creation, and positive social impact, and is comprised of seasoned investment professionals with institutional investment experience in a variety of industry sectors. The fund intends to diversify its portfolio across a variety of industries, geographic locations, and assets.

Our Location

Albuquerque provides us a unique perspective. New Mexico is home to great scientific discovery, several national laboratories, Spaceport America, and birthplace of innovative people and companies that have changed the world. Home to the second largest art market in the world, Santa Fe, and rare wonders of the natural world, like White Sands, Carlsbad Caverns, and many others, New Mexico contains the contrasts of many underserved markets. Great potential combined with great need is fertile ground for Opportunity Zone investing. With the help of our Opportunity Fund, this undiscovered state is being discreetly reborn; thriving quietly, peacefully and beautifully.

New Mexico is a place to live and breathe the American dream, which made it the perfect place to launch investUS Opportunity Fund. From right here, we are connected globally, evolving economically, and building and growing great businesses. We’ve been blessed with the best the world has to offer in community, art, culture, quality of life, natural beauty, a pristine environment, and unlimited opportunity, and want to share that with the rest of the country. And New Mexico is just one example of an underserved market that is below the radar of most Opportunity Fund managers.

More investors are choosing investUS Opportunity Fund as their vehicle to re-invest their tax dollars using the truly amazing Opportunity Zone tax break program, simply because of the scope and potential of the development projects we believe in. Experience something special and be a part of our effort.

Sincerely,

Deborah Burns
Managing Partner of investUS Opportunity Fund

Our Staff

Senior Management

Deborah Burns

Deborah Burns

Managing Partner

Ms. Burns’ financial career spans more than 30 years and includes roles as an institutional investment officer in New York City, finance officer at a New Mexico start-up company that became the largest publicly-traded company in the state, and Chief Lending Officer for a community bank. In these roles, she honed her ability to determine key factors for business sustainability, profitability and growth in a wide variety of industries.

During her investment career, she analyzed more than 3,000 businesses and invested more than $3 billion. During the 1990s, Ms. Burns founded the Project Finance Group at TIAA-CREF and she was the lead institutional investor for construction and long-term investments in the US and emerging markets. Over the course of her investment career, Ms. Burns specialized in a wide variety of industries including energy, utility, industrial, retail, transportation, manufacturing, entertainment, media, private equity, and infrastructure. Ms. Burns developed expertise in structured finance, emerging market finance including project finance, asset-backed securitization, and infrastructure construction lending.

Ms. Burns returned to extraordinary New Mexico, her birthplace, as a senior member of the initial team that developed an innovative lending platform and was responsible for issuing over $40 billion in publicly-registered securities. She is now using her years of experience to expand capital sources for New Mexico to stimulate economic growth, create jobs and facilitate investments with a positive social impact on urban and rural communities.

An Albuquerque native, Ms. Burns graduated from Albuquerque Academy. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Princeton University. As an undergraduate, Ms. Burns was a research analyst for Burton G. Malkiel, head of the Economics Department at Princeton, and she worked with him on his New York Times best-selling book, “A Random Walk Down Wall Street.” Ms. Burns also earned an Executive MBA in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Michael Hodges

Managing Director

Mr. Hodges has assisted large corporations in raising capital and managing financial risk for more than 30 years.  He has served both publicly traded and privately held firms spanning the credit spectrum from investment to speculative grade.  Most recently he served as Global Treasurer of Cushman & Wakefield, a multinational commercial real estate services firm, preceded by postings as Corporate Treasurer of Biomet, a global medical device manufacturer, and Treasurer of Hyatt Hotels.  He spent the first 18 years of his career in Corporate Finance at Abbott Laboratories.  He has been involved in debt capital markets transactions totaling more than $12 billion in proceeds.

Notable transactions with which Mr. Hodges has been involved include five secured term loan financings totaling $2.2 billion in proceeds from 2015 to 2017 while at Cushman & Wakefield, as well as the placement of the company’s first receivables securitization facility with $100 million in capacity. While at Biomet Mr. Hodges refinanced the Company’s full debt capital structure from 2012 through 2013, including $3.3 billion in senior secured loans, $2.7 billion in senior unsecured notes, a $500 million asset-backed revolver, and a $330 million cash flow revolver. At Abbott Labs Mr Hodges was involved in a $1.5 billion senior notes issuance to finance US medical device M&A, Yen 100 billion senior notes issuance to finance Japanese pharmaceutical acquisitions, and a $750 million bridge facility to support a hospital products spinoff.

Mr. Hodges has also actively served on non-profit boards and currently serves as treasurer of Espanola Humane.  He moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife in 2017.

Keith Sabol

Keith Sabol

Managing Director

Mr Sabol is a seasoned finance professional with nearly 25 years experience in the capital markets. He has managed hundreds of millions of dollars in equities, convertible bonds and fixed income securities for clients while working for nationally known mutual fund companies Davis Selected Advisers and Federated Investors.

His skills, honed through the analysis of hundreds of enterprises of all sizes across most sectors of the economy, include evaluation of the return and risk characteristics of investment opportunities and the assembly of the best of these into well-crafted portfolios. Mr. Sabol has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Mr. Sabol’s capital markets experience also includes representing investors by serving on Creditors’ Committees in bankruptcy proceedings where he led his firm’s first investment in a DIP financing, negotiated equity splits among creditor factions and helped to select new management teams.  Separately, he participated in the pricing of convertible bond exchange transactions with portfolio companies and their bankers.

Prior to his career in investment management, Mr. Sabol, a graduate of the United States Military Academy, served as an M1A1 Tank Officer in the US Army.  On one of his first assignments, he led patrols along the East – West German border. Later he earned his combat patch serving in Iraq and Kuwait with the Third Armor Division during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

After the Gulf War, Mr. Sabol transitioned to civilian life by pursuing a Master of Science in Industrial Administration (MBA) from the Tepper School at Carnegie Mellon University where he concentrated in Finance and Operations Research.  While attending the program, Mr. Sabol was a key member of the student leadership team that started the” I Have A Dream Foundation” of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, an organization that “adopted” a cohort of disadvantaged elementary school children and promised them college scholarships if they graduated from high school. Mr. Sabol has continued to support education and youth focused organizations throughout his career.

Mark Lautman

Mark Lautman

Principal

Mr. Lautman has more than 30 years of experience as a professional economic developer. He has designed and managed four economic development programs that procured more than 80 corporate locations, accounting for more than 15,000 new jobs, 6 million square feet of industrial space, and $11 billion in new investment.

Mr. Lautman is former Chairman of the New Mexico Economic Development Commission, 2000-2010. Most recently, Mr. Lautman was Vice President of Economic Development of Mesa del Sol where his business unit was responsible for recruiting Albuquerque Studios, Schott Solar, Fidelity Investments and several other businesses. Mr. Lautman’s previous New Mexico economic development assignments include Santa Teresa, Rio Rancho and Grants.

Mr. Lautman’s recent consulting projects include Spaceport America, Artesia Chamber of Commerce, San Juan County, Cibola County, Rio Rancho Economic Development Corporation, Oklahoma City, and Vermillion, SD. Mr. Lautman currently leads the New Mexico Legislature’s Interim Jobs Council and is consulting with Sandoval County in the development of a comprehensive economic/workforce development program. In addition, Mr. Lautman’s consulting business, Lautman Economic Architecture, LLC, works with community leaders to transform community economies and elevate the professional practice of economic and workforce development.

Mr. Lautman is the author of “When the Boomers Bail: A Community Economic Survival Guide.” He is a founding director of the Community Economics Lab, a private not-for-profit think tank that innovates new approaches for economic development in labor and capital constrained economies. Mr. Lautman is a 1971 graduate of the University of New Mexico in Economics, Architecture and Geography, and a former Peace Corps volunteer.

Robert Singer

Robert N. Singer, Esq.

Secretary and General Counsel

Mr. Singer is a licensed attorney in the state of New Mexico and is Of Counsel with Keleher & McLeod, P.A., based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His areas of practice include national and international business, finance and economic development, technology transfer and entertainment law. Mr. Singer also represents major banks, credit unions and other financial institutions in various commercial, transactional and regulatory matters.

Mr. Singer has gained significant experience in international trade and commerce and has worked on major economic development projects throughout the United States, Mexico and greater Latin America, Europe and Asia. He founded and served as President of International Arts and Technologies, Ltd., which represented domestic and offshore companies seeking international business and investment partners in a variety of industries. Also in that time, Mr. Singer served on the US District Export Council; was a Presidential Appointee to the US Department of Commerce Small Business Advisory Council; and chaired a major White House conference on international trade issues.

Mr. Singer has been involved in numerous multimillion-dollar projects around the country, including for the Choctaw tribe in Mississippi, the Viejas tribe in California, the Navajo nation, the Laguna Pueblo and the Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico. These ventures include theme parks and attractions, casinos and resort hotels, renewable energy installations and banking endeavors.

Mr. Singer was also among the founders of the World Law Institute with honorary chairmen that included former President Jimmy Carter and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. The mission of WLI is to train lawyers from former Soviet countries in the rule of law. Mr. Singer has served as trustee of the University of Albuquerque and on the board of the Catholic University of America School of Law in Washington, D. C., where he received his law degree. In law school, he was employed by the Senior New Mexico Senator in the United States Senate.

Noreen Scott

Noreen Scott

Principal

Ms. Scott served as the President of the Rio Rancho Economic Development Corporation (RREDC) from 1994 to 2014.  In that 20-year period, Rio Rancho’s population grew from 28,000 to more than 100,000. The RREDC team oversaw the location and expansion of 63 companies and added more than 15,000 jobs to the region. The location of quality companies like Sprint, Hewlett Packard, Victoria’s Secret, Alliance Data, Bank of America and many others along with three expansions of the Intel Corporation made Rio Rancho the go-to location in New Mexico.  Currently the New Mexico Economic Catalyst Foundation continues New Mexico focused location and expansion services along with training statewide.

Ms. Scott spearheaded the organization and implementation of the Rural Economic Development Forum and was a New Mexico representative to the Council of Governors Policy Advisors Rural Academy.  She is also a founding member of the New Mexico Economic Development Institute at Western New Mexico University and currently serves on the faculty of the Economic Development Institute. She has served on the faculty of the Economic Development at the University of Minnesota in Duluth and the Economic Development Institute in Norman, Oklahoma.  She is also past chair and has served on the Education and Certification committee for the International Economic Development Council.

Ms. Scott holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Mundelein College, Loyola University in Chicago, a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Western New Mexico University, and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. She has served on the boards of directors of the United Way, the New Mexico Rural Alliance, the Rio Rancho Chamber of Commerce, the Center for Hands on Learning, the International Women’s Forum, and Presbyterian Hospital, among others, and was a member of the Board of Regents at Western New Mexico University from 2004 to 2012.

Andres Guerrero-Cordero

Andres Guerrero-Cordero

Vice President – Operations

Mr. Guerrero – Cordero comes to investUS from the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC), where he served as a Program Manager. There Mr. Guerrero – Cordero mapped the relationship and responsibilities of a joint program of more than 10 government agencies and department in order to align priorities, schedules, and risks, and optimize communications throughout. Additionally, he led acquisition efforts to provide support to the AFNWC legacy systems and acquisition programs.

Prior to that Mr. Guerrero – Cordero was a Contract Specialist with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Directed Energy Directorate located at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In this role, he was responsible for various types of acquisitions from small contractual agreements with universities and Small Business Innovative Research programs to multimillion-dollar efforts. At AFRL Mr. Guerrero – Cordero developed a $25 Million interagency agreement between the AFRL and Sandia National Laboratories and contributed to a $175M sole-source acquisition, for which he provided direct support throughout the process, from market research to competitor evaluation and contract award.

Mr. Guerrero – Cordero is active in community organizations such as TEDxABQ, where he volunteers as a speaker coach, and is a member of the Community Economics Laboratory, a “Think Tank-Do” focused on empowering government and communities to improve New Mexico’s economy and enhance its future. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, achieving five minors (in Homeland Security, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, International Relations, Business Administration and Corporate Finance) while participating in several cultural and business exchange programs in China, France and Laos. He also obtained a master’s degree in entertainment business from Full Sail University, during which he spent several years in the entertainment industry as a Communications Manager and photographer.

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