James Freeman, Co-Managing Partner
Mr. Freeman specializes in niche areas of tax planning and works directly with high net worth investors, family offices and their trusted advisors. His expertise focuses on tax-deferred 1031 exchanges, Delaware Statutory Trust (DSTs), tax-deferred Opportunity Zone funds, conservation easements, and numerous federal and state-sponsored tax mitigation strategies. Mr. Freeman has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Accounting from UNC Chapel Hill and an MBA from Duke University. Prior work and board experience includes International Taxation practice with Arthur Andersen and Deloitte; Director of Valvoline Oil, Germany.
He is the past Chair of the Board for the Georgia Society of CPAs, is on the Board of Governors of the Buckhead Club, and President of Filing for Freedom. Mr. Freeman and his family reside in Atlanta, Georgia, and are actively involved in their church and numerous philanthropic programs.
Ricky Novak, Co-Managing Partner
Mr. Novak specializes in niche areas of tax planning and works directly with high net worth investors, family offices, and their trusted advisors. His expertise focuses on tax-deferred 1031 exchanges, Delaware Statutory Trust (DSTs), tax-deferred Opportunity Zone funds, conservation easements, and numerous federal and state-sponsored tax mitigation strategies. Mr. Novak has a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology and received his Juris Doctorate from Emory University’s School of Law, with a concentration in tax, real estate, and international law.
His prior work and board experience includes the International Taxation practice with Arthur Andersen; the Real Estate Taxation practice with Deloitte; Board of Directors of the Atlanta Bar Association; Chair of the Atlanta Bar’s Real Estate Section. He is also a past President of the Real Estate Group of Atlanta. Mr. Novak and his family spend their time between Atlanta, Georgia and Alys Beach, Florida and are actively involved in their church and numerous philanthropic programs.
Mike Fields, COO
Mr. Fields manages the operational efforts of The Strategic Group of Companies and its investments. His responsibilities include driving the firm's strategic planning and execution, as well as evaluating, streamlining, and maintaining efficient and compliant operations, finance, and investor relations strategies. Mr. Fields has deep experience in lowering the barriers to entry for complex financial products and making those strategies easier for advisors and clients to implement effectively. Before joining The Strategic Group, Mr. Fields was a co-founder of Hatteras Funds in Raleigh, North Carolina where he most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer. Hatteras Funds is a boutique alternative investment firm which offers investments in hedge funds and private equity funds. Previously, Mr. Fields also was employed by Captrust Financial and Morgan Stanley. Mr. Fields received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. Mr. Fields has also earned his designation as a Chartered Alternatives Investment Analyst (CAIA). Mr. Fields and his family reside in Atlanta, Georgia are actively involved in their church and numerous philanthropic programs.
Steve Rothschild, Partner
Mr. Rothschild works directly with high net worth investors, family offices, corporations, insurance companies and trusted advisors providing solutions within the Strategic Group’s lines of business. His expertise focuses on state and federal tax credits, tax-deferred 1031 exchanges, tax-deferred Opportunity Zone funds, and numerous federal and state sponsored tax credit/deduction strategies. He is an active member of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Association for Corporate Growth, and CCIM. Mr. Rothschild is also on the Board of Governors of the Buckhead Club and sits on advisory boards of various companies.
Lance Stafford works closely with tax professionals and other financial advisors to provide tax planning & mitigation solutions for high-net-worth investors, family offices and corporate taxpayers. Mr. Stafford brings over 20 years of capital markets experience to The Strategic Group after managing the equity sales & trading operation in the Southeast for several investment banking firms and subsequently advising high-net-worth investors at two prominent wealth management firms in Atlanta. A CFA charter holder, Mr. Stafford graduated from Emory University with a degree in economics and earned an MBA from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board at Hillside, Inc. and is a member of the Piedmont Driving Club and the Ansley Golf Club.
Jessica Freeman serves as the Director of Fund Management for The Strategic Group. In this capacity she handles the reporting, compliance, and overall management of The Strategic Group’s series of private placement funds. Ms. Freeman has over two decades of experience in fund and project management. Prior to her time at Strategic, Ms. Freeman worked at Ashland and Valvoline handling supply chain logistics and data management. Ms. Freeman received her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Kentucky, and her Master of Business Administration from Indiana University.
Allen Taylor is the Director of Capital Operations & Marketing where he focuses on the marketing, investor relations and product management needs of the Firm. Mr. Taylor has been involved in the asset management and private equity space for over a decade. Prior to his time at The Strategic Group, he managed investor relations at Avesta, a private real estate group, and was the Marketing Director for Private Wealth for Pantheon Ventures, a global private equity firm with over $38 Billion in AUM. Mr. Taylor also served as a Partner, and Director of Marketing for Hatteras Funds, a boutique alternative investment firm specializing in hedge funds and private equity. Prior to entering the financial services industry, Mr. Taylor served in several capacities for the Presidential Administration of George W. Bush in Washington D.C. Mr. Taylor received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee, where he was also on the track & cross country teams. Mr. Taylor is the founder and chairman of several charter schools, and sits on various community and non-profit boards.
Chris Martiner focuses on origination, acquisition and syndication activities of tax credits and leads the joint venture efforts for The Strategic Group in the development and preservation of multifamily housing on a national scale. Mr. Martiner has more than 24 years in the tax credit syndication space having closed well over $1B of tax credit transactions. Prior to his time at The Strategic Group, he led acquisitions for the State Tax Credit Exchange, co-founded Churchill Stateside Group and was the Senior Vice President of Acquisitions for Alliant Capital. Mr. Martiner started his career as an Asset Manager at Boston Capital where he managed investor returns and yield forecasts for Boston Capital’s $850MM public fund portfolio. In 2009, Mr. Martiner founded CayCap Advisors, a nationally recognized outsourced originator and advisory firm, that strategically built a direct tax credit equity investment platform for one of the largest privately-held companies in the U.S. Mr. Martiner commonly acts as a key member and investor voice for many state housing coalitions and forums and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Central Connecticut State University.