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As businesses manage through the uncertainty of COVID-19, there are options for leaders to seek financial relief, enhance liquidity, and preserve company value. However, navigating the array of options and understanding which relief packages apply to your company can be challenging.
Principal, National Director of Governmental Affairs
Bob Moss leads CohnReznick’s federal and state government relations efforts with a focus on the affordable housing industry. In this capacity, he helps to protect client interests in the affordable housing industry through the legislative process. Bob operates out of CohnReznick’s Boston and DC-metro offices.
Bob has 30 years of affordable, multifamily housing experience that includes syndication, preservation and development, debt financing, tax credit applications, and property management. He currently serves as Vice President of the National Leased Housing Association, an organization serving both public and private organizations in the affordable multifamily rental housing field. He is also active with the Council of Independent State Housing Associations (CISHA), the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition, and the ACTION Rental Housing Campaign. His extensive industry and government experience includes serving as the Chairman of the non-partisan Housing Advisory Group which is active in preserving the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program in Congress. He has also served as the Federal Legislative Subcommittee Chair for the Housing Credit Group of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Bob also serves as chairman of the National Leased Housing Association.
Bob has testified before the full House Ways and Means Committee on tax credit reform and residential real estate hearings, as well as Senate and House Subcommittees on affordable housing issues. In 2015, he was inducted into the National Affordable Housing Hall of Fame by Affordable Housing Finance magazine. In addition, he was honored with the Daniel M. Grady Memorial Award by NAHB for his commitment to advocacy. Prior to joining the Firm, Bob was Senior Vice President and Director of Origination, Affordable Housing, for Boston Capital.
Stephanie O’Rourk is a partner at CohnReznick who leads the emerging concept companies and operational consulting efforts of the Firm’s Hospitality Industry practice. Based in the Atlanta office, she has more than 20 years of public accounting experience in both audit and tax, advising her clients on best practices and tax efficient strategies. Her clients consider her a trusted business advisor and value her experienced insights and business acumen.
Having worked with several of the nation’s leading growth concepts, Stephanie oversees the Firm’s nationwide initiative on emerging concept companies and operational consulting. She has helped implement best practices and industry standard reporting and financial controls for numerous hospitality companies. She leverages her knowledge of the various technologies available to the industry to help clients achieve their goals. Her experiences have helped her develop an in-depth understanding of the tax code and the challenges and opportunities that exist in the hospitality industry.
Working closely with other leaders in the Hospitality Industry practice, Stephanie has assisted clients in restructuring their businesses in an efficient manner in order to best maximize tax benefits, improve profitability and cash flow, implement incentive compensation programs, obtain financing, and negotiate lending terms, as well as position their companies for liquidity events. Stephanie has helped developed our proprietary profit enhancement program and cash flow management systems which allow companies to run efficiently and to maximize their profitability. Used properly, these programs provide operators with a road map for their financial success and forecast their cash needs as their companies continue to grow.
In 2016, Stephanie was appointed to the advisory board of Nosh Talks, an organization she helped found that is dedicated to producing content-based events focused on restaurants, their operations, and business practices. She was selected as one of the Top 50 Women in Business and was featured among Long Island’s Who’s Who of Women in Professional Services by Long Island Business News in 2011.
Martin Teckler has over 30 years of experience in the areas of general corporate law, real estate, administrative law, securities, private equity, and venture capital, with a primary focus on the representation of venture capital and private equity funds structured as Small Business Investment Companies (“SBICs”) as well as specialty lenders that make financial assistance available to small and mid-sized businesses.
Martin is one of the few attorneys in the country experienced in the programs of the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) and other federal agencies that provide capital to small businesses. In addition to the SBA, he navigates his clients through the small business programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, OPIC, and the Export-Import Bank, as well as areas of government contracting and the provision of set-asides to small and minority-owned businesses.
Prior to joining Blank Rome, Martin was a partner at an Am Law 200 firm in Washington, D.C. Previously, he served as deputy general counsel for the SBA, where he was senior counsel for the SBA’s Business Lending, Small Business Investment Company (Venture Capital and Private Equity), and Development Company Programs. In this capacity, Martin prepared significant securities transactions and interacted extensively with sources of lending and venture capital for small businesses, providing him with a firsthand perspective and multidimensional understanding of what is needed to successfully close numerous SBA-related transactions.
Martin is a frequent speaker on SBIC, Certified Development Company, and Small Business Lending Fund matters. He participates in, and has presented before, the Small Business Investor Alliance and the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders.
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