Joseph L. Wisniewski is a Partner with Deloitte Tax LLP. He has over 30 years of experience consulting clients on various tax matters. He specializes in tax issues relating to partnerships, real estate investment trusts and unrelated business income tax for the real estate industry. He has served a wide range of real estate clients including private equity firms, pension advisors, institutional investors, REITs, and developers. Specifically, Joe assists clients with structuring fund formations for both domestic and international investment in real estate as well as real estate investment trusts (REITs) structuring, debt restructurings, merger and acquisition transactions, due diligence projects and ongoing operational tax matters. Joe also has significant experience helping companies design fund structures which accommodate the tax sensitivities of various domestic and international investor types.
In addition to his client responsibilities, Joe also leads Deloitte’s real estate practice in the Central Region. In this role he is responsible for facilitating strategic growth and innovation as well as overseeing the provision of client service to our real estate clients.
Joe attended Northern Illinois University where he received a B.S. in Accounting. He also holds a J.D. with distinction from The John Marshall Law School. He is a member of many professional and civic organizations including the ABA, AICPA, Northern Illinois University Business School Board of Advisors, Roosevelt University Real Estate School Board of Advisors, NAREIT, ULI and many others.
Currently a Managing Director with RosePaul Investments, a NYC based family office. John is in charge of investment allocation with a focus on energy, and physical technology. Prior to joining RosePaul John managed an infrastructure fund focused on distributed energy, power and water treatment with Arcapita in the middle east. His earlier career was with ExxonMobil and Mobil Oil spanning a wide variety of engineering and business development functions in the US and internationally. John graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from Cooper Union in NYC, and has an MBA from Rice University in Houston.
Sophocles Zoullas, Zenith Shipping
Sophocles N. Zoullas has been involved in the shipping industry for over 30 years with experience in strategic, commercial and operational aspects of the business, in both private and public companies. He is currently the founder, chairman and CEO of Zenith Shipping, an owner of crude tankers, product tankers and drybulk vessels. Zoullas is also a principal of Delphin Shipping, an investment vehicle in drybulk shipping. In 2005, he founded and was Chairman and CEO of Eagle Bulk Shipping, a Nasdaq listed 45-vessel shipping company.
In the span of his career, he has been a principal in over 100 shipping transactions, ordered and constructed over 40 newbuilds vessels. In the capital markets, he has raised over $600 million in primary and secondary issues, PIPES, bought deals, ATMs and an IPO. He has also raised over $500 million of equity in the non-public institutional markets and over $2 billion in the bank markets.
He was an honors graduate from Harvard College and received his MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Business Boards: Chairman Lloyds Register North American Advisory Committee, Board member, London Steamship P&I Insurance, and lifetime member and former director, North American Marine Environment Protection Association
Thomas Zucosky – Principal/CIO, Member of Investment Committee
In addition to operating Discovery Capital’s business, Mr. Zucosky oversees manager selection and portfolio management for the Investment Adviser. Previously, as Senior Vice President in charge of alternative investments for InvestorForce (Philadelphia), he oversaw all institutional searches for hedge funds done through the firm’s on-line RFP platform (clients included CalPERS and Citigroup). As Head of Marketable Alternative Strategies for Strategic Investment Group (Washington, DC), he analyzed and managed portfolios for institutional investors (World Bank and Mars Inc). In 1994 Tom partnered with fund-of-funds Olympia Capital Management (Paris), where he oversaw all US-based due diligence. In 1985, he co-founded Aegis Capital, a hedge fund/registered investment adviser. Mr. Zucosky graduated with a M.A. (honors) from Montclair State University and a B.S. (Business) from The College of New Jersey.