President | The Phoenix Group
Darin Munson graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in 1996 with a degree in Business administration. HE got involved in Real Estate investing while attending college.
Darin has participated in hundreds of residential real estate transactions. He leveraged the same basic philosophy and techniques learned in residential to scale up into bigger commercial projects.
His range of experience includes:
- More than $1 billion of Ownership Interest in Commercial Real Estate Asset Portfolios
- Principal in multiple Commercial Development and Acquisition Companies
- Principal in several Property Management Companies which:
- Manage over 9,000 multi-family units, Class A to Class D
- Manage 600,000 square feet or office and retail space
- Principal in Construction Company which:
- Rehabilitates under-producing properties and then brings them to market
- Builds and develops new construction Multi-Family and High-End Retirement Communities
Darin can often be found in front of both national and local audiences sharing his expertise and meeting a current demand of many levels of real estate investors wanting a higher than normal return while minimizing risk.
CEO | The Phoenix Group
Born and raised in North Minneapolis, Devean George developed a strong drive to succeed at an early age. His parents worked two jobs to send their son to high school at Benilde-St. Margaret’s, and he pushed himself physically and mentally to become a college basketball player. Devean went on to become a standout at Augsburg College, and was named MIAC Most Valuable Player for two consecutive years (1997-98, 1998-99). In 1999, George made history and overcame enormous odds when he became the first-ever NCAA Division III basketball player selected in the first round of the NBA draft, by the Los Angeles Lakers. In his first three seasons with the Lakers, the team won the NBA Championship. Throughout his 11-year NBA career, Devean played seven seasons with the Lakers, three with the Dallas Mavericks, and one with the Golden State Warriors.
During his career in the NBA, Devean demonstrated his dedication to making a positive impact on children and families. In each city he lived, Devean became involved in programs serving inner city youth. It was during this time that Devean developed the vision for his own nonprofit, and in 2011 he founded Building Blocks with the mission of combatting generational poverty by creating high-quality and self-sustaining housing, business, and recreational opportunities.
Today, George’s post-NBA career combines this dedication to service with his passion for real estate. In 2009, he established George Group North, a company that specializes in both affordable and market-rate multi-family residential development, mixed use projects, and property redevelopment. He serves as the company’s President and C.E.O. and the President of Building Blocks.
Past and current development projects include Marketplace & Main in Hopkins, featuring 63 apartments and 7 townhomes; Commons at Penn, a 47-unit mixed-use apartment complex in North Minneapolis; and numerous single-family properties in the Twin Cities area.
Head of Project Design | The Phoenix Group
Ken Schaumburg, (Texas Architect Registration #6700), founder and president of Fort Worth-based Schaumburg Architects, PC, is the creative center around which the innovative design on which his firm is founded.
Schaumburg graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture in 1972 and was licensed by the state of Texas as a Registered Architect in 1976. In 1975, while working as an apprentice for Jessen and Associates, a 65-person firm in Austin, Texas, Schaumburg won the firm’s interoffice design competition. Schaumburg’s design awarded his firm the $150 million-dollar Motorola project on Ed Blustein Boulevard in Austin, Texas. Schaumburg was named chief designer on the project. Schaumburg has been in private practice since that time, where his talents in residential, commercial and multi-family architecture and the principles that govern the way he conducts his business have made him a model for successful architect/builder/client relationships. Since opening his own firm, Schaumburg has maintained offices in Scottsdale, Arizona; Port Charlotte, Florida; Dubai, U.A.E.; Vail, Colorado; and Fort Worth, Texas.
Schaumburg and his team have designed residential projects for clientele including: Terry Bradshaw, sports broadcaster and former quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers; former Texas Ranger Julio Franco and other major league baseball players; Bruce Travis, former president of Duracell and Gillette; corporate executives of Alcon, Burlington Northern and Radio Shack; and Jack Messman, former CEO of Union Pacific Resources.
During the past fifteen years, Schaumburg has produced between thirty and forty single-family designs annually, with fifteen to twenty of these homes valued at $1.0 million or more. These design projects include spec homes for: the Cascades Golf & Lakeshore Community in Tyler, Vaquero Country Club in West Lake and both Mira Vista Country Club and Riverhills in Fort Worth. Schaumburg also designed over twenty private residences in the Cascades in Tyler in 2004-2005.
Schaumburg Architects, P.C. affords Schaumburg the opportunity to focus his talents on a number of architecturally significant commercial & multi-family projects. These include condominiums, rental apartments, hotels, shopping centers and retail developments. He is currently working on projects all over the state. Schaumburg’s commercial design projects include: the 12-story Lincoln National Bank building located at 1200 Copeland Road in Arlington, Texas, which made the cover of the Henry S. Miller International Marketing Magazine; Stadium Place Office Park in Arlington, Texas; and numerous offices, medical centers, restaurants, nightclubs, schools, museums, churches, college buildings, jewelry centers and retail space.
Schaumburg and his team have designed many town houses, multi-family rental apartments, condominiums and lofts for noted builders and developers, including 6th/Arch Adams Condominiums, Magnolia Green and Hilltop for Village Homes; Cassidy Corner and Pecan Place Condominiums for Fort Worth builder/developer Tom Struhs; Maple Station for Cedar Springs Development; Tanglewood Villas for TRP; Lake Country Town homes for CMPA; and South Main Lofts for Palladium Group. Schaumburg has recently designed a 17-acre mixed-use development project for Legacy Developers in Mansfield, TX; a 150-acre mixed-use master plan in Midlothian for Legacy Developers; a 35-acre residential development in Navarro County for Southport Marina Inc. Since 1974 Schaumburg has designed approximately 10,000 apartment rental units. Presently on the drawing boards: three rental apartment projects totaling 900 units in Mansfield & Burleson, Texas for Dolce Living, a major Florida Developer; a major College Campus in San Juan Capistrano, CA to include 3,000 student housing resident units; and a 400 unit multi-family project at Richland Chambers Lake in Corsicana. Texas.
Internationally, Schaumburg maintained an office in Dubai, U.A.E and partnered projects there with George Abdulla, then head of the Military Police of the seven Emirates. The aforementioned Henry S. Miller cover design resulted in the 1988 design commission of a 12- story building in Sao Paulo, Brazil for Plan Norte, International of Rio, Brazil. In the United States, Schaumburg has designed projects in numerous states throughout the country.
Schaumburg’s completed design/build projects include: Schaumburg Lofts, his own office and residence complete with six contemporary condominiums, completed in 2004; 410 Mills Street, seven traditional-style units in downtown Fort Worth, completed in 2005; 959 West Bluff Street, four contemporary-style units, completed in 2006 and Le Bijou, fourteen luxury condominiums priced at $1 million and up, in downtown Fort Worth, completed in 2007. Schaumburg has also assembled and sold several large tracts of land including The Left Bank on 7th Street in Fort Worth & the New Town Lake project in Fort Worth which required purchasing 30+ businesses. The assembly began in 2001 and was sold in 2007 for over $35 million.
As a member of the American Institute of Architects, Schaumburg is the winner of numerous National Home Builders Association and National Apartment Builders Design Awards. These include Best Townhome Project Design, Best Residential Design over 5,000 square feet, and Best Residential Design under 2,000 square feet. He received the Kaleidoscope of Homes Best of Show Award on five separate occasions.
Schaumburg also accepted the 2002 Design Award for Best Residence awarded by the Texas Association of Lathing and Plaster. Ken is a member of the Affordable Housing Subcommittee and a member of the Trinity Uptown Advisory Committee. Involved in community affairs, Ken is also a member of Fort Worth South, Inc., Downtown Fort Worth Inc., and the Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council. Due to his expertise in development, he has also been called upon by the City of Fort Worth to be involved in various zoning committees such as the mixed-use design guideline committee. Ken’s designs have graced the covers of numerous magazines including the Henry S. Miller International Marketing Magazine and Builder/Architect of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. Schaumburg’s designs can be seen in Dallas/Fort Worth Home Book, B Scene Magazine, Building Savvy, BOMA Fort Worth, Street of Dreams and Kaleidoscope of Homes.
Dr. Edward A. Johnson
Consultant | The Phoenix Group
Presently, Dr. Johnson is President and CEO, University Realty Advisors, LLC. He is a Founding Executive of the nation’s first real estate firm that advises higher education institutions, cities and developers on the relocation of main campuses and branch campus expansion programs in Sunbelt cities.
Prior to that, Dr. Johnson was CEO and Board Chair of The San Juan Colleges where he was responsible for the development of a proposed series of private universities branch campuses in San Juan Capistrano CA. Developed full business plan for capitalization of the campus and education programs focused on merging liberal arts with workforce competencies. Served as President and CEO, Everest College Phoenix; 4,000 sf student, for-profit college owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
As President of Sterling College from 1997 to 2007, Dr. Johnson Served as chief executive officer of a 475- student liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Major accomplishments included development of strategic plan and supporting business plan, Higher Learning Commission reaccreditation, initiation of nation’s first undergraduate program in social entrepreneurship, $8 million historic renovation of an academic building, new enrollment management program, $11M capital campaign and $5M additional private funds, Templeton Foundation award for spiritual formation programs, Teagle Foundation grant for servant leadership model development, new Board development program, and new strategic partnerships.
As Executive Director of the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education, Dr. Johnson was responsible for administering the Commission, including planning, coordination, administration, legislative relations, and supervision of statewide postsecondary education programs from 1992 through 1997.
Lead Counsel | The Phoenix Group
Michael started his career in September of 1967 as a Law Clerk in Ventura County under the tutelage of the DA’s office. By December of the same year he was appointed Deputy District Attorney. By 1978, Michael had moved up to Chief Assistant District Attorney and was then elected to District Attorney in November 1978. By august of 1985 he was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court on motion of the Honorable Edwin Meese III, Attorney General of the United States. Re-elected until his retirement in 2002, Michael moved into private practice lending his skill set and professional activities to a long list of achievements, awards and other accolades in California and around the country.
Now, Michael sits on the Board of Directors several institutions, banks, advisory boards and other foundations providing a long history of legal advice and expertise. Listed in Who’s Who in American Law, Michael has also been a guest speaker at the White House Conference, a Delegate, a Consultant and Presenter leading to many awards and commendations for outstanding service.
Community activities are a long list of Board Memberships and references throughout his career. To name a few: Governor Schwarzenegger, Honorable Pete Wilson, former Governor, State of California, Honorable William P. Clark, former Secretary of Interior and former Justice of the Supreme Court, Honorable Edwin Meese, III, former Attorney General of the United States and Counselor to the President, Hon. John Van de Kamp, former Attorney General of the State of California.
Jeffrey C. O’Brien
Legal Advisor | Chestnut Cambronne
Jeff O’Brien is a partner with Chestnut Cambronne and serves as general counsel to a wide variety of small and closely held businesses as well as real estate investors and developers. He has significant experience working with craft breweries, distilleries, and wineries on an array of issues including entity formation, financing, real estate matters, intellectual property protection, operational issues, securities law, and distribution contracts.
Jeff’s clients also include real estate agents, developers, and investors, community banks, title companies, restaurant operators, manufacturing companies, franchised businesses, retired professional athletes, financial advisors, insurance agents, and consulting businesses. He is certified as a real property law specialist by the Minnesota Bar Association.
A frequent lecturer and writer, Jeff has presented and written articles on a variety of business and real estate topics. He is a regular guest on several radio shows and podcasts including Justice & Drew, The Minnesota Beercast (NewsTalk 1130AM), the BS Show with Bob Sansevere (Tom Barnard Podcast Network), News & Views with Roshini Rajkumar (WCCO 830AM), and he is the voice of the “Minnesota Home Talk Legal Minute” on 1500 ESPN. Jeff has a blog site, Jeffrey O’Brien Today and a craft beverage law website which contains his articles, podcasts and other resources pertinent to craft beverage law.
Jeff has been listed as a Minnesota Super Lawyer every year since 2013. Previously he had been named a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Super Lawyers every year since 2018, a designation reserved for only 2.5 percent of all attorneys in Minnesota. He was named one of the “40 under forty” in 2014 by the Minneapolis -St. Paul Business Journal.
Jeff is a passionate networker and prides himself on leveraging his connections for the benefit of his clients and others’ businesses. A proud graduate of the University of St. Thomas as part of its first undergraduate engineering class, Jeff maintains his “Tommie” credentials as a strong supporter of his alma mater’s football and basketball programs.
Investment Crowdfunding Partner | Silicon Prairie Portal & Exchange
David V. Duccini is a well-regarded information security expert with real world “wire-to-web” e-commerce experience. In addition to having built an Internet Service Provider from scratch in the 1990’s he has been on a self-described “tour of duty” consulting with Fortune 50 banks, insurance companies, utilities, telecom, biomedical, and recently retail. David holds advanced degrees in Software Engineering from the University of St. Thomas and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management. A serial entrepreneur, he has been involved in many start ups. He joined the crypto-currency movement in late 2010 and launched 2Give.ifno an innovative pro-social stakeholder-based cryptocurrency network.
David launched Silicon Prairie Holdings Inc as a financial technology holding company; which owns Silicon Prairie Portal & Exchange Online an Investment Crowdfunding platform. It provides a fully functional database to raise capital from investors. It is a regulated MNvest Crowdfunding Portal Operator as of 2016 and continues to grow and mature in its offerings. When David is not at the keyboard, he can usually be found practicing his pilot skills moving rescue dogs around the Midwest in his Cessna 152. He lives in St. Paul with his wife Gabrielle and their two mini-dachshunds, Ginger & Duke.
Website Designer | Flying Orange
Jennifer started out studying Software Engineering at Florida Atlantic University. Then in 1996, after moving from Florida to Minnesota, she attended Bethel University and the University of Phoenix online where over time her focus shifted from Software Engineering to Graphic and Web Design.
River Street Designs, a small, independent home-based design business, opened for business in 2003, catering to small businesses and work at home mom’s (WAHM’s). Jennifer’s simple and affordable designs provided an opportunity for small businesses to present themselves on the web with a professional “big company” appearance at a much lower cost. Jennifer’s commitment and success of being a WAHM herself was acknowledged in November 2004 by Parenting Magazine.
In 2007, after selling a successful online gourmet business, and moving away from “River Street”, Jennifer decided on a new business name with a look and feel that better reflected her creative design focus. Flying Orange was born with an emphasis on creating custom and unique designs that catered to all businesses, organizations and individuals. Jennifer continues to advance her skills in Graphic and Web Design studying new techniques through self-education and monitoring industry trends. At the same time she works to educate others about the graphic and web design industry through social media and various blogs. Jennifer’s current design portfolio consists of over 400 highly satisfied clients for website, logo and print design projects.
Being a rabid basketball fan and “sports mom” Jennifer has been highly involved in local youth sports organizations, as well as the local Middle School and High School. She provides her design skills and her extensive time and facility management skills free of charge. Jennifer frequently volunteers her time helping teachers and administration at the local Middle and High Schools on various projects.