Brian Wishneff, President
Mr. Wishneff oversees all BW&A operations including tax credit syndication and consulting, economic development consulting and real estate development. In this position, he has been involved in over $3 billion of business and real estate development throughout the U.S. He has a long history of consulting on a full range of governmental, development and economic planning issues, attended Virginia Tech, earning a B.A. in Political Science in 1975 and an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning in 1977. Past positions include Director of the Hotel Roanoke Conference Center Commission and Chief of Economic Development for the City of Roanoke, VA. He is also a former adjunct faculty member at Virginia Tech’s School of Urban Planning and Affairs. Brian has been a frequent speaker at a variety of conferences on the subject of tax credits and other financial incentives. Brian has also received a number of economic development awards and served on numerous boards including the Virginia Governor’s Advisory Council on Small Business, Downtown Roanoke, Inc., the Roanoke Convention and Visitors Bureau. Brian is married with three children and three grandchildren.
Email: brian ‘at’ wishneff.com
Erik Wishneff, Vice President & General Counsel
Mr. Wishneff joined Brian Wishneff & Associates in 2007. In his role with BW&A, Erik works with a variety of project sponsors to help facilitate tax credit investments. This work includes deal structuring, financial analysis and the negotiation of investment terms. He also oversees BW&A syndication services facilitating investments for investors throughout the U.S. In addition, Erik oversees several of BW&A’s real estate development projects. Prior to working at BW&A, Mr. Wishneff worked for a national homebuilder serving as Division Counsel and Director of Land Acquisitions where his duties included identifying, negotiating and securing new land for residential development as well as assisting with the entitlement process for these developments. Erik began his legal career in private practice where his clients included various developers, builders and lenders. Mr. Wishneff received a B.S. in Finance from Virginia Tech and his J. D. from George Mason University School of Law. Erik is a member of the Virginia Bar. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Virginia Downtown Development Association. He is married and resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three daughters.
Email: erik ‘at’ wishneff.com
Kim Duncan, Office Manager
Ms. Duncan joined BW&A in 1999 and attended Virginia Tech and Virginia Western Community College. Past positions include fifteen years with the Roanoke City’s Office of Economic Development and as part of the Hotel Roanoke Conference Center Commission. With BW&A, Ms. Duncan is responsible for the daily operations of the firm including providing customer service to internal and external clients. She creates and updates marketing pieces, general company information, custom client packages and web site development. She resides in Roanoke, Virginia, with her three cats.
Email: kim ‘at’ wishneff.com
Adam Markwood, Vice President, Preservation & Environment, LEED AP
At BW&A, Mr. Markwood manages a variety of tax credit syndication and consulting projects throughout the United States. Adam has successfully helped both for-profit and non-profit clients utilize a variety of tax credit and financial incentive programs. Prior to joining BW&A in 2008, Mr. Markwood, a LEED accredited professional, worked for a national planning and architecture firm in Philadelphia, PA where he focused on assisting with the design of LEED registered buildings, sustainable urban design plans and large-scale green plans. Prior to this position, Mr. Markwood worked for a regional planning commission in Southwestern Virginia where he assisted in the coordination of regional sustainability initiatives. Mr. Markwood received his degree from Virginia Tech in Public and Urban Affairs. He is Treasurer for the U.S. Green Building Council SWVA Chapter, a member of the City-Manager appointed Roanoke Clean and Green Committee, and is a member of the Roanoke City Fair Housing Board. Adam resides in Roanoke, VA and is married with one daughter.
Email: adam ‘at’ wishneff.com
Doug Chittum, Director of Development
Prior to joining BW&A in 2011, Doug served as the Director of Economic Development for the County of Roanoke, Virginia for the past 14 years. While at the County, his primary responsibilities were to coordinate the County’s economic development efforts and to lead and mentor professional staff in the planning and implementation of marketing, product development, and existing business retention and expansion programs. In this position he also oversaw the development of the County business and industrial centers as well as a number of commercial and residential developments. Prior to this position, Doug worked both in the private sector as a Director of Commercial Development for a regional developer as well as a in the public sector in other economic development roles. Doug attended James Madison University and has served on a number of boards including the Virginia Economic Development Association, The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, The Roanoke Valley Horse Show and the Roanoke Small Business Incubator.
Email: doug ‘at’ wishneff.com
Akam Ahmedi, Business Analyst
Mr. Ahmedi joined the BW&A team in October of 2016. He works in the BW&A Washington DC office primarily on historic preservation and new markets tax credit projects. He has been personally involved in the syndication of $20 million of tax credits since joining the firm. Akam holds a Bachelors Degree in Finance from the James Madison University. Prior to his joining BW&A, Akam worked in business development for a start-up IT firm. He is originally from Roanoke, VA and currently lives in Chantilly, VA.
E-mail: akam ‘at’ wishneff.com
Mark Letenzi, Development Director
Mr. Letenzi joined the BW&A team in 2017. He is primarily focused on tax credit syndication and development projects, financial underwriting, and new business development. Mark began his career at Lockheed Martin supporting finance at the corporate and program level, and thereafter in strategy and business development for its homeland security and intelligence business. There, he led the group’s Coast Guard new business efforts and was responsible for advancing relationships with government end-users and positioning the firm to bid on federal procurements. Mark received his B.S in Finance and a minor in Real Estate from Virginia Tech in 2012. He is originally from New Jersey and currently lives in Washington, DC.
Email: mark ‘at’ wishneff.com