Bright Impact combines investment and management expertise with an integrated suite of products and services focused specifically on Opportunity Zones. We help investors, fund managers and communities understand how best to leverage Opportunity Zones and gain better insight into the returns and impacts of their investments.
Donna Lewis Mackenzie is a co-founder and CEO of Bright Impact For the past four years Ms. Mackenzie has served as Executive Director of StarterStudio, a business incubator and accelerator program for technology startups. Ms. Mackenzie has been involved in numerous startups guiding them through idea stage, to initial angel investment, to venture capital series investments. Ms. Mackenzie has been involved in more than $90M in startup and early growth investments. Learn more.
David Brim is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Bright Impact. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he majored in marketing, David is the only two-time winner of the school’s Joust Business Plan Competition. Brim has founded numerous businesses in Central Florida across industries such as marketing, technology (SaaS & online directories), real estate, and private lending. Since 2010 he has consulted over 1,000 second stage companies through Economic Gardening, an entrepreneurial approach to economic development focused on growing communities from within. Learn more
John A. Cooper serves as the Director of Startup Investments for Bright Impact. He has led or participated in financing and merger/acquisition activities for more than 200 technology sector companies, with specific focus in SaaS enterprise applications, Internet technologies, and Healthcare IT. Since 2014 he has been the managing director of Houlihan Lokey – ranked as the No. 1 M&A advisor for all U.S. transactions over the past 20 years. Mr. Cooper previously served as Managing Director of Microsoft Corporation in corporate development and strategy group, where he performed a leadership role in investments & acquisitions, defining key corporate relationships and involved in more than thirty transactions.
Vince Wolle is an experienced commercial real estate executive, broker and investor with over 22 years of experience. He holds distinguished designations of CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) and SIOR (Society of Industrial & Office Realtors) which is known to include the best of the best in industrial and office real estate. As the founding broker of Results Real Estate Partners, Vince has consistently been a top producer since 2004 in Central Florida retail and industrial real estate, which has led to over 36 awards. Vince has been recognized as the highest producing broker in Seminole County 6 times in the last 10 years. He is also court appointed receiver and trusted to oversee, manage and preserve properties during litigation between uncompromising parties. He has had transaction volume of over $1,000,000,000 ($1B) or 6,000,000 (6M) SF+ of commercial space.
Paul Saint-Pierre, serves as the Chief Compliance Director of Bright Impact. He is also the principal advisor of PSP Advisors.
His professional experience features a consistent theme of alternative investment strategies, including: i) strategic advisory services, ii) investment analysis, placement, and secondary-market transactions of various investment funds, and iii) active principal in the design, creation and investment management of institutional quality, SEC-registered investment companies and business development companies and their subsequent launch through retail, RIA and mass-affluent investor channels.
He has held senior executive positions that include: Chief Financial Officer of corporate divisions, investment companies and business development companies; registered representative of registered investment advisors featuring alternative investment strategies; investment banker for real estate-related businesses; US REIT sector investment analyst; registered principal of broker dealer firm that facilitated secondary-market transactions of securities issued by private equity real estate funds; portfolio manager and research director of a global real estate securities investment program; and principal advisor to institutional investors regarding real estate investment strategies.
He attended University of California, (Berkeley) Graduate School of Business where he earned a Masters degree in Business Administration MBA 1981.
Christina is the Director of Communications and Client Relations of Bright Impact. She is a graduate from the University of Central Florida, where she received a degree in Human Communications and Mass Communications. With a background in marketing and public relations she stays on top of rapidly changing trends in consumer behavior and expectations, as well as marketing techniques, creative copy and design. Christina has a prodigious reputation for intuitive customer satisfaction and developing respectful partnerships.