The Developer

With a proven, nationwide, multi-decade track record of producing extraordinary returns for its investors, Buckwalter Place is one of the few real estate projects in the country who has focused on achieving regional economic sustainability through its real estate activities.  In fact, many of its real estate related projects have included economic development, education, entrepreneurship, environmental, technology, transportation enhancements, healthcare, technology, historic preservation and/or quality of life initiatives.

Buckwalter Place is located in Bluffton, SC.   The Buckwalter Place development team has considerable expertise in the evaluation and oversight of real estate companies and investments nationwide through all economic and market cycles.

Generally, Buckwalter Commercial makes equity investments for long-term appreciation, normally either through 50/50 ownership of the operating company or a strategic minority position.  As a managing partner of the companies, ZAM makes its money just as its investors do, through the increased value of its investments over time.  A significant portion of the personal assets of the Buckwalter Commercial principals is committed to these investments, and thus they share the risks of ownership.

Our Philosophy

The motto at Buckwalter Place is simple:

You can do good, have fun and make money- they are not mutually exclusive!

The more defined motto is still simple:

We are a real estate development firm that seeks to obtain the utmost value from mixed-use projects in the right locations which respect a community’s form and character, which offer opportunities for local economic development, which embrace environmental responsibility and energy productivity, which incorporate design that prioritizes the human experience, which accommodate changing land uses over time, and which build social capital.

Project History

The concept of Buckwalter Place has been around for some time, building momentum from its inception.  Local approvals of the concept and site plan have continuously proceeded as the need to diversify the economic base for the rapidly growing Town of Bluffton became more and more obvious and other successful models nationwide began to…

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Meet the Team

Thomas Zinn

Tom graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BS in Electrical Engineering, from University of Rochester with a MBA in Finance, and from Duquesne University with a JD.  During the 1970s and 1980s, Tom was employed by Air Products and Chemicals in Allentown, PA, Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, PA, and the Stearns Company in Lexington, Kentucky. Tom has 25+ years of full time, hands on experience as the chief operating officer and/or chief executive officer of various real estate companies…

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Matt Green

Matt Green is owner of JCM Ventures, LLC and is closely involved with Zinn Asset Management, Buckwalter Commercial and the Buckwalter Place development team.  He is co-founder of Live Oak Group, LLC and Live Oak Property Group, LLC, real estate development firms focusing on economically sustainable mixed use projects.  He is based in Bluffton, South Carolina and has a broad range of operational responsibilities including identifying investment opportunities, acquisitions, project management, development (including supervising construction activities), financial management, and sales & marketing…

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Monica Sliva

Monica is a graduate of St. John’s University with a BA in Government and Politics and of the McGill University Faculty of Law with degrees in both Common Law and Civil Law. She was admitted as a barrister and solicitor by the Supreme Court of Ontario in 1982 and shortly thereafter moved to New York, where she worked as a finance specialist at Shulte Roth and Zabel and subsequently at King & Spalding. In 1995, Monica became the supervisor of Securities and Blue Sky legal assistants at Davis Polk & Wardwell, one of the world’s top law firms…

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