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.  Specifically, in 1987, at the age of 37, Tom was appointed President of the Stearns Company where he was responsible for all aspects of the Company’s nine state, $200,000,000.00+ (i.e., $400,000,000+ based on 2012 dollars) real estate portfolio, comprised of over 2 million square feet of hotel, office, warehouse, R&D, and retail properties as well as 25,000 acres of land.  Development offices were located in the Silicon Valley, California; Phoenix, Arizona; and Lexington, Kentucky.  In 1999, Tom moved from Kentucky to Bluffton, South Carolina help form RRZ LLC and affiliated companies.  Tom devoted most of his time to managing all functions related to 5,000+ acres of land near St. George, Utah and most functions related to most of the 4,300 acres acquired in the Buckwalter PUD.

Commencing in 2005, Tom began combining various public initiatives into his real estate activities in five states.  Locally, Tom has been the past Chairman of the Greater Beaufort-Hilton Head Economic Development Partnership, the Beaufort County Technology Committee, and the Bluffton Economic Diversification Committee and was selected as the 2002 SC Ambassador for Economic Development for Beaufort County.

Tom has or has had positions and/or memberships in the Kentucky Bar, the YPO, the IESC and various real estate organizations (e.g., IREM, ICSC, SRI, NACORE, ULI, etc.).  He is presently a licensed real estate broker in South Carolina, Kentucky, Utah and, California.


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.

Matt began his career as an accountant for Arthur Anderson in 1999.  He later moved to Vitale Caturano & Company and worked as a senior accountant.   His desire to start a career in real estate led him to leave Vitale and join Bennett Development, a real estate development firm in the Greater Boston area.  As Project Manager working on various mixed use condominium real estate development projects, he had responsibility for planning and feasibility studies, acquisitions, permitting all projects and running the daily operations of the company.  In 2004, Matt left Bennett Development to found Live Oak Group, LLC and shortly thereafter Live Oak Property Group, LLC and JCM Ventures, LLC.  Matt sits on the board and executive committee for the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce (National Chamber of Commerce in 2000 & 2006) and chairs the Bluffton Regional Business Council.  Matt is also on the board of Young Life and is an active member of the Creative Coast and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

Matt was born and raised in Shadyside, Ohio.  He received a BA in Economics and Accounting from the College of the Holy Cross and attended Linsly Military Institute for high school.  Matt and his wife Jennifer have two children, Claire and Madelyn.


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. She subsequently moved to Credit Suisse First Boston, where she was a Vice President and the Manager of Administrative Support for the Equity Research Department. In 2003, Monica left Credit Suisse to become the Administrator for the New York office of Baker & Hostetler, a national law firm with its head office in Cleveland, Ohio.

Monica moved to the Lowcounty of South Carolina in 2006 and currently is the administrator for all companies with the ZAM group.



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