Investor Spotlight Series Featuring Dan Bozzuto
by Erik Hayden, on Oct 12, 2020 10:24:40 AM
As part of our ongoing Investor Spotlight series, we interview Urban Catalyst investors to share their experience and get their insights into why they decided to invest in our Opportunity Zone Fund.
Meet Dan Bozzuto – renowned insurance broker and Silicon Valley investor.
Q: What got you interested in investing with Urban Catalyst?
I had a capital gains event that piqued my initial interest. Quite frankly, my involvement in downtown San Jose played a part – I was the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce. The aspect of investing in downtown San Jose without having to buy a building made a lot of sense to me. That aside, Urban Catalyst’s management team was super important, the advisory board meant a lot to me too. These guys are invested in San Jose – they’re San Jose people, which is reassuring to me.
Q: What about the Urban Catalyst investment are you most excited about?
I really like the projects, they all feel like they fit into the community. That made me feel better that it would be a successful venture. Having been involved in San Jose's planning, we did a lot of study missions with the city and the chamber looking at things all over the country that work, and Urban Catalyst’s projects work for San Jose. I have always envisioned a vibrant downtown San Jose, so there is a lot of excitement for me to be involved.
Q: What strategies are top of mind for you while investing during a global pandemic?
While my investment strategy may be different since the pandemic, I still feel good about the fact that people will get back into their offices. I believe Silicon Valley will recover quickly.
Q: How long have you been investing in commercial real estate (CRE)?
I haven't invested a lot in CRE. My first investment in CRE was about seven years ago in downtown Campbell. Most of my investments have been in my business.
Q: In your own words, can you summarize the top benefits of diversifying into real estate?
Real estate in the Bay Area has been an interesting animal because we get used to these massive appreciations which creates a lot of value. Just like in my own business, I believe you need a lot of spokes on the wheel. A lot depends on the stage in your life – later stages will be less risk-averse, for example. From an investment standpoint, I'm pretty conservative and believe that diversifying everything is super important. With Urban Catalyst’s Opportunity Zone Fund, there is a lot of diversification within the fund.
Q: How did the tax benefits of Opportunity Zone investments work to your advantage when you sold your business?
It was advantageous in that I was able to save the capital gains tax on my investment.
Q: OZ Funds have a 180-day investment deadline, did that make you second-guess investing?
It didn’t. I’ve never been a guy that goes for deadlines – it either makes sense or it doesn't. The tax advantage aside, which certainly was important, I had to rely strongly on the team and the projects. I have a ton of faith in the Urban Catalyst team. I believe there is a tremendous amount of integrity; you have to have faith in who you invest in and I have ultimate faith that the team will do what’s right and important.
Q: Any final thoughts?
Urban Catalyst has been a good steward for downtown San Jose in supporting the non-profits and the city in general. There is a lot of good stuff going on downtown and I look forward to seeing what’s to come.
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