InVesta Services is an experienced team of professionals that have combined disciplines to create a company focused on tax lien investing. Drawing on real estate, legal, technology, and capital markets backgrounds, the team has created a company with a stable balance sheet that has consistently delivered superior results to both its government clients as well as its financial investors. Tax lien investing requires a great deal of expertise to understand the underlying collateral, the state laws that support each government’s legal framework, and a technology platform to support the due diligence and servicing of the individual investments whether acting simply as an investor or as a servicer on behalf of a governmental entity.
InVesta Services and its management team have worked with some of the largest institutions in the country including Bank Atlantic, JP Morgan Chase and several hedge funds and private equity firms. We have also worked with over 100 cities, counties and municipalities throughout the United States in an effort to help them operate the business of government more efficiently.
At the end of the day good tax collecting benefits everyone as 1) it provides instant and necessary revenue of government to operate; 2) it demonstrates consistently high collection rates which leads to higher government credit ratings which; 3) can result in lower interest rates for governments when borrowing and issuing bonds. In certain instances where InVesta also participates in a servicing capacity, this private enterprise can further benefit government by reducing staffing and operating costs by using a state of the art technology platform and can further benefit government constituents by offering payment plans outside the scope and ability of the government.
R. Richard Robinson Jr. – Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer
Richard Robinson, one of the founding members, functions as the company’s Executive Vice President. He heads all lien and real estate acquisition efforts in the state of Georgia and oversees operations in all other states. Having participated in every segment of the acquisition process over the past eighteen years, Mr. Robinson is uniquely qualified to supervise acquisition efforts which preserve the requisite value of each portfolio while ensuring excellent returns. He also plays an integral role in establishing and furthering relationships with financial partners. His in-depth knowledge of multi-state tax receivable portfolios and multi state real estate portfolios, coupled with his management of day-to-day operations, provide Mr. Robinson with the insight necessary to augment productivity and exploit opportunities when they arise.
Prior to 1998, Mr. Robinson worked for Capital Asset Research Corporation as an Internal Auditor (1994-1996), and then as the Regional Vice President/Director of Operations for that firm’s Georgia Portfolio (1996-1998). While at Capital, he helped develop and maintain purchase criteria for portfolio acquisitions. He also refined due diligence procedures and implemented best practices at a number of local offices.
Mr. Robinson has been a key participant in acquisitions of over one billion dollars during this period. Over the course of his career he has obtained an extensive knowledge of the parameters for acquisition and management of real estate in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and West Virginia.
BS Marketing, Liberty University
Scott Easley – Chief Information Officer
Mr. Easley is one of the original management team leaders and has served as the Chief Information Officer since 1998. He is responsible for the design and implementation of the proprietary computer management systems dedicated solely to acquisitions, servicing and dispositions of Investa’s tax lien and tax deed portfolios. He plays a key role in the company’s acquisition efforts, data extractions and data analysis for potential purchases to core software modifications which serve to expand the company’s horizons. Mr. Easley is also responsible for maintaining the various databases containing inventory, diligence, and servicing and real estate owned (REO) information. In addition, he is intimately involved with the foreclosure process in Georgia, and has cultivated important relationships with the various governmental agencies that conduct tax receivable foreclosures on Investa’s behalf. Mr. Easley programs daily and is fluent in many software languages including VB, C, C++, Java, Pascal, .Net, SQL, WPS and asp.net. Currently Mr. Easley has built and maintains the majority of the software that enables all aspects of Investa’s business in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey and West Virginia.
As a former consultant to large buyers of municipal receivables, he has personally designed and implemented the software used to manage delinquent accounts and their collections in Connecticut, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
The Georgia Institute of Technology
Rufus Chambers – Executive Vice President, Capital Markets
Mr. Chambers is responsible for debt and equity capital raising, structuring, strategic relationships and other activities for Investa. Over the past 27 years he has been involved with a number of real estate and technology companies in various capacities. Mr. Chambers began his career with Equitable Real Estate where he spent time in their Atlanta, Dallas and Tokyo offices working on business development, sales, mortgage origination as well as portfolio management for a $300 million debt and equity portfolio for a corporate pension Company. He then became President of Chastain Capital Corporation, a publicly traded, hybrid real estate investment trust that raised over $800 of debt and equity for investment in mortgage and equity investments. Starting in 2000, he also worked in a variety of capacities with real estate technology companies including Fifth Wave Systems, WebTone Technologies, BrightPath Wireless and Virtual Premise. During his career Chambers has also been involved in real estate development in North Georgia on Lake Burton. Most recently Mr. Chambers was head of Carter’s single family residential portfolio overseeing all aspects of the program including acquisitions, renovations, leasing, dispositions and development of its affordable housing strategies.
Mr. Chambers has held various posts with professional organizations including the International Council of Shopping Centers, the National Town Builders Association, the Mortgage Bankers Association and as a founding member and three-term president of the Real Estate Group of Atlanta. He is currently Treasurer and an Executive Board Member of Safehouse Outreach, an urban ministry based in Atlanta, Georgia.
BA Marketing, University of Georgia, 1983
Benjamin Martin – Vice President Analytics
Mr. Martin joined the management team in 2004 as the firm’s primary financial analyst and presently serves as the Vice President of Analytics. He is also one of the principal managers of the company’s real estate subsidiary, which endeavors to optimize returns from parcels that are transferred from Investa’s receivable portfolio to REO. In addition, Benjamin is actively involved in developing bidding and pricing strategies in new markets. He plays a key role in evaluating potential bulk receivable acquisitions and in establishing discount parameters when applicable.
Prior to joining Investa, Mr. Martin completed an externship with AMVESCAP Retirement, Inc. At AMVESCAP he helped develop advanced competitor profiles to ensure that the company was utilizing industry best practices and to enhance the firm’s competitive position. Mr. Martin was a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and graduate of the International Baccalaureate Program, and concentrated on corporate finance and macroeconomics while at Harvard.
BA Economics, Harvard University, 2003, cum laude
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