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Chris Messmann

Vice President, Tax and Risk Management

Mr. Messmann joined Merchants Capital in June 2021 as Vice President of Tax and Risk Management. Chris oversees and approves all financial projections for both lower tier and upper tier investments and reviews and approves all fund and partnership audits and tax returns.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Messmann was a Senior Vice President at CREA for 10 years in the Fund Management, Dispositions and Portfolio Management departments.  During his time at CREA, he managed a $1 billion equity portfolio consisting of 17 funds, 60+ institutional investors, and 175 operating partnerships.  Mr. Messmann also modeled all property level dispositions, property re-syndications, and Investor Limited Partner interest sales and was responsible for portfolio revenue tracking, portfolio valuation and process improvements throughout the company.  Prior to CREA, he was on the tax team for three years at Dauby O’Connor & Zaleski, a premier LIHTC accounting firm.  Mr. Messmann has a master’s degree in Accountancy from Ball State University.

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