John Cook joined Gardner Capital in February 2016 as executive vice president of investments, focusing on solar energy investment strategies for Gardner Capital and its investment partners. Cook works closely with the company’s management and solar development teams in evaluating development, acquisition and strategic investment opportunities.
Prior to joining Gardner Capital, Cook worked as a tax partner at national accounting firm BKD, LLP, where he was a member of the firm’s National Construction and Real Estate Group. He has more than 22 years of public accounting experience, providing tax consulting and accounting services for clients in the affordable housing, market rate housing, student housing, historic preservation, and commercial real estate industries. While at BKD, LLP, Cook provided consulting, tax planning and accounting services for real estate developers, syndicators and investors, as well as construction, property management and real estate holding companies. He worked with developer clients to structure transactions utilizing federal and state low-income housing credits, historic rehabilitation credits, new markets tax credits, and other federal and state incentives as project funding sources, and worked closely with real estate professionals, high net worth individuals and corporate investors in formulating tax saving strategies involving federal and state income tax credits. Cook also served as chief financial officer for a large midwestern real estate development and syndication company.
Cook has been a speaker at national and state conferences on topics involving the historic rehabilitation, low-income housing, and new markets tax credits and has authored articles on numerous real estate topics. He was a speaker at the National Council of State Housing Agencies’ Housing Credit Conference in 2005 and 2006, at the 2007 and 2010 Missouri Governor’s Conference, at the 2013 IMN Winter Forum on Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing, and at the 2013 Missouri Workforce Housing Conference.
Cook was extensively involved with authoring and presenting the Cost/Benefit Analysis of the Missouri Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program, a joint project involving BKD, LLP and Missouri State University, for the Missouri Housing Development Commission.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting, graduating summa cum laude, and his Masters of Arts in Accounting, from Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri.Back to Team >>