Advisory Board

The Palmer Advisory Board is comprised of talented individuals from the worlds of business and finance. This group provides us with regular guidance, insight and deal flow.

Ken Kotiza

Mr. Kotiza is the retired president of UMB Bank of St. Louis, a $1.6 billion division of UMB Financial Corporation were he was responsible for a $300 million loan portfolio, 450 personnel and 28 branches.  Prior to UMB, Ken was the president of Mark Twain Bank and Assistant Vice President of National Bank of Detroit.

Ken has a BA in Political Science and a MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

David Shapiro

David Shapiro is a Managing Director at Harvest Capital Strategies and is responsible for researching real estate, lodging, gaming and other asset-based industries.

Prior to joining Harvest Capital Strategies, David was the portfolio manager of the Seneca Real Estate Securities Fund for Seneca Capital Management. He was previously a senior advisor to Riverbank America, the former East River Savings Bank, and served as head of west coast investment for the ADCO Group. Additionally, David is currently a principal of Asset Holdings Group, a mortgage investment company, and has developed and financed in excess of $1 billion of commercial real estate during his career. He is also co-chairman of RB Asset, a real estate holding company.

David holds a JD from the University of Arizona College of Law and a BA from Columbia University.

Harold “Chip” Wiese

Chip Wiese is the President of Wiese USA, a Caterpillar forklift dealer based in St. Louis, MO, with locations throughout Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. This company, founded in 1944, is one of the largest material handling companies in the United States.

Chip was born in St. Louis and received an engineering degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.