Cole currently serves as the Director of Legacy Group specializing the trade of agricultural products and distressed asset investing. Prior to forming Legacy Group in early 2015, Cole spent the previous eight years working for a global professional services firm (PricewaterhouseCoopers) specializing in accounting, advisory and consulting solutions. During Cole’s tenure with the firm, he was stationed in the United States, Bermuda, Hong Kong SAR and Beijing, China.
While working in the United States and Bermuda, Cole primarily focused on accounting and advisory services to clients in industries spanning oil extraction and distribution, healthcare, banking, private equity, hedge funds, offshore trusts, and biotechnology. For nearly four years Cole was located in Asia providing advisory and consulting services to clients participating in global mergers and acquisition activities. Here Cole concentrated on the financial services, real estate and mining sectors and spent a majority of his time advising on cross-border deals in the areas of business strategy review, business valuation, buyer and seller due diligence, tax structuring and business carve-out analysis. Cole’s deal experience has included transactions around the globe with deal sizes into the billions of USD.
Cole graduated Valedictorian from North Carolina State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance, to which he earned his master’s in accounting from the same university the following year. Cole became a licensed United States Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”) in 2008.
Adam Jason is the General Counsel of Lifeafar and Legacy Group. He oversees the legal division and advises the company on its international legal compliance and investment product offerings.
Adam joined the Legacy Group and Lifeafar in 2017 after eight years practicing law in the United States. He specializes in corporate finance, corporate governance, securities regulation and international business transactions, having advised companies and investment banks on offerings of debt and equity securities exceeding an aggregate of $10 billion. After graduating from law school, Adam worked for two international law firms, Jones Day and then Vinson & Elkins LLP. He has advised the world’s leading investment banks, including, among others, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Citibank and Goldman Sachs. Adam has also served as outside counsel for some of the world’s most recognizable brands, such as The Sherwin-Williams Company, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Procter & Gamble and Macy’s.
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Adam has a Bachelor’s Degree from Ithaca College, and a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude, served as an editor for the New York Law School Law Review and, for two years, interned with The Honorable Paul A. Crotty, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York.
Eric Berman acts as Head of Real Estate Investments to Legacy Group, and is also the Chief Investment Officer of Lifeafar. He oversees investment strategy, including acquisitions and development primarily in the real estate space, and plays a key role in leading Lifeafar’s hospitality initiatives.
Eric has spent his career working with a diverse base of investors, owners, lenders and developers of hotel and mixed-use real estate assets. Along the way, he has advised on more than $2 billion of hotel and real estate transactions throughout the U.S. and Latin America. The experiences Eric brings will be instrumental in the continued success and global expansion of both Lifeafar and Legacy Group.
Eric joined Lifeafar in 2018 following four-plus years with Berkeley Research Group, where he helped pioneer the firm’s hospitality advisory group and expand its corporate finance efforts in Latin America. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, where he provided accounting and advisory services for clients in the financial services, banking, real estate and retail industries, focusing on companies with an aggregate of more than $180 billion in assets and over $10 billion in annual revenues. During his professional career, he has held positions in destinations including New York and Miami, as well as Colombia, Panama, and Mexico.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Eric was educated at Penn State University – Smeal College of Business, where he earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in accounting. He has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant since 2013 and holds a certificate in hotel real estate investment and asset management from Cornell University.
David Midgett, began his career as a practicing lawyer, spending over 20 years in corporate litigation, estate planning and real estate. David is a licensed real estate broker and experienced investor. He is the owner of The Midgett Law Firm, Touchstone Realty, and Elder Planning Income Concepts, Florida-based businesses focused in the real estate market. Additionally, David manages multiple real estate investment funds and early-stage venture investments. He acts as Chief Business Officer of Lifeafar and sits on the Board of Directors.
David maintains deep knowledge of the cannabis market in Colombia, given his significant personal investments in all three publicly traded Colombian cannabis companies, having participated as early as the initial seed rounds until pre-reverse-takeover rounds. Additionally, David personally owns an operating coffee estate in Antioquia, Colombia to which he actively engages in small-scale coffee production and prepares specialty grade coffees with unique quality attributes.
Originally from Miami, David received his BSBA and JD from the University of Florida.