Kyle Wiese

Founder & Managing Member, OZI

Kyle Wiese is the Founder and Managing Member of Opportunity Zone Investments (OZI). Through his career in economic development with the Thurston Economic Development Council, he has built a passion for helping communities grow their wealth and expand their opportunities. Kyle currently sits on the Olympia Downtown Alliance Board of Directors and serves as their Chair of Economic Vitality. Kyle graduated from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis in Business & Economics and a minor focus on Urban Planning and Political Science. In his spare time, Kyle is an avid soccer player who plays for and helps manage the Oly Town Artesians, an amateur semi-pro soccer team located in Olympia Washington. 

Kaylee Purcell

Partner, OZI

Kaylee is passionate about systems and processes being in place to help set a culture of care. She enjoys working with teams to create a culture that supports the core mission of the company and which drives retention rates upwards. Over the past ten years she’s worked with dozens of teams and businesses helping them achieve results in areas they’ve historically struggled in. She’s found that weaving the community and businesses together at a local level is essential to thriving in smaller economies. She’s held many leadership roles in the local business community over the years and currently is an active member in THINK a local investment group; as well as a investor in the local Thurston Economic Development Council. Kaylee’s grown in her professional career working with the SBA and the EDC as resources from PTAC to the training programs over the past decade and now is enjoying helping grow and promote the services they provide companies and communities. Kaylee began investing in real estate in 2011 in the multifamily space in Thurston County, WA. She enjoys purchasing distressed properties and pouring life love and design back into them. Her love of real estate, community development and people brought her to OZI. She’s excited to be working with communities at a local level to find QOF assets that could benefit from the Opportunity Zone Program.

Jim Schweickert

Partner, OZI | Owner, JPS Engineering

Jim is a Professional Civil Engineer with over 37 years of experience in land development all over the State of Washington. He was a owner and principal of an engineering company in Tacoma for 35 years specializing in Planning, Engineering and Surveying before operating his current sole proprietor Engineering Company in Olympia.

Reid Bates

Partner, OZi | Owner, Express Employment Professionals

Reid Bates is a business owner and commercial property investor in the South Puget Sound of Washington State.  He has over 35 years of business experience in the corporate world as an executive with a Fortune 500 company and as a multi-franchise owner in recruiting and staffing.  He has industry experience in banking, real estate development/investments, manufacturing and human resources. 

Reid serves, or has served, on the boards of several civic and economic development organizations and a Director with Anchor Bank leading to its successful merger with 1st Security Bank of Washington.

Reid is a graduate of Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Business in Finance. 

Perry Shea

Partner, OZI | Founder & Senior Principal, SCJ Alliance

Bio coming soon…

Michael Cade

Advisor, OZI | Executive Director, Thurston Economic Development Council

Prior to being named Executive Director of the Thurston EDC in 2004, Michael served as the Vice-President of the Snohomish County Economic Development Council from 1992 – 2003.

Michael’s career has spanned over 20 years in economic development with an emphasis on rural economic development strategies, business recruitment and attraction, community development, and community growth strategies.

Michael currently serves on the boards of the following organizations and agencies: Thurston Chamber of Commerce, Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, Morningside, Thurston Regional Planning Council, and the Technical Advisory Committee for Foreign Trade Zone 216.

OZI News

Join our newsletter and receive updates on the OZ program along with new investment listings