Experienced Management

Our team has extensive experience in the tax credit, finance and technology industries and deeply understand the needs and challenges of the current fragmented landscape. We built the OIX platform specifically for the Tax Credit industry. Our mission is to transform the way the industry transacts, communicates and participates in the space. We bring innovation and thought leadership to tax credit community.

Danny Bigel

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Daniel Bigel was a Member of the New York Stock Exchange for fifteen years (from 1991 and until the NYSE went public in March 2006), and following the NYSE Danny spent the last fifteen years in entertainment finance. Bigel is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University's Stern School of Business (teaching a graduate level course on entertainment finance (2001-2004)) and is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA), the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the American Film Institute (AFI), The Creative Coalition (TCC). Mr. Bigel graduated from Brandeis University in 1987 with a degree in economics.

Brett Markinson

Chairman & Co-Founder

Brett Markinson is a serial entrepreneur. Over the past 20 years, Brett has been actively involved in the development of a number of disruptive technology businesses. Mr. Markinson has been a part of the winning team for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of Year Award twice for Lowermybills.com (sold to Experian for $388M), and Hautelook.com (sold to Nordstrom for $270M). Mr. Markinson has recently founded and serves as Chairman of SoleSociety.com (a partnership between Markinson, Nordstrom, Vince Camuto and Insight Venture Partners). Mr. Markinson holds a B.S. from Babson College with a concentration in entrepreneurial studies and finance.

William "Robert" Lay

Chief Operating Officer

Robert Lay was most recently the Managing Partner of Tempus Capital Partners, an active market maker and intermediary on the OIX platform, which was recently acquired by the OIX. Prior to Tempus Robert was Vice President with the boutique investment firm Stonehenge Capital Company, LLC focused on the sales and syndication of tax credit products to individual and corporate clients. Prior to Stonehenge, Mr. Lay was an internal auditor with Halliburton in Houston, Texas and traveled extensively to the company's domestic and international oilfield locations. Mr. Lay earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and a Master's Degree in Finance from Louisiana State University.

Nicole Ameln

Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Advisory Services

Nicole Ameln, who heads OIX Advisors, was most recently President and Founder of North Star Incentives, Inc., a boutique business specializing in motion picture production incentives. Nicole has 20+ years of tax experience, 11 years entirely focused on production incentive and tax planning for the entertainment industry. Nicole held positions at Fox Studios, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and White & Case LLP prior to establishing North Star Incentives. She earned an M.B.A. in Public Accounting from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, as well as a J.D. from Pace University’s School of Law. In addition, Nicole has worked on independent films as a production manager and coordinator.

Gina Saavedra

Vice President, VP Finance & Operations

With over 20 years of financial experience, Gina Saavedra has brought start-up firms to IPO, successfully managed the financials for over a 100 entertainment projects and practiced strong controls of the operations and financial forecasting of her clients. After completing a multi-million dollar acquisition in 2013, Gina has spent the last 3 years dedicated to the monetization of tax credits within the historic preservation, renewable energy, and entertainment industries. Gina holds a J.D. from Loyola Marymount School of Law.

Nick Namikas

Chief Product Officer

"Techweek100 Entrepreneur" who excels at building secure software (SaaS) applications within public/private cloud environments. Co-founded and led the development of CitizenGlobal (Inc. Magazine's “Top 10 Hottest Startups in LA"), a digital evidence collection and management platform leveraged by hundreds of law enforcement, intelligence and public safety agencies, including the FBI. In partnership with Amazon Web Services and the Los Angeles County Sheriff, he co-developed the LEEDIR program to assist agencies during major emergencies and terrorist attacks. He has created three USPTO patents related to cloud-based data processing.

Nadeem Asghar

Chief Technology Advisor

Nadeem Asghar is a seasoned technology leader with nearly 20 years of experience in architecting, building, implementing and managing global, large-scale enterprise level systems in the Financial Services, Equities, Banking, Capital Markets, Private Wealth, Telecom, Consulting, Startup and Technology industries. Prior to joining The OIX, Mr. Asghar worked for Morgan Stanley for 11 years rising to Executive Director Chief Architect and Market Data Expert. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Asghar spent 8 years as Director of Technology, Architecture, Infrastructure, Database and Development for two technology companies. Mr. Asghar holds a B.S. in Engineering and a Masters in Computer Science

Bernard “Bernie” Husser


Bernie Husser was most recently Executive Vice President of The Richman Group, one of the largest low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) syndication firms in the country and the 7th largest multi-family apartment owner in the U.S. Mr. Husser has held senior positions in the multi-family affordable housing and tax credit investment businesses since 1987 including closing over $1.5 billion of LIHTC equity in approximately 200 transactions throughout the U.S. These tax credit equity investments have included Federal and State Historic Tax Credits (HTC), State Low Income Housing Credits (SLIHC), and Solar Energy Tax Credits and required significant interaction between both sellers and investors. Mr. Husser is the immediate Past-Chairman of the Board of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) and former President of the Council for HOPE VI and Mixed Finance. Mr. Husser also previously served on the Board of the Illinois Housing Council and as a former Executive Associate of the Boston College Center for Asset Management. Mr. Husser is a frequent presenter at conferences and has guest lectured at Harvard University on tax credit financing including the affordable housing industry. Mr. Husser is a graduate of Boston College (B.S., Accounting) and the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A., Finance and Real Estate).

Brian Hunt


Brian Hunt has spent his career working on a wide range of real asset investment activities as a principal, advisor and fiduciary. Mr. Hunt has experience in acquisitions, capital markets, development, asset & portfolio management and investor relations within various real asset classes, including traditional real estate, agriculture, renewable energy and green infrastructure. Mr. Hunt has worked for the nation’s largest office REIT (BXP), several private equity funds, and development companies. Mr. Hunt is also an advisor to Mars, Inc., the global food company, on financial and strategic matters related to energy and sustainability. Mr. Hunt holds a B.A. from Harvard College.

OIX - The Online Incentives Exchange

The OIX is a completely modernized tax credit exchange that enables the monetization of tradable credits in a safe and secure environment.