In June of 2011, Michael DiPerna started DiPerna Advisors (DiPerna) in order to provide creative economic development solutions and project finance opportunities to political subdivisions, real estate developers and private corporations seeking to expand job creation and investment decisions. Mr. DiPerna began his investment banking career in 1986 when he opened the Ohio office of a boutique investment banking firm headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. He has been a Managing Director with McDonald & Co. and Robert W. Baird & Co. from 1997 until June of 2011. He has structured and closed over 900 loan and bond transactions.
Mr. DiPerna is responsible for creating, implementing and serving as Financial Advisor to the Ohio Enterprise Bond Fund (OEBF) on behalf of the Ohio Treasurer and sponsored by the Ohio Development Service Agency which is rated AA+ by S&P Global. Since 1988 the OEBF issued more than 135 bond transactions for over $689,000,000 in economic develop bonds. In addition, DiPerna has created, implemented and serves as financial advisor to the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority's, Northwest Ohio Bond Fund; to the Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority and the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority’s, Southwest Ohio Regional Bond Fund; to the Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority’s, Central Ohio Regional Bond Fund; and the Development Finance Authority of Summit County’s, Northeast Ohio Regional Bond Fund, all which are rated A- by S&P Global. Together the Port Authority Bond Funds have issued bonds for over 240 economic development projects for over $550,000,000, including funding over 90 PACE energy transactions. DiPerna also currently serves as Financial Advisor to the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority, Western Reserve Port Authority, Lucas County, Summit County and to the Columbus Partnership.
In addition, Mr. DiPerna is responsible for creating and implementing, and continues to serve as Financial Advisor to the Ohio Department of Transportation's, State Infrastructure Bank Direct Loan program since 1996, and the State Infrastructure Bank’s Bond Fund programs.
DiPerna and his team are currently serving as Financial Advisor on several large-scale mixed used development projects across Ohio including the Dublin Bridge Park; Battelle’s Founders Park, Dayton Delco redevelopment, the Canton Ohio Hall of Fame Village redevelopment; Beulah Park and the Gravity 2.0 development projects among many others. DiPerna also serves as CFO for MAG Ventures, a certified EB-5 Regional Center.
Mr. DiPerna obtained an undergraduate degree from Ohio University and a Master's degree from Florida State University. He maintains a Series 50 securities licenses with the SEC. He also served as past president for 20 years, for the Ohio Statewide Development Corporation which is a Small Business Administration, certified Development Corporation.