James D. “J.D.” Golden – Founder, Chairman & President
Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Golden’s successes and highest achievements have been the result of recognizing opportunity - opportunity both in challenging and in robust economic periods - and taking proactive, timely measures to capitalize on it. He is an accomplished attorney and financier specializing in public finance, real estate and structuring innovative financial transactions. His accomplishments demonstrate uncommon insight, keen observation, and exceptional discernment.
Mr. Golden began his career at the Oklahoma City Housing Authority (OCHA), where he first led OCHA’s plan and completion of several major assisted living facilities providing services to seniors - a forward-thinking concept for the time. Later, while practicing law at Floyd, Brandenburg and Rogers, one of Oklahoma’s most prolific public finance law firms, Mr. Golden became an innovator in structuring revenue bond issues to finance senior housing and multifamily projects. In 1985, he became a Partner in a law firm that specialized in tax and securities law, which enabled him to expand his comprehensive bond experience.
At the end of the real estate boom of the mid-1980s, Mr. Golden moved to California and joined the prominent law firm of Troy Casden Gould, making vital contacts in the Los Angeles business community. Within one year of moving to Los Angeles, the owner of an investment-banking firm recognized Golden’s deal-making skills and offered him the position of Chief Executive Officer for his broker-dealer firm. Mr. Golden became licensed as a Registered Representative, General Securities Principal and a Municipal Securities Principal by the NASD (now FINRA).
After gaining a reputation for structuring creative and resourceful transactions, Mr. Golden was recruited by the global investment bank, Houlihan Lokey Howard and Zukin, as Senior Vice President and later promoted to Managing Director and head of the Public Finance Group. Mr. Golden earned a national reputation for pioneering the business of restructuring, recollateralizing and remarketing revenue bonds.
Desiring more control over the types of properties to be refinanced, Golden purchased an investment banking firm based in New York City in 1995 and expanded the firm with offices in Los Angeles and Jersey City, New Jersey. Mr. Golden sold the company in 1999 and started a new company, an asset management company designed to allow him to buy bonds and real estate as a principal. This business became the forerunner of Domain Communities. By 2006, Golden had amassed a substantial multifamily portfolio in Arizona, Texas, and Oklahoma. While the U.S. economy grew at a healthy pace in 2006 and well into 2007, Mr. Golden experienced growing concerns of a looming recession. Insightfully, Mr. Golden began to sell his multifamily assets at the record peak of the multifamily market.