Meet the Team


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Trent specializes in real estate development, as well as project and construction management. He has more than 30 years of experience in the industry and has been intimately involved in overseeing the development of more than $600 million in real estate projects.

Prior to forming Trent Development, he was a partner of The Metropolitan Companies, established in 2007. Previously, Trent was the managing principal of TGM Management LLC, where he managed the development of a 700-acre master planned golf course community, the renovation of a mixed-use 235-unit condominium conversion and the construction of a new 66-unit apartment building. Prior to TGM Management LLC, Trent was a partner in both The Sterling Group and The Triple T Group, where he managed the renovation and adaptive reuse of numerous apartment building and warehouse conversions.

Trent is known for his ability to coordinate complicated projects in order to achieve great results. In addition to an extensive Seattle-based portfolio, he has worked on projects in Japan, Vancouver, BC; San Francisco and Camdenton, Missouri.


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Before founding Opportunity Zone Advisors and partnering with Trent Development, Patrick co-founded Daly Partners in 2009.  A real estate focused acquisition and development company.  As a principal with Daly Partners he helped to acquire, underwrite, raise capital, develop, and dispose of 21 successful investments/transactions totaling over $250 million in volume.  Prior to 2009 Patrick spent seven years practicing commercial Real Estate brokerage specializing primarily in multi-family/mix use transactions. During this time as a broker he closed on over $100 million in sales volume. Patrick has an in-depth knowledge of the real estate market and created valuable relationships with owners, bankers, brokers, and investors across the globe. These relationships, along with his expertise, allow him to accurately evaluate market conditions and investor sentiment, as well as to structure unique investment opportunities that provide maximum profitability.

When not working, Patrick, his wife, and daughter enjoy the many outdoor activities the Northwest offers including skiing, surfing, hiking, golf, and fly fishing.

Patrick holds a BA from the University of Oregon, and has as an active real estate license in the state of Washington.

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David is the Principal of David Lightfoot CFO. He is a consultant CFO to small to medium-sized businesses and has 40 years of accounting, finance and operational experience. His industry experience includes professional services, healthcare, real estate development, construction, property management and software.

David is known for his ability to quickly get to the root of business problems and find solutions and believes that cash is the most important issue for all businesses. His focus is on cash for the short-term, profitability for the mid-term and increasing the value of the business in the long-term. He has considerable experience in troubled situations and turnarounds.


Bennett Goldberg
DIRECTOR of Corporate Finance

Bennett has nearly 20 years’ experience in corporate finance, real estate acquisitions, entitlements and development. He began his career with The Lomas Santa Fe Group in Solana Beach, California, moving later to AECOM working in financial feasibility, acquisitions, infrastructure and development. He has worked on large scale developments including hotels, resorts, shopping malls and master planned communities. In addition to a number of domestic projects, large international developments included projects in Japan, Dubai, The Philippines, Mexico and Brazil. Bennet was CFO of a creative agency (Optimist Inc.) and later for Comexposium US, opening and managing the North American business for an established French private equity firm ultimately focused on revenue producing investments.

Bennett received undergraduate and graduate degrees from UC San Diego focused on economics, international political economy and econometrics. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, San Diego County Big Brothers/Big Sisters and UCSD’s School of Global Policy & Strategy.

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Nick Curatola
VP of Acquisitions

Nick brings over 10 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry to his role as Vice President of Acquisitions for Trent Development.  Since 2011, he worked in commercial real estate lending with JP Morgan Chase, developing a wealth of industry knowledge that has positioned him to expertly and efficiently assist his current & future customers.

As a member of NAIOP, Rotary, and Big Brothers Big Sisters, Nick prides himself on his dedication, trustworthiness, and responsiveness to both loyal and prospective customers.  “Say what you mean, mean what you say, and do what you say you’ll do” is his personal motto in establishing meaningful relationships with not only clients, but colleagues and industry partners.

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Patrick Ross
Financial Analyst

Patrick Ross is a Senior Financial Analyst with over five years of experience in real estate development, entitlements and financial modeling. He began his career at Mercator Asset Management with a focus on investing for large public pension funds through international equity mandates. He then moved on to work as a financial analyst for Great Lakes Capital (GLC), a Midwest private equity development firm focused on value-add redevelopments, bridge lending, and venture capital.

After moving to San Diego, Patrick became a Senior Financial Analyst for Zephyr Partners, a development company focused on high-end residential mixed-use developments. Here Patrick was responsible for building and managing the financial models, business plans and investor return analyses for all projects under entitlement and development.

Patrick received a BBA in finance from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated with honors. He’s a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Notre Dame Alumni Association. When he’s not working, he enjoys surfing and following the Fighting Irish sports teams.



Chelsie specializes in accounting, bookkeeping, and office management. She has over 16 years of experience in the industry and has been working with Trent Development as the office manager since 2017.

Prior to joining Trent Development, Chelsie provided accounting services to an array of clients including food services, general contractors, electricians, retail stores, and law practices. She is well known for her reliability and dedication to all tasks.

Chelsie was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She holds a B.A. in Accounting from Western Washington University. When not working, Chelsie enjoys spending time with her two sons.