Tag Archives: COVID-19

Bringing People & Communities into Commercial Real Estate with Zameer Upadhya & Chris Chambers



When Platinum Premier Global Equity looks to invest, it looks for ways it can help improve its local communities.

In this episode, Platinum Premier’s Zameer Upadhya and  Chris Chambers join Iván Watanabe to share how the company is working to help people across the United States (and the world) invest in commercial real estate. 

They highlight how the organization’s investments and high-quality real estate improvements can provide stable returns for investors and secure economic assets for communities.

Zameer and Chris discuss:

  • Platinum Premier Global Equity’s mission to provide unique real estate opportunities 
  • COVID-19’s impact on the commercial real estate industry 
  • How real estate creates value for people 
  • Why real estate isn’t a passive investment
  • Reasons to integrate commercial real estate into your overall portfolio 
  • And more

Resources:

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About Zameer Upadhya: 

Zameer Upadhya is Platinum Premier Global Equity’s co-founder and CEO, a real estate private equity firm focused on multi-family and hotel value-add development opportunities. The team improves the properties through hands-on management and targeted value-add initiatives striving for solid returns for investors and strong economic assets for communities.

About Chris Chambers:

Chris is Platinum Premier Global Equity’s CFO. He has been investing in real estate since 2004. His investments concentrated on residential real estate projects, increasing profits, and enhancing cash flow. His background lends him nearly 15 years of relevant financial expertise in real estate, financial planning, long-term planning, capital allocation, capital-efficient profitable growth, auditing, and investment strategies.


Resuming Air Travel in the Era of COVID-19 With MilesAhead – With Rob Karp



With summer just around the corner and vaccination rollouts ramping up, some countries are starting to lift their restrictions, and slowly but surely, the travel world is beginning to return.

In this episode, MilesAhead’s CEO and founder, Rob Karp, sits down with Iván Watanabe to explain his travel agency’s approach to travel resumption and to highlight must-know considerations for when you book your next trip. 

You will learn:

  • Rob’s thoughts on the current travel landscape
  • Three best practices for those who are thinking about traveling abroad
  • How the pandemic has switched the way MilesAhead plans for client travel arrangements 
  • The benefits of using credit card points to book, travel, and do everyday purchases 
  • And more!

Join in and find out how MilesAhead can help you resume your travel sooner rather than later! 

Resources:  Opus Private Client, LLC | Iván Watanabe | Rob KarpMilesAhead | Team | info@milesahead.co | Sherpa | Coronavirus World Map | Chase Sapphire Reserve | The Points Guy | One Mile at a Time | The Points Mom


From the Election to COVID-19: Investing in Today’s Environment



With the presidential election just around the corner and the COVID-19 crisis continuing on, 2020 has brought a time of uncertainty for many investors.

To explore our current environment and the investment planning that should go along with it, Iván Watanabe joins Robert Pruett in today’s episode. Robert shares what has been happening as a result of the global pandemic, both in the market and for clients. He also reveals how some of OPUS’ planning ideals have helped clients weather the short-term craziness of the year, all the while staying on track with their long-term plans.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How the market has changed as a result of COVID-19
  • Three buckets you should consider putting money into
  • Benefits of hiring a professional financial planner
  • The importance of understanding your personal tax rate
  • And more!

Tune in now and discover how COVID-19 has impacted the investing landscape — and what you as an investor should keep in mind during this time of uncertainty!

Resources: Opus Private Client, LLC

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COVID-19: What’s Happening on the Hill? — With Joshua Caron



When it comes to the physical and economic impact of COVID-19, many are questioning what our future could look like, especially from a policy standpoint.

To explore this question, Iván Watanabe joins Joshua Caron for today’s episode. As the vice president of legislative affairs at AALU & GAMA, Joshua shares his insight into the government’s reaction to the economic crisis created by COVID-19, the possible repercussions of the government’s financial aid, and how the government might recuperate post-COVID.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The impact of the initial COVID relief efforts
  • How current events influence the election
  • About the possibility of liability protection for businesses
  • How the government could recover from the benefits they’ve granted
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how the government has provided relief throughout the COVID-19 crisis — and what it could mean for the country’s financial tomorrow.

Resources: Opus Private Client, LLC  | AALU and GAMA | Contact Josh Caron