Tax Credit's Leadership Team


AURA’s Tax Credit Asset Management group has overseen a nationwide affordable housing portfolio for Aegon’s affiliated and non-affiliated clients for more than 20 years. With more than $3 billion in real estate assets under management, our dedicated staff has proven their ability to protect and preserve tax benefits for our institutional clients.


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Blaine Shaffer, CCIM joined Aegon in 2007. Blaine is Vice President of Tax Credit Asset Management. In his role as Vice President, Blaine is responsible for overseeing all aspects related to the asset management of Aegon’s nationwide tax credit portfolio consisting of 290+ partnerships. Prior to joining Aegon, Blaine served as a Regional Property Manager for a tri-state region of LIHTC, HUD, Market Rate, and Rural Development properties throughout the Midwest. He was involved with new construction, lease-up and disposition phases of multi-family projects as well as rehabilitation of HUD and RD projects, in addition to overseeing all aspects of LIHTC property compliance. Blaine was also previously a licensed real estate salesperson and licensed real estate appraiser in the state of Iowa. Blaine received the C3P Certification from Spectrum Enterprises and holds the NCHM Certification from the National Center for Housing Management. Blaine attended the University of Iowa pursuing a BA in Economics.


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Christopher Wise joined Aegon in 2008. Chris is a Senior Asset Manager for Tax Credit Asset Management. In his role as Senior Asset Manager, Christopher is responsible for managing a staff consisting of an Asset Manager and Analysts that are responsible for the asset management of ~160 tax credit partnerships. Christopher also participates in the review of new direct acquisitions, oversees the construction and lease-up progress of assets, and monitors operational results against proforma projections. Prior to joining Aegon, Christopher served as an Asset Manager with Principal Real Estate Investors, where he managed an equity portfolio of industrial, residential, retail and office assets. He also served as a licensed commercial real estate broker with two nationally recognized brokerage firms in California and Iowa. Christopher received his BS in Biology from Duke University and his MBA from the University of Iowa.


Aegon USA Realty Advisors, LLC (AURA) is a U.S.-based real estate asset manager and a member company of Aegon Asset Management, the global investment management division of the Aegon Group. AURA is not a registered investment adviser with the Securities and Exchange Commission.