The Winter Film Capital Opportunity Fund, Inc is managed by an Adviser. The Fund relies on the expertise of a variety of firms. 
Opio Sokoni
Adviser &
Managing Director
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      Opio Sokoni is the Adviser of the Winter Film Capital Opportunity Fund, Inc. He is a Duval County native and U.S. Navy veteran. Opio has earned several degrees - a BS in Political Science, a Juris Doctorate and MS in Criminology/Public Administration. He is the former President of the Jax SCLC and a high touch community activist and scholar.  He has authored several books and have written and directed important documentary films. Sokoni is a media expert having managed newspapers, a radio station and television station. Opio has taught as an adjunct professor at Portland State University and Jacksonville University. He has been a business owner for over twenty years.

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Our Team

Expert  Advisory Team 

Riverplace Capital is among the top wealth management firms based in Jacksonville, Florida. With a combined 100 years of seasoned financial and investment experience, we have been serving clients both locally and nationwide for more than 20 years. Our singular focus is to help our clients achieve their financial goals.


Scott Wholers is the liasan to the Fund at Riverplace Capital. The firm actively manages millions of dollars in investments for clients. With a disciplined approach to investing, we have created and oversee several of our own investment strategies. Our Investment Committee meets regularly to review, monitor, and adjust individual portfolios based on shifts in the market.

Shanell Terrell M.B.A. is a front to back knowledge expert in retail brokerage and investment banking services.  With almost 2 decades of experience with portfolio planning, investment advisor, corporate trainer, broker, sales support, prime brokerage, compliance and regulatory support, and regulatory margin across a variety of hybrid and exotic product and services.   Her clientele includes:

  • High Net Worth

  • Hedge Funds

  • Retail Investors

  • Corporations

  • Insurance Companies



-Real Estate

-Licensed Series 7, 63, 99

SMS Global Advisors Law Group, LLC serves real estate developers, investors, business owners, and financial institutions in their quest to buy, sell, lend and/or invest in real estate development and business enterprise projects.

Stephanie M. Smith, principal of SMS Global Advisors, has over 20 years' experience and is a frequent speaker and writer about tax credit financing and opportunity zone investing for a wide range audience to include commercial real estate agents, developers and real estate trade organizations.

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Adis Retta
Earnest Culbreath
James Posey
Business Liaison

Board of Directors

From Ethiopia/Lives in Washington, DC

A Caring Global Thinker and Talented Business Mind

Adis is a strong supporter of people looking to start and build businesses. Her efforts are dedicated to international business outreach and networking.

-CEO of Retta & Co - CPA Firm (

-Director Product Development    Ethiopian Gourmet (

(An ethnic foods catering and manufacturing company)

-Developing a Multinational Security Firm

Education: Degree in Math and Mass Communication

From Brunswick, GA             


A True Man of the Working People

Earnest has a strong passion for youth and seniors. His life's work has been dedicated to the economics and wealth of his community.

-President and CEO of Brunswick Black Chamber
-CEO L.J.R. Construction

-High School Football Coach

-CEO Youth Incentive Program

-38 Years - Worked as a chemical operator (the only Wood Risen Plant)

-Built Energy Efficient Homes
-Reconstruction of Single Family Homes
-Head of a Team of Grant Writers (secured millions in grant funding)

Education: Degrees in Mechanics and Welding

From Portland, Oregon

Creating Opportunities for Small Businesses

James Posey is a long-time resident of the Northwest having lived in Portland for 40 years. He is a Co-founder of the local chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC-O), founder of the Metropolitan Contractor Improvement Partnership, former President of the Coalition of Black Men.  For the last 30 years, James was the owner of Workhorse Construction Metro Inc. and for 16 years the owner of Eliot E-mat Café. He retired in 2014 from both of these small businesses located in Northeast Portland but continues to be active in the Portland community and recently established a consulting company called JLP Business Group LLC.  Mr. Posey currently serves as the chairman of the Economic Development Committee for the Coalition of Black Men, board chairman for the Black Parent Initiative (BPI), and a former member of the Portland Business Alliance.