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Bellwether Enterprise Hires SVP in Irvine, CA

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital, LLC welcomes commercial real estate veteran Doug Taylor as Senior Vice President in Irvine, California. In his new role, Taylor will be actively involved in the origination of multifamily and commercial real estate debt financing throughout the United States.

Doug Taylor Bellwether Enterprise

Throughout Taylor’s career, he has originated more than $3.0 billion in commercial loans nationwide and has been recognized as a top producer, exceeding $500 million per year on several occasions.

Before joining Bellwether Enterprise, Taylor served as SVP for Capital One Multifamily Finance, where he was in charge of commercial loan originations across the country. With Capital One, he produced over $150 million in the last 12 months.

Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President at Walker & Dunlop and was also the Director and Senior Loan Officer for Deutsche Bank Berkshire Mortgage. He also held top leadership roles at Berkshire Mortgage Finance, and Bankers Mutual.

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Shade Joins First Freedom as Vice President

By Joyce Dimaculangan

Tennessee-based First Freedom Bank announced that Joe Shade has joined the company as Vice President and Relationship Manager. In this capacity, Shade will be based at the bank’s Providence office and will work with prospective customers on consumer, business, or commercial real estate lending needs, as well other banking products.

Joe Shade First Freedom BankShade brings more than 13 years of experience in banking. Prior to joining First Freedom, he served The Bank of Nashville for five years where he served as a commercial real estate lender and managed more than $50 million in loans.

He started his banking career in 2002 as a credit analyst with Regions Bank. Throughout his career, he has held various roles revolving around commercial lending, including portfolio manager, C & I lending and commercial real estate specialist.

First Freedom is excited to have Shade on board. “Joe’s experience in working with small-business owners as well as his experience in complex real estate transactions will continue to set First Freedom apart from other banking alternatives,” said John Lancaster, President and CEO of First Freedom.

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Solomos Joins Bellwether Enterprise as SVP

By Joyce Dimaculangan

Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital, LLC, welcomes Gregory S. Solomos as Senior Vice President. Solomos will be based at the company’s office in Louisville and will manage the Kentucky origination team.

Greg Solomos Bellwether EnterpriseA veteran in the commercial real estate industry, Solomos brings more than 30 years of experience to Bellwether Enterprise.

Throughout his tenure, he has originated more than $2 billion in commercial real estate and joint ventures in the mortgage banking business.

Before joining Bellwether Enterprise, Solomos served as Senior Vice President at Grandbridge Real Estate Capital, where he managed the Louisville production office.

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A10 Capital Hires Shook as Senior EVP

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

A10 Capital welcomes real estate finance veteran Andrew Shook as Senior Executive Vice President. In this capacity, Shook will have national responsibility for new loan originations.

Andrew Shook A10 CapitalShook brings over two decades of real estate finance experience in driving growth through creative financial solutions.

Throughout Shook’s career, his work has concentrated on loan growth through customer development and differentiated marketing approaches.

Jerry Dunn, CEO of A10 Capital, said Shook is a valuable addition to the company. “He brings a new level of diversity of experience to our organization as he has originated, managed, structured and traded tens of billions of dollars of real estate whole loans, CMBS, and securitizations over the course of his career.”

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Berkadia Names Justin Wheeler as CEO

By Joyce Dimaculangan

Berkadia, a commercial real estate company of Leucadia National Corporation and Berkshire Hathaway, announced that it has appointed Justin Wheeler as Chief Executive Officer. Wheeler has been serving as the company’s interim CEO since April 2014 upon Hugh Frater’s transition to Chairman.

Justin Wheeler BerkadiaWheeler will step down from his role as Chief Operating Officer of Leucadia to focus on his new role.

As COO of Leucadia, Wheeler was responsible for M&A activities, operating portfolio performance, cash management and investment as well as various administrative functions.

Previously, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of American Investment Bank, N.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Leucadia.

In addition, he has served on a variety of internal and public company boards, including AmeriCredit, Barbados Light & Power Holdings, and International FCStone where he was chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committees.

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Huntington Bank Names New Interim Regional Pres

By Joyce Dimaculangan

Huntington Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Renee Csuhran to Interim President of its Cleveland region. In her new role, Csuhran will manage collaboration among all of Huntington’s business lines in the greater metropolitan area, while leading the region’s Private Client Group.

Renee Csuhran Huntington BankIn addition, she will take on leadership of the bank’s longstanding community commitments in Cleveland and will also continue her existing role as company-wide business leader for commercial real estate, and also community development lending.

Csuhran joined Huntington Bank in 2012 and served as a commercial real estate executive and a managing director for two years.

“Renee is a proven performer with deep ties in Cleveland,” stated Steve Steinour, Chairman, President and CEO of Huntington Bancshares Inc. He added that, “I have complete confidence she will be an outstanding ambassador for Huntington in greater Cleveland as we continue to grow here.”

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Jordan Capital Hires Martin as SVP, Business Devt

By Joyce Dimaculangan

Jordan Capital Finance announced that Noah Martin has joined the business as Senior Vice President of Business Development. In this capacity, Martin is responsible for the company’s strategic growth, as well as ensuring continued sales growth and establishing a network of corporate partners.

Noah Martin Jordan Capital FinanceA real estate and finance industry veteran, Martin brings a wealth of knowledge from his years of experience in business development and default management services.

Prior to JFC, Martin served as Chief Business Development Officer for Matt Martin Real Estate Management (MMREM) where he managed the business development efforts for all business lines within the MMREM family of companies.

In addition, he is currently involved as a lender with Kiva, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. He also served as a senior executive in the government contracting industry for many years.

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Williams Joins Hunt Mortgage Group as Director

By Joyce Dimaculangan

Hunt Mortgage Group announced that Jenifer Williams has joined the company as Director and Deputy Chief Underwriter. In her new role, Williams will oversee a team of underwriters, analysts, and processors to manage deal flow and efficiently close FHA healthcare loans. She will be based in Dallas, Texas.

Williams has 12 years of extensive experience in healthcare and seniors housing Jenifer Williams Hunt Mortgage Grouptransactions, and holds the LEAN (healthcare) designation. Before joining Hunt Mortgage Group, she served Arbor Commercial Mortgage as Assistant Vice President, Deputy Chief Underwriter-Healthcare for more than a year. She also worked at KeyBank Real Estate Capital and Integra Realty Resources.

Philip Melton, Senior Managing Director and the Head of the Healthcare lending business, said the addition of Williams is a critical step in meeting the company’s goal to enter the Senior Housing/Healthcare finance market. “We now have the ability to process and underwrite FHA 232 healthcare loans which will further expand our lending capabilities under our FHA license,” he commented.

Williams earned a B.S. degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University and a Post Graduate Certificate in International Affairs from the George H.W. Bush School of Governance & Public Service at Texas A&M University.

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TD Bank Hires Wenk as New Senior Loan Officer

By Joyce Dimaculangan

TD Bank announced that Joseph Wenk has joined the business as Vice President, Senior Loan Officer in Commercial Real Estate. He will be working in TD Bank’s branch office in Melville, New York.

In his new role, Wenk is responsible for managing and growing a large and diverse TD Bank Logoportfolio of commercial real estate clients across a market that includes Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn.

Wenk brings 17 years of experience in banking and lending. He comes to TD Bank from Capital One Bank where he last served as Senior Vice President. Before that, he worked at HSH Nordbank AG as Vice President, a position he held for more than four years. Both companies are located in New York, New York.

Wenk earned a Master’s degree in real estate in 1996 from New York University and an undergraduate degree in 1995 from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. He lives in Rockville Centre, New York. Read More More

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Branson Bank Promotes Scott to SVP

By Joyce Dimaculangan

Branson Bank announced the promotion of Tim Scott to Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending. In his new role, Scott will continue to manage the Bank’s office in Falls Parkway, while working as a Commercial Lender.

Scott has been with Branson Bank since 2005 where he started as a Commercial Loan Tim Scott Branson BankOfficer and Branch Manager. In a statement, Bill Jones, President of Branson Bank, said, “Tim has proven himself to be a tremendous asset to our organization. His work ethic, drive, and passion for giving back to the community has been a fundamental asset to Branson Bank and we feel that this promotion is well-deserved.”

Scott holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Management with Alpha Iota honors from California Polytechnic. He is also a graduate of the ABA Commercial Lending School and recently received certification from the Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colorado.

Branson Bank’s new SVP is actively involved in many community organizations, including Board Member and Treasurer of The Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks, Board Member of the Branson Rotary, Business Advisory Member of Ozark Technical Community College, and Adjunct Professor of College of the Ozarks.

About Branson Bank
Branson Bank is a locally-owned community bank operating in two locations: Branson and Forsyth, Missouri. It is a $170 million asset community bank that is a locally owned and controlled, state chartered financial institution. Branson Bank in Branson, Missouri is 100 percent owned by Branson Bancshares, Inc. To learn more about Branson Bank, go to www.bransonbank.com.

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