Activate Conference 2017

Newport Beach CA

Apr 23 - 25, 2017

Activate will bring Application to Innovation. We will teach you how your peers are taking innovation and applying it to their business.

At Innovate, we taught you the latest cutting-edge ideas. We hope you took those ideas home and started brainstorming with your team about how to implement them in your business plan.  Now it’s time to take those ideas and apply them.  Like a chemist who takes a dormant chemical and activates it, so too will we take Innovate and activate it to help you continue to grow your private lending business.

Not enough for you? You know we’re going to bring back the good times and our core purpose is still the same – to bring you together and form relationships.  Dinner? You know that’s going to happen. Lunch? Absolutely.  Everything will be handcrafted for your enjoyment and, just like before, this conference is for YOU.

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Amy Martinez

Attorney, Geraci Law Firm

Bio: Practice focuses on representing lenders, brokers, real estate investment trusts, limited partnerships, individual investors, banks, hedge funds, mortgage pools, and private investment funds. Ms. Martinez strives to review the facts of your case from every angle in order to strategically develop a litigation plan with you. Ms. Martinez keeps the client’s concerns regarding costs at the forefront of this process as she has worked tirelessly to keep client expenses low while obtaining a successful outcome for each client. Ms. Martinez is open to all client input and understands the need for you to have personal one-on-one communication with your attorney as litigation can be a very stressful experience. Ms. Martinez is always available for client phone calls, emails, and personal meetings, and encourages all clients to be as involved in the litigation process as they desire. As an experienced litigator, Ms. Martinez is able to navigate through the Court system, at both the State and Federal levels, and will help guide you through the process every step of the way.

Anthony Geraci

Managing Partner , Geraci Law Firm

Bio: Named a Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ in the legal field, which is given to just 2.5% of attorneys nationwide, Anthony Geraci is the managing shareholder of Geraci in charge of firm strategy and development of Geraci’s team and culture. He is skilled in mortgage lending and securities law and has authored numerous articles on real estate finance and security subjects. Mr. Geraci is a leader in creating national mortgage pools and mortgage funds as well as sophisticated net branching arrangements among several mortgage companies. Mr. Geraci is a prolific speaker and has spoken at several national conferences, including American Association of Private Lenders discussing hard money mortgage pools, private equity offerings, and banking resolutions, including truth-in-lending and RESPA.

Christina Geraci

Managing Shareholder, Geraci Law Firm

Bio: Mrs. Geraci is the managing shareholder in charge of internal operations and CFO at the Firm. Her practice focuses on litigation matters in representation of lenders, real estate investment firms, hedge funds, individual investors, traditional lending institutions and banks. She has successfully tried, settled and arbitrated cases in California in matters involving foreclosure defense, partnership disputes, shareholder derivative suits, policyholder/title insurer suits, inter-bank litigation in equitable subrogation, and lender/borrower disputes, including but not limited to, violations of TILA, HOEPA, and statutory broker liability. Mrs. Geraci is dedicated to providing a comfortable and professional experience for all her clients. She recognizes that litigation may be emotional for some people, and strives to become an expert in the legal matters of her clients because she cares and takes great pride in her work product. She feels it is the right of her clients to be well informed about his or her case and strategy to make the litigation process as painless and efficient as possible.

David Friedman

Chief Executive Officer, Panther Capital

Bio: David Friedman is a 25 year veteran venture capitalist with a proficiency in stepping into distressed portfolio assets and restructuring them for new management or a liquidity event. David's primary industry focus was early stage tech and service organizations. in 2013 Friedman began investing in the legal cannabis industry and recently completed a restructuring of MJIC which is scheduled to IPO in July of 2017 on the ASX. He is the manager of the Panther Funds which currently hold over 30 investments, half of which are in the legal cannabis space. He consults with institutions (Financial, Academic and Governmental) on how to navigate the emerging cannabis industry and works with CEO's of private companies on working toward a liquidity event.

Dennis Baranowski

Attorney, Geraci Law Firm

Bio: Dennis Baranowski has extensive experience in helping banks, credit unions, mortgage funds, private lenders, brokers, developers, and loan servicers navigate through complex transactions, including negotiation of terms, transaction review, and drafting of documents. Mr. Baranowski reviews, negotiates and drafts custom loan documents, construction loan agreements, loan workout agreements, leases, loan purchase and sale agreements, subordination agreements, intercreditor agreements, hypothecations, loan servicing agreements, investor agreements. He has authored articles on loan purchase and sale agreements, investment in private loans, and loss mitigation after default. In addition, Mr. Baranowski also has experience in default-related legal services including foreclosure, bankruptcy, and loss mitigation, as well as lender compliance. Mr. Baranowski believes in dedicated, constant communication, and providing swift, custom, effective, and efficient solutions to client problems. Mr. Baranowski understands that his role is not to stand in the way of a transaction, but to be a trusted guide in all lending matters.

Drew Louis

President, Del Toro Loan Servicing

Bio: A career as a stock broker brought Drew to California from Chicago in 1990. After 15 years and two significant market crashes, he began looking for something with more stability, transparency and more reliable returns. In 2005, after having funded a few private money loans through a broker, Drew resigned his position with Wells Fargo. Together Drew and his wife Liz began building what was to become Del Toro Loan Servicing. As a lender and broker, Drew funded over 500 loans through 2010. Around that time, the focus of the company was switched from brokering to that of a service provider to private money brokers and lenders. Since then, Del Toro has provided loan processing, loan documents, loan servicing and loss mitigation work on over 5,000 loans exceeding $1B in UPB. Through all of this, Drew has developed relationships with some of the best people in the industry. He is widely recognized as a valuable resource to investors and brokers. Additionally, Drew provides consulting and expert witness services to law firms.

Eddie Wilson

President, Think Realty

Bio: Eddie graduated from The Ohio State University School of Broadcasting with a degree in Broadcast Sales and Marketing. He studied marketing at Georgia Tech and business management at Emory University. He is most known for taking a talk radio station in Atlanta to the level of “Most Listened To Station in the World” (Radio and Records Magazine, 2002). He has owned his own advertising agency and worked with clients, including Pepsi, P&G, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Mail America. He is now the President of the AEG corporation and speaks at places across the country, including well-known universities on the topics of Branding, Marketing and Innovation in Business.

Jason Gilbert

Partner, Armanino LLP

Bio: Jason is a Partner at Armanino, the largest California-based CPA firm and one of the fastest-growing accounting firms according to Inside Public Accounting. Jason leads the outsourced accounting and consulting team for the firm’s Private Equity Fund Practice. He has more than 10 years of experience in assisting fund managers with offering document structuring, day-to-day accounting and back-office operations consulting, as well as monthly financial close assistance. Jason also serves as Armanino’s resident fund management software expert. He has a Master of Business Administration with a focus in accounting and finance and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Jaspreet Kaur

Attorney, Geraci Law Firm

Bio: Jaspreet Kaur is an Associate in the real estate finance section of the Geraci Law firm. Ms. Kaur’s experience includes representing lenders and brokers, preparing commercial, residential, and construction loan documents, assignments, and subordination agreements. Ms. Kaur also has experience with non-judicial foreclosures and default related matters. Ms. Kaur graduated magna cum laude from Chapman University School of Law in 2012. At Chapman, Ms. Kaur was an Articles Editor for the Chapman Law Review and was also a member of the Career Services Student Advisory Board. Ms. Kaur achieved numerous awards during her time at Chapman, including eleven CALI awards for the highest class grade. Ms. Kaur was also a recipient of a full merit scholarship. In 2012, Ms. Kaur was admitted to the California Bar and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

Jenny Park

Attorney, Geraci Law Firm

Bio: Ms. Park represents and advises financial institutions, investment funds, real estate investment trusts, brokers, loan servicers, and individual investors, in all aspects of general business and commercial matters. She has extensive experience in the workout, restructuring, and enforcement of commercial and real estate loans, including foreclosure actions and receiverships. Ms. Park believes that excellent client service begins with strong relationships. Her approach to providing valuable legal representation focuses on a comprehensive understanding of her client’s goals and achieving them efficiently. As a litigator and transactional attorney, Ms. Park combines creativity with sound legal judgment to partner with clients to achieve or exceed her clients’ goals.

Mike Griffith

President/CEO, FCI Lender Services Inc.

Bio: Michael Griffith has an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and over 35 years’ experience in Loan Origination, Loan Servicing, Default Servicing, and Real Estate and Investment Funds. He founded FCI Lender Services in 1982, and as President and CEO, he expanded FCI into a leading national Loan service’s provider and a recognized Loss Mitigation Specialty Servicer. FCI has the proud designation as the top rated Special Servicer in the country, with a number ONE Rating from MorningStar, Inc., the rating service located in New York. FCI is a nationally compliant servicer, with over $5 Billion under current management. FCI performs Loan Services for Private Money Lenders, Brokers, Investment Firms, Hedge Funds, Banks, Credit Unions, as well as providing Back-Up Servicing for other Servicers. Michael is also responsible for the company’s internal and external management, strategic development, business relationships, and oversees the critical expansion of systems technologies. Michael has an intense focus on developing policies to continue expanding FCI and seizing opportunities in the volatile Financial Services market. He takes great pride in providing state of the art Loan Servicing and Strategic Default Solutions to Investor clients of any size – with a motto of “One Loan at a Time”.

Paul Sievers

Attorney, Geraci Law Firm

Bio: Mr. Sievers’ diverse practice focuses on helping clients find practical and cost-effective solutions to complicated business disputes and transactions. His practice also extends to representations before the Federal and State Appellate Courts. Mr. Sievers brings to bear nearly twenty-five years of litigation, appellate and transactional experience gleaned in diverse settings, but he specializes in representing and counseling insurance policy holders, parties in commercial litigation and transactions, and real estate owners, lenders and lessees in both transactional and litigation representations. He has developed considerable experience in the coverages available under all types of insurance policies, real estate title issues, including title insurance, appellate practice, and lending secured by both real and personal property. Mr. Sievers works with a diverse spectrum of clients, both large and small, in industries ranging from real estate development to business finance to e-commerce. His clients have included institutional lenders, landlords, developers, bankruptcy trustees, building tradesmen, financial brokers, directors and officers of corporations, and manufacturers and distributors of goods.

Ruby Keys

Marketing Director, Geraci LLP

Bio: Ruby Keys is the Marketing and Communications Director at Geraci Law Firm. As a graduate from Vanguard University with a degree in Communications and an emphasis in Marketing and Public Relations, Ms. Keys joined Geraci Law Firm to promote all aspects of the firm services in the media and coordinate educational resources for clients and trade associations. Ms. Keys focuses on the marketing and communication details at Geraci Law Firm, which include working closely with the media departments of professional organizations such as California Association of Mortgage Bankers, American Association of Private Lenders, California Mortgage Association and United Trustees Association to coordinate the implementation and publication of the Firms educational legal updates. She facilitates the copy of and dissemination of Geraci’ s monthly newsletter, as well as all updates in social media sources, website productions, and public relations. Ms. Keys’ strives to promote the Firms values and advocates for its growth and long term vision. She is very happy to have found a place where her talents and education are put to daily use. She has loved her time thus far at Geraci Law Firm and the ability to provide a Peace of Mind.

A.J. Poulin

VP Sales, The Mortgage Office

Adam Mirza

General Counsel, Asset-Backed Lending Partners

Elizabeth Morales

Chief Marketing Officer , Applied Business Software

Kevin Kim

Partner, Geraci LLP

Louis Bardis

Manager, FJM Private Mortgage Fund

Marc Koehler

President, Lead With Purpose

Mark Hanf

Broker, Pacific Private Money Inc.

Melissa Martorella

Transactional Associate, Geraci Law Firm

Nema Daghbandan

Attorney, Geraci Law Firm

Sam Kaddah

President & CEO, Liquid Logics

Thomas Standen

President, Note Servicing Center

Auri Streit

Business Development, Streit Lending

John Ingoglia

Principal - Loans and Investments, Socotra Capital

Melissa Lucar

Corporate & Securities Associate, Geraci Law Firm

Gary Bechtel


Jitesh Raja

IndoGro Properties, LLC

Mark Granger

Pacific West Mortgage Fund

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