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Brian Walter is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Fairbridge. He is responsible for Portfolio Management, Finance, and Operations and is a member of the Credit Committee. He previously served as Chief Investment Officer for the Tannenbaum Family Office LLC, where he analyzed and invested in multiple asset classes, including private equity, real estate, real estate debt, credit, preferred stock, equity, structured products, tax liens and litigation claims. Prior to the family office, Mr. Walter was Managing Director, Head of Institutional Products at Fifth Street Asset Management – a $5 billion public asset manager.
John Lettera is Co-Founder and Partner at Fairbridge. He is responsible for all debt originations and is a member of the firm’s Credit Committee. John has more than 20 years of legal experience and has spent more than 25 years in real estate debt originations, acquisitions and equity investing. He also founded and managed two successful real estate finance funds that together invested in excess of $400 million. John is an adjunct professor and member of the Board of Visitors at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and licensed to practice law in the State of New York. He is a combat veteran having served in the U.S. Marine Corps, including during the Gulf War.
Steven Wissak is Co-Founder and Partner at Fairbridge. He is Head of Underwriting and is a member of the Credit Committee. Steve focuses on alternative lending and bridge financing for real estate-secured deals and has been been involved in the real estate industry for over 30 years in various capacities. Steve was a principal in several real estate companies that acquired multifamily apartment buildings in the New York City area as well as rehabilitating close to 5,000 units of work force housing in New York City and its boroughs. Mr. Wissak received his B.A. in Political Science and Economics at the State University of New York at Binghamton and J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.
Anthony Balbo is a Partner at Fairbridge and is responsible for the firm’s secondary business. He has been involved in the real estate industry for more than 13 years. Prior to Fairbridge, he was Director of Operations for a New York-based real estate investment company where he oversaw the commercial leasing, financing, and day-to-day operations of a portfolio of properties that included office space, warehousing, mixed-use buildings and residential units. During his tenure, Anthony helped close loan transitions secured by the managed real estate portfolio and ranging in size from $150,000 to $7,000,000.
Michelle Laccarino joined Fairbridge full-time in February 2022. Michelle works with the Head of Finance on all aspects of corporate, fund and loan administration. Michelle oversees all banking and loan servicing responsibilities and assists with fund administration, the monthly NAV and portfolio management. Michelle also interfaces with our leverage providers to help administer those relationships. Prior to joining Fairbridge, Michelle worked in the finance department of a licensed mortgage bank where she gained experience in banking, accounts payable and receivable and finance. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from SUNY Oneonta, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Alexis DiGirolamo is an In-House Counsel at Fairbridge Asset Management LLC. Prior to Fairbridge she was a legal extern at Jaguar Land Rover North America as well as a student attorney at John Jay Legal Services Food and Beverage Law Clinic. Ms. DiGirolamo attended St. Thomas Aquinas College graduating with a Bachelors of Science and Social Science. Following this she received her law degree from Pace University.
Max Kingman is a financial analyst at Fairbridge Asset Management LLC, Mr. Kingman’s strong proficiency in underwriting combined with his background of evaluation and sales of investment properties, allows him to fully support the loan officers in all aspects relating to the credit analysis and underwriting process, including identifying the best debt structure to ensure that each client receives the most favorable options available. Max graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the president’s list at Quinnipiac University with a finance major and is certified with the Real Estate Financial Modeling Certification (REFM) and the Real Estate Financing Analysis Investment Certification (REFAI).
Biagio joined Fairbridge in August of 2022 as Managing Director. He oversees originations for a range of investment property non-QM and commercial loan products, including fix and flip loans, debt-service coverage ratio (DSCR) loans, and other business purpose and commercial loans, including bridge financing options. Prior to joining Fairbridge, Biagio held senior sales leadership positions at various mortgage banks. He is well-versed in all home financing solutions, including jumbo financing, condo/co-op, new construction, first-time homebuyer, renovation, foreign national, commercial, bridge financing/hard money, fix-and-flip, cross collateralization, and FHA/VA loans.
Harley has over 25-years’ experience working closely with Family Offices. Prior to joining Fairbridge, Harley worked at Rotor Capital – a private equity partnership. Harley worked for 18 years at TIGER 21 – the premier-peer community for wealthy private investors. Working closely with TIGER 21’s founder, Harley was instrumental in establishing Tiger’s presence during its ascendancy - building out and supporting new groups and helping Members generate value from the broader investor community. Prior to TIGER 21, he led investor relations and marketing for EMMES and Company – a $1B+ boutique real estate investment company. Prior work experience includes senior positions in direct sales, advertising and real estate. Harley received his BA from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Amanda Esteves joined Fairbridge full-time in August 2023. Amanda works alongside the finance department with banking, accounting, as well as assists with the monthly NAV and portfolio management. She performs a variety of routine administrative duties pertaining to loan servicing. Prior to joining Fairbridge, Amanda worked in the education field as a high school mathematics teacher. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of South Florida, and is currently earning a second Bachelor degree in Accounting.