Red Oak Capital Holdings LLC, a commercial real estate finance company and Regulation A+ sponsor, has appointed Stratos Athanassiades as regional manager for the Midwest.
Based in Chicago, Red Oak says he is responsible for originating commercial real estate bridge loans, as well as cultivating and building deal relationships within the mortgage banking and brokerage community, across multiple states throughout the Midwest region.
Athanassiades joins Red Oak with more than 25 years of expertise in the commercial real estate finance arena. Having worked with a variety of financial companies ranging from banks to life insurance companies, he has significant experience in diligence, underwriting, credit analysis, loan review, loan asset management and property acquisitions.
“With his extensive experience across the CRE finance spectrum, Stratos brings valuable insight and expertise to our growing company,” said Gary Bechtel, chief executive officer of Red Oak. “With his deep knowledge of the industry, ability to cultivate strong relationships, and track record of identifying and structuring sophisticated financing solutions, we’re confident that he will be an excellent asset to our team.”
Athanassiades served in management positions with several commercial real estate finance companies throughout the Midwest region. Most recently he was a managing director with Verus Commercial Real Estate Finance, a nationwide balance sheet bridge lender. Prior to that, Athanassiades held leadership roles with firms including Money360, Alliant Credit Union, Business Partners LLC, MetLife and Wachovia Securities.
“As we look to the future, we remain committed to providing innovative financing solutions to commercial real estate sponsors across the nation,” stated Paul Cleary, Red Oak’s president and chief operating officer. “With Stratos leading our efforts in the Midwest, we are confident that he will further strengthen our capabilities and help to grow our business as we continue to deliver exceptional results to our clients and investors.”
Athanassiades holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from Northwestern University.
Red Oak Capital Holdings is a group of commercial real estate capital entities that lends and invests on commercial real estate, raising capital through retail and institutional channels. The firm has more than $400 million of assets under management and commitments from both retail and institutional investors.
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