The Path Forward
The members of American Association of Private Lenders’ Government Relations Committee are your first responders when it comes to tracking legislation and prioritizing, strategizing and executing advocacy efforts. Meet the committee that will help serve as a unified voice for the private lending profession by making an impact on state and federal legislation/regulation where it impacts private lending the most.
Cort Chalfant is the manager of Nexus Private Capital. He is a seasoned executive in multistate real estate acquisitions, asset management, leasing, development and commercial debt transactions. He has a demonstrated track record of excellence managing and directing a diverse range of real estate projects and affiliate operating companies.
Cort’s core competencies are synthesizing complex business opportunities, threats, resources and conditions into winning strategic plans; financial underwriting; and mentoring high-performing teams. He is a skilled negotiator of legal contracts, leases, ordinances and agreements and has a solid understanding of mortgage and capital markets, syndications and capital formation.
Prior to his tenure at Nexus Private Capital, Cort was the vice president at Coast Range Investments, the senior vice president at Rancho Sahuarita Companies, and the acquisitions and asset manager at Holualoa Companies.
Cort has an MBA from the University of Arizona, where he graduated first in his class (tied), and a BBA in finance from the University of Delaware.
Mike Fallot is the CEO and co-founder of MM Lending, where he oversees all lending activities. Mike enjoys working with new and experienced real estate investors to structure financing that achieves their goals. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the private lending business and first-hand experience with the boom-and-bust cycles of real estate. Mike is a graduate of the University of Louisville, and previously served as a partner with a regional CPA firm. He is board member of the Kentuckiana Real Estate Investors Association, past president of the Louisville chapter of Financial Executives International, a member of the Louisville Rotary Club and on the boards of several nonprofits.
Matthew Gunter is assistant general counsel for RCN Capital. Matthew’s focus is in licensing compliance, mortgage finance transactions, foreclosures, REO property and tenant management, real estate closings, title clearing, bankruptcy management, business litigation, contract management and lobbying/lobbying management.
He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University Long Beach and a J.D. from University of Connecticut, School of Law. He presently practices in the Connecticut state and federal courts.
Ted Parker has more than two decades of experience in the global capital markets, including Fidelity Investments, Charles Schwab and his current role as a senior vice president with Millennium Trust Company. Millenium Trust Company is a custodian with $26 billion in assets
under management, more than 15,000 unique alternative investments under custody and more than one million clients. Ted works with investment sponsors and advisors in California, Oregon and Washington who are looking to take advantage of a growing demand for alternative investments.
Chris Ragland is the chief operating officer of Noble Capital, a private investment firm specializing in real estate. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Noble Capital, and he spearheads the expansion of existing and new business lines for the company. He hosts The Noble Capital Radio Hour, a talk radio show produced by Noble Capital. Chris spent 15 years building firms that specialize in loan servicing, loss mitigation, full-service brokerage, insurance, management, maintenance, rehabilitation and REO disposition.
John Tedesco is the senior vice president of development for Appraisal Nation. During the past 8 years, he has help lead the company to record growth. The company has been recognized the past three years in a row on the Inc. 5000 list.
In 2018, Mortgage Professional America named John to its Hot 100 List for the 100 leaders reshaping the American mortgage industry. Under his leadership, Appraisal Nation added a strong focus and new products for the private lending industry. The company has evolved to the number one valuation provider in America for private lenders doing over 120,000 appraisals annually. John travels to more than 50 conferences each year and is a featured speaker at private lending events across the country.
Previously, John raised more than a billion dollars in development for public-private capital projects, taught capital development at New York University, served as a city manager in a New Jersey municipality, and as chief development officer for a national children’s charity. Back home in Raleigh, North Carolina, John was elected to lead one of the largest education systems in America, serving 170,000 children, and 18,000 teachers with a $1.5 billion budget. He served as president of the North Carolina Center for Education Reform and was nominated for North Carolina State Superintendent.