Leading Our Team with Experience

Cherrywood Mortgage’s executive team brings over a century of combined experience. This dynamic team has weathered several economic cycles to know exactly what works. Their proven successes in other real estate finance endeavors have provided them with the vision, the experience and the strategic alliances to meet the needs of the small-balance segment of the market.

The Cherrywood Mortgage team of commercial real estate professionals has worked together in past ventures, consistently demonstrating skills, accomplishments and resilience. Their complementary skill sets, expertise, knowledge of the markets, as well as personal and commercial relationships represent the very best practices and strategies in commercial real estate financing.

Executives - Bill Komperda

Bill Komperda

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Komperda is a seasoned finance professional and Certified Public Accountant with CEO and public company executive management experience. Bill has over 30 years of broad experience and expertise in capital markets, capital generation (equity and debt), mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, asset securitization, finance/accounting/tax, structured finance, loan origination, and loan servicing, as well as related real estate and whole loan trading experience. Mr. Komperda, along with Mr. Resendez, Co-Founded Cherrywood Mortgage, LLC in 2013.

Executives - Ed Resendez

Ed Resendez

President & Chief Operations Officer

With 36 years in financial services, Mr. Resendez is the ideal operational leader for Cherrywood Mortgage, LLC’s loan origination, finance, sales, securitization and servicing platform. Ed contributes a wealth of experience and knowledge of the markets to his strong working relationships with investment bankers, attorneys, audit firms, bankers, consultants and other professional service providers. As a principal in building three national platforms in the mortgage space, Mr. Resendez has a proven successful record in loan origination and loan servicing, team leadership and developing strong external/internal customer service focused teams.

Executives - Jorge Ramos

Jorge Ramos

EVP, Capital Markets

Mr. Ramos is a seasoned finance professional with varied experience ranging from capital markets / secondary marketing to portfolio management, analytics, asset-based lending and law.  Jorge’s past successes in risk mitigation and portfolio management resulted in reducing lenders’ exposure, even during challenging market environments.  In a Secondary Marketing role, Mr. Ramos traded more than $3 billion in mortgages to a variety of Wall Street firms. Mr. Ramos also established a successful small-balance commercial platform at a residential lender where he was also responsible for the origination, packaging and sale of small balance loans to investors.  His breadth of experience contributes the comprehensive vision to lead Cherrywood’s Capital Markets Group.

Executives - Penny Groel

Penny Groel

EVP, General Counsel

Ms. Groel is an accomplished attorney with over 30 years of experience.  Ms. Groel oversees all aspects of the company including corporate housekeeping responsibilities, licensing and compliance, loan origination, negotiation of and compliance with funding sources, general contract review, litigation and human resources. Ms. Groel has a broad range of legal experience with particular emphasis on corporate, real estate, finance and securities law. Prior to joining Cherrywood, her finance practice focused on asset-based, secured lending in the real estate and energy sectors. She has represented banks, mortgage companies and institutional investors in the origination, purchase, sale and servicing of residential and commercial real estate loans. In her corporate practice, she has represented public and private companies in connection with corporate governance, compliance, confidentiality matters, acquisitions, asset sales and joint ventures. She worked on numerous securitizations and re-securitizations with respect to a variety of loans including residential real estate, commercial real estate, auto, credit card, CLO, and CDO transactions. In connection with such securitizations she has represented a wide range of parties including issuers, underwriters, trustees, custodians and credit enhancers.

Executives - Chris Lappi

Chris Lappi

EVP, Chief Information Officer

Mr. Lappi is known among his colleagues as a dynamic leader who enjoys bringing business and technology together to create cloud-based solutions to enhance a company’s bottom line. His expertise in providing hands-on development, implementation and management of integration, process improvement and operations management are an integral component for Cherrywood Mortgage’s business strategy. Chris is well versed in designing and implementing short- and long-term business and technology plans, strategies, processes, architecture and systems while keeping regulatory and compliance issues in focus. Mr. Lappi’s operational mantra is having technology work for us rather than us working for the technology.

Executives - Andre Tynes

Andre Tynes

VP, Chief Appraiser

Executives - Donovan Johnson

Donovan Johnson

VP, Information Technology & Facilities

Executives - Manny Rubalcava

Manny Rubalcava

SVP, Underwriting & Credit

Executives - Tina Nazari

Tina Nazari

SVP, Controller

Executives - Victor Nguyen

Victor Nguyen

VP, Application Development