Managing Partners

The firm’s managing partners have a combined 25 years of hands-on experience owning, managing and investing in privately held mortgage banking companies.  These companies have originated over $5 billion in single family residential mortgages, with differing focuses by entity on both private label and agency conforming loan products that meet Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae guidelines.

Z. Vanessa Giacoman, CMB

Ms. Giacoman is a 16-year mortgage banking career veteran experienced in building de novo mortgage banking platforms as well as in serving as a turn-around agent for existing platforms.  Ms. Giacoman began her career by creating a de novo mortgage banking platform, introducing innovative process flows & technology which were deemed to be revolutionary by industry consultants in the late 1990s.  Serving as President and CEO, she grew the company from 36 employees to over 300 employees funding $1 billion in annual loan origination volume, maintaining net profit margins and diversifying the company’s sources of production with a multi-channel originations platform consisting of a Hispanic-focused call center, retail sales division and wholesale sales channel.

Ms. Giacoman has served on both private and public sector boards, and is actively involved in non-profit organizations that strengthen communities.  Serving on the board of Pacific Mutual Real Estate Investment Trust, she established an advisory council and collaborated with the public and private sectors to negotiate re-zoning initiatives for the REIT to invest in distressed neighborhoods in Oakland, California.  Ms. Giacoman is a strong advocate for fair lending practices, appearing as a guest expert speaker on various media outlets such as Univision TV/Radio, NBC, Telemundo and ABC to educate the local community on issues surrounding personal finance and the economy in general.

Most recently, Ms. Giacoman joined partner Calvin Hamler in an existing mortgage banking operation, serving as the company’s Chief Operating Officer.  As COO, Ms. Giacoman drove down the organization’s cost to produce by 109 basis points in nine months and drove down the overall cost to originate by 30 basis points in three months.

Ms. Giacoman is a graduate from the Harvard School of Business, the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, holds a B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley and holds several designations from the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, including the well-respected CMB (Certified Mortgage Banker) designation.


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Calvin B. Hamler, AMP

Mr. Hamler is a Wall Street finance professional with a background as a NASDAQ market maker, risk arbitrage trader, money manager and independent futures trader.  A Summa Cum Laude graduate in finance and economics from the University of Denver, Mr. Hamler is experienced in all facets of mortgage banking as an owner / operator.  He has earned the well-respected AMP (Accredited Mortgage Professional) designation from the Mortgage Bankers Association of America and served on the board of directors of the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association in 2008.  Mr. Hamler is actively engaged with his peer network in the local and national mortgage and banking communities.

In his most recent venture, Mr. Hamler co-founded and served as CEO and Managing Member of an 8-year old independent mortgage banking company that began as a two-person startup.  Mr. Hamler established and implemented the overall strategy and vision, built corporate culture, managed the firm’s capital, and oversaw the operation of over 640 employees at the company’s peak.  Utilizing a multi-channel originations platform consisting of four direct lending call centers, a boutique retail branch network and a wholesale sales channel, Mr. Hamler’s operation originated and funded over $2.6 billion in exclusively FHA / VA and conventional conforming residential loan production across a 30-state footprint, generating over $80 million in revenue. 

Mr. Hamler built his company’s mortgage banking operations center from the ground up, relying heavily on technology and a robust IT staff of software engineers and project managers to develop proprietary systems.  He assembled a seasoned compliance staff that included six on-staff attorneys and veteran industry compliance professionals.  Leveraging his capital markets expertise, Mr. Hamler built his own secondary marketing / capital markets trading and hedging operation from the ground up, hedging the company’s loan pipeline internally.   The end result was a distinct competitive advantage by employing the most sophisticated forms of secondary market delivery, including AOT (Assignment of Trade) and co-issuance of mortgage backed securities, selling directly to Fannie Mae.

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