Michael Mazzei is President of Ladder Capital. Prior to joining Ladder Capital, Mr. Mazzei served as a Managing Director and Global Head of the CMBS and Bank Loan Syndication Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mr. Mazzei served as Co-Head of CMBS and Commercial Real Estate Debt Markets at Barclays Capital. Before joining Barclays Capital, Mr. Mazzei spent 20 years at Lehman Brothers where Mr. Mazzei became the head of CMBS and served as the Co-Head of Global Real Estate Investment Banking. Mr. Mazzei earned a B.S. in Finance from Baruch College CUNY and a J.D. from St. John’s University, and is a graduate of the New York University Real Estate Institute.
Alan H. Fishman is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ladder Capital. Mr. Fishman has had an extensive career in the financial services industry; most recently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Washington Mutual Inc. Mr. Fishman also served as the Chairman of Meridian Capital Group and as President of Sovereign Bancorp. From March 2001 until the sale of Independence Community Bank to Sovereign in June 2006, Mr. Fishman had served as Independence Community Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Mr. Fishman served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at ContiFinancial Corp. Mr. Fishman has been a private equity investor focusing on financial services at Neuberger and Berman, Adler & Shaykin and at his own firm, Columbia Financial Partners LP, and has held a variety of senior executive positions at Chemical Bank and American International Group. Mr. Fishman is a member of the board of directors of Santander Holdings USA, Inc. and is the lead independent director of its subsidiary, Santander Bank, N.A. Mr. Fishman also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Co-Chairman of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Chairman of Brooklyn Community Foundation and on the Boards of several other not-for-profit and civic organizations. Mr. Fishman holds a B.S. from Brown University and a Masters in Economics from Columbia University.
Brian Harris is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ladder Capital. Prior to forming Ladder Capital, Mr. Harris served as a Senior Partner, Managing Director and Head of Global Commercial Real Estate at Dillon Read Capital Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of UBS, managing over $500 million of equity capital from UBS for Dillon Read’s commercial real estate activities globally. Before joining Dillon Read, Mr. Harris served as Managing Director and Head of Global Commercial Real Estate at UBS, managing UBS’ proprietary commercial real estate activities globally. Mr. Harris also served as a Member of the Board of Directors of UBS Investment Bank. Prior to joining UBS, Mr. Harris served as Head of Commercial Mortgage Trading at Credit Suisse, where he was responsible for managing all proprietary commercial real estate investment and trading activities. Mr. Harris also previously worked in the real estate groups at Lehman Brothers, Salomon Brothers, Smith Barney and Daiwa Securities. Mr. Harris earned a B.S. in Biology and an M.B.A. from The State University of New York at Albany.
Pamela McCormack is a founder and the Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel of Ladder Capital. Prior to forming Ladder Capital, Ms. McCormack served as Executive Director and Head of Transaction Management at Dillon Read Capital Management. Before joining Dillon Read, Ms. McCormack served as Executive Director and Co-Head of Transaction Management and, previously also as Counsel, at UBS. In that capacity, Ms. McCormack managed a team responsible for the structuring, negotiating and closing of all real estate investments globally. Prior to joining UBS, Ms. McCormack worked as Vice President and Counsel at Credit Suisse, and as a real estate and finance attorney at Stroock, Stroock & Lavan LLP and Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner LLP. Ms. McCormack graduated cum laude with a B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and earned a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.
Peter Smith is a Managing Director within the origination team at Ladder Capital. Mr. Smith is a 20-year veteran real estate lender with a wide scope of structured debt product experience including workouts, portfolio purchases, interim financings, mezzanine loans and CMBS origination. Prior to joining Ladder Capital, Mr. Smith headed an origination team at Credit Suisse and served as Head of Loan Originations at UBS, where he was a member of the Investment Committee. Most recently he joined Aion Partners LLC as a Managing Director where he sourced distressed first mortgage loans, mezzanine debt and portfolios for purchase. Mr. Smith graduated from the University of Michigan with a major in accounting in 1987 and is a past member of the Finance Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York.
Lonnie Vidaurri is a Managing Director within the origination team at Ladder Capital. Mr. Vidaurri focuses on transactions throughout the entire real estate capital structure. Prior to joining Ladder Capital, Mr. Vidaurri was a Senior Vice President at OneWest Bank where he was instrumental in building the CRE origination platform. Prior to OneWest Bank, Lonnie served as the head of the western region for Barclays Capital U.S. Real Estate Capital Markets. Prior to Barclays, Mr. Vidaurri had previously worked at Lehman Brothers and Jones Lang LaSalle. Lonnie earned his MA at the University of Southern California, his B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles and was a Summer Research Fellow at Cornell University.
Lee Warshaw is a Managing Director within the origination team at Ladder Capital. Mr. Warshaw worked at UBS and Dillon Read Capital Management from 1999 through 2008. His responsibilities included originating and evaluating commercial real estate transactions including fixed rate loans, floating rate loans, and equity investments. Prior to that, Mr. Warshaw worked in the real estate groups at Daiwa Securities, Lehman Brothers, and Kenneth Leventhal and Company. Mr. Warshaw holds a B.S. in Accounting from the Stern School of Business at New York University and is a CPA.
Aaron Welsh is a Managing Director within the origination team at Ladder Capital. Mr. Welsh focuses on transactions throughout the entire real estate capital structure. Prior to joining Ladder Capital, Mr. Welsh was a co-head for the real estate structured finance group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch as well as the head of its origination efforts. Prior to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mr. Welsh had previously worked at Barclays Capital, Lehman Brothers, and Jones Lang LaSalle. Mr. Welsh graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a major in Finance.