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Meet Your Team

The Patriot Funding, Inc. team members are highly experienced lending professionals with unique banking relationships. We take the time to understand the needs of each client and their diverse goals.

Leadership Team

David Antonelli

Founder & CEO

David spearheads the execution of the company’s loan origination strategy and is responsible for growing and managing Patriot Funding’s Nationwide sales team and its Customers across the country. Since 2008, he has amassed a deep expertise in real estate finance, SBA, Bridge & Hard Money Financing – all of which combined contribute to the success of Patriot Funding’s platform. David Spent the first 12 years of his career as a Residential Loan Originator, after the 2008 economic crisis imploded upon our great Nation, David Gathered Individuals around the Country and continues to do so to bring Educated Professionals together with Business minded Entrepreneur’s to assist them in exceeding their goals thru ways of creative and successful Business & Real Estate Finance.

April Gricus

Chief Operating Officer

April was appointed to the position of Chief operating Officer in 2016. She joined the company off the back of a 20 year career managing projects and supply chain solutions with a record over the past 10 years for delivering substantial change, cost savings and efficiency improvements in many organizations.

Since joining Patriot this work has continued by putting in place many of the organizational procedures and work practices that we still follow today. It is April’s attention to detail and procedural knowledge that allows us to work as efficiently as possible.

Rob Creason

President- Chicago

Rob brings a proven track record in management and business. Having spent the last 10 years working with underwriters understanding their process, implementing improvements and being part of the review process Rob knows how to get funding in the easiest most efficient way.

Sales and Business Development Team

Todd McConkey

VP of Commercial lending- Chicago, IL

Todd McConkey has been in the Real Estate industry for over 30 years. He started in the custom home building industry and evolved into his own company as a renovation specialist for 18 years. He obtained his real estate license in 2005 and has served his residential and commercial clients with integrity and creative problem solving abilities.

Rick Geraci

Director of Business Development- Chicago, IL

Rick Geraci has over 40 years of management and marketing experience across a broad spectrum of industries.  He has devoted over a decade to both wholesale and retail financing options nationally. Rick provides an abundance of knowledge and experience; his mission is to accelerate the expansion of Patriot Funding.

Frank Geraci

Director of Business Development- Chicago, IL

Frank comes to Patriot-Funding with over 26 years of sales/management and marketing experience spanning across multiple industries. He has a worked for over a dozen years in the financial industry originating conventional and government loans for purchases and refinances. His energy and his commitment to help others is a trait that does not go unnoticed.

Frank is committed to enhance the lives of those he partners with by utilizing the extensive experience and interpersonal skills he has developed throughout his entrepreneurial career. He not only will provide high quality service, but will also grow a strong lifelong relationship with all those he works with to help secure financing.

Brian Capuano

Business Consultant – Morgan Hill, California

Brian has been involved in the real estate community for the past 30 years with a record in achievement and has demonstrated success leading, managing and delivering professional services with strategic sourcing, operational and organizational effectiveness in technology, finance and merchant services.

    JP Marzano

    Commercial Lending Specialist – Chicago, IL

    JP Marzano has been in the lending industry for 15 years. He started as residential loan officer and continues to write loans for personal real estate. He has also been active in the commercial finance arena for over 5 years. JP has provided financing for small-to-medium size businesses and investors alike. His experience is mainly with lines of credit, term financing, and private equity lending for specialty and non-traditional scenarios.

    Martin Cobb

    Commercial Lending Specialist – Michigan

    Martin Cobb is a commercial lending specialist focused on providing customized financing solutions to small and medium sized organizations.

    With over twenty years of financial, operating, and consulting experience as a CFO and financial manager, Martin is very familiar with the commercial financing arena and has been involved with numerous transactions including those for working capital, commercial real estate, equipment and the sale or acquisition of businesses.

    With extensive experience with early stage and developing organizations, Martin has also worked with financially troubled groups and those in transition. He understands the issues and challenges faced by today’s business owners and entrepreneurs, and leverages his considerable financial experience together knowledge of the alternate financial markets.

    Martin is a Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA), a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and holds the designation of Certified Financial Manager from the Institute of Management Accountants in Montvale, NJ.

    Sakira Jackson

    Multi-Family and Hotel Acquisitions – Chicago, IL

    Dr. Sakira Jackson has become a great addition to the Patriot Funding team, by providing market properties not easily found by investors across the nation. Dr. Jackson has developed a product for the off-market property industry. This allows the single home investor to the multi-million-dollar mutual funds acquire properties in real-time off-market and at the best price. She says just because it’s off-market doesn’t mean it isn’t available on-line. She saw a gap in the market and filled it with a virtual off market real estate investment product that specializes in providing properties to investors, rehabbers, mutual funds and individuals in real-time.

    Gheorghe Otel

    Commercial Loan Officer – Wisconson

    Gheorghe Otel is a Commerical Loan Officer who works with small business owners to grow. He specializes in Multi-Family and Fix & Flip Funding. Gheorghe has been in the commerial lending industry for five years. He prides himself on creating sold, long lasting relationships with his customers. Gheorghe is a 2014 graduate of the Academy of Economic Studies.

    Mario Mazzei

    National Account Representative – Chicago

    Mario Mazzei is a recent graduate of Bartlett High School.  He was involved in business and leadership programs all four years of his high school career.  Mario’s passion is in Real Estate and Financing.  We are very excited to help Mario advance in his career.

    Mark Sastre

    National Account Representative – Chicago

    Mark is a student at St. Charles High School.  He is on the varsity football team as well as the volleyball team. Mark is involved in The Fellowships of Christian Athletes program, Key Club and is a Poetic Semifinalist.  Mark has a sales background and loves to help customers.