Lima One Capital Executive Team
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jeff Tennyson is President and CEO of Lima One Capital. Jeff is responsible for the Company’s overall business strategy and day-to-day operations. Tennyson brings more than 30 years of financial services leadership, operating and executive experience to Lima One. Since joining in 2018, he has led the Company to exponential growth with Lima One recently being recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s Fastest Growing Companies on the Inc5000 list and also led the Company’s recognition as a Top Workplace and Best Place to Work.
Tennyson has held various C-level executive roles for both single-family rental and residential mortgage lenders. Prior to Lima One, Tennyson was President of Clayton Holdings (a wholly owned subsidiary of Radian Group (NYSE:RDN)), where he served on Radian’s Executive Committee and oversaw the global mortgage services business units. Prior to Radian, Tennyson served as founding CEO and COO for B2R Finance (a Blackstone sponsored company). He also previously held C-level positions at Strategic Growth Bank, EquiFirst Mortgage Corp (a Barclays Bank subsidiary), and Anchor Glass Container Corporation. Tennyson is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BBA degree from Harding University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chief Operating Officer
John Thompson oversees Lima One Capital’s daily operations.
John joined Lima One Capital in 2012 as the Director of Operations where he supervised and directed the underwriting staff and was responsible for all loan closings, construction escrow management, and loan servicing. By 2014 he had assumed his current role where he is responsible for the daily operations of the company which includes over 150 employees. He played a crucial role in the nationwide expansion of the company and the design and implementation of new loan programs.
Prior to joining Lima One Capital, John worked as an operations manager for a defense contracting company. He retired from the United States Marine Corps with 21 years of active duty service, where he was decorated for valor in combat.
Chief Financial Officer
Josh joined Lima One in 2013. He has played an integral role in the company’s capital markets, FP&A, product development, and servicing functions. Prior to joining Lima One, Josh worked in Bank of America’s Enterprise Capital Management Group and held various other corporate finance roles during his tenure there. Josh earned his MBA from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business, specializing in Corporate Finance, and his B.S. from Clemson University.
Managing Director of Operations
Rankin Blair oversees Lima One Capital’s loan production and technology infrastructure.
Rankin joined Lima One Capital in 2013 as an underwriter where he significantly increased the company’s origination volume. By 2014 he had assumed his current role where he is responsible for the entire analyst team. He also played a pivotal role in implementing institutional grade policies and procedures to support Lima One Capital’s continued growth. Additionally, he is responsible for the design and installation of the company’s’ loan origination software, as well as a custom inspection management platform.
Rankin earned a B.S. in financial management from Clemson University. Prior to joining Lima One Capital, he worked as a commercial credit analyst for a global specialty electronics distributor. He also currently serves as a member of the United States Army Reserve.
Chief Revenue Officer
As CRO, Josh oversees all sales channels and marketing activities for the firm. Prior to joining Lima One, Josh worked for Finance of America Commercial as part of the core leadership team accountable for the company’s exponential growth. His responsibilities were diverse, spanning the organization from sales leadership to product development to strategic planning and competitive positioning. Prior to that, Josh worked for Wells Fargo in various capacities including strategy consulting, project management, and consumer lending leadership.
Josh is extremely passionate about all things real estate investing and is an active SFR investor himself. He earned his MBA from Wake Forest University and his B.S. from Kentucky Wesleyan College.
Managing Director of Capital Markets
Trez is responsible for positioning Lima One Capital for strong long-term growth through a strategic capital market strategy, oversight of the Company’s mortgage-backed securitization activity and ensuring ongoing liquidity for the Company’s mortgage lending. Moore has over 40 years of experience in capital markets, origination, and risk in both residential and commercial real estate.
He has in-depth knowledge of the primary and secondary mortgage markets, including credit risk and portfolio management, finance, servicing and securitization. He has held positions with Freddie Mac, Cerberus, RBS and Promontory. Moore holds a B.A. and MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Lima One Capital Management Team
Director of Multifamily and Rental Financing
Brian Cauthen serves as the Director of Multifamily and Rental Financing. In this role Brian is responsible for developing and maintaining a commercial loan program that fits the needs of real estate investors. Brian is engaged in the day-to-day management of underwriting and financial analysis of loan submissions, along with looking for macro solutions for growth within a constantly changing lending market.
Brian graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Finance. He started his career as a Commercial Real Estate Underwriting Analyst, followed by positions in equities trading and residential mortgage banking. Prior to Lima One Capital, Brian worked as a Financial Analyst for a conventional and SBA commercial loan portfolio servicer.
Director of Servicing
Brandy Cogsdill serves as Lima One Capital’s Director of Servicing. In this role, she manages all loan servicing functions including billing, collections, customer service, data management, and investor reporting. Brandy leads a department that oversees and reports on the company’s vast loan base across FixNFlip, Rental, and Multifamily loans and uses data to ensure that Lima One’s loan products and processes best serve our customers and investors. She joined Lima One in 2017.
Brandy’s career includes experience in finance and accounting at Advance America and United Resource Recovery Corporation. She also served as Co-Founder and Director of iRecycle, a non-profit organization that funded many scholarships over its existence. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from USC Upstate.
Director of Sales and Customer Experience
Dalton Elliott serves as Director of Sales and Customer Experience for Lima One Capital. In this role, Dalton ensures premier customer service across sales, underwriting, servicing, and construction management functions. Dalton also oversees daily operations and long-term strategy of Lima One’s mortgage broker and lender finance channels. He leads onsite due diligence and training for strategic partners and is responsible for driving aggressive growth nationwide. Dalton joined Lima One Capital in 2015 and previously worked as an analyst in the Rental30 department.
Dalton earned a B.A. in Political Science from Furman University and is a founding member of the National Private Lenders Association.
Director of Short-Term Financing
Tim Lawhorne serves as the Director of Short Term Financing. In this role, Tim oversees daily operations and loan production, and he is responsible for the creation and implementation of processes and procedures to ensure that Lima One Capital is effectively and efficiently meeting the needs of real estate investors. He is also responsible for coordinating with senior management on product development and best practices to ensure that Lima One Capital continues to originate loans of the highest quality.
Tim joined Lima One Capital in 2016 as an Operations Analyst in the Short Term Finance Department. He shortly moved into a Senior Analyst role within the company’s multifamily and commercial division, where he was instrumental in turning a newly-launched loan program into the fastest growing division within the company. He assumed his current role in 2019.
Tim earned a B.S in Biological Sciences from Clemson University. Prior to joining Lima One Capital, Tim worked as a IT recruiter for a recruiting firm, followed by a role as the Territory Sales Manager for a Texas-based tech firm.
Head of National Accounts and Commercial Lending
Cortney Newmans serves as Lima One’s Head of National Accounts and Commercial Lending. In this role, he is charged with managing large, institutional-scale accounts for the company. His product focus includes multifamily properties and single-family portfolios for Lima One. Additionally, Cortney leads the expansion and optimization of Lima One’s national partnerships and strategic relationships across the Company’s lending network.
In his role as Director of Business Development starting in 2014, Cortney oversaw development of sales operations into 42 states including the District of Columbia. His responsibilities included providing senior-level management to business development teams. Cortney has personally originated over $275MM in SFR and Multifamily assets and overseen the production of over $375MM.
Cortney is also a real estate investor with nearly 10 years of real estate ownership and management experience, with a strong track record of executed value-add deals. He currently owns over 65 doors.
Director of Construction Management
Bill McDonald is Lima One Capital’s Director of Construction Management. His team of analysts manage pre- and post-closing risk and the construction draw process, and advise FixNFlip, ground-up construction, and heavy rehab borrowers on project budgets and processes. This process helps Lima One’s customers successfully complete their flips or construction projects, while ensuring the performance of their loans. Bill has built a best-in-class construction management department supports clients while identifying and mitigating risk on an hourly basis. This gives Lima One an advantage over its competitors in both customer experience and risk management.
Bill is a licensed general contractor and inspector who started and operated his own general contracting and real estate inspection firms in California and Maryland before joining Lima One In 2017. He has more than 25 years of experience in residential and commercial construction.
Head of Commercial Real Estate Markets
Andrew Shook serves as the Head of Commercial Real Estate Markets. In this role, Shook focuses on expanding and optimizing Lima One’s national partnerships and strategic relationships across the Company’s lending network.
Shook has a strong industry network and experience in the real estate finance sector, with an emphasis on strategic lending programs. During his 20+ year career he has worked in a variety of markets including New York, London, and San Francisco. Shook held positions at Hyperion Capital Management, Bank of America, HSBC Bank USA and Resource America / Resource Capital Corporation. Shook was on the founding management team of Resource Capital Corporation, which enjoyed a successful IPO. Most recently, he served as Managing Partner at Bright Light Commercial Real Estate, where he focused on a wide variety of commercial real estate financing.
Director of Inside Sales
Justin Thompson serves as Director of Inside Sales for Lima One Capital.
Since joining Lima One Capital in 2012, Justin has overseen marketing for the company and assisted in the branding of several new investor programs as well as a successful nationwide expansion for the company.
Justin Thompson graduated from The University of Mary Washington with a degree in Political Science.