Our Team

Deep expertise and an entrepreneurial
approach to multi-asset class investing

Tony CappellPartner

Tony Cappell

Tony CappellPartner

As a debt investor with over 10 years of experience in the specialty finance space, Tony has completed over 150 deals comprising over $5B in total credit. Prior to founding Chicago Atlantic, Tony was a Managing Director and Head of Underwriting at Stonegate Capital, a private credit investment firm focused on lower middle market businesses and emerging brands. At Stonegate, he was responsible for credit, underwriting and the growth strategy of the loan portfolio. Previously, he was a Senior Underwriter at First Midwest Bank and at Gibraltar Business Capital where he worked on a number of specialty finance transactions including technology, software, turnaround/distressed and re-discount loans. He began his career at Wells Fargo Capital Finance focused on a wide array of industries and loan structures.

MBA, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
BA, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

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John MazarakisPartner

John Mazarakis

John MazarakisPartner

John brings over 20 years of entrepreneurial, operational, and managerial experience to Chicago Atlantic. Over the last two decades, he has launched successful ventures in real estate, retail, hospitality, and personal fitness. He has built a 30+ restaurant chain with more than 1,200 employees. In addition, John has built a real estate portfolio of over 30 properties, developed over 1 million square feet of commercial real estate, and completed multiple real estate financing transactions. He has invested in and served as an advisor to multiple successful startups.

MBA, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
BA, University of Delaware

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Andreas BodmeierPartner

Andreas Bodmeier

Andreas BodmeierPartner

Andreas has been working at the intersection of finance and analytics for over 10 years. Prior to founding Chicago Atlantic, Andreas co-founded a boutique technology and consulting firm focused on FX and commodity risk management for multi-national corporations as well as advising on capital structure decisions and investor relations. He was also a co-founder of an SEC-registered online investment adviser for 401(k) or 403(b) retirement accounts. As Chief Investment Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, Andreas built the firm’s investment methodology and compliance program. Andreas has also served as a consultant for hedge funds, proprietary trading firms, commercial and consumer lenders, and pharmaceutical companies. His academic research at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business focused on capital market anomalies, portfolio allocation, and risk management.

Ph.D. in Finance and MBA, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
MSc (Statistics), Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
BSc (Mathematics), Freie University Berlin, Germany
BSc (Physics), Freie University Berlin, Germany
BSc (Business Economics), University of Hagen, Germany

 

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Michael EizengaManaging Director & Head of Real Estate

Michael Eizenga

Michael EizengaManaging Director & Head of Real Estate

Michael is Managing Director & Head of Real Estate at Chicago Atlantic. Michael brings over 15 years of real estate investment and development experience to Chicago Atlantic.  As a Principal at The Jaffe Companies, one of the Midwest’s preeminent mixed-use development firms, Michael’s responsibilities have included acquisitions, development, financing, and leasing activities within the company’s portfolio. Most recently, Michael developed The Arboretum of South Barrington, a $100 million upscale lifestyle center that was sold to Starwood Capital Group, as well as the Edens Collection, a $60 million Target-anchored retail project in the City of Chicago.

Prior to joining The Jaffe Companies in 2007, Michael was Vice President at The Binswanger Company where he consulted with national corporate clients on their real estate holdings. In his early career, Michael worked in Paris, Milan, Brussels, and Frankfurt in Seimen’s global finance group.

Michael actively supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Kovler Diabetes Center at The University of Chicago, and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

MBA, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
BS, Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Michael Eizenga

Peter SackManaging Director & REIT Co-President

Peter Sack

Peter SackManaging Director & REIT Co-President

Peter is a Managing Director at Chicago Atlantic and serves as Co-President of Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc., our affiliated mortgage REIT. Peter is a credit investor and portfolio manager with experience investing across the capital structure. Prior to joining Chicago Atlantic, Peter was a Principal at BC Partners Credit where he sourced and underwrote across the firm’s opportunistic and senior lending strategies in a wide array of industries. Peter managed the portfolio of BC Partners Lending Corporation, a private business development company with assets of over $100 million deployed in middle-market private loans. Peter also founded the firm’s cannabis vertical and has underwritten over $130 million in related transactions. Previously, Peter was an Associate at Atlas Holdings LLC, a private-equity firm focused on supporting distressed manufacturing and distribution companies globally. Peter speaks Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
BA, Yale University, graduated cum laude
Fulbright Scholar, Sun Yat-sen University China, US Department of State

Peter Sack

David KiteManaging Director & COO

David Kite

David KiteManaging Director & COO

David is a Managing Director at Chicago Atlantic and serves as COO of Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc., our affiliated mortgage REIT. David began his career as a commodities trader with Commodities Corp where legendary traders Paul Tutor Jones, Bruce Kovner and Louis Bacon launched their careers. Soon after, David founded K&K Capital Management, where he created a proprietary trading strategy which at its peak managed in excess of $250 million and generated average annual net returns of 19% for nearly a decade.  After, David became the Managing Partner of Lionheart, a multi-strategy fund of hedge funds. In 2013, David transitioned to real estate as Principal and COO of Free Market Ventures where he oversaw all aspects of the company including deal structure, capital raising, due diligence, acquisitions, asset management and dispositions.

MBA, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
BA in Economics, University of Illinois

David Kite

Lindsay MenzeREIT CFO

Lindsay Menze

Lindsay MenzeREIT CFO

Lindsay serves as CFO of Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc., our affiliated mortgage REIT. Lindsay brings over 10 years of finance and accounting experience to Chicago Atlantic. Prior to joining Chicago Atlantic, Lindsay was a Director within RSM US LLP’s Technical Accounting Consulting practice, where she assisted clients with complex accounting and financial reporting issues, focusing on capital markets readiness and new accounting standard adoption. Lindsay began her career at Deloitte & Touche LLP, where she was a Manager in the Audit & Assurance practice, responsible for end to end execution of integrated audits of publicly traded companies, primarily in the real estate industry. Lindsay holds the CPA designation.

BBA (Accounting, cum laude), University of Notre Dame – Mendoza College of Business

Lindsay Menze

Phil SilvermanGroup CFO

Phil Silverman

Phil SilvermanGroup CFO

Phil is Group CFO of Chicago Atlantic and serves as the Controller of Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance, Inc., our affiliated mortgage REIT. Phil brings over 10 years of finance and accounting experience to Chicago Atlantic. Prior to joining Chicago Atlantic, Phil spent more than 8 years with BDO, where he most recently was a Senior Manager in the Financial Services and Private Equity group, responsible for end to end execution of audits of investment companies (BDCs/SBIC/PE/VC) and asset managers. Phil holds the CPA designation.

BS (Finance), Indiana University – Kelly School of Business

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Ryan MuranakaManaging Director, Real Estate Credit

Ryan Muranaka

Ryan MuranakaManaging Director, Real Estate Credit

Ryan is a Managing Director at Chicago Atlantic and leads our Real Estate Credit strategy. With over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate bridge financing, Ryan has completed over $2 billion of directly originated secured real estate loans across all asset classes. Prior to joining Chicago Atlantic, Ryan has led the loan origination and asset management teams for family offices and large public companies. Most recently, he was responsible for loan originations at Yam Capital, one of the largest national family office bridge lenders focusing on senior-secured income-producing commercial mortgage lending. Previously, he worked for IMH Financial Corporation for over 15 years, a public reporting bridge lending company, where he led the underwriting, origination, and asset management teams.

BS, Business & Communications, Arizona State University

Ryan Muranaka

David EnrightManaging Director, Credit

David Enright

David EnrightManaging Director, Credit

As a debt investor with over 21 years of experience in the specialty finance space, David has completed over 300 deals comprising over $7.5 billion in total credit. Prior to joining Chicago Atlantic, David was a SVP and responsible for the strategy of Specialty Finance and C&I lending at S&T Bank (NASDAQ: STBA). Previously, he was National Head of Sales at First Midwest Bank and Co-founder of Specialty Finance for First Financial Business Capital, a division of First Financial Bank. While at both First Midwest and First Financial Business Capital, David worked on a number of specialty finance transactions including mezzanine loans, unitranche in almost every industry sector, asset-based lending, technology, software, turnaround, rediscount and many more. He began his career at National City Bank focused on a wide array of industries and loan structures.

BA in Economics,  Kenyon College.

David Enright

Brian DobisManaging Director, Credit

Brian Dobis

Brian DobisManaging Director, Credit

Brian brings more than 18 years of commercial lending experience to Chicago Atlantic. Most recently, Brian was an Executive Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking at S&T Bank (NASDAQ: STBA).  In that role, he had direct P&L responsibility and strategic oversight for a pool of more than $5 billion in assets. Leading up to that role, he launched S&T Bank’s activities across all C&I initiatives including Asset Based Lending, Structured Finance and Specialty Finance. Previously, he was Senior Vice President and Team Leader at First National Bank overseeing a team of bankers covering the middle market across Pennsylvania. He began his career in National City Bank’s Commercial Bank Training program where he completed formal credit training and covered a wide array of industries. Over his career, Brian has led deal teams that have completed more than 300 transactions with a notional amount of more than $4 billion across all senior debt disciplines.

MBA, University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business
BA, Marietta College

Brian Dobis

Andrew LovittGeneral Counsel

Andrew Lovitt

Andrew LovittGeneral Counsel

Andrew is General Counsel at Chicago Atlantic. Prior to joining Chicago Atlantic, Andrew was an attorney in the Private Credit group at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where he advised lenders and borrowers in numerous finance transactions, including cash flow and asset-based transactions, leveraged buyouts, refinancings, recapitalizations, and loan repayments.

JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School
BA, Purdue University

Andrew Lovitt

Matt BradyVice President, Real Estate Credit

Matt Brady

Matt BradyVice President, Real Estate Credit

Matt Brady is a Vice President, Real Estate Credit at Chicago Atlantic. He is responsible for analyzing commercial real estate lending opportunities, assessing risk, building financial models and evaluating borrower and guarantor financial strength. Matt brings 20 years of commercial real estate lending experience to the team. Prior to joining Chicago Atlantic, Matt was responsible for underwriting loans for YAM Capital, one of the largest national family office bridge lenders focused on bridge loans for commercial real estate. Previously he was with IMH Financial Corporation, a public reporting commercial real estate bridge lender, for 16 years where he played an integral role in the firm’s funding and management of over $1 billion in debt and equity investments.

MBA, Arizona State University
BS, Arizona State University

Matt Brady

Michael ScadronVice President, Real Estate

Michael Scadron

Michael ScadronVice President, Real Estate

Michael comes to Chicago Atlantic with over 10 years of experience in real estate brokerage, investment, and development. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Michael moved to Doha, Qatar to work for a Lebanon-based property management firm. Upon his return to the U.S., Michael obtained his brokerage license and took a position at Cushman & Wakefield where he focused on industrial real estate. After nearly seven years in brokerage, Michael decided to pursue an opportunity in the burgeoning cannabis industry. He spent a year with Grassroots Cannabis, followed by two at Green Thumb Industries spearheading growth and managing the real estate strategy and process.

BA – University of Michigan

Michael Scadron

Matt SchrefManaging Director, Investor Relations

Matt Schref

Matt SchrefManaging Director, Investor Relations

Matt’s primary responsibilities as Managing Director, Investor relations include developing new client relationships and strengthening the existing client base at the firm.  Prior to joining Chicago Atlantic, Matt spent time working in alternative investments with Vida Capital. Previously, he spent over 15 years working in business development covering RIAs, family offices and institutions for Guggenheim Investments and ProShares ETFs. He was a Division III collegiate athlete and is currently enrolled in the CFA program.

MBA, University of Notre Dame
BBA, Augustana College (IL)

Matt Schref

Lauren MeadManaging Director, Investor Relations

Lauren Mead

Lauren MeadManaging Director, Investor Relations

Lauren is Managing Director, Investor Relations at Chicago Atlantic.  She began her career as an underwriter and banker in middle market banking at JPMorgan Chase.  Soon after, Lauren earned an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business where she studied economics and entrepreneurship.  Lauren has worked on strategy and business development at multiple startups, including a prop-tech startup focused on disrupting the commercial real estate underwriting process.  She spent the past 3 years as Managing Director, Head of Business Development at a private real estate investment fund where she focused on family office and high net worth investors in addition to other strategic business relationships.   

MBA, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
BS in Business Administration, University of Illinois

Lauren Mead

Alan SchuchnerVice President

Alan Schuchner

Alan SchuchnerVice President

Alan is a Vice President at Chicago Atlantic focusing on underwriting and portfolio management. Prior to joining Chicago Atlantic, Alan spent 5 years of his career in management consulting, having worked with multiple clients focusing on strategy and operations across various industries, including financial services, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and others. During his consulting career, Alan conducted multiple assessments of the business operating model of important national players and provided strategic recommendations to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs through digitalization, automation, and resource management. Alan has also worked as an underwriting analyst for Stonegate Capital, a Chicago-based ABL firm, performing financial analysis, implementing a portfolio management system, and making recommendations on loan pricing and terms.

MBA, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
BSc (Industrial Engineering), ITBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Tom MilesVice President, Originations

Tom Miles

Tom MilesVice President, Originations

Tom is a Vice President at Chicago Atlantic focusing on loan originations. Tom brings over 5 years of debt investing and advising experience to Chicago Atlantic. Before joining Chicago Atlantic, Tom spent over 3 years as a Vice President within PNC Bank, originating and executing senior secured loans in support of private equity-led buyouts, recapitalizations, and restructurings. Prior to PNC, Tom worked within FTI Consulting’s transaction advisory group, advising lenders on a variety of different debt issuances.

Tom’s primary focus within Chicago Atlantic is the origination and execution of debt investments to the cannabis industry.

BS (Finance), University of Miami

Tom Miles

Andrew KaufmanAssociate, Underwriting

Andrew Kaufman

Andrew KaufmanAssociate, Underwriting

Andrew Kaufman is an Associate at Chicago Atlantic focusing on underwriting and portfolio management. Prior to joining Chicago Atlantic, Andrew was a Credit Analyst at Fitch Ratings covering a both public and private issuers in the Industrials and Transportation sectors. He began his career as an analyst at Neuberger Berman covering fixed income.

MS, DePaul University
BS, Louisiana State University

Andrew Kaufman

Natalie KiziorSenior Credit Analyst

Natalie Kizior

Natalie KiziorSenior Credit Analyst

Natalie is an experienced financial analyst with a background in credit analysis, mitigating structural risks, building financial models, and underwriting transactions. Prior to joining Chicago Atlantic, she began her career as a Credit Analyst in CIBC’s Commercial Banking Training Program in Chicago, where she gained exposure to a wide array of businesses including non-bank finance, structured finance, financial institutions, and other specialized industries.

BSc (Finance), DePaul University

Natalie Kizior

Jennifer CarterSenior Accounting Analyst

Jennifer Carter

Jennifer CarterSenior Accounting Analyst

Jennifer is a Senior Accounting Analyst at Chicago Atlantic focusing on financial reporting for our funds and their investors. Jennifer brings 4 years of accounting and tax experience to Chicago Atlantic. Before joining Chicago Atlantic, Jennifer was a senior fund accountant at Blue Vista Capital Management, a Chicago-based real estate private equity firm. Prior to that, Jennifer spent 3 years at Plante Moran providing tax compliance services.

BS (Accounting), Illinois Wesleyan University

Jennifer Carter

Hayden KellyInvestor Relations Associate

Hayden Kelly

Hayden KellyInvestor Relations Associate

Hayden is an Investor Relations Associate at Chicago Atlantic with a background in sales and account management. Before joining Chicago Atlantic, Hayden spent 2 years working in the orthopedic and pharmaceutical space. While getting his bachelor’s degree he worked for Novo Nordisk and was responsible for allocating a $4mm budget to regional sales teams. Following his graduation, he was one of five partners responsible for growing and maintaining a $13.5mm orthopedic sales territory for Stryker Orthopedics in Brooklyn NY.

BS in Agriculture and Natural Resources – Marketing and Management, University of Delaware.

Hayden Kelly

Scott ZaleskiSenior Advisor, Complex Solutions

Scott Zaleski

Scott ZaleskiSenior Advisor, Complex Solutions

With over 10 years of experience in opportunistic finance, Scott brings the unique ability to identify, preserve and create economic value in highly complex situations. Over Scott’s career, he has served as an investment professional and portfolio manager focused on complex securities and investments, analyzing issues of idiosyncratic complexity to identify and develop innovative high return on capital solutions to allocate behind, with a rigorous fact-based quantitative and qualitative fundamental analysis approach. He began his career at Infinium Capital Management, focused upon high return on capital derivatives strategies, serving both as a cross asset-class portfolio manager and sector head of a 12-professional team.

MBA, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
BA, Michigan State University

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