Cohen expands Southwest presence with two new hires

first_imgCohen Financial, a national real estate capital services firm, has announced that it has hired Kevin Sellers, Director of Capital Markets, and Krisie Holdaway, Associate, in the company’s Phoenix office.  Mr. Sellers and Ms. Holdaway report to Manny Brown, President of Capital Markets. In May 2015, Neal Churney joined Cohen Financial to lead the Phoenix office.“We are quickly renewing Cohen Financial’s presence in the Southwest,” said Manny Brown, President. “Neal, Kevin and Krisie are all outstanding CRE professionals who will again bring our well-regarded mortgage banking services to current and new clients in this marketplace, as well as facilitate client access to a variety of direct lending programs via our partnership with Pillar.”Prior to joining Cohen Financial, Mr. Sellers was the Arizona Market President for First Fidelity Bank where he led the Arizona commercial lending team and served on the Senior Management Committee and Senior Loan Committee. Mr. Sellers experience includes leadership and business development positions in commercial real estate lending, private banking and small/middle market business lending.Mr. Sellers earned a B.S. in Finance from Oklahoma State University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He is a graduate of the Chandler (AZ) Leadership Institute and Leadership Tulsa. Mr. Sellers is a Board Member of the Arizona Commercial Mortgage Lenders Association. He is a former Board Member and Secretary of Southwestern Business Financing Corporation, a Certified Development Company authorized to originate and service SBA 504 loans. Additionally, Mr. Sellers serves on the Board of Directors of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce.“Cohen Financial has a long-standing, excellent reputation in this market, and I look forward to expanding the company’s brand and to working with Neal and Krisie,” said Mr. Sellers.Prior to joining Cohen Financial, Ms. Holdaway was an Assistant Vice President, Capital Markets at Walker & Dunlop, LLC for 9 months. Prior to Walker & Dunlop, LLC, she worked for Johnson Capital for more than 10-years, serving as Vice President of Commercial Loan Closing.  Ms. Holdaway has closed more than $800 million in transactions since 2011 in loans ranging in size from $500,000 to $65 million. Ms. Holdaway has studied at the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, and College of the Desert.last_img read more