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LQD's Story

LQD Business Finance is a national commercial finance company that is able to offer a wider range of loans to a wider range of borrowers. Unlike existing lenders, our underwriting sophistication enables us to execute a broader borrowing base of growth capital with varying requirements.

Leadership

George Souri

Founder and CEO

 

John Stanfield

Chief Financial Officer

 

Orasio Becerra

Chief Information Officer

 

Cal Payne

Chief Risk Officer

 

Robert Pellegrini

EVP, Credit

 

Aaron Brand

EVP, Business Development

 
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George Souri

George Souri

Founder and CEO

 

George has over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience, with a focus on finance, operations, and procedural optimization. A self-described data and math geek, George led the engineering and building of LQD’s integrated operating platform LQD Central, as well as the math and modeling behind LQD’s risk platforms, LQD Matrix and LQD Synthesis. Prior to founding LQD, George spent 7 years as the founder and CEO of Atria Capital, a Chicago-based investment bank and consultancy that helped numerous medium sized and middle-market businesses with operational optimization, capital raising, and growth strategy, including distressed, workout, and complex situations. Prior to Atria, George was the co-founder and CEO of Ramzey Broadband, a national provider of end-user fulfillment services to major cable companies such as Comcast and Time Warner. George has a B.A. in Philosophy and a J.D. from DePaul University.

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John Stanfield

John Stanfield

Chief Financial Officer

 

John has over 15 years of accounting and finance experience. Prior to joining LQD, John was the founder of Stanfield & Associates, LLC which was a boutique CPA firm focused on the private equity industry. Prior to Stanfield & Associates, John held positions at Ernst & Young, LLP and McGaldrey & Pullen, LLP. John completed his Bachelors Degree and Masters of Taxation (MST) at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Additionally, he completed a Masters Degree in Accountancy (MSA) from DePaul University. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Illinois and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois State CPA Society.

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Orasio Becerra

Orasio Becerra

Chief Information Officer

 

Orasio has over 16 years of financial portfolio and data management experience. Prior to joining LQD, Orasio was the EVP of Finance and Business Solutions of Guardian Capital, a structured-finance company focused on real estate portfolios in Chicago. At Guardian Orasio developed financial data infrastructure, management reporting, and financial modeling to manage the company’s various portfolios. Prior to Guardian Capital, Orasio served as the EVP of Analytics and Business Solutions of Arch Bay Capital, where he was responsible for pricing and analyzing over $60 billion of distressed loans that yielded over $3 billion of assets under management, as well as the development of the company’s central data warehouse and asset management platform. Prior to Arch Bay Capital, Orasio held management positions at ABN Amro/LaSalle Bank and Bear Stearns where he has managed fixed income portfolios with notional balances of over $30 billion. Orasio has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Cal Payne

Cal Payne

Chief Risk Officer

 

Cal has over 30 years of finance and risk management experience. Working for Fortune 500 corporations, Cal has been engaged in various activities including asset based lending, banking, and trading operations. He has served in a variety of capacities at the officer level including Vice President and Treasurer for Transco Energy Company, Vice President, Market Risk Management for Transco Gas Marketing Company, Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for Aquila, Inc., where he was directly responsible for market risk, credit risk, internal audit, middle office functionality, and insurable risk, and oversaw a loan portfolio of over $500 million and annual credit risk of $44 billion. Cal also served as Managing Director of Risk, Capital Markets for Fortis Bank and then BNP Paribas’ energy trading entity. He was a founder of the Risk Control Roundtable and has worked with the Committee of Chief Risk Officers (CCRO) during their formation and as a contributor to their white papers. He has been published addressing a variety of risk related topics and has been a featured speaker at seminars, conferences, and universities.

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Robert Pellegrini

Robert Pellegrini

EVP, Credit

 

Robert has over 14 years of financial operations and transaction management experience. Prior to joining LQD, Robert was a Senior Associate of Financial Risk Management at KPMG, where he lead a 24 person team and consulted with Fortune 500 clients on risk management and other operational enhancements. Prior to KPMG, Robert was an AVP and Portfolio Officer at Merrill Lynch Commercial Financial Corp., where he managed a commercial loan portfolio of over 80 companies with up to $20 million in borrowing demand. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Robert was a Business Banking Officer at US Bank. Robert has a B.S. in Finance and Accounting and a M.B.A. with an emphasis on Financial Management and Controls from DePaul University.

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Aaron Brand

Aaron Brand

EVP, Business Development

 

Aaron has 18 years of credit and business development experience. Prior to joining LQD, Aaron was First Vice President for BofI, where he built the C&I and ABL lending business. Prior to BofI, Aaron was Vice President of Sales and Strategic Partnerships at eCapital, and Senior Director of Sales and Trading at the Receivables Exchange.

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