Nick has been engaged in the Commercial Real Estate finance and portfolio management business for 30 years. His career has been focused on institutional real estate investment with over 28 years spent with major domestic life insurance companies operating from Dallas. He has been involved with nearly $2 billion in commercial real estate debt placement largely focused in the southern U.S., from Arizona to Louisiana but inclusive of Colorado and Kansas. His expertise includes all forms of commercial real estate debt, preferred equity, and portfolio financing, and covers a wide spectrum of asset classes, from strip retail and limited service flagged lodging to 70 story office buildings, regional malls, convention center hotels, and world class destination spas. Since 2012, he has been involved with the growth of a boutique commercial real estate debt/equity firm which evolved into the newly formed Willow Bend Commercial Capital. Nick has held the CCIM designation since 1998 and has been involved during his career with The Real Estate Council, NAIOP, Mortgage Bankers Association, and ICSC. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Saint Louis University, where he played three years of collegiate baseball.