Kurt’s career began as a commercial banker at LaSalle Bank (ABN AMRO), upon graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Economics. He has 15+ years of experience in the commercial banking, hospitality, and automotive (F&I) industries. Upon moving to Arizona in 2006, he assisted with the setup of a commercial mortgage bank where he assisted with the development of lender platforms, capital procurement, budgeting and forecasting, underwriting and credit analysis.
Kurt joined AVANA Capital in 2018 as a business development/portfolio sales Officer. His focus is to generate portfolio/loan acquisition opportunities (performing and non-performing), as well as source commercial real estate debt in office, industrial, hospitality, senior care, healthcare, and early education.
Prior to joining AVANA Capital, Kurt was the business development manager – US Western Region for The Oak Group. In that role, Kurt worked with dealer principals and dealer management to improve finance department performance, disclosing any variances in data, setting goals, and identifying additional avenues to increase dealership profits. During his nearly 6 years at Oak, he worked with over 75 dealerships from California to New England.
Typical Kurt: He enjoys the simple things in life – to be around his family, laugh, live and love. He strives for personal growth on a daily basis. Appreciates the early mornings to journal, read, and get in the right mindset for the day ahead. He looks forward to being able to coach his kids’ sports teams as they grow up. His goal is to inspire and motivate others.
Past Itineraries: Several family trips to Kauai, camping in Northern Arizona, as well as Jamaica, Mexico, and hiking/whitewater rafting through the Grand Canyon.
Passionate About: Spending time with family - my wife of nearly 10 years, my 3 young children and one on the way (coming January 2019). They are my “why”.
Favorite Sports Team: Chicago Bears.
Guilty Pleasure: A good cigar/whiskey pairing, golf, and reality TV.
Personal Motto: "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances."
Favorite Quote: “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right.” -Henry Ford.