With well over a century of combined experience, Cherrywood Commercial’s Executive Team has weathered several economic cycles—enough to know what works. Their proven successes in other real estate finance endeavors have provided them with the vision, the experience and the strategic alliances to meet the needs of the small-balance segment of the market.

The Cherrywood Commercial team of real estate professionals has worked together in past ventures, consistently demonstrating skills, accomplishments and resilience. Their complementary skill sets, expertise, knowledge of the markets, as well as personal and commercial relationships represent the very best practices and strategies in commercial real estate financing.

Executive Team - William Komperda


Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board

Mr. Komperda is a seasoned finance professional and Certified Public Accountant with CEO and public company executive management experience. Bill has over 30 years of broad experience and expertise in capital markets, capital generation (equity and debt), mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, asset securitization, finance/accounting/tax, structured finance, loan origination, and loan servicing, as well as related real estate and whole loan trading experience. Mr. Komperda, along with Mr. Resendez, Co-Founded Cherrywood Commercial in 2013.

Executive Team - Edward Resendez


President, Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board

With 36 years in financial services, Mr. Resendez is the ideal operational leader for Cherrywood Commercial’s loan origination, finance, sales, securitization and servicing platform. Ed contributes a wealth of experience and knowledge of the markets to his strong working relationships with investment bankers, attorneys, audit firms, bankers, consultants and other professional service providers. As a principal in building three national platforms in the mortgage space, Mr. Resendez has a proven successful record in loan origination and loan servicing, team leadership and developing strong external/internal customer service focused teams.

Executive Team - PENNY GROEL


Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Ms. Groel serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Cherrywood. In these role she oversees Cherrywood’s legal activities, licensing and policies, as well as ethics, compliance and regulatory affairs, negotiation of funding sources and secondary sales, document creation and employee relations. She has been General Counsel since February of 2014 and was instrumental in developing the company’s state specific loan documentation and manuals. A primary part of her focus is developing solutions to streamline the customer’s legal compliance during the origination process. She provides support for nearly every loan the company makes. Ms. Groel has over 25 years of broad range legal experience with real estate, securitization and structured finance transactions and asset based lending, as well as general corporate experience. Previously, she was a capital markets and structured finance partner at a Wall Street law firm where she represented nearly every type of participant in the mortgage industry, including issuers, underwriters, credit enhancers, trustees, investors, servicers and custodians. She earned her law degree from New York University School of Law in 1988 and a B.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1985.

Executive Team - Christopher Lappi


Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Mr. Lappi is known among his colleagues as a dynamic leader who enjoys bringing business and technology together to create cloud-based solutions to enhance a company’s bottom line. His expertise in providing hands-on development, implementation and management of integration, process improvement and operations management are an integral component for Cherrywood Commercial’s business strategy. Chris is well versed in designing and implementing short- and long-term business and technology plans, strategies, processes, architecture and systems while keeping regulatory and compliance issues in focus. Mr. Lappi’s operational mantra is having technology work for us rather than us working for the technology.

Executive Team - Jorge Ramos


Executive Vice President, Capital Markets

Mr. Ramos is a seasoned finance professional with varied experience ranging from capital markets / secondary marketing to portfolio management, analytics, asset-based lending and law. Jorge’s past successes in risk mitigation and portfolio management resulted in reducing lenders’ exposure, even during challenging market environments. In a Secondary Marketing role, Mr. Ramos traded more than $3 billion in mortgages to a variety of Wall Street firms. Mr. Ramos also established a successful small-balance commercial platform at a residential lender where he was also responsible for the origination, packaging and sale of small balance loans to investors. His breadth of experience contributes the comprehensive vision to lead Cherrywood Commercial’s Capital Markets Group.

Executive Team - Andre Tynes


Vice President,
Chief Appraiser

Executive Team - Donovan Johnson


Vice President,
Information Technology

Executive Team - Manny Rubalcava


Vice President,
Underwriting & Credit

Executive Team - Tina Nazari


Vice President,

Executive Team - Bob Miller


Managing Director,
Secondary Marketing