Artes Capital is pleased to announce the addition of Relationship Manager Matt Damian to its growing team of commercial real estate finance professionals. Damian is a seasoned lender with more than 15 years of experience in commercial banking, focused on real estate and construction financing, as well as building teams and developing policy and procedure in the commercial lending space.
Most recently, Damian spent three years as a Senior Relationship Manager and Team Leader for Tri Counties Bank, where he sourced and funded over $175 million in new loans, all of which were new relationships to the bank. Prior to this role, Damian founded and built an SBA lending group for a community bank, during which he was responsible for authoring all credit policies and procedures, building sales and operations teams, and developing a secondary market income model.
“Matt has a rare blend of disciplined lending fundamentals, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a mind well suited for real estate finance & investing,” said Artes Founding Principal and Chief Executive Officer Scott Taylor. “He is a great fit for Artes and our borrower and investor base.”
Outside of his professional role as a real estate lender, Damian has been a managing partner and investor in several successful value-add commercial real estate projects, and he continues to be active in that space. He enjoys finding new projects, assembling them quickly and profitably, discovering creative ways to solve problems and having fun while doing it — activities that attracted him to Artes and the private lending space in general. Damian’s unique combination of experience and skills are valued assets in his client-facing role at Artes.
Damian attended California State University, Bakersfield, where he earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA, and is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 1-year-old son, traveling, trying new escape rooms and rooting for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Artes Capital is a balance sheet lender providing timely and creative capital solutions for value-add acquisition, development, repositioning and refinancing transactions for sophisticated sponsors in the Western United States. Its vertically integrated mortgage REIT platform combines loan sourcing, underwriting, closing and servicing to create a seamless internal process. Artes Capital is a valued partner to best-in-class independent developers, known for speed, creativity and certainty of execution.