Lender Lounge with Kevin Kim

The podcast that gives an exclusive look beyond the title of private lending industry leaders.

Kevin Kim, Esq., is a partner at Geraci LLP, an organization that has been serving private lenders for over 10 years. An experienced lending lawyer and engaging speaker, Kevin digs deep with his guests to discover what makes a successful company and leader in this industry. Learn their company stories, wisdom, and what makes these leaders tick through captivating interviews and engaging banter.

Latest Episode

Lender Lounge Tom and Steve

Swapping War Stories | Tom and Steve, Geraci LLP

In this special episode, we are joined by two of Geraci Law Firm’s esteemed attorneys, Tom Hajda and Steven Ernest. Both men wear many hats (literally) in their roles as private lending attorneys and bring a wealth of experience and unique perspectives to the table. Tune in to hear their insights and advice.

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Lender Lounge Tom and Steve

Swapping War Stories | Tom and Steve, Geraci LLP

In this special episode, we are joined by two of Geraci Law Firm’s esteemed attorneys, Tom Hajda and Steven Ernest. Both men wear many hats (literally) in their roles as private lending attorneys and bring a wealth of experience and unique perspectives to the table. Tune in to hear their insights and advice.

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Meet the Host

Kevin Kim

Kevin Kim, Esq.

Kevin Kim is a Partner with Geraci LLP and leads the firm's corporate & securities practice. His expertise lies in fund formation, private placements, and other securities offerings for private lenders, real estate developers, and investors of all sizes. Kevin and his team have advised and prepared hundreds of securities offerings including mortgage funds, structured debt offerings, real estate syndications, crowdfunding offerings, EB-5 projects, and Qualified Opportunity Funds. Kevin's passion lies in serving his clients as a pragmatic advisor focusing on real world solutions.

Kevin is also a nationally recognized expert in mortgage fund formation. Kevin is the lead instructor for the American Association of Private Lender’s Certified Fund Manager courses, where he teaches mortgage fund managers throughout the United States on fund management and securities laws.

Kevin hosts the podcast Lender Lounge with Kevin Kim, where he interviews industry leaders, friends, and colleagues in the private lending space to learn what makes them tick.

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Previous Episodes

Operational Efficiency | Lisa Alberti and Mark Roberts, Western Alliance Bank

*NOTE: This episode was recorded in June 2022.*

Kevin was delighted to finally interview Mark Roberts and Lisa Alberti from Western Alliance Bank, a company that has become an integral part of the private lending industry. In this episode, Kevin talks to Mark and Lisa about the bank’s history, their backgrounds, and their bank’s philosophy on lender finance and line of credit. Lisa also discusses the new networking group, Women in Private Lending, and the impact a group like this will have on women in this space.

Listen to Episode »

Reliable Capital | Ray Sturm, AlphaFlow

For this episode, which was recorded during the market volatility of May 2022, Ray Sturm and Kevin sat down and discussed AlphaFlow’s thesis from a technology standpoint, their philosophy when it comes to solving their customer’s challenges, and having discipline when it comes to an ever-changing market.

Listen to Episode »
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Special Mini Episode | Ruby Keys, Geraci LLP

We’re dropping this mini episode in your feed to give some insight into Captivate, Geracicon’s upcoming private lending event. Kevin is joined by Ruby Keys, Geraci’s event extraordinaire, to discuss why it is a perfect opportunity for our listeners. Listen in to learn about the event’s capital-raising theme, nationwide attendee presence, and success stories from past years (including Kevin’s!).

Captivate will take place August 21-23, 2022 at the Encore at Wynn in Las Vegas, NV.

More info and registration can be found at our website: https://geracicon.com/captivate

Listen to Episode »
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The Greatest Asset | Ryan Craft, Saluda Grade

*NOTE: This episode was recorded in May 2022.*

For this episode, Kevin interviewed Ryan Craft, Founder and CEO of Saluda Grade. He learned about Saluda’s investment philosophies when it comes to private lenders, their criteria when selecting portfolio companies, and Ryan’s perspectives on where things are going and should go in the private lending space. His views on future success in private lending was especially enjoyable. Ryan stressed that diversification in strategy, obsession with customer service, and entrepreneurialism will be some of the key features of the private lenders that dominate in the coming years.

Listen to Episode »
Passionate Visionary

Passionate Visionary | Trixy Castro, Aureus Finance Group

*NOTE: This episode was recorded in May 2022.*

We are kicking off Season 3 with none other than Trixy Castro, founder and CEO of Aureus Finance Group. We were honored to sit down with this industry legend in person and learn more about Trixy and her history as an entrepreneur founding Genesis Capital and Hudson Marshall in the early days of private lending. We learned all about her new vision for Aureus, including how she approached her re-entry into the market after taking a few years off. Trixy has achieved so much in the industry yet maintains a level of entrepreneurialism and excitement about private lending and what it stands for.

Listen to Episode »
Mid Year Outlook

Special LIVE Episode | Mid-Year Outlook with Daren Blomquist & Rick Sharga

The Lender Lounge with Kevin Kim podcast hosted a special livestream featuring industry legends Daren Blomquist, VP of Market Economics at Auction.com and Rick Sharga, Executive Vice President at ATTOM.

Watch the recording of May 18th LIVE episode and hear these industry leaders’ thoughts on housing demand, build to rent, interest rates, inflation, and everyone’s favorite doomsday question: is a recession coming?

Listen to Episode »
Dennis R. Baranowski

Renaissance Man | Dennis Baranowski, Geraci LLP

In this season’s final episode, Kevin sits down with his partner Dennis Baranowski, aka The Beard, aka The Wise One. Although he’s a partner in the Banking & Finance division of Geraci, Dennis’ skills extend to litigation, foreclosure, TCPA, and even bankruptcy. Dennis ultimately led Kevin through his career journey that resulted in his partnership at the firm. They discussed his working at big law, in-house, and then with Geraci. As a bonus, Kevin asked Dennis questions sent in from some of Dennis’ favorite clients. Please join us for another great episode to close out Season 2!

Listen to Episode »
Sharon Koh

The Importance of Data | Sharon Koh, 1839 Asset Management LLC

In this episode, Kevin sits down with Sharon Koh with 1839 Asset Management. We learned about the evolution of 1839’s history in the space and Sharon’s views on the industry’s trend toward DSCR. We also learned about their long history in the industry working with lenders since before the “boom” in 2016. As an asset manager for life companies, Sharon’s perspective on the industry is unique. Finally, we got to know Sharon’s backstory coming from Singapore and transitioning from senior executive in Fortune 500 companies to RIA / Entrepreneur.

Listen to Episode »

Operational Efficiency | Lisa Alberti and Mark Roberts, Western Alliance Bank

*NOTE: This episode was recorded in June 2022.*

Kevin was delighted to finally interview Mark Roberts and Lisa Alberti from Western Alliance Bank, a company that has become an integral part of the private lending industry. In this episode, Kevin talks to Mark and Lisa about the bank’s history, their backgrounds, and their bank’s philosophy on lender finance and line of credit. Lisa also discusses the new networking group, Women in Private Lending, and the impact a group like this will have on women in this space.

Listen to Episode »

Reliable Capital | Ray Sturm, AlphaFlow

For this episode, which was recorded during the market volatility of May 2022, Ray Sturm and Kevin sat down and discussed AlphaFlow’s thesis from a technology standpoint, their philosophy when it comes to solving their customer’s challenges, and having discipline when it comes to an ever-changing market.

Listen to Episode »
engaging speaker

Special Mini Episode | Ruby Keys, Geraci LLP

We’re dropping this mini episode in your feed to give some insight into Captivate, Geracicon’s upcoming private lending event. Kevin is joined by Ruby Keys, Geraci’s event extraordinaire, to discuss why it is a perfect opportunity for our listeners. Listen in to learn about the event’s capital-raising theme, nationwide attendee presence, and success stories from past years (including Kevin’s!).

Captivate will take place August 21-23, 2022 at the Encore at Wynn in Las Vegas, NV.

More info and registration can be found at our website: https://geracicon.com/captivate

Listen to Episode »
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The Greatest Asset | Ryan Craft, Saluda Grade

*NOTE: This episode was recorded in May 2022.*

For this episode, Kevin interviewed Ryan Craft, Founder and CEO of Saluda Grade. He learned about Saluda’s investment philosophies when it comes to private lenders, their criteria when selecting portfolio companies, and Ryan’s perspectives on where things are going and should go in the private lending space. His views on future success in private lending was especially enjoyable. Ryan stressed that diversification in strategy, obsession with customer service, and entrepreneurialism will be some of the key features of the private lenders that dominate in the coming years.

Listen to Episode »
Passionate Visionary

Passionate Visionary | Trixy Castro, Aureus Finance Group

*NOTE: This episode was recorded in May 2022.*

We are kicking off Season 3 with none other than Trixy Castro, founder and CEO of Aureus Finance Group. We were honored to sit down with this industry legend in person and learn more about Trixy and her history as an entrepreneur founding Genesis Capital and Hudson Marshall in the early days of private lending. We learned all about her new vision for Aureus, including how she approached her re-entry into the market after taking a few years off. Trixy has achieved so much in the industry yet maintains a level of entrepreneurialism and excitement about private lending and what it stands for.

Listen to Episode »
Mid Year Outlook

Special LIVE Episode | Mid-Year Outlook with Daren Blomquist & Rick Sharga

The Lender Lounge with Kevin Kim podcast hosted a special livestream featuring industry legends Daren Blomquist, VP of Market Economics at Auction.com and Rick Sharga, Executive Vice President at ATTOM.

Watch the recording of May 18th LIVE episode and hear these industry leaders’ thoughts on housing demand, build to rent, interest rates, inflation, and everyone’s favorite doomsday question: is a recession coming?

Listen to Episode »
Dennis R. Baranowski

Renaissance Man | Dennis Baranowski, Geraci LLP

In this season’s final episode, Kevin sits down with his partner Dennis Baranowski, aka The Beard, aka The Wise One. Although he’s a partner in the Banking & Finance division of Geraci, Dennis’ skills extend to litigation, foreclosure, TCPA, and even bankruptcy. Dennis ultimately led Kevin through his career journey that resulted in his partnership at the firm. They discussed his working at big law, in-house, and then with Geraci. As a bonus, Kevin asked Dennis questions sent in from some of Dennis’ favorite clients. Please join us for another great episode to close out Season 2!

Listen to Episode »
Sharon Koh

The Importance of Data | Sharon Koh, 1839 Asset Management LLC

In this episode, Kevin sits down with Sharon Koh with 1839 Asset Management. We learned about the evolution of 1839’s history in the space and Sharon’s views on the industry’s trend toward DSCR. We also learned about their long history in the industry working with lenders since before the “boom” in 2016. As an asset manager for life companies, Sharon’s perspective on the industry is unique. Finally, we got to know Sharon’s backstory coming from Singapore and transitioning from senior executive in Fortune 500 companies to RIA / Entrepreneur.

Listen to Episode »