Mitch Clarfield, Josh Braceros, Ryan Greer and Meghan Varga
Overall, the team has originated more than $16 billion in multifamily loans and completed more than $10 billion in commercial and multifamily mortgage acquisitions and sales.
They are pre-eminent experts in highly structured, multi-asset, multi-tranche structured transactions and continually break barriers through innovation.
The team works with lenders to create new product offerings and expanding existing products, as well as facilitating complex transactions to ensure redevelopment and growth in expanding neighborhoods.
Vice chairman Mitch Clarfield is a 36-year industry veteran and one of the most prolific originators in the business. Since establishing Newmark’a Santa Monica office in 2001, he has grown the office to more than 17 employees with average annual debt originations of more than $1.7 billion.
He is joined by senior managing director Josh Braceros and managing directors Ryan Greer and Meghan Varga. This team’s impact in the sector is driven by their significant volume of transactions, having originated more than $2.1 billion in 2020 alone including $1 billion in highly structured credit facility transactions. In 2020, the team financed more than $750 million in multifamily loans in California including a $168 million transaction and a $97 million transaction. This is an impressive feat, notwithstanding the challenges that 2020 and the pandemic brought upon the industry.
Clarfield also created and runs Newmark Knight Frank’s analyst training program which was originally based in the Santa Monica and Newport Beach offices but is now being deployed firm wide.
These are some of the reasons we selected Clarfield and his team for inclusion in our first-ever Top Mortgage Brokers and Lenders Awards. These awards recognize industry professionals who have demonstrated the highest standards in commercial real estate finance.
Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM.
In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.