Irvine, CA-based Center Street Lending promoted Dan Baruch to CEO. Baruch previously served as President of the firm and will now oversee the day-to-day operations and strategic direction.
Center Street Lending founder Stephen Couig says, “In just a few short months, Dan has demonstrated his ability to lead and grow Center Street Lending into a leading lender for residential investors built on premier customer service and attractive terms.”
Baruch brings more than 25 years in real estate lending experience to the role. He’s held several executive positions including COO of W. J. Bradley Mortgage Capital, Partner at Banc of Manhattan Capital, President of Banc of Manhattan Warehouse Lending, and Executive Vice President of Countrywide Warehouse Lending.
Center Street Lending provided more than $220 million in financing across 12 states in 2017, and $800 million since 2010.
Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services.
In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company.
In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix.
Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator.
Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements.
Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.