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Paul Cleary brings 25 years opf CRE finance experience to Red Oak

Red Oak Names 25-Year CRE Finance Veteran as President, COO 

Grand Rapids, MI-based commercial real estate finance company Red Oak has named Paul Cleary as president and COO. Cleary brings nearly 25 years’ national CRE lending experience, holding leadership positions at lenders including securitization, private credit and regulated institutions. 

Red Oak’s CEO Gary Bechtel said, “Throughout Paul’s 25 years in commercial real estate, he has become an expert in many facets of the industry. We believe Paul will increase production efficiency at Red Oak by implementing his knowledge in operational tools and information systems, as well as team and portfolio management.” 

Before joining Red Oak, Cleary most recently served in a leadership role at Parkview Financial, a national private mid-market commercial real estate lender specializing in construction lending. Previously he was COO at Money360, a mid-balance bridge lender, where he was instrumental in developing the company’s technology platform and implementing operational efficiencies. 

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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