Integrity and excellence in execution.
Vernon Beckford is the CEO of Diversified Lending Solutions. Mr. Beckford has fifteen years of experience and leadership in investment management, debt and equity joint ventures, commercial mortgage origination, and distressed loan workouts. Concurrent with his roles at large companies, he had made early-stage investments in tech and operating businesses as well as commercial real estate.
Prior to launching DLS, Vernon spent five years on the Investments team at Global Atlantic Financial Group, formerly Goldman Sachs Reinsurance, where he helped build the Real Estate Group, which invested opportunistically in senior, mezzanine, and bridge loans, commercial mortgage-backed securities, and participated in joint ventures on ground-up real estate developments.
Vernon also worked at asset management firm CW Capital, where oversaw distressed workouts on loans in excess of $200 million, serving as the negotiating party with property landlords. He began his career in New York at Credit Suisse, where he worked in the Structured Finance Group domestically and in Japan, focusing on loan originations and securitization.
Vernon holds a B.A. from Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
President & COO
Eric Andrew is the COO and President of Diversified Lending Solutions. Mr. Andrew is a serial investor and entrepreneur with experience launching and growing businesses in the real estate, technology, service sectors. His professional experience also includes more than 15 years of commercial and residential transaction experience for a myriad of financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs and Capital Trust REIT.
Mr. Andrew also served as a Vice President at Auction.com, the nation’s largest real estate auction platform. At Auction.com, he launched and managed the company’s Institutional Private Client Group, which was responsible for generating over $750M in online residential and REO sales. He also managed the New York Capital Markets desk, where he oversaw all disposition efforts for more than $3B in whole mortgage notes secured by commercial real estate assets and pooled residential NPLs. There, Eric also served on the Valuations Credit Committee as the Head of Underwriting for all commercial real estate and loan sale activity.
Mr. Andrew earned a B.A. from Columbia University with a triple major in Economics, History and Mathematics. He also holds a Venture Management Certificate from Harvard Business School, candidacy for CCIM designation, and graduated with the highest ranking from the ULI/ICSC-Sponsored Real Estate Associate Program.
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