2024 Advisory Board

Martin Chera

Martin Chera

Express Capital Financing

Martin Chera has been an owner of Express Capital Financing for the past 8 years, helping his investors and clients in building their wealth in real estate.

Martin has a deep understanding of the inner workings of real estate business operations, he services the needs of investors in real estate helping them identify a qualified property to attain their financial goals.

Martin’s business and life experiences make him uniquely qualified to service the needs of investors. Martin efficiently uses his knowledge and expertise to walk his investors through the stages of selling and buying a property with a market analysis of the return on investment and where the market trends are going in today’s economy.

Martin utilizes the business acumen he acquired over the years to help his investors buy their properties for a maximum return when they are ready to exit, and  acquire additional properties to fuel the growth of their existing company.

Martin is personally married to every client, providing the best possible service and handling all their deals in an efficient and effective manner so that they can grow their wealth in real estate.

Martin earned his MBA from Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY).

Aaron Metaj

Aaron Metaj

Lima One Capital

Aaron Metaj is the Director of Sales for the Broker Team at Lima One.

Before being named the Director of Sales, Aaron ran a very successful POD/Branch for Lima One, originating multifamily and business purpose loans. Prior to joining Lima One, Aaron was the VP of Sales for Northwind Financial Corporation, originating multifamily and rental loans in the residential housing space.

Previous to Northwind Financial, Aaron owned The Home Loan Center, an internet mortgage lender in the primary residence market. After graduating college, Aaron worked for PPG Industries in Sales & Marketing within their Automotive Division.

Aaron attended Eastern Michigan University, where he played Baseball and graduated with a Chemical Engineering Degree in Polymers & Coatings.

Trey Markel

Trey Markel

Centrex Software

Trey Markel is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Centrex Software, one of the fastest growing finance dedicated enterprise software platforms in the United States.  Trey joined Forth, the Centrex parent company back in 2009 putting Forth on the North American map in the consumer debt settlement and student loan sector.  Trey then launched the Centrex brand in 2015 promising to bring as much finance technology as he could all within one platform.  Today Centrex has a very large hold on the finance industry as it provides all in one solutions for business and consumer finance companies.

Previously, Trey was awarded the very first software government contract in the United States during the Obama Administration connecting owner operators and fleet owners with access to capital for fuel saving technologies.  The contract was with the Environment Protection Agency and lasted three years.  In 2006 Trey also built the first ever finance dedicated match making technology where borrowers could match with lenders based on filters to find capital.  Trey has an undergraduate degree in business administration with a focus on marketing from University of Pacific.

Chris Clabby

Chris Clabby

PGV Capital

Chris is a co-founder and serves as CEO of PGV Capital.

PGV Capital is an investor and syndicator of multifamily housing as well as providing financing to real estate investors through its wholly owned subsidiary, Business Lending Partners.

As an investor, Chris has deep experience working with real estate private equity and investors to develop investment and operational strategy that provides affordable market rate housing solutions while at the same time delivering superior returns to investors.

Serving as a financial advisor to real estate investors, Chris is known as a problem solver and has proven ability to deliver results. His experience as an entrepreneur and advisor to executives and investors has allowed him to develop solutions for complex real estate transactions and demonstrate a proven ability to get deals financed where others cannot.

Over the course of his 30-year career Chris has a track record of creating value in real estate and corporate acquisitions in excess of $15B. Chris experience include both buy side and sell side transactions as well as the financing and refinancing of millions in complex multifamily, commercial and hospitality real estate transactions.

In addition to his role as CEO of PGV Capital, Chris also serves as CEO of PGV Management, a real estate property management and construction. Management firm. Prior to his current role, Chris spent more than 25 years as a senior level executive level at international consulting and financial advisory firms.

Raymond Knox

Raymond Knox

Gem Star Capital

Raymond Knox specializes in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, East Coast Institutional and Non-Institutional Money for residential & commercial mortgages, land, site development, and construction and his specialty; renovation financing. In addition, we have private money options for most projects. We also have programs available Nationwide.

Ray has been providing commercial funding, construction/renovation and major remodel loan financing since 2009, and have extensive knowledge of the real estate industry to include construction/renovation approval process and have been arranging construction and renovation loans for over 25 years. Ray obtained his start in developing commercial real estate in 1989 while working for Coldwell Banker in Westchester County NY while serving all of Metro New York area. In July of 1999, he formed our parent company Gem Star Realty Corp., where he developed commercial and investment real estate projects in NY, CT and FL and continue to serve and manage such projects while adding our expertise to funding options in 2009.

Gem Star Capital and Ray have a unique way of structuring and putting deals together that others cannot. With his numerous connections in the lending industry, he can get your project funded quickly, in most instances. He looks for the upside potential of the deal and drives that home to his investors and lenders.

Sarah Jansen

Sarah Jansen

Cultivate Brands

Sarah is a fellow entrepreneur who successfully exited her 2nd business in January 2022. Throughout her career, her mission has been to advocate for others. As the Director of Partnerships for Cultivate Brands, she now advocates for entrepreneurs and business leaders to grow/scale beyond expectation. She also volunteers for several incubators and accelerators focused on fintech/insurtech companies, minority-owned businesses, as well as a mentor for North Carolina State University’s Entrepreneurship Clinic.  She’s traveled all over the world and even lived in Japan for 4 years! Travel has given her an appreciation of other cultures and places. She has a not-so-secret love of writing funny poems/rhymes and is an insufferable lover of Boxer dogs. She currently resides in Raleigh, NC with her family and two dogs, Bobo & Weylen.

Sybrina Ely

Sybrina Ely

Kenbry Capital

Sybrina Ely is the CEO and Founder of Kenbry Capital.

As the CEO of Kenbry, Sybrina has led the company to quick success within just 16 months in the Commercial Finance arena. Sybrina’s leadership is characterized by a focused approach to industry dynamics and the delivery of innovative solutions.

A recent graduate of the CCTG program in Albany, New York, Sybrina’s journey in the financial sector is marked by unwavering determination, strategic thinking, and rapid ascension.

At the forefront of Kenbry Capital, Sybrina oversees a team of brokers and a full-time processor. Prioritizing collaboration and appreciating diverse perspectives, they collectively navigate the intricacies of Commercial Finance. The team is committed to meeting client needs and building genuine relationships, striving for excellence in their dynamic industry. 

François Bouville

François Bouville

SLR Business Credit

François Bouville started his career with a global bank in Liberia and ran the national sales force at the oldest life insurance company in the United Kingdom. Since arriving in the United States in 2000, he has held SVP positions with national banks and capital finance institutions and received numerous awards for sales and management. He also co-created the Asset-Based Lending division at his previous company.

François has held many positions in different organizations such as ACG, The Finance Forum, Texas Staffing Association among others. He is a multiple decorated Persian Gulf War Veteran, and his passion is to continue helping Veterans. He is on the board and Treasurer of Texas For Heroes.

SLR Business Credit provides both Asset Based Lending (AR/Inventory/Term Loans) and  Factoring up to $30MM, with the capacity to provide up to $150MM with our public parent company.

John DePasquale

John DePasquale

CPC Mortgage Company

John is the Director of Agency Sales & Originations for CPC Mortgage Company.

John works as a direct lender of Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and FHA/HUD agency lending programs offering loan options for multifamily investors from $1MM-$100MM.

With over 20 years of lending experience, John has been specializing in Agency Multifamily lending on a national level since 2016. His specialization in the multifamily asset class and deep understanding of the underwriting and agency processes, has allowed him to be a valuable resource to loan brokers, sponsors and real estate investment companies in securing financing for their multifamily ventures.

John graduated from the University of Scranton with a B.S. in Finance, and later earned M.S.A. & M.B.A. graduate degrees. He currently resides in Weddington, NC with his wife and 2 children.

Expectations for advisory board members

Please review the below expectations before nominating yourself.

Commitment Time:
Allocate sufficient time to attend meetings, review materials, and actively participate in discussions.

Actively engage with the organization between meetings, offering insights and advice as needed.

Respect and maintain the confidentiality of sensitive company information discussed during meetings.

Constructive Criticism:
Be honest and provide constructive criticism when necessary. It’s important that advisors speak their minds while being respectful.

Teamwork /Collaboration:
Work collaboratively with other board members and the internal management team.

Respect the opinions and perspectives of other board members and company executives.

Advocacy Support:
Act as ambassadors for the NACLB, promoting its mission and values in their professional networks.

Support Leadership:
Support and mentor the leadership team, providing encouragement and guidance.

Continuous Learning:
Stay updated about industry trends and changes to provide relevant and timely advice.












Perks of joining the advisory board:

  • Every advisory board member will have the opportunity to contribute ideas that help create a top of the line experience for conference goers.
  • One (1) complimentary admission for the 2024 Conference and Expo.
  • Headshot and Bio included on the Advisory Board Section of the Website.
  • Included in the advisory board section of our conference program and in the conference edition of the DealMaker Magazine.
  • Acknowledgement of your time and contributions at our annual conference.