Greg Cazel is a Managing Director with Hunt Real Estate Capital. He has a senior loan production role based in Chicago, and focuses on sourcing opportunities for both the proprietary lending and conventional agency businesses in the Midwest. Mr. Cazel has more than 32 years of commercial real estate finance, acquisition, loan origination and securitization, mortgage banking, underwriting, analysis, and investment experience. Throughout his career, Mr. Cazel has been responsible for closing in excess of $4.5 billion of commercial real estate loans including: fixed-rate, floating-rate, construction and mezzanine financings throughout the United States.
Prior to joining Hunt Real Estate Capital, Cazel was a Managing Director in Wells Fargo’s Real Estate Capital Markets group, where he handled CMBS lending in the Midwest. Between June 2010 and May 2013, Mr. Cazel was an Executive Vice President and Principal with A10 Capital, which specializes in financing commercial real estate and providing advisory and management services for the workout of all types of troubled loans and real estate assets. Prior to joining A10, Mr. Cazel was a Partner with Prairie Realty Advisors, Inc., a Chicago-based mortgage banking firm. From April 2007 to June 2008, he was an Executive Director with Dexia Real Estate Capital Markets Company, a Division of Dexia Bank, a Belgium-based financial institution, where he was responsible for establishing the Chicago office and managing the Midwest presence for the CMBS loan program.
From 1999 to April 2007, Mr. Cazel was a Vice President at JP Morgan Mortgage Capital where he ran a commercial loan production team that closed more than $3.6 billion in permanent, floating, and mezzanine loans, representing the highest loan production volume in the country for JP Morgan. During his tenure there, he earned the number one ranking throughout the JP Morgan branch office CMBS loan production system. Before JP Morgan, Mr. Cazel opened and ran a Fannie Mae DUS loan origination office for Washington Capital in Chicago from 1993-1997. Prior to that he spent 7 years from 1985-1992 as an analyst and mortgage banker with the predecessor to Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, the Chicago-based Republic Realty/First Interstate Mortgage. He began his career at Landauer, a New York based real estate consulting firm in June, 1984 as a commercial real estate appraiser.
Mr. Cazel earned a B.A. with a concentration in Real Estate and Accounting, from the University of Illinois in June 1984. He’s the former President of Rho Epsilon, the real estate business fraternity, and former President and Director of the Illinois Real Estate Forum, a non-profit University of Illinois alumni organization providing financial support to Illinois real estate students while developing an effective network of Illinois alumni in the real estate industry.