Our Team

Mike Ward - CEO


Mike Ward has 30 years of experience in commercial real estate lending and mortgage banking. Real estate owners and developers work with Mike to find the most competitive loan terms available in the marketplace. As a production leader, Mike originates commercial mortgages with institutional investors and borrowers, typically long-term, fixed-interest rate, non-recourse debt. Mike has an excellent reputation with borrowers and lenders in working hard and creatively to get the job done.

Mike is well-known to the Cincinnati, Kentucky and Dayton markets as President and owner of the former Vanguard Financial Company, where he grew the loan servicing portfolio from $125 million to $1 billion in just 7 years. Under his leadership, Vanguard developed many strong borrowing relationships and originated or supervised the production of over $800 million in new loan originations. When Vanguard was sold to Fifth Third Bancorp, Mike became Managing Director of Fifth Third Real Estate Capital Markets. Mike directed and managed the operations of the combined company of five production offices with 50 employees, including 17 producers.

Mike Ward is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Finance.

Ross McLain - President


Ross McLain is an 13-year veteran of commercial mortgage banking with a background covering portfolio management, property valuation, commercial mortgage underwriting and new business development. Ross relies on his expertise with financial modeling, property valuation, and the latest market trends and developments to source debt solutions that meet his client’s needs.

Ross takes a global approach to the client’s real estate portfolio. By looking at the client’s debt maturities, interest rate exposure, and long-term goals, Ross crafts loans that fit together seamlessly with both the client’s desires and lender’s programs. In his career, he has overseen the underwriting, commitment, and closing of over 200 loans with a total value in excess of $700,000,000.

Ross graduated from The Ohio State University in 2000 with a B.S. in both Business and Real Estate and Urban Land Analysis and Marketing. During college, Ross was a four-year letter winner for the Men's Volleyball Team, which finished 2nd at the 2000 NCAA Championships.