Mr. Smeke founded Valencia Realty Capital with a strategic vision to deliver maximum value through creative structuring and a deep understanding of commercial real estate debt markets. With a wealth of experience in consulting individuals, families, entrepreneurs and corporations, he has financed complex transactions across the spectrum of real estate asset classes. Prior to founding Valencia Realty Capital, Stephen served as Co-founder & Principal of GoldCoast Commercial Mortgage, starting in 2013, where he focused on placing competitive senior mortgage financing for commercial real estate assets in the Northeast US. Leading up to GoldCoast, he worked with a group of experienced entrepreneurs and high net worth investors to run a corporate acquisition search across a variety of industries in the lower middle market. Stephen’s entrepreneurial real estate experience began during the 2008-2009 market trough identifying dislocations in the real estate market to acquire and renovate distressed residential real estate assets. He also arranged creative private financing for real estate developers coming out of the recession. Mr. Smeke graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.