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.
Director of Transactions
Mr. Riccio is responsible for asset underwriting and transaction management where he navigates borrowers through the closing process. He helps to drive processes in arranging optimal financing terms for Valencia’s borrower clients.
Prior to joining Valencia, Mr. Riccio was working as a senior analyst in investment sales at CBRE’s New York Institutional Sales Group. While at CBRE, Mr. Riccio underwrote over $2 Billion in real estate transactions and in 2016 was part of the #1 ranked investment sales team in CBRE worldwide. Mr. Riccio completed his undergraduate degree at Providence College where he majored in Finance and minored in Computer Science.
Finance and Marketing
Finance and Marketing professional with 10 years investment experience in M&A, software, manufacturing, and real assets. Nicolas is responsible for risk analysis,operations, and due diligence.