Experience You Can Trust
Our experienced and entrepreneurial leadership team leverages diverse financial services backgrounds to help you grow your business. We apply a wealth of financing expertise to develop practical and personal funding solutions.
Steve oversees Blue Bridge’s Sales and Finance functions as well as leading the strategic direction of the company.
Steve has held a number of senior leadership positions in the financial services and financial technology industries at a variety of Wall Street firms and cutting edge, technology-oriented financial companies. Steve’s leadership as CEO of E*TRADE Global Asset Management brought about a period of unprecedented growth and record earnings for the organization.
Steve’s experience encompasses a variety of disciplines including emerging asset investment and executive management of high-growth businesses and products. He has led the mortgage and asset-backed structuring, trading, and investment banking businesses of Wall Street firms such as Lehman Brothers, JPMorgan and Barclays Capital. Steve also co-founded Carillon Capital, a boutique investment advisory firm and merchant bank that has completed over $2.2 billion in transactions across various asset classes.
Steve holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Maryland at College Park.
President & Chief Credit Officer
Rob oversees Blue Bridge’s Credit, Operations, Capital Markets and Servicing functions. Prior to joining Blue Bridge in 2014, Rob co-founded Carillon Capital, a boutique investment advisory firm and merchant bank. Using his extensive knowledge of capital markets, portfolio management and lending, Rob helped financial institutions and specialty finance companies with the purchase and sale of loan portfolios, valuation of businesses and assets, and the development of innovative financial product marketing strategies.
Over the past 25 years, Rob has purchased and sold over $10 billion in whole loans and led the issuance of more than $4 billion in asset-backed securities. He has held executive level positions with BankBoston, Sovereign Bank and E*TRADE Financial, where he was responsible for loan origination activities, portfolio management and securitization.
Rob holds a Master of Business Administration from Babson College and a B.A. from Middlebury College.
SVP of Finance
Kyle leads Blue Bridge’s Capital Markets and Finance functions. In this role he is responsible for managing the key financial functions for Blue Bridge. With his background as a Senior Capital Markets Pricing Analyst and Multifamily Product Manager for Fannie Mae, Kyle brings a deep knowledge of fixed income pricing, P&L analysis, balance sheet management and cash flow reporting. While at Fannie Mae, Kyle was also responsible for the financial forecasting process of a $2.8 trillion portfolio.
Prior to working at Fannie Mae, Kyle served as Senior Financial Analyst at Stout Risius Ross, and Shields and Company, Inc. where he conducted fairness opinions, business valuations, M&A advisory, and other consulting work for financial services companies.
Kyle holds a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Economics from Georgetown University.
Key Team Members
VP of Broker Relations
Crystal leads the Blue Bridge Broker team and is responsible for the growth of our origination business with an established network of third-party originators. As a key business volume driver, the Broker division is essential to continued growth and success.
With more than 11 years in small ticket loan sales and origination, Crystal has a deep understanding of specialty finance lending and is an expert relationship builder.
Before serving as the VP of Broker Relations, Crystal was the Assistant VP of Blue Bridge’s Broker division. She also worked for more than 7 years as Assistant VP at AXIS Capital where she built industry connections that she maintains to this day.
VP of Loan Administration
Desiree Ciani oversees the loan administration process from start to finish. In this role she is responsible for all aspects of the transaction flow from the loan application through documentation, funding, and customer service.
Desiree has over 20 years of experience in the leasing and banking industry. Throughout her career, she has become an expert in the loan process with a strong attention to detail ensuring deals are funded efficiently.
Desiree holds a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Political Science from Stony Brook University.
VP of Information Technology
Karen leads Blue Bridge’s technology and product development teams. In this role she champions the technology strategy roadmap and oversees the execution of technology initiatives designed to optimize Blue Bridge’s application, underwriting and servicing processes. In addition, Karen oversees the development of new loan and lease products and partnerships, leveraging technology to create efficiency in delivery of new products to Blue Bridge customers.
With her background in various senior leadership positions for financial services technology teams, Karen brings nearly 20 years of project leadership, delivery experience and process acumen to Blue Bridge. Karen has built multiple project management offices from the ground up and managed several multimillion dollar strategic software implementations for global financial services companies, introducing process efficiency and regulatory compliance that enabled these companies to grow their business through technology driven automation.
Karen holds a B.B.A. from James Madison University.
Amanda is our General Counsel and advises on all corporate legal matters and compliance for the company. She also holds the position of Corporate Secretary for the Board of Directors. Prior to Blue Bridge, Amanda most recently worked for Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP as a Senior Attorney where she gained extensive transactional and litigation experience.
Amanda holds a B.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University and a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University, School of Law.