Curt K

Real estate lender


Loan Officer


Chicago, IL

Education Level:


Will Relocate:



Skillful commercial real estate lender with deep knowledge of hospitality indurstry


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(Confidential) (Confidential) 2/2007 - Present



Florida International University Hospitality 1991 Bachelor Degree



Curtis M. Kessler 2744 N. Bosworth Chicago, IL 60657 (312)404-2878 Experience February 2007 – Present Commercial Lending Officer, Blueleaf Lending. Chicago, IL. Rehab and construction lending specialist. Originate, analyze and close multifamily, mixed, use, new construction, and condominium projects. Additional responsibilities include managing budget and draw request, property inspections, and working with clients to secure end financing for completed projects. March 2003 – February 2007 Commercial Lending Manager, United Financial Mortgage Corp. Oak Brook, IL Commercial loan origination, processing, underwriting and closing. Investment types include hotel / motel, restaurants, gas stations, multi-family, mixed use, and special use properties. Managed the company’s warehouse line of credit. Creation, implementation, and tracking of departmental budget and marketing plan. October 2002 - February 2003 Sales Associate, Minolta Copier Corporation. Rolling Meadows, IL. Outside sales, cold calling, customer service and training. April 2002 – September 2002 Sales and Marketing Manager, McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood. Chicago, IL. Established group sales department for $7 million dollar restaurant. Leveraged existing contacts, outside sales, cold calling and networking. Created inside sales program and protocol. Designed marketing, promotional, and direct mail collateral. March 2001 – February 2002 Sales Manager, The Wyndham Chicago Hotel. Increased sales from 40% of plan to 118%. Relationship building, networking, client retention skills. Cold calling, outside sales, inside sales. Designed marketing collateral. September 1999 – March 2001 Marketing Manager, The Capital Grille. Chicago, IL. Continually outperformed assigned sales goals (consistently over 110%). Established, executed and tracked marketing plan. Built relationships and partnerships to drive repeat business. Designed marketing collateral, direct mail campaigns, and promotional material. September 1994 – September 1999 Food Service Director, ARAMARK Corporation. Oak Brook, IL. Complete P&L responsibility for multiple operating units with $1.3 million budget. Contract and vendor negotiation. Designed and implemented loyalty program that increased sales 30% over prior year. Developed and managed co-marketing program with vendors such as Coca Cola, Frito Lay, and USA Today. Trained and developed 20 managers, supervisors, and line employees. March 1993 – September 1994 Owner/Operator, Dos Amigos Concession. Richmond, VA. Managed all aspects of mobile catering and concession business. Direct mail and cold calling campaigns. Event management. P&L Responsibility for entire operation. Contract and vendor negotiation. May 1992 - March 1993 General Manager, Bullet’s Corporation of America. Richmond, VA. Managed new restaurant openings in a start-up environment. Programmed and implemented P.O.S. system. Assisted in production area design and functionality of new units. Complete P&L responsibility for opened units. Trained and developed 15 managers, supervisors, and line employees. May 1989 – April 1992 Operations Manager, Fine Host Corporation. Richmond, VA. P&L responsibility for $1.7 million account. Event management. Subcontractor selection, negotiation, and management. Managed temporary employees. Trained and developed 100 managers, supervisors, line employees and volunteers. Civic 2004 - Present The 20/30 Club of Chicago. Philanthropic organization dedicated to serving Chicago’s neediest children. 2006 – President 2005 – President elect. Co-Chair of “Casino Swing.” 2004 – Board member. Co-Chair of “Casino Swing.” Duties have included budgeting, fund raising, sponsorship, volunteering, managing the board of directors and associates. 2000 – 2001 Greater North Michigan Avenue Association. Website Development committee and marketing committee. 1998 Chicago Metropolitan Ski Council. Regional Vice President. Voting member of the council. Liaison between member clubs and the council. 1995 – 2002 Chicago Friars Ski and Bike Club. Travel Chairman. Negotiated air transportation, ground transfers, and lodging contracts for group travel. $100,000 budget. Publicity Chairman. Oversaw web site content and sponsorship activities. Designed and managed club apparel. Delegate. Managed relationship between club and the Chicago Metropolitan Ski Council. Education 1991 Bachelor of Science, Hospitality Management. Florida International University 1988 Associates of Applied Science, Resort Management. Colorado Mountain College. 1988 Graduate, Educational Institute of the American Hotel and LodgingAssociation management training program. Certificates of Specialization in Front Office Management, Security, Marketing, and Housekeeping. Internships 1988 Food and Beverage. Walt Disney Resorts. Orlando, Florida. 1987 Front Desk. The Ptarmigan Hotel. Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Computer Skills Microsoft proficiency in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Extracurricular 1994 – Present Snow ski racing league, Chicago Metropolitan Ski Council. Competitor in semi-professional racing series. 1986 – 1988 Team member, Colorado Mountain College ski team. Physical conditioning, training and competition. 1986 – 1988 Team member, Colorado Mountain College inter-collegiate soccer club. Physical conditioning, training and competition.

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