Access Point Financial Continues Growth Trajectory with Senior Management Team Additions
Recognized leader in hospitality-focused lending taps seasoned real estate and finance executives for further expansion of management team
ATLANTA – Access Point Financial, LLC (APF), a leading direct lender and specialty finance company focused exclusively on the hospitality industry, today announced the appointment of two new managing directors to its senior leadership team, including Justin Perry as Managing Director/Legal Affairs and Lori Tirado as Managing Director/Business Development. The new appointments come on the heels of senior leadership announcements made earlier this year, and are part of an overall growth strategy for the company, necessitated by increased market demand for its comprehensive portfolio of hospitality financial services.
Justin Perry brings nearly two decades of real estate law, finance and banking industry expertise to his new role as Managing Director/Legal Affairs at Access Point Financial. He began his career in real estate law in 2000, as a partner at Jones. Cork & Miller, LLP in Macon, Georgia. Most recently he served for four years as Senior Vice-president and General Counsel for CoastalStates Bank, where he managed corporate governance, litigation, contract review, loan assessment and resolution for a financial institution with more than $400 million in assets, operating in 26 states. Prior to that, he held positions as Senior Vice President, Senior Counsel for State Bank & Trust Company and Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Silverton Bank. Perry earned his Juris Doctor from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law and also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Finance from Emory University – Roberto Goizueta School of Business. He will be based out of APF’s Atlanta headquarters.
Lori Tirado joins Access Point Financial as Managing Director/Business Development, following nearly 15 years with The Largo Group of Companies, which she joined in 2005 as Director of Marketing and Business Development. After assuming the role of Managing Director in 2012, Tirado was instrumental in the formation of the Largo Hospitality Finance Group, which has funded more than $1.2 billion in hotel loans since its inception. During her tenure, Tirado facilitated relationships with over 1,200 hoteliers, while diversifying the lending platform to meet the needs of the company’s diverse hospitality clientele and negotiating loan terms to secure the best finance solution for each specific transaction. Tirado holds a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Canisius College, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Management from the State University College at Buffalo. She will serve APF’s clientele from her office in Buffalo, NY.
“We welcome these top-tier professionals to the growing team at APF and value their respective and collective experience and expertise that they bring to our corporate growth initiatives” said Dilip Petigara, Access Point Financial CEO. “Over the coming year, we intend to increase our top-line loan volume growth by continuing to focus on our core loan products, while selectively growing our product portfolio to meet both the market’s demands and needs, as well as those of our investors and constituents. Both Justin and Lori will be key components in helping us to meet those goals.”
With an experienced team that has serviced $7 billion of loan products over the last 30 years, Access Point Financial is a premier financing source by top-tier franchise hotel corporations who consistently refer their franchisees to APF to help finance the expansion or maintenance of supply needed to further drive market demand. To that end, APF offers asset-based renovation/conversion loans for the repositioning of hotel assets. These loans are tailored to support recurring and mandatory brand mandated upgrades, which are required of franchisees for license agreement renewal, along with projects planned in conjunction with acquisitions and conversions – all of which are designed to facilitate franchise fee revenue growth via new room expansion.