Donald H. Pelgrim Jr. | CEO

Portfolio Categories: Principals and Advisory Board.

Owner and Chief Executive Officer

Phone: 310-736-1370 | Email: dpelgrim@wilshirefp.com

• Over 27 years of real estate and real estate finance experience.
• Executive management experience as a banker.
• Real estate & corporate law.
• Loyola Law School, JD.
• Hofstra University, BBA.
• Member of California Bar Association.
• California Bureau of Real Estate Brokers License Number 00944722.

Biography:
Mr. Pelgrim joined Wilshire Finance Partners, Inc. as an owner, director and Chief Executive Officer in March 2011.

Don Pelgrim is an attorney and has been a chief-level executive officer in the banking and financial services industry. As an attorney, he practiced real estate and real estate finance law at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, LLP and Rutan & Tucker, LLP. As a banker, he started his career as a loan officer with Hawthorne Savings, FSB, and was the Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary at Vineyard Bank, NA and Vineyard National Bancorp, as well as Opportunity Bank, NA and Opportunity Bancshares.

He received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, a Bachelors of Business Administration from Hofstra University. He is an active member of the California Bar and has maintained his California Real Estate License since 1986. He has received regulatory “non-disapproval” to serve as a banking executive from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS). In addition to running banks, Mr. Pelgrim has been engaged in real estate finance, the acquisition and disposition of real estate, real estate investment, loan workouts and the resolution of problem assets. From a broader perspective, his experience also extends to finance, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, corporate governance and regulatory issues affecting public and privately held financial institutions.

Kevin D. DeMeritt | President

Portfolio Categories: Principals and Advisory Board.

President and Co-Founder

Phone: 310-736-1370 | Email: kevin@wilshirefp.com

• Over 23 years of investment advisory experience; including over 10 years of real estate experience
• Portfolio management experience
• Private investment experience
• University of Montana, BA

Biography:
Kevin DeMeritt was a cofounder of Wilshire Finance Partners, Inc. in 2008 and is its President.Starting in 1987, Kevin DeMeritt worked as a successful international banking consultant, and today he oversees a hard-asset portfolio totaling over half a billion dollars.

In addition to serving as a director and President of Wilshire Finance Partners, Mr. DeMeritt is the Chief Executive Officer of Lear Capital, one of the nation’s top precious metal investment houses. Further, he serves as a senior partner in Sterling Management, a firm specializing in managing unique cash flow investments for high net worth investors, and is the owner and manager of Keith Holdings, a privately held real estate investment company focusing on income producing rental properties.

Mr. DeMeritt holds his Bachelors Degree with an emphasis in business and economics from the University of Montana. He regularly heard on talk radio and is a veteran of over 1,000 interviews, discussing matters including the tangible asset market, the securities markets, international events and economics.

James LeSieur | Advisory Board

Portfolio Categories: Advisory Board.

Advisory Board

Phone: 310-736-1370 | Email: jlesieur@wilshirefp.com

• Over 35 years of banking and finance experience Former bank Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President
• Former Director of the Ralph W. Leather by Center of Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics at Chapman University
• U.S. Marine Corps Captain
• Volunteer and former Chairman of Habitat for Humanity of Orange County
• Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, MBA
• Purdue University, BSME

Biography:
Mr. LeSieur has served on the advisory board of Wilshire Finance Partners, Inc. since 2011.

Donald Kaplan | Advisory Board

Portfolio Categories: Advisory Board.

Advisory Board

Phone: 310-736-1370 | Email: dkaplan@wilshirefp.com

• Over 45 years of real estate investment and finance experience
• Chairman and Founder of CJA Corporation, a real estate investment and operating company with diversified interests in multifamily, industrial and retail properties throughout the United States.
• Serves on the Board of Directors of Pacific Empire Builders (general contractor) and Serrano Development Group (real estate development)
• University of Southern California, BA

Biography:
Mr. Kaplan has served on the advisory board of Wilshire Finance Partners, Inc. since 2011.

Andrew Grey, CPA | Advisory Board

Portfolio Categories: Advisory Board.

Advisory Board

Phone: 310-736-1370 | Email: agrey@wilshirefp.com

• Over 30 years of accounting and finance experience
• Partner, Solomon Ross Grey & Company, LLP
• CPA with a diverse clientele including real estate, manufacturing, telecommunication, entertainment and service companies.
• University of Southern California , Masters -Business Taxation
• University of California, Berkeley, BS

Biography:
Mr. Grey has served on the advisory board of Wilshire Finance Partners, Inc. since 2011.

Jay Ash – Senior Loan Officer

Portfolio Categories: Professional Staff.

Senior Loan Officer

Phone: 310-736-1370 | Email: jash@wilshirefp.com

Biography:
Jay is a highly experienced lender with over twenty-years of experience, including, debt and equity origination and real estate investment banking. He has originated over $400 million real estate debt and equity, managed loan portfolios in excess of $30 billion, and interacted with financial resources at all levels of the capital-stack. Coupled with Wilshire’s internal funding platform, Jay delivers broad set of resources and capabilities to structure successful bridge loan transactions. California BRE License Number License number 01204705.

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