Meet The Team
Geoff has over 25 years of experience investing and partnering in residential and commercial real estate in the greater Houston and Galveston areas. He is a visionary and proactive leader focusing on training and developing strong teams to deliver objective and measurable results, growing top line revenues and profitably. In 2008, he co-founded PIL with partner Dimitri Ang to provide private (hard money) bridge loans to small residential property investors in the Houston area. Prior to co-founding PIL, he formed Giering Investments, LP dba Texas Home Buyers in 1995, specializing in the purchase, rehab and sale of residential and commercial properties. Geoff is involved with several charities including St. Jude’sHospital, Houston Christian Community Center, Star of Hope, HPD, Survivor’s Club, G-Force Achieve (US Junior Olympic Team for Tae Kwon Do). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Technology from the University of Houston.
Dimitri is a co-founder of PIL. Since the company’s inception, he has been involved in all facets of the business including loan approval, credit analysis & underwriting, and portfolio management, in addition to overseeing day-to-day loan processing and funding. He has a “hands-on” approach with all company processes and client relationships. Dimitri continues to maintain valuable banking relationships with numerous local, state, and national banks which contribute to the company’s year-over-year expansion of both revenue and product offerings. Dimitri started his real estate career in 2002 while simultaneously devoting much of his time to managing a growing martial arts school and training facility in West Houston. In addition to his role with Priority Investor Loans, LLC, Dimitri is also an active investor in single-family renovation projects and commercial real estate. His most recent venture has been investing in new-construction spec homes in the Houston luxury market. His current charitable contributions include RESOLVE, G-Force Achieve, and AVDA. Dimitri holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio.
Walter Storie: Director of Finance
Prior to joining PIL, Walter was the CFO at Aztec Shaffer, LLC, the largest party rental company in Houston and the largest hospitality provider to the PGA. Prior to joining Aztec, Walter provided financial consulting and CFO services to private equity firms, and small to medium-sized companies. He has extensive experience in acquisitions, valuations, accounting, and audit. His has been the Controller of a publicly traded company and a project manager or expert witness on numerous litigation and forensic engagements ranging in size from $5 million to over $1 billion. Walter began his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen in Houston, TX. He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from Mississippi State University.
Chad Collins: Director of Lending
Chad Collins joined the Priority Investor Loans in May of 2020 as the Director of Lending with more than 15 years of commercial real estate finance experience. Throughout his commercial real estate career, Chad has participated in the origination of nearly $1 Billion in commercial real estate transactions including multifamily, office, retail, industrial, and self-storage. He has relationships with national, regional and local funding sources including, but not limited to, agency lenders (E.g. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac), commercial banks, CMBS lenders, life insurance companies, private and public funds and hard money lenders. Before entering commercial real estate, he began his career as an analyst with a global accounting firm focusing on business valuation.
Ethan is a one stop shop specialist. A truly off “off market” deal is one that hasn’t been blasted out by wholesalers. Want to keep your deals to yourself? From the property, to the contractors, the loan, the title company, and even a realtor to help move the completed product. Ethan can put together an entire package deal, or you can draw from his team for any support you may need. This level of care is intensive, and space is limited. New and experienced investors alike, you won’t be disappointed. Ask about his special broker program.
Jonathan Layton: Senior Loan Advisor
Jon has experience has a former asset manager within the REO and short sale space of the mortgage industry, he can bring this servicing knowledge and provide back end details for certain transactions. Another added benefit is his active real estate license, which will assist in comp valuation and assistance in understanding markets. His services include a cradle to grave approach, to ensure a full spectrum of service is provided, not just a loan origination.
Argee Jaquez: Customer Experience Manager Senior Loan Processor/Auditor
Argee has been in the Real Estate industry since 2009. She specializes in Hard Money financing both residential and commercial, IRA investments (holding her CISP certification) underwriting/processing loans, auditing and loan servicing. Argee has the ability, knowledge and experience to assist new investors understand the loan process from start to finish. She has a great ability to connect with the clients and bankers that have worked with her for over 10 years.
Lexi Ashbury: Digital Marketing Coordinator
Lexi has worked in various public relations and media industries sharing knowledge and gaining experience from Austin Woman Magazine, KTSW FM-89.9, Magnetic Moon Records, and Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). She has a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Business Administration from Texas State University, where she graduated with honors.
Vanessa Blank: Executive Assistant
Vanessa has years of experience supporting C-Suite staff in a variety of industries including Oil & Gas and Merchant Banking. Other work experience includes: Product Development and Project Coordination for global organizations. Vanessa has a Master of Arts in Behavioral Science specializing in Industrial Organizational Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Humanities and is also a Certified Mediator.
Larry Zientek: Controller/Human Resources Director
With 25 years of experience, Larry is responsible for planning, implementation, management, and control of all financial-related activities for Priority Investor Loans LLC. He oversees the accounting and financial reporting functions with a focus on effectively operating the company’s cost control systems, in accordance with GAAP, and ensuring appropriate accounting control procedures.