Company Office Team Bios
Since 2005 Vance has been a part of private mortgage banking working primarily in the capacity of underwriting debt transactions and raising investor funds. Vance is currently one of the two managing partners of Rubicon Mortgage Fund, LLC where he concentrates most of his time underwriting loans and structuring debt transactions. Prior to private mortgage banking, Vance was an independent trader trading 30-year bond futures on the Chicago Board of Trade and thereafter worked as the Lead Market Maker for Microsoft at the Pacific Options Exchange. Vance graduated from DePauw University with a degree in Economics. Vance has his California Department of Real Estate Broker License.
Douglas C. Watson
Doug has been active in the real estate industry since 1990, working in commercial development with Spieker Properties, brokerage with CB Commercial Real Estate, and for Stewart Title Insurance in the National Title Unit. These positions included experience in sales, leasing, project management, and financing. Doug is a licensed real estate salesperson. In 2006, Doug founded his private mortgage banking company, Rubicon Capital Partners, Inc. Doug previously worked for two other private commercial mortgage banking firms, successfully raising investor funds and underwriting loan transactions. He continues those same responsibilities today at Rubicon Mortgage Fund, LLC. Doug belongs to several local real estate associations including: The Bay Area Mortgage Association (BAMA), The Belden Club, Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), California Mortgage Association (CMA), the California Mortgage Banker Association (CMBA), Turnaround Management Association (TMA), and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Doug graduated from UC Davis with a BA in Communication. Doug currently resides in Lafayette, California with his wife, Jenny, and their three sons.
Cheryl has over 23 years in real estate related industries and over 3 years in financial service industries. Cheryl worked for North American Title in positions that included Accounting, Escrow Officer, Manager of National Title Services, and Division Manager. She also has operations experience with a real property auction company and a commercial property management company. Cheryl graduated from Cal State University – Sacramento with a BS in Business with a Finance concentration. As the Operations Manager for Rubicon Mortgage Fund, LLC, Cheryl is responsible for the coordination of the loan transactions as well as assisting the Principals, Doug Watson and Vance Hillstrom. Cheryl currently resides in Pleasant Hill.
Accounting Investor Relations and Loan Servicing
Meghan is in charge of accounts payable and accounts receivable as well as loan servicing for Rubicon. Since graduating from Cal State East Bay in 2010 her primary focus has been in accounting. Meghan has her BS in Business Administration with options in Accounting and Info Tech Management. She currently resides with her husband in Concord, California.
Marketing Specialist and Operations Assistant
With over 20 years of experience in Sales and Marketing, Chris’ role at Rubicon is split between Marketing and Loan Processing. A graduate of San Diego State University, she has a B.A. in English with an emphasis in expository writing. She lives in Walnut Creek with her family.
Charles is Rubicon’s newest staff member. He is currently working as an Administrative Assistant at the office. Charles is a Sacramento State University graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He is also an Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 200 in Lafayette.