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About RUBICON MORTGAGE FUND

Fast Funding for California Commercial Real Estate

Rubicon Mortgage Fund, LLC has funded private commercial loans since its inception in 2008, all over California.

We are a direct private lender that specializes in short-term loans for commercial and residential acquisitions, refinancing and equity cash out for business purposes, new commercial construction loans (SF Bay Area only) and hard money for rehab fix & flip. We understand that occasionally loans do not fit into the standard model of traditional commercial lenders; therefore, we focus on funding non-conventional commercial loans.

Meet our Team

CEO

Field Team

Senior Vice President, Director of Sales
Se Habla Español

Senior Loan Officer

Loan Officer

Operations Team

Operations Manager

Head of Loan Servicing, Staff Accountant

Investor Relations and Marketing

Investor Relations

Loan Documentation Specialist

Administrative Assistant
(Fluent in Cantonese)

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Vance Hillstrom
CEO, Rubicon Mortgage Fund
Phone: (925) 788-8964

Vance is the CEO and sole managing partner of Rubicon. Vance is involved in all operations of the company as well as does the underwriting for Rubicon. Vance was one of the two founding partners of Rubicon and has been part of mortgage banking since 2005. Prior to Rubicon, Vance was an independent 30-year bond futures Trader at 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 where he also captained the DePauw baseball team. Vance has both his California Lenders Finance License as well as his California Department of Real Estate Brokerage License.

Cesar Peña
Senior Vice President / Director of Sales
Phone: (925) 239-6609
Cesar has been with Rubicon Mortgage Fund, LLC since 2013. Currently Director of Sales, Cesar is responsible for overseeing Rubicon’s loan originators and placing non-conventional financing for his clients throughout California. Cesar received his B.A. degree in Business Administration from Cal State East Bay, Hayward, CA, focusing in Finance and Real Estate Management Cesar currently serves as Treasurer for Bay Area Mortgage Association (“BAMA”), an organization founded in 1953, and is a member of the Oakland, CA Chapter of Commercial Certified Investment Manager (“CCIM”). CA BRE #01984871.
Casey Hopkins
Senior Loan Officer
Phone: (530) 228-3790
Casey Hopkins has been active in the real estate industry since 2008 having worked as a Commercial Real Estate Appraiser, and most recently as a Business Development Officer for an environmental due diligence company. Casey joined Rubicon Mortgage Fund in the spring of 2017 and is currently focusing on expanding awareness of Rubicon and its services to Commercial Real Estate Companies throughout the state of California. Casey graduated from California State University, Chico with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Finance. CA BRE #02040604.
Jake Berry
Loan Officer
Phone: (925) 899-3091

Jake Berry is a graduate student-athlete from Utah Valley University with a B.S. degree in Hospitality Management. Jake is a self-motivated individual who has recently joined the sales team at Rubicon Mortgage, LLC. Jakes day-to-day responsibilities are to aid in origination, marketing, and expanding awareness of Rubicon’s services throughout California.               CA BRE#02136134

Cheryl Duncan
Operations Manager
Phone: (925) 283-8919
Click here to email Cheryl

Cheryl is the Operations Manager for Rubicon.  Cheryl has over 30 years in real estate related industries and over 3 years in the financial services industry. In addition to 18 years with a national title company, Cheryl has worked in Operations for a real estate auction company and a commercial property management company.  Cheryl was a licensed Financial Advisor for Waddell and Reed. Cheryl graduated from California State University at Sacramento with a BS in Business with a Finance concentration.

Meghan Sims
Staff Accountant, Investor Relations Manager, and Loan Servicing
Phone: (925) 283-8919
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Meghan has been with Rubicon since 2014. She is responsible for in house accounting, loan servicing and is the Investor Relations Manager for the Fund. Meghan graduated from Cal State East Bay with a BS in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and Information Technology Management. She currently resides with her husband and daughter in Concord, California.
CJ Poloka
Head of Marketing
Phone: (925) 283-8919
Charles has been with Rubicon for four years and focuses on expanding Rubicon’s online presence. Day to day, Charles works to further brand Rubicon as an expert in the lending industry and to enable the sales team to have the tools they need to market successfully to their clients. 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.
Lori
Lori Rembac
Investor Relations
Phone: (925) 283-8919
Lori received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from San Diego State University. Upon graduation Lori worked in the management and merchandising division of Nordstrom, Inc. Lori then pursued a Master of Science degree in Instructional Leadership and Curriculum Development, a California Teaching Credential and an English as a Second Language certification. She taught for 28 years after which her true passion of art and design came out in founding and operating a successful staging company for five years. Lori is a local rental property owner and manager, carrying on the tradition her family started over 100 years ago.
 
Christie Elwood
Analyst / Sales Associate
Phone: (925) 283-8919

Christie is the Loan Documentation Specialist at Rubicon.  She began her career in corporate accounting and residential escrow and gained further invaluable experience as a small business owner.   Her title and escrow experience along with in-depth knowledge of non-profit event planning is invaluable. These skills she now uses to process loans from due diligence through funding and ultimately close of escrow.  In her spare time, Christie enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage children.

May Sieng
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (925) 283-8919
Email: May@rubiconfund.net

May is the Administrative Assistant at Rubicon. She enjoys working with people and has over 10 years of customer service and administrative experience in the food and financial service industries. She can speak three languages including Chinese Cantonese & Vietnamese and enjoys outdoor activities, travel, and live music.

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Vance Hillstrom
Phone: (925) 788-8964
Cesar Peña
Phone: (925) 239-6609
Casey Hopkins
Phone: (530) 228-3790
Jake Berry
Phone: (925) 899-3091
CJ Poloka
Phone: (925) 283-8919