Daniel M. Palmier
When UC Funds’ president and CEO, Daniel Palmier, founded the commercial real estate specialty finance firm
in 2010, his goal was to create new financing solutions to offer quick and customized loans throughout the
entire capital stack. It was an inauspicious time to be a lender for CRE, much less one that would go against
the norms in lending. But as an alternative to the traditional bank, Palmier was determined to create products that were anything but traditional. He was determined, in other words, to be a maverick.
He and his team went on to create fast and flexible loans for redevelopment without having to tackle
the tightening bank regulations of the time. Then, he did it again last year. Observing that commercial
banks were pulling back on real estate lending due to additional banking regulations, Palmier created
UC GO, a variable rate non-recourse commercial mortgage bridge loan, in partnership with Barclays.
UC GO offers 0.5 debt service coverage ratio, which is twice as competitive as other products on the
market, according to UC Funds. The loan also provides 85% loan to value (LTV), compared with the
more common 60 to 75% LTV for competing products.
In one of its first deals, UC GO provided a $5.8 million first mortgage bridge loan for the refinancing of a 89,008-square-foot Kohl’s in Texarkana, TX. UC Funds has closed eight deals in less
than a year from the product’s launch and has many more transactions in the pipeline. UC
Funds has a wide range of products created with this kind of entrepreneurial perspective. A
national balance sheet provider of both debt and equity capital solutions, UC Funds has
provided over $2 billion of capital solutions to date, including joint venture equity.
Palmier has implemented his outside-the-box thinking to his philanthropic venture, the Palmier Foundation, as well. The foundation has formed many partnerships including the
Haiti Self Sustainability Project, St. Christopher’s
School and UGAFCA. The most recent one was for
the Asian Christian Academy of Arts and Sciences,
the first Christian university in India. UC Funds
donated $325,000, with $100,000 going directly to
the design and construction of the college.
Camille Renshaw, founder and CEO of Brokers+Engineers, is someone who makes
things happen. Prior to working for the technology platform created specifically for
trading NNN property, she was head of sales at Ten-X and prior to that, she founded
Stan Johnson Co.’s New York office, where she led their sales team as its top producer for five years.
Her staff considers her more than just a catalyst, though, saying that she is
thoughtful and so willing to share experience and educate. “She has a great balance
of boss and friend. Always has a smile on her face and her positivity and passion really
energizes the office,” said one employee, with another one adding that she “inspires
loyalty, enthusiasm, and deep faith.”
After two decades of pricing deals for clients through a combination of weak third-
party data and manual work by analysts, Renshaw broke new ground with the cre-
ation of Brokers+Engineers’ pricing regression algorithm. The new innova-
tion allows analysts to better price net lease transactions and more accurately
predict real estate market behavior.
In addition, through the use of artificial intelligence and a proprietary
process at Brokers+Engineers, she created an easier, more efficient means
for aiding 1031 exchangers through the buying process. B+E clears the
national real estate market, providing buyers with comprehensive access to
on-market properties that match their buying criteria.
Renshaw’s philosophy in all her startups has been speed, simplicity and
empowerment, building high-performance teams that strive in this environment. The underpinning to this is to avoid “paralysis through analysis” in the strategy execution stage, finding balance between details and
action, but always focusing on sprinting to the goal line with a sense of