Commercial Mortgage Loans' Leadership Team


AURA provides our institutional clients with exceptional service and continuous communication from a dedicated Relationship Management Team that is committed to our customers. Our fully integrated Commercial Mortgage Loan group offers our clients a local presence for commercial mortgages throughout the United States.


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Lara Osterhaus CCIM, Vice President, joined AURA  in 1995. Lara is responsible for AURA’s Commercial Mortgage Loan Production and Environmental and Engineering Groups. In this role, she oversees the origination, management and policies of AURA’s commercial mortgage operations in the United States. Previously, she was responsible for oversight of the origination and management of loans within the Southern Region of the US. In addition to these broad responsibilities, she was responsible for loan originations in Georgia, North Carolina, North/Central Florida and South Carolina. Prior to assuming this role, Lara's other territory responsibilities within Commercial Mortgage Loan Production included Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri and Kansas. Previously, Lara worked in AURA's Special Servicing group where she was responsible for negotiating terms of refinances, restructures/modifications and forbearance agreements and for the successful resolution and disposition of troubled commercial mortgage loans. Lara received her BA in Finance from the University of Northern Iowa. She also earned a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Institute designation.


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Karissa Anderson joined AURA in 1993. Karissa is a Senior Director for Commercial Mortgage Loan Origination. Karissa is primarily responsible for mortgage loan originations in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Prior to her current role, Karissa's other territory responsibilities within Commercial Mortgage Loan Origination included Western US and Pacific Northwest states. She holds the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation from the Commercial Real Estate Investment Institute. Karissa received her BA in Finance with a minor in Economics from the University of Northern Iowa and her MBA from the University of Iowa. She also earned a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Institute designation.


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Mark Mentzer, CCIM joined AURA in 1989. Mark is a Senior Director for Commercial Mortgage Loan Origination. He is primarily responsible for mortgage loan originations in Louisiana and Texas. Prior to assuming his current role, Mark originated commercial mortgage loans on a nationwide basis for AURA as part of a loan origination team working with financial institutions. Prior to joining AURA, Mark served as a Regional Director for Life Investors Insurance Company (an Aegon company), where he was responsible for insurance company product distribution in the Midwest, Southwest and Northwest regions. Mark received his BA in Management from Luther College. He also earned a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Institute designation.


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Eric Schmit, CCIM joined AURA in 1994. Eric is a Senior Director for Commercial Mortgage Loan Origination. Eric is primarily responsible for mortgage loan originations in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Florida, and Tennessee. Prior to his current role, Eric’s other territory responsibilities within Commercial Mortgage Loan Origination included states located along the east coast of the U.S.  Additionally, Eric was a Senior Asset Manager in AURA's Special Servicing group, where he was responsible for developing and implementing loan workout strategies for sub-performing and non-performing loans. Eric received his BA in Finance with Real Estate emphasis from University of Northern Iowa, and his MBA from University of Iowa. He also earned a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Institute designation.


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Michael Carcaterra joined AURA in 1994. Michael is a Managing Director for Commercial Mortgage Loan Origination. In his role as Managing Director, Michael oversees the origination and management of loans within the Northeast Region of the US. In addition to these broad responsibilities, he is responsible for loan originations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Philadelphia, Rhode Island and Vermont. Prior to joining AURA, Michael worked for Hampshire Development Company, a subsidiary of Yonkers Contracting Company, where he served as a portfolio manager for both stabilized properties and development projects located primarily in the New York area. Michael received his BS in Marketing from St. John's University and his MBA in Real Estate Finance from Bernard Baruch College.


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Jim Grant joined AURA in 1985. Jim is a Managing Director for Commercial Mortgage Loan Origination. In his role as Managing Director, Jim oversees the origination and management of loans within the Midwest Region of the US. In addition to these broad responsibilities, he is responsible for loan originations in Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Virginia, the District of Columbia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Prior to assuming his current role, Jim was Managing Director responsible for managing loan origination in the Midwest and Southeast regions, as well as Arizona. Prior to joining AURA, Jim worked for BancOhio Mortgage Company, a subsidiary of National City, where he was responsible for mortgage banking loan placement, bank commercial construction and term loan origination. Jim received his BS in Business Administration/Real Estate Finance from Ohio State University.


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Matt Palmer joined AURA in 1983. Matt is a Managing Director for Commercial Mortgage Loan Origination. In his role as Managing Director, Matt oversees the origination and management of loans within the Western Pacific Region of the US. In addition to these broad responsibilities, he is responsible for loan originations in California and Hawaii. Prior to assuming his current role, Matt was responsible for regional commercial lending in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Hawaii. Previously, Matthew served as Manager of Lands for Transamerica Minerals Company, Assistant Vice President of Transamerica Realty Services, Vice President Director of Commercial Mortgage Lending, and an Investment Officer for the Transamerica Life Companies. He is a licensed real estate broker in the state of California. Matt received his BA in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Oklahoma and his MBA, with an emphasis in Finance/Accounting from Claremont College.


Aegon USA Realty Advisors, LLC (“AURA”), an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Aegon N.V., is a U.S.-based investment adviser registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and part of Aegon Asset Management, the global investment management brand of Aegon Group.