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 comprehensive Commercial Mortgage Loan group offers our clients a local presence for commercial mortgages throughout the United States.


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Karissa Anderson, CCIM joined Aegon 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, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Chicago. Prior to her current role, Karissa's other territory responsibilities within Commercial Mortgage Loan Origination included Western U.S. and Pacific Northwest states. 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.


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Mark Mentzer, CCIM joined Aegon in 1989. Mark is a Senior Director for Commercial Mortgage Loan Origination. He is primarily responsible for mortgage loan originations in Indiana, Louisiana and Texas. Prior to assuming his current role, Mark originated commercial mortgage loans on a nationwide basis for Aegon as part of a loan origination team working with financial institutions. Prior to joining Aegon, 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.


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Eric Schmit, CCIM joined Aegon 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 Aegon’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


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Michael Carcaterra joined Aegon 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 Aegon, 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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David Crew joined Aegon in 1997. David is a Managing Director for Commercial Mortgage Loan Origination. In his role as Managing Director, he is responsible for leading the Relationship Management team for all non-affiliated CML clients. In addition to these responsibilities, David is responsible for mortgage loan originations in Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, and Nevada. Prior to assuming his current role, David was Managing Director responsible for managing loan origination in the Northeast and Mountain Regions. Prior to joining Aegon, David worked for Principal Global Investors, where he was involved with commercial mortgage loan origination, appraisal, and development joint ventures. He later went on to The Travelers Insurance Company and then to Allstate Insurance Company, where he originated commercial mortgage loans nationwide for both firms. David received his BS in Economics from Iowa State University.


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Jim Grant joined Aegon 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 Northeast 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, and West Virginia. 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 Aegon, 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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Lara Osterhaus joined Aegon in 1995. Lara is responsible for AURA’s Commercial Mortgage Loan Production and Environmental & 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. Lara's other territory responsibilities within Commercial Mortgage Loan Production have included Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri and Kansas. Previously, Lara worked in Aegon's Special Servicing group where she was responsible for negotiating terms of refinances, restructures/modifications and forbearance agreements and for the successful resolution 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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Matt Palmer joined Aegon 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) is a U.S.-based real estate asset manager and a member company of Aegon Asset Management, the global investment management division of the Aegon Group. AURA is not a registered investment adviser with the Securities and Exchange Commission.