Red Oak Financial
Gary Bechtel serves as Chief Executive Officer of Red Oak Capital Holdings, LLC (Red Oak), a family of commercial real estate finance and investment companies that includes Red Oak Financial, LLC, Red Oak Holdings Management, LLC, and Red Oak Capital GP, LLC. The Michigan-headquartered firm is anchored on a strong team that collectively delivers more than 100 years of commercial real estate lending and investing experience. Bechtel leads the investment management leadership teams with direct oversight of all portfolios. Prior to joining Red Oak in 2020, Bechtel served as President of Money360 and was responsible for developing and executing Money360’s expansion strategy. He also served on Money360’s Credit Committee and Board of Directors. Earlier in his commercial real estate finance career, Bechtel served as Chief Lending/Originations Officer of CU Business Partners, LLC, the nation’s largest credit union service organization (CUSO). Previously, Bechtel held management or production positions with Grubb & Ellis Company, Meridian Capital, Johnson Capital, FINOVA Realty Capital, Pacific Southwest Realty Services and Hometown Commercial Capital. Bechtel began his career with the Alison Company and over the past 34 years has been involved in all aspects of the commercial real estate finance industry, as a lender and as an intermediary, including the origination, underwriting, structuring, placement and closing of more than $10 billion in commercial debt transactions, utilizing various debt structures which have included permanent, bridge, equity, mezzanine and construction on transactions of $1 million to $250 million. These transactions were placed with a variety of capital sources that included life companies, commercial banks, credit unions and equity and mezzanine funds, on property types that included office, retail, industrial, multifamily, hospitality, self-storage and manufactured housing. Bechtel is or has been a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, California Mortgage Bankers Association, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, and International Council of Shopping Centers. He has spoken at numerous industry events and written articles and has been regularly quoted in a number of regional and national publications.