Since joining Western Alliance Bank in 2009, Ericka LeMaster has been one of the bank’s top producers in terms of volume of loans originated. Over the past four years, she originated over $750 million in loan commitments while managing a complex $670 million loan portfolio focused on new construction loans and short-term bridge loans for value-add industrial, office, and retail projects.
“We are known to move through the credit process quickly to meet tight deadlines,” LeMaster says. Having a credit team of seasoned commercial real estate (CRE) professionals also provides an advantage to properly assess real risk versus perceived risk. This is important in a cyclical real estate community like Phoenix, she adds.
“As a native Phoenician, I take lending in our marketplace personally given that CRE shapes the communities we live and do business in. I am fortunate enough to have aligned myself with some of the best CRE professionals who are equally invested in smart and responsible development. I love my career and believe my passion for financing CRE is a key driver for providing excellent service,” LeMaster says.