meet OUR TEAM
We are a team of expert problem solvers committed to finding better funding for our clients. Our personal approach allows us to find unique solutions, and our small size allows us to be nimble. Founded in 2017, PLG is led by career financial and commercial real estate professionals and has established itself as a leading direct PACE lender nationwide. Experience the PLG advantage.
Rafi Golberstein, CEO
Rafi is a commercial real estate finance veteran with over 12 years of experience in CRE structured finance, loan origination and equity investments. Prior to founding PLG, Rafi spent his career on Wall Street where he was a Managing Director at Ladder Capital, a publicly traded REIT. At Ladder, Rafi focused on CMBS origination, balance sheet and mezzanine loans as well as equity investments. Prior to Ladder, Rafi worked at Gramercy Capital conducting asset management and loan workouts. Rafi began his career at Credit Suisse in its large loan commercial real estate group. Throughout his career, Rafi has originated and closed over $2.5 billion of commercial real estate loans throughout the country. Rafi has a BS from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.
Jesse Hallstrom, CFO
Jesse joined PACE Loan Group in 2017 as the Chief Financial Officer. He manages and oversees the financial risks, planning, and reporting of the company. With over 10 years of experience, Jesse has spent the majority of his career in public accounting at local and regional firms working primarily with real estate developers and investors on strategic planning and compliance. Since 2015, in his role as CFO of a real estate developer, Jesse has been involved in closing loans totaling more than $90 million. Jesse graduated from the University of Saint Thomas (MN) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Financial Management and Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Matthew McCormack, Junior Originator / Analyst
Matthew joined PACE Loan Group in 2018 as an Analyst and Junior Originator. He is responsible for loan origination, loan underwriting portfolio monitoring. Prior to joining PLG, Matthew completed similar duties while working in US Bank’s Commercial Real Estate and Real Estate Structured Finance Groups. At US Bank Matthew was responsible for property and borrower underwriting for warehouse lines, construction loans, and balance sheet refi’s across all asset classes. Matthew is graduate of Saint John’s University (MN) with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Beth Leska, Loan Servicing / Staff Accountant
Beth joined PACE Loan Group in 2017 to support its accounting and servicing operations. Beth has considerable experience in processing draw requests and she oversees PLG payroll and assessment payment processing. Beth’s varied background includes accounting support, business operations support, and over ten years within medical private practice. Beth completed her studies in Music Therapy at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Doug Donaldson, Marketing Specialist
Doug joined PACE Loan Group in 2017 as an Analyst and Marketing Coordinator. In 2014 Doug began working as Brokerage and Marketing Coordinator at the developmenet firm, Hempel Companies. At PLG, Doug is responsible for due diligence review and creating/coordinating all the marketing materials. Prior to 2014, Doug worked at a political consulting and public affairs firm in St. Paul, MN. Doug is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson and is a graduate of Saint John’s University (MN).