Our Leadership Team
Kathy Farrell is head of the SunTrust Commercial Real Estate line of business as well as for its Cohen Financial business.
While at SunTrust, Kathy has held positions as the executive risk officer for Commercial Real Estate, head of the REIT Banking Group and the REIT senior credit officer.
Kathy has over 25 years of real estate finance and banking experience, including origination, underwriting, capital markets, work-out strategies and risk management.
Kathy graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics.
Regional CRE Banking Executive
David Mann is the Group Executive for Regional Commercial Real Estate Lending, Institutional Private Capital, and our National Expansion Efforts. In this role, he is responsible for delivery of SunTrust’s platform of products, services and custom financial solutions to privately owned commercial real estate developers and investors located principally within the SunTrust footprint. He has oversight of five regional markets headquartered in Miami, Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte and Greater Washington DC, with additional offices located in Orlando, Tampa, Raleigh, Memphis, Boston and Greensboro.
David’s career at SunTrust spans 28 years. Prior to assuming his current responsibilities, he was President and CEO of SunTrust Bank, North Florida. He has served in several capacities including SunTrust CRE Special Assets Executive, Group EVP/CRE Manager for Florida and President of SunTrust Bank, Mid Florida in Lakeland.
David is a graduate of The University of Florida with Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Food & Resource Economics.
SunTrust Community Capital Executive
Adam Oates is President of SunTrust Community Capital (STCC). He is responsible for community-development-oriented lending and investing, primarily through the utilization of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit and New Markets Tax Credit programs. Prior to his current position, Adam managed STCC’s debt platform and the SunTrust Special Assets Division.
Adam was also with Berkshire Property Advisors, a private multifamily Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), where he focused on value-add acquisitions for a private fund and a family office.
Adam holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Head of Agency Lending
Paul Woodworth leads the agency origination and Cohen Mortgage Banking production units as core elements of SunTrust commercial real estate capabilities.
Paul’s career at SunTrust has spanned 32 years. He has held various leadership positions at SunTrust including Senior Credit Officer for the Large Account Group in Commercial Real Estate Special Assets and Senior Credit Officer for the Florida Commercial Real Estate Group. Prior to assuming his current role, Paul headed SunTrust Community Capital, a subsidiary of SunTrust involved in debt and equity financing for community development projects utilizing Low Income Housing and New Markets tax credits.
Paul is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance.
Head of Mortgage Banking
Manny Brown is Head of Mortgage Banking of Cohen Financial and Head of Production, Pillar Division. He is responsible for the leadership of the Mortgage Banking business of Cohen Financial and leads the production and origination for the Pillar agency business. His primary goal is to facilitate the delivery of the platform products and services to our valued clients at the highest level of performance standards.
He joined Cohen Financial in April, 2007.
Manny has over 30 years of real estate finance, retail, industrial, and healthcare experience. Prior to joining Cohen Financial, Mr. Brown served as Chief Executive Officer, President, and Partner of NG Acquisitions, LLC, a company responsible for the acquisition and turnaround of Natural Golf in 2005.
MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Chicago
BA in Economics from Lake Forest College
Kristopher M. Dickson
Managing Director, Commercial Real Estate
Kris Dickson is a Managing Director in the Commercial Real Estate line of business. He currently serves as the Head of the Real Estate Corporate & Investment Banking, a team who meets the capital and strategic advisory needs of SunTrust’s REIT and Homebuilder clients. This includes providing capital markets, merger & acquisition, bank financing, treasury management, and depository solutions. He is based in Atlanta. Kris Dickson started his career with SunTrust in 2003.
Before joining SunTrust, Mr. Dickson was an investment banker in Lehman Brothers’ New York office, where he was a member of the Financial Institutions Group and advised clients on capital raising and merger & acquisition activities.
Mr. Dickson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Mathematics at Millsaps College where he graduated magna cum laude. He received his Master of Business Administration from Duke University at its Fuqua School of Business and was a Fuqua Scholar.
Chief Administrative Officer
Marcy Fink is the Chief Administrative Officer for SunTrust Commercial Real Estate. She is a graduate of Cornell University, S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management, and has almost 20 years experience in commercial real estate. Marcy also holds a degree in Architecture from Iowa State University.