Team Profiles

We have a diversified team of consultants on standby to fulfill your needs. If our group of consultants can’t do it – we know someone who can. No project is too big, small, or out of reach – we are able to tap into our our seasoned veteran group’s expansive network reach within the real estate, mortgage servicing, title/closing, mortgage investments, default legal, and lending spaces.

Paul Johannsson, Founder and CEO

Mr. Johannsson has over 14 years of progressive industry and management experience with concentrations in GSE, legal, and mortgage servicing. He has previously held leadership roles with Freddie Mac, McCarthy and Holthus, PHH Mortgage, and BSI Financial Services. Paul is Lean Six Sigma certified and is an appointee to the Mortgage Bankers Association Loan Administration Committee. Paul and his teams throughout his career have managed hundreds of thousands of defaulted mortgages’ legal processes through oversight of 250+ nationwide law firms and over 300 servicers’ default administration practices. Johannsson is also a partner in a construction and commercial cleaning firm, real estate broker/investor, and private money lender. Paul, in his spare time away from being addicted to the job, is a total goof and enjoys winetasting.

Eric Kelner, Esq.

O.L.A.F. General Counsel

Mr. Kelner is a legal guru, and is as persistent with the courts as he is with managing his clients’ needs. He is currently a partner in the Princeton, N.J. office of Hill Wallack LLP where he is a member of the Creditors’ Rights/Bankruptcy, Corporate Law, Franchise Law, Venture Capital and Emerging Markets practice groups and the founding member of the Hospitality practice group. Mr. Kelner’s clients include state chartered banks, regional banks, national banks, equipment financing companies, federal agencies, quasi-governmental lenders, commercial landlords, asset purchasers, hedge funds and individual creditors. Additionally, his hospitality clients include hotel owners and operators of flagged properties, independent hotel owners/operators and restaurateurs. Mr. Kelner is admitted to practice in the State Courts of New Jersey and Federal Courts of New Jersey, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Kelner earned his law degree from Villanova University School of Law and is a graduate of Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration. Mr. Kelner was a law clerk for the Honorable John Pisansky, J.S.C., Union County. When he is not kickin’ butt and takin’ names in court or in legal matters he enjoys time with his family.

Devin Sullivan

Director of Operations

Mr. Sullivan has been working in the mortgage banking industry for over 8 years. He began his career working for a mortgage default law firm in supervisory capacities within the firm’s foreclosure and billing departments. He then progressed his career to leading a marketing team for a real estate enterprise. Devin then continued his career to work for Resurgent Capital as a leader over its bankruptcy portfolio management team. Assuming the role of Bankruptcy Case Manager at ShellPoint in 2015, with progression to Investor Relations and Portfolio Management in 2016, Devin ended up managing one of the servicer’s largest clients, Angelo Gordon, in 2018. In his spare time, Devin thoroughly enjoys giving back to the community and has a deep passion for traveling.

Matt Watson

Senior Consultant – Default Legal, Mortgage Servicing Oversight

Mr. Watson has extensive knowledge of the mortgage and default legal spaces; from the mortgage servicing, consulting, and law firm perspectives. In a recent project he has overseen a team of 15 direct reports for a default mortgage servicer, while acting as a servicing oversight liaison to the investor, with a $1 billion+ asset portfolio. His area was responsible for the oversight of over 5,000 foreclosures while managing servicer and vendor activities. He has also worked in the default law firm space for BWW Law. Matt has a B.S. in Business Administration: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management from Shephard University. Matt thoroughly enjoys aggressively pursuing diplomatic relations with law firms and servicers to move files adequately and creatively; this of course when he is not kickin’ it back in his spare time on the beach near his digs in Hawaii.

Syndey Boswell

Senior Consultant – REO Asset Management

Sydney is a seasoned asset manager responsible for 900+ REO properties at any given time. Specializing in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Tri-State area she is well versed in the full life cycle of distressed and subprime mortgage backed assets. Her day to day activities range from hands on management of property rehabilitation, overseeing and communicating with field agents, and presenting company results to trusted investors. She graduated from Gettysburg College with a BA in management. In the fast paced world of REO asset management, Sydney is a trusted resource to get the job done right. An avid swimmer and adventurer, Sydney enjoys to exercise and travel when she can.

Christopher Pendergrass

Senior Consultant – Default Legal, Mortgage Servicing Oversight, Title

Senior Consultant – Default Legal, Mortgage Servicing Oversight, Title Mr. Pendergrass, owner of Pender-Paralegal Services, LLC, is a certified paralegal, certified by the National Association of Legal Assistants since 2009. He is also a licensed title insurance producer independent contractor for the State of Maryland and District of Columbia. He began his paralegal career working for a mortgage default law firm in 2007. In 2012, he completed his undergraduate studies, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Legal Studies at Strayer University. He has since gained experience as a bankruptcy specialist and real estate paralegal, assisting mortgage loan servicers and title companies with the preservation and title clearance of their assets. Christopher is devoted to the legal profession and values building long-term, productive relationships with attorneys, title agencies, mortgage servicers, and their clients. Chris thoroughly enjoys reviewing bankruptcy dockets, when not working on the expansion of his business.

Ashley Duncan

Senior Consultant – Digital Marketing, Communications, and Social Media Management

Ashley Duncan has a strong background in communications, marketing, and social media management. Ms. Duncan works with the Office of Investment and Innovation at SBA as an Outreach and Communication Specialist. Previously, Ms. Duncan worked as an analyst for Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips, LLC, where she developed an expertise in research and business development. Ashley brings several years of marketing and communication skills through previous senior marketing roles with iHeart Media, Zipcar, Macy’s, and Fluent, LLC. Ms. Duncan received her B.A in Strategic Communications with a minor in Social Work from Seattle University. When not obsessing over social media and crafting expert communications Ashley is planning to begin her Masters of Public Administration online from the University of Southern California next fall.

Louis Gerrick

Senior Consultant – Vendor Invoicing/Investor Accounting, Default Legal

Mr. Gerrick has backgrounds in the accounting and default legal spaces; from the mortgage servicing, consulting, and law firm perspectives. In a recent project he has overseen a team of 9 direct reports for a default mortgage servicer, while acting as a servicing oversight liaison to the investor, with a $1 billion+ asset portfolio. His area was responsible for ~$18,000,000 per year legal fee/expense budget. Additionally, he and his team, oversaw an attorney network of 105 law firms nationwide. He has acted as a consultant for a firm that specialized in management of law firm billing, as well as worked directly in a law firm overseeing accounts receivables operations. Louis has a B.S. in Business Administration: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management from Shephard University. He stands over 6’6” and is a nerd when it comes to numbers.

Philip Jordan

Senior Consultant – Capital Markets, Mortgage Servicing Oversight, REO, Mortgage Investments, Pool Acquisition

Mr. Jordan has over 5 years’ experience as a financial analyst, working diligently for 4 of those years on a Capital Markets team evaluating and modeling close to 500 loan pools valued at nearly $150 Billion. In addition to loan analysis, Phil reviews loss mitigation proposals and provides strategic dispositions in determining most profitable returns from listing and selling properties in short time frames, determining repair budgets and deadlines, reducing and negotiating holding costs including attorney fees, HOA, property preservation, liens/judgments, and taxes. Phil has a B.S.B.A in International Business and Finance from Suffolk University in Boston, MA. Phil, aside from crunching numbers in Excel, spends his time volunteering installing solar panels around the D.C. and Maryland area as well as training for triathlons.

Emily Craig

Senior Consultant – Corporate, Government, and Boutique Recruiting Solutions

Ms. Craig is a native D.C. Metro Area recruiter with expertise filling a variety of roles from entry level through executive level positions utilizing exceptional talent sourcing skills, interview scheduling, tracking system management, and dynamic negotiation tactics. Her placement experience spans many fields including accounting, finance, executive administration, human resources, and operational management, process transformation, information technology, and data science. Ms. Craig has held senior recruiting positions with Grant Thornton, HireStrategy, Aver, RGS, and Merito Group. She has proven success with both public and private clients on both national and local scales in small business, government, and corporate environments. When Emily is not getting to know your next top talent she is scaling a mountain with her dog, Oliver, or enjoying a craft beer while dreaming of moving to warmer climates.

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