Team

Executive Team


Brian Harris

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Prior to forming Ladder, Mr. Harris served as a Senior Partner and Head of Global Commercial Real Estate at Dillon Read Capital Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of UBS, and previously as Head of Global Commercial Real Estate at UBS and a Member of the Board of UBS Investment Bank, as well as Head of Commercial Mortgage Trading at Credit Suisse. Mr. Harris received a B.S. and an M.B.A. from The State University of New York at Albany.


Pamela McCormack

Founder & President

Prior to forming Ladder, Ms. McCormack served as Head of Transaction Management – Global Commercial Real Estate at UBS/Dillon Read Capital Management. Ms. McCormack received a B.A., cum laude, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.


Marc Fox

Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining Ladder, Mr. Fox served as Treasurer of Capmark Financial Group Inc. Mr. Fox received a B.S. and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Robert Perelman

Founder & Head of Asset Management

Prior to forming Ladder, Mr. Perelman served as a Director and Head of Asset Management at UBS/Dillon Read Capital Management. Mr. Perelman received a B.S. from Syracuse University and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.


Kelly Porcella

Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel

Prior to joining Ladder, Ms. Porcella served as a Member of the Global Commercial Real Estate group at UBS/Dillon Read Capital Management. Ms. Porcella received a B.S., summa cum laude, from The Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University and a J.D., magna cum laude, from St. John’s University School of Law.

Other Senior Executives


Michael Scarola

Chief Credit Officer

Prior to joining Ladder, Mr. Scarola served as Co-Head of Underwriting at UBS/Dillon Read Capital Management. Mr. Scarola received a B.S. from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.


Craig Robertson

Head of Underwriting and Loan Portfolio Manager

Prior to joining Ladder, Mr. Robertson served as Manager and Real Estate Consultant at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services. Mr. Robertson received a B.A. from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia.


Ryan Jantzen

Co-Head of Origination

Prior to joining Ladder, Mr. Jantzen served as a Member of the Global Real Estate CMBS Group at Merrill Lynch & Co. Mr. Jantzen received a B.S. from Binghamton University. 


Adam Siper

Co-Head of Origination

Prior to joining Ladder, Mr. Siper served as a Vice President in the Commercial Real Estate Finance Group at RBS. Mr. Siper received a B.A. from Emory University and an M.S. in Real Estate Finance and Investment from New York University. 


Ed Peterson

Head of CMBS Trading and Co-Head of Securitization

Prior to joining Ladder, Mr. Peterson served as a Managing Director and Co-Head of CMBS Capital Markets at Eurohypo, and previously as an Executive Director at UBS/Dillon Read Capital Management. Mr. Peterson received a B.A. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the City University of New York.


David Henschke

Co-Head of Securitization

Prior to joining Ladder, Mr. Henschke served as a Director at Standard & Poor’s. Mr. Henschke received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and is a CFA Charterholder.


David Traitel

Head of Legal Structuring

Prior to joining Ladder, Mr. Traitel served as a Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP. Mr. Traitel received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.


Mark Ableman

Head of Transaction Management

Prior to joining Ladder, Mr. Ableman served as an Associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Mr. Ableman received a B.S. from Indiana University and a J.D. from Queen’s University, Faculty of Law.


Michelle Wallach

Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Regulatory Counsel

Prior to joining Ladder, Ms. Wallach served as the Deputy Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Operational Risk Management at Reservoir Operations LP. Ms. Wallach received a B.A. with Honors, magna cum laude, from Brown University, and a J.D. from New York University Law School.


Kevin Moclair

Chief Accounting Officer

Prior to joining Ladder, Mr. Moclair served as Controller for North America for Rabobank International. Mr. Moclair received a B.S., magna cum laude, from Manhattan College.


Matthew Fitzgerald

Treasurer

Prior to joining Ladder, Mr. FitzGerald served as a co-founder and iOS developer for Emergency Networking LLC, and previously as Vice President at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. Mr. FitzGerald received a B.S.E. from Princeton University.


David Merkur

Executive Director - Capital Markets

Prior to joining Ladder, Mr. Merkur served as an Associate at Tri-Artisan Capital Partners, and previously as an Investment Banking Analyst at Merrill Lynch & Co. Mr. Merkur received a B.S., magna cum laude, from Cornell University.