BETHESDA, Md., April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Walker & Dunlop, Inc. (NYSE: WD) (the "Company") announced today that it has hired three producers to join its Capital Markets group, who will be based out of a new office located in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The team consists of veteran originators Paul J. Ahmed, David B. Gahagan, and E. Lance Lehman, who will join Walker & Dunlop as senior vice presidents. They will focus on financing income producing properties including office, apartments, hotels, industrial and retail in the southeast region.
"These individuals will join an outstanding group of top mortgage bankers and expand our capital markets lending activity beyond the mid-Atlantic," said Walker & Dunlop Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Howard W. Smith. He further stated, "Our capital markets business grew significantly in 2011 as capital returned to most commercial real estate asset classes. Adding this team of seasoned originators builds upon our strategic initiative of hiring origination talent who can grow revenues and broaden our market reach. The Florida group's experience and accomplishments over the years, as well as their long-standing relationships with new sources of capital for Walker & Dunlop's lending operations, make them an extremely valuable and dynamic addition to our company."
Prior to joining Walker & Dunlop, Messrs. Ahmed and Gahagan held the title of vice president and Mr. Lehman held the title of senior vice president at Grandbridge Real Estate Capital, LLC. All three specialize in originating and structuring commercial real estate financing and investment sales for all property types. The gentlemen are all active members of the Mortgage Bankers Association, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the National Multi-Housing Council, and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.
About Walker & Dunlop
Through its subsidiary Walker & Dunlop, LLC, Walker & Dunlop, Inc. (NYSE: WD) is one of the leading commercial real estate finance companies in the United States, with a primary focus on multifamily lending. The Multifamily and FHA Finance groups of Walker & Dunlop are focused on lending to property owners, investors, and developers of multifamily properties across the country. As a Fannie Mae DUS™, Freddie Mac Program Plus® and MAP- and LEAN-approved FHA lender, Walker & Dunlop lends on most major multifamily asset classes including market-rate apartments, affordable apartments, manufactured housing communities, seniors housing, student housing and certain healthcare facilities. The Capital Markets and Investment Services groups of Walker & Dunlop provide a broad range of advisory, financing, investment consulting and related services.
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