JLJ Capital (“JLJ”) was founded in 2017 as a private independent real estate development company focused on lending on different types of commercial real estate throughout the continental United States, with a focus on New Jersey, New York and Texas. JLJ seeks to provide financing for experienced real estate investors, owners, and operators with short term needs that banks cannot meet on a timely basis.
The management team has 30 years of lending and operational experience in real estate in hotel and multi-family sectors. The experience allows JLJ Capital to follow commercial banks’ underwriting standards while moving quickly in origination and execution with robust deal flow through established relationships with real estate developers, owner’s operators, brokers and servicers. JLJ utilizes experts in Architecture, Engineering and Construction to review all loans before approval.
As of 12/31/20, JLJ has originated $197M in Senior and Mezzanine loans, with $150M in its current portfolio. It has closed 22 loans on 24 properties in the previous 2 years.
Jonathan Lewis has over 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, and executive management, with more than 25 years in the financial services industry specializing in real estate transactions. Prior to founding JLJ Capital, Jonathan was the Chief Business Development Officer at Customers Bank, where he helped the bank grow by $10Bn over a five-year time span. Jonathan personally originated and closed more than $4Bn in loans.
Earlier in his career, he was the President of Atlantic Coast Bank’s Mortgage Division. Jonathan has built and managed several multi-billion dollar commercial and residential lending platforms. Jonathan graduated from Lehigh University with a BA in Economics and English. Jonathan serves on the Board of the New Jersey Economic Council and the Regional Board of Washington University. Jonathan and his partners have completed, closed, and managed more than $6Bn in real estate transactions.
Lee Podolsky alongside Justin helps manage real estate and hotels. With 14 years of experience in real estate and hospitality management, Lee is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of boutique hotels, residential and commercial properties in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Florida.
Justin Podolsky has over 10 years of experience in hospitality management and development, and is responsible for the adaptive reuse of nine boutique hotels, residential and commercial properties. Justin has managed over 50 properties and hotels in multiple states.