Our experienced leadership team

Michael Fierman

Managing Partner and Co-CEO

Michael is a Managing Partner and Co-CEO of Angel Oak Companies, a firm focused on credit opportunities within asset management, capital markets and mortgage lending. In this role, Michael provides strategic direction and leadership to Angel Oak’s various businesses, with a focus primarily on mortgage lending and asset management.

Prior to Angel Oak, Michael was a co-founder at SouthStar Funding, a national wholesale mortgage lender specializing in non-agency mortgage products which funded as much as $6.5 billion annually in non-agency mortgages. Michael’s direct responsibilities included oversight of the sales, operations and credit risk departments.

Michael holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia.

Sreeni Prabhu

Managing Partner and Co-CEO
Chief Investment Officer

Sreeni is a co-founder, Managing Partner and Group Chief Investment Officer at Angel Oak Capital and is responsible for the overall investment strategy of the firm. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and President at Angel Oak Mortgage, Inc. (NYSE: AOMR).

Prior to Angel Oak, Sreeni was the Chief Investment Officer of the investment portfolio at Washington Mutual Bank in Seattle and managed a $25 billion portfolio. He was also part of the macro asset strategy team at the bank. Sreeni worked for six years at SunTrust Bank in Atlanta, where he was responsible for investment strategies and served as Head Portfolio Manager for the $3 billion commercial mortgage backed securities portfolio. He began his career at SunTrust in 1998 as a Bank Analyst focused on asset/liability management and liquidity strategies.

Sreeni holds a B.B.A. degree in Economics from Georgia College and State University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Georgia State University.

Tracy Jackson

Chief Financial Officer

Tracy serves as Chief Financial Officer for all divisions of Angel Oak Companies and is responsible, along with his team, for all finance and accounting activities.

Tracy is a finance executive with experience in capital markets, accounting, loan servicing, budgeting and forecasting, auditing, and warehouse finance. Prior to Angel Oak, Tracy served as Chief Financial Officer for several large mortgage originators and servicers including Market Street Mortgage in Clearwater, Florida and Principal Residential Mortgage in Des Moines, Iowa.

During his 30 years as a Chief Financial Officer in the financial services industry, Tracy has helped to finance and grow both retail and wholesale mortgage origination companies.  He has had direct management responsibility over large servicing portfolios and multiple origination channels.

Tracy holds a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Toledo and a B.A. degree from Malone University.

Dory Black

General Counsel

Dory is the General Counsel of Angel Oak Capital and Angel Oak Companies and is responsible for all legal and compliance affairs. She also serves as the General Counsel and Secretary for Angel Oak Mortgage, Inc. (NYSE: AOMR).

Previously, from 2003 to 2014, Dory served as the Vice President and Associate General Counsel at GE Asset Management. Prior to GE Asset Management, Dory worked at Dewey Ballantine LLP, where she represented private equity investors and pension funds making equity investments in various operating companies.

Dory has extensive experience in a variety of areas relating to the investment management business, including the formation and continued oversight and maintenance of REITs and private, public and offshore funds, drafting and negotiating investment management and related agreements, and advising on regulatory issues in the United States and foreign jurisdictions. She also has experience in the areas of human resources, general corporate matters and mortgage- and real estate-related matters.

Dory holds a B.A. in English Literature from Brandeis University and earned a J.D., with Honors, from Emory University’s School of Law graduating cum laude with High Honors.

Manmohan Singh

Head of Corporate Development

Manmohan “Manu” Singh is the Head of Corporate Development for Angel Oak Companies. In this role he is focused on identifying, creating and executing on strategic corporate investment opportunities across all of Angel Oak’s verticals.

Manu has over 16 years of investment banking and strategic advisory experience covering financial services companies. Before joining Angel Oak in 2021, Manu acted as an independent advisor offering strategic advisory services to a variety of clients, including Angel Oak Capital Advisors. Previously, he was a Director in the Insurance Investment Banking team at New York-based Sandler O’Neill & Partners. During his 12 years with Sandler O’Neill, Manu worked extensively with insurance companies, advising them on capital raising and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) related matters. Manu has been involved with a number of key M&A transactions, particularly those involving entry of private equity buyers and alternative asset managers into the life and annuity sector.

Manu holds an M.B.A. from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, an M.S. in Finance from the Department of Financial Studies at the University of Delhi, and a B.E. from DCR University of Science and Technology in India.

John Hsu

Head of Treasury Strategies

John is the Head of Treasury Strategies at Angel Oak Capital. He is responsible for originating and managing all financing arrangements for new products, as well as for the firm’s investment advisory accounts.

John has 32 years of experience in financial services spanning operations, commercial banking, structured credit investment banking and asset management. Thirteen of his 32 years have been at Angel Oak. Most recently, John was Chief Risk Officer, overseeing all risk management functions for the firm. Before that, John was Head of Capital Markets where he led Angel Oak’s entry into the Non-QM asset class by laying the structural foundation for the firm’s private credit strategies and founded the Angel Oak Mortgage Trust securitization shelf. Prior to that, John ran operations, compliance and risk as COO. In that role, he created the legal, operational, and compliance aspects of the Angel Oak Multi-Strategy Income Fund.

Before joining Angel Oak, John was a Senior Vice President in Ocwen Financial Corporation’s Alternative Investment Group, where he developed partnerships that invested in NPLs and created investments in MSRs and Servicer Advances. John also worked for SunTrust, MBIA and J.P. Morgan, where he focused on the creation and marketing of structured credit products, mainly focusing on Collateral Loan Obligations.

John holds B.S. and B.A. degrees in Industrial Engineering and Economics from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

David Raju

Group Chief Information Officer

David Raju serves as Angel Oak’s Group Chief Information Officer and is responsible for information technology and digital transformation initiatives across all divisions of Angel Oak.

David joined Angel Oak in 2021, bringing over 20 years of banking and payments experience in both the US and Canada. He was previously the Founder & CEO of Covience, which provided Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) and advisory services to financial institutions and payment providers until its acquisition by Angel Oak. Prior to Covience, David was a Senior Vice President at Desjardins Group, where he built and launched a digital bank with deposit-taking, mortgage and consumer lending capabilities. Under David’s leadership as its President and CEO, the bank scored major firsts with digital account opening and targeted marketing, combined with leading-edge analytics for compliance and risk.

Prior to Desjardins Group, David served as the Chief Technology & Operations Officer for Ally Financial in Canada. He was previously responsible for developing and managing the Canadian business model, which required streamlining the legacy mortgage business and expanding into automotive financing under a federal bank charter. Prior to joining Ally US in 2004, David filled progressively senior roles in mortgage banking.

David earned an M.B.A. in Corporate Finance and an M.S. in Information Assurance from the University of Dallas. His education also includes Committee on National Security Systems Standards.

Matt Henson

Chief Human Resources Officer

Matt is responsible for leading the Human Resources Department for all divisions of Angel Oak Companies.  He has direct oversight of the strategic processes and day-to-day operations of the human resources department, including both corporate functions and deployed support.

Matt has over 20 years of progressive expertise in human resources strategy and related disciplines.  Prior to Angel Oak, Matt served 11 years at SunTrust Bank, Inc. in numerous roles of increasing responsibility within the Human Resources Department.

Matt holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.

Sreeni Prabhu

Managing Partner and Co-CEO
Chief Investment Officer

Sreeni is a co-founder, Managing Partner and Group Chief Investment Officer at Angel Oak Capital and is responsible for the overall investment strategy of the firm. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and President at Angel Oak Mortgage, Inc. (NYSE: AOMR).

Prior to Angel Oak, Sreeni was the Chief Investment Officer of the investment portfolio at Washington Mutual Bank in Seattle and managed a $25 billion portfolio. He was also part of the macro asset strategy team at the bank. Sreeni worked for six years at SunTrust Bank in Atlanta, where he was responsible for investment strategies and served as Head Portfolio Manager for the $3 billion commercial mortgage backed securities portfolio. He began his career at SunTrust in 1998 as a Bank Analyst focused on asset/liability management and liquidity strategies.

Sreeni holds a B.B.A. degree in Economics from Georgia College and State University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Georgia State University.

Manmohan Singh

Head of Corporate Development

Manmohan “Manu” Singh is the Head of Corporate Development for Angel Oak Companies. In this role he is focused on identifying, creating and executing on strategic corporate investment opportunities across all of Angel Oak’s verticals.

Manu has over 16 years of investment banking and strategic advisory experience covering financial services companies. Before joining Angel Oak in 2021, Manu acted as an independent advisor offering strategic advisory services to a variety of clients, including Angel Oak Capital Advisors. Previously, he was a Director in the Insurance Investment Banking team at New York-based Sandler O’Neill & Partners. During his 12 years with Sandler O’Neill, Manu worked extensively with insurance companies, advising them on capital raising and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) related matters. Manu has been involved with a number of key M&A transactions, particularly those involving entry of private equity buyers and alternative asset managers into the life and annuity sector.

Manu holds an M.B.A. from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, an M.S. in Finance from the Department of Financial Studies at the University of Delhi, and a B.E. from DCR University of Science and Technology in India.

John Hsu

Head of Treasury Strategies

John is the Head of Treasury Strategies at Angel Oak Capital. He is responsible for originating and managing all financing arrangements for new products, as well as for the firm’s investment advisory accounts.

John has 32 years of experience in financial services spanning operations, commercial banking, structured credit investment banking and asset management. Thirteen of his 32 years have been at Angel Oak. Most recently, John was Chief Risk Officer, overseeing all risk management functions for the firm. Before that, John was Head of Capital Markets where he led Angel Oak’s entry into the Non-QM asset class by laying the structural foundation for the firm’s private credit strategies and founded the Angel Oak Mortgage Trust securitization shelf. Prior to that, John ran operations, compliance and risk as COO. In that role, he created the legal, operational, and compliance aspects of the Angel Oak Multi-Strategy Income Fund.

Before joining Angel Oak, John was a Senior Vice President in Ocwen Financial Corporation’s Alternative Investment Group, where he developed partnerships that invested in NPLs and created investments in MSRs and Servicer Advances. John also worked for SunTrust, MBIA and J.P. Morgan, where he focused on the creation and marketing of structured credit products, mainly focusing on Collateral Loan Obligations.

John holds B.S. and B.A. degrees in Industrial Engineering and Economics from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Adam Langley

Chief Operating Officer

Adam is the Chief Operating Officer at Angel Oak Capital and is responsible for overseeing the firm’s operations and risk management programs.

Adam has nearly 20 years of experience in regulatory compliance of registered investment advisors, broker/dealers, mutual funds, money market funds, private placements, hedge funds, and commodity pools. Prior to joining Angel Oak as Chief Compliance Officer in 2015, Adam was with Invesco where he supervised a team of compliance officers responsible for trade monitoring and forensic testing of the firm’s mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and separately managed accounts. He began his career with Aspen Partners, Ltd. where he was responsible for all regulatory and compliance matters and led the formation of the firm’s broker/dealer and the launch of several fund offerings, including a registered mutual fund.

Adam holds a B.B.A. degree in Management from the University of West Georgia and holds the Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional (CRCP) designation granted by the FINRA Institute at Georgetown.

Sam Dunlap

Chief Investment Officer, Public Strategies

Sam is a Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of the public strategies at the Advisor and serves as a Portfolio Manager for the Angel Oak Multi-Strategy Income Fund, Angel Oak Strategic Credit Fund, Angel Oak Core Impact Fund, and the Angel Oak Multi-Strategy Income UCITS Fund. He also manages some of the separately managed accounts for the Advisor’s clients.

Sam joined Angel Oak in 2009 and serves as a voting member of the firm’s public funds Investment Committee. He has also been featured as a television guest on Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox Business, and TD Ameritrade Network as well as quoted in Bloomberg and Barron’s.

Sam began his capital markets career in 2002 and has investment experience across multiple sectors of the fixed income market. Prior to joining Angel Oak, he spent six years marketing and structuring interest rate derivatives with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey where he focused on both interest rate hedging products and interest rate linked structured notes. Before SunTrust, Sam spent two years at Wachovia in Charlotte, NC supporting the agency mortgage pass-through trading desk.

Sam holds a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Georgia.

Namit Sinha

Chief Investment Officer, Private Strategies

Namit is a Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of the private strategies at Angel Oak Capital and focuses on managing non-qualified mortgage and commercial investment strategies. He also focuses on opportunities in other areas such as prime jumbo mortgages, reperforming loan strategies and mortgage servicing rights.

Namit has over 15 years of experience in fixed income products including structured credit. Prior to Angel Oak, Namit spent four years as Senior Vice President at Canyon Capital and established the residential loan trading business in addition to covering its structured products operations. Prior to joining Canyon, Namit worked at Nomura as Executive Director of Mortgage Trading and was involved in the acquisition and financing of non-performing loans, reperforming loans, non-qualified mortgages and Prime Jumbo loans. Prior to that, Namit worked at both Lehman Brothers and Barclays as a non-agency whole loan trader.

Namit holds an M.S. from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in Mumbai, India.

Manish Valecha, CFA

Head of Client Solutions

Manish is Head of Client Solutions at Angel Oak Capital and is leading its efforts in the institutional investor marketplace with pensions, consultants, endowments, foundations and family offices. He primarily focuses on marketing, product development and institutional due diligence.

Prior to joining Angel Oak, Manish was the Head of Research at Gapstow Capital Partners, a $1 billion credit-focused investment manager investing in hedge funds, private equity funds, collateralized loan obligations and community banks. He was responsible for managing investment strategy, research and due diligence. Prior to joining Gapstow, Manish was a Vice President at BlackRock, where he was responsible for manager research across hedge funds, fund of hedge funds and traditional long-only products. Previously, he worked at Barclays Global Investors, Ziff Brothers Investments and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers.

Manish holds a B.S. degree in Finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation.

Adam Beeler

Head of Institutional Sales

Adam is responsible for growing Angel Oak Capital’s assets under management and new business development focused on the Institutional allocator markets. Adam has over 24 years of institutional capital markets experience.

Prior to joining the firm, he served as the Business Development Director for an Atlanta-based boutique investment firm and was responsible for identifying collateralized real estate assets for acquisition and for finding investors to acquire the assets purchased. Adam was also the founder and CEO of Bank Capital Management, LLC, a community bank-centric private equity firm focused on investing in banks as well as sale leaseback vehicles for community banks. Adam also served as Vice President at J.P. Morgan in the Global Execution Services division, where his duties included managing client relationships with J.P. Morgan’s largest accounts and new global sales.

Adam holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Eckerd College and a degree from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.

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Ron Reich

Managing Director, National Sales Manager

Ron is a Managing Director and National Sales Manager at Angel Oak Capital and is responsible for overseeing all retail sales operations and initiatives. Ron has more than 30 years of industry experience in sales, marketing, management and research analysis for leading investment firms including Calamos Asset Management, Harris Bretall Sullivan & Smith, MDT Advisers, Federated Investors and Morgan Stanley.

Ron holds a B.A. degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Michael Fierman

Managing Partner and Co-CEO

Michael is a Managing Partner and Co-CEO of Angel Oak Companies, a firm focused on credit opportunities within asset management, capital markets and mortgage lending. In this role, Michael provides strategic direction and leadership to Angel Oak’s various businesses, with a focus primarily on mortgage lending and asset management.

Prior to Angel Oak, Michael was a co-founder at SouthStar Funding, a national wholesale mortgage lender specializing in non-agency mortgage products which funded as much as $6.5 billion annually in non-agency mortgages. Michael’s direct responsibilities included oversight of the sales, operations and credit risk departments.

Michael holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia.

Steven Schwalb

Managing Partner
Angel Oak Lending

Steven Schwalb is the Managing Partner of Angel Oak’s lending entities. His responsibilities include the development of Angel Oak’s lending and servicing strategic plan, oversight of the origination and servicing platforms, and executing growth opportunities in agency approvals, servicing and securitization.

Steven co-founded Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions, a residential non-Agency wholesale and correspondent mortgage lender, and Angel Oak Home Loans, a residential Agency and non-Agency retail and correspondent lender. Under his leadership, Angel Oak Lending has broadened its product mix and now originates over $6 billion of loans annually.

Steven has more than 25 years of experience in residential lending. Prior to joining Angel Oak, he was the Senior Vice President of Capital Markets at SouthStar Funding, a national wholesale mortgage lender specializing in non-agency mortgage products. His primary responsibilities included product development, risk management, operations and investor relations.

Steven holds both a B.S. degree in Finance and an M.B.A. from Louisiana State University.

Richard LaNasa

President
Angel Oak Home Loans

Richard is the President of Angel Oak Home Loans and has more than 20 years of experience in residential lending. He has a proven background in operations, business development, staff training, and project management. Richard is a decisive leader with proven success in streamlining operations, reducing costs, and boosting profits.

Richard’s leadership at Angel Oak Home Loans is dedicated towards process improvements, federal compliance, managing and developing talent, as well as maximizing efficiency. Prior to Angel Oak, Richard founded NOLA Lending Group, a mortgage lending platform serving the Southeastern United States.  NOLA funded in excess of $1 Billion of mortgages annually with an emphasis on “on time” closings, customer satisfaction, and employee excellence.

Richard holds a B.S. degree in Business with a Minor in Marketing from Louisiana State University.

Ashlei McAleer

Managing Director
Director of Lending Services
Angel Oak Home Loans

Ashlei currently leads the Lending Services division under Angel Oak Home Loans. This division was created to facilitate back-end operations fulfillment for Angel Oak Home Loans, Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions and Angel Oak Prime Bridge entities.

Ashlei is responsible for overseeing pre-funding quality control, loan performance review, servicing, and securitization efforts for the lending platforms. This team has been critical in establishing and executing a whole loan trading and securitization platform for the Angel Oak entities.

Prior to serving in this capacity, Ashlei was the SVP, Operations for Angel Oak Home Loans. Ashlei has over 15 years of extensive experience in establishing full service operational platforms to support multiple lending channels, specializing in retail, wholesale and direct to consumer platforms. This includes the development and implementation of operational infrastructure to support quality control and compliance initiatives.

Ashlei holds a B.S. degree in Management from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.

Tom Hutchens

EVP, Production
Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions

Tom is Executive Vice President of Production for Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions. He has over 18 years of experience in leading sales for a wholesale and correspondent lending platform with proven success in the expansion of a lending footprint nationwide.

Prior to Angel Oak, Tom was a senior sales leader at SouthStar Funding and was responsible for business and sales development across the country. He later served as the President of Novo AMC where he was instrumental in launching the organization.

Tom holds a B.S. degree in Finance from Florida State University.

Mark Lively

EVP, Credit Risk and Operations
Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions

Mark is Executive Vice President of Credit Risk and Operations for Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions and has over 27 years of experience in residential lending. He has a proven background in development and implementation of underwriting, quality control policies and procedures in non-agency production directly contributing to cutting edge quality control and fraud prevention measures.

Mark was instrumental in the development and growth of SouthStar Funding from inception to the point where it generated over $700 million in closed loan volume per month through multiple operations centers across the United States. He later served as the SVP of Credit Risk and President of Amerisave Mortgage Corporation.

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Managing Director, Commercial Lending

Ben is the Managing Director, Commercial Lending at Angel Oak Capital where his efforts are primarily dedicated to developing and implementing a strategic business plan to provide a wide range of debt products to all commercial real estate asset classes.

Prior to joining Angel Oak, Ben was the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of a private holding company which made investments in companies that own and sell real estate assets. Ben has also held the position of senior executive and co­founder of a real estate private equity firm and a renewable energy company.

Ben holds a B.B.A degree in Real Estate from the Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia.

Ravi Correa

Chief Financial Officer
Angel Oak Lending

Ravi is the Chief Financial Officer for Angel Oak Lending. In this role, he oversees all financial aspects for Angel Oak related mortgage lending entities.

Prior to joining Angel Oak, Ravi was the Chief Financial Officer of Commerce Home Mortgage, The Capital Corps, and RoundPoint Mortgage Company. He has held finance executive roles in a number of public and private companies in the U.S. and Canada. Along with a strong background in financial services, he brings over 20 years of experience in a variety of industry sectors. Ravi is passionate about business success, finance, fact-based decision making and fostering a strong team environment.

He is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting from the University of Ottawa.

 

Steven Winokur

Chief Marketing Officer

Steven is the Chief Marketing Officer for Angel Oak’s lending companies and oversees the marketing and branding initiatives for those entities.

Steven has over 24 years of experience in marketing and branding in both corporate and agency environments. Prior to Angel Oak, Steven was Vice President of Marketing for Buyers Protection Group, a national home warranty/home inspection firm. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Brand Equity for United Guaranty. For over 10 years prior to that, Steven was a partner in two different brand and marketing communications agencies.

Steven holds an MBA from Emory University and a B.S. degree from the University of Miami. 

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