Founder, President, Licensed R.E. Broker
Charles M. Cronin Jr. (Chuck) founded Axiom Capital Corporation in 1993. Over the past 35 years, Chuck has been involved in the structuring of more than $6.5 billion in Commercial Real Estate (CRE) financing. He has also been involved in more than $5 billion of whole loan portfolio evaluations, purchases, and sales. During this time he has earned the trust and respect of both Owners/Developers the firm represents as well as the top executives of the major capital providers to the industry.
As the former head of a NASDQ, publicly traded, FDIC insured bank, Chuck brings a unique insider’s understanding of the lending industry. He has nurtured creative solutions for consummating loan transactions and fostering equity ventures. His tenacity and “hands-on” problem solving approach has earned Axiom Capital Corp. its reputation as one of the leaders in commercial real estate financing today.
Chuck sets the strategic direction for the firm and has instilled in the culture the Axioms of RELATIONSHIPS and the drive to deliver EXCELLENT RESULTS through DILIGENCE, INNOVATION, EXECUTION, and simple HARD WORK. Chuck’s tenacity and creativity combined with his knowledge of CRE finance and financial institution’s regulatory and balance sheet issues have helped Axiom close many win –win financings that may never have happened. Chuck’s broad knowledge and his ability to clarify issues simply for each side of a transaction are unique and part of the reason Axiom has a constant pipeline of quality repeat client business.
Prior to founding Axiom Capital, Chuck served as President of Albany’s National Savings Bank (NSBA), a public company traded on NASDAQ. As president, he directed National’s overall operations including asset liability management, mergers and acquisitions, security market sales, and regulatory and rating agency compliance. During his tenure, the bank increased in size from $350 million to just under $1 billion in assets. ROA increased from .33% to 1.25%. ROE increased from 4% to 16.5% and non-performing loans declined from 4% to .71%. In February of 1993, he guided the sale of NSBA to KEY Corp.
Chuck is an avid supporter of the game of rugby and is a former Albany Knicks team member. In his spare time he works with his wife Monika in many Equine care and rescue efforts and enjoys raising horses. Chuck graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science from Siena College.
Andrew Kleinberg (Andy) joined Axiom Capital Corporation as Partner continuing his long successful 25 plus year career in commercial real estate (CRE) finance. Andy is based in the NYC/NJ metropolitan area and runs the firm’s Montclair, NJ office. Andy is responsible for commercial mortgage and equity origination and placement, as well as CRE advisory. Throughout his career, Andy has closed more than $3.5 billion in commercial mortgage financings on all property types. He brings commercial owners/investors a unique set of skills as he has been a lender for more than 25 years. In this capacity he has developed many long standing relationships with owners and developers who rely on his expertise and knowledge. Equally important, he is extremely well respected within CRE lending circles. The trust his former peers have in Andy helps to expedite and optimize his client’s financing requests.
Before joining Axiom, Andy worked very closely with the Axiom team, for more than 18 years, in his various CRE lending positions. Immediately prior to Axiom, Andy spent eight years with UBS Investment Bank as an Executive Director within the CRE group where he was responsible for originating, structuring, and closing commercial fixed rate and bridge loans. Prior to this, he spent three years with CIBC World Markets as Executive Director where he was the regional head of originations, responsible for originating and structuring commercial fixed rate, bridge and construction loans. In addition, Andy spent six years as a Director for AIG Mortgage Finance Company Inc., responsible for all originations and underwriting for the Northeast and Southeast regions. Prior to becoming a senior lender Andy was the Manager for the Real Estate Portfolio Services Group of Arthur Andersen, Vice President for Pearce, Mayer & Greer, a national mortgage brokerage firm, and Vice President of Integrated Resources Inc. Real Estate Finance Group.
Andy holds a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from the University of Colorado. He has his Series 7 and 64 certificates.
Partner, Dir. Loan Administration, Licensed R.E. Salesperson
David Lewis joined Axiom Capital Corporation in 2002 as part of the Loan Administration team. He has since been named a Partner and Director of Loan Administration. It is in this capacity that Dave coordinates all facets of the closing process including third party reports, insurance, and other due diligence items. Before joining Axiom, Mr. Lewis was the Supervisor of Loan Operations (Retail Banking) for Pioneer Savings bank in Troy, New York.
Dave holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.
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John Freedman joined Axiom Capital Corporation as a Managing Director in December 2017. John is based in Axiom’s Clifton Park, NY office and is responsible for placing commercial mortgage debt and equity transactions. John has over 20 years of commercial real estate finance experience, largely in a capacity as a lender. John has been involved in the closing of more than $6 billion in commercial financings across all property types nationwide. Like his colleague Andrew Kleinberg, John brings valuable lender experience to the CRE financing process, anticipating potential deal issues and offering solutions. Through his diligent and proactive manner, John has earned the respect of owners, lenders, and investors.
Before joining Axiom, John closed multiple transactions with the Axiom team over the past 15 years in various lending roles. Prior to Axiom, John was the Chief Credit Officer for Redwood Commercial Mortgage Corporation. John spent five years at Redwood as a key part of the leadership team responsible for originating and closing approximately $3 billion of senior mortgages, mezzanine loans, and preferred equity investments. Prior to this, he was a Director at Wrightwood Capital, co-opening their Washington, DC office. Before joining Wrightwood, John spent six years at Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, including four years of managing a deal team that originated loans with mortgage brokers based in Upstate New York and New England. Prior to Prudential, John worked at GE Capital Real Estate in originations and underwriting roles. Before GE Capital Real Estate, John was a mortgage banking analyst with Cassidy & Pinkard (now Cushman & Wakefield). In addition to these roles, John also ran a CRE consulting business, performing contract underwriting for various Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, CMBS, and portfolio lenders.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Hamilton College.
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Senior Vice President, Business Development
Pier-Luca Bruno (Pier) has recently joined Axiom Capital Corporation as Senior Vice President of Business Development. Axiom is a commercial real estate finance and advisory firm. Pier is based in Axiom’s Clifton Park, NY office and is responsible for developing and managing existing and new client relationships. He will partner with clients to provide the best and most creative solutions in value added financing and investment strategies for commercial property types. Pier will service clients in the northeast and nationally, and active in managing and developing critical relationships with Axiom’s extensive range of capital sources.
Pier brings with him over 18 years of experience in banking and lending with a strong focus in Commercial Real Estate and Commercial & Industrial finance. Pier possesses a vast knowledge of commercial credit, has extensive experience in comprehensive deal structuring, and demonstrates a strong commitment to providing an extraordinary experience for his clients.
A native of Troy, NY, Pier currently resides in Saratoga Springs, NY. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration. Pier joins Axiom after 12 years with TD Bank where he cultivated strong relationships with his clients which led to great success in his role as a Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager.
Pier dedicates much of his time and efforts to causes he supports outside of work and is a leader in giving back to his community. His efforts are most notably with the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross Disaster Services, Toys for Tots, and The Saratoga Adult & Senior Center.
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Director of Underwriting
Bradley Chevalier joined Axiom in 2016. As an Director of Underwriting, Bradley is involved in loan underwriting, valuation, and closings. Bradley also assists Axiom loan originators on a myriad of day to day activities. Prior to joining Axiom, Bradley worked for a not-for-profit economic development organization at a senior management level. Bradley holds a Master of Real Estate Development from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Science from Siena College.
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Operations Manager, Licensed R.E. Salesperson, MBA
Kimberly Cronin re-joined Axiom Capital Corporation in 2012. As Operations Manager, Kim is responsible for the implementation and management of core business systems and technologies. She also oversees all marketing, accounting, human resources, and office management activities and is involved in loan servicing, lead generation, and property management. Before joining Axiom, Kim was a Sr. Accountant (Cash Manager) in the Treasury Dept. at the Golub Corporation. The Golub Corporation is the owner of Price Chopper, a regional grocery store chain, who at the time of her employment, had 130 stores in six states and annual sales exceeding $2 billion. Prior to this Kim worked for ten years in various positions in commercial real estate finance at a credit union, an international accounting firm, and at Axiom. Kim holds an MBA from Union Graduate College and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science, concentrating in Finance, from Siena College.Add To Contacts
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Senior Credit Analyst
Krystian Karwecki joined Axiom Capital Corporation in 2014. As an Senior Credit Analyst, Krystian is involved in all aspects of the business assisting with loan underwriting, closing and servicing related issues. Krystian is responsible for all of the day to day aspects of marketing and is involved in many administrative and organizational level projects. Prior to joining Axiom, Krystian worked in the food industry helping to manage the day to day operations of several of his family’s fast food restaurants located throughout the City of Chicago. Krystian holds a Bachelor’s degree, concentrating in finance, from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.
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Commercial Loan Specialist
Jenna Rogers joined Axiom Capital Corporation in 2014 as a Commercial Loan Specialist on the Loan Administration team. Jenna works closely with Dave Lewis on all aspects of loan administration, closing, and post-closing servicing related items. Prior to joining Axiom, Jenna was the Retail Lending Systems Administrator at Pioneer Bank of Troy, NY. At Pioneer she was responsible for monitoring and maintaining all programs utilized to move a loan from application to closing. Using her knowledge of the residential side of lending, Jenna brings a fresh perspective to Axiom and strives to always produce over the top service to all Axiom clients and lending partners.
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