Jay Ockman serves as Director of Avatar Financial Group from his base in Houston. Ockman’s responsibilities are primarily focused on loan originations for the commercial hard money bridge lender. Ockman brings more than 35 years of experience advising commercial investors, developing and implementing capital deployment strategies, and facilitating debt and equity investments.
Ockman most recently served at Florida- and Texas-based Vesta Equity, LLC as a Director of the company, where he led the team of investment analysts, directed all of the company's real estate holdings, and grew its small-balance debt and equity investments. He established a network of lending partners and developed close relationships with a variety of financial firms.
Previously he served at GrandBridge Real Estate Capital in Tampa where he was a loan production broker handling commercial mortgage loans for life insurance company and CMBS lenders. He also served at SouthTrust Bank in Florida as a commercial loan officer and business banking manager. Before that he worked in commercial lending at such major banks as Union Planters Bank, Amsouth Bank, and NCNB.
Ockman graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in business law before earning his master’s degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans.