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The future of IMH has never looked brighter. 20 years in the industry has brought strength and insight to all facets of IMH, enabling us to seize the best opportunities in the real estate market. We keep our finger squarely on the pulse of relevant markets, informing and allowing us to maintain flexible investment strategies in changing market conditions. IMH is staffed by some of the brightest minds in finance and real estate.
7001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 2050 Scottsdale, AZ 85253 (480) 840-8400

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Our Leadership

Executive Management


Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Lawrence D. Bain

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Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Bain was appointed as the Company’s new Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of our Board of Directors on July 24, 2014. Since 2009, Mr. Bain has served as a strategic consultant to the Company and provided the Company with services related to asset management and disposition as well as loan underwriting. During the period of his consultancy, Mr. Bain has also served as managing partner of ITH Partners, LLC, a private equity firm. Mr. Bain brings significant operating and board experience gained in roles as a chief executive officer and chairman over the last fourteen years. From 2000 to 2009, Mr. Bain served as chief executive officer for True North Advisors, LLC (a private equity investment fund and an affiliate of the private equity firm, True North Partners, LLC). From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Bain served as chief executive officer of ProLink Solutions, LLC, which designs, manufactures, maintains and sells global positioning satellite (GPS) golf course management systems and software to golf course owners and operators worldwide. Mr. Bain spent approximately 20 years in the securities industry holding managing director positions at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc., Everen Securities, Dean Witter and EF Hutton. Mr. Bain is a graduate of the Ohio State University and attended the Securities Industry Executive Program at The Wharton School. In addition to his other duties, Mr. Bain will serve as the Chair of the Investment Committee.

Chief Financial Officer

Sam Montes

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Chief Financial Officer

Sam Montes was appointed as our Chief Financial Officer in March 2016. Mr. Montes joined IMH in April 2007 and since that time has served in the various capacities of Controller, Director of Financial Reporting and Compliance, Vice President of Finance and, most recently, Senior Vice President of Finance. Prior to joining IMH, Mr. Montes served as Senior Financial Analyst from September 2005 through March 2007 for Picerne Real Estate Group, a privately-owned, national real estate developer and manager of multi-family residential housing. From November 2004 through August 2005, Mr. Montes served as the Director of Finance for Childhelp USA, a national not-for-profit organization. Mr. Montes’ prior experience includes over 13 years with international public accounting firms, where he specialized in real estate, gaming and public sector clients. Mr. Montes has over 25 years of experience in finance and accounting, primarily in the real estate industry. Mr. Montes graduated from California State University of Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting.

Executive Vice President & General Counsel

Jonathan Brohard

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Jonathan Brohard is Executive Vice President & General Counsel of IMH Financial Corporation.  Mr. Brohard also serves as IMH’s Chief Compliance Officer, Corporate Secretary and Director of Human Resources.  Mr. Brohard has extensive legal and practical experience encompassing real estate acquisitions, sales, financing, development, operations and management, institutional debt and equity, private equity, joint ventures and syndications, corporate governance, public reporting, regulatory compliance and human resources.   Prior to joining IMH, Mr. Brohard was an equity shareholder at Polsinelli, PC. Previously, he served as president of a real estate investment and management company with more than 135 properties located across 22 states, and more than 240 employees.  Mr. Brohard has also previously practiced law at Squire Patton Boggs (formerly Squire, Sanders & Dempsey) and Arent Fox LLP.  Mr. Brohard received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.S. in Finance, summa cum laude, from West Virginia University.

Senior Vice President – Director of Underwriting & Asset Management

Ryan Muranaka

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Ryan Muranaka is the Senior Vice President and Director of Underwriting for IMH Financial Corporation. Mr. Muranaka is responsible for overseeing the organization’s real estate lending and investing. Mr. Muranaka is principally involved with originating real estate related debt, equity and hybrid transactions, as well as performing extensive credit analysis and general underwriting for the Company. Mr. Muranaka possesses over fifteen years of real estate lending and investment experience. Mr. Muranaka has been a member of the IMH team for over 10 years. During this time, he was responsible for both underwriting loans and overseeing real estate projects in a diversified portfolio of assets located throughout the southwestern United States. Mr. Muranaka’s prior experience has afforded him the opportunity to work with a variety of borrowers and joint venture partners on a multitude of complex and diverse transactions, applying both creativity and real world knowledge to achieve the appropriate capital structure for each project. Prior to joining IMH, Mr. Muranaka worked as a senior loan officer for a large residential mortgage brokerage firm in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he assisted hundreds of borrowers with securing traditional mortgage lending capital. Mr. Muranaka received his Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University in 2000, with a focus on Business and Communication.

Senior Vice President – Director of Operations

Greg Hanss

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Greg Hanss was appointed Senior Vice President – Director of Operations in January 2015. Mr. Hanss will oversee the day-to-day operations and performance of all of IMH’s operating assets. Mr. Hanss is known in the hospitality industry for his accomplishments spearheading luxury hotel and resort openings, structuring effective leadership teams and developing and sustaining profitable assets. Prior to joining IMH, Hanss served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing at MetWest Terra Hospitality, which boasts a dynamic collection of eight hotels nationwide. Hanss played a leading role in launching the award-winning InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley, Arizona, most recently as Managing Director. Due to the success of this opening, Greg was recognized as the American Hotel & Lodging Association Manager of the Year in 2010. He was also on the Opening teams at the Four Season Resort in Scottsdale, The Phoenician, and the St. Regis in Aspen. He is a graduate of Gonzaga University with a BA in Marketing and Public Relations.