Steven A. Brookner

Steven is the past President of National Cooperative Bank, N.A. a specialized commercial bank with $2.2 billion in assets and over $7 billion in assets under management. During his almost 20-year tenure with the bank, Steven directed over $10 billion in loan sales and securitizations, was instrumental in the institution’s entry into renewable energy lending which resulted in over $400 million in solar project loans, and transacted over $550 million in tax credit financings. Steven has a deep background in commercial banking in general and lending best practices in specific. He has served on NCB’s Board of Directors and was a senior member of the institution’s Executive, Risk Management, and Asset-Liability Committees. Steven also managed the institution’s innovation function. Prior to NCB, among other things, he worked on HUD’s first securitization of non-performing loans and was one of three partners in a strategic consultancy that provided both commercial business and real estate advisory services.

Steven has a A.B. from Dartmouth College and a M.B.A. from New York University.

Christopher C. Haspel

Chris was co-founder, partner and head of capital markets at Fenway Summer, which launched mortgage, credit card and other lending businesses. Over Chris’ 28+ year career, he has held senior positions in the private sector (Promontory Financial Group, Capital One, BlackRock, GE Capital, and the National Cooperative Bank) and in the federal government (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Ginnie Mae, and the Resolution Trust Corporation). He has managed structuring, due diligence and rating agency negotiations for a variety of ABS, MBS, and CMBS transactions and has coordinated large and complex whole loan sales and financings. 

Chris holds a B.S. from Georgetown University and a M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Max Whitacre

Max has extensive technical experience in lending on renewable energy projects. Most recently, he was Vice President of Alternative Energy Finance at the National Cooperative Bank. While at NCB, Max managed due diligence and financial modeling for over $275 million of renewable energy loans. He also oversaw the credit approval process for all new renewable energy loan projects, monitored servicing of a $500 million portfolio and assisted with secondary markets efforts associated with the sale of loans backed by solar projects. Prior to NCB, Max was employed by LaSalle Bank where he completed formal credit training.

Max has a B.A. from John Hopkins University, a M.B.A. from Oxford University and is a CFA Charterholder.

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