The Big Think Team

At Big Think Capital, we’re more than just funding experts. We’re athletes, artists, parents, and foodies!

Adam Rentzer

Adam Rentzer

VP, Private Lending

Adam is a multi-faceted business administration professional.

He always puts the client first and he possesses finely tuned analytical and creative thinking skills.

He’s adept at deploying innovative solutions to mitigate risk and achieve win-win results for his clients.

T: 646-490-3322
E: adam@bigthinkcapital.com

Bryan Copius

Bryan Copius

Chief Operating Officer

As Senior Vice President of Operations, Bryan Copius is responsible for all operations.

He focuses on Productivity and Quality Process Management as well as managing the overall portfolio.

Bryan has over 6 years of experience in the industry in roles including Underwriting, Business Development, and Relationship Management.

T: (646) 430-8685
E: Bryan@bigthinkcapital.com

Chris Conroy

Chris Conroy

Funding Manager

Chris is an experienced sales professional and funding manager with a B.A. from Pepperdine University!

He has a demonstrated history of working in a variety of roles with a skill-set unlike no other.

Whether it’s playing a round of golf or listening to the Red Hot Chili peppers, there is nothing he enjoys more than discussing your business funding needs!

T: 516-660-2914

E: chrisc@bigthinkcapital.com

Chris Forsberg

Chris Forsberg

Operations Manager

As the operations manager, Chris is responsible for handling all day to day workflows that Big Think Capital and its agents participate in.

Born and raised on Long Island, Chris left to Rhode Island to play division 1 lacrosse at Bryant University. While at Bryant, Chris interned for Big Think Capital, provided marketing campaigns and strategies for the company to utilize to obtain potential clients.

During these times, he became well voiced in the alternative lending industry which has allowed him to understand the operations that drive Big Think Capitals productions.

T: 646-461-3858
E: chris@bigthinkcapital.com

Dan Israel

Dan Israel

Chief Strategy Officer

Dan began his career in finance and real estate then segued to a strategic business development role for a Fortune 500 company. Over the course of his 10+ year tenure in sales, Dan has assisted multiple organizations scale from inception to successful exit as well as provide incremental sales growth along the way. Through genuine relationship management, you’ll find Dan’s style is both consultative and empathetic drawing on his extensive experience, strong interpersonal skills and in-depth knowledge of business.

Dan is originally from Long Island, NY and has a business degree in Entrepreneurial studies and Marketing from the University of Hartford.

In his spare time, Dan enjoys running, trying new restaurants and spending qualify time with his daughter.

T: (347)-767-6217
E: dan@bigthinkcapital.com

Dan Reiver

Dan Reiver

Marketing Director

Bio Coming Soon!

David Brown

David Brown

President

David began his career as a real estate and bankruptcy attorney in New York City. Following several years in private practice, he started a mortgage broker operation in Long Island which ultimately grew to become one of the largest privately-held national mortgage banking operations in US history with revenues exceeding $80 million per annum and $3 billion in annual funded loan volume.

David has a broad range of management expertise in the areas of marketing, sales, banking, and regulatory compliance and business development. David leveraged his experience in consumer lending and crossed over to business lending in 2012. After running several successful lending platforms, David is happy to be home again as the President of Big Think Capital where he can offer strategic options for working capital for all types of businesses.

Mr. Brown has a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Michigan with a dual degree in Economics and Spanish. Mr. Brown successfully completed a sabbatical program in International Economics at the London School of Economics and earned his Foreign Language credentials at Cornell University.

Mr. Brown is a member of the New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association, LIBN Elite “40 under 40” and is an active participant in the following charitable organizations: Autism Speaks, Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure, Israeli Defense Fund, LIJ Children’s Medical Fund and the Pay it Forward Foundation.

T: (646)-490-3741
E: david@bigthinkcapital.com


Eric Eatz

Eric Eatz

Senior Funding Manager

Bio Coming Soon!

Ethan Zolga

Ethan Zolga

Funding Manager

Ethan Zolga is a seasoned business lending professional and has earned a reputation for being honest, efficient and results oriented.  A Nittany Lion alum, Ethan graduated from Penn State University where he received his B.S. in Finance and Minor in Entrepreneurship & Corporate Innovation. Ethan’s extensive experience working in the alternative lending industry and consulting for business owners makes him adept at understanding the current and future needs of the business and finding suitable options to grow .

Ethan is committed to working around-the-clock for his clients and will leave no stone unturned until the job is done and the mission is accomplished. Ethan understands that businesses evolve, change and pivot based on circumstance so he makes himself readily available as a resource and advocate for all clients at all times.

In his limited spare time you can find Ethan at the gym, rooting for the NY Giants or enjoying the fresh air in his convertible.

T:631-972-8822
E: ethan@bigthinkcapital.com

Joe Gentile

Joe Gentile

Funding Manager

Joe is an enthusiastic and professional advocate for his clients. He is adept at building strong rapport with people, understanding the current and future needs of the business and finding suitable options for financing. Joe prides himself on his common sense and transparent approach to all situations and is committed to developing long term sustainable relationships. Prior to joining Big Think Capital, Joe was the supervisor at a New York based logistics company where he frequently earned praise for his customer service. In his spare time, Joe likes to play rugby, read, spend time with family and set new personal records at the gym.

O: 646-731-9689
C: 631-672-2121
E: joeg@bigthinkcapital.com

Joe Mansi

Joe Mansi

Funding Manager

Bio Coming Soon!

Joe Pellegrino

Joe Pellegrino

Director of Sales

Joe has over 30 years of experience in the financial services sector. Joe started his career in the early 1990’s with a Wall Street investment banking firm as an Investment Advisor with $10 million under management. From there, Joe embraced a new career path and joined his brother to lead a national mortgage bank. Joe was the Senior Vice President – Sales and was responsible for managing more than 150 loan officers.

In 2012, Joe expanded his extensive scope banking knowledge by entering the alternative business lending space where he specializes in obtaining financing options for American business owners. Joe prides himself on his excellent Client service and is proud to boast a 100% 5 STAR client experience on Trust Pilot.

In his free time, Joe enjoys spending time with his wife and two wonderful children.

 

T: (646)-403-4138
E: joep@bigthinkcapital.com


Jonathan Mayoza

Jonathan Mayoza

Senior Funding Manager

Jonathan Mayoza is a Senior Funding Manager with over 7 years of experience in alternate lending. He prides himself in partnering with small business owners, ultimately helping them take their businesses’ to the next level by ensuring they have the best options in front of them at all times. Jonathan is a true professional when it comes to providing the best consumer service experience possible for his clients and will work around the clock to ensure they’re taken care of throughout the entire process.

He is quick to respond & always available to answer any questions or be of help in any way.

T: 214-396-5339
C: 515-478-0418
E: jonathan@bigthinkcapital.com

 

Langdon Lorenzo

Langdon Lorenzo

Client Retention Specialist

Langdon proves every day why his clients trust and value his guidance tremendously. His customer centric mentality coupled with his around the clock work ethic leaves anyone who has the pleasure of working with him feeling the satisfaction of the highest service level possible. There is no job too big or small for Langdon – his ability to get the job done no matter what sets him apart from the rest. Langdon’s passion for maintaining client relationships is evident and leads to his continued success here.

T: (646)-626-6437
E: langdon@bigthinkcapital.com


Marsha Zimmerman

Marsha Zimmerman

Funding Manager

Marsha Zimmerman is a wealth of knowledge from all her years in the work force. She has experience working as a teacher of Speech and Hearing, in addition to being a Mortgage Originator for residential and commercial real estate.

Marsha is a warm and engaging Funding Manager. She’s persistent in driving the best results for her clients.

T: (646)-736-3939
E: marsha@bigthinkcapital.com


Matt Benincasa

Matt Benincasa

Funding Manager

Matt Benincasa is the hardest working Funding Manager in the office.

Originally born and raised in Long Island, Matt moved down to Baltimore, Maryland for 6 years where he worked in the private sector supporting the United States Federal Government Agencies. Given Matt’s family roots, New York called him home when the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

When working with Matt; expect polite persistence, full transparency, and a kind ear. He WILL NOT steer you wrong!


Cell Phone: 516-356-2250 Office Phone: 646-606-2584

E: matt@bigthinkcapital.com


Nic Vitale

Nic Vitale

VP - Strategic Investments

Nic’s role provides him with the opportunity to create customized funding opportunities for his clients. He is driven to provide all potential and existing Big Think Capital clients with a six-star experience. If you are looking for someone who is going to treat your business as if it were his own, ask to speak with Nic. His outside-of-the-box approach will paint the perfect picture for the investment team and allow creative funding opportunities to unfold.

Outside of the office, Nic works to cultivate and develop individuals and athletes through mentorship, guidance and proper training mechanisms. From the minute he wakes up until the minute he falls asleep – his focus is predicated on ensuring he has created a positive impact with whatever he is doing.

 

T: (347)-896-0325
E: nic@bigthinkcapital.com


Nick Fortini

Nick Fortini

Funding Manager

Nick Fortini, a Long Island, New York native, was raised by a single father who taught him the “gift of gab” and the importance of transparency in sales. Nick comes from a close family who instilled a sense of morality and integrity in him. He is proud to apply those attributes as well as good old fashioned advocacy when representing his clients.

Prior to joining Big Think Capital, Nick had a sales role in financial services and insurance where he was routinely praised for his work ethic and results. Nick is a former college wrestling athlete and spent 4 years committed to self-discipline and hard work. Nick takes a straight forward approach to sales, does not believe in wasting time and takes a solutions oriented approach to meeting the needs of every client.

T:631-617-2247
E: nickf@bigthinkcapital.com

Ryan Sharpe

Ryan Sharpe

Executive Business Funding Manager

Ryan won’t stop until he gets the job done. Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Ryan started his career at one of the top Defense Contractors in the world where he was a Financial Analyst, later transitioning over to Government Liaison. Between dealing with government officials and clients, Ryan knows what it takes to get the job done in a timely and efficient manner.


M: 858-750-8190
O: 646-553-3773

E: ryan@bigthinkcapital.com

Sal Vitale

Sal Vitale

SVP – Business Development

Sal is the Director of Business Development and is responsible for new business ventures and strategic initiatives. He is a Long Island native who received his B.A. in Finance from Marquette University. Sal began his career in the financial sector and became a top-performing consultant in the Wealth Management field at a Fortune 500 company. After recognizing his desire to combine his skill and entrepreneurial spirit, he made the transition to alternative lending.

His focus is to lead the creation of long-term value for the firm from customers, markets and relationships.

Sal’s main focus is to drive all strategic deal-making efforts to improve and broaden the scope of Big Think Capital’s partnership offerings. He aims to build strategies and product channels that will enhance the Company’s long-term value proposition to both our Clients and Partners. When not working, which is rare, you will find Sal training at the gym, reading books to further enhance his knowledge or outside, preferably in upstate NY.


O: 646-808-3388
C: 631–885–2862

E: sal@bigthinkcapital.com

Shelton St. Juste

Shelton St. Juste

Funding Manager

Shelton prides himself in having high moral values. This sense of integrity is what has compelled him to have success in the financial industry for over 20 years.

Shelton will do everything he can to get you the most honest and fair deal possible.

T: (646)-553-3773
E: shelton@bigthinkcapital.com


Stephanie Sallas

Stephanie Sallas

Processing Manager

Bio Coming Soon!

Stephen Rodriguez

Stephen Rodriguez

VP of Specialty Lending

Stephen Rodriguez serves as Big Think Capital’s VP of Specialty Lending, a role that he assumed in January of 2021. Stephen was brought on to develop all aspects of the organization’s SBA lending, equipment financing, ABL, and commercial real estate lending divisions. Combining his extensive knowledge and experience in each of these verticals with Big Think Capital’s marketing capabilities has made for the perfect pairing.

Throughout Stephen’s extensive career, he has established a reputation as an entrepreneurial Senior Executive who provides strategic leadership, proven sales management experience, and effective talent development strategies to build winning teams. His expertise encompasses all aspects of business development and administration, from sales forecasting and business planning, budget management, and sales execution, to harnessing team strengths for continuous improvement of company-wide performance. Further, his ability to build consensus among executive teams and stakeholders by promoting transparency through regulatory compliance, while inspiring positive change, has been repeatedly demonstrated.

Stephen gained his introduction to the lending industry during his tenure as a Senior Loan Officer for a Long Island based mortgage bank at the peak of the refi boom in the early 2000’s. He had quickly earned his way to becoming the top producer within his first 6 months at the company, which was later followed by a promotion to Assistant Sales Manager. Just 1 year later, at the age of 24, he was heavily recruited by another mortgage broker to develop their inside sales team as their VP of Sales & Operations. While there, he rapidly elevated the overall sales volume by 300% by designing, directing, and executing a full scope expansion plan, which included all phases of recruiting, hiring, coaching, and supervising the sales and operations divisions. Stephen personally launched, managed, and expanded three separate businesses in the financial services sector. While he has spent most of his career assisting businesses in meeting their financing objectives, he also owned and operated a debt settlement company for over 12 years, which provided him with an in depth understanding of distressed credit resolution practices from a lender’s perspective.

Stephen enjoys spending time with his family, wife Heather, step-daughter Taylor, daughter Stevie, and son Maximus. He has been an active practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 12 years.

T: (214) 396-9598
C: 516-668-1935
E: stephen@bigthinkcapital.com

 

Tom Forsberg

Tom Forsberg

Chief Revenue Officer

Tom Forsberg is the Chief Revenue Officer at Big Think Capital and is primarily responsible for driving all of the Company’s revenue streams including it’s syndication investment platform. Tom is a seasoned and accomplished industry veteran and is accountable for driving revenue growth, by leveraging and aligning all revenue generating departments. Tom has been with Big Think Capital since inception and has been an instrumental part of it’s success and growth. Prior to joining Big Think Capital, Tom was a Sales Manager at a national telecommunications Company where he regularly achieved President’s Club status.

Tom is a graduate of Bryant University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. Tom is a Division-1 Captain, All American athlete and attended Bryant University on a full Lacrosse scholarship. Tom takes a Client centric approach to business and will go to great lengths to understand the vision of the Company and then execute accordingly. Tom is not afraid of a challenge and prides himself on his ability to earn his Client’s trust and long-term retention.

In his spare time, Tom still enjoys working but will occasionally find time to wakeboard, snowboard or spend time with family.

 

T: (347)-532-9935
E: tomf@bigthinkcapital.com


Zachary Brown

Zachary Brown

Senior Funding Manager

Bio Coming Soon!

Zach Santangelo

Zach Santangelo

VP - Lending and Strategy

Zach Santangelo has worked for Chase and Capital One as a Business Banker. Now, as the VP of Lending and Strategy at Big Think Capital, Zach helps business owners acquire financing that suits their budget, and achieves their financial goals.

From Zach, you can expect 100% transparency. He is straight-forward and goes above and beyond for every client.

T: (646)-430-8764
E: zach@bigthinkcapital.com