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

Funding Manager

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

Senior Vice President of Operations

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)-403-4261
E: Bryan@bigthinkcapital.com

Dan Israel

Dan Israel

VP Strategic Alliances

Dan began his career in the finance and real estate sector and then became a top-performing sales executive at a Fortune 500 company. With over 10 years of experience in the dental industry, Dan has helped grow some of the largest dental group practice organizations in the country. Drawing on his extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the dental care profession, Dan provides a consultative and structured approach to his customers, providing key ingredients for success and scale.

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

In his spare time, Dan enjoys running, indoor cycling, trying new restaurants and playing basketball with his daughter.

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

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


Devon Mintzes

Devon Mintzes

Operations Manager

Devon Mintzes creates ease of communication between all clients and their respective agent, resulting in a smooth funding process for all parties.

T: (646)-606-2584
E: devon@bigthinkcapital.com


Joe Pellegrino

Joe Pellegrino

Director of Sales

Joe Pellegrino has been in the finance industry for 26 years.

He’ll always go above and beyond for you, because putting your business in the best position to succeed is his top priority.


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


John Godish

John Godish

Funding Manager

John takes a consultative approach to helping discover his clients’ needs and comes up with innovative financing solutions that help them realize their business goals. He always makes sure to find solutions that ensure his clients’ businesses are in a position to succeed with any solution.

John brings a very high level of financial knowledge to his clients having worked in finance for 15 years working at firms like Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs.

John is originally from Chicago, IL and enjoys snowboarding, BBQing, watching sports and music. He loves football and was a place kicker in college for the Grinnell College Pioneers setting many school kicking records that stand to this day. When he is not watching his favorite football team, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, he enjoys watching his hometown Chicago Blackhawks.


O: (646) 706-7753
Mobile: (708) 738-4259
E: john@bigthinkcapital.com 


Langdon Lorenzo

Langdon Lorenzo

Funding Manager

Langdon was born and raised in Long Island, NY. He is a very outgoing individual who can talk anyone’s ear off if they let him.

He is a diehard Yankees fan, enjoys traveling, and any activity involving spending time in the great outdoors!

T: (646)-706-7753
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


Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Customer Support Specialist

Mike’s years of customer service experience makes him the ideal touchstone for any of your questions and concerns. In addition to having a strong knowledge of the products and services that we offer, he puts the clients’ ease of experience and overall satisfaction as his top priority.

In his free time, Mike enjoys staying active via outdoor hiking and spending time with his family.

T: (646)-400-0563


Nic Vitale

Nic Vitale

Funding Manager

Nic puts his clients’ best interests first and makes himself available to them at all times of day. He is known for going above and beyond in ensuring that their businesses are best positioned to succeed.

Having been born on Super Bowl Sunday, he has always had a burning passion for the sport of football. This passion became laser-focused during college, where he brought his Long Island personality down south to attend North Carolina State University. He now spends the majority of his spare time mentoring younger student-athletes, motivational speaking and of course, watching/playing football.

T: (347)-896-0325
E: nic@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

Corporate Strategy Team

Sal is a Long Island native who received his B.A. in Finance from Marquette University.
He began his career in the financial sector and become a top-performing consultant in the Wealth Management field at a Fortune 500 company.
He has a retention focused mindset and aims to build a relationship with the clients that he works with.
Sal focuses on our Private Lending Group and heads the Corporate Strategy Team.


O: 646-400-0597
C: 631-885-2862

E: sal@bigthinkcapital.com

Tom Forsberg

Tom Forsberg

Senior Vice President

Tom Forsberg is responsible for research and development, and heads all new business opportunities. He works around the clock to forge partnerships with other financial service providers to expand overall reach.

He’s quick to respond, and is always within reach if you have questions or concerns. He’s comfortable in the uncomfortable, and he’ll work tirelessly to provide your business with the best financial solution possible.

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


Zach Santangelo

Zach Santangelo

Funding Manager

Zach Santangelo has worked for Chase and Capital One as a Business Banker. Now, as the Senior Funding Manager 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