The Big Think Team

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

David Brown

David Brown

President
David's Bio

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.

Tom Forsberg

Tom Forsberg

Senior Vice President

Tom's Bio
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.

  • He was a Division 1 athlete; captain of his University’s lacrosse team.
  • Favorite Sports Teams: NY Yankees, NY Giants, NY Rangers

 

Bryan Copius

Bryan Copius

Senior Vice President of Operations

Bryan's Bio

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.

  • Education: Plattsburgh State University
  • Free Time: Trying new restaurants, Fishing, Going to the beach, Concerts

Lou Mazzella

Lou Mazzella

VP of Operations and Development
Lou's Bio

With 20 years of experience in financial services, Lou Mazzella will always look out the for the best interest of his clients.

Lou prides himself on being responsive both during and after business hours.

  • Loves sports, is a big NY Yankee fan

Susan Joel

Susan Joel

Managing Director

Susan's Bio
Susan Joel has an extensive knowledge of business lending. She prides herself on finding the perfect financial solution, tailored to your company’s specific needs and circumstance.  Susan guarantees that every business owner – large or small – will have her fighting in their corner, working to reach the fullest of their business’ potential.

Susan played an integral role in developing the largest Auto Transmission shop in the US. In her 23-year career she worked her way up to General Manager, and was responsible for growing the business into a multi-million dollar corporation.  She understands what it takes to be profitable and successful.  Having experienced the trials and tribulations that a business owner must face every day, Susan will work diligently to find you the best solution.

My take on life is to live by a few rules:

  • Practice random acts of kindness
  • Live for an audience of one: God
  • Pray Hard, Work Hard, Play Hard – or go home

To your success!

Peace

 

 

Joe Pellegrino

Joe Pellegrino

Director of Sales

Joe's Bio
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.

My favorite thing to do is spend time with my beautiful wife and two wonderful kids. I am very involved in training with my son who is an extremely talented baseball player.

  • Baseball runs in the family – Joe played D1 in college, and his brother played professionally

 

 

Devon Mintzes

Devon Mintzes

Operations Manager
Devon's Bio

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

Tacobell gets me all the time, and chipotle, and sushi…I like food

  • Devon went to SUNY Cobleskill for Culinary Arts

 

 

Chris Petrone

Chris Petrone

Digital Marketing Manager

Chris' Bio
Chris Petrone describes himself as a digital creative.  He specializes in Video Editing, but practices all aspects of Content Creation and Digital Marketing. Chris delivers Big Think Capital’s message to business owners like you, so our Funding Managers can help your business achieve its goals.

I’m constantly trying to be creative in any way I can.

  • Graduated from Stony Brook University in 2017
  • Cooks a mean chicken parm
  • Loves dancing – was on a hip-hop dance crew

 

 

Zach Santangelo

Zach Santangelo

Funding Manager
Zach's Bio

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.

  • Played Division 1 Soccer and was All-Region in High School
  • High School Hall of Fame Soccer player

 

 

Shelton St. Juste

Shelton St. Juste

Funding Manager
Shelton's Bio

 

 

Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith

Funding Manager
Matthew's Bio

Matthew Smith is self-motivated and always makes the most of every obstacle he is faced with. Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Farmingdale State College, he is well-rounded in the industry. His desire to provide the best service to clients is what makes him valuable in the financial industry.

  • He is active in playing music on Long Island, performing from Islip all the way to Fire Island.

 

 

 

Marsha Zimmerman

Marsha Zimmerman

Funding Manager
Marsha's Bio

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

  • Graduaute and Post-Grad Degrees
  • Real Estate and Mortgage experience
  • Movie and Theater buff
  • Loves trying new dining spots

 

 

Keith Jaroslawski

Keith Jaroslawski

Funding Manager
Keith's Bio

Keith Jaroslawski works with integrity and clarity.  He’s willing to go the extra mile for his clients.  He’s knowledgable about many different loan options, which means he’ll find the solution that fits best with your goals.

  • Huge sports fan –  Mets/Jets/Islanders
  • Enjoys going to concerts, golfing and skiing

 

 

James Dekrone

James Dekrone

Funding Manager
James' Bio

James Dekrone always has his clients’ best interest in mind.

He thoroughly guides business owners through the funding process, and is dedicated to seeing his clients succeed.

  • He was a Division 1 wrestler at West Virginia University.