Mr. Christian Pepe has served as a Managing Partner for First Equity Capital (FEC) since 2009 with a focus in real estate acquisition, construction project management, and residential asset management. Mr. Pepe has served as the Director of Operations for First Equity Mortgage (FEM) since inception in 2004. Mr. Pepe has an extensive background in all aspects of residential mortgage lending and has a comprehensive understanding of underwriting guidelines including FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac programs. Mr. Pepe graduated from Montclair State College with a degree in psychology.
Mr. John Child has served as Managing Partner for First Equity Capital since 2009 with a focus on investment strategy, finance/accounting and investor relations. He is an experienced financial executive with over 15 years in the investment banking industry. Prior to joining First Equity, Mr. Child was an Executive Director in equity derivative sales at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Child has experience sales trading equity, credit default swaps, equity options, and corporate debt. He is a licensed real estate salesperson and title insurance producer. Mr. Child earned his BA in Accounting from Loyola University.
Managing Partner/ Finance
Managing Partner/ Sales
VP of Lending
Cory J. Anderson
Senior Loan Officer
Vincent Gruosso has been a loan officer with First Equity for almost 9 years, where he specializes in “Fix and Flip”, “Buy and Hold”, and ground-up construction for single-family homes. In addition to hard money, Vincent is a licensed loan officer who works on conventional and FHA loans as well. When he’s not closing loans you can find Vincent coaching the Red Bank Regional boys soccer team, at a Red Bulls game, or on your TV acting in an episode of “Mysteries at the Museum”.
Senior Loan Officer
Alicyn DeSimone is a Sales Assistant at First Equity Funding, where she coordinates with our loan officers to facilitate the progression of loans through the pipeline. Alicyn has a degree from the University of Vermont and has been working in the real estate industry since 2012. She has experience in appraisal management, client service coordination, and loan processing.
In her free time Alicyn enjoys spending time with her two cats and going to concerts.
Ms. Tanner joined First Equity in 2009 and has over 8 years of experience as a professional in the mortgage and real estate industry, with a focus on loan servicing, accounting and real estate property management. Previously, Ms. Tanner served in administration in accounting with an integrated computer designer and software company.
Priscilla Tort has been working for first equity since 2016. As a Processor and Underwriter, she plays a key role in ensuring the quality of our loan portfolio.
Prior to working at First Equity, she graduated from Monmouth University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business.
Justin Mangiaracina is the resident jack of all trades, responsible for all things marketing and technology related. Before entering the real estate world, Justin earned his bachelor degree from The City College of New York. Justin is a huge movie nerd, he enjoys biking, and spending time with his 10 younger siblings.