Gantry Hires James Ruiz as Senior Director with Firm’s Orange County Production Office

March 22, 2023

Ruiz Joins Firm with More Than $2 Billion of Career Transactions and 23-Years of Experience to Focus on Loan Production and Client Service at Independent Commercial Mortgage Banking Firm

Irvine, Calif. – Gantry, the largest independent commercial mortgage banking firm in the U.S., has hired James Ruiz as a Senior Director with the firm’s commercial mortgage production team. Ruiz will be directly responsible for developing a loan production pipeline and client roster to align with Gantry’s more than 100 correspondent and affiliated lenders, working nationally from the firm’s production office in Irvine, Calif.

“Gantry is an independent commercial mortgage banking firm owned and operated by a partnership of Principals who are also involved day to day in new loan production and servicing,” said Gantry Principal Andy Bratt. “We have developed an operating culture steeped in independence, diligence, and hard work with the necessary support and team infrastructure required to succeed. We are always ready to align with professionals like James positioned to thrive in this culture and welcome him to our team.”

Prior to joining Gantry, Ruiz most recently served as Vice President with Keystone Mortgage Corporation where he was responsible for commercial mortgage origination and client service. He has closed more than $2 billion of transactions during a 23-year career in commercial mortgage finance, working on a significant volume of unique financings for acquisitions, refinances, and construction of all property types. In addition to permanent debt, he has closed multiple construction-to-permanent, portfolio, and credit tenant loans.

Ruiz is a graduate of both Pepperdine University, where he was awarded his MBA with an emphasis in finance, and California State University Fullerton, where he received his Bachelor of Science with a major in Economics & Management. He lives with his wife and two children in Coastal South Orange County.

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