The RCN Capital Team

Our Team

Chief Executive Officer

Donald Vaccaro, Chief Executive Officer, founded the Company in 2010, and provides oversight for all aspects of the business. Mr. Vaccaro is responsible for overall strategy and vision, and performs final underwriting on all loan approvals. As the sole source of more than $60M in equity financing for the Company, Mr. Vaccaro is keenly interested in loan quality. Mr. Vaccaro is also founding shareholder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of TicketNetwork, a software and online ticketing marketplace. He is a seasoned entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience in the secondary ticket market, including 12 years of industry related software development. Mr. Vaccaro is widely respected for his role in industry circles and for his philanthropic efforts throughout the local community.

Erica LaCentra
Marketing Manager

Erica LaCentra, Marketing Manager, is responsible for planning, developing and implementing RCN Capital’s strategic marketing plan. Joining the company in 2013, Erica’s efforts have rapidly expanded RCN’s customer base and elevated the company to a national brand. Erica handles the creation of the company’s traditional and digital media, the management of paid search advertising, social media marketing and email marketing as well as the coordination of tradeshow sponsorships and event involvement. Erica holds a B.S. in Advertising with a minor is Advertising Design from Suffolk University.

Managing Director

Jeffrey Tesch, Managing Director, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of RCN Capital LLC, including sales growth initiatives, underwriting review with compliance oversight and leadership of senior level strategic planning. Joining the Company in 2010, Tesch led efforts to develop a national brand in private lending with the best practices and transparent products for a diverse customer base. Since RCN’s inception, Jeff has personally underwritten over 1630 loans and overseen $335M+ in originations. Jeff’s previous real estate experience was as an investor in both commercial and residential properties, ranging from single family homes to commercial retail centers. Jeff currently serves as a member of the American Association of Private Lenders’ (AAPL) Ethics Advisory Committee.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith, Counsel, serves as internal legal advisor for RCN Capital and acts as its liaison with outside counsel. Upon joining RCN Capital, he created new loan documents and commitment letters for the company. In addition to his legal work, Thomas oversees RCN’s on-going credit facility and is responsible for handling loan modifications and satisfactions. Prior to joining RCN, Thomas operated a solo law practice focusing on real estate, estate planning, and small business law. Thomas holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Providence College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Ade Badejo-Sodiya
Assistant Counsel

Ade Badejo-Sodiya, Assistant Counsel, provides legal counsel on a variety of transactional real estate and regulatory matters. She is also responsible for RCN Capital’s specialty commercial financing programs aimed at brokers. Ade began her legal career as an Associate Attorney at Day Pitney LLP where she represented institutional lenders, investors and developers in a wide array of commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate transactions and general corporate, finance, and environmental matters. Ade also has experience in litigation cost management and vendor relationship management and analytic. Ade holds a B.A. in Political Science from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.

Jason Pickering
Senior Accountant

Jason Pickering, Senior Accountant, joined RCN Capital in 2011. He develops monthly financial statements and controls the company’s finances. Jason and his team process customer payments, fund new loans, pay vendors, and issue payoff statements. Jason also works side-by-side with accounting firms such as KPMG, Ernst & Young, and Deloitte to prepare RCN’s audited financial statements and tax returns. He also developed and currently maintains various data spreadsheets including a daily loan outstanding report that highlights any exceptions for follow-up by management. Jason holds a B.S. in both Accounting and Finance from Central Connecticut State University.

Eileen Mazza
Product Marketing Coordinator

Eileen Mazza, Product Marketing Coordinator, works at developing and maintaining strategic relationships with organizations while providing exceptional client service. Before joining RCN Capital, Eileen spent more than 10 years in the real estate, lending and advertising fields. Eileen augments the marketing team by providing education, business development and social media content creation to strengthen RCN Capital’s online marketing initiatives. She is focused on the consultative approach to developing long-term relationships with a diverse client base. Eileen holds a B.A. in Communications from Central CT State University and is currently working on her M.S. in Interactive Digital Media at Quinnipiac University.

Tom Montreuil
In-House Appraiser

Tom Montreuil, In-House Appraiser, has over 30 years of experience in the appraisal industry. He began his career in the mid 80’s doing residential appraisals. In the late 80’s Tom started doing commercial narrative appraisals. He now uses his knowledge and expertise to carefully review both residential and commercial appraisals completed for RCN Capital mortgage loans. He is responsible for the determination of value of the collateral piece of underwriting, making recommendations and assisting with areas of appraisal compliance. Tom holds a B.S. in Real Estate with an emphasis in appraisal.

Matt Ferrigno
Senior Loan Officer

Matt Ferrigno, Senior Loan Officer, began his relationship with the company on a part-time internship basis in Fall of 2012. He played a key role in integrating new loan administration software into company processes, and orchestrated the development of a lead management database. Upon his graduation from the University of Connecticut School of Business in May 2013, Matt assumed a full-time position and has since become a prolific loan originator. Matt holds a B.S. in Real Estate & Urban Economic Studies as well as a Management Information Systems Certificate. He has also worked in the real estate holdings department of a Fortune 500 utility company.

Chris Dorin
Loan Officer

Chris Dorin, Loan Officer, works with brokers and borrowers to manage loans through origination and underwriting processes, within the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Chris’s focus is to develop long lasting relationships with RCN clients and maintain a prosperous partnership for all sides. Chris has over 10 years of experience within the finance industry, working for banks, credit unions, and insurance companies. His primary experience has been in the areas of lending, underwriting, and sales, which are all put to use at RCN Capital. Chris is a graduate of Bryant College (Now University) in Smithfield, RI, with a B.A. in Finance.

Jeffrey Mallas
Loan Officer

Jeffrey Mallas, Loan Officer, is responsible for managing RCN Capital’s coverage West of the Mississippi River. Jeff’s primary focus is on originating loans by marketing through multiple channels that key off his past residential finance experience as well as his varied experience in marketing and business development over the years in the Southwest. Jeff has been originating loans since 1992 and has only stopped for a brief hiatus during which he shifted his attention to raising capital from foreign nationals for U.S. based startup businesses. Altogether, his companies have originated and closed over one billion dollars in loans, primarily in the Desert Southwest. Jeff has been married for 22 years and has four beautiful children. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.

Chris McAuliffe
Loan Officer

Chris McAuliffe, Loan Officer, is responsible for managing RCN Capital’s coverage in the Chicago metropolitan area. Chris’s primary focus is developing long lasting relationships with RCN clients, both old and new, and maintaining prosperous partnerships for all involved. Chris has over 20 years of experience working in various capacities within the finance industry and has worked for companies such as Devon Bank, BankUnited FSB, and BNC Mortgage. Chris has also served as the Assistant Commissioner of the Illinois Office of Banks and Real Estate in Chicago, Illinois and as the Assistant to the Governor for Financial Regulatory Agencies in the Illinois Office of the Governor. Chris has a Certificate in E-Commerce from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He also holds an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in Lake Forest, Illinois and a Bachelor of Arts from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. He also received an Illinois Real Estate Broker license (inactive) and has completed a wide variety of industry specific real estate and real estate finance coursework.

Loan Officer

Michael Barker, Loan Officer, focuses on developing and strengthening relationships with borrowers and brokers while managing their loans from origination through underwriting. To ensure that RCN’s partnerships are successful and profitable for all involved parties, Michael is constantly working with his team to make the origination process easier and expeditious for clients. Michael also works as a financial coach where he helps clients develop debt and insurance management skills, and saving and investing strategies. Prior to joining RCN Capital, Michael worked in conventional financing. Michael holds a B.A in Business Administration and Finance from Charter Oak State College.

Dave Young
Manager of Ticket Financing

Dave Young, Manager of Ticket Financing, is building and developing RCN Capital’s financing program for pre-qualified broker buyers to purchase significant ticket inventory from various teams, universities, and venues. Prior to joining RCN Capital, Dave served in a variety of roles including Executive Management, Sales Management, Sales, Operations Management, and Business Development. Dave served in the Field Artillery branch of the U.S. Army for almost seven years and left with the rank of Captain. While in the Army, Dave filled numerous roles often leading groups of soldiers ranging in size from 6 to almost 300. Dave holds a B.S. in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Programmer Analyst

Troy Dube, Programmer Analyst, joined RCN Capital in 2014, and is responsible for analyzing and implementing RCN Capital’s technology needs. Upon joining RCN, Troy conducted a review of the loan origination workflow and is assisting with the integration of a new Loan Origination System. Troy brings a background of more than 15 years working within the technology field. He has experience in a variety of roles; software development, software architecting, project management, and management. Troy holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts.

Public Relations Coordinator

Darnell is responsible for the execution of public relations activities for RCN Capital, including developing ongoing communications such as press releases and supportive multimedia assets, and maintaining relationships with key media sources. Darnell comes to RCN with over 29 years of management, administrative, political and media relations experience.