We are obsessed with delivering better solutions for middle market lending.
revolutionizing middle market corporate lending
Throughout his career in corporate finance, Cerebro Capital Founder and CEO Matthew Bjonerud noticed mid-sized companies faced difficulties sourcing and managing loans. This is why Matt founded Cerebro in 2017, to solve these problems.
As Matt explains to The Baltimore Sun, “No company has a sense of how much they can borrow without calling 30 lenders and handing out their information to each of them.” Similarly, middle market lenders spend wasted hours chasing borrowers that might never pass their credit committee requirements. Cerebro’s Credit Explorer partners mid-market borrowers, intermediaries, and financial executives to lender’s with a matching risk profile.
Cerebro’s corporate loan management software tools are designed for corporate borrowers, intermediaries, lenders and PE firms who have financial interests in corporate debt.
Our Leadership Team
Founder & CEO
Matt has broad experience across many areas of corporate finance especially across debt and equity transactions. Most recently, with Laureate Education—a multi-billion dollar company with operations across 25 countries— Matt worked as part of the corporate finance team that ushered the company through $3.5 billion of transactions including Laureate’s IPO—the world’s first Public Benefit Corporation IPO. Prior to Laureate, Matt was a Vice President within the PNC Corporate Banking Group. He was responsible for growth and management of large-scale corporate and public finance portfolios.
Matt also served as the President of At Jacobs Well (AJW), a nonprofit that is the only exclusive provider of housing to the mentally ill homeless in Baltimore City. He is a graduate of Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.
Chief Technology Officer
Kevin has over 25 years of experience designing and developing complex applications. Prior to joining Cerebro Capital, Kevin served as CTO at an expert network company serving the financial services industry. There he architected, designed, and built the core software platform products and services that were used by all employees, clients, and partners. Kevin graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Computer Systems Engineering and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving as a space & ground systems acquisition officer.
Executive Vice President
Chris has over 30 years of experience building, growing and leading commercial lending businesses at banks, non-banks, and Fintechs both in the US and Internationally. He began his career at GE in their premier Engineering and Leadership Development Programs and soon after moved to GE Capital. He moved to Standard Chartered Bank to become the Global Chief Commercial Officer – Commercial Banking and prior to joining Cerebro led Sales, Business Development, and Digital Partnerships at a Fintech SMB Lender. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Vice President, Marketing
Michele has over 20 years of experience as a hands-on marketing leader for highly competitive businesses most recently leading the transition from entrepreneurial start-up to scalable growth for a real estate private lender in the B2B market. With a deep background in database and business analysis she has developed growth strategies for multiple companies in the financial sector. As Chief Marketing Office for a specialty financial services company, Michele executed marketing positioning, branding, and campaigns across all channels including web, social media, and direct mail. She holds an MBA in Marketing from Bentley University.
Our Board Members
Mr. Becker is a lifelong entrepreneur, investor, and operator. In 1983 he co-founded Sterling Partners; since then the firm has become a leading investor across many industries, having made over 80 investments over the years. Sterling Partners, based out of Chicago, IL currently has over $2.5 billion of assets under management.
For over 20 years, Mr. Reale has worked with private companies and small capitalization public companies in both investing and operating roles. He is the co-founder of Madison Bay Capital Partners, a growth equity platform where he was an investing partner and oversaw all COO/CFO functions. He also spent 14 years at Levensohn Venture Partners (LVP) where he worked on a wide range of companies and held several board seats. Steve is now the CFO and a Venture Partner at Ulu Ventures.
Mr. McGuire’s background includes 16 years of leading a software-focused private equity firm. He has held executive positions, including CEO level, in the technology and software industry and early in his career was in commercial lending with a major U.S. bank. He has served on numerous public and private company boards, including Laureate Education, Inc. and Digital Insight Corporation. Digital Insight is now an NCR Corporation company.
At Cerebro Capital, our commitment to innovation continues as we work with our partners to provide intuitive, user-friendly solutions to commercial lending’s largest problems. In order to do this, we’ve assembled an experienced team of multifaceted experts who continuously work to change the commercial lending landscape. Learn more about our leadership team below or click to see our open positions.
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