Cerebro Capital seeks to transform the way credit facilities are analyzed, managed, and sourced by offering comprehensive corporate loan management software and services. With world-class security, and data-driven technology Cerebro streamlines redundant processes and offers visibility to all debt stakeholders including finance teams, lenders and intermediaries.
Improving Corporate Loan Management
Throughout his career in corporate finance, Cerebro Capital Founder and CEO Matthew Bjonerud noticed mid-sized companies faced difficulties sourcing and managing loans. Cerebro’s online loan management systems are the solution.
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.
Once a credit facility is in place, borrowers were stuck using outdated and manual processes to track and report loan compliance. And lenders receiving static PDF compliance certificates from thousands of customers faced a larger feat in having to monitor and process the covenant information. Other stakeholders like private equity firms and parent companies managing multiple subsidiaries were also left with little to no visibility into the loan covenant status. Cerebro’s Compliance Navigator and Portfolio Navigator are online loan management platforms that help teams track loan compliance and communicate with both internal and external stakeholders. corporate loan management software
Cerebro’s corporate loan management software tools are designed for corporate borrowers, intermediaries, lenders and PE firms who have financial interests in corporate debt.
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.
Founder & CEO
Mr. Bjonerud 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— Mr. Bjonerud 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, Mr. Bjonerud 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.
Mr. Bjonerud 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
Mr. Dieter has over 25 years of experience designing and developing complex applications. Prior to joining Cerebro Capital, Mr. Dieter served as Chief Technology Officer at ExpertConnect, 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. Additionally, he co-founded Megree, an enterprise social network built on patented technology enabling enterprise users to discover connections. And, he founded iSwimFaster, an online software solution for competitive swimmers and coaches. Mr. Dieter graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Computer Systems Engineering. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving as a space & ground systems acquisition officer at the Space & Missile Systems Center.
Sr. Director of Strategic Initiatives
Ms. Campbell has led sales and operations teams at multiple early-stage companies including her recent successful exit from a franchise business in the Washington DC market. Prior to joining Cerebro Capital, she worked at Cvent for 6 years where she identified, pursued, and captured new business, selling enterprise-level SaaS products to universities, nonprofits, and Fortune 1000 clients. Most recently, she led the sales operations and strategy for a data analytics SaaS startup based in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.
Allan Smallwood, CFA
Sr. Director of Capital Markets
Mr. Smallwood has 19 years of capital markets experience as both an advisor and investment professional. He began his career as a member of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Corporate and Investment Bank, focusing on global loan portfolio management and debt capital markets advisory. In addition, he has worked on behalf of institutional fixed income clients in roles for both PIMCO and Highland Capital Management. Mr. Smallwood has extensive knowledge of alternative capital markets, including private debt, mezzanine and equity capital structuring. He holds an undergraduate degree from Miami University and a Masters of Business Administration from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Additionally, Mr. Smallwood is a CFA Charterholder.
Sr. Applications Developer
Mr. Geiser has over 15 years experience creating cutting edge software on the web, desktop and mobile platforms. He is skilled in both front end and back end development with an expertise in user interface and experience. Prior to joining Cerebro Capital he served as the Chief Technology Officer at Treadstone Management, LLC developing Electronic Health Record software targeted towards the Urgent Care sector of the Health Care industry. Mr. Geiser is a graduate from California State University.
Director of Compliance and Lender Relations
Mr. Whelehan has more than 10 years’ experience as both a financial analyst and loan operations professional. He began his career at Morgan Stanley in a loan servicing capacity, focusing on global capital markets, before working his way up to Vice President overseeing several middle and back office operations teams in the fixed income division. He has extensive knowledge of loan markets and other fixed income products, with a focus on financial reporting, planning, and analysis. He holds an undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College where he was a scholar All American in lacrosse.
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.
Over the past forty years, Mr. Hoffberg has been a consultant, entrepreneur, and senior executive, with a focus on financial services. Since 1980, he was a co-founder of three start-ups (in addition to the consulting and training companies he founded). From 2010 to 2016 he was the Managing Director of Marketing for the Private Client Services business at Russell Investments. Kevin is now 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.
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