Peter Mazonas, CPA – Chief Executive Officer. Peter has 25 years of experience designing financial products and managing emerging companies specializing in senior markets. In 2006, he founded Life Settlement Financial (LSF) to aggregate life insurance policies as investments for institutional buys. LSF owns the unique IP licensed to NatEquity. Previously, he founded and managed Transamerica HomeFirst, an early leader and largest provider of privately-funded reverse mortgages throughout the United States. Peter has been issued patents for both the design of shared appreciation reverse mortgages and other longevity-dependent products. In 1972, he founded and managed the Executive Financial Planning division at Bank of America. He later founded the Private Banking Division of Bank of America. Peter received his initial audit and tax training at Price Waterhouse after graduate school.
Peter DeRooy, CPA – Chief Operating Officer. Pete was until recently the CFO of a multi-billion-dollar national independent mortgage banking firm with 70 offices in 14 states. Pete and Peter Mazonas started working together in the early 2000s. Prior to his mortgage banking experience, he spent 12 years in the life settlement industry as the CFO of a private equity backed company that owned a $2 billion life settlement portfolio and a majority interest in a national life settlement provider, where he had spent seven years as the Director of Finance and Operations. During his time there, the Company sourced, underwrote and serviced more than $2.5 billion of life settlement policies. Prior to his life settlement experience, he held executive finance and accounting positions with both public and private companies in the specialty retail, real estate and telecommunications industries. He began his career in public accounting in the audit practices of Laventhal & Horwath and Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co.
Eric Ranson, FIAA – Chief Actuary and Portfolio Manager. Eric and Peter Mazonas started working together in 2010. Eric is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (FIAA) and has a BA and Masters of Applied Finance. He securitized $8 billion of mortgage-backed securities annually while managing a $20 billion fund. He has worked as an actuary, portfolio manager and chief financial officer in the UK, Australia and the U.S. in longevity and real estate markets for the past twenty-five years for Bankers Trust and GE Capital. Along the way he underwrote and was portfolio manager for a billion dollar life settlement fund managed in Europe.
Kevin Malone, – Director of Contract Sourcing, Kevin and Peter Mazonas started working together in 2010. In 2014 Kevin became CEO of Longevity Services, Inc., a leading life expectancy underwriting firm purchased from Examination Management Services (“EMSI’). Previously Kevin was the COO of Summit Capital in Seattle. Previously, he was the CEO of the underwriting division of EMSI, a large outsourcing firm of the insurance and life settlement industries. Earlier, Kevin was CEO of Altius, Inc., the designer and manufacturer of custom keyboards for Bloomberg terminals. He sold that business to Bloomberg Media.
Mary Gavin, JD – Director of Policy, Marketing and Communications. Mary and Peter Mazonas started working together at Bank of America. Mary is a lawyer by training who has been running her own C-level communications strategy and content company for 25 years. Formerly at Bank of America, she was in the Corporate Treasury Group, Chief of Staff to the CEO, and Manager of Executive Communications, where she served three successive CEOs, and was chief speechwriter. She has extensive experience growing sales and revenues for both for-profit and nonprofit companies.
Shari Sowers, – Director of Longevity Underwriting and Pricing. Shari and Peter Mazonas started working together to 2010 as expert witnesses in life settlement law suits. Shari brings over 25 years of experience in life insurance and life settlement pricing and underwriting. While at Life Equity, working with Pete DeRooy, Shari was a lead underwriter and the head of pricing and policy servicing.