Our mission is to provide each of our clients with the capital, knowledge, and outstanding service that investors need to grow their portfolios. We treat our clients like valued business partners in order to develop successful relationships that extend well beyond the completion of their projects. While hard money lending is our business platform, relationships are the real catalyst for our success.
CEODaniel Huertas is currently the CEO of WCP. During the economic downturn Daniel saw property values plummet to almost below replacement. In turn, he dove headfirst into the real estate development and ownership side of the industry. Outside of piloting WCP’s operations, Daniel is involved in a multitude of projects ranging from technology startups to charitable organizations. His vision and work ethic serve as major motivating factors around the office. When he’s not at WCP, Daniel is strapped in to the seat of a performance vehicle, competing in endurance races across the country.
Head of Operations
Christina Araujo has been an integral part of the WCP team from day one. Today she is the Head of Accounting and all-around budget master. Born and raised in nearby Reston, VA, Christina has a passion for travelling beyond the Northern VA boundaries. She’s been to Europe over 20 times! When she’s not crunching our numbers or jet-setting across the Atlantic, you can find Christina enjoying time with her son, Mason.
CPAAs WCP’s accountant, Kunal Kapani keeps our books up to date and the office laughing. Kunal is a GMU grad and a Northern Virginia native. He’s a huge Washington sports fan and loves the local food scene. Kunal was born on the same day that Abraham Lincoln was shot and the Titanic sank, but we like him anyways.
Director of TechnologyJosh Painter is WCP’s Director of Technology, currently living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Just a phone call away, Josh plays the role of WCP’s problem-solver and always keeps us informed and updated with anything IT related. Josh develops, customizes, and manages cloud technologies and applications that support WCP’s customers, vendors, and employees. When Josh isn’t improving our digital infrastructure, he’s either reading up on rocket science or simply enjoying the company of his wife and 3 beautiful daughters.
Director of SalesJared Fausnaught, Director of Sales at Washington Capital Partners is an operator at heart, having been a part of the acquisition, construction, sale and origination of over $250 million in commercial and residential real estate transactions. Prior to joining WCP, Jared acted in senior acquisition and legal roles for a boutique DC-based development company. In his current role, he is responsible for managing and driving sales growth, and overall portfolio strategy. As part of WCP’s executive team, Jared plays additional supporting roles in marketing, operations, fund management, and capital markets. Each day after work you can find Jared playing a game of “who’s walking who?” with his Great Dane, Jewel.
Sales ExecutiveKevin McGaughey is a Northern Virginia native and graduate of JMU where he studied biology and human science. After coming to work part-time at WCP, he quickly realized that real estate was the right path for him, leading him to his current position as Loan Officer. In his free time, you can find him on the court, playing in one of the many local basketball leagues. Some of his likes include traveling, Indian food, and awful reality television.
Sales ExecutiveAndrew Michael started out at WCP in the Spring of 2016. Prior to Washington Capital Partners, he was working full-time in the oil industry as a Wholesale Pricing Manager. Since transitioning to the real estate industry, Andrew has been flipping, wholesaling, and acquiring rentals since 2012. Today, as a Loan Officer for WCP, he uses his experience and extensive knowledge of the business to help clients succeed. His skills extend beyond the real estate industry, as Andrew also doubles as the WCP office DJ. Need a new playlist? Ask Andrew.
Sales ExecutiveGunnar Sevart began his professional career by joining the United State Marine Corps Reserves right out of high school. After he returned from training he decided to attend a real estate seminar and fell in love with the industry. Through joining WCP as a Loan Officer, Gunnar made it his mission to help other investors secure loans for their projects while simultaneously building his own real estate network. Gunnar’s discipline and dedication make him a major asset to our team.
Construction Draw ManagerJoska Gal is a Real Estate Analyst here at Washington Capital Partners. He’s one of our youngest team members, yet he brings a tremendous amount of experience to the table. At age 17, Joska bought his first investment property and sold it for profit in a matter of weeks. He also serves an important role at WCP as our resident dining expert, providing tips on the best local spots to eat. In his free time, Joska enjoys playing tennis, going on hikes with friends, and constantly looking for his next business opportunity.
ProcessorFor the past three years Melissa Jones has been processing loans at WCP, but her career in real estate extends far beyond that. Melissa has successfully navigated REO properties, short sales, traditional real estate, investments, builders, and government housing programs throughout her career. On top of staying active in her daughter’s many activities, Melissa simultaneously serves as WCP’s jack-of-all-trades. While on paper she is a labeled as a Senior Loan Processor, in reality she has a hand in every aspect of our business. She said it best with, “at the end of each transaction, it’s so rewarding for me to see sellers, buyers, and borrowers happy.”
ProcessorPaul Flather III, Senior Loan Processor, was born and raised in Northern Virginia. After graduating from UMW with a degree in Economics, he followed his father’s footsteps and entered the real estate industry. He works hard to help our clients stay organized and close deals quickly. Paul has an outstanding record of closing loans within 24 hours; his personal best being just 5 hours. As a true renaissance man, Paul enjoys reading historical novels just as much as lighting up rookies on the paintball field.
Marketing AssociateShelby Grimmett is a Marketing Associate here at WCP. After graduating from VCU, she was drawn to the real estate industry, leading her to an opportunity at WCP. Her favorite parts about working at WCP are being surrounded by a team of driven individuals and always having lunch buddies! When she’s not managing all things social media, you can find her hanging out on a yoga mat or exploring the local foodie scene.
Marketing AssociateNathaniel Butler is a Marketing Associate here at WCP. Prior to joining the WCP team, the Winchester, VA native has worked in both the construction and sales sides of real estate. Now working in the lending space, you could say that he has experienced all angles of the real estate industry. He is a graduate of JMU where he studied Public Relations. When he’s not shooting video content, Nathaniel enjoys fitness training, shooting sports, and the ongoing quest to find the best fried chicken sandwich in the DMV.
Property InspectorFreddy Escalante is WCP’s in-house property inspector. Originally from Bolivia, Freddy has been working in the real estate business for the last 8 years and is a licensed realtor in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. He’s also a licensed contractor and loves spending every day on job sites and helping investors throughout the construction process. In his free time Freddy enjoys playing soccer with friends and manning the grill at cookouts.
Transaction CoordinatorJarrett Yap is WCP’s Transaction Coordinator, composing BPO’s for WCP’s potential projects. Those who say chivalry is dead clearly have not met Jarrett, who never fails to open the door for a lady. While he remains focused on his career aspirations, his lighter side comes out as soon as a corny movie comes on. He also takes the title as steak connoisseur at WCP!
Legal CounselRussell Drazin, WCP’s legal counsel, received his law degree from The George Washington University Law School. Born in the District, raised in Rockville, and currently living in Georgetown, Russell marks the 5th generation of Drazins to live and work in the Washington Metropolitan area. In his free time he gives back to the real estate community by teaching seminars for attorneys and real estate professionals on topics within his specialty.