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.
Daniel 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 into the seat of a performance vehicle, competing in endurance races across the country.
Finance & Accounting
Director of Finance
Christina Araujo has been an integral part of the WCP team from day one. Today she is the Director of Finance and all-around master of capital. Born and raised in nearby Reston, VA, Christina has a passion for traveling beyond the Northern VA boundaries. In fact, she’s been to Europe over 20 times! When she’s not meticulously quarterbacking our finances or jet-setting across the Atlantic, you can find Christina enjoying time with her son, Mason.
As 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.
Loan Processing Manager
Paul Flather III, our Processing Manager, 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.
Loan Servicing Manager
Melissa Jones has been with WCP since 2014, 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 our Servicing Manager, handling post-closing procedures and ensuring our clients' needs are met. She said it best with, “at the end of each transaction, it’s so rewarding for me to see sellers, buyers, and borrowers happy.”
Loan Servicing Specialist
Hailey Thomas has lived in the City of Falls Church her whole life. As a recent finance graduate of East Carolina University, Hailey knew that WCP would be the perfect fit for her. She loves the challenge and excitement of the real estate business while working with both loan servicing and in-house finance here at WCP. When she’s not working you can find her hanging out with friends, playing tennis, shopping, or taking pictures of her Insta-famous Aussie pup.
Director of Sales
Jared 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.
Junior Sales Associate
Matt Nguyen is a Northern Virginia native and graduate of GMU where he majored in Business Management. His lifelong passion in real estate has led him to WCP where he assists the Director of Sales. His experience includes working for several title companies, a real estate law firm, and obtaining his realtor license. In his free time, you can find him at a local winery, brunch, snowboarding, or at home spending time with his fiancé and beautiful baby girl.
Max Van Vleet
Junior Sales Associate
Max Van Vleet is a Northern Virginia native from Loudoun County. Prior to WCP, he worked as a project engineer for Clark Construction, managing subcontractor’s scopes of work and processing all change orders at the $500+ million renewal of the Cannon House Office Building. He graduated from the University of Virginia where he majored in Systems and Information Engineering and minored in Economics. His passion for real estate investing led him to WCP, where he works directly with the Director of Sales. Outside of the office he enjoys playing soccer, hiking, biking, and traveling.
Andrew Michael started out at WCP in the spring of 2016. Andrew brings real industry experience to the table as he has been flipping, wholesaling, and acquiring rentals since 2012. Today, as WCP's Sales Manager, he uses his extensive knowledge of the industry to continue developing the skills and systems of our Sales Team and oversees all operations throughout the loan process. His skills extend beyond the real estate industry, as Andrew also doubles as the WCP office DJ. Need a new playlist? Ask Andrew.
Senior Sales Associate
Kevin 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 Senior Sales Associate. 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.
Senior Sales Associate
Gunnar 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 an Associate, 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 and has earned him his rank of Senior Sales Associate.
Conor Reilly is a Connecticut native who graduated from Salisbury University before finding a new home in the DMV. After studying advertising during college he decided to instead focus on the real estate industry, specifically building relationships with clients. This led him to join the WCP sales team as a Sales Associate. He is always willing to be the first to try new foods and loves to cook. Conor stays busy hiking, playing soccer, baseball or taking a weekend road trip somewhere on a whim.
David is a Sales Associate at WCP, and if the last name looks familiar its because he is our CEO, Danny's, brother! Outside of helping clients find the right financing, David is a huge music fan. Not only does he hit all the local venues for concerts, but he plays guitar in a band that has opened for some big-name artists. Like his brother, David is a huge Star Wars fan - you can catch him in the office wearing some awesome novelty shirts to rep the Force.
Freddy Escalante is WCP’s in-house Construction 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.
Construction Draw Manager
Joska Gal is WCP's Construction Draw Manager. 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. When he's not coordinating construction draws, Joska continues to flip properties around the DMV. He serves another important role at WCP as our resident dining expert- providing tips on the best local spots to eat.
Nathaniel Butler is the Marketing Manager 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 overseeing our marketing operations, Nathaniel enjoys fitness training, shooting sports, and the ongoing quest to find the best fried chicken sandwich in the DMV.
Senior Marketing Strategist
Shelby Grimmett is a Senior Marketing Strategist 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 of 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.
Stephanie is an Arlington, VA native graduate of George Mason University. As a Marketing Strategist, Stephanie coordinates WCP's events and keeps our team fully stocked with the coolest merch in town. In her free time, she loves to embrace her Bolivian heritage by participating in folkloric dances with her dance groups and her twin brother Steven. You'd be hard-pressed to find someone with more holiday spirit, as Stephanie has a themed outfit and matching pen for every holiday.
Russell, 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.
Bran, our In-House Counsel, provides legal analysis and support for WCP. Bran received his law degree from George Mason University, and prior to WCP, he practiced loss mitigation and foreclosure law for national mortgage lenders. Outside of the office, Bran enjoys grilling, kickboxing, and reading about history.
Director of Technology
Josh 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 on anything IT related. Josh develops, customizes, and manages cloud technologies and applications that support WCP’s customers, vendors, and employees. When Josh isn’t supercharging our digital infrastructure, he’s either reading up on rocket science or simply enjoying the company of his wife and 3 beautiful daughters.
Andrew joined WCP as a Technology Intern to help bolster our cybersecurity protocols and assist with all Technology-related support. Since graduating the University of Tulsa where he pursued a degree in Computer Science with a concentration in Cyber Security, Andrew became a Technology Specialist here at WCP. He stays active in his free time between his local soccer league and Cross Fit. When it’s time to relax, you can find Andrew collecting and playing board games or booking a trip to explore a new city
Anees is WCP's in-house Software Developer. At the ripe age of 10 he was given his first Desktop PC - his love of computers continued to grow from there. In his free time he enjoys playing Basketball, watching TV shows, watching hours of car videos on YouTube, and reading articles about the latest Software Development trends. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Applied Information Technology from George Mason University.
Administrative & Support
Viki Paz is an Administrative Assistant for WCP helping everyone with all of the extra duties around the office. She has over 5 years of experience in administrative work and currently a part-time student pursuing career aspirations. In her free time, Viki likes to travel, watch foreign films, and loves trying new foods.
Jarrett 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!