Our Mission

Washington Capital Partners aims to improve the quality of services within the hard money lending industry by providing a dynamic experience rooted in great customer service, useful resources, and accessibility to expertise.

About Us

Senior Leadership

 

Daniel Huertas

Daniel Huertas

CEO

 

Daniel came to the United States from Ecuador to attend college while simultaneously working as a traditional mortgage originator for a well-known and highly reputable multinational financial services company. During that time, he solidified his technical knowledge in real estate financing while growing his network of local real estate professionals. Throughout the 2008 real estate crisis, Daniel began fixing and flipping homes, carving out a new and exciting pathway within the real estate investor sphere. After having had nothing but bad experiences with the existing hard money lenders, Daniel decided to partner with his best friend and co-founded Washington Capital Partners on the premise of rewriting the rules and removing the stigma of hard money lending.
 
He has grown WCP since 2012 into a business with thousands of transactions and over 40 employees while contributing to the transformation of our local communities. Today, he serves as the CEO, and under his leadership WCP has become the largest hard money lending company in the Mid-Atlantic region, earning industry recognition from prestigious sources such as The Financial Times, Inc. 5000, and Washington Business Journal. Daniel strongly believes in giving back to the community and he does so through a variety of initiatives including his work at The WCP Foundation. When he’s not at WCP, Daniel can be found playing with his son and traveling the world with his wife.
Giselle Bonzi

Giselle Bonzi

President

 

Giselle Bonzi is President of Washington Capital Partners, working with our CEO on overall company growth strategy as well as running daily operations and overseeing company-wide performance. While Giselle does not enjoy being referred to as an entrepreneur, she has started and exited companies while also providing strategic advice and seed funding to domestic and international start-up ventures across several industries. Before joining WCP, Giselle has worked extensively in private equity and international portfolio management across the United States, Africa, and Latin America. Her passion and commitment to making an impact in the world have her involved in multiple philanthropic causes including her founding and leading role at The WCP Foundation. Giselle’s personal and professional international background carries over to her life outside of work, as she loves traveling the world with her family and friends.
 
Giselle holds a Master of Public Health from Northeastern University and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
 
Jared Fausnaught

Jared Fausnaught

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 the 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.  Learn More About Working with Jared…

Christina Araujo

Christina Araujo

Director of Finance

 

Christina Araujo is the Director of Finance at Washington Capital Partners, bringing over a decade of experience in the finance sector. As the Director of Finance since 2016, she oversees all aspects of the organization’s complex financial infrastructure and drives financial planning and strategies. She oversees all departmental budgets, audits, and internal control processes, manages relationships with investors and partners, and supervises the accounting and servicing personnel.

Christina joined Washington Capital Partners in August of 2013 as the Accounting Manager where she managed all of the company’s accounting and HR operations and introduced the company’s first internal controls. She was responsible for starting the company financials and working with both large and small external companies, providing leadership and guidance through long-term and short-term goal-setting and execution.

Previously, Christina Araujo was the Senior Accountant of Swisscom North America, a large international company based in Geneva. She was an integral part of the company during a period of rapid growth in which Swisscom North America added tens of millions of dollars in new annual revenue. 

When she’s not busy transforming financial bottlenecks into streamlined processes, she can be found spending time with her family.

Sales

 

Conor Reilly

Conor Reilly

Sales Manager

 

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. After proving to be a highly effective and organized member of the sales team, Conor was promoted to Sales Manager so that he could help other members of the team hone their skills and expertise. 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.  Learn More About Working with Conor…

David Huertas

David Huertas

Commercial Loan Officer

 

David is a Sales Associate at WCP, and if the last name looks familiar it’s because he is our CEO’s brother. David began his real estate career straight out of high school, working as a licensed agent. From there he attended George Mason University’s School of Business, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Accounting (MSA). Using his accounting and financial education, David co-founded and grew his business to over 10,000 clients. In order to combine his passion for working with numbers and building client relationships, David analyses and originates loans for local real estate investors. When he’s not working with clients, you can find David playing guitar in his band, Ocho de Bastos, at local music venues. 

Kevin McGaughey

Kevin McGaughey

Senior Commercial Loan Officer

 

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. Learn More About Working With Kevin…

Max Van Vleet

Max Van Vleet

Commercial Loan Officer

 

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. Learn More About Working With Max…