Hunt Mortgage Group, a leader in financing commercial real estate throughout the United States, announced today that it has opened a new production office in Charlotte, North Carolina and that Jonathan Mettel has been hired to lead the local effort.

As Vice President, Mettel will be responsible for originating small balance and conventional agency business as well as placing Hunt Mortgage Group’s proprietary products in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. He will report to Owen Breheny, Managing Director at Hunt Mortgage Group. The new office will be located at 525 North Tryon Street, Suite 1600, in Charlotte.

“The Mid-Atlantic region is a rich region with strong dynamics and solid underlying real estate fundamentals,” noted Breheny.  “A local presence enables us to better serve the rapidly growing needs of area developers and investors. This is the eighth new Hunt Mortgage Group office we’ve opened in the past year.”

Prior to joining Hunt Mortgage Group, Mettel served as Vice President, Regional Business Development Officer, at PennyMac Commercial Real Estate Finance where he managed the conduit business channel in the Eastern United States and originated Freddie Mac Small Balance Loans throughout the country.  Before that he was Vice President of Production at B2R Finance, where he led the wholesale lending business.

Prior to joining B2R at its early stages in 2013, Mettel held a variety of positions within the industry both as an originator and production manager. His past positions include Managing Director with American Real Estate Capital, the commercial real estate lending arm of Great American Life Insurance Company, Bridger Commercial Funding, a nationwide CMBS lender, and Bayview Financial where he was instrumental in launching a new CRE lender, Silver Hill Financial, from start-up operations to billions of dollars in production.

“We are making strategic additions to our organization to expand our market reach and capitalize fully on our expanded financing capabilities,” added Breheny. “Jonathan is a seasoned financial services executive with deep experience in commercial real estate. We are pleased he has come on board to open an office in Charlotte and serve clients in this important region.”

Mettel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Florida and a Masters in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Florida International University.