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The Sétanta team brings over 50 years of collective experience in residential development and finance. We have worked for institutional investors, developers and homebuilders, and operated on both the debt and equity side of transactions. With an extensive industry network and access to the top public and regional home builders, Sétanta has positioned itself to be one of the leading non-bank residential financing platforms nationally.


Chief Executive Officer

John is Sétanta’s CEO, responsible for capital market strategies, loan originations, and relationship management.  John previously co-founded a similar platform providing financing options for qualified residential developers. Prior to that, he served as General Counsel at a private equity group focused on single-family residential development.  John holds law degrees from Duke University and University College Dublin.


Chief Operating Officer

Rob is Sétanta’s COO, responsible for asset management, underwriting, and investor communications.  Rob is a 15-year industry veteran, having held leadership positions across multiple residential development disciplines.  His experience includes directly developing several residential neighborhoods, managing a $600MM portfolio of master-planned communities, and starting a homebuilding company and later selling that company to a large regional builder.  Rob holds an MBA and undergraduate degrees in Economics and American History, all from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Chris Bornemann

Director of Originations

Chris Bornemann is Director of Originations and is responsible for sourcing, underwriting, and closing A&D loans for Setanta. Chris is an industry leader with over 15 years’ experience in real estate investing, project management, structured finance, and lending. Prior to Setanta, Chris served as a Director of Acquisitions with Mountain Real Estate Capital where he was responsible for identifying and structuring residential joint venture deals with premier developer and builder partners across the United States.  
Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from the University of Delaware and an MBA from Monmouth University


Senior Asset Manager

Mark is Sétanta’s Senior Asset Manager and is responsible for active loan oversight and underwriting of investment opportunities. Having previously worked for Spire Residential Capital, providing financing options to residential developers, Mark also has a background in equity investments having worked as a portfolio manager for Ireland’s largest stockbroking and wealth management firm. Mark holds Masters degrees in both Finance and Management Consulting from University College Dublin and the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

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