The team at Cardinal Capital Group will go above and beyond to assist with each and every single loan closing. Our team has expertise for every level of the private money lending space. Making each and every transaction that much easier than the last.


Briana Hildt | Founder & CEO

Having been born in a small town in Massachusetts with an entrepreneurial father, Briana had a strong work ethic instilled in her from a young age. Briana has mastered the art of real estate lending, and how to successfully run a thriving business. After attending the University of New Haven, with a focus in Business, Briana moved to California in 2010 to actively take steps towards pursuing her dream of working in real estate. Briana’s real estate experience began with  distressed properties and the foreclosure market; which quickly led her to the private money lending industry. Briana realized that there was a large need for her type of loan products and programs nationwide, and she moved back East to launch Cardinal Capital Group. Since the start of her career, she has since assisted  many clients in identifying the most competitive financing for their projects, and provided them with a financial partner they can rely on.


Dominic Blad | Chief Operating Officer

Dominic learned what it takes to dedicate his life to his craft from a young age. After picking up a hockey stick at the young age of 2, all the way to when he played at the professional level, he learned the dedication and drive needed to be successful. Dom has brought that competitive drive into his professional career at Cardinal Capital Group. He prides himself on having close relationships with his clients, and being skilled at structuring and originating first position business loans. Dom works hard to truly underwrite and understand his clients’ needs on each and every deal, earning him the position of Chief Operating Officer.


Jake Malkoon | Chief Financial Officer

Jake has an extensive background in the finance world. This experience started at the young age of 18, when he learned auto finance working summers at his father’s car business. He then went on to attend Sacred Heart University to earn a degree in business. Jake provides a key part to the success of Cardinal Capital Group. Jake has established all of the strategic financial policies and partnerships that help Cardinal Capital Group remain extremely successful and competitive in the private lending space.


Dalton Spingler | Director of Finance

With over a decade of finance and accounting experience at Fortune 100 companies, Dalton has a proven track record of strengthening financial operations and mitigating financial risk. Dalton holds a degree in finance and business as well as a Massachusetts real estate license. He is a member of the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® (GBAR) and is active in the Greater Boston real estate community. With his combined finance and real estate knowledge, Dalton is integral to Cardinal Capital Group’s financial strategy and competitiveness.


Frank Amato | Director of Lending

Frank entered the Residential Lending world shortly after graduating from Stonehill College in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. He quickly became one of the top producing originators which helped catapult him into increased roles such as VP of Production, as well as SVP Director of Mortgage at his previous institutions. With extensive experience in both originating and underwriting, Frank looks for creative solutions to structure deals that best serve his clients. 


Sunshine Torres | Director of Operations

Over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry has led Sunshine to attain a superior focus on expediting the closing process. Sunshine has previously had roles of an escrow officer, post-closing title policy underwriter, REO asset management, real estate sales, and multi-million-dollar real estate investment fund operation. She has experience in every aspect of the closing process, as well as knowledge in how to effectively handle difficult transactions, and the dynamic ability to build relationships with national and local offices to ensure clients and borrowers have the best closing experience possible. Sunshine has previously managed a team of 20 closing officers/assistants, and as a team they closed 616 transactions.


Chelcey DeSana | Associate Director of Operations

Chelcey’s experience with the real estate industry began in the world of foreclosures. She dedicated her time to assisting lenders with recouping their assets and saw the opportunity to join the Cardinal Capital Group team as a way to broaden her expertise in real estate. Having a degree in psychology from UCLA, she brings a different perspective to the team. She takes pride in taking care of each client and their specific needs while delivering results accurately and efficiently. 


Samantha Rogers | Associate Director of Lending

Samantha has worked in the residential lending industry since graduating from Central Connecticut State University. With over 10 years of experience working in lending, she prides herself on her ability to always be there to achieve the best closing experience. Samantha’s hardworking and competitive mentality comes from a background in national level competitive travel softball. Her strong work ethic has ensured that she has been able to deliver results accurately and efficiently for not just her team, but the borrowers she works with as well. Samantha in excited to start this next chapter with the Cardinal Capital Group.


Anthony Blad | Construction Operations Manager

With a Construction Management degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology, and years of experience in the field, working on commercial projects like MGM Music Hall at Fenway Park with Gilbane Building Company, and multi-million-dollar homes around Fairfield County,
Hamptons, and Westchester County with Fletcher Development, Anthony focuses heavily on the progress of his clients at Cardinal Capital Group’s construction projects while overlooking the draws department. He prioritizes maintaining close relationships with his clients and releasing draw funds in a timely and leverage-appropriate fashion. Anthony has developed a hardworking and competitive mentality through playing hockey from the age of 2 years old up until playing in the NCAA.


Dean DeSana | Loan Associate

Dean learned what it takes to dedicate his life to his craft from a very young age. Growing up in a small town in West Virginia he understood how important interpersonal relationships were from watching and learning from his role models. After picking up various sports as a child, all the way to when he played at the collegiate level, he learned the dedication and drive needed to be successful in life. Dean has brought that competitive attitude and work ethic into his professional career at Cardinal Capital Group. He strives to be the absolute best in all avenues of work! Dean has a burning desire to ensure each and every person he meets feels welcomed and like a part of the family. After leaving the Marine Corps and the law enforcement community after years of service and joining forces with Cardinal Capital Group, he has taken the passion to help others and transferred it to Cardinal Capital Group’s clients. Dean continues to dedicate all he has to provide for all of Cardinal Capital Group’s client’s needs and exceed expectations.



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