Meet The Team

Founder & CEO

Since 2010, UC Funds invested in over 150 transactions and $2 billion of equity. UC Funds has over 65 employees and is known as the “go to” provider of sophisticated capital solutions across the nation. Starting in 2010, UC Funds was twice named “Company of the Month” by New York Real Estate Journal. Palmier was recently voted one of the “Best Bosses in the Business” by Real Estate Forum.

Palmier was also the co-founder, President, and CEO of Potomac Realty Capital and originated $3 billion of various commercial real estate assets. He has been in the real estate and financing business for over 25 years, cultivating strong relationships with both leading senior lenders and real estate entrepreneurs. Before launching Potomac Realty Capital, Palmier was Executive Vice President of Arbor Realty Trust (NYSE:ABR), overseeing Arbor’s overall credit, risk and asset management functions. During his seven years with Arbor, he forged relationships, and structured, asset-managed, and financed billions of finance projects. During his final three years at Arbor, Palmier structured and originated the highest volume of transactions for the firm. He also co-managed Arbor’s Road Show for a $120 Million, 144A equity raise (2003), first CDO issuance (2004), and ABR’s IPO (2004). Prior to joining Arbor, he was a Vice President with Lehman Brothers Holdings, where he managed $18 billion of investments in publicly traded limited partnerships and was responsible for all aspects of asset management, financing, leasing, and disposition of commercial real estate properties.

Palmier believes strongly that real estate investment requires a sophisticated understanding of finance, along with the ability to see a partner’s vision and craft a sensible capital solution. Palmier earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Science Degree in Real Estate from New York University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (not active). Through The Palmier Foundation (now The One Foundation), Palmier continues many philanthropic pursuits including the Catholic Schools Foundation (of Boston and New York), Asian Christian Academy, various missions in Haiti, Notre Dame Sorin Society, and Harvard and Tufts Hillel.

EVP Operations
bio-annaMs. Anna Collins has been the Executive Vice President of Operations and Compliance since the founding of UC Funds and has over 19 years’ experience overseeing real estate portfolios and workouts. Previously, Ms. Collins was the Senior Vice President of Potomac Realty Capital, where she oversaw the Underwriting, Treasury, Sales and Asset Management groups. Prior to Potomac, Ms. Collins worked for Arbor Realty Trust, LLC, where she served as Director of Asset Management. She has an extensive background in the asset management of a substantial structured loan portfolio consisting of all asset classifications. At Arbor, her accomplishments as Deal Manager included the underwriting of $1 billion in loan originations and contributions to the successful conclusions of asset management workouts of complicated deals, including those in foreclosure, bankruptcy and forced liquidations. She also has an impressive background in portfolio management and investments. Ms. Collins graduated from Dowling College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and earned an MBA from Canisius College.

Jim Osten is the Chief Financial Officer at UC Funds. He has more than twenty years of commercial real estate experience with significant expertise in accounting, finance operations and strategic business planning. Prior to joining UC Funds Mr. Osten was the CAO for CW Financial Services where he oversaw the annual audit process, GAAP compliance, timely and transparent investor reporting and cash management. Prior to his time with CW Financial Services, Mr. Osten worked for BDO Seidman managing audits in the real estate arena among other clients at which time he became a certified public accountant. Mr. Osten has a BBA with a concentration in Accounting & Finance from Northeastern University.

Senior Vice President of Production

Mr. Ambrose, Senior Vice President of Production, has 12 years of commercial real estate experience.

Mr. Ambrose has been with UC Funds since its inception and oversees the screening and origination teams, a position he has held for the last five years.

Prior to UC Funds, Mr. Ambrose worked at Potomac Realty Capital, where he was directly involved with the underwriting of more than $1 billion in structured loans.

Mr. Ambrose graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research Engineering.

Vice President, Marketing and Business Development

Rosemarie is the head of Marketing and Business Development at UC Funds.  She has more than twenty years of marketing, sales, and business development experience with more than 10 years in the commercial real estate industry. 

Prior to UC Funds, Rosemarie worked at The O’Neill Companies in go-to-market development, launch and management of new assets which span multifamily, retail, hospitality, and mixed use.  Rosemarie has a BA from The University of Pennsylvania.

Vice President, Underwriting

Mr. Pemmerl, Vice President of Underwriting, has nearly 10 years of commercial real estate finance experience. Over the past seven years with UC Funds, he has underwritten, structured and closed over half a billion dollars in transaction volume. Prior to joining UC Funds, Mr. Pemmerl worked as a Special Assets Workout Officer in RBS Citizens’ Global Restructuring Group where he was responsible for the management and disposition of RBS Citizens’ OREO portfolio throughout the Midwest and Northeast. Mr. Pemmerl earned a BA in Economics with a secondary concentration in Mathematics from Wesleyan University.

Head of Capital Markets and Asset Management

As head of Capital Markets and Asset Management, Catherine Oniffrey has over 30 years of experience in commercial banking, finance, and investment.  With a successful career with such companies as Bank of ScotlandLloyds Banking Group, and Centennial Bank, Cathy most recently served as Managing Director at Centennial Property Finance. In her new position with UC Funds, Oniffrey will oversee core strategic initiatives to further UC Funds’ funding strategy. She will execute and manage financial transactions in the UC Funds’ New York offices  as well as drive new sponsor development. 

Domenico Manago

Managing Director of Sales

Michael Gatto

Sr. Originator
Contact: 857 288 2790

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Joseph Ambrose

Senior Vice President of Production

Joseph Mottola

Commercial Loan Originator

Felix Giuffrida

Commercial Loan Originator

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