Jon S. Wright

Chairman & CEO

Jon Wright, a 25-plus year veteran of commercial real estate and hospitality finance, began his career with Ford Motor Credit’s CRE and ABS division. He joined Holiday Inn Worldwide (today known as InterContinental Hotels Group, “IHG”) where he managed the company’s finance subsidiary and strategically facilitated franchisee growth and quality across all IHG brands via senior and sub debt origination and syndication. In 1997, General Motors recruited Wright to form GMAC Commercial Mortgage – Asset Backed Lending Division. Under his leadership, the enterprise grew to more than $4 billion of hospitality loans, either owned or serviced, for third-party investors with the division’s securitizations rated AA by Moody’s & Fitch. Prior to forming Access Point Financial, Wright was President & Managing Director of Specialty Finance Group (SFG), which originated and had under management $1.8 billion in assets during a four-year cycle.

Wright is an advisory board member of the Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) and an industry fellow of the Center for Real Estate and Finance (CREF) at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta Ballet and is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association, American Hotel & Lodging Association, Metro Atlanta Chamber, ICSC, IHG Owners Association, the Association of Starwood Franchisees and Owners of North America (ASFONA), as well as involved in several charitable organizations.

Wright has been married to his wife, Paige, for over 20 years and together have two children. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas and is also an accomplished BMI, Inc. song writer with a #1 song to his credit.

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John Patton

Chief Financial Officer

John Patton is the chief financial officer at Access Point Financial. He has more than 25 years of commercial finance and banking experience. He most recently worked as chief financial officer at Specialty Finance Group, LLC (SFG). Prior to joining SFG, Patton was the corporate controller for U.S. operations with the parent organization GMAC Commercial Mortgage (GMACCM) and Vice President at GMACCM – Asset Backed Lending Division. In addition, he was previously the controller for NationsCredit Commercial Finance and has held various management positions with Bank of America.

Patton holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Delaware and is a certified public accountant.

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Dilip Petigara

Chief Operating Officer

Dilip Petigara serves as chief operating officer. He has more than 20 years of experience in both the hospitality and finance industries. Petigara joined Access Point Financial from a real estate and capital advisory service firm which focused on hospitality. Prior to his advisory role, he served as senior vice president of Specialty Finance Group (SFG). His responsibilities included management of loan operations, internal credit approval, closing/funding and asset management with specific focus on support to participations, syndications and reporting to warehouse lenders. Prior to SFG, Petigara served as assistant vice president and senior underwriter at GMAC Commercial Mortgage – Asset Backed Lending Division.

Petigara has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Temple University, a Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law and a Master of Laws degree in Taxation from the University of Miami – School of Law.

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Jon Hellbusch

Managing Director

Capital Markets

Jon Hellbusch serves as managing director at Access Point Financial. He has more than 20 years of experience in the financial and capital markets industry. Hellbusch joined Access Point Financial from WestLB AG where he served as executive director, Asset Based Finance. At WestLB, he was responsible for the origination, structuring and management of a multi-billion dollar book of asset-based loans made against portfolios of senior/sub debt secured by trade receivables, hotel commercial real estate, structured settlements, auto loans, equipment leases, film revenues, and future cash flows derived from professional sports franchises. Mr. Hellbusch also managed WestLB’s $200 million credit facility to Specialty Finance Group (SFG) in support of its hotel mortgage loan origination program. Prior to WestLB AG, Hellbusch served as associate director, structured finance ratings at Standard & Poor’s.

Hellbusch holds a Masters of Business Administration from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from St. Olaf College. He holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Matthew Hick



Matthew Hick is Director of Finance at Access Point Financial (APF).  He has more than 20 years of professional experience in the commercial banking and finance field, specializing the past 17 years in the hospitality and restaurant industries.  Prior to joining APF, Matthew spent four years with Specialty Finance Group, LLC (SFG) where he was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of loan underwriting, accounting, budgeting, lease portfolio servicing, collections and compliance, interest rate management/hedge agreements and client relations.  Prior to SFG, he spent the previous eight years with GE Capital Franchise Finance.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the W. P. School of Business at Arizona State University with an emphasis in Accounting.  He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

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