Mr. Willner is co-founder of Gemini Funding and is deeply involved in loan origination and portfolio management. He is a seasoned financial professional with over 12 years of structured finance experience. Prior to venturing into hard money lending and real estate investing, Mr. Willner spent 12 years structuring collateralized lending solutions secured by various esoteric asset classes in the asset securitization groups at several banks including Credit Suisse First Boston, Deutsche Bank, ING and DZ Bank.
Mr. Willner first discovered the hard money lending industry while at ING where he was responsible for creating a unique structured finance product for hard money lenders throughout the US. Utilizing the knowledge and passion he had for hard money lending, in 2011 Mr. Willner co-founded another successful local hard money lender which is still in operation today. He left that company in 2015 to focus on his own real estate development venture which he started in 2010 and since which time he has successfully invested in and flipped over 30 properties.
Despite success as an investor himself, Jeff quickly realized his true passion was in lending and decided to refocus on the growing need for private hard money lenders for real estate investors. His unique experience as both investor and lender help to give Gemini and edge in quickly identifying the merits of a potential transaction and being able to act as a strategic adviser to new and less experienced investors.
George is a an executive and entrepreneur who has built successful start-up business in the real estate, music, and fashion industries. As the managing director of Gemini Funding , he is responsible for managing the company’s day to day operations as well as directing the marketing strategy for its portfolio of loans. George has an extensive background in business development and over the past 20 years has helped shape the vision for several successful companies in the real estate, entertainment, and media industries. Prior to starting Gemini Funding with Jeff Willner, he served as President of the King Biscuit Entertainment Group from 2000 to 2007 and the Director of Asset Management and Property Development for Twin Circle Properties from 2011 to 2016. As President of Twin Circle, he directed the company’s operations and managed its expansive real estate holdings. George executed and closed several multi-million dollar financing deals for both sale of companies to residential and commercial properties.. He graduated from Boston College in 1989 with a degree in Economics.