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Meet The Team

Meet The Team

 Charles Hershson
Charles Hershson
President
Charles Hershson
Charles Hershson
President

Biography

Charles “Chuck” Hershson, founded Fidelity Mortgage Lenders, Inc. in 1971.  Prior to Fidelity, he worked for several years as a licensed real estate broker.  He graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Real Estate and Finance.

A leading member of the California real estate community, Chuck has served as president of the California Mortgage Association (CMA), president of the Mortgage Association of California (MAC) and president of the California Independent Mortgage Brokers Association (CIMBA). He has also been a member of the Real Estate Finance Advisory Committee appointed by the Commissioner of the California Department of Real Estate.

In addition, Chuck is active in many community organizations, including serving on the board of the Cancer Support Community, The Guardians, The Jewish Home for the Aging, and Friends of the Hebrew University. He’s also a supporter of the Real Estate and Construction Division of the Jewish Federation and is a member of the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

An automobile enthusiast, he enjoys a nice ride, some travel and reading adventure fiction.

 Peter Steigleder
Peter Steigleder
Chief Operating Officer
Peter Steigleder
Peter Steigleder
Chief Operating Officer

Biography

Peter Steigleder – COO of Fidelity – has 28 years of banking, economic development and commercial real estate experience. After studying real estate and finance at Cal State Northridge, Peter served as Director of Economic Development for the German Consulate General in Los Angeles. He began his real estate career at Beitler Commercial in 1999, advancing quickly to Senior Vice President. In 2006, Peter joined Lee & Associates.  His consistent performance, as one of Lee’s top producers, soon elevated him to be a Principal.

During the market turmoil in 2009, Delphi Business Properties approached him with an offer of partner, specializing in the industrial market. He accepted, as it was a superb opportunity to gain more experience turning around struggling industrial properties.  This market rebounded, and he later turned these skills into the development of hotels, self-storage and mixed use projects by founding Hudson Commercial Partners.  He continues to retain a passive equity investment there.

Chuck Hershson (the founder of Fidelity) convinced him to join as part of the succession plan for the firm in 2017.  He needed Peter’s skills in development, property appraisal, and funding.  Further, he saw Peter’s completed +600 sales, leasing and development transactions as a similar background to his own.  Chuck is now gradually transitioning Fidelity to Peter’s ownership and management.

He and his wife, Sarah are active in the LA professional and nonprofit community.  Sarah is a corporate finance attorney at Levy, Small & Lallas.  Peter and Sarah’s family volunteer often at Los Angeles non-profits. He contributes most of his volunteer time and management skills to The Guardians of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, where he currently serves as the President.

 Ralph Haber
Ralph Haber
Loan Manager
Ralph Haber
Ralph Haber
Loan Manager

Biography

Ralph Haber was born and raised in Los Angeles, graduating from Montebello High School and Cal State Los Angeles (earning a degree in education). He taught school in the LA Unified School District from 1965 through 1979, when he left to join Aames Home Loan, eventually becoming a Vice President in their mortgage division.

He joined Fidelity Mortgage Lenders in 1997, to direct loan origination and the escrow and titles processes through loan recording.

He has two sons: one is a math specialist, and the other is a risk manager for a title company.  He relaxes by jogging and doing the LA Times crossword puzzles.

 Herb Nunez
Herb Nunez
Loan Manager
Herb Nunez
Herb Nunez
Loan Manager

Biography

Herb Nunez, manager of the commercial loan department, has been with Fidelity Mortgage Lenders for over 23 years. Prior to Fidelity, he spent 12 years with a computer systems company that specialized in record keeping for the mortgage industry.  A graduate of Inglewood High School, he attended El Camino College where he studied real estate financing and accounting.

Fluent in Spanish, Herb implemented our marketing campaigns to the Spanish-speaking communities of California.

Married with two children, Herb is a licensed pilot and enjoys racquetball and golf in his leisure hours.

 Neil Sokoler
Neil Sokoler
Loan Manager
Neil Sokoler
Neil Sokoler
Loan Manager

Biography

Neil Sokoler, Loan Manager, brings over 30 years of banking and lending experience to Fidelity Mortgage Lenders. He is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, UCLA.
Prior to joining Fidelity, Neil specialized in small business lending. He’s spent his career working with  property and business owners, accountants, real estate professionals, investors and attorneys. Neil has funded hundreds of loans, totaling nearly half a billion dollars. Considering that some have been as small as $50,000 this can be considered quite an accomplishment! As Neil says, “To each client their loan is truly important, and I treat it that way, whether the amount is $50,000 or $10,000,000.”
Neil knowledgeably and patiently assists borrowers in the purchase of refinance of their commercial, industrial or investment property.
 Paul Bellgraph
Paul Bellgraph
Loan Representative
Paul Bellgraph
Paul Bellgraph
Loan Representative

Biography

Mr. Bellgraph specializes primarily in commercial investment properties located in the Los Angeles & Ventura County Areas. In 2001, Paul started in real estate at Beitler Commercial Real Estate, initially helping a senior broker structure deals and later guided clients through sales and leasing transactions. He then moved over to Grubb & Ellis (now Newmark, Grubb and Frank) to specialize in industrial property transactions and became a top producer there.  Paul assisted clients in positioning properties in new ways (both on sales and lease transactions).  He later joined Lee & Associates, where he continued to focus on industrial real estate, partially through Enterprise Zone seminars and transactions.  In 2008, he joined NAI Capital to broadened his experience in Mixed Use and Office properties.  Owners appreciated his model of providing two concurrent strategies to both hold a property long term and provide an early exit. It was at NAI that he expanded his connections dramatically in the funding market, which led to a position at Fidelity.,

He has also been acknowledged by newspaper publications like the LA Daily News for accomplishing large commercial real estate transactions in the LA area.

Paul lives with his wife and four kids in Beverly Hills. He enjoys triathlon and CrossFit competitions when he’s not on a Magic Mountain rollercoaster with his family.

 

 

 

 Flor Rios
Flor Rios
Sales Coordinator
Flor Rios
Flor Rios
Sales Coordinator

Biography

Flor has worked at Fidelity for over 20 years and is involved with almost everything. So much goes across her desk. She helps the salespeople with their work. Recently, she began doing market research to help Fidelity in the Spanish-speaking market. She can track down employees, in our three-story building and those out of the office, when something is really urgent.

After work, Flor loves playing with her kids and – if she still has some energy – taking a walk of the Marina.

 Simone Williams
Simone Williams
Manager, Escrow Dept.
Simone Williams
Simone Williams
Manager, Escrow Dept.

Biography

Simone Williams has more than 20 years of experience as an escrow officer. Following eight years with Washington Escrow Company, she joined Fidelity Mortgage Lenders, Inc. in 2000. In 2003, she was named Manager of the Escrow Department.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, she is a graduate of Crenshaw High School and California State University-Dominguez Hills where she earned a BS in accounting.

In her leisure time Simone enjoys shopping and traveling.

 Hiromi Uto
Hiromi Uto
Escrow Officer
Hiromi Uto
Hiromi Uto
Escrow Officer

Biography

Hiromi has been with Fidelity for 15 years. Chuck met her, when he handled business at Fremont Investment & Loan (she was there 1996-2005). She became Chuck’s favorite employee there. He really liked the face-to-face way she did business (this is still a core part of the Fidelity business model).

She grew up and still lives here in Los Angeles.  After work, she loves to hang outdoors with family and friends, sometimes bake something sweet, or watch the Lakers win.

 Yvonne Waite
Yvonne Waite
Manager, Loan Servicing Dept.
Yvonne Waite
Yvonne Waite
Manager, Loan Servicing Dept.

Biography

Yvonne has been with Fidelity for 20 years. She has been an anchor in our loan servicing area and has been a key employee for Chuck. Prior to Fidelity, she worked in the mortgage divisions of Action Home Loans (1989-91) and Imperial Home Loan (1991-1999).

In 2019, she was named Manager of the Loan Servicing Department.

She loves to cook the food of her native Jamaica for her kids, grandkids and friends while watching “her” Lakers.

 

 Maria Spence
Maria Spence
Loan Servicing
Maria Spence
Maria Spence
Loan Servicing

Biography

Maria started with Fidelity in 2018, after 11 years at Westwood Financial.  At Westwood, she calculated sales taxes for the company, and paid them for multiple states (in addition to other cash management/CAM reconciliation duties).

She was born and raised in Los Angeles and calls West LA her home.

After work, she loves to play with her kids, watch them compete in sports, go out with her husband.

 Chi Lu
Chi Lu
Loan Servicing
Chi Lu
Chi Lu
Loan Servicing

Biography

Chi Lu joined Fidelity in 2019. She graduated with double major in both Mathematics and Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. Before joining Fidelity Mortgage Lenders Inc., she worked at Bank of America for 4 years and 5 years at another in commercial real estate lending. Her specialty was managing overseas relationships, primarily with the Asian investors acquiring US real property.

 Richard Marcus
Richard Marcus
Controller
Richard Marcus
Richard Marcus
Controller

Biography

Biography is coming soon.
 Ofelia Aguilas
Ofelia Aguilas
Accounting
Ofelia Aguilas
Ofelia Aguilas
Accounting

Biography

Biography is coming soon.