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Pineywoods Capital, a private equity firm specializing in private money lending for real estate investors in both the residential and commercial sectors, was founded in 2012 in Tampa, Florida. With over a decade of experience in the industry, we have become a trusted and reliable partner for countless investors seeking financial support for their real estate ventures in Tampa Bay, its surrounding areas, and throughout the state of Florida.

Throughout its 11 years of operation, Pineywoods Capital has successfully written an impressive total of 700 loans and counting, demonstrating its strong foothold in the market and its commitment to assisting clients in achieving their investment goals. What truly sets Pineywoods Capital apart is our track record, boasting a less than 1% default rate since our establishment. This feat underscores our approach to risk assessment and our dedication to providing financial solutions that ensure both investor success and company sustainability.

 At the heart of Pineywoods Capital’s success lies its commitment to building strong and long-term client relationships. We place immense value on trust, which is cultivated through smart and prudent financial strategies, honesty, and integrity. By fostering these core values, Pineywoods Capital has earned a reputation as a dependable and transparent lending partner, earning the loyalty and respect of its clientele.

 The success of Pineywoods Capital can be attributed, in part, to its team of professionals who possess deep market knowledge. Each member of the team brings a wealth of expertise and insights to the table, allowing the company to stay ahead of market trends and navigate the real estate investment landscape.

Pineywoods Capital is dedicated to forging strong relationships, maintaining trust, and operating with integrity.

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Garrett Thomas

Garrett Thomas

Vice President / Principal Loan Officer

Garrett Thomas is the Vice President and Principal Loan Officer at Pineywoods Capital.  He graduated with a major in Finance and Banking a semester early from Appalachian State University in 2019 after interning with the Pineywoods platform.  During his internship he gained his Real Estate License. Immediately after graduation he began his career as a Financial Analyst for Pineywoods Capital and simultaneously studied to obtain his Mortgage Loan Originators license before assuming his current role in July of 2021.  Garrett’s expertise has led to 135 originated loans without any defaults, thanks to strong client relationships, efficient loan closings, and complete transparency to clients. His leadership has helped to drive Pineywoods Capital’s growth and reputation in the industry.


Brian Katz

Founder / Chief Executive Officer

As an entrepreneur with an extensive risk management, banking and bank regulatory background, Brian founded Katz Capital and Pineywoods Capital in 2011 and has fostered its growth as CEO ever since. Brian began his career by launching his own business, Bottlebid.com. In 2001, he went on to join the Office of the Comptroller of Currency as an Associate National Bank Examiner, and was involved in capital adequacy and earnings stability reviews, as well as institutional risk and risk management practices examinations. He then joined Goldman Sachs’ Credit Risk Management & Advisory group. His duties included performing credit analysis across multiple industries to determine internal credit ratings and aggregate exposure levels for jointly managed portfolios with $5 billion of exposure.  Brian has also worked in senior vice president roles for two community banks, overseeing loan administration and operations, where he developed problem loan management software, performed problem/non-performing loan analysis and workout, allowance for loan and lease losses determination, capital planning, liquidity planning, and regulatory assistance. Currently, Brian is a board member at Resource Bank, NA and at Camp Grove State Bank, where he serves as board chair.  Brian is a licensed Florida Real Estate Broker Associate, Resident General Lines Insurance Agent and Mortgage Loan Officer. Brian graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000, and received his MBA, as a Millennium Fellow, from George Washington School of Business in 2006.


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