Our Lending Team

Meet our team of financial experts and real estate investment professionals.

Our team was built to take a holistic approach with our clients. Whether you need a hard money loan, are looking for wholesale real estate or need guidance in exit strategies or After Repair Values (ARVs), we have the expertise and industry insight to help you succeed in property investing.

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Founder & President

Wade Comeaux has 18 years of lending experience with Norwest, Conseco, Countrywide, Bank of America, Fay Financial and Fifth Third Bank. Wade has held positions such as President and Executive VP. He has led sales and operations teams of 1,400 employees with some of the top U.S. lenders. He enjoys traveling, hiking, tennis, snowboarding and any opportunity to be outdoors.

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Director of Lending

Jeff Johnson has 14 years of lending and sales experience with leading companies such as NationStar, Accredited Home Lenders, Aegis Lending, Morgan Stanley and Aames Home Loan. During that time, he managed operations that consist of 100-plus employees and gained a wealth of experience with startup organizations. In his free time, Jeff enjoys playing basketball and golf, watching movies and volunteer coaching his son’s basketball teams.

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Senior Loan Officer

Jesse Valdez has over 12 years of marketing and sales experience, having held various management level positions as Finance Director, Finance Manager and Sales Manager for companies in the Houston area. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing from the University of Houston and is fluent and able to conduct business in Spanish. Born and raised in Houston, Jesse enjoys visiting city parks, attractions and local sporting events with his wife and three children.

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Director of Acquisitions

James “J.R.” Thomas has over 20 years of experience in the finance sector of the automotive and mortgage industries in the Houston area. His extensive knowledge in communications and sales has helped him lead teams of 70-plus employees to achieve business and financial objectives. When J.R. is not out looking for properties to purchase, you can find him restoring classic cars and playing with his twin toddlers.

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Real Estate Project Manager

George Gibbons has a wealth of project planning and project management experience from small construction to multibillion-dollar projects in the petrochemical industry. George has also bought, renovated and managed his own personal portfolio of rental properties. A graduate of the University of Alabama, George enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, his classic cars or being out in the country at his family’s ranch.

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Senior Operations Coordinator

Katherine Garcia has been part of the Catalyst team since inception. She processes loans during the pre- and post-closing stages and takes pride in meeting deadlines and working with customers to ensure they achieve their investment goals. When she is not working, Katherine enjoys live music, going to fitness classes and reading on her balcony with her cat.

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Accounting Coordinator

Janine Galt facilitates the company’s day-to-day financial operations and transactions. She has more than five years of experience working in the mortgage financing industry, including four years at a major Midwest banking institution. Janine is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology. In her free time, Janine enjoys watching college football, catching a show in Houston’s Theater District and spending time with her son.

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Acquisitions Specialist

Brett Jordan has 10 years of experience in varying facets of the automotive industry, working for both global and locally based companies. He has led sales teams and developed lasting customer relationships. Brett enjoys spending time with his wife, working on anything with a motor and traveling.

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Junior Loan Processor Officer

Austin Pool has managerial experience in the automotive purchase and rental industries and has interned with a national insurance company. He is currently a full-time student at the University of Houston while being part of the Catalyst team. In his spare time, Austin likes traveling extensively and meeting new people.

With our extensive experience comes the knowledge we share. We won't just give you a loan and hope for the best. We guide you through the entire process. At Catalyst, we strive to see you succeed.

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