Our Lending Team

Private Hard Money Lenders in Houston

Meet our Houston team of private money lenders, 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 (Residential Mortgage Loan Originator 1672433) began his career in lending in 2005. He advanced quickly with national top lenders such as Norwest, Conseco, Bank of America, Fay Financial and Fifth Third Bank. Wade has held positions such as President and Executive Vice President. He has led sales and operations teams of 1,400 employees with some of the top U.S. lenders. His team funded a team record of 3 billion dollars in volume in one month while he led a large operations group including all facets of fulfilment from processing and underwriting to post funding, quality control and auditing. Wade earned a degree in Finance and Marketing from McNeese State University. Wade owns a large, successful portfolio of rental properties, and believes in the power of building wealth through real estate. A primary passion is to help others do the same. He and his team have built a lender with the investor in mind based on his teams years of lending, flipping, wholesaling and adding rental properties. He is committed to providing the best products, services and customer experience in the industry, while also ensuring a fun, fulfilling work environment for teammates built on career development, respect, technology, process, maximizing potential, team work and work/home balance. He enjoys traveling, reading, going to the gym, playing sports, 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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Loan Officer

Austin Pool has been a part of the Catalyst team since 2017. Originally having started as a processor, he was promoted to loan officer shortly after and is now the most senior Loan Officer at Catalyst. Austin has been investing in Real Estate since 2018 and is focused on building a rental portfolio. Having been to over 25 countries, Austin loves traveling extensively and meeting new people.


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Jessica Sauceda has 5 years of lending and processing experience. She has been with the Catalyst Team since 2018 and was promoted to loan officer shortly afterwards. Outside of the office, Jessica enjoys spending quality time with her two daughters and visiting local museums.


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David Lipnicki joined the Catalyst Team in 2019. David is originally from the Houston area and is a proud graduate of the University of Houston.  He has a passion for working with investors both experienced and non-experienced in helping them grow their real estate portfolio.  David has over 10 years in real estate and lending experience and got his start in real estate with new home sales and construction.  As an investor himself, he looks forward to working with you and making your experience as smooth as possible.  Some of David’s interests outside of work include baseball, working out, spending time with his son and continuous pursuit of self-improvement.


Loan Officer

Ernest Powell is committed to providing ideal financing options to homebuyers and homeowners. Whether investing in real estate, purchasing your first home, or refinancing a home, he will make sure all options are explored to discover the best solution for your unique situation.

Ernest has over 10 years of experience in the mortgage industry with top mortgage companies such as Chase, Nationstar and Mr. Cooper.  This experience has allowed him to gain the knowledge, tools, and techniques to expertly navigate you through the mortgage process with ease.  Ernest’s diverse experience in the mortgage industry also allows him to better assist and assure you of a smooth process from origination through to closing.

Ernest attended the University of Hawaii where he had the opportunity to play on the Warriors football team.  He enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids and attending sporting events.

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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.


Acquisitions Specialist

James Wieler has been a part of the Catalyst team since 2018 and he currently leads the effort in acquiring and dispositioning investment properties. James also provides asset valuations for borrowers using our Hard Money Loans. In his spare time, James is an avid gamer and enjoys going to the gym.


Operations Coordinator

Ashley Kenney assists with the processing, closing, and funding of all loan transactions. She has over 7 years of experience in the banking financial industry. Ashley prides herself on meeting deadlines and the ability to provide over-the-top customer service. Outside of the office, she is always looking for her next adventure whether it be skydiving or conquering a new bike trail.


Senior Operations Coordinator

Devlin Neal is a Veteran of the Marine Corps who has worked in leadership as Operations Director, Jr. Underwriter and Underwriter in the Investor Lending field for several years. His goal is to be the Catalyst to your success as an investor.



Tina Ferry has a total of 16 years in bookkeeping and accounting with a successful track record in all aspects of financial operations in a Real Estate environment. Since moving here from California, she has spent a lot of time with family and exploring her new surroundings.



David Jacobs has over 13 years of experience in real estate and small business management. His unique and well-rounded skill set allows him to assist in all aspects of Catalyst's day-to-day operations. He enjoys working with the Catalyst Team and their customers in solving problems and overcoming challenges to reach their full potential! Originally from Atlanta where he worked in master-planned communities, he relocated to the Houston area in 2009 and began event planning until 2019. David’s other interests include creating art and music, cooking unique recipes, and spending time with his little sister, Grace.

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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