Michael Knapp

NMLS ID #110919
Company NMLS ID #1850

Those who know Michael Knapp describe him as creative, energetic, honest, and authentic..

Raised and educated in Oregon, Michael obtained his bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University. He entered the finance business in 1996 and quickly became a top producing broker. He is a member of:

  • The dynamic, global network called Entrepreneurs’ Organization.
  • Regional 80/20 Club of Mortgage Professionals.
  • Supports The National Board of Mortgage Brokers
  • Serves on the Board of Directors for Bridge Meadows, an organization based in Portland, Oregon focused on developing and sustaining intergenerational neighborhoods for adoptive families of foster children.
  • Co-creator for the World Salmon Council

Michael’s philosophy on life is to engage on all levels. In addition to community involvement, Michael is an advocate for personal education, development, and balance for himself and employees. When not hard at work, you’ll find him sampling the culinary creations throughout his beloved city of Portland or “chasing Steelhead” on one of his favorite Pacific Northwest waterways.

John Peterson

Director – Commercial Real Estate Capital

John has over 25 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry and has specialized in the financing of commercial real estate investment properties over the past 20 years.  John’s background in both banking and brokerage make him uniquely qualified to assist clients with an array of financing requirements, from straightforward refinance needs to the most complex financial arrangement of almost any commercial real estate investment property.

John’s focus is on debt and equity capital arrangement of a broad range of property types. His emphasis is finding acquisition, construction and permanent financing solutions for the professional CRE developer and investor specializing in a short-list of the following CRE asset classes:

  • Apartments/Multi-Family
  • Senior Housing
  • Office
  • Retail
  • Industrial
  • Mixed-Use
  • Hotel/Hospitality
  • Self Storage

People that know John would describe him as results-driven, having completed in excess of $500 million in commercial real estate financing, while always being especially sensitive to the needs of the client.  John’s low-key, calm disposition with a disciplined, analytical approach provides clients with the reassurance that he has their best interest in mind.

John lives in Happy Valley, Oregon with his wonderful wife Jennifer and two beautiful daughters, Addie and Emily.  John grew up in Pendleton, Oregon and enjoys the opportunity to regularly visit Eastern Oregon along with the chance to routinely see friends and family each year at the world-famous Pendleton Round-Up.  John’s past times include skiing, traveling and spending time with friends and family.  John serves on the advisory board of the Oregon Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and enjoys opportunities to regularly participate in various community-oriented non-profit activities.

Current and past organization memberships include:  CAB (Greater Portland/Vancouver Commercial Association of Brokers); OAR (Oregon Association of Realtors); NAR (National Association of Realtors); NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties); BOMA (Portland Association of Building Owners & Managers); and ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers).

John attended Portland State University and holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance.  John holds an Oregon Real Estate Broker license and has completed myriad other commercial real estate courses – short-list that includes: the Appraisal Institute; American College of Commerce; CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) Institute; and the Real Estate School of Oregon.

Nik Merrick

Commercial Loan Manger

Nik Merrick came to the world of commercial lending because of his desire to collaborate with successful individuals, utilizing an ethical compass, to find creative financial solutions where clients achieve long-term financial wellness. Nik’s core mission is to provide the utmost level of dedication and service to his clients and stakeholders and inspire them with the confidence to pursue and achieve their greatest ambitions.

With a passion for entrepreneurial endeavors, Nik founded Portland area restaurants that continue to thrive and has worked as a restaurant startup consultant and a general contractor for both commercial and residential projects. Because of this background, he has experienced the importance of access to capital in the process of maintaining assets and growing businesses.
A proud native Portlander, Nik was born and raised in SE Portland. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in history. He then attended Pepperdine University, earning an MA in education with honors. In addition, he’s earned several post-graduate licenses and endorsements from Pepperdine University and Portland State University.

Nik lives in the Woodstock neighborhood in SE Portland. He has been married for 15 years to his wonderful wife Saangpon, and is father to their two-year old son Quintin. He loves to travel and experience different cultures. He’s also passionate about spending quality time with his family, hiking, reading, meditation and practicing jiu jitsu.


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