Steven has been with Venture West since 2013, he specializes in the underwriting and origination of financing for multi-family, commercial, and single-family properties. He serves his independent base of clients while also operating as part of Matt Douglas’ team. Mr. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of Arizona.
Director of Originations
Matt Douglas is CEO and founder of Venture West Funding. Mr. Douglas’ primary responsibilities include managing and building the firm’s key relationships with its extensive network of lenders as well as driving the strategic vision of the company. Mr. Douglas is a hands-on leader and actively mentors the firm’s team of skilled loan professionals in two offices.
Mr. Douglas has over 30 years of experience in real estate financing. Throughout his career, he has developed long-term relationships with many lenders including banks, agency, CMBS and life companies. He is also responsible for seeking new capital sources for the company. Mr. Douglas has developed multigenerational relationships with many of Southern California’s most active real estate investors and owners. During his career, Mr. Douglas and his team have arranged over $3.5 billion of financing for multifamily, commercial, and residential property loans. His expertise and solid reputation in real estate finance are the driving forces behind the firm’s success and longevity in this industry.
Mr. Douglas began his career at California Federal Bank in 1986 where he managed high-end clients and originated large commercial, industrial, and multi-family loans. He later moved to single-family construction lending and was promoted to Construction Loan Manager for Cal Fed, serving as the bank's top producer for four consecutive years.
Mr. Douglas is a Licensed California Real Estate Broker and NMLS approved. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona with a double major in finance and real estate. He is happily married with 3 children.