Maxim takes a common sense approach to challenged-credit finance. We go beyond the limitations of traditional lending, finding opportunity, seeking solutions and helping our customers move forward confidently. While traditional lenders may fail you, we work alongside business owners to break through challenges. You could even say we are doing far more than financing…

We’re investing in your success.

Our Leadership Team

Behzad Kianmahd
Chairman & CEO
Behzad is Chairman and CEO of Maxim Commercial Capital. He successfully founded several businesses internationally in an array of industries, including manufacturing, wholesaling, retail, energy, biotechnology, structured finance, and consumer products. Most recently, Behzad was Cofounder and CEO of an equipment finance company specializing in commercial heavy-duty trucks and trailers, leading the company for 10 years before selling his interests in 2011. He has held board positions at several non-profit and community organizations. Behzad received his BS in Business from the University of Akron in 1978.
Doug Houlahan
Executive Vice President
Business Development
Doug is the Executive Vice President - Business Development of Maxim Commercial Capital. Prior to Maxim, Doug spent 7 years at a successful independent equipment finance company with over $30 million in contract receivables, serving as a Managing Director overseeing portfolio financing and business development. He previously worked for Wells Fargo Bank in the San Francisco Bay Area. Doug has been instrumental in founding and growing several small businesses throughout his career. He earned his MBA from San Francisco State University and obtained his Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) designation in 2004.

Direct: (415) 599-4057
Shervin Rashti
Executive Vice President
Vendor Sales
Shervin is the Executive Vice President – Vendor Sales for Maxim Commercial Capital. Prior to Maxim, Shervin launched a commercial division for CapNet Financial Services, serving as its VP of Commercial Lending, and was involved in the origination, underwriting, and packaging of commercial transactions. Prior to CapNet, Shervin was responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of a privately-held commercial equipment leasing portfolio. Previously, Shervin successfully launched three technology start-ups. He earned his BS from the University of California at Riverside and obtained his Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) designation in 2009.

Direct: (213) 599-7660
Michael Kianmahd
Executive Vice President
Michael is an Executive Vice President of Maxim Commercial Capital. Prior to Maxim, Michael was an underwriter with JP Morgan Real Estate Banking, where he was responsible for supporting the management of over $400 million in loan commitments. At JP Morgan, Michael helped underwrite $1.6 billion in new loan commitments to institutional borrowers including REITs, REOCS, and private equity funds. He earned his BS in Business Administration, cum laude, from the University of Southern California.

Direct: (213) 984-2727
Kyle Bartleson
Controller
Kyle is the Controller of Maxim Commercial Capital. Prior to joining Maxim, Kyle led the accounting and tax functions for businesses spanning the hospitality, broadcasting, publishing, retail and gaming industries. Prior to these ventures, Kyle built and ran his own CPA firm before successfully selling and transitioning it to new ownership. After graduating from Oklahoma City University, Kyle began his accounting career at Price Waterhouse, LLP and Grant Thornton, LLP. He holds a CPA license and earned his Master of Business Taxation degree from the University of Southern California.

Direct: (213) 418-9301
Azar Heidari
Vice President
Accounting and Audit
Azar is the Vice President - Accounting and Audit of Maxim Commercial Capital. Prior to joining Maxim, Azar served as Controller for an equipment finance company specializing in commercial heavy-duty trucks and trailers. Azar started her career in accounting at the National Iranian Oil Company, ultimately serving as Vice President for 8 years. From there, Azar immigrated to Sweden with her family and served as Head of Audit for DFDS Shipping Company, reporting directly to the CFO. Azar earned her MS in Accounting from the University of Tehran.

Direct: (213) 599-8377
Ben Carlile
Vice President
Portfolio Management & Risk
Ben is Vice President of Portfolio Management & Risk at Maxim Commercial Capital. He brings more than 20 years of successful management experience in commercial finance, focusing on small business lending. Prior to joining Maxim, Ben was a principal in two successful early stage finance firms, most recently acting as Managing Director and President of Allegiant Partners Inc. Ben also held leadership positions in Trinity Capital Corp. (sold to Bank of the West), Bank of America and CIT. Ben’s expertise is in building operations. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Willamette University.

Direct: (415) 737-5791
Paul Monsen
Director
Real Estate Lending
Paul is Director – Real Estate Lending at Maxim Commercial Capital. Prior to Maxim, Paul worked for Amerigo Capital, where he was responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities across the United States. Prior to Amerigo, he served as Vice President at George Smith Partners where he successfully closed over 80 commercial real estate financings, totaling in excess of $1 billion, and was responsible for running the firm’s internship program. Paul received a BS in Finance from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and continues to be involved with mentoring students at the University’s Center for Real Estate, a top 10 undergraduate real estate program.

Direct: (213) 318-4100
Javier Mendoza
Senior Credit Analyst
Javier is a Senior Credit Analyst at Maxim Commercial Capital. Prior to Maxim, Javier gained 10 years of experience in various operations roles at several equipment finance companies. His responsibilities included developing operations policies and procedures, underwriting, submissions, and funding. Prior to working in the finance industry, Javier was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was Honorably Discharged in 2000 and went on to attend San Diego State University before becoming captivated by the equipment finance industry. He obtained his Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) designation in 2014.

Direct: (415) 599-2655