About Sequoian

Sequoian is a hard money lender that understands the needs of our borrowers and investors.

Whether you are a contractor seeking financing to rehab a home, a business owner looking to buy a commercial building, or a trust deed investor looking for a solid return on your money; we work diligently to identify your expectations and strive to exceed them. We provide more than just timely financing and tidy returns. We view our residential and commercial projects as an opportunities to change lives and the character of communities. We believe that the Home is the nucleus of society and has the power to influence people and shape neighborhoods. Our commercial financing redevelops hubs of employment and public infrastructure, fueling growth in local economies. It is our mission to “Lift Where We Stand” and provide a sense of “Living with Purpose ™” to our borrowers, investors, and communities. Like our giant tree name-sake: We are Ever Strong, Ever Proud, and Ever Growing!

Our Mission

Everyone has a mission, this is what gives us purpose as a company and what motivates us to come to the office every morning. At Sequoian, we have a core purpose of
Making Money Work™ While Improving Communities
Our Core Values

The following is a list of our core values. This is a reflection of what is truly important to us. Our core values never change no matter what the situation or who is working for us.  They are the foundation of our company. By upholding these core values, regardless of how large the property or project we are working on, we can safeguard what is the strength of our company. Our Core values are where it all B.E.G.A.N.

Building character In a notorious industry Sequoian stands as a beacon of Integrity. Furthermore, our loans improve communities.

Execution We do not stop until the task is complete no matter what it takes!

Guardianship We do what it takes to protect investor money

Adaptability There is always a solution

Nakedness (Transparency) We will show you ours, regardless of if you show us yours!

Our Team

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Alexander Pellegrino

Partner

Mr. Pellegrino is a Licensed California Real Estate Broker and a Licensed California Mortgage Loan Originator.

Since 2000, he has been a General Partner for Pellegrino Investments, a real estate portfolio company in the greater San Diego area.  Mr. Pellegrino is experienced with multi-family acquisitions, syndication, and financing of a multitude of assets.   Mr. Pellegrino’s position has allowed him to initiate real estate development projects such as land subdivision, asset rehabilitation, and condominium conversion.

Mr. Pellegrino was President of Pell Property Management Inc., until he sold the business in 2012.  Pell Property Management was a full-service professional management company servicing over 500 apartment units in the greater San Diego area. Mr. Pellegrino oversaw all of the day-to-day activities.

In 2005, Mr. Pellegrino founded The Pellegrino Group and Pell Financial Inc., a boutique real estate and mortgage company. Pell Group was the first company in San Diego to provide financing for non-US citizens. The company grew from one employee to 19 employees in only 18 months.

In 2010, Mr. Pellegrino founded Sequoian Investments Inc.,  the premier private money source for real estate developers and investors in Southern California.

Associations
–     EO Entrepreneur Organization, Board Member–     CAR California Association of Realtors, Member

–     NAR National Association of Realtors, Member

–     NAA National Apartment Association, Member

–     TCA Tech Coast Angels, Member

–     SDAA San Diego Apartment Association, Member

–     AOA Apartment Owners Association, Member

–     IREM Institute of Real Estate Management, CPM Candidate

–     NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Member

–     DPP Distressed Properties Professionals, Member

–     UNICO Italian American Service Organization, Member

–     FIDF Friends of Israeli Defense Forces, Supporter

–     YMCA (Copley-Price), Board Member

DRE License Number: 01312744

NMLS License Number: 905037

 

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Alexander Favelukis

Partner

Alexander (Sasha) Favelukis has been involved in the mortgage industry since 2002. He started as a wholesaler, selling loans packaged to the secondary market. With the experience and wealth of knowledge of the inner workings of the banking industry, he decided to move into the retail aspect of lending and began working as a loan officer in 2003.

In 2005, Sasha Favelukis and Alex Pellegrino started a mortgage and real estate company in La Mesa, CA. They quickly grew to 19 employees and partnered up with a large lender in Los Angeles. The company became one of the first companies to offer non-resident loans to people with ITIN numbers.

In January of 2007, they decided to exit the conventional lending industry because they saw the end of an era coming. Due to the fact that they were funding loans for some of the most aggressive lenders, they were able to see the contraction of the lending market before most did.

In July of 2007, Sasha moved to San Francisco to pursue an opportunity to work in the private money space. From 2007 until 2010, Sasha funded $70 million in loans and put $50 million of investor capital to work. After studying the industry of private money or “Hard Money” as it is called, Sasha decided to move back to San Diego.  He felt that the market had bottomed out there and it was a good time to start lending there.

Priority First PF LLC was established in 2010 and has funded over 120 hard money loans in San Diego County and bought a multitude of investment properties that give a constant return of 10%.

In 2012, Sasha joined as a partner with Sequoian Investments Inc. and now provides private money financing and property repositioning in southern California.

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Alan Cassell

Acquisitions

Alan Cassell is a native Californian. Born in San Francisco and raised between Southern California and Minnesota. Alan has served as a consultant and manager of multiple businesses in the management consulting, real estate investment and non-profit sectors. He successfully managed loan origination volume of over $500M in his professional lending background in CA, NV and AZ, and brings that experience to the Hard Money and Private Lending marketplace.  From 2010 to 2014, Alan also personally developed and managed a property acquisition and development program that acquired over 1000 SFR properties that were completely rehabilitated and resold to first time homebuyers and families.  

 

 

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Allyson Robinson

Director of Marketing

Allyson Robinson has over 20 years of experience in marketing, event planning, product development, and client relationship building.

At Sequoian Investments, Allyson is responsible for the marketing activities.

Allyson is the former VP of Marketing for a nationally ranked Wealth Management firm.

She graduated from San Diego State University, cum laude, with a B.A. in Media Management and a minor in Political Science. She is a member of the national political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha and an alumnus of Delta Gamma.

She is the recipient of the Huggies Mom Inspired Award and a recognized mom inventor. Allyson is the inventor of the Tilty Cup and co/founder of Lids2Go. Allyson has been featured in numerous radio and television interviews. Allyson has been interviewed for several books and mentioned in an article in Forbes.

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Eddy Akel

Senior Account Executive

Eddy Akel has been involved in the lending since 1990.

For over 26 years, in both the lending and business industries, Eddy has been building lasting relationships with clients, big and small, in the San Diego area. Eddy specializes in helping local businesses reach their financial goals. Eddy’s SBA lending experience, combined with his operation and overseeing of several independently owned multi-million dollar companies, gives him the knowledge and expertise necessary to help make your business a successful one.

At Sequoian Investments, Mr. Akel works as our Senior Account Executive on our business lending team. His extensive lending and leadership experience enables him to provide expert knowledge and counsel to help you plan, start and expand your business with customized financing solutions.

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Erick Gydesen

Account Executive

Mr. Gydesen is a San Diego Native with a Bachelor of Science from San Diego State University, emphasizing in Finance. Graduating near the top of his class, Mr. Gydesen has a vast understanding of corporate finance, wealth management, & entrepreneurial ventures.

Prior to Sequoian Investments, Mr. Gydesen had worked at Coldwell Banker, College Works Painting Inc, and the City of San Diego.

At Coldwell Banker, Mr. Gydesen worked with both the managerial and marketing team which specialized in
residential realty and mortgages. During this time, Mr. Gydesen was tasked with surveying and forecasting local market trends. Mr Gydesen duties also encompassed realtor-client relations, and mass-marketing.

At CWP Inc. Mr Gydesen ranked in the top 10 nationwide for sales, while still maintaining a 95% satisfactory rating from his clients. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Gydesen was asked to become the District Manager of San Diego. Mr. Gydesen held responsibilities ranging from human resourcing, training for marketing & sales, operational management & event planning.

At Sequoian Investments, Mr. Gydesen works as an Account Executive, specializing in investor relations, market analysis, loan procurement & carrying out Sequoian’s marketing campaigns; to name a few. In addition, Mr. Gydesen creates investor prospectuses and borrower documents, contributes to the overseeing of our trust deed investments and is actively expanding our trust deed investment opportunities.

Mr. Gydesen is an avid surfer, poker player & golfer. Mr. Gydesen clocked countless hours in the pool training for Water Polo & Competitive Swimming. While in school, he became the President of the largest Social Fraternity at San Diego State University; overseeing an organization of well over 100+ members. As a San Diego Native, Mr. Gydesen continues to be very well connected with the community and its people.

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What Our
Customers Think

Sasha has a great program designed to help investors on both sides of the deal. He’s a true professional with a great product and I would highly recommend looking into his investment opportunity.

Bill – San Diego, CA

I wouldn’t trust my life savings with the stock market, but with Sequoian I feel secure. I am earning 18% annualized and loving every penny.

Derick – El Cajon, CA

I have had the pleasure and honor of working with Sequoian on several transactions and am impressed with their level of efficiency and professionalism. Sasha and Alex are excellent communicators and they take charge every step of the way. No surprises.

Becky – Lakeside, CA

Sequoian Investments helped save a recent escrow offering a loan, within days of closing and were very proficient and professional. Definitely a company that stands by its word to get things done!

Jane – San Diego, CA

I’ve dealt with a lot of lenders, Mortgage Brokers, and Realtors in the 8 years I’ve been a title insurance sale rep, and working with Sasha at Sequoian Investments, has been a very refreshing and eye opening experience.

Greg – San Diego, CA

Finally, an investment company who follows through on what they say. In a real estate market where everyone is claiming to be an investor, Sequoian Investments, Inc. is the real thing. I just closed a transaction in which every word spoken was followed by an action.”

Brian – San Diego, CA

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