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stephenbrinkStephen Brink currently serves as Vice President of First Southern Mortgage and Manager of its Nashville Office. Stephen has been in the commercial mortgage industry for more than 25 years. He began his career with Fleet Real Estate Capital as a real estate analyst in 1986 and held several positions, ending with the responsibilities of Vice President. In 1996 Stephen was appointed Vice President of Mellon Mortgage Company, a subsidiary of Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh. In May of 1999, Stephen joined First Southern as its Vice President and Manager of its Nashville office. He was promoted to Partner in November of 1999.

With each of these companies Mr. Brink has concentrated his efforts in providing mortgage financing and equity placements for commercial properties in Tennessee and surrounding states. These placements include construction and permanent loans, as well as joint-venture equity arrangements, private equity infusions and tax-credit financing. The sources of the debt and equity funds are primarily life insurance companies, but also include conduit lenders, credit companies, commercial banks and private investors. Mr. Brink has arranged debt and equity placements of more than $1.0 billion and served as buyer’s broker in more than $250 million investment sales transactions.

In June 2010 Mr. Brink was honored by the Nashville Business Journal as one of the Most Valuable Players in Nashville’s Commercial Real Estate Market during the past decade. Mr. Brink has served on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Mortgage Banker’s Association where he chaired and worked on the legislative, finance and ethics committees. He has also received honors for his involvement in the Mortgage Bankers of America. He has been named as one of the top players in Nashville’s commercial real estate market by various local publications. Stephen is also a licensed attorney in Tennessee and a member of the American Bar Association. Email Stephen


Thomas-Smith-v2Thomas Smith joined First Southern Mortgage full time as a real estate analyst in early 2013 after graduating from the University of Tennessee. Thomas had previously served as an intern for the company while in college. Thomas currently assists in all facets of loan production, servicing, and closing. Email Thomas