Tom Pearce is a co-founder of MAXEX and serves as its CEO and Chairman of the Board. He brings over 30 years of expertise within the community banking and insurance arenas as well as expertise within the mortgage finance, credit and asset management arenas. Tom served on the Board of Directors of Five Oaks Investment Corp (NYSE: OAKS) a mortgage REIT sponsored by XL Group Plc from 2013 to 2015 and was Chairman of the Compensation Committee. From 2002 to 2011, Tom was founder and Managing Partner of Vertical Capital, LLC which was sponsored by Bank of America to specialize in the management of non-agency RMBS as well as bank loans. At its peak, Vertical managed more than $14 billion in assets. Prior to founding Vertical Capital, from 1998 to 2002, Tom was a founder and CEO of Peachtree Financial, LLC which was a middle-market commercial lending firm and rated servicer sponsored by First Union Bank and A.J. Gallagher. From 1986 to 1998, Tom served as a Managing Director/Principal and senior member of the Mortgage Department at Bear Stearns where he focused on risk management solutions and portfolio optimization for community banks and insurance companies as well as expertise within the mortgage credit markets. Tom received a BA from Washington and Lee University where he still serves on the Advisory Board of W&L’s Connelly School for Entrepreneurism.