Doug Katz – MBA, CCRS
Doug Katz graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science and Leadership Management. After graduating, he served five years in the US Army as a Field Artillery Officer. Following his military service, Doug spent several years in the telecommunications industry working in the operations and marketing for a major equipment manufacturer in the Chicago suburbs. During this time, he also earned his MBA from Loyola University Chicago.
REAL ESTATE LENDING
Doug moved to the mortgage industry based on a desire to help people realize their dream of home ownership and to accomplish their real estate investment goals. Throughout his career, he has consistently used his expansive knowledge, practical experience, work ethic, and exceptional customer service to help his clients achieve their goals. Doug leverages his skills and talents to solve problems quickly and efficiently through the mortgage process. While he has experience serving all types of clients, Doug has exceptional experience in the investment funding segment. He served as the SVP of Sales and Marketing for Jordan Capital Finance (now Finance America), a premier company in the fix-and-flip and buy-and-hold real estate markets. He now does some lending in the residential space but has generally pivoted to the investment lending space with his business, Redleg Funding. In this capacity, Doug is working to bring a client-focused process driven broker business that is lacking in the hard money and investment real estate lending space.
INVENTION AND INNOVATION
Always driven by solving problems, Doug came to inventing in his 50’s as a third act. His invention philosophy centers on basic problems and simple solutions that are often overlooked in our technology-focused world. Doug’s first inventions are based on solving limited mobility as well injury prevention and management. In the last year, Doug has developed a new knife design/cutting and handle system for which he is patent pending and currently working to bring to market. Additionally, he has developed a new arm sling design that he will be patent pending by mid-October 2023. These innovative products will provide improved mobility and quality of life for those who utilize them. Additionally, Doug innovates for fun with development of ideas like his poker variation dubbed Oma-Hold ‘Em.
REAL ESTATE MEDIATION AND DIVORCE SUPPORT
During his time as a residential real estate lender, Doug found that he regularly dealt with divorcing clients and quickly became acquainted with the complexities and challenges associated with this segment. For many years, he built a portion of his lending practice around the divorce segment as a Certified Divorce Lending Professional as part of the Divorce Lending Association. While he helped many divorcing couples in that time, Doug identified a dissonance between how the lending industry can and does support divorcing couples and what they needed. Finding the transactional approach, i.e. needing to do a loan inadequate and problematic, he founded Redleg Mediation and Consulting and The Divorce Housing Pro as a means to provide divorcing couples as well as other divorce professionals the needed objective advisory services to make the right decisions regarding the disposition of marital real estate and in doing so, helping them most beneficially begin their post-divorce life with a roof over their head. While no currently practicing in these fields he regularly applies his lessons and experience from that time to his current endeavors.
NOT ALL WORK
Doug lives in Trout Valley, IL with his wife of over 25 years, one of his children and his elderly father for whom he cares for. Of this who have left the nest, his daughter is following in the family tradition of service as a cadet at the United States Coast Guard Academy and his older son attends Carthage College in Wisconsin. When not working, Doug can be found in his home forge making a knife or in his home gym keeping fit. Occasionally, he steps back onto the martial arts mat either in Aikido, where he has earned the rank of Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) or his new endeavor, Krav Maga. Doug is also dedicated to supporting the veteran community through active involvement in several organizations.
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