Welcome to the Chicago Chapter of RELA! Our goal at RELA is to provide unique, relevant, and fun events and learning opportunities to the Chicago real estate lending community. At RELA you can discuss current market conditions and connect with other lenders in an engaging setting where candid conversations are welcomed and encouraged.  


After pivoting to a virtual-based agenda during the 2020-2021 year, we look forward to the 2021-2022 season being one of reinvigoration and reconnection of RELA members as we emerge from the COVID 19 Pandemic.  We plan on putting together a full slate of in-person networking opportunities and educational programming that includes cutting edge developments. 


Due to the generosity of our sponsors, membership is very affordable and we are always looking to increase our membership. We encourage you to sign up for an event and check us out!




Matt Adams
Citizens Bank


Dave Popp

U.S. Bank

Chicago Chapter Co-Presidents, 2021-2022

Sponsor RELA


Chicago Chapter Officers


Matthew Adams, Citizens Financial Group

David Popp, US Bank

Vice President

Catherine Sierakowski, BMO


Communications Committee

Community Affairs Committee


Emily Cassato, Wells Fargo Bank

Drew Burlak, Huntington Capital Markets

Kyle Lohbeck, Flag Star

Joe Rock, Huntington Capital Markets

Jerry Rotunno, Associated Bank

Robert Goeckel, BBVA

Katie Tynan, CIBC

Maggie Lupiani, JP Morgan Chase

Zena Diggs, Bank of America

Katie Brungardt, CIBC

Liam Sorensen, Capital One

Mark Frankel, BMO

Michael Browne, Citizens Financial Group

Kaushik Ponnusamy, BOK Financial

Julie Thick, JP Morgan Chase

Dave Patchin, Fifth Third Bank

Seamus O’Mahoney, Bank of America

Kate Marchi, CIBC

Phil Wantoch, US Bank

Membership Committee

Programming Committee

Sponsorship Committee

Immediate Past President

David Starr, Northern Trust

Young Members Committee

Special Events Committee

Educational Panel Committee

Sponsorship & Finance Committee

Chicago Sponsors