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.

We were happy to return to in-person events for the 2022-2023 season and pleased with strong turnouts/members reconnecting at each of our events.  We appreciate that our members are busy so we strive to put together a full schedule of networking events, walking tours and educational programming that provide value by featuring current industry trends and the state of the market.

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!


Dave Popp
U.S. Bank
Catherine Sierakowski
Chicago Chapter Co-Presidents, 2022-2023

Sponsor RELA


Chicago Chapter Officers


David Popp, US Bank

Catherine Sierakowski, BMO

Vice President

Emily Clark, Wells Fargo Bank


Phil Wantoch, US Bank

Kate Marchi, CIBC

Seamus O’Mahoney, Old National Bank

Dave Patchin, Fifth Third Bank

Michael Browne, Citizens Financial Group

Mark Frankel, BMO

David Starr, East West Bank

Zena Diggs, Bank of America

Katie Tynan, CIBC

Robert Goeckel, Texas Capital Bank

Joe Rock, Byline Bank

Kyle Lohbeck, Flag Star

Drew Burlak, Huntington Capital Markets

Gretchen Hart, Old National Bank

Jon Browne, JP Morgan Chase

Nick Schneider, Fifth Third Bank

Membership Committee

Programming Committee

Sponsorship Committee

Immediate Past President

Matthew Adams, Citizens Financial Group

Chapter Liaison Officer

Young Members Committee

Communications Committee

Special Events Committee

Educational Panel Committee


Community Affairs Committee

Sponsorship & Finance Committee

Past Presidents

Chicago Sponsors