MEET THE TEAM

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Success Is Something You Create

Every member of our team is ready to do whatever it takes to ensure yours.

Center Street's executive team have decades of individual and combined experience in all aspects of the consumer finance industry. We have a proven track record of success in both past and current projects. No one person or company can claim more experience or knowledge than that of Center Street team.

Matt Burke

Managing Partner

Matt Burke is Managing Partner at Center Street Finance. Matt began his career in consumer finance at SFG Finance, a subsidiary of a publically traded Texas bank.  During his tenure at SFG, Matt was the manager of Brand Management and special projects.  Matt lead the group that created and implemented new financial products for car dealers and finance companies. While at SFG, Matt also spent time in portfolio acquisitions, risk management, collections, and compliance designing seamless branding and processes.  Matt has sourced over $4 billion in loans over his career in consumer finance.  Prior to SFG, Matt provided investment analyses for Cowtown Angels (a Fort Worth based angel network), was the CEO of University Game Day, LLC dba TCU Game Day, and Parks Production Company, an award-winning entrepreneurial business.

As an entrepreneur, Matt has owned and operated many different types of businesses, which has allowed him to develop a diverse background in customer service, leadership, and networking skills vital to business development.

Matt has a degree from Texas Christian University with a double major in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management with an emphasis in Leadership.

 

matt.burke@csflp.com | Office 682-777-2010

Chris Hawke

Managing Partner

Chris joined Center Street Finance in 2015 as partner and Managing Director.  At Center Street, Chris oversees the firm’s capital markets and business development efforts working with larger financial institutions including broker dealers, commercial banks, private equity funds, hedge funds and other private investors.

Prior to joining Center Street, Chris was a partner and co-founder of Trinity Resource Partners – a specialized advisory and consulting firm assisting companies in a variety of sectors with business development, strategy and access to capital.  From 2009 to 2013, Chris was a Managing Director with FG Companies - a boutique broker dealer providing investment banking services in the consumer finance, commercial finance and specialty finance sectors.  Before FG Companies, Chris worked as a Principal in Bank of America’s Asset Securitization & Principal Investing Group.  At BofA, Chris co-headed a team responsible for originating and executing underwriting mandates for asset-backed securitizations and proprietary investments on behalf of the firm across a wide spectrum of commercial finance, consumer finance and esoteric asset classes.

Chris began his investment banking career at Citigroup in the Asset-Backed Finance Group completing numerous public and private underwriting mandates for term securitizations, warehouse lines, residual financing facilities and other credit facilities and then in the Principal Finance Group focusing on purchases of consumer finance and commercial finance loan portfolios and other special situation proprietary investment opportunities.  Before investment banking, Chris practiced as an attorney at Thacher Proffitt & Wood where he represented underwriters, issuers, rating agencies, investors and lenders in securitizations, structured financings and assorted other corporate finance matters.

Chris holds Series 24, 7 & 63 licenses from FINRA.  Chris earned a BA in Political Science from Amherst College as well as a JD from Fordham University School of Law.

chris.hawke@csflp.com| Office 682-777-2005

Jessica Allen

Partner

Jessica Allen is a Partner at Center Street Finance and oversees Risk Management and Loan Servicing. Jessica manages ongoing engagements with our capital markets clients, providing them with numerous services. These include portfolio management, valuation, cash-flow projections, reporting, and consulting services. As a portfolio manager, Jessica is an intricate part in saving clients time and money because of her attention to detail and extensive knowledge of auto finance.

Jessica has been in the consumer finance industry for over 10 years and has held many key positions throughout the industry, gaining a vast amount of experience and understanding of the inner workings of operations and risk management. Jessica has reviewed over 6 billion dollars of consumer finance loans over her career so far.

Jessica began her career at Nuvell Financial in 2007. While at Nuvell, Jessica managed front-end through backend delinquency. Jessica also created and managed various skip tracing and loss mitigation techniques.

In 2009, Jessica started with SFG Finance. Jessica managed the recourse process and Loan Servicing on multiple newly purchased loan portfolios of more than $100 million. Jessica moved from the management of the recourse portfolios into overall risk management for the SFG managed portfolio. Her responsibilities included portfolio pricing, daily and monthly analysis of management and operational reports, loan servicing risk mitigation training, trend analysis, static pool and risk mitigation strategies. Jessica worked closely with senior executive management on many special projects and was the architect of a cutting-edge customer service incentive and headcount model. Jessica also led a team of 14 employees for community reinvestment and charitable projects.

In 2011, Jessica earned her degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in Management. In 2016, Jessica earned a Master of Business Administration from Texas Women’s University.

jessica.allen@csflp.com | Office 682-777-2007

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