President & CEO, RedRidge Finance Group and ExWorks Capital
Mr. Abrahams serves as the President and CEO of RedRidge Finance Group, defining the strategic direction for the company while directing the overall day-to-day operations. Mr. Abrahams has nearly 30 years of lending experience. He began his career at National Acceptance Corporation, a subsidiary of Walter E. Heller and Company, a nationally recognized commercial finance company.
He later joined Fremont Financial where he spent over 10 years. After leaving as National Marketing Manager at Fremont, he joined LaSalle National Bank/ABN-AMRO in Chicago, Illinois. In 1997, Mr. Abrahams joined Finova Capital Corporation’s newly formed Healthcare Finance Group. Mr. Abrahams was later promoted to Group Head and managed the $1.2 billion healthcare portfolio. The group was later purchased by Berkadia, LLC, a joint venture between Berkshire Hathaway and Leucadia National Corporation. Mr. Abrahams continued to successfully manage the division on their behalf.
Most recently, Mr. Abrahams founded and served as President/CEO of Bridge Finance Group, an independent commercial finance company. In just under five years, Bridge became a respected and influential member of the finance community, with hundreds of millions in funds managed and partner relationships in a variety of specialized industries.
Mr. Abrahams has served the Commercial Finance Association in various officer positions in the Midwest and nationally on the Education Committee. He currently serves as a director of the CFA and has served on the executive committee of the Commercial Finance Association.
Additionally, he has presented at national healthcare conferences, banks and bondholder meetings, and equity investor gatherings throughout his career. Mr. Abrahams has served on the Board of Directors at Children’s Memorial Hospital Foundation in Chicago, Independent Graphic Services, Inc., Ecolite USA, Inc., RFG Fund I LLC, and Excel Finance Co.