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Mark Jiran

As CEO/President, Mark Jiran is involved in all aspects of First Monument Funding Financial, LLC’s business. His innovative leadership, however, is most evident in the area of operations, as his guidance helps take the organization effectively into the 21st century. In particular, the establishment of the company’s banking and co-lender relationships, both domestically and internationally, have been largely due to Mark’s experience, expertise and proficiency. His efforts and contributions have also helped enable the company to more than double its production in just the last few years. Among Mark’s philanthropic endeavors, one of the most meaningful is The First Monument Funding Financial, LLC Invitational, one of the Texas area’s premier tennis tournaments. Mark’s concept, organization, follow-through and dedication founded the event in 2006 and raised $850,000 for the fight against breast cancer the very first year. At that time, Mark and the other organizers guaranteed a $3 million donation to  Houston Methodist Breast Center. For 2007, Mark secured the legendary Pete Sampras to appear in a much-anticipated exhibition match at the tournament, which helped raise more than $1,225,000 to “Continue the Fight” against breast cancer.

Mark was awarded a BA and an MBA in finance from Emory University. He currently lives with his family in California.


Alan Jones
Chief Operating Officer

“Professional and passionate” describe Alan Jone’s attitude and approach to all his responsibilities as Chief Operating Officer. A broad range of experience in the commercial real estate lending industry enables him to handle even the most complex situations with poise and practicality. Alan brings a creative approach to both the marketing of the company and day-to-day transactions. He’s been personally involved with deals in commercial property acquisition, development and construction, income-producing properties, turnaround situations and more that have been worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Known throughout the industry for his “nothing’s impossible” philosophy, Alan has also developed a reputation for quick thinking and flexibility when tight schedules arise. Despite his hectic duties at First Monument, he finds time to remain at the forefront of current industry events through numerous trade shows and conventions.

Alan graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson with a Bachelor of Science degree.


Diane Terri Johnston
Controller/Director of Business Financial

Diane Terri Johnston has been with First Monument Funding Financial, LLC for nearly 21 years and brings a dedication to her role as Controller seldom seen in the corporate arena. Diane’s managerial, bookkeeping, and accounting skills are of the highest caliber enabling her to excel at her position. A couple of Diane’s key attributes are her ability to routinely be proactive rather than merely reactive, and her keen ability to quickly resolve any issues related to First Monument Funding Financial, LLC’s global business. Diane manages multiple responsibilities in a hectic, fast-paced environment, and her fabled attention to detail and firm grasp of the finer points of financial reporting have made her invaluable to the company. In addition to overseeing First Monument Funding Financial, LLC’s entire portfolio of assets, which consists of many outstanding loans, defaulted loans, and owned properties, Diane oversees the entire funding process on each and every loan closing. As you can see, Diane has her finger on the pulse of First Monument Funding Financial, LLC at all times. Diane currently lives with her husband and two sons in California.


Williams Freddie Jr
Executive Loan Officer

Williams Freddie Jr brings valuable industry insight from earlier positions with respected mortgage lenders and notable real estate firms. Through extensive contact with borrowers, he has developed strong interpersonal skills and a magnetic personality that have helped him excel as one of First Monument’s key players.

Williams’s experience, versatility, communications abilities and mastery of the Spanish language make him an extremely valuable asset to the First Monument team. Williams is a graduate of Monmouth University School of Business with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.


Bhatti Parvez, Akhtar
Senior Loan Officer

Bhatti has been an Associate of First Monument Funding Financial, LLC since its inception. In addition, he is actively involved in many small business ventures throughout Texas. Prior to joining First Monument Funding Financial, LLC, Bhatti spent several years in the commercial real estate appraisal field.

Bhatti is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York, and served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.


Gerry Maynard
Executive Secretary

Gerry Maynard is an executive secretary with First Monument Funding Financial, LLC, and proves her value every day, working closely as she does with the team. She provides for and facilitates the smooth operation of the office through the processing of loans and the performance of due diligence of loan transactions, from the procuring of appraisals to the actual loan commitments.

Gerry is also invaluable in the performance of special assignments from the CEO, making administrative decisions regarding office business, procedures, and policy, and in the handling and scheduling processes that enable the company to function on a daily basis.

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