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Ms. Fregosi is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Catalyst Financial, a full service value-based investment banking firm. Catalyst provides advisory services, equity and debt capital, and merger and acquisition transactions. Additionally, Ms. Fregosi is CFO of BKF Capital Group, Inc., a publically traded company that looks for attractive value investment opportunities.
Ms. Fregosi was the COO/CFO of Client First Settlement Funding, a boutique specialty finance company that purchased discounted cash flows. Ms. Fregosi’s responsibilities included establishing funding and building the investor base and managing the day to day operations of the business. Ms. Fregosi successfully established all the policies and procedures and staffed the firm to fully support them. The business grew from 5 people to over 100 during her tenure.
Ms. Fregosi was an Executive Vice President at ABN AMRO Bank for 15 years. She was part of the executive team that ran and successfully sold the mortgage and home equity business from ABN AMRO to Citibank. Ms. Fregosi created and ran the Integrated Market Strategies group at ABN AMRO, encompassing loan and servicing portfolio management, loan pricing, secondary marketing, new product development, analytics, capital markets and pipeline hedging. She was responsible for the development and creation of the ABN AMRO mortgage conduit program (AMAC), the capital markets business (AMCAP), the first US style mortgage securitization in Europe and the commercial mortgage securitization program at ABN AMRO. Ms. Fregosi was a leader in the women’s mentoring program she began at ABN AMRO. She also was the first recipient of the Horizon award at ABN AMRO for facilitating the sharing of business ideas at the global level.
Ms. Fregosi has been involved with investment banking, portfolio management and asset and mortgage securitization for over 20 years. She rated transactions for most of the major mortgage originators when she was part of the Structured Finance Group at Moody's Investor Service. She began her career at Goldome Savings Bank in Buffalo, NY. She was also a successful portfolio manager at MetLife and Stein, Roe, Farnham.
Maria is a summa cum laude graduate of the State University College of New York at Buffalo with a BA in Economics and she has an MBA in Finance and Applied Economics from the Simon School at the University of Rochester.
I now work locally and have limited travel which gives me availability that I have had not had at other points in my career.