Meet the Sundae Leadership Team

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Josh Stech

Co-Founder & CEO

Josh Stech is CEO and Co-Founder of Sundae, a marketplace that connects home sellers directly with property investors. Josh started Sundae to help homeowners get a better outcome when selling off-market. With a career at the intersection of technology and residential real estate, he’s seen first hand the opportunity to create a new type of business that wins by doing the right thing for the seller.

Prior to starting Sundae, Josh was Founding Partner and SVP of Sales at LendingHome, an online mortgage bank specializing in short-term residential bridge loans. During his five years at LendingHome, Josh helped the company outperform veteran business in LendingHome’s category as the company scaled to 350 employees and $150M in venture funding.

Prior to LendingHome Josh was Co-Founder and CFO of Purpose Built Investments (PBI), a residential real estate private equity firm. Josh launched three investment funds for PBI focused on buying, renovating, and selling houses as well as bridge lending, executing more than 1,200 transactions.

Josh graduated with honors from Stanford with a BA in Economics, BA in Spanish, and an MA in Latin American Studies with a focus in Economic Policy. He wrote his honors thesis on the long-term impact of the subprime lending crisis on the Latino community. Josh lives in San Diego with his wife, three children, and their two dogs.

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Andrew Swain

Co-Founder

Andrew is an experienced executive with expertise in finance and marketplaces. Prior to founding Sundae, Andrew was CFO at LendingHome, the category-leading online mortgage bank specializing in short-term residential bridge loans. Prior to LendingHome, Andrew served as CFO at Airbnb, helping the vacation rental marketplace scale during a period of hypergrowth.

Previously, Andrew held a series of roles at Intuit, including VP of Finance for the Intuit Consumer Division and General Manager of the company’s prepaid debit card business, after also leading Intuit’s Corporate Strategy and Development Group. Before joining Intuit, Andrew was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group, where he specialized in Corporate Strategy and Operations. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Susan Canavari

Chief Marketing Officer

As Chief Marketing Officer at Sundae, Susan is responsible for driving growth for Sundae’s brands and businesses. An impact-driven Senior Marketing Executive, Susan Canavari has extensive experience serving Fortune 100 financial services/investment banking companies and top-tier global advertising and marketing organizations.

Prior to joining Sundae, Susan was the SVP, Brand & Integrated Marketing at TIAA where she led TIAA client teams across Institutional, Consumer & Product businesses teams, and worked closely with product/distribution leaders to create and execute go-to-market plans that ensured marketing offerings were positioning the right solutions to help clients meet their long-term financial goals. Susan worked on transforming TIAA into a world-class retirement company by increasing its market share and delivered competitive advantage through optimized customer experience and customized communications.

Before joining TIAA, Susan held leadership roles with JPMorgan Chase. She grew the business in her last role as Global Chief Brand & Experience Officer, JPM Asset & Wealth Management by leading the Private Bank’s branding evolution through new customer acquisition and a significant increase in deposits growth. Overseeing the Asset Management that designed/executed enterprise-level brand programs/campaigns, Susan drove consistency across geographies and business segments, and increased JPM Asset Management portfolio managers’ profile nationally.

Previously, Susan served in leadership roles at several leading global advertising and marketing organizations including mcGarryBowen (now Dentsumcgarrybowen), Publicis Groupe/Digitas, Ogilvy & Mather, Digitas, Upromise and Filene’s.

Susan has an MBA in Marketing from Boston College, Wallace E. Carroll Graduate School of Management, and a BS in Mass Communications from Miami University, Oxford, OH. She is an Advisory Board Member of the Potential Energy Coalition, New York, NY; serves as Secretary of the Board for the CMT Research Foundation in Atlanta, GA (2020 - 2021), and serves on the Board of Oscar's Place Adoption Center & Sanctuary in Hopland, CA.

Marc Geredes

Chief Operating Officer

At Sundae, Marc is reunited with Co-Founder and CEO Josh Stech. Initially tapped to grow LendingHome’s fledgling Consumer Direct mortgage platform, Marc quickly transitioned to pair with Josh to re-imagine LendingHome’s approach to Business Purpose lending. Together they relocated mortgage operations and loan servicing from San Francisco, CA to Pittsburgh, PA, redesigned its customer value proposition and engagement, and are largely responsible for the operating practices in place today.

Having served as a member of the executive leadership teams at Genesis Capital and LendingHome, Marc brings extensive FinTech and PropTech strategic and operations expertise to Sundae. Marc has spent his entire career in various forms of residential real estate lending and has led companies from 1,000+ employees nationwide to multiple early stage start-ups.

Marc graduated from UC Berkeley, where he received a degree in Applied Mathematics with emphasis in Computer Science. Marc’s curiosity in understanding “how things work” and truly listening to customer needs has led him to specialize in simplifying workflows and building cross-functional teams to deliver a superior customer experience.

Beth Sallomi

SVP, People

As SVP of People, Beth oversees all aspects of human resources at Sundae, driving performance, talent development and acquisition, learning and development, compensation, benefits, tools and technologies, and the continuing evolution of the company's culture.

Prior to joining Sundae, Beth was VP of HR Operations at Fandom, where she led global operations for the Human Resources and Talent teams in nine countries. She also held leadership roles at GE Digital, where she was responsible for the delivery of full-cycle Recruiting and Staffing support across all GE businesses globally, and TeamPersona, a boutique staffing firm with a client portfolio including Yahoo, Sony PlayStation, Facebook, and Apple among others.

Beth grew up in Virginia, where she graduated from Mary Washington College with a BA in Political Science. In addition to spending time with her husband, friends, and her german shepherds, Beth enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, and winning at trivia night.

Madhav Ranjan

SVP, Product & Engineering

As Senior Vice President of Product & Engineering, Madhav brings 20+ years of product and technology leadership in the mortgage and real estate vertical to Sundae. Madhav is passionate about the Sundae mission and is responsible for building highly scalable, fault-tolerant, elegant, intuitive products that drive change and help further our mission to help homeowners.

Prior to joining Sundae, Madhav was SVP of Product and Engineering at HouseCanary, a leading provider of residential real estate valuation and analytics to large institutional customers. Prior to HouseCanary, Madhav co-founded Red Bell Real Estate where he served as the Chief Information Officer and led the product and engineering teams to build automated real estate valuation, BPO Fulfillment and REO Management platforms to propel three independent businesses. Red Bell Real Estate was successfully sold to publicly traded Radian Guaranty.

Madhav began his career at UBS Investment Bank after graduating from Cornell University, where he received a BS in computer science.

Polly Watts

Polly Watts

SVP & GM, Property Acquisitions

Polly is a real estate professional who takes great pride in her ability to dissect and understand the characteristics of the residential real estate market. Previous to Sundae, Polly managed the daily brokerage and escrow operations at Maxim Properties, a subsidiary of Wedgewood Inc. She is a hands-on professional actively engaged in property acquisitions, home valuations, negotiations, closing, and the evaluation of special finance issues including non-performing notes (NPNs). Polly has built her real estate practice by valuing client goals, confidentiality, ethics, and long-term relationships.

Priding herself on being a personable trust counselor, skilled negotiator, and market analyst, Polly offers clients unparalleled market knowledge. She has been acknowledged by various sources as Los Angeles’ top broker by sales volume between 2012 and 2019. Polly also formerly enjoyed a successful tenure as an independent agent with Century 21, and as the owner and manager of her own brokerage.

Holding a Broker’s license in California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Tennessee, Idaho, Utah, Georgia, Florida, and Washington, Polly’s vast experience and ability to tap into new markets enabled Wedgewood to expand its business into multiple states during her time there. Under Polly’s direction, Maxim Properties sold more than 3,500 homes annually.

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Shaun Greer

SVP, Revenue

As Senior Vice President of Revenue, Shaun is responsible for driving sales through Sundae’s Marketplace and increasing Sundae’s market share.

Prior to Sundae, Shaun served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Vacasa. He was responsible for the company's organic portfolio growth including acquisition marketing, sales development, property management and real estate sales. In 2018, Shaun was tasked with building Vacasa's real estate division, which grew to over 350 Vacasa agents and 4,000 agents within its referral network. He was part of the leadership team that took Vacasa public in 2021. He is also a licensed real estate agent.

Shaun graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, both from Boise State University.

Makesh Loganathan

VP, Analytics

As the Vice President of Analytics, Makesh Loganathan is responsible for analyzing and forecasting the profitability of various initiatives at Sundae. He brings approximately 20 years of experience in analytics at various companies.

Prior to Sundae, Makesh was a Senior Director of Analytics at Encore Capital Group, a diversified financial services company. He managed a global team of analysts to evaluate and improve profitability of portfolios through effective servicing strategies.

Makesh started off his career at Capital One Financial as a Business Analyst designing products and decision policies for various credit card customers. He then followed several Cap One execs to a private student loan startup called Educap, and then moved to an analytical consulting company called Applied Predictive Technologies, after which he joined Encore Capital.

Outside of work, he loves to spend time at the beach with his family & his dog.