Founded in 2011, VA Loan Captain was created out of the experiences of its founder and CEO, Grant Moon. Grant served in the US Army from 1998, and is a proud veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and other operations in support of the Global War on Terror. On returning from Iraq in 2008, Grant was looking to buy a home, and heard about the VA Home Loan benefit. At the time, there was no VA Loan Captain to guide Grant through the application process and match him with approved, experienced VA lenders. As a result, Grant went through a painful process which cost him more than he hoped. Looking back, Grant wanted to help his fellow veterans by providing them with a simple and unbiased way to educate themselves on the VA Home Loan. He wrote this book and began building VA Loan Captain. Since then, he has successfully used his VA loan benefit multiple times.
Today, VA Loan Captain provides a VA Loan marketplace to major partners such as Gannett Media (Militarytimes), Stars & Stripes, and RallyPoint.
How we do it
Grant Moon, CEO
Grant Moon is founder and President of VA Loan Captain Inc. and has 14 years of experience as an Enlisted Soldier and CO in the Army National Guard and Army Reserves. Grant has served in numerous capacities throughout his service to include Military Policeman, Rifle Platoon Leader, Rifle Company Executive Officer, Battalion Operations Officer, Battle Captain, and Company Commander. Grant is a proud veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Throughout his service Grant’s has earned high esteems as a leader and his accolades include a Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and two Army Achievement Medals. He was the Distinguished Military Graduate of his Officer Candidate School Class and recipient of the Leadership Award from the Association of the United States Army. He currently serves as a Captain in the United States Army Reserves.
Additionally, Grant has extensive experience leading ecommerce, sales, marketing, and distribution departments in publicly traded companies.
Grant has a Masters in Business Administration from Babson College and a Bachelors of Science from Endicott College.
Peter Goodman, Corporate Counsel
Dan Espinal, Advisor to the Board
Dan Espinal is a private equity investor and business operator with domain expertise in tech and previously worked as a management consultant providing counsel to aerospace and defense firms with a focus on middle market M&A.
Dan is a combat veteran and airborne-ranger qualified infantry officer with service time as a combat adviser embedded with the Afghan National Civil Order Police, leading over 150 combat patrols in southeastern Afghanistan. Prior to Afghanistan, he spent time as an executive officer of the 173rd Long Range Surveillance Detachment (Airborne) and a platoon leader.
Lucia Liu, Chief of Staff & Director of Business Development
Cindy Clarke, VP of Operations
Cindy has a Master’s in Business Administration from W.P. Carey and a Bachelor’s of Science in Real Estate from Arizona State University.
Tom Mansfield, Project Manager
Tom graduated with a Bachelor of Science is Economics with Merit from the United States Naval Academy.
Nick Sharma, Director of Product
Before joining the VA Loan Captain Team, Nick helped a legal tech start-up revolutionize the legal funding industry, launched his own small business, and spent 4+ years as a management consultant at Towers Watson.
Nick graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Caitlin Cerverizzo, Executive Assistant
Major General (Ret) Robert W. Mixon, Jr.
Major General (Ret) Robert W. Mixon, Jr., retired from active duty on October 1, 2007, after more than 33 years of commissioned service. At the time of his retirement he was Commanding General Division West, First Army and Fort Carson Colorado, having previously commanded the 7th Infantry Division.Major General (Ret) Robert W. Mixon, Jr. was an Armor Officer who served in command and staff positions throughout the Army in the United States and overseas. His command assignments include: Command of L Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at Bad Hersfeld, Germany; Command of 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Bliss, Texas; Command of 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea; and Commanding General, 7th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.
In September 2009, Major General (Ret) Robert W. Mixon, Jr. became Executive Vice President of Unistel, the employee services company of CDS Monarch, a nonprofit for the developmentally disabled in Rochester, New York. Since that time, they have begun a pioneering program, Warrior SALUTE, for injured servicemembers with Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD.
Dr. Lawrence Carr, Captain Retired USN
Dr. Carr is seasoned and accomplished leader with decades of experience leading private, military, and educational organizations. As former President and CEO of OSRAM (Now Osram Sylvania), Corp., the U.S. and Canadian subsidiary of OSRAM GmbH, part of Siemens, Dr. Carr developed and managed the dramatic growth of this lighting company for eight years. He led the corporation as it established distribution systems and centers, developed a manufacturing facility in the U.S., and introduced new product lines to the market.
As a Naval Officer, Dr. Carr served a combined 29 years in active and reserve duty including two tours in Viet Nam aboard the USS Walker (DD517) and again on the USS St. Paul (CA-73). He had six very successful commands throughout his service and retired at the rank of Captain (O-6).
Dr. Carr has a B.A., Marist College; M.A.; M.B.A. and Ph.D., Union College
Norman T. Koenigsberg
Norman T. Koenigsberg is a respected leader in the mortgage industry with experience spanning more than twenty years. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of First Choice Loan Services, Inc., (FCLS) a wholly owned subsidiary of First Choice Bank, New Jersey. By strategically establishing loan production offices throughout the country, Norman’s efforts have grown FCLS origination and closing volume from startup in 2009 to almost $1.5B in annual volume today.
Before joining First Choice, Norman was the Managing Director of Citizens Community Bank where he was responsible for the growth and operation of its retail mortgage division. He also managed investor relations, secondary market activities and was responsible for the continued development of the loan production and fulfillment staff. Norman has also helped establish and grow the residential mortgage lending divisions for various Regional and National Banks including Roslyn Savings Bank, Hudson United Bank, Chatham Savings and First Union National Bank.
John J. Brown
Professor Ran Kivetz, Ph.D.
Professor Ran Kivetz is a tenured professor at Columbia University Business School, where he holds the Philip H. Geier endowed chair. Professor Kivetz is a leading expert in the areas of behavioral economics, decision-making, marketing, customer behavior, incentives, and innovation.
Professor Kivetz’s research has won many prestigious awards, including multiple “Best Paper” awards, being a recipient of the New York Times annual “Best Idea” award, and being ranked as the third most prolific scholar in his field during 1982–2006.
Professor Kivetz has advised Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and entrepreneurial ventures from a variety of industries. He has worked with organizations on strategy, decision-making, marketing, innovation, branding, customer behavior, incentive systems, marketing research, and intellectual property.
Professor Kivetz earned a Ph.D. in business and an M.A. in psychology from Stanford University and a B.A. in economics and psychology from Tel Aviv University.