Our People

Dan Wallach - CEO of Shepherd's Finance

Dan Wallach

Daniel M. Wallach, age 49, is our Chief Executive Officer and one of our Managers. He has been in the housing industry since 1985. He was the CFO of 84 Lumber Company, a multi-billion dollar supplier of building materials to home builders for eleven years. He also was responsible for that company’s lending business for twenty years. During those years, he was responsible for the creation and implementation of many secured lending programs to builders. Some of these were done fully by that company, and some were done in partnership with banks. In general, the creation of all loans, and the resolution of defaulted loans, was his responsibility whether the loans were company loans or loans in partnership with banks. Through these programs, he was responsible for the creation of approximately $2,000,000,000 in loans which generated interest spread after deducting for loan losses of approximately $50,000,000. Through the years, he managed the development of systems for reducing and managing the risks and losses on defaulted loans. Mr. Wallach also was responsible for that company’s unsecured debt to builders, which reached over $300,000,000 at its peak. He also gained experience in securing defaulted unsecured debt at that company.

 

Bill Myrick - Shepherd's Finance Independent Manager

Bill Myrick

Bill Myrick, age 56, is one of the independent Managers, a position to which he was elected in March 2012. He has been involved in lumber and building materials for nearly 30 years. In July 2012, Mr. Myrick became the Chief Executive Officer of American Builders Supply, where he is responsible for all aspects of the management of that business.  From January 2007 to July 2011, he held various executive officer positions with ProBuild Holdings, including, most recently, Chief Executive Officer, and was responsible for all aspects of the management of ProBuild’s business.

From 1982 to January 2007, Mr. Myrick was with 84 Lumber Company, where he held positions including, most recently, Chief Operating Officer. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.

 

Ken Summers of Shepherd's Finance

Ken Summers

Kenneth R. Summers, age 71, is one of the independent Managers, a position to which he was elected in March 2012.  Mr. Summers retired from United Bank, Inc. of Morgantown, West Virginia in July 2011, but continues to be associated with United Bank.  Prior to retirement, he had been an Executive Vice President for United Bank since 2001.  In that role he was responsible for the expansion and recognition of the bank’s franchise in north central West Virginia.

Mr. Summers has over 30 years of experience as a community bank executive.  He graduated from the University of Charleston with a B.S. in Accounting and Management.

 

Eric Rauscher of Shepherd's Finance

Eric Rauscher

Eric A. Rauscher, age 51, is one of the independent Managers, a position to which he was elected in March 2015. Mr. Rauscher is a licensed insurance sales person and has worked in that industry since 1999. Prior to that, he spent over ten years as a field sales engineer. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics, with a minor in Economics.