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David Cook, President and Managing Member of Contessa Capital

David Cook

President and Managing Member

David began his business career as a bank lender before transitioning into the commercial finance industry, working for a boutique merchant bank providing factoring, private lending, investment banking, and advisory services. As one of the principals in the firm, David participated in the management buy-out of the business and the ultimate sale of the company to a regional bank in 2002.

David spent the next 17 years in business development and management roles with various banks involved in the commercial finance business before becoming a full-time entrepreneur in 2019 as the President and sole owner of Contessa Capital, LLC.

Contessa operates as a direct private lender in the real estate space, with a focus on fix and flips, bridge lending, and ground up construction. The company also is actively pursuing select opportunities to be a real estate investor or a factoring participant.

David graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in finance/accounting and Southern Methodist University with an MBA, specializing in real estate. His hobbies include playing and watching all sports, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Cindy Stevens Controller and Operations Manager Contessa Capital

Cindy Stevens

Controller and Operations Manager

Cindy currently provides accounting, operations, and administrative support to Contessa Capital, LLC and its’ family of companies.

Cindy’s diverse experience started at The Hanover Company, one of Houston’s largest private real estate firms. Her tenure began as a construction Bookkeeper then Bookkeeping Supervisor, and later transitioning into a Job Cost Accountant position where she became proficient in construction budget analysis, cost reporting, and insurance compliance.

After leaving Hanover, Cindy secured a Controller position with Norton Automotive Group LP, where in addition to accounting, she did financial analysis and corporate compliance reporting.

Cindy continues to spend time at Norton but started transitioning over to Contessa in 2020.

Cindy is a native Texan and graduate of College of the Mainland, Texas City, Texas. She also did post graduate studies at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

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