Manny A. Brown

Head of Mortgage Banking

312.602.6077 Phone

Current Role

Manny Brown is Head of Mortgage Banking of Cohen Financial and Head of Production, Pillar Division. He is responsible for the leadership of the Mortgage Banking business of Cohen Financial and leads the production and origination for the Pillar agency business. Both Cohen Financial and Pillar Financial are divisions of SunTrust Bank. He also oversees the marketing and support of the businesses. His primary goal is to facilitate the delivery of the platform products and services to our valued clients at the highest level of performance standards.

Joined Cohen Financial in April, 2007

Past Experience

Prior to joining Cohen Financial, Mr. Brown served as Chief Executive Officer, President, and Partner of NG Acquisitions, LLC, a company responsible for the acquisition and turnaround of Natural Golf in 2005. Prior to Natural Golf, Mr. Brown served as Executive Vice President of Operations for Whitehall Jewelers, Inc. (NYSE:JWL) for seven years. While there, he was a key member of the executive team responsible for sales, marketing, and operations during a period of rapid revenue, market share, and profit growth. Prior to this, he served as Executive Vice President at industry leading Apria Healthcare Group (NYSE:AHG) for 12 years. He was part of the Executive Management Team and was responsible for leading the firm’s fastest growing and most profitable businesses. Prior to this, he spent five years in sales and marketing management positions with FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC).


MBA in Marketing and Finance from The University Of Chicago
BA in Economics from Lake Forest College

Other Affiliations

University of Wisconsin-Madison, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate Board of Advisors, Member
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Cohen Financial is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association, the National Multi Housing Council, and the CRE Finance Council.