Kurt Pollem is managing director and head of commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) ratings and analytics for Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC. He is responsible for managing and developing the agency’s CMBS business, including new issue and surveillance ratings and analytical products.
In this role, he leads Morningstar’s CMBS and other commercial real estate ratings initiatives. These include managing and developing analytical staff; developing and maintaining CMBS and CRE ratings methodologies, criteria, and models; and overseeing the group’s efforts to produce insightful analytical output while ensuring the integrity, transparency, and accuracy of ratings.
Most recently, Pollem served as Managing Director of Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Real Estate, securitizing C-PACE loans. Before that, he was a director at Guggenheim Securities, co-managing their conduit platform. He also spent 11 years at Standard & Poor’s, chairing rating committees and developing commercial real estate finance ratings criteria.
Pollem holds a bachelor’s degree in real estate from the University of California San Diego.
Greg Murdock is director of business development for commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) ratings and research for Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC. He is responsible for managing all relationships with CMBS issuers and investors ensuring awareness and understanding of Morningstar’s rating methodologies and models.
Before joining Morningstar in 2012, Murdock was a CMBS portfolio manager for Fannie Mae, where he started the firm’s CMBS portfolio and handled credit reviews, stress testing, and asset-level surveillance for each deal purchased for the portfolio. While at Freddie Mac, he also worked as a CMBS portfolio valuation manager. Earlier in his career, Murdock spent approximately 15 years at GEICO managing its fixed-income portfolio.
Murdock holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from American University.
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