Meet Our Leadership Team

Clear Capital Duane Andrews CEO and Co-Founder

Duane Andrews

CEO & Co-Founder

In 2000, Duane Andrews founded REONetwork.com with the purpose of helping REO asset managers efficiently connect with real estate professionals. Two decades later, that people-centric focus has built Clear Capital into a leadership position in valuations, real estate analytics, and innovative platform services.

As CEO of Clear Capital, Duane works alongside 600 dedicated “nice people” to provide valuable services for nearly all of the top 100 U.S. lenders and nearly every mortgage investor — including the GSEs — while exceeding $200 million in annual revenue.

Duane earned a bachelor's degree from Biola University and an MBA in real estate finance from the University of Southern California. He obtained his CPA certificate while working at KPMG. He and his wife, Becky, live in Incline Village, Nevada on the shore of Lake Tahoe. Duane enjoys golf, skiing, auto racing, and triathlons.

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Kevin Marshall

Co-Founder

Co-founder, Kevin Marshall built Clear Capital on the principle of rejecting status quo and applying a relentless approach to service and product innovation for its customers. With laser focus, he and the organization continually seek-out industry pain points and resolve them by going the extra mile, a value that defines and distinguishes Clear Capital each day.

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Helge Hukari

Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel

As Chief Administrative Officer, Helge Hukari leads the company’s human resources, facilities and compliance departments. Additionally, he oversees all legal matters, including corporate governance, intellectual property, litigation, privacy and regulatory affairs. Additionally, he is responsible for ensuring that Clear Capital continues to grow within the industry while adhering to regulatory rules and compliance guidelines.

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Ron Rowan

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Ron oversees the accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury and tax functions at Clear Capital. He delivers timely and optimal answers for the company’s customers, teams and leadership, while instilling confidence and clarity in their daily and long term decision making.

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Sheila Ryan

Chief People Officer

Don’t be surprised if you see her chasing fresh powder on the heaviest of snow days, hiking an uncharted mountain trail, or wrangling crocodiles on safari — when she’s outside, she’s right at home. Sheila’s more than 20 years of executive experience leading human resources and culture efforts at Fortune 500 and emerging companies alike has made her adept at fostering the growth of a company’s most valuable asset: its people. Her work acts as the connective tissue between all the different parts of our company, ensuring we’re living to our values and bettering our culture by doing so. Earlier in her career, Sheila led human resources and culture efforts at multiple companies, including Glu Mobile, Practice Fusion and CBS Interactive.

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Clear Capital Chief Technology Officer Larry Robinson

Larry Robinson

Chief Technology Officer

Joining Clear Capital in 2016, Larry is responsible for the strategic direction of Clear Capital’s business solutions and technological direction. In this role, Larry is focused on the development and deployment of next-generation Clear Capital technologies that will produce new product innovation and increased organizational performance. Larry’s experience and expansive knowledge make him a highly sought after industry expert.

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John Brenan

Chief Appraiser

A REALTOR®, certified general appraiser, AQB-certified USPAP instructor, and RICS fellow (FRICS), John is an industry veteran with 40 years of experience across appraisal, national and international valuation standards, real and personal property appraiser qualifications, and legal, regulatory, and compliance practices.

At Clear Capital, John leads all things appraisal and field valuation, accelerating our modernization and innovation initiatives while ensuring we continue to provide best-in-class traditional appraisal products and services.

Earlier in his career, John spent nearly 17 years at The Appraisal Foundation, most recently as the technical liaison to the Appraisal Standards Board and Appraiser Qualifications Board. He was also the Chief of Licensing and Enforcement at the California Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers, and previously managed an appraisal district at Bank of America. He’s a restorer/collector of classic cars, and an avid fan of concerts and live music.

Erik Allen

Chief Data Scientist

Luke Frederick

Executive Vice President, Customer Experience

Since joining Clear Capital in 2002, Luke’s primary focus has been maintaining the company’s industry-leading 100 percent completion rate for customer orders—an achievement that sets precedent for the standard of quality company-wide. In his role, Luke has designed and built highly intuitive processes and infrastructures supporting Clear Capital’s broad set of valuation products and services. He is well-known for consistently delivering the highest standard of customer service.

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Kenon Chen

Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy

Kenon’s background in technology, music, and consulting has led to a unique career infusing creativity and passion into solving challenging business problems. His curiosity and entrepreneurial focus on intuitive, people-friendly solutions have brought financial technology to market that has transformed the valuation space.

As head of corporate strategy, Kenon sits at the intersection of our executive, product, marketing, and sales teams, guiding our growth and ensuring we deliver consistent and long-term value to our customers and partners. Since the beginning of Clear Capital, Kenon has developed and launched some of our most forward-looking solutions, including ClearProp and ClearCollateral.

After honing his engineering and tech leadership skills in San Francisco as a director of technology for Roundpeg, Kenon was introduced to the mortgage industry in the early 2000s leading tech projects for a large lender. Clear Capital's unique culture and growth have provided the perfect opportunity to continue to create a greater impact within fintech and proptech alike.

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Clear Capital Vice President of Valuations Jeff Allen

Jeff Allen

Executive Vice President, Innovation Labs

Leading Clear Capital's appraisal process, Jeff Allen is focusing on re-engineering how appraisals are manufactured and modernizing the valuation industry. Jeff leads internal teams in the development of analytics and data aggregation tools aimed at increasing quality and efficiency around appraisal reports, as well as vetting emerging technology from outside the sector. Previously, Jeff worked with CoreLogic and RELS Valuation in varying senior leadership positions.

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Clear Capital EVP of Sales Simon Blackburn

Simon Blackburn

Executive Vice President, Sales

Simon brings more than 25 years experience building and managing world-class sales, operations and services organizations. Simon is responsible for driving our go-to-market strategy and delivering sustainable revenue growth by ensuring the long-term success of our customers. He will lead our investment in a new Sales Center of Excellence, a comprehensive program to enable salespeople to become domain experts in the mortgage industry and secondary markets.

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Kevin Raney

EVP, Appraisal Services Group

Kevin’s career in the mortgage industry began when he started his own company in college, working as an appraiser, mortgage broker, and real estate broker. Since then, his leadership and more than 40 years of work in the industry has created value at some of the largest mortgage lenders and servicers, credit unions, and valuation providers including PHH Corporation, GMAC Mortgage, Altisource, and Xome.

As head of Clear Capital’s Appraisal Services Group (ASG), Kevin ensures we go wherever it leads and do whatever it takes to deliver our storied appraisal and field valuation performance to our customers. He is committed to helping advance the modernization of the appraisal and valuation industry, combining innovation, technology, creative problem-solving, and a great team.

Kevin and his wife have lived in Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Indiana, and have moved back to California to join our Roseville office. Outside of work, he enjoys golf, reading, hiking, and taking care of their dog, Ella.

Clear Capital Vice President of Compliance Val McClain

Val McClain

Vice President, Compliance

Val’s love of puzzles and mystery novels might explain her talent for solving the most intricate compliance issues. It could also be her more than 20 years of experience leading teams at billion-dollar companies. Val heads Clear Capital’s operational compliance efforts, including risk assessment, complaint due diligence, regulatory audits and filings and maintaining relationships with government and regulatory bodies. Her work ensures Clear Capital — and its partners’ — success in an ever-changing regulatory environment. Earlier in her career, Val led teams in finance, mergers and acquisitions and enterprise risk at some of the world’s largest financial institutions. She’s a licensed appraiser in Nevada and Washington.

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David Cherner

Vice President & Corporate Counsel

When he’s not catching the latest box office hit with his family, he’s navigating the legal landscape of a trillion-dollar industry for Clear Capital. Cherner is responsible for supporting our legal affairs, including contract negotiation and execution, risk mitigation and government relations efforts. His work ensures Clear Capital succeeds in a highly regulated and complex environment. Earlier in his career, in addition to serving as the chief compliance officer of a national financial services company, Cherner directed compliance efforts at a national appraisal management company, where he worked with valuation regulators and stakeholders to influence the valuation legal landscape.

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Cathy Wright

Vice President, Product Management

Cathy is a proven product management and product marketing leader who excels at organizing chaos, streamlining processes, and mitigating risk. She’s led high-performing product teams at startups and Fortune 1000 companies alike, guiding the development of incredible products and ensuring the voice of the customer is at the decision-making forefront.

At Clear Capital, Cathy leads our team of product managers to grow our current offerings and ensure Clear Capital remains on the cutting edge of ways to help its customers. In addition, she works closely alongside our ClearLabs™ division to support the launch of new, innovative products and drive strategic initiatives.

Earlier in her career, Cathy held senior leadership roles at various SaaS and data-driven companies, including Televerde, The Red Flag Group, Wolters Kluwer, The NPD Group, Lotus Development Corporation, and more. She graduated cum laude from Kalamazoo College in Michigan with a degree in econometrics and quantitative economics. Cathy is an avid hiker, power yoga enthusiast, and amateur artist.