About Commercial Capital of California

Dennis Downing formed Commercial Capital of California in 1997, after seventeen years of experience in real estate and commercial finance, including commercial banking, project & equipment finance, real estate development and asset management.

This unique background representing borrowers and lenders in a variety of situations gives Downing the ability to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each financing request, to structure a workable solution tailored to each situation and to identify the lenders best suited to delivering that financing. During his career he has provided loans for businesses and commercial properties in amounts ranging from $210,000 to $75,000,000.

Downing’s experience includes:

  • Five years in commercial banking at US Bank in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Bank of America in Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Five years arranging project and equipment financing for two Fortune 1000 companies manufacturing power generation equipment – The Babcock & Wilcox Company (formerly a subsidiary of McDermott International, Inc.) in New Orleans, Louisiana and Power Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Combustion Engineering (now part of The ABB Group) in Northern California
  • Three and a half years in project management for Perini Land & Development, a national real estate developer in San Francisco, California, working on a high rise mixed use project in San Francisco and three high end residential projects in southern Marin County.
  • Three and a half years as a portfolio/asset manager for Glenborough Corporation, an asset management and property management company, and later a real estate investment trust in San Mateo, California.

Dennis Downing has a Brokers License (Number 01295134, issued by the State of California Department of Real Estate).

He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University (Bachelor of Business Administration in 1977 and Master of Business Administration in 1979), and the Thunderbird School of Global Management (Master of International Management in 1979). Downing has recently begun the Certified Commercial Investment Member (“CCIM”) program.

He moved to Walnut Creek, California in 2004, after living in San Francisco for 17 years. His hobbies include exercise, reading, music, and collecting rock concert posters.