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OUR LENDING TEAM

Robert Alex Baker

Robert Alex Baker

Fund Manager & Owner

Alex’s passion for finance and real estate fueled his career in investment strategies and real estate lending. Alex grew up in the beautiful state of Hawaii and then followed in his family’s footsteps by attending the University of Louisville. Graduating with a M.B.A. in Finance, Alex started his real estate career in the fix and flip sector purchasing and renovating homes in varies hot markets such as Tampa, FL, Louisville, KY, and Charleston, SC.

In 2018, Alex moved to Charleston, South Carolina to launch Coastal Equity Group. Looking back today, he would’ve never imagined the success, experiences, and relationships he has made along the way. His tenacity, experience, and knowledge in real estate and finance have afforded him the ability to seek qualified and secure investments with a return that continually succeeds investor expectations.

2021 was a record-breaking year for Coastal Equity Group with launching 3 new investment programs while doubling his team size. Alex resides in Charleston, South Carolina where he gets to spend time with family and friends at his favorite restaurants. His personal passions include investing in his own real estate investment projects such as Airbnbs and Ground-up, being a real estate broker, and traveling with his long-time girlfriend, Diana. Alex continues to be well travelled by visiting over 30 countries. We continue to see Alex break records with his real estate career and personal growth. 

Gracee Boots

Gracee Boots

Financial Analyst

Who is Gracee Boots you ask? Gracee Boots is a Nashville native where she relocated to Downtown Charleston to attend College of Charleston. Graduating in 2021 with a B.S. in Finance, she completed her internship with Coastal Equity Group where Alex saw huge potential in her work ethic and motivation to learn the ins and outs of the industry. As part of the Underwriting team, Gracee has become the driving force of Coastal Equity Group’s success by managing our Capital Market partnerships and exceeding client expectations in every deal. Since starting at Coastal Equity Group, Gracee has funded over $85 million in real estate investment loans and is now pursuing her license in Real Estate. We’re looking forward to seeing what’s to come from Gracee Boots.

Cristina Diaz

Cristina Diaz

Marketing and Business Development Manager

Originally from Tampa, FL., Cristina relocated to Charleston, SC to join Coastal Equity Group. Like her fellow team members, she graduated with a B.S in Finance and a minor in Marketing from the University of South Florida. Following graduation, she started her finance career in retail banking and lending later joining a marketing and business development team for a private technology firm. Before joining Coastal Equity Group she acquired her 2-20 license and specialized in personal lines insurance for high net-worth clients. Together with her background in retail banking and insurance, Cristina has built a great foundation to pursue her career in marketing and business development in real estate investment lending. Cristina enjoys building relationships with her clients and developing solutions to better serve clients and the company’s overall development. Her passions include cycling, cooking, going to music concerts, and traveling with her friends.

Kent Liggitt

Kent Liggitt

Advisor

Kent Liggitt recently joined Coastal Equity Group as a Financial Analyst managing Capital Markets relations while focusing on the Rentals and Refinance division. As a Columbia, South Carolina native, our newest team member can bring the knowledge on all things South Carolina and Commercial Banking. After graduating from Wofford College with a B.S. in Finance and minor in Economics in 2019, he started his career in Commercial and Retail banking. He has built a tremendous number of relationships in and out of the Banking industry leading an exciting transition to the Private Equity and Lending world.

We’re eager to have him on board and look forward to expanding his knowledge within the real estate investment industry. Outside of building his career in Charleston, Kent spends his free time enjoying craft beers with friends, golfing, and spoiling his dog, Charlie. Charlie has now become our newest mascot at Coastal Equity Group.

Ashley Wharton

Ashley Wharton

Servicing & Marketing Associate

University of Alabama graduate, Ashley Wharton, is the newest team member at Coastal Equity Group. Ashley excelled greatly while working towards her B.S. in Marketing and a Minor in Real Estate by consecutively making both the Dean’s List and President’s List. Her proven leadership skills landed her roles as the Historian for Public Relations on the Executive Council and member of the Slate Council at Zeta Tau Alpha.

Ashley’s aspirations are to excel in her newest role as a Servicing & Marketing Associate, strengthen her knowledge in the world of lending and real estate, promote our company through social media, and enhancing our client experience. Our team at Coastal Equity Group knew her confident and energetic spirit would be a perfect fit for our growing company. Ashley is looking forward to starting a new chapter in Charleston, SC and developing new relationships in this fast, growing industry. She is already building her lists of the best shops and restaurants to visit in this beautiful city.

Kristi Sereno

Kristi Sereno

Advisor

Kristi Sereno is from Erie, Pennsylvania. After working nine years in the Florida real estate industry, she bravely decided to open Haven Title in August of 2015. Through repeat business and word of mouth, Haven Title has become very successful. The biggest thing that separates Kristi and her self-made company is their customer service, communication and their ability to close files not only FAST but accurate. In 2017 Haven Title was presented with an award from First American Title Insurance Company recognizing them as a Top 10 Agent for Performance of Excellence in 2017.
Gant Hill

Gant Hill

Advisor

Gant Hill, CCIM, is President and Principal Broker of Gant Hill & Associates (formerly Venterra Realty), founded in 2003, specializing in enhancing the best interests and outcome of its clients that own, invest, lease and/or operate real estate.

Gant has overseen millions in both client and personal acquisitions, as well as the sale or purchase of many high-profile commercial and residential properties in the Louisville, KY, area, of which includes the $19,500,000 sale of The Prospect Village Shopping Center to its anchor, Kroger.

Having served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Institute, based in Chicago, IL, and as the Region 7 Vice President, overseeing the CCIM chapter activities in seven Midwest Chapters, Gant takes his leadership role seriously.

Gant was named as one of the “Forty Under Forty” by Business First of Louisville in 2004 and nominated to the Leadership Louisville Class of 2008.

Interested In Joining Our Team?

Interested In Joining Our Team?

Coastal Equity Group is always looking to mentor and develop someone who wants to join this fast pace industry. Our team works closely together and has developed a positive everyday work culture.