Mr. Sotolov joined Annaly Capital Management in 2018 as a Managing Director in the Commercial Real Estate Group to oversee the firms investment activity across the Western US. Prior to that, he was an Executive Vice President and Head of West Coast Investments for iStar, Inc. since 2008. Over that period of time, Mr. Sotolov was been responsible for managing iStar's portfolio of real estate loans, investments, and owned assets throughout the Western US including Texas, Arizona, Nevada, California and the Pacific NW. Mr. Sotolov has successfully originated in excess of $1 billion in senior and subordinate financings, and managed & restructured over two dozen loans with an aggregate loan exposure exceeding $1 billion. In addition, Mr. Sotolov has facilitated the transition of multiple non-performing loans to real estate owned, and subsequently managed the development, re-entitlement, repositioning, lease-up and/or sales of those projects. Early in his career, Mr. Sotolov spent eight years with Fremont Investment & Loan where he served as Senior Vice President in the Phoenix Loan Origination Office from 2004-2007 originating over $1.2 billion in commercial real estate bridge and construction loans across multiple product types including condominiums, apartments, office, retail, hotel and land development. From 2000-2005, Mr. Sotolov held various positions in the Asset Management group at Fremont where he was responsible for managing a portfolio of bridge and construction loans located across the country. Mr. Sotolov graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with Bachelors of Science Degrees in Geology and Civil Engineering.