Derek Bryson Park, Ph.D. is currently Principal at Wilmington Capital Securities, LLC with the Royal Bank of Canada (“RBC”) serving as a clearing partner. With the vast majority of assets managed on a discretionary basis, Park is responsible for a myriad of individual accounts, as well as trusts and foundations. 

Early Career

While attending university, Derek Bryson Park was made Manager of Stadium Operations of the US Open Tennis Championships at Flushing Meadows (1979) and Operations Manager of the WCT Tournament of Champions at Forest Hills, New York (1980-1982). Additionally, he was Operations Coordinator, World Championship Tennis Forest Hills Invitational (1978-1979); Operations Officer, Davis Cup Quarter-finals, USA vs. Czechoslovakia (1981); and Operations Officer, Robert F. Kennedy Pro-Celebrity Tournament (1978-1979).

President of the United States Tennis Association Marvin P. Richmond and Derek Bryson Park shortly after the Men’s Finals Trophy Presentation made to Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl marking the close of the 1982 U.S. Open Tennis Championships, Presidential Suite, USTA National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, New York
Derek Bryson Park, Ivan Lendl, and Lamar Hunt
[Left to Right] International Tennis Star Ivan Lendl; Derek Bryson Park; and Co-founder of World Champion Tennis [“WCT”]; Principal Founder of the American Football League (“AFL”); and Founder and Owner of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (“NFL”), Lamar Hunt.
Derek Bryson Park overseeing the USTA Tournament Chairman W. E. “Slew” Hester, Jr., (right) presenting an award of recognition to the then-President of the USTA, Joseph E. Carrico; US Open Tennis Championships, USTA National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, NY

Derek Bryson Park and Bill Allain
Derek Bryson Park and Governor of Mississippi, Bill Allain.

Upon Derek Bryson Park’s completion of graduate school in 1982, he went to work for Callon Petroleum Company where he helped raise over $225 million over a three year period from the sale of publically-traded drilling, income and royalty fund Limited Partnership programs and tasked with the management of a nationwide broker-dealer syndicate which included over 120 firms with Merrill Lynch serving as the lead underwriter.10 As the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production company in Mississippi, Callon Petroleum discovered more oil and gas [on shore] than any US-based corporation in America in 1982. He left Callon in 1983 to serve as Statewide Campaign Manager for the then Attorney General of Mississippi Bill Allain for whom he fundraised and campaigned in his succession run and election to Governor. Park was named Co-Chairman of one of the largest joint post-election rally/fundraisers in Mississippi State history debuting Mississippi Governor-elect Bill Allain and Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards.

In 1984, he returned to Callon Petroleum Company reporting directly to the Chairman and CEO, John S. Callon.

William R. Johnson, John S. Callon, and Derek Bryson Park
[Left to Right] President of the New York Stock Exchange, William R. Johnson; Chairman, President and CEO of Callon Petroleum Company, John S. Callon; and Derek Bryson Park, Floor of the New York Stock Exchange, New York

[Left to Right] Cofounder and President of PetroQuest Energy Inc., Charles T. Goodson; family friend; Jeanne Goodson, Caroline Goodson; Karen Callon; Chairman and CEO, Callon Petroleum Company, Fred L. Callon; and Derek Bryson Park, The River Cafe, NYC (circa Early Spring 2017)
Derek Bryson Park and Senior Member, Specialist and Director of the New York Stock Exchange, Donald Patrick Scanlon on the floor of the NYSE
Derek Bryson Park and T. Boone Pickens III

[Left to Right] President of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, Alfred A. DellaBovi; Chairman and CEO, Smith Affiliated Capital and former President of W.R. Berkley Corporation, Robert G. Smith, Ph.D.; and Derek Bryson Park
In 1985, he transferred back to New York City, where he became the National and Field Account Executive for the Interpublic Group of Companies/SSC&B: Lintas covering the Heineken Holland Beer account where he assisted in the planning, development, and implementation of a multi-million dollar advertising campaign for Van Munching and Company—the exclusive importer of Heineken Beer. Was responsible for all brand activity throughout each phase of the client’s marketing plan including: network and local television, network and local radio, consumer and specialized print, multimedia integrated promotions and product presentations, as well as each channel of distribution and retail outlets.10

Cohane Rafferty Securities & Lehman Brothers

Derek Bryson Park, Henry R. Silverman, Donald J. Case, and Robert Groody
[Left to Right] Derek Bryson Park; Chairman of Cendant Corporation, Henry R. Silverman; CEO and President of the Title Resource Group of Coldwell Banker, Donald J. Casey; and President of GMAC Bank, Robert Groody at Donald Trump’s Estate Mar-a-Largo, Palm Beach, Florida.
As a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers, Derek Park undertook in 2002 the buy-side negotiation of the largest ever Ginnie Mae standalone mortgage servicing portfolio sale. The transaction represented a $14 billion unpaid principal balance transferred from the National Australia Bank to a U.S. financial institution.

Preceding Lehman, Park was Managing Director of Rafferty Holdings, LLC (the holding company of Cohane Rafferty Securities, Inc. and other entities) and President of Cohane Rafferty Capital Markets, Inc. Recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent experts in mortgage finance, Cohane Rafferty had completed or evaluated over 4600 transactions involving more than $1.5 trillion of mortgage servicing rights, mortgage and consumer loans, credit card portfolios and mortgage banking companies.10

[Left to Right] Vice Chairman for Deutsche Bank’s Financial Institutions Group and former Managing Director and Head of the Mortgage Banking Division for Lehman Brothers, William H. Curley; Chief Financial Officer, Capstead Mortgage Corporation, Larry Studinski; Derek Bryson Park; Founder and Chairman of Capstead Mortgage Corporation, Ronn Lytle; and Managing Director, Cohane Rafferty Securities/Lehman Brothers, Edward K. Elanjian at an M&A closing dinner, Dallas, TX.

Significant M&A and portfolio transactions include:

Derek Bryson Park and M. Danny Wall
Derek Bryson Park and President of GMAC Commercial; former Chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board; and, Director of US Office of Thrift Supervision, M. Danny Wall, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • The sale of Wells Fargo Mortgage Bank to General Motors Acceptance Corporation; 
  • Structuring a strategic partnership between Cendant Corporation and Homeside Lending, Inc.;
  • The sale of Capstead Mortgage Corporation to GMAC / RFC; 
  • Advising the Creditors Committee of Lomas Mortgage Corporation,USA in their retention of Cohane  Rafferty and Lehman Brothers for the liquidation sale to First Nationwide;
  • Stonehurst Ventures LP’s acquisition of Reilly Mortgage Capital Corporation from the Resolution Trust Corporation; 
  • M&T Bank in their joint venture acquisition with Key Bank of Goldome Federal Savings Bank from the FDIC; 
  • M&T Bank in their acquisition of Exchange Mortgage Corporation; 
  • The sale of First Denver Mortgage Corporation to Shorewood Financial Corporation;
  • The sale of Elliot Ames Mortgage, Inc. to a U.S. financial institution; 
    [Left to Right] Founding Member and Chief Executive Officer of Rafferty Capital Markets, LLC, Larry C. Rafferty; Chief Executive Officer and President of Title Resource Group of Coldwell Banker, Donald J. Casey; Managing Director of JPMorgan Chase and former President of GMAC Bank, Robert Groody; and Derek Bryson Park at Old Marsh Golf Club, Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
  • The sale of $23 billion of mortgage servicing rights for Cendant Corporation / PHH US Mortgage which included a $10 billion Private Label forward bulk / flow arrangement with HomeSide Lending, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of National Australia Bank; 
  • The industry-exiting sale of a $300 million servicing portfolio for GENSTAR Mortgage, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of IMASCO, Ltd., a Canadian-based conglomerate; 
  • $1 billion of Ginnie Mae (FHA / VA) flow servicing for Washington Mutual Bank; 
  •  $1 billion of conforming Fannie / Freddie servicing for BankAtlantic; 
  • $6 billion of conforming Fannie / Freddie / Private Investor product for First Franklin Bank; 
  • $3 billion of Fannie / Freddie Bulk / Flow production for Guaranty Bank and its wholly owned subsidiary, GN Mortgage;

    Derek Bryson Park with the Chairman of the “Financial Accounting Standards Board” (“FASB”), Robert H. Herz
  • $2 billion of conforming Fannie / Freddie and Jumbo Private Investor ARM product for American Savings Bank;
  •  $400 million of retail Ginnie Mae product for NBD / First Chicago through the sale of four separate portfolios; 
  • $700 million of Fannie / Freddie / Private Investor product for Allied Savings Bank; 
  • $800 million of conforming Fannie / Freddie for M&T Bank; 
  • $200 million of Fannie / Freddie / Ginnie / Private Investor for United Missouri Bank; 
  • Capstead Mortgage’s acquisition of 16 portfolios which, in aggregate, amounted to $26.3 billion, that included product sourced from Citicorp, Fleet Bank, Source One, Crossland, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC), FBS, and, Weyerhauser; 
  • NationsBank’s acquisition of $3 billion of conforming flow servicing from People’s Heritage, Guaranty Bank, and, Dime Savings Bank; 
  • Chase Bank’s acquisition of $2 billion of conforming flow servicing from Inland Mortgage, and, Central Carolina Bank and Trust; 
  • Mellon Bank in their acquisition of $1.5 billion of Fannie / Freddie / Ginnie bulk / flow product from Chemical Bank, and, Globe Mortgage Company;
  • American Savings Bank in their acquisition of $4 billion of Private Investor ARM product from RFC, North American Banking Company/ N.A. Corp., American Residential Mortgage Corporation, and, Lehman Brothers; 
  • Sourced multiple buy-side conforming and jumbo portfolios for First Republic Bank; 
  • A $60 million non-performing whole loan offering for United Jersey Bank to Ocwen Financial Group;

    Derek Bryson Park and Cofounder and President of Cohane Rafferty Securities, Inc., Tim Cohane
  • A $200 million Home Equity offering for the Money Store to Dovenmuehle Mortgage;
  • A $900 million performing credit card portfolio for Southeast BankCorp [this was the firm’s first credit card transaction, which paved the way for us becoming the nation’s Number 2 banker in the sale of charged-off portfolios];
  • And, advised in the sale of mortgage servicing portfolios seized by the FDIC, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac from various failed / non-compliant financial institutions, including $423 million for Freddie Mac to Foster Mortgage; $156 million for Freddie Mac to Alliance Mortgage; $141 million for Freddie Mac to First Commercial; $181 million for Freddie Mac to Countrywide; $20 million for Fannie Mae to Carold Mortgage Corporation; and, $100 million for FSLIC / FDIC to Equitrust Mortgage;

Park also served as a Managing Director of the Potomac Funds, a leading provider of leveraged index and alternative-class mutual fund products (which was renamed Direxion Funds in 2006).

Interim President and Managing Director of Mahler & Emerson Inc. (an affiliate of Brean Murray, Carret & Co., LLC) Derek Bryson Park and Founder, Chairman and CEO Herbert William Mahler