CINCINNATI—Minneapolis-based NorthMarq Capital,LLC has just acquired Quest Commercial CapitalCorp., a woman-owned business in Cincinnati. Quest hadbeen in business 17 years and NorthMarq officials say during thattime it built many investor relationships and a strong servicingportfolio.

Susan Branscome, Quest's founder, joinsNorthMarq and becomes its fourth female managing director. Shestarted the firm in 1998 as a mortgage banking firm providinglong-term financing for industrial, office, multifamily and retailprojects. Branscome was one of only two women in the country tohave started her own mortgage banking company.

“We have long admired the work of Quest Commercial Capital underSusan's leadership,” says Jeff Weidell,president-NorthMarq Capital. “The company has become a strong forcein their market and we look forward to supporting Susan as shecontinues to grow the business.” Furthermore, acquiring Questserves another purpose “as it offers coverage to a part of thecountry we didn't serve from our other regional offices.”

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.