Cornovus Capital

Cornovus Capital facilitates comprehensive financing solutions for commercial real estate and business owners nationwide. Our clients confidently secure the funds necessary for every growth phase — from acquisition to partnership buyout.


Gerard Dehner, Jr. (Jerry)

Managing Partner

Phone: +1 (513) 653-4246 (O) | +1 (513) 312-2473 (Mobile)

Mail: [email protected]

Gerard "Jerry" Dehner, Founder of Cornovus Capital, leads the firm’s national business development sectors, encompassing advisory, commercial business, real estate finance, placement, underwriting, and owners’ representation, with a base in Cincinnati, Ohio.

With nearly 28 years of experience, Jerry has navigated various facets of the industry, including origination, underwriting, structuring, analysis, modeling, placement, and closing of over $6 billion in commercial debt transactions. Employing a range of finance structures such as SBA, bridge, equity, and construction loans, he specializes in dismantling barriers to success for business and commercial real estate owners. Jerry excels in providing transparent and efficient solutions tailored to their unique needs, focusing on optimizing growth, refinance, acquisition, and asset repositioning strategies. Notably, his expertise extends to the hospitality sector, where he has worked on thousands of assets spanning limited service, full service, and extended stay properties across 36 states, catering to a spectrum from Upscale to Economy segments.

Prior to founding Cornovus Capital, Jerry co-founded Hyde Park Commercial Group, where he played a key role in leading business development. Amid the economic downturn of 2007, he orchestrated the establishment of more than 20 regional and national referral centers, driving originations across various sectors including commercial real estate, business finance, commercial loan modification, and enterprise finance.

Jerry has served in numerous leadership capacities as the Managing Member within multiple advisory firms and ownership groups, overseeing operations and ownership in both hospitality and multifamily sectors.

Jerry holds a background in business, finance, and real estate studies from the University of Cincinnati and Ashford University. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife Patty, family, friends, cooking, fishing, hiking, and vacationing near water.


Mario Grk

Vice President, Business Development

Phone: +1 (513) 993-3079 (Direct) | +1 (440) 485-1400 (Mobile)

Mail: [email protected]

Meet Mario Grk, a dynamic and driven young professional who has swiftly risen through the ranks of Cornovus Capital. Two years ago, he embarked on his journey as an intern with Cornovus Capital, eager to apply the knowledge he gained from The University of Cincinnati, Linder College of Business, where he received degrees in both finance and real estate.

With a strong educational foundation and a passion for finance instilled during his university years, Mario quickly demonstrated his prowess in the intricacies of the financial world. His commitment and enthusiasm did not go unnoticed. Mario transitioned from intern to a key player at Cornovus Capital, his ability to understand the nuances of finance and real estate, coupled with his innate leadership skills, became evident.

Before his venture into the financial sector, Mario honed his leadership and management skills from a young age, growing up in a family deeply involved in the restaurant & contracting business. From an early start, he played an integral role in the day-to-day operations of his mother’s restaurant, learning the ropes of effective employee management, critical thinking, and customer service. He gained an additional foundation in construction and project management from his father, who operates his own general contracting practice. These formative experiences laid the groundwork for the strong work ethic and business acumen that would set him apart in his later endeavors.

Now at the helm of the Originations department, Mario spearheads initiatives, drives business development, and oversees a team of professionals with the same passion and commitment that propelled him to his current position. In his free time, Mario enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.


Bryant Kleinfeldt

Business Development Officer

Phone: +1 (513) 993-3066 (Direct)

Mail: [email protected]

Bryant Kleinfeldt is a professional whose career has spanned law enforcement, public service, and property management. Raised on the east side of Cincinnati, Ohio, Bryant was raised with a strong foundation in education and community. Attending Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, & the University of Cincinnati, Bryant earned dual Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice, specializing in Law Enforcement. He then embarked on a career with the City of St. Bernard, Ohio Police Department in 1993.

As a Police Officer, Bryant's passion for firearms & his keen eye for detail led him to become an active firearms recertification instructor & firearms armorer. His commitment to excellence in this area persists to this day, as he continues to work on firearms. Additionally, Bryant's skill in & love for SCUBA diving propelled him to join the Hamilton County Police Association's Underwater Search & Recovery team, where he quickly ascended to the role of Assistant Commander. His dedication and experience proved invaluable in conducting search & recovery missions in the waterways of southwestern Ohio.

Beyond his professional achievements, Bryant's commitment to honoring fallen officers and supporting their families was unwavering. He represented his department and community annually at National Police Memorial Week in Washington, DC, by providing motorcycle escorts for families of those killed in the line of duty & even played a direct role in aiding recovery efforts in Manhattan immediately following the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Bryant was forced into disability retirement in 2005, after a career-altering injury sustained in the line of duty. Embracing a new role as a stay-at-home father to his three sons, Bryant continued to demonstrate his unwavering dedication to family and community.

In 2023, Bryant embarked on a new chapter in his professional journey, joining Cornovus Capital alongside his longtime friend Gerard "Jerry" Dehner. At Cornovus, Bryant's diverse skill set has been instrumental in various capacities, including property management, construction/FF&E procurement for hospitality projects, marketing, and business development. Contributing to the company's growth and success, Bryant's career trajectory is a testament to his commitment to excellence, innovation, & service, making him a respected and valued asset in every endeavor he pursues.


Kathy Laubach

Director of Operations

Kathy is a distinguished professional with a remarkable career spanning over 35 years in the real estate industry. Renowned for her strategic vision and leadership, she has played a pivotal roles in assisting companies with organizing and managing operations as well as expanding into new markets.

In addition to her achievements in the corporate realm, Kathy has been a business owner and currently owns multiple rental properties nationwide. Her unwavering commitment to excellence and passion for real estate and business growth continue to drive her to deliver unparalleled results for her clients.


Lakesh Khanal

Originations Intern

Lakesh Khanal is an ambitious and results-driven Analyst Intern currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance at the University of Cincinnati. Originally from Nepal, Lakesh made the bold decision to move to the United States to pursue a career in finance. His international background has equipped him with a unique perspective and exceptional interpersonal skills, enabling him to effectively engage with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

In his role as an Analyst Intern in Production Support at Cornovus Capital, Lakesh aids in preparing comprehensive debt and equity offering memorandums and conducting financial modeling for Commercial Real Estate transactions. His attention to detail and strategic mindset has contributed significantly to the successful closure of deals.

Prior to his current roles, Lakesh served as a Marketing Manager at Hotel Monalisa Chitwan and gained valuable experience in developing and implementing effective marketing strategies to drive business growth. Lakesh is an active member of Alpha Kappa Psi where he has organized professional development workshops and networking events, fostering a collaborative environment among peers.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Lakesh is dedicated to giving back to his community and has been recognized with various scholarships and awards in his college. Lakesh is committed to continuous learning and growth, with a focus on leveraging his skills and expertise to drive positive change in the business world.

With a passion for fitness and sports, Lakesh enjoys spending his free time working out, playing sports, and socializing with friends. His dedication to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is reflected in his disciplined approach to both his personal and professional endeavors.


Mission Statement

"At Cornovus Capital, our mission is to empower businesses and real estate owners to achieve their financial goals through innovative and transparent financial solutions. With a commitment to excellence, integrity, and client collaboration, we strive to break down barriers to success and optimize growth opportunities. By leveraging our expertise in diverse capital markets and personalized advisory services, we aim to be a trusted partner in guiding our clients towards financial prosperity and long-term success."

The Cornovus
Value Proposition


Our first order of business is to provide critical information and analysis regarding your financial options. This creates the foundation for you to make superior strategic and operating decisions.


Our next order of business is to get you the capital you need. We only move forward when we’re convinced our nationwide network of diverse lenders will meet your business objectives and expectations.

Further, we commit to helping you with all the required paperwork. Clients can be overwhelmed by what it takes to close a commercial loan.


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