About Columbus Capital Lending

Columbus Capital Lending is a mortgage lender with the headquarters located in Miami, Florida; with licenses in Florida, Texas, California, North Carolina, Georgia, and Colorado. The mission at Columbus is to strengthen America’s social fabric through sustainable homeownership.


We believe in the power of homeownership and the proven safety, stability, wealth and improved quality of life it has created for families and communities. Columbus Capital Lending is committed to promoting and protecting sustainable homeownership for all segments of America through its focus on retail mortgage originations of home purchase mortgages. 


We seek to become a national force for sustainable homeownership, reaching out to underserved communities and expanding to other markets.

Awards & Recognitions

2017 Ellie Mae Hall of Fame Winner
2016 Ellie Mae Hall of Fame Winner
2015 Ellie Mae Hall of Fame Finalist

The Ellie Mae Award for Exceptional Achievement in Loan Quality

is awarded to a company that has outperformed the other 3,000 companies with more than 200,000 users of the Ellie Mae Encompass Lending Platform.


The winner is distinguished for creating enhancements that improve the loan quality, reduce application to closing times, reduce workloads and enhance the bottom line.

Our Leadership Team

Martin Perez, CEO

  • 25 years of progressive experience in corporate finance, treasury, accounting, strategic planning and implementation, acquisitions, divestitures, investor relations, and international finance.

  • Co-Founder, Chief Financial Officer of a Managed Care Health Maintenance Organization with $630 Million in annual revenues. The organization was recognized as “One of the Best Places to Work For” for three consecutive years.

  • Chief Financial Officer of the Latin Americas Region of a publicly held worldwide integrated wholesaler and provider of wireless communication services. The Latin Americas Region had annual revenues in excess of $1.2 Billion and represented over 50% of the company’s operations.

Rolando Benitez, COO

  • Senior executive with 35 years’ experience in residential development projects, new construction and mortgage lending.

  • Experienced in structuring joint ventures, negotiating strategic alliances and partnerships.

  • Recipient of the Federal Housing Commissioners Special Achievement Award as one of the top 5 lenders in the US of FHA loans to minorities.

Sonia Benitez, Senior Vice President Operations

  • 22 years of experience in the mortgage industry, building one of the most successful women-owned mortgage companies in South Florida.

  • Recipient of the Federal Housing Commissioners Special Achievement Award, recognizing Equity Financial as one of the Top 5 lenders in the US of FHA loans to minorities.

  • Established risk management and business unit guidelines to ensure all State, Federal and local regulatory guidelines were met.

  • Has assembled teams of highly-qualified professionals committed to the highest standards of business conduct in relationship to customers, investors, and shareholders.


Tino Diaz, Senior Vice President of Business Process Improvement

  • Founding Managing Officer and President of Americana Federal Savings & Loan.

  • Director of US League of Savings Institutions - Management Services, Institute of Financial Education, SAF Systems & Forms.

  • CEO of The Delta Group USA and CharisPros USA as a business process coach improving the profitability and competitiveness of firms.

  • National Chairman & President – National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). Created the NAHREP Code of Trust – “En Confianza”.

  • Member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors Consumer Advisory Council.