Our Story

Follow Co-Founders Keven Werner and Daniel Rosen through the story of how Renovo Financial was founded. 

Our Story

Follow Co-Founders Keven Werner and Daniel Rosen through the story of how Renovo Financial was founded.

Kevin (right) with one his first clients (left) at the beginning of his career in real estate lending.

CEO and Co-Founder Kevin Werner has been in the real estate finance industry since 1998. Prior to the housing crash of 2008, he worked in his family’s real estate lending company. Although the crash forced them to close the family business, Kevin was not dissuaded. He took what he learned to help him start a new company, Renovo Financial.

Meet Kevin Werner

“I grew up right out of high school working in a family finance business, where my dad financed home improvements that, with my brother, ended up taking over and running. I loved financing, loved numbers, loved meeting with customers. At a really young age, I figured out how to help people get the financing they needed.”

Kevin (left) and Daniel (right) celebrating Renovo Financial’s success in its early days.

Our story begins in 2011, at the Starbucks on Sheffield and Armitage. It’s here where Co-Founders Kevin Werner and Daniel Rosen met to discuss founding a new real estate investment company. But this company would be different. They wouldn’t simply throw money at clients and expect them to figure out the rest. No, they would take the time to assist their clients through the entire process, never sacrificing service to make a quick buck.


With the help of Granite Creek Capital Partners, the investors who made it all possible, Kevin and Daniel were ready to start growing their new company, Renovo Financial.

In 2011, over numerous cups of coffee with Daniel Rosen at the Starbucks on Sheffield and Armitage, and after several meetings with Granite Creek Capital Partners, Renovo Financial was founded. It was now time for Daniel and Kevin to begin growing their business.

How Renovo Got Started

“I started doing more and more projects on my own, but then realized that if I needed that kind of financing to do these kinds of projects, that there was other people out there that needed that kind of financing, too.”

Renovo’s first deal funded in 2011:

$124,307 | Purchase-Rehab

Single Family Home | Skokie, IL

With support from Granite Creek and caffeine in their system, Kevin and Daniel began slowly and carefully lending in Chicago and building their team of rockstar real estate lenders.


For the first five or six years, they focused solely on the city of Chicago. Today, however, Renovo is rapidly expanding across the country with local lenders in more than 10 markets stretching from San Diego to Boston.

The Renovo Team Today

“It’s great to go to work every day when you really like the people you work with and you have the same values, morals and beliefs. We care about the customer and we actually want to support people’s businesses.”

Renovo is – and always has been – obsessed with providing an amazing customer experience. “In the beginning, we had no money to spend on marketing, so if you want to grow, you better do a good job for your customer, so maybe they’ll go tell one or two people about you.” To achieve this goal, Renovo has always serviced our loans in-house, never relying on a third party.

Google Reviews

5 Stars Gold

“Really great experience, every curveball that was thrown at Renovo was handled perfectly! I couldn’t be more happy with the service and professionalism! Strongly recommend!”

– Josh R.

5 Stars Gold

“Absolutely incredible team who made this process smooth and easy. I closed my development project in no time with no hassle.”

– Pamela B.

5 Stars Gold

“Renovo is the real deal! Transparent, forthcoming, and dependable. All qualities you need when working with a hard money lender, or any lender for that matter. Looking forward to doing more deals with Renovo in the future!”

– Jennie B.