About Us

Private Mortgage Financing Partners is controlled by its two managing partners, Don Konipol and Mitch Vicknair.

Don and Mitch have worked together in various capacities for nearly 20 years. Most recently, they have helped each other source and fund private mortgages. Through this process they identified a need in the market for a single source that provides uniform underwriting and consistent, timely results for a broad array of commercial mortgages that fall outside the approval parameters of traditional financing. The desire to meet this need led them to form Private Mortgage Financing Partners.


Don KonipolDon Konipol holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Economics from the City University of New York. In 2002, he formed the Managed Mortgage Investment Fund LP as a high yield real estate mortgage fund, and served in the capacity of General Partner. The fund invested in a diversified portfolio of short term, high interest real estate mortgages secured by investment real estate.

Upon receiving his MBA in 1975, Mr. Konipol went to work for Societe General De Survalliance S.A., Geneva, Switzerland in investment banking. He left in 1978 to come back to the United States and went to work as a commercial realtor for First Equity Company in Houston, Texas. In 1984 Mr. Konipol formed the Investment Realty Group to purchase distressed real estate at auction.

Don has successfully invested in numerous real estate deals, operating businesses, high yield commercial mortgages, and REITs. He currently invests his capital and client/investors capital in real estate, real estate debt and real estate securities.

Don Konipol has had articles published in the following publications:

    Commercial Investment Real Estate (CCIM)

    Scottsman Guide

    Niche Report


    National Public Accountant

    Houston Business Journal

He also has had three books published, the most recent of which is “Investing in High Yield Trust Deeds After the Real Estate Meltdown”


Mitchell VicknairMitch Vicknair earned his MBA with an emphasis in Accounting from Texas A&M University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Finance from The University of Houston. He had a very successful 20 year banking career starting and managing several commercial lending departments for various banks. In 2007 Mr. Vicknair was asked to be President of the Texas region for Reliance Bank. The bank’s sole purpose in Texas was to generate commercial loans to small businesses with a goal of funding $50 Million its first year in operation. Under his leadership, the bank exceeded that mark by funding $120 Million. In 2009, Mr. Vicknair left banking to become CEO of American Finasco. Over the last 26 years American Finasco has helped thousands of companies avoid bankruptcy and return to profitability by restructuring and reducing debt obligations through their industry knowledge and negotiating expertise.

Mr. Vicknair became active in Private Mortgage Lending as an investor in 2008. In 2010 he started identifying clients that needed this service and began structuring loans and finding funding sources to participate in the financing.


32416 Autumn Forest Ct.
Magnolia, TX 77354
Call: (936) 588-8501
Fax: (936) 588-8550

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