Our Team

Trusted Private-Money Resource for 35 years

Our team - we work hard and we play hard!

Austin Walker

Loan Originator – NMLS No. 347457

Austin grew up in the Portland suburb of West Linn and remembers always being fascinated with real estate and architecture. He graduated cum laude from Portland State University with a degree in Real Estate Finance. Austin and two other partners formed a private-money brokerage in 2004 specializing in multifamily, commercial properties and small residential subdivisions. In 2010 Austin joined the partnership with Mike and Marty at AIC. When out of the office, he loves weekend trips exploring Oregon with his wife and friends. He enjoys virtually all outdoor activities. You will likely find him skiing or snowshoeing in the winter or enjoying the Willamette River surfing and wakeboarding during the summer. Austin and his wife welcomed their son Kai in summer 2019. Go easy, as Marty would say.

Paul Pongracz-Bartha

Loan Originator – NMLS No. 1968425

Paul was born and raised in Southeast Portland. A graduate of Portland State University, Paul studied civil engineering and has had a successful career in both the public and private sectors. Growing up, Paul would help his father with rental properties and continued to be interested in construction, business and accounting. Paul is excited to join AIC and use his background as a licensed professional engineer to add to his work in real estate finance. In his spare time, Paul enjoys adventure and being outside with his friends and family. He is an avid skier and enjoys traveling. In the summer months, he enjoys hiking, swimming, and surfing.

Amy LaGrander


Amy was born and raised in Roseburg but now calls Eugene home. Amy graduated from University of Oregon and has been with AIC since 1996. She enjoys spending time with her two awesome kids. In her spare time you will likely find her in her wood shop making incredible furniture and home décor from reclaimed barn wood. You can find her handmade furniture and designs at Vintage Industries in Springfield.

Ciarra Edwards


Ciarra is a true Oregon native. She was born and raised in Bend and decided to leave Central Oregon to attend school in Eugene. She pursued a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Oregon. Ciarra has always known Oregon to be her home. She loves to adventure, seeing new and old towns all over the state. When she is not working at AIC, she can often be found outside exploring the PNW with her husband and daughter. Ciarra and her family enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, and just being outdoors.

Honorary Member – Mike Welt

Born and raised an Oregonian, Mike graduated from Oregon State University and immediately began his real estate career working at a title company. Shortly thereafter he became a licensed Realtor and realized the need for creative financing. In 1980 Mike branched out and began originating private-money loans. The creativity and common-sense aspect of the business piqued his interest. Mike and his friend, Marty Hall, moved to Eugene in 1984 and founded AIC. Over the years AIC has evolved, but the values of the company and common-sense-based approach have not changed. In his free time you can often find Mike enjoying the sunshine playing golf.

Honorary Member – Marty Hall

Marty and Mike started AIC in 1984. Although you will not find Marty in the office much these days, his impact on AIC remains strong. As a systems-oriented guy, Marty knew that to provide consistent and excellent results, AIC needed a system in place. Marty hand-crafted AIC’s original Microsoft Access database in the early 1990s and subsequently worked with Austin to merge the database into an SQL platform that AIC utilizes presently. Marty is enjoys songwriting, long walks, working to help foster children and a good book.