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BankUnited Names Kassam as National Sales Manager

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Hakim Kassam has joined BankUnited as its Senior Vice President and National Sales Manager. In this capacity, he is responsible for BankUnited’s Small Business Finance department, where he will be leading a nationwide team of SBF business development officers.

Hakim Kassam Bank UnitedA top producer of SBA loans, Kassam brings over 24 years of direct banking experience to his new role. Most of his years in the industry were spent leading teams of small business loan officers across the southern and eastern regions of the United States. He has been recognized by the SBA as a Financial Services Champion of the Year for Florida and the southeast region of the U.S.

Kassam joins BankUnited from Wells Fargo Bank in Fort Lauderdale, where he served as Vice President, Regional Sales Manager of its SBA Division. With Wells Fargo, he managed a team of 13 business development officers in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Previously, he was a Board Member at IDS Corporation, a Certified Development Company in Florida that originates and approves debentures under the SBA 504 loan program. His experience also includes serving top leadership roles at Community South Bank, Temecula Valley Bank, and Imperial Bank.

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Newtek Taps Gary Taylor as President and COO

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Gary Taylor has joined Newtek Business Credit as President and Chief Operating Officer. Taylor has over 30 years of experience in lending, commercial/investment banking, specialty and structured finance, process improvement, credit operations, technology integration and portfolio management.

Gary Taylor Newtek Business CreditTaylor joins Newtek from CIT Bank Small Business Lending, where he most recently served as the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer. He managed the department engaged in loan underwriting and processing, servicing and business analysis/reporting.

Before that, he served as Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at Lehman Brothers Bank, where he oversaw all elements of credit risk and evaluated assets for securitizations that comprised of commercial and residential mortgage-backed securities and other asset-backed classes.

In addition, he spent more than 10 years at Moody’s Investors Service as Vice President and five years at AT&T Capital Corporation as Senior Vice President of Credit and Operations/Business Finance Division.

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Rawlings Named SVP of Business Finance Capital

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Business Finance Capital (BFC) announced that Brandon Rawlings has joined the company as Senior Vice President, Business Development for the SBA 504 lender’s Inland Empire office. As SVP, Rawlings will work with small- and medium-sized businesses in financing owner occupied real estate through the SBA loan program.

Brandon Rawlings Business Finance CapitalRawlings brings more than 17 years of experience in commercial lending and real estate lending to his new role. He has a successful track record of driving sales and building strong client relationships.

Prior to joining BFC, he served as Vice President/Area Manager at Wells Fargo Bank for more than four years. With Wells Fargo, he managed a team of commercial loan officers in the Greater Los Angeles area, focusing on business lending needs for companies with $2 million to $35 million in annual sales.

Previously, he was the Vice President at Citizens Business Bank, where he was responsible for commercial banking and lending relationships for companies with $10 million to $200 million in annual revenue. He also served as a Business Development Officer at Union Bank.

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Fountainhead Taps Curt Roese as CFO

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Fountainhead Commercial Capital is pleased to announce that Curt Roese has joined the business as its Chief Financial Officer. In this capacity, Roese is in charge of all financial aspects in Fountainhead, as well as oversight of construction loans used by its SBA 504 clients.

Curt Roese Fountainhead Commercial CapitalRoese has more than 30 years of experience in finance and real estate. He started his career in certified public accounting, offering various auditing, consulting and tax services for clients in real estate, development, and construction among other industries.

He comes to Fountainhead from nationwide homebuilder Taylor Morrison where he served as a division controller. As a small entrepreneur, he founded and served Westmont Homes, an award-winning custom home building company in Central Florida. Throughout his career, he managed REO assets, owned an active real estate brokerage and served in high-level positions with a number of homebuilders.

“Curt brings a diverse background in real estate, construction and accounting to our company, built on years of frontline management and consulting experience,” said Chris Hurn, Fountainhead CEO. “We are pleased to welcome him to our growing team.”

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The Bancorp Welcomes Newest SBA Lender to Austin

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

The Bancorp Bank is pleased to welcome Bob Hernandez as a Vice President, Business Relationship Officer to its Government Guaranteed Lending team in Austin, Texas. The addition of Hernandez is part of the company’s expansion of its national footprint to assist small business owners in the local markets and beyond.

Bob Hernandez The Bancorp BankHernandez brings 35 years of experience, primarily in the SBA and commercial banking industry, to his new role. Throughout his career, he has assisted corporations and small business owners obtain the financing needed to acquire, expand, or refinance.

He has extensive experience in managing complex financial scenarios, working in multicultural business and sales environments and navigating among governmental, non-profit and commercial enterprises.

Prior to joining The Bancorp, Hernandez served as CEO at Business Capitalization Specialists for more than five years. During his tenure as CEO, he provided small business consulting and capitalization strategies to a variety of industries. Before that, he was EVP at National Franchise Company, where he developed and managed four distinct business units.

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Eric Wadley Joins Umpqua Bank as VP, SBA

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Umpqua Bank announced the addition of Eric Wadley as Vice President, SBA, USDA and CRE lending. In this capacity, he will manage the Bank’s new SBA loan production office in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Eric Wadley Umpqua BankA native of Utah, Wadley has more than 15 years of experience in the banking industry, mainly in the SBA and USDA lending segments throughout the state.

Prior to joining Umpqua Bank, he served as VP and Business Development Officer at Seacoast Commerce Bank, where he sourced and closed $8.6M in owner user commercial real estate secured SBA 7a loans within eight months. Previously, he held leadership roles in the SBA, USDA and CRE divisions at CIT Bank, Nevada Commerce Bank, Lehman Brothers, and American Investment Bank.

Umpqua Bank is pleased to have Wadley on board. “Eric has been an advocate for small business throughout his career and has been a consistent producer of SBA & USDA guaranteed commercial loans, specifically for the small business owner that wants to buy, construct, refinance or expand their own facility,” said Joel Carey, SVP Umpqua Bank SBA Lending Division.

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Pinnacle Bank Promotes Cliff Dennett to EVP

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

California-based Pinnacle Bank has promoted Cliff Dennett to Executive Vice President, Senior Loan Officer. He has 20 years of experience in the banking industry and is based in the Bank’s Morgan Hill location.

Pinnacle BankBefore joining Pinnacle Bank’s lending team in 2007, he served as Vice President, Commercial Lending at Santa Clara Valley National Bank, where he was in charge of a sizable portion of the bank’s commercial portfolio.

Previously, he was the Assistant Vice President of the Private Lending division at Coamerica in Palo Alto. He started his career at National City Bank in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he held several roles in increasing responsibilities. With National City Bank, he managed a large portfolio of high net-worth clients.

“Cliff will continue to work with clients and will also take a larger role in developing the credit quality and efficiency of our SBA and C&I divisions. His knowledge and experience are an invaluable asset and his promotion was a natural progression,” stated Susan K. Black, President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Laurel McNamara Joins Small Business Finance

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

CDC Small Business Finance recently announced that Laurel McNamara has joined the company as a Business Development Officer. In this capacity, McNamara will provide SBA financing products to small businesses throughout Arizona and Nevada.

Laurel McNamara CDC Small Business Finance

As BDO, McNamara will collaborate with existing loan officer Christopher Bane to provide small businesses access to a variety of SBA financing products, including Community Advantage loans up to $250,000 and microloans, up to $50,000.

McNamara has over 8 years experience with Fortune 500 companies in management, sales, and customer service.

Prior to joining Small Business Finance, she served as a Small Business Banker for Washington Federal in Phoenix, where she was responsible for executing integrated sales, service and relationship strategies to support growth, relationship deepening, and retention of small business clients. Before that, she worked for Arizona Bank & Trust, U.S. Bank, MB Financial Bank, and TCF Bank in Illinois.

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Suncrest Bank Hires Nutz as Chief Credit Officer

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Industry veteran Peter Nutz is the new Chief Credit Officer of Central California-based Suncrest Bank. With more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry, he joins a leadership team with outstanding domestic and international banking experience.

Peter Nutz Suncrest BankPrior to joining Suncrest Bank, Nutz spent 13 years of his career at Rabobank in the United States and overseas. He last served as Executive Director for Retail and Small Business Credit for Rabobank Group in Warsaw, Poland.

Nutz’ previous roles include Executive Risk Director for Debt Restructuring and Recovery, and Senior Ag Credit Officer for Rabobank’s US-wide Rural & Retail Division, based out of Fresno.

He also served Offutt Companies in North Dakota, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, and St. Paul Bank for Cooperatives (now CoBank) both located in Minnesota.

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Ray Drew Joins ReadyCap Lending in South Florida

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

ReadyCap Lending, LLC, a national small business loan company offering SBA financing up to $5 million, is pleased to announce that Ray Drew has joined the company as Business Development Officer covering the South Florida region. In this capacity, Drew will be responsible for business development in Southeast Florida. He will report to Vice President, Sales Manager, George Andreaus.

Ray Drew ReadyCap LendingPrior to joining ReadyCap, Drew most recently served as Vice President, SBA Loan Specialist at HomeBanc in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Before that, he was a Client Advisor at Mercantile Capital Corporation, where he originated SBA 504 loans for commercial real estate acquisitions, construction projects, and refinancing to small businesses nationwide.

In addition to his banking career, Drew is an active member of the community. Currently, he serves as the Developing Leaders co-chair for the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Palm Beach County chapter. He was a member of Downtown Orlando Partnership and Winter Park Chamber of Commerce.

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