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American Business Lending Taps Chris Hatcher, BDO

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

American Business Lending, Inc. announced that Chris Hatcher has joined the business as Vice President of Business Development. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio,  Hatcher will originate new SBA 7(a) loans on a national basis.

Christopher Hatcher American Business LendingHatcher joins American Business Lending with over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry.

Most recently, he served as Assistant Vice President, SBA – Alternative Lending at Fifth Third Bank, where he specialized in high-leverage financing for owner-occupied and special-purpose properties. With Fifth Third Bank, he booked close to $40 million in government-guaranteed loans. Previously, he held management roles at First Financial Bank and U.S. Bank.

“Chris is a talented lending professional, with more than two decades of experience to add to our team,” remarked ABL CEO Charlie Bell. “We feel his knowledge of the SBA lending system and ability to meet the needs of customers will make him a successful member of American Business Lending.”

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Seacoast Commerce Bank Names Nancy Russell SBA BDO

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Seacoast Commerce Bank announced the hiring of Nancy Russell as Senior Vice President and Small Business Administration Business Development Officer. She will be based in the Bank’s office in Glendale, California.

Nancy Russell Seacoast Commerce BankRussell brings more than 29 years of SBA experience, with an extensive background in generating new SBA loans, both commercial 7A loans and owner occupied 504 first trust deed real estate loans. She has worked with small businesses, primarily in Orange and Los Angeles Counties and the Inland Empire, in facilitating the acquisition, development, and refinancing of their commercial real estate properties.

Prior to joining Seacoast Commerce Bank, she served Wells Fargo in a similar position. She also held leadership roles in the SBA Lending divisions at Argent Bank (formerly Commerce National Bank), and Comerica Bank, where she won the U.S. Small Business Administration 2008 Financial Services Champion of the Year Award.

“Nancy is a real pro with a tremendous knowledge of the SBA 7(a) Program. She has advocated for small businesses throughout her career and has been an outstanding producer of SBA loans, specifically for small business owners who want to buy, construct, refinance or expand their own facility,” stated David H. Bartram, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and SBA Division Manager.

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TD Bank Welcomes John Konevich as VP, BDO

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

TD Bank welcomes John Konevich as Vice President, Business Development Officer in the SBA Lending Division in Burlington, Massachusetts. In his new role, Konevich is in charge of expanding TD Bank’s SBA loan production, including 7(a) and 504 loans to businesses seeking to purchase commercial or industrial real estate, Business Acquisitions, Machinery & Equipment and growth capital.

John Konevich TD BankA commercial lending veteran, Konevich brings 30 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry to TD Bank as he enters this role. He spent more than 16 years originating loans in New England. He looks forward to growing with his new team.

Most recently, Konevich previously owned and operated Alliance Capital Funding Group LLC, a commercial lending brokerage firm in New England, for over 10 years. With Alliance Capital, he arranged commercial loans for businesses seeking to purchase commercial or industrial real estate, business acquisitions, machinery and equipment, working capital solutions.. Before that, he served as Vice President at CNL Commercial Finance.

Konevich earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College of California. A native of Northern California, he now lives in Lowell, Massachusetts.

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Fountainhead Hires Bart Baran as Credit Analyst

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Fountainhead Commercial Capital, a nationwide lender focused on financing owner-occupied commercial real estate with the SBA 504 loan program, is pleased to announce that Bart Baron has joined the business as a Credit Analyst.

Bart Baran Fountainhead Commercial CapitalIn this capacity, Baran is responsible for assisting the underwriting department in assembling and analyzing financial information from entrepreneurs who wish to purchase real estate and equipment to grow their business and personal wealth with the 504 program.

Baran has over 10 years’ small business experience serving various roles in a small Illinois-based carpet company, including sales, marketing and accounting functions. Most recently, he was an Assistant Technology Coordinator for a small health care practice.

“We are pleased to have Bart Baran join our growing team,” remarked Chris Hurn, CEO of Fountainhead. “He brings a wealth of experience and small-business savvy to our company, and we believe he will quickly begin helping many business owners realize significant savings and wealth creation through the 504 program.”

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Tompkins VIST Bank Adds Heather Moore as VP

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Tompkins VIST Bank announced the addition of Heather Moore as Vice President, Commercial Banking Relationship Manager. In her new role, Moore will be responsible for providing conventional and SBA loans and other personalized banking solutions to business customers in the greater Philadelphia region.

Heather Moore Tompkins VIST BankMoore brings more than 15 years of banking experience to Tompkins VIST Bank. Her expertise includes small business lending, commercial banking, and commercial lending.

She spent over six years at Susquehanna Bank, where she held various roles in increasing responsibilities. She last served the bank as Vice President, Market Manager. Prior to that, she was a Business Development Officer at Meridian Bank, and a Business Center Manager at Nova Savings Bank.

In addition, Moore volunteers her time for the community. She is a member of the Main Line Chamber of Commerce and its CIG Group, and the Society of Professional Women; as well as a board member of HelpHOPELive, a national nonprofit, and is a founder of the organization’s annual fundraiser.

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OBA Inducts Ann Marie Mehlum into Hall of Fame

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

The Oregon Bankers Association (OBA) inducted Ann Marie Mehlum, U.S. Small Business Administration Associate Administrator, into the Oregon Bankers Hall of Fame during its 110th Anniversary Convention held in Sunriver, Oregon in July. This honor recognizes the outstanding contributions inductees have made to the Oregon banking industry and the communities they serve.

Ann Marie Mehlum US SBAMehlum has more than 35 years of banking experience. She spent 10 years as founding President and CEO of Summit Bank in Eugene, Oregon, the bank which nominated her to the Hall of Fame. Her experience includes serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Administration of Siuslaw Bank in Oregon, Vice President of Manufacturers Bank in San Francisco, and Assistant Vice President of Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco.

“The Oregon Bankers Association is honored to welcome Ann Marie into the Hall of Fame. She is an instrumental part of OBA’s legacy and is highly respected by her peers,” said Linda Navarro, President and CEO of the OBA.

Mehlum’s contribution to the banking industry includes serving as OBA chair in 2011-2012 and on the boards of the Independent Community Banks of Oregon and on OBA’s subsidiary company, Synergy by Association. She was one of 15 bankers selected to serve on the inaugural community bank advisory board of the FDIC and she also served on the Administrative Committee of the American Bankers Association’s Community Bankers Council.

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ReadyCap Lending Adds Chad Keefer as BDO

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

ReadyCap Lending, LLC, a national small‐business loan company offering SBA financing up to $5 million, recently announced that Chad Keefer has joined the company as Business Development Officer covering the Carolinas region. In this capacity, Keefer will be in charge of business development of SBA 7(a) loans, and reporting to Vice President, Sales Manager, George Andreaus.

Chad Keefer ReadyCap LendingKeefer has more than 10 years’ lending experience, the majority focusing on SBA and government-guaranteed lending programs. His expertise includes small business lending, credit analysis, SBA, and commercial lending. He brings extensive experience and knowledge in financial products and lending to his new role.

Prior to joining ReadyCap Lending, for more than 10 years Keefer served business development roles in different banks and financial institutions in South Carolina, including as Vice President, Business Development Officer at TD Bank in the Columbia, South Carolina area; and he spent more than six years in a similar role at BCI Lending. He also was a Financial Specialist at Wachovia Bank.

Keefer obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh.

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44 Business Capital Hires Michael Hahn as SVP

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

44 Business Capital announced the hiring of Michael Hahn as Senior Vice President and Business Development Officer for the Philadelphia market. In his new role, Hahn will be in charge of building relationships to support the small business community in the Philadelphia district of the Small Business Administration, as well as throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

Michael Hahn 44 Business Capital“In addition to his experience with the Small Business Administration 7a and 504 Loan programs, Mike brings over 16 years’ experience in Business Development, Commercial Real Estate and C&I Lending,” commented Greg Poehlmann, 44 Business Capital President. “44 Business Capital has assisted Parke Bank in closing over $200MM in SBA loans since its inception in August of 2009.”

Prior to joining 44 Business Capital, Hahn served as Vice President and Business Development Officer for CapitalSource, an SBA Lender, for the Greater Philadelphia area; and he held similar roles at U.S. Bank, Business Loan Express, Merrill Lynch Business Financial Services and GE Capital.

“Mike and I have a long history working together at GE Capital and BLX. Mike has always been the consummate professional and I’m thrilled to have him on our team at 44 Business Capital. He epitomizes our company’s traits of speed, service and experience,” added Poehlmann.

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Celtic Bank Hires Adam Cheng to SBA Lending Team

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Celtic Bank has hired Adam Cheng as Vice President of Business Development in the Bank’s SBA and Commercial Lending Department. Cheng will be based in Houston, Texas. He brings more than 10 years of experience in SBA and commercial lending to his new role.

Adam Cheng Celtic BankPrior to joining Celtic Bank, Cheng served as a Vice President/SBA Marketing Manager at First Intercontinental Bank in Atlanta, Georgia for almost four years. He began his banking career as a Credit Analyst at Southwestern National Bank in Houston, Texas.

“Adam’s background in SBA and commercial loan underwriting and business development makes him a valuable addition to our team,” commented Chris Nalley, Senior Vice President of SBA Lending at Celtic Bank. “We are excited to have Adam on board and look forward to increasing our SBA loan production in the Greater Houston area.”

Likewise, Cheng is pleased to be on Celtic Bank’s SBA lending team. “Celtic Bank as a business entity is in high growth mode, which is the main reason I want to join this winning team,” he said.  “I believe my future prospects at Celtic Bank will be both rewarding and exciting.”

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Diana Hallal Joins TMC Financing SoCal Team

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

TMC Financing is pleased to announce that Diana Hallal has joined the business as Senior Vice President, Business Development in its Southern California commercial real estate lending team. In her new role, Hallal is responsible for the acquisition of commercial real estate loans.

Diana Hallal TMC FinancingHallal has more than 20 years of experience in helping business owners in Southern California access the capital they need to grow. She has held various senior commercial lending roles at several financial institutions.

Most recently, she was Director of business banking at Union Bank, where she was the top real estate loan producer in business banking for four consecutive years. Previously, she was a Commercial Loan Officer at Wells Fargo and a Business Development Officer at Bank of America.

“I’m excited about TMC’s growth in Southern California,” remarked Hallal. “This team has such dedication to partnering with commercial real estate brokers and commercial lenders to help business owners grow through the strategic purchase of fixed assets. I’m glad to be on board.”

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