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Coleman Movers and Shakers Wednesday

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June 10, 2015

By Bob Coleman
Editor, Movers and Shakers

Christopher J. Earle Named SBA Loan Manager

Christopher J. Earle has been named SBA Sales Manager for M&T Bank. He will oversee the management of SBA loan programs offered at more than 650 M&T branches offices in multiple states.

Earle has more than 40 years of financial services industry experience. He previously served in SBA loan management positions for the former First Union Bank (now part of Wells Fargo) and, most recently, First Niagara Bank.

Earle is a 1988 graduate of the New England School of Banking. He serves on the Region 1 Liaison Committee of the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders.

Steve Cohen Named President of Excelsior Growth Fund

“Steve brings to our organization vast experience with capital lending and management. His expertise in economic and community development, public policy and small business operations brings us the kind of experience we need to really expand the Excelsior Growth Fund,” says Patrick MacKrell, CEO of New York Business Development Corporation, Empire State CDC and Excelsior Growth Fund. “We’re very excited to have someone with his credentials on board as we work to fulfill our mission of helping small businesses grow, hire more people and play an integral role in the expansion of our economy.

“With years of experience, our team, now led by Steve, will help our borrowers on an ongoing basis. Our goal will be to be engaged in the success of our borrowers so that we can all be successful,” says MacKrell. “Excelsior’s goal is to assist the small business access affordable capital and other necessary resources to start, grow or sustain operations. In addition to business assistance, Excelsior will provide loan capital and referrals to other lenders that are able to serve the needs of the small businesses.”

Excelsior Growth Fund is a not-for-profit Community Development Financial Institution formed by the New York Business Development Corporation for the purpose of executing creative and flexible lending strategies to support small businesses in New York State.

Cohen is currently the executive vice president and deputy commissioner at Empire State Development, where he heads the Department of Small Business Services and Community Economic Development. The department includes the Division for Small Business, the Division for Minority and Women Business Development (DMWBD), the Empowerment Zones Corporation, the Office of Contractor and Supplier Diversity, and the Economic Revitalization Unit.

Andreas Hirsemann Joins TD Bank as Business Development Officer in SBA Lending

His footprint is Maine to Florida.

Andreas has more than 20 years of experience in finance and real estate lending. Before joining TD Bank, he served as a Senior Vice President at GE Corporate Finance, and before that, as a Senior Account Manager at Wells Fargo SBA Lending.

A resident of Hingham, Mass., Hirsemann serves on the Board of Hingham Youth Football and also volunteers as a coach for Hingham Youth Football and Lacrosse.

In Memoriam of Ed McGuire of Texas CDC

Ed McGuire died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 28.

Ed served as a Business Development Officer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for Texas Certified Development Company.

His extensive experience included linking entrepreneurs to franchises and, while at TxCDC, helping small business owners qualify for SBA loans to grow their businesses.

During his career before joining TxCDC, McGuire spent more than two decades in sales and business development, management and support in the United States and the United Kingdom. In addition to his work with Chemical Financial, McGuire assisted in franchise development for Dynamic Air Freight, MAACO Enterprises, DFW Business Brokers, United Franchise Group and CareMinders Home Care.

In his spare time, Ed gave of his time to others. He was a Host Committee Volunteer for Super Bowl XLV and volunteered for The Trains at North Park. The proceeds from the The Trains at NorthPark exhibit benefit Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

He was also an active member of Lamda Chi Alpha Alumni Dallas Chapter.

Ed is survived by his wife, Leslie, and daughter, Abigale.

Funeral services are pending in his hometown in Indian

“We are deeply saddened by Ed’s sudden passing. Ed was enthusiastic, energetic and talented. His relentless drive to get the deal done for business owners resulted in successful business ventures for hundreds of entrepreneurs. Ed loved life and people and we will truly miss the joy he gave us.” – TxCDC President Suzanna Caballero

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