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Coleman Movers & Shakers — Bryan Hooper Named Deputy Administrator for USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service

November 16, 2017

By Bob Coleman
Editor, Coleman Movers and Shakers

Coleman Movers & Shakers — Bryan Hooper Named Deputy Administrator for USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announces the following changes in Senior Executive Service leadership roles at USDA Rural Development:Bryan Hooper is now the Deputy Administrator for Business Programs in the Rural Business-Cooperative Service. Hooper brings 11 years of leadership in managing federal commercial loan programs to his new role, including 5 years as the head of Credit Risk Management at the Small Business Administration.

Claudette Fernandez is now Assistant Administrator for Water and Environmental Programs in the Rural Utilities Service. Fernandez brings 15 years of community development experience to her new role. She has held various leadership positions within USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service since 2014. Prior to USDA, she served as senior program manager for more than 10 years at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Bancorp Adds Teresa Carlson and Kelly Isley “This is an exciting time for The Bancorp,” says Jeff Nager, Executive Vice President, Head of Small Business Lending. “Kelly and Teresa are key additions who will add greater depth and expertise to our team as we take our first steps into expanding our offerings across new markets.”

Kelly will serve as Vice President, SBA New Markets. In this role, she will work with the bank’s small business lenders to expand market share into a broader range of industries. Formerly the Chief Operating Officer banc-serv, Isley brings more than 17 years of financial services experience including an extensive understanding of all aspects of SBA lending to businesses nationwide.

Teresa will serve as Vice President, SBA Business Development Officer, with a focus on the funeral home industry in addition to supporting general small businesses across the country. Carlson joins The Bancorp with over 24 years of experience in SBA lending. Previously, she worked as Vice President, SBA Business Development, at Mission Valley Bank.

Acclivity Financial hires Clarke Moore as Vice President in Arkansas“Clarke is a fantastic addition to Acclivity Financial,” says Danny Preston, Chief Executive Officer. “He comes from a competitive background that emphasizes teamwork and accountability. His previous production speaks for itself, and we’re pleased to expand our coverage in the South Central U.S.”

“This is a perfect time to join Acclivity Financial. They’re growing and have considerable momentum,” says Clarke. “I greatly appreciate the opportunity from Danny, and I look forward to giving my all to take us to the next level.”

Clarke possesses 12 years of commercial banking experience in NW Arkansas and NE Oklahoma with extensive production in SBA, USDA and C&I loans. He credits his success to strong relationships and the ability to tailor unique loan structures for each client.

He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BBA in Finance & Real Estate. He was a 4-year football letterman named to the 2002 All-SEC Freshman Team and the All-SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2002, 2004 and 2005. He is a volunteer coach for the Boys & Girls club and dedicates time to the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation based in Harrison, AR.

Upcoming SBA Lending Professional Industry Events

Restaurant Finance & Development Conference, November 15-17, Las Vegas

10th Annual 2017 SBA Secondary Market Summit, December 4-5, Washington DC

USDA Rural Development Lenders Meeting, December 7, Washington, DC

Southeastern Small Business Lenders Conference, March 7-9, Asheville

Mid-America Lender’s Conference, April 15-17, Fort Worth

America West, June 20-22, Costa Mesa

America East, August 1-3, National Harbor, MD

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