November 5, 2015
Coleman’s Movers and Shakers
Amy Miksis Joins Celtic Bank’s SBA Lending Team
“We are excited to have Amy join our organization,” says Timothy McGoff, Chief Business Development Officer at Celtic Bank. “Her background in commercial credit analysis and loan packaging will be instrumental as we continue to expand our national business development team.”
“I am excited to join Celtic Bank in a business development role,” says Amy. “Celtic Bank’s common sense approach to small business lending was especially appealing to me.”
Amy will be based in West Warwick, Rhode Island and will focus her business development efforts in the Northeast and New England states.
Amy currently serves as the NCAA Division I Head Diving Coach at the University of Rhode Island.
44 Business Capital to be sold by Parke Bancorp to Berkshire Hills Bancorp
“44BC has represented an excellent investment for Parke Bank over the years culminating in this transaction,” Parke President and CEO Vito S. Pantilione said in a statement. “Parke Bank remains committed to SBA lending and will continue to offer SBA loans through a division of the bank.”
As part of the agreement, 44BC’s entire team, including President Greg Poehlmann and key business getters Phil Rapone Jeff Sherry, and Joe Dreyer will join Berkshire.
CDC Small Business Finance Hires Allison Kelly as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation
“Allison joins our team during an exciting period of growth for the company,” says Kurt Chilcott, president of CDC Small Business Finance. “Her expertise launching new products and programs as well as building high-performing teams will support CDC’s infrastructure as we expand.”
SBA’s Community Advantage Loan Program Recruits its 100th Lender
U.S. Small Business Administration Community Advantage (CA) Pilot Program scored a major success as it recruited its 100th lender, surpassed $100 million in lending for fiscal year 2015, and reached more than $220 million since the program was created in 2011.
“Our decision to become a Community Advantage lender was motivated by our desire to grow our mission of empowering low-to-moderate income business owners with access to capital and advice. We learned that approximately one in five of our clients desires capital beyond a microloan, so the Community Advantage program achieves an important next step in their growth plans,” says Paul Quintero, CEO of Accion East, Inc.