Coleman Movers & Shakers — Liz Gray, Dana Malley, Jeff Fulcher, Jim Bishop, Michele Brown, Ben Taylor, Mich Elkouri

July 19, 2018

By Bob Coleman
Editor, Coleman Movers and Shankers

Coleman Movers & Shakers — Liz Gray, Dana Malley, Jeff Fulcher, Jim Bishop, Michele Brown, Ben Taylor, Mich Elkouri

Liz Gray Named State Director of New Hampshire SBDC

“Liz brings invaluable relationships and a strong understanding of how the stakeholders in New Hampshire’s small business arena work together,” says Adria Bagshaw, Chair, NH SBDC Advisory Board and vice president, W.H. Bagshaw. “The SBDC Advisory Board looks forward to supporting her vision and leadership as she steps into the State Director role.”

“Entrepreneurship fuels the New Hampshire economy,” says Liz. “NH SBDC has played a big part in supporting the state’s businesses for 34 years with ongoing expert management advising and education, and I want to help the SBDC continue to thrive and make an impact on economic development in the state.”

Liz most recently was director of entrepreneurship at the N.H. Business Finance Authority. She established Live Free and Start, an initiative to make New Hampshire an even better place for innovative companies to be able to start, grow and succeed. She held the position of economic development business services manager at the N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Development, and has extensive experience within the political community of New Hampshire. She worked for more than 10 years in various capacities in the offices of governors Shaheen, Lynch and Hassan, and as a legislative aide in the N.H. State Senate.

Gray serves on the UNH Manchester Advisory Board, and on the boards of directors of the UNH Alumni Association, the Alpha Loft and the NH High Tech Council, where she is the council’s chair of the Government Affairs Committee. She earned her master’s in public administration from UNH, as well as her bachelor of science, cum laude, with dual majors in environmental conservation and international affairs.

Dana Malley, Jeff Fulcher, Jim Bishop Join Harvest

“Dana Malley strengthens our East coast presence, he has a great entrepreneurial sense and knows how to get things done,” says Todd Massas, Managing Director and Chief Origination Officer of Harvest.

Dana T. Malley has been helping business owners obtain commercial financing for over twenty five years in the New York Metropolitan area. For the past ten years, he was the owner of specialty finance company, SBFG, LLC. Prior to SBFG he worked for KeyBank as SR VP in government guaranteed lending.

Prior to KeyBank, Dana was an entrepreneur owning several businesses including a real estate franchise and a mortgage company.

“A powerful addition to our team in the South Western region, we are excited to have Jeff Fulcher on the Harvest team,” says Managing Director and Chief Origination Officer Todd Massas.

Jeff graduated from Arizona State University with a dual major of Finance and Business Legal Studies. His senior year in college he worked at a boutique mortgage brokerage firm who introduced him to the ins and outs of commercial lending. With the knowledge gained at the brokerage company, he proceeded to work at various lending institutions that specialized in SBA lending.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and watching his 2-year old daughter grow.

Managing Director and Chief Origination Officer Adam Seery says, “Great to have Jim Bishop join Harvest – another strong business development officer in the Pacific Northwest. Our national footprint growing quickly”

Jim has over twenty years’ experience in commercial lending at community banks as well as at a regional bank, helping small to medium sized businesses meet their financing needs. He has held a variety of leadership roles include leading a commercial lending team, opened new markets, and has experience in credit administration.

Jim is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School, which is sponsored by the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, as well as an MBA from Adams State University and a Bachelors’ degree in Finance.

Michele Brown and Ben Terry Join Texas Capital Bank as BDOs

“We’re proud to be able to attract this level of talented and experienced bankers to our team,” says John Gannon, Executive Vice President and SBA Group Manager at Texas Capital Bank. “It speaks to not only the commitment we’ve made to this line of business, but also the quality of our underwriting and closing team and what they can deliver.”

Mich Elkouri is Fountainhead Commercial Capital’s New Credit Analyst

“We are excited to add Mich to our team full-time,” says Chris Hurn, CEO of Fountainhead. “He started with us an intern and his enthusiasm, diligence and commitment to his craft led us to add him to our growing team.”

Michi was previously a research analyst with Crossman & Company, where he was entrusted with the extraction, analysis, and compilation of property data throughout the southeastern United States.

Michi earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Central Florida, where he maintained a presence on the President’s Honor Roll and Dean’s List for Scholastic Honors.

Upcoming SBA Lending Professional Industry Events

National Rural Lenders’ Roundtable USDA Community Facilities Loan Programs, July 24, Denver
To reserve your seat contact Natalie Webb,, (404) 365-2040

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

Great Lakes Lenders Conference, Detroit, August 16-17

FLAGGL Small Business Lenders Conference, August 20-22, Orlando

Tennessee Small Business Lenders Conference, September 12-14, Nashville
Associate SBA Administrator, William Manger to Keynote

Lend360, October 8-10, Chicago

National Alliance of Commercial Loan Brokers, October 16-18, Miami

Add Restaurant Finance & Development Conference, November 12-14, Las Vegas

11th Annual Secondary Market Summit, December 4, Washington D.C.