July 15, 2021

Delaney Sexton
Contributing Editor

Coleman Movers & Shakers- Alan Hice, Diane Hawkins, and NACLB Conference

First Business Banks Welcomes Alan Hice as Vice President of SBA Lending

“As our SBA team continues to grow, we’re very pleased that Alan Hice joined us,” Marty Ferguson, Managing Director of SBA Lending, says. “His depth of experience with SBA loans is impressive as is his knowledge of the entire SBA loan process. With that level of expertise, Alan is a great resource for businesses to help them understand how to access SBA loans to grow their businesses.”


Alan Hice joined First Business Bank as Vice President – SBA Lending with over 20 years of direct SBA lending experience. While currently originating loans nationwide, his previous experience includes credit underwriting and closing loans, which serves him well in guiding loans from start to finish. Alan prides himself on finding the right financing solution while taking a creative approach no matter the scenario — whether it’s acquisition, expansion, start-up, construction, and refinance, among many others. He appreciates the ambition and foresight it takes to own a small business.


Alan earned a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Tennessee and lives in Tennessee.

Diane Hawkins is Promoted to SBA and Participation Specialist at Citizens Bank
“Diane’s new purview will enable us to really hone in on its skill and commitment to SBA,” says Pam Jones, chief operations officer. “Her years of banking experience are integral to the success of the creation of this new department, making her a perfect fit for this position.”


Citizens Bank, headquartered in Batesville, Arkansas, has announced the promotion of Diane Hawkins to SBA and participation specialist, making Hawkins the first Citizens Bank team member to be overseeing SBA in the bank’s history.

Hawkins has over 40 years of banking knowledge and experience and has been a vital member of the Citizens Bank team for many years. She is a member of Believers’ Community Church in Batesville and has served in many different capacities for several years. She is also a volunteer with Relay for Life.


“I’m excited to create and elevate new opportunities for our customers as we become a preferred SBA bank,” says Hawkins. “This new role demonstrates our commitment to small businesses in the communities we serve, and I’m honored to help Citizens Bank grow in this capacity.”

Sign Up for the National Alliance of Commercial Loan Brokers (NACLB) Conference!

Coleman Report is a proud silver sponsor of the 7th Annual NACLB Conference and Expo. This year it will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada at Caesars Palace. The conference will take place from October 26-28, 2021.


After a year and a half of lockdowns and conducting meetings via phone and Zoom, NACLB will be the place to meet lenders and brokers in person. Nothing beats being able to network face-to-face with others and have those crucial one-on-one conversations to close deals. This year’s conference is much more than an annual gathering – it will be a victory celebration because brokers and lenders racked up successful deals during the pandemic, and we have all come out on the other side for more!


Sign up here!