January 24, 2019
By Bob Coleman
Editor, Coleman Movers & Shakers
Coleman Movers & Shakers — Ali Schaal, Angela McDonnel, Chris Bickel
Ali Schaal and Angela McDonnel Join Partner as Directors of Funds Control
“Partner will continue to leverage top industry talent like Angela and Ali to help provide the very best risk management solutions so that our customers can succeed in their ultimate business objectives, no matter where the market is going,” says company founder and CEO Joe Derhake.
Ms. Schaal has 30 years of experience in construction accounting and 15 years in construction risk management. She specializes in communication with lenders, borrowers and general contractors to keep projects moving to completion. She also has expertise working with documentation required for SBA loans. Prior to joining Partner, Ms. Schaal served as the Finance Manager for the construction risk management division of a large engineering firm, where she managed project budgets, deadlines and profitability, as well as lender interfacing through the bidding process and project funding.
“One of the things I particularly enjoyed when working on bids and proposals was helping clients access their information in a web-based portal as reports were updated,” says Ms. Schaal. “It’s very inspiring to come to a company like Partner that is continually striving to merge core services in our industry with technological innovation, such as their cloud-based platform for accessing documentation and report data, as well as a tablet app that aggregates historical disbursement data across project parameters to catch errors and discrepancies faster in real time.”
Ms. McDonnell has over 26 years of experience in the construction risk management industry, where she oversaw funds control and due diligence services for a variety of national and local lending clients, developers, CDC’s and individual/commercial property owners. Ms. McDonnell has 15+ years as a client liaison on construction projects ranging from $50K tenant improvements to $30M ground up developments. Prior to joining Partner, Ms. McDonnell was the Operations Director for the construction risk management division of a large engineering firm, overseeing and managing the risk management team and disbursement agents. Ms. McDonnell has various education in Business Development and Accounting from Highline College, and studies in accounting and human resources from Clackamas College.
“I am incredibly excited to come to Partner and embrace the challenge of growing and adding to an already-impressive construction risk management practice,” says Ms. McDonnell. “Coming over from a large company where 80-90% of our division consisted of funds control projects, I am particularly thrilled to apply my knowledge and expertise in a collaborative fashion with the broader spectrum of construction inspection and risk management services, as well as other due diligence, engineering, and environmental services offered at Partner.”
Centric Bank Appoints Christopher J. Bickel Senior Vice President
“Chris has been a strong leader and a top-producing lender at Centric Bank since joining the team in 2016,” says President & CEO Patti Husic. “Chester County is his hometown, and he’s the ideal person to introduce our ‘Centric Bank Way’ relationship banking services to this region rich with entrepreneurs, health care professionals, and business builders.”
“The Devon small business community is poised for a new community bank, and we look forward to expanding our small business reach with the personalized service they deserve,” says Bickel. “I grew up in Berwyn, so this area is home for me. At Centric Bank, we believe having a familiar face when you start, scale, and grow your business sets the tone for success.”
“The strongest advantage we offer suburban Philadelphia is our small business lending strength, consultative resources, and rapid response time. My phone is always on! We offer a human element to bank processes—a level of personal connectivity that customers crave,” says Bickel.
Born and raised in Berwyn, Pa., Bickel is a graduate of Syracuse University and a two-time Syracuse Orange men’s lacrosse national champion. He began his banking career with Commerce of New Jersey and brings over 16 years of experience in the banking industry specializing in commercial lending, commercial real estate, and new business development.
Passionate about youth athletics and the benefits of team sports, Chris coached lacrosse for Central Dauphin schools, as well as tee ball. When he’s not on a field, he enjoys fly-fishing, hunting, snowboarding, surfing, and family time.
Upcoming SBA Lending Professional Industry Events
Puerto Rico Rural Investment Summit, Puerto Rico, March 7-8, 2019, Puerto Rico
Registration Now Open
Southeastern Small Business Lenders Conference 2019, March 13, 2019, Asheville
America West Small Business Lending Summit 2019, June 11, 2019, Rancho Mirage
America East Small Business Lending Conference 2019, August 14, 2019, Mashantucket
Music City Small Business Lenders Conference, August 28-29, 2019, Nashville
FLAGGL Small Business Lenders Conference, September 18, 2019, Orlando
Registration is NOW OPEN!