December 9, 2021

SBA Announces Allen Thomas Regional Administrator for Southeast Region
Allen Thomas of Greenville, North Carolina has been sworn in as Region IV (4) Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration. He has oversight of the federal Agency for nine district offices located across eight states; Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The SBA Southeast Region guaranteed over $8 billion in small business loans in fiscal year 2021, counseled over 400,000 entrepreneurs, and awarded nearly $18 billion in federal contracts to small business to help drive their success.

“I am tremendously honored to serve the Biden-Harris Administration, under Administrator Guzman’s leadership, as the Regional Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration,” says Regional Administrator Allen Thomas. “Small businesses have faced unimaginable challenges over these past few years, and I am committed to continue to help bring recovery relief and growth tools to the entrepreneurs located across all of the Southeastern United States so they can continue on the path of a successful entrepreneurial journey.”

Joanne Campbell named EVP, enterprise risk management and chief risk officer at Camden National Bank
“Joanne has led our risk management efforts for several years and naming her chief risk officer reflects her commitment as well as superior performance in this important area,” said Greg Dufour, president & CEO of Camden National Bank. “Risk management in financial institutions has exponentially changed over the past several years and Joanne is a recognized leader in this area, both within our organization and the industry. We are fortunate to have her vast experience, leadership and expertise as we work toward achieving this key strategic objective.”

First Internet Bank Names Clayton Baker, VP – Senior Business Development Officer
“Clayton is a valuable addition to our SBA team,” said First Internet Bank Vice President, National SBA Sales Manager Mark Gibson. “His experience will help our small business partners access the capital they need to succeed. Our goal at First Internet Bank is guide clients through the SBA loan process seamlessly. His industry knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm make him an ideal fit for our group.”

Rachael Meurrier joins SmartBank as SVP
“SmartBank’s commitment to the Middle Tennessee market is evidenced by these recent additions of such an experienced team of banking professionals that not only have years in banking experience in the area, but also possess strong leadership capabilities and a variety of specialized lending backgrounds,” said David Scott, regional president for SmartBank.

Rachael Meurrier joined the team as senior vice president and Williamson County market executive. She has 16 years of experience in the financial service industry, and her expertise includes private banking, mortgage lending, commercial banking, treasury services and business development.

Events Calendar
Coleman’s 2022 SBA Lender Professional Award Nominations – December 31, 2021
Hunter Hotel Investment Conference – March 22-24, 2022 (Atlanta, GA)
NAGGL Spring Conference – May 10-12, 2022 (Atlanta, GA)
Coleman’s Annual Award Luncheon – April 2022, TBA
Coleman’s 14th Annual Secondary Market Summit – January 12, 2022