January 14, 2021

Caity Roach
Editor

Coleman Movers & Shakers — Isabel Guzman, Amy Bassett, Kelley Groth, and Bailey Wolff

President-Elect Biden Announces Nomination of Isabel Guzman as SBA Administrator

Currently serving as Director of California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate and a key leader in the state’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Isabel Guzman works closely with entrepreneurs to help them weather the pandemic and support innovation, job creation, and economic growth in the nation’s largest state network of small businesses. A former senior advisor and deputy chief of staff at the SBA — and a small business entrepreneur herself — she is a passionate advocate for small businesses who knows firsthand the opportunities they create for families and communities.

 

Amy K. Bassett to Serve as District Director of SBA’s New Hampshire District Office

“We are excited to welcome Amy back to her home state of New Hampshire as the SBA New Hampshire District Director,” says New England Regional Administrator, Wendell Davis. “She has served as the SBA District Director in Maine for nearly four years and prior to that she was a fixture in the SBA New Hampshire office serving in many capacities. Amy has long held leadership positions in New England and has been an important asset to Region 1 and SBA nationally. Her experience positions her well to lead New Hampshire businesses and the New Hampshire entrepreneurial ecosystem through these challenging times.”

In her role as district director, Ms. Bassett will be responsible for leading the New Hampshire SBA team in the delivery of SBA’s programs throughout the state.

“It has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve as the SBA district director for Maine, but New Hampshire is home and I look forward to leading a strong team in the delivery of SBA’s programs and services to assist as many small businesses as possible during these unprecedented times,” states Bassett. “Having worked with many of the lenders and small business service partners in New Hampshire in the past, I welcome the opportunity to re-establish those relationships and focusing on fostering new partnerships throughout the state.”

First Interstate Bank hires Kelley Groth

Kelley Groth joins First Interstate Bank as Small Business Administration government lending manager. In this role, she will be responsible for overseeing the company’s SBA lending program. 

With more than 15 years of experience working with SBA lending programs, Groth’s expertise includes not only management, but also sales, underwriting, portfolio management, and servicing of SBA loan portfolios.

Groth graduated from Lewis-Clark State College with a degree in business administration. In her free time, she volunteers in elementary school classrooms and recently became a youth swimming official.

Bailey Wolff joins Harvest

Bailey Wolff joins Harvest Small Business Finance as Assistant Vice President and Business Development Associate for the Southern California Region.

Prior to joining the Harvest Business Development team, Wolff worked in the SBA’s New York District Office connecting small business owners and lenders to the agency’s many products and services. He also has experience working for a Small Business Investment Company, where he performed market research for seed-stage Financial Technology companies. 

Prior to entering the finance industry, Wolff worked for two years in Ukraine as a Peace Corps volunteer and obtained his Mater’s degree in Journalism from New York University.

Upcoming Industry Events

2/15/2021 to 2/17/2021 – “For the Love of SBA Lending” Southeastern Small Business Lenders Conference, Amelia Island, FL

4/19/2021 to 4/21/ 2021 – Mid America Lenders Conference, Arlington, TX

7/20/2021 to 7/22/2021 – Great Lakes Lenders Conference, Detroit, MI (and virtual)

8/16/2021 to 8/18/2021 – America East “Unlock Your Potential,” Loews Philadelphia, PA

9/20/2021 to 9/22/2021 –  FLAGGL, Orlando Grande Lakes, FL