Coleman Movers & Shakers — John Bickley, Brian McClendon, Miriam Torres & Houck/Dillard

January 25, 2018

By Bob Coleman
Editor, Coleman Movers and Shakers

Coleman Movers & Shakers — John Bickley, Brian McClendon, Miriam Torres & Houck/Dillard

John Bickley Joins Entegra Bank as Director of SBA Lending

Roger Plemens, President and Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina-based bank, says, “We are excited to add John to our team and look forward to expanding our SBA lending opportunities. John has a proven track record of leading this line of business and will greatly enhance our ability to serve our communities, while also providing a return for our shareholders.”

John comes to Entegra after serving as the SBA Director at several financial institutions in South Carolina. His 30 year career has included extensive experience building and growing SBA lending teams which were spread over multiple states.

Brian McClendon Joins ReadyCap Lending as SoCal Sr. BDO

“Brian is a huge addition to our team given his experience and reputation in the industry,” says Mark Gibson, National Sales Manager of ReadyCap.

“His consistency as a top performer which is supported by his ability to manage all aspects of the lending process makes him the perfect fit for RCL. Our model is to continue to grow into key markets nationally and leverage these vast sources of experience and industry wisdom. Brian will be the eighth newly hired BDO for RCL in 2017 and his addition solidifies our presence as an emerging national SBA resource.”

Throughout his loan origination career, McClendon has consistently been a top producer, financing over $250 million in SBA-guaranteed loans. He has been recognized as a top producer by the SBA’s San Diego District Office. Most recently, he served as Vice President/SBA Business Development Officer at HomeStreet Bank. Over the years, McClendon has also served in various leadership roles managing SBA loan origination teams in San Diego County.

Miriam Torres Joins CDC Small Business Finance

Miriam Torres, a 13-year veteran of banking and financial services, has joined the nonprofit CDC Small Business Finance as a commercial loan officer to provide SBA financing and other capital to small businesses in San Diego and Imperial counties.

Torres will focus on providing small business entrepreneurs a variety of financing options, including SBA Community Advantage loans and SBA Microloans. She will also provide access to CDC’s proprietary FastFund and Small Business Finance Fund.

Prior to joining CDC, Torres worked at JPMorgan Chase, where she provided lending services to businesses with revenues ranging from $3 million to $20 million.

Capital Growth Solutions Names Jen Houck SVP of Credit and Closing, Tammie Dillard as a SBA Credit Analyst.
President Chuck Evans says, “I am excited and pleased at the experience Jen brings to Capital Growth Solutions. She is and will continue to be an integral part of our management team and help us get to the next level in providing quality service to our lenders.”
Tammie Dillard has returned to CGS as a SBA Credit Analyst. SVP Jen Houck says, “We are pleased to have Tammie rejoin the CGS team. Lenders will benefit from and appreciate Tammie’s attention to detail and due diligence.”

Upcoming SBA Lending Professional Industry Events

Southeastern Small Business Lenders Conference, March 7-9, Asheville

Western Pennsylvania Association of Government Lenders, Seven Springs Resort, March 14-16

Coleman Report Death Valley Road Trip, March 16-18

Mid-America Lender’s Conference, April 15-17, Fort Worth

Great Lakes Lenders Conference, Detroit, April 16-18

NAGGL SBA Lending Technical Conference, May 1-3, Chicago

NADCO Spring Summit, May 6-9, Arlington

Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference, May 7-9, Las Vegas

America West, June 20-22, Costa Mesa

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

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

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