Coleman Movers & Shakers – John Shen and Stella Zhang, Ketan Patel, Marcus Poole, and Shay Barkley

June 23, 2022

Delaney Sexton
Contributing Editor

Coleman Movers & Shakers – John Shen and Stella Zhang, Ketan Patel, Marcus Poole, and Shay Barkley

Innovation Leader John Shen Joins President Biden at White House Bill Signing

National business leader John Shen attended the official signing of the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture Act into law at the White House on Monday, June 13th. At the invitation of President Biden, Shen and colleague Stella Zhang participated in the historic recognition of the contributions and challenges faced by the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community in the United States.

Shen, a living example of the American Dream himself, immigrated to the United States and has since brought in hundreds of millions of dollars through foreign direct investment while reinvesting that wealth into American entrepreneurs. Over the past 15 years, Shen has founded multiple companies, created hundreds of jobs in various sectors across the country, fostered the innovative ecosystem through venture capital and the creation of the Long Beach Accelerator, partnered with educational institutions to promote greater diversity in start-up culture and beyond. His focus on minority- and women-owned enterprises is a common thread driving Shen’s professional successes.

Comments Shen: “I am honored to be at the White House at the invitation of President Biden to celebrate our culture at a time when many in our community face challenges. This bill is a demonstration of our national commitment to acknowledging the contributions of the AANHPI community of which I am so proud to be a member.”

Ketan Patel joins Wallis Bank as Phoenix Regional President

“We are delighted to have Ketan lead our Phoenix market. He brings over 20 years of experience in the banking industry,” says Asif Dakri, Chief Executive Officer. “We see the Phoenix Metro area as a vibrant, fast-paced, growing area with a promising future.”

Patel brings a wide range of experience – business relationship manager, credit underwriter, and commercial loan officer. He has been recognized as the SBA Lender of the Year in volume and loan production by the local CDC for two consecutive years. Previously, Ketan served as Vice-Chair for the Young Professionals group in RMA of Arizona and is still a current member. He is also a member of Asian American Hospitality Owners Association.  

“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity with Wallis Bank while meeting the needs of our clients,” says Patel. “I want to develop meaningful relationships while enabling their growth and success.”

PlainsCapital Bank Announces Marcus Q. Poole Joined the Dallas Commercial Lending Group as SVP

“Marcus will be a great asset to our lending team and the communities we serve,” says Dallas Region Chairman Brent Raindl. “His in-depth banking experience and people-first attitude make him an excellent fit to work with PlainsCapital’s clients in Dallas and across Texas.”

Poole has 25 years of banking experience. He began his career as a management trainee and has held various leadership positions, including middle-market lender, business banking market manager, and regional business banking manager. In his new role, he will continue working with manufacturers, distribution wholesalers, and professional, health care, and service organizations.

“I’m thrilled to join PlainsCapital Bank,” says Poole. “I believe strongly in supporting the individuals and businesses that make our communities a great place to live and work. I look forward to partnering with PlainsCapital’s clients by providing quality banking products, services, and guidance.”

Shay Barkley Joins 44 Business Capital as a Business Development Officer

Shay Barkley joins 44 Business Capital, a Division of Berkshire Bank with over 30 years of banking experience with expertise in SBA lending. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Shay helps companies across the nation with fundings of over $325M – 7a, 504 and USDA.

Shay’s passion is to serve entrepreneurs with a consultative approach — listening to the history, passion, and goals, and coming up with the best financing scenario for each small business owner.