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Coleman Movers & Shakers — Matthew A. Robinson, Pedro Bryant, Lee Elmslie, and Mike Taylor

July 23, 2020 

By Caity Witucki
Contributing Editor, Coleman Movers & Shakers

Coleman Movers & Shakers — Matthew A. Robinson, Pedro Bryant, Lee Elmslie, and Mike Taylor

Matthew A. Robinson Joins First Bank of the Lake as  Senior Sales Specialist

Matthew A. Robinson has joined First Bank of the Lake’s Clearwater, Florida Small Business Administration Lending team as Government Guaranteed Lending Senior Sales Specialist, Franchise Lending. In this role, Robinson will be responsible for growing the bank’s assets by originating SBA loans and working with the other SBA Business Development Officers to process loan requests in the Franchise arena.

Robinson joined First Bank of the Lake’s SBA team in July 2020. He has over 6 years of SBA lending experience varying from SBA eligibility, assessment, credit analysis and loan origination. 

“In Matthew’s role, he will broaden First Bank of the Lake’s SBA market presence by actively seeking new opportunities and working with the Franchise lending team to provide SBA loans to businesses nationwide,” says Annemarie Murphy, Executive Vice President at First Bank of the Lake “We are pleased to welcome Matthew to our team. His ability to mix prior knowledge with a proven track record is just what we need to continue to grow the bank’s SBA lending portfolio.”

Republic Bank & Trust Welcomes Pedro Bryant as Managing Director of Community Lending

Louisville, Kentucky-based Republic Bank & Trust Company has hired Pedro Bryant as EVP, Managing Director of Community Lending. In the newly created role, Bryant will help economically challenged communities and small businesses grow through new programs, including a $3 million Community Loan Fund to support small businesses and promote business development and job creation in low-to-moderate income communities.

In addition to forming the new Community Loan Fund, Mr. Bryant will be providing executive oversight of Republic’s Small Business Administration Lending Division, managed by Republic’s Vice President Kathy Pleasant. The Bank’s participation in the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program has already provided over $520 million in total support to over 3,700 small businesses in the communities it serves.

“Since 1982, Republic Bank has played a leading role in the growth of this community,” said Mr. Bryant. “I want to contribute to this tradition of putting customers first to ensure it continues for years to come.”

First Bank of the Lake Hires Lee Elmslie as SBA BDO

Lee Elmslie has joined First Bank of the Lake’s Miami, Florida Small Business Administration Lending team as Vice President, SBA Development Officer. In this role, Elmslie will be responsible for growing the bank’s assets by capitalizing on his strong track record and relationships in the Commercial Real Estate arena.

Elmslie joined First Bank of the Lake’s SBA team in June 2020. He has over 29 years of lending experience and has been originating SBA loans for the past 22 years. He has averaged over $25 million in new loan production for many years and is consistently ranked in the top 5 for loan production nationally.

“We are thrilled that Lee has joined our team. As we increase our lending presence nationwide, we continue to recruit top talent that align with our plan for continued growth. Lee is a top performer, well respected in the industry and brings proven success. His extensive expertise in SBA lending and commercial real estate is an asset to First Bank of the Lake,” says Annemarie Murphy, Executive Vice President at First Bank of the Lake.

“I’m excited to be part of this dynamic company and look forward to helping the bank continue to drive forward and expand their SBA lending portfolio,” says Elmslie. “I will utilize my years of experience working small businesses to customized lending solutions that address their specific needs.”

Mike Taylor Joins First Bank of the Lake as SBA BDO

Mike Taylor has joined First Bank of the Lake’s Jonesboro, Arkansas Small Business Administration Lending team as a Business Development Officer. In this role, Taylor will be responsible for growing the bank’s assets by capitalizing on his strong track record and relationships in the Manufacturing and Export arena.

Taylor joined First Bank of the Lake’s SBA team in July 2020. He has over 20 years of experience in SBA/USDA lending with national lenders specializing in SBA/USDA lending. 

“First Bank of the Lake is always looking for ways to add as much talent and experience to our team as possible. We are excited Mike has joined us. His knowledge and proven track record are what we need to continue to grow the bank’s SBA lending portfolio,” states Annemarie Murphy, Executive Vice President at First Bank of the Lake. “Mike will broaden the bank’s depth of experience in the Manufacturing and Export arena and will be a true asset to First Bank of the Lake.”

“I’m excited about this opportunity and honored to be part of this dynamic company. First Bank of the Lake is a perfect fit for me, and I look forward to contributing to its success. I bring years of experience in manufacturing lending and I’m ready to help the bank build their SBA lending portfolio,” says Taylor.

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