September 13, 2018
By Bob Coleman
Editor, Coleman Movers and Shakers
Coleman Movers & Shakers – Melanie Brown and John McGinnity, Mary Beth Brooks, Patriot Bank
Seacoast Commerce Bank, San Diego Appoints Melanie Brown, Senior Vice President and SBA Business Development Officer and John McGinnity, Vice President and SBA Business Development Officer
“Melanie and John are outstanding additions to our SBA Team. Melanie brings her skills, expertise, and quarterback approach to helping our small business clients pursue their dreams of growing their businesses and owning their facilities. John has a keen understanding of the customer journey, their requirements for success, and is a strong advocate for small businesses. We are very excited to have their deep and varied experience as we look to expand our business in Georgia, Idaho, and adjacent states in the Southeast and Northwest,” says Don Mercer, Executive Vice President, SBA National Sales Manager.
Melanie will be located in Atlanta, Georgia and John in Spokane, Washington.
Melanie Brown graduated from the University of Georgia and brings over 30 years of community-based and national banking experience to her new role. She moved up to SBA lending in 1995. Since then, she has managed three SBA departments, funded over $200 million in small business loans and is considered to be an expert in the industry.
John McGinnity brings 15 years of experience in banking, business development and client service to his new position. Previously, he was a realtor for Professional Realty Services, serving the Washington and Idaho markets, where he specialized in commercial, residential and rural property acquisitions.
Mary Beth Brooks Appointed to Lead University of Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center
“Partnerships with financial institutions and the business leaders are critical to our mission of supporting and helping grow the state’s economy,” says Stacy Leeds, the UA’s vice chancellor for economic development. “I can’t imagine a better person to lead our efforts to foster business development across Arkansas.”
Mary Beth Brooks will lead the ASBTDC in Little Rock, work closely with support organizations in Northwest Arkansas and the UA’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The ASBTDC is part of a state and national network dedicated to helping, training and consulting small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to make positive social and economic impact in their communities.
“I am thrilled to be working with partners around the state as we grow the center’s services to small businesses in Northwest Arkansas,” says Brooks. “Our center is committed to ensuring existing and aspiring entrepreneurs have the resources and support they need to flourish.”
Brooks, who earned a finance degree from UA, brings over three decades of banking experience to her new position. Throughout her career, she has held high-level banking positions from bank examiner, chief financial officer to president and CEO. Brooks has also served on the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and the Northwest Arkansas Council’s executive committee.
Patriot Bank, Stamford, Designated SBA “Preferred Lender”
“When we started facilitating SBA-guaranteed small-business loans, we always intended to offer our customers the absolute best quality of service available, from the start of the application to the ultimate success of the company,” says Patriot President Richard Muskus Jr.
“As a Preferred Lender, we will continue to provide support for many more small businesses that want to build themselves and contribute mightily to our economy.”
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