December 15, 2022
Coleman Movers & Shakers – Paul Long, Deangelou Stevenson, and Matt Kang
Gesa Credit Union Announces Paul Long as New SBA Lending Manager and Team Leader
“Paul is a valuable addition to the Gesa team, as he is a proven leader in the industry,” says Don Miller, President and CEO of Gesa Credit Union. “We are always appreciative of team members like Paul who are dedicated to uplifting our local communities through their commitment to helping small business owners reach their financial goals.”
In his new role, Long will lead Gesa’s SBA Lending Team to service Commercial Real Estate and Business Acquisition Lending to businesses across the Pacific Northwest. Long brings more than 25 years of banking experience to Gesa, including 10 years working in SBA lending.
Long, a Yakima, Washington native, began his career as a Teller at age 16. Since then, he’s managed multiple bank branches, finding his passion for educating business owners and working in strategic business banking. In 2017, Long received the Small Business Lending Emerging Leader award, and in 2020, he accepted the Coleman Publishing National SBA BDO award. Long is actively involved in his community, serving as a board member for multiple organizations, and creating the region’s first annual business educational event called South Sound Business Summit.
First Bank of the Lake Welcomes Deangelou Stevenson as VP, SBA Franchise BDO
“We are thrilled Deangelou has joined our team,” states Annemarie Murphy, EVP, President of SBA Lending. “Deangelou brings proven success and his expertise in SBA lending will be an asset to First Bank of the Lake. He is a trusted advisor to his clients and committed to helping business owners grow and succeed with access to much-needed business capital.”
In this role, Stevenson will be responsible for franchise lending growth by capitalizing on his extensive knowledge and relationships in the franchise lending arena. Stevenson joined First Bank of the Lake’s SBA team in December 2022 and has over 16 years of experience in banking with the most recent 4 years in SBA origination, specializing in Franchises. His expertise in SBA 7(a) lending includes commercial real estate purchases, start-ups, expansion, and partner buy-outs.
“I put my years of experience to work helping entrepreneurs grow their business and have the privilege of helping them succeed,” states Stevenson. “I understand the ins and outs of SBA lending and I’m ready to help businesses get the financing they need to thrive.”
Matt Kang Joins First Bank of the Lake’s SBA Lending Team as VP, SBA CRE/Healthcare BDO
“We are thrilled Matt has joined our team,” states Annemarie Murphy, EVP, President of SBA Lending. “By bringing him on board, we have deepened our team’s ability to bring a unique perspective and expertise in healthcare lending. Matt’s prior knowledge and proven track record is just what we need to continue to grow the bank’s SBA portfolio.”
In this role, Kang will be responsible for healthcare lending growth by capitalizing on his extensive knowledge and relationships in the commercial real estate lending arena. Kang joined First Bank of the Lake’s SBA team in November 2022 and has over 20 years of experience in business development and lending, with hands-on experience working with all types of industries and individuals. He specializes in Commercial Real Estate and Mergers & Acquisitions.
“As a prior business owner, I can relate to my client’s challenges and opportunities. I am eager to apply my knowledge and expertise with meaningful lending solutions for businesses,” states Kang. “My passion is helping small business owners purchase, build, and expand their real estate portfolio. My client’s success is of utmost importance to me.”