Coleman Movers & Shakers – Susan Battle, Randall Bowers, Matthew Stewart Sr., and Michael Oppel

March 16, 2023

Delaney Sexton
Contributing Editor

Coleman Movers & Shakers – Susan Battle, Randall Bowers, Matthew Stewart Sr., and Michael Oppel

Hyperion Bank Names Susan Battle as SVP & Director of SBA Lending

“Susan has a reputation for working closely with entrepreneurs and other borrowers, no matter their SBA knowledge level or stage of the process, and that tailored approach is a great fit for our customers,” says Lou DeCesare, Hyperion President & COO. “She genuinely enjoys being on the front lines helping small business owners obtain the loans they need to reach their goals.”

Battle has four decades’ experience in U.S. Small Business Administration lending. Prior to joining Team Hyperion, Battle served in various SBA roles for a variety of Southeast banks in management positions including Director of SBA Lending. She has assisted new and existing businesses using the SBA 7(a) and 504 loan programs across a variety of industries including business acquisitions, franchise lending, hospitality, childcare, car washes, poultry farms and service businesses. She will be based in Atlanta and will serve borrowers throughout the Eastern U.S. and across most industries.

“I am passionate about helping entrepreneurs make their goals a reality,” Battle says, “and walk in step with them as they prepare for the process, shepherding them through it. And here at Hyperion we’re small business entrepreneurs, so we have that shared perspective, as well as deep experience, to bring to your SBA lending.”

Randall Bowers Joins Gulf Coast Small Business Lending

We are thrilled to have Randall join our Gulf Coast Small Business Lending team. His years of accomplished experience in the SBA industry will be an asset to our both our borrowers and our team” says Nimi Natan, Division President & CEO. Natan went on to state that “Randall is poised to immediately deliver a positive impact on the small business community and is an exemplary addition to our very experienced and knowledgeable team of SBA professionals.” Natan continues, “as with every new BDO hire, we look forward to combining Randall’s SBA experience with our exceptional product delivery as we continue to partner with small businesses across the United States to meet their unique needs for financing. We have been, and remain, bullish about SBA lending.”

Randall Bowers brings over 15 years of financial services experience (including 4+ years with a focus on SBA and USDA lending) to his new role at Gulf Coast Small Business Lending. In particular, Randall’s areas of specialty include commercial real estate financing (and construction), business acquisitions, partner buyouts, and franchise lending.

Stone Bank Adds Matthew Stewart, Sr. and Michael Oppel to Their Lending Team

Matthew Stewart Sr.

Matthew Stewart, Sr., has joined the Stone Bank SBA lending team as Sr. Relationship Manager and Michael Oppel is joining the bank as a Vice President and Loan Officer in the USDA Government Guaranteed Loan Division.

Michael Oppel

Stewart has an undergraduate degree from Baylor University and holds an MBA from Tarleton State University. He was formerly with Bank of the West. Oppel holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Valdosta State University and was formerly associated with Colony Bank.