By Bob Coleman
May 1, 2014
“Eric is a fantastic addition to our small business lending team and provides the bank with a solid contact base in the Utah market. Eric has been an advocate for small business owners throughout his career and has been a high volume loan originator. His focus on lending to small businesses that wants to purchase, construct, or expand their own facilities is a perfect match for the strategy of Titan Bank,” says CEO Mick Hogan
Eric adds, “Titan Bank is a leader in innovative small business lending using programs like SBA and USDA loans. I am pleased to be able to offer these resources to my valued network of relationships. Titan Bank is a nationwide SBA lender so I can also service loan requests throughout the country.”
President and CEO L. Bruce Mills, Jr. says, “The Directors and staff join me in wishing Founding Chairwoman Maria Contreras-Sweet success in driving our nation’s efforts to support small business growth. In her new role, Maria Contreras-Sweet is required to relinquish her involvement in ProAmérica Bank and resign as Executive Chairwoman. However, we know that she will be championing all businesses across the nation, including the many we serve here at ProAmérica Bank. The Executive Management team and I share the highest regard for newly-appointed Chairwoman Maria Salinas and her commitment to the Bank’s mission.”
“I am honored to serve as Chairwoman of ProAmérica Bank and look forward to continuing to build on the strong corporate infrastructure, systems and programs that have been established. I believe wholeheartedly in the founding mission and will continue to work diligently with the Board and management to ensure that we effectively and professionally deliver access to capital and quality banking to the community,” says Maria S. Salinas.
Citibank and GBC International Bank Honored as the 2014 Export SBA Lenders of the Year
Donna Marie Donaldson, Vice President and Export Finance Manager at Citibank, and Annie Pen, Executive Vice President at GBC International Bank received the awards on behalf of their institutions.
“To succeed in the global marketplace, America’s small businesses require capital to access overseas markets, fund their export transactions, and expand their local operations to meet overseas demand. All this will create jobs here at home. SBA and its lending partners are ready and willing to meet those capital needs with specially-designed export loans, and I want to congratulate these winners for actively supporting their exporting customers,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.
This strategic and dedicated national expansion has been enhanced by the addition of three talented and experienced individuals. Jack Talkington, Senior Vice President, will oversee the division. Joining Jack are Christopher R. Soupal, Vice President, National Sales Director; and David Maiuri, Vice President, Director of Underwriting and Account Services.
“This is a smart and motivated team,” said Mick Goik, Crestmark Bank President. “I can’t say enough about how Jack’s expertise has been an invaluable asset to our organization; Dave has proven himself to be an astute and hard worker, and Christopher’s unique experience, knowledge and high-energy personality will be perfect to lead this venture into the market nationwide.”
“Crestmark continues to proactively look for creative vehicles to further assist our target market,” said Talkington. “The enhanced features and benefits of SBA financing, along with the fact that the SBA continues to expand and provide more flexibility in their structure, makes this an ideal time for us to enhance our SBA offerings to the small- to medium-sized business community.”
Upcoming Small Business Lending Conferences
NADCO 2014 Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs, April 30 – May 3
NAGGL 2014 SBA Lending Technical Conference, Bonita Springs, May 6-8
Federal Reserve Bank of New York — Filling the Gaps: Summit on Small Business Credit Innovations May 15, 2014
Great Lakes Lenders Conference, Detroit, July 31 – August 1
Florida Small Business Lenders Conference, Orlando, September 17-19
NAGGL 2014 Annual Meeting, Huntington Beach October 28-30
Coleman’s 7th Annual SBA Secondary Market Forum, Washington D.C. December 2
Coleman’s 15th Annual Rural Lender’s Roundtable, Washington D.C. December 3