Coleman Thursday’s Movers and Shakers

September 25, 2014

By Bob Coleman
Editor, Coleman Report

U.S. Bank Names Beth Solomon Director of Global Corporate Trust Services Government Practice

U.S. Bank has named Beth Solomon Director of the U.S. Bank Global Corporate Trust Services Government Practice based in Washington, D.C. Solomon was previously chief executive of the National Association of Development Companies, representing U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) lenders and lender service providers.

“Beth’s strategic ability, combined with her broad and deep network in Washington, will give us an expanded presence and increased visibility in the federal market,” said Bryan Calder, president of U.S. Bank’s Global Corporate Trust Services. “We are excited to be able to assist our clients in federal agencies and the government sponsored enterprises. We also support financial organizations internationally that have an increasing presence in Washington, D.C.”

CommunityOne names Joe Diggs Managing director of SBA Lending

CommunityOne Bank has promoted Joe Diggs to lead its upstart Small Business Administration lending business.

“We are fortunate to have a leader like Joe Diggs who has so much experience to start our SBA lending business,” CommunityOne commercial banking leader Greg Heaton says.

United Community Bank hires three SBA lenders

United Community Bank welcomes experienced banker Logan Bagley to its Specialized Lending Team as Vice President, SBA Business Development Officer. Bagley will be based in the bank’s Greenville, S.C., office but will serve customers throughout northern Georgia, western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.

“I am thrilled to accept this new role with United Community Bank,” said Bagley. “I am fortunate to be joining many former colleagues from BCI Lending as well as the bank’s well-respected local team of bankers. I enjoy working with my customers to help them find the best solutions for their needs, and I am confident United Community Bank is the best place to do that.”

United Community Bank welcomes experienced banker J. Frayne Bentley to its Specialized Lending Team as SBA Business Development Officer. Bentley will be based in the Buford, Ga., office and will serve customers throughout metro Atlanta and surrounding regions in the bank’s footprint.

“Frayne is responsible for setting the foundation of the SBA Lending program at United Community Bank, and we are pleased to have him back with us,” said Richard Bradshaw, President of Specialized Lending at United Community Bank. “He has an expertise in SBA and USDA lending that is rare and has achieved the type of results that will help us achieve our goal of becoming one of the leading small business lenders in the southeast.”

United Community Bank today announces the promotion of Brett Comerford to a Business Development Officer in its Specialized Lending division. Comerford will focus on small business lending in Tennessee.

“I am thrilled to accept this new role with United Community Bank,” said Comerford. “With small business lending, I will be able to provide financing to small business owners in both rural and commercial areas outside of conventional financing. I really enjoy learning more about what makes our local businesses tick, and being a partner to small businesses will allow me to do that while at the same time helping to make them successful.”

Upcoming Small Business Lending Conferences

Boefly Franchise Lending Spotlight Conference, October 1, Philadelphia
NAGGL 2014 Annual Meeting, October 28-30, Huntington Beach
2014 Upstate NY SBA Lender Conference, November 5, Rochester

American Banker/RMA Small Business Banking Conference, November 19-21, Miami
Coleman’s 7th Annual SBA Secondary Market Forum, December 2, Washington D.C.
Coleman’s 15th Annual Rural Lender’s Roundtable, December 3, Washington D.C.
2015 Southeastern Small Business Lenders Conference, February 23-25, Location TBA