December 4, 2014

By Bob Coleman
Editor, Coleman Report

Leslie Niswander Announces Retirement From Fresno Commercial Loan Service Center


Joel Stiner, the director of the SBA Commercial Loan Service Center says, “The Fresno Center announces the bittersweet news that Deputy Center Director, Leslie Niswander, has decided to retire. Leslie has served as the Deputy Director of the Center since 2010 and prior to assuming that position she worked closely with CDCs and 7(a) lenders as a loan officer and then the Assistant Center Director for 504 Liquidation. Leslie first joined SBA in April 1987 being hired away from a banking career at Bank of America. She left federal service for a short time in 2004 and served with a local CDC.

“Leslie has had a long and distinguished career as a federal public servant as well as a banker. She represents the finest in what public service offers the American taxpayers and small business owners. Leslie leaves behind a legacy of leadership and service that will benefit the Center for years to come. I got to see in Leslie someone who cared deeply about the finance, legal and support professionals who serve at the Center. And, she also cared deeply about our lending partners and the mission of SBA. She will be missed very much by all of us.” Leslie plans her last day to be Friday, December 26, 2014. Those wanting to share a farewell message can email her at”

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Pulaski Bank Expands Small Business Lending Team

“The expansion of our small business lending team further strengthens our ability to meet the needs of the community,” said Brian Bjorkman, President of Commercial Lending at Pulaski Bank. “The additional team resources will greatly benefit our ability to assist a diverse market of small business clients.”

The bank announced the addition of Jimmie Howlett as Vice President, Community Lending and Jerry Smith, Vice President, Community Lending. Howlett and Smith will be responsible for developing and growing Pulaski’s small business banking efforts and will report to Ted Kraizer, Senior Vice President, Community Lending Division.  Read More


Upcoming Small Business Lending Conferences

2015 Southeastern Small Business Lenders Conference, February 23-25, Location TBA
National Alliance of Commercial Loan Brokers Annual Commercial Loan Broker Conference, March 8-10, Las Vegas