Coleman’s Movers and Shakers — Jerry Tarnapol and Team Join Icon Bank

February 9, 2017

By Bob Coleman
Editor, Coleman Movers and Shakers

Coleman’s Movers and Shakers — Jerry Tarnapol and Team Join Icon Bank

Jerry Tarnapol and Team Join Icon Bank

The newly expanded SBA group at Icon Bank of Texas includes: (standing l-r) Lizzette De La Rosa, Lidia Doria, Luis Deleza, Nathan Kerr, Jerry Tarnopol, Lisa Coats, Colleen McGrath, Sue Haney; (seated l-r): Linda Amador-Stephens, Ryan Beck, Saman Noorani, Mark Lai

“Icon Bank is very excited to welcome Jerry, along with Linda Amador-Stephens, Lizzette De La Rosa, Mark Lai and Lidia Doria,” says CEO Mark Reiley of the Houston-based bank. “We believe that with the merging of these two talented teams, Icon has put together the premiere SBA lending group in the entire state of Texas.”

Tarnopol and current Icon SBA Director/Executive Vice-President Nathan Kerr will move forward as co-directors of the newly-enlarged group.

Shay Barkley Joins Acclivity Financial as VP of Business Development

“We are pleased to be adding a motivated and well-connected lender to our team,” says Danny Preston, Chief Executive Officer. “We are looking forward to building upon the success that has been generated for the new year.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the top-notch, dynamic team at Acclivity Financial,” says Barkley. “They understand small-to-mid-size companies and continue to innovate. I take great pride in working with entrepreneurs and being a part of helping them achieve their financial goals. I know that Danny Preston and Russell Bryan share the same outlook, and it makes me honored to be a part of their team.”

Barkley has deep roots in the Atlanta market. Prior to joining Acclivity Financial, she served as SVP of Business Development at Renasant Bank, SVP of Business Development at The Brand Bank, VP of Business Development at CertusBank and VP of Business Development at Fidelity Bank. Barkley received her BBA in Management from Valdosta State University. Her philanthropic endeavors include fundraising for the Boys and Girls Club, HOPE Organization, Miracle Network and Cystic Fibrosis as well as walk-a-thons for multiple sclerosis and breast cancer.

Former NADCO Head Beth Solomon Named Managing Director at CARE USA

Beth Solomon, former CEO of the National Association of Development Companies (NADCO) has been named Managing Director, External Affairs & Development, at CARE USA, the refugee relief and global humanitarian organization working in 95 countries. The position will be based in Washington, D.C. Solomon worked most recently on the staff of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and before that, as Vice President of the Government Practice of U.S. Bank Global Corporate Trust Services. She previously spearheaded strategic initiatives at the International Franchise Association and was a speechwriter for then Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. She began her career as a reporter for the Voice of America, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Breakout Capital Announces a $25 Million Credit Facility with Drift Capital Parnters

“We have enjoyed a long-standing financial partnership with Drift, and we appreciate the continued trust they have placed in us with this new credit facility. Drift’s facility will further bolster our growth trajectory and enable us to provide tens of millions of dollars or more of additional working capital to small businesses across the country. In a time when institutional appetite for alternative finance companies has dried up, we believe our ability to raise a credit facility in this market speaks volumes about what we have already accomplished, our position as a leading player in the space, and our prospects for strong, but measured growth,” says Carl Fairbank, Founder & CEO of Breakout Capital.

“Drift has a proven track record of identifying and partnering with platforms positioned for long-term success in the alternative finance space. As a long-time partner to Breakout Capital, we recognize that the company’s superior management team employs an innovative business model that should enable it to become one of the top players in the market. I could not be happier than to extend our relationship with Breakout Capital, and look forward to a long-term partnership with the company,” says McLean Wilson, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Drift Capital Partners/

Breakout Capital was invited to and joined the Task Force for the PLUM Initiative, a groundbreaking collaboration between the SBA and the Milken Institute to more effectively provide capital to minority-owned businesses throughout the United States.

Upcoming Coleman Webinars

SBA 7(a) Workouts — Challenging Servicing Actions to Assist your SBA 7(a) Borrowers – Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Protect Your SBA Franchise Loans: Don’t Let New SBA Rules, Protocols and Market Changes Cause Underwriting Errors – Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Upcoming SBA Lending Professional Industry Events

Southeast Small Business Lenders Conference 2017, March 5-7, Hilton Head

NADCO Spring Training, March 27-30, Savannah

Mid-America Lenders Conference 2017, April 10-12, Austin

Western Pennsylvania Association of Guaranteed Lenders, April 20-21, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

NAGGL SBA Lending Technical Conference, May 2-4, Indianapolis

America East Conference 2017, August 2-4, Boston

FLAGGL 2017, September 12-15, Orlando