September 8, 2016
By Bob Coleman
Editor, Coleman’s Movers and Shakers
Coleman’s Movers and Shakers — Live Oak Bank Announces USDA Renewable Energy Loan Division
Jordan Blanchard and Rebecca Rogers to Lead Live Oak Bank Solar Lending Division
“I consider myself extremely lucky to be part of Live Oak Bank’s Renewable Energy lending division,” says General Manager Jordan Blanchard. “It’s an exciting blend of science, finance, and community development. It’s gratifying to know that we help bring economic development to disadvantaged locations across rural America.”.
Joining Blanchard on the team is Industry Expert, Rebecca Rogers.
“Building on our team’s years of experience in the space, Live Oak Bank has made the lending experience much smoother and more efficient,” says Rogers. “We know the program, the process and the players, so our customers don’t have to teach us the industry. We are out in front with them closing their loans.”
Prior to joining Live Oak, Rogers, as Assistant General Counsel and commercial loan officer at Self-Help Credit Union, built a renewable energy lending practice that deployed more than $175 million in project financing in two years, becoming the largest USDA REAP partner in the country.
Tim McLain and Dan McNamara Join Harvest Small Business Finance as BDOs SoCal
“We are extremely pleased to have Dan join our team and we are confident that he will add substantial value to our brand and loan production in the California market and eventually across the country.” says Todd Massas, Chief Origination Officer/Managing Director.
“It is vital to our success as an organization to attract top quality talent across all job descriptions and Tim is obviously a reflection of the environment we are building here at Harvest SBF.” says Adam Seery, Chief Origination Officer/Managing Director.
“We continue to successfully execute our business plan and are well on our way to achieving our goals of hiring the most talented people in the industry and exceeding loan production and profitability objectives” says Dave Scherer, President and Managing Director.
Tim was previously a BDO with Plaza Bank for the past 7 years and had also spent time in similar roles at Lehman Brothers SBF and CNL Commercial Finance.
Dan most recently was at City National Bank for the last 4 years and has been in the finance industry for over 25 years.
First Foundation Announces SBA Lending Division
The SBA offering at First Foundation is led by Dena Tapia, Vice President, Small Business Administrator & Government Lending Director. Tapia brings 11 years of SBA experience to the firm. She started her banking career with Sonoma National Bank as an Underwriting Manager for SBA loans, then moved to Sterling Bank where she was an Underwriter for both SBA and other commercial loans, and most recently she was at Umpqua Bank working as a Commercial Underwriting Manager.
“The SBA program is widely recognized as the premier lending solution for start-ups and local business owners,” says David DePillo, President, First Foundation Bank. “Our new division opens the opportunity to connect our team of experienced lenders with entrepreneurs and local business owners to help them meet their business goals.”