March 30, 2017
By Bob Coleman
Editor, Coleman’s Movers and Shakers
Coleman’s Movers and Shakers Thursday — Golden State CDC Appoints Miguel Angel Juárez as President
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Golden State CDC Appoints Miguel Angel Juárez as President
“The Board is very excited to have Mr. Juárez assume the role of President and Executive Director. His expertise in SBA small business lending and deep understanding of the San Fernando Valley are crucial in fulfilling Golden State’s mission to support business expansion and community development,” says George Stavaris, chair, Golden State CDC Board of Directors. “We would also like to thank his predecessor, Antonio Pizano, for his efforts over the past two years which resulted in exceptional growth of the organization.”
“The SBA 504 loan program is an important tool that helps small businesses acquire property with a low down-payment allowing them to preserve cash needed for growth,” says Juárez. “I am pleased to be a part of Golden State’s work in helping create and sustain jobs and am grateful for this opportunity to lead the organization in making an impact in the San Fernando Valley and all the communities we serve throughout the State of California.”
He most recently served as Director of Small Business lending for VEDC, a national nonprofit community development financial institution. Juárez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University at Northridge and a Graduate Banking Certificate from Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle, Washington.
William Manger Appointed SBA Head of Capital Access
“By helping people attain capital and create small businesses, we are helping them attain the American Dream,” Manger says. “I look forward to working with the Administrator in carrying out the Agency’s critical mission effectively and efficiently.”
“Capital is the lifeblood of small businesses,” SBA Administrator McMahon says. “Bill will play a critical part of SBA’s mission by helping entrepreneurs get access to the credit they need to start, grow and succeed in business. Given his tremendous experience in investment banking in the private sector as well as his previous service to SBA, I am confident Bill will be a terrific addition to our team and an asset to our nation’s 28 million small businesses.”
As Associate Administrator, Manger will be responsible for SBA’s loan program policy, technology, operations and oversight. This includes SBA’s flagship 7(a) and 504 loan programs, the microloan program and the surety bond program. Manger will manage a $120 billion portfolio of direct and guaranteed loans, nine operation centers, and 560 employees of SBA’s Office of Capital Access.
Prior to his current SBA appointment, Manger served as Managing Director at Brock Capital Group, a boutique investment bank in New York City, where he advised and supported small- to medium-sized enterprises in their efforts to raise capital and expand their businesses. From 2007 to 2009, Manger served as SBA’s Associate Administrator for Field Operations. He first came to the Agency in 2005 to serve as Regional Administrator for Region 2, based in New York City. Manger holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.
Sandra Brown Named Vice President of United Community Bank
“I am truly honored to be a part of United Community Bank and work with a team who is dedicated to providing financing for local businesses whether it is purchasing a building, adding equipment to existing operations, change of ownership situations, or working capital needs,” says Brown.
“United Community Bank is committed to providing a vast array of services to clients while maintaining that community bank focus. Sandra provides that exceptional level of service,” says Frayne Bentley, SBA regional executive at United Community Bank. “Sandra has the unique perspective of being a former SBA Loan Officer, a previous small business owner, and has handled the loan process for businesses many years. This experience makes her the perfect lending partner to help Georgia business owners navigate the SBA loan process.”
Brown has more than 30 years of financial lending experience in northwest Georgia. Prior to joining United Community Bank, she served as administrative manager of the Government Guaranteed Lending Group at Community & Southern Bank. She also spent almost 20 years in various commercial lending and SBA specialty lending roles with another community bank in Georgia, First Cherokee State Bank.
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