Coleman’s Thursday Movers and Shakers


January 2, 2014

By Bob Coleman
Editor, Coleman Report

Stephanie Bitters Named Chief Credit Officer and COO of SBA Non-Bank Lender BusinessUS

CEO Norris Lozano says, “We are extremely fortunate to have an experienced small business lending professional of Stephanie Bitters’ stature join our lending team. Her innate leadership, coupled with deep experience with some of the country’s most successful SBA lenders, will help us further develop the best-in-class systems we need to compete.”

Over her 27-year career, Ms. Bitters has developed expertise in all operational aspects of SBA lending including loan origination, credit, closing, servicing and liquidation processes. She has held executive roles with leading small business lenders Live Oak Banking Company , US Bancorp, Temecula Valley Bank, Transamerica, and GE Capital.

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ShaunAhmad010611Shaun Ahmad Pens a Defense of the Community Bank

Here’s a passionate read about the importance of the community bank by a former SBA review contractor. Community bankers will appreciate the insights.

Shaun H. Ahmad is a Credit Analyst at Oak View National Bank located in Marshall, Virginia. He has provided webinars and published works related to small business banking. He has nearly a decade of experience in the lending industry, both government and private.

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small_biz_week-300x240Small Business Week Awards Nominations Deadline January 17

It’s still not to late to nominate a client or a favorite Main Street entrepreneur for a number of SBA’s annual prestigious small business person of the year awards. This year’s categories:

Small Business Person of the Year
Small Business Exporter of the Year
Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery
Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award
Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award
Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award

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Upcoming Small Business Lending Conferences

Franchise Lending Spotlight Conference, Houston, February 5
2014 Southeastern Small Business Lenders Conference, Reynolds Plantation, February 9-11
ICBA 2014 National Convention, Honolulu, March 2-6
NADCO 2014 Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs, April 30 – May 3
NAGGL 2014 SBA Lending Technical Conference, Bonita Springs, May 6-8
NAGGL 2014 Annual Meeting, Huntington Beach October 28-30
Coleman’s 7th Annual SBA Secondary Market Forum, Washington D.C. December 2
Coleman’s 15th Annual Rural Lender’s Roundtable, Washington D.C. December 3