July 6, 2017
By Bob Coleman
Editor, Movers and Shakers
Movers and Shakers Thursday — Harvest SBF Appoints Ralph Abbott Senior Vice President
“We are extremely happy to have Ralph Abbott join Harvest and provide his noted expertise in commercial real estate finance. Ralph was with us at Lehman SBF and had great success,”toasts Todd Massas, Managing Director and COO at Harvest, at Ralph’s welcoming meeting.
“Ralph carries a great deal of clout in CRE circles and we are pleased to add another brilliant mind to our lineup,” adds Adam Seery, Managing Director and COO.
In his past, Abbott underwrote and marketed as a middle-market lender to companies with revenues ranging from $10MM to $100MM. He spent time in New York with a national bank developing an SBA department, and works on transactions for wholesale financiers.
Laura Lee joins Harvest SBF in Southern California
“We are lucky to get an enterprising, young doer like Laura. Harvest just got better today,” says Adam Seery, Managing Director and COO at Harvest SBF.
Todd Massas, Managing Director and COO at Harvest SBF, adds, “Laura has vast experience and has demonstrated executional results in her previous tenure with Union Bank. She has a knack for getting things done and a nose for the finish line. We are pleased to have her on board.”
With sixteen years in banking as a relationship manager and business banker, Lee brings her love for her clients, and results driven personality to the Harvest team.
Paul Haglund Named AVP of Harvest SBF
Today Harvest added another member to the team in Paul Haglund, Assistant Vice President and Business Development Associate. He will assist top Business Development Officers in the Southern California region.
Adam Seery and Todd Massas, Managing Directors and COOs of Harvest, agree, “Quality individual, fantastic addition–Paul brings a go-getter and leadership approach.”
With over 10 years of experience in commercial banking and lending, Paul understands the needs of his borrowers and what they face in this economy.
In his free time he enjoys traveling and spending quality time with his wife and son.
Keith Bufano in as SBA Head at First Commonwealth Bank
Keith Bufano has been hired as an SBA lending executive for Pennsylvania-based First Commonwealth Bank.
In this position, Bufano will develop First Commonwealth’s activities with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s lending program, creating a line of business for the bank.
Before joining First Commonwealth, Bufano served as SVP/SBA operations-credit officer at one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking. He began his career at the SBA, where he was promoted from a loan officer to supervisor within two years.
During his time at the SBA, Bufano received many awards for his performance.
Bufano earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from California State University-Sacramento.
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