March 24, 2022
Coleman Movers & Shakers – Natalie Preston, Michael Ciavarelli, and Suzy Granger
Fountainhead Hires Natalie Preston as VP Senior Loan Closer
“Natalie is starting with us at an exciting time,” says Chris Hurn, CEO of Fountainhead. “There has never been more interest in the SBA and what it can do for small businesses. Having Natalie on board will be a tremendous help as we finance more businesses than ever to achieve their goals.”
Preston brings more than 15 years of experience in project management, SBA lending and commercial lending to Fountainhead. She is certified in the SBA’s standard operating procedures and has worked in the SBA lending division for First Bank of the Lake, The Bancorp Bank, Ridgestone Bank and more. In addition, she developed and implemented training processes and procedures for SBA lending departments and was responsible for ensuring compliance with SBA standard operating procedures for the entire SBA lending staff at a wide range of institutions. Preston’s attention to detail and proactivity have helped her protect the SBA’s guarantee throughout her career.
Preston is passionate about helping individuals achieve their goals and has developed and maintained relationships with vendors, borrowers, and colleagues over the years. She was nominated and served as a board member on the Advisory Council for the Illinois State Treasurer’s office where she created programs to help provide business owners access to capital. She is also a huge advocate of diversity, serving as the Chairperson for Diversity and Inclusion initiatives at previous institutions.
“I’m excited to bring my knowledge and expertise to the Fountainhead family,” says Preston, who is currently based in Charlotte, N.C. “With Fountainhead, I’m thrilled to join my sister, Maria, and the rest of the team on the quest to make small business dreams a reality.”
Centric Bank Welcomes Michael Ciavarelli to Vice President, Commercial Lending Officer
Ciavarelli will be responsible for developing new SBA lending opportunities with current and prospective customers in the suburban Philadelphia market, along with partnering with internal sales team members to secure commercial deposit and cash management relationships.
He has worked in the banking industry for more than 30 years, most recently with WSFS Bank as an SBA Lender. Throughout his career, he has served in business development and as a relationship manager and retail branch manager.
Ciavarelli attended the University of Virginia, Retail School of Banking, where he graduated from its Certificate Program. He is a member of both the Delaware County and New Castle County chambers of commerce and is an advisor to the Delaware County Society of Certified Public Accountants, SCORE, and the Small Business Development Center program at Widener University and The University of Delaware.
Suzy Granger Joins Guidant Financial as Senior Account Manager
“We are thrilled to welcome Suzy Granger to the Guidant team as a Senior Account Manager working with our key lending partners. Suzy joins us with over 20 years of experience and has helped hundreds of clients effectuate the ROBS strategy for small business ownership. Her passion for small business and knowledge of the Rollover for Business Start Up strategy are well known and respected within the Lender community,” says Ralph Nilssen, Director of Sales at Guidant.
“I’m extremely proud to be representing the #1 ROBS provider in the country. My role will be business development in the SBA Lending space,” says Suzy Granger.