November 20, 2018
By Bob Coleman
Editor, SBA Hot Topic Tuesday
SBA Hot Topic Tuesday — Christine Heckert and Robert Polito Named Coleman 2018 SBA 7(a) Lenders of the Year
Christine Heckert has been in the SBA industry for 30 years. She has been an advocate for small businesses and has dedicated her career to not only helping small business owners, but also mentoring new lenders in the industry.
Christine is the Senior Vice President and SBA Department Manager for Heritage Bank. She works closely with the commercial lending team at the bank to facilitate the SBA loan programs. In addition, Christine is a former recipient of the SBA Financial Champion of the Year from the SBA District office in Seattle.
Says Bryan McDonald, EVP and Chief Operating Officer at Heritage Bank. “Christine has been instrumental in developing and growing the SBA loan program for the bank, especially with the addition of banks that Heritage has acquired. She provides excellent customer service to clients by taking a complex program and guiding the loan client and lender through the process.”
Bob is the Director of Government Guaranteed Lending (SBA) for Webster Bank, a perennial leader in SBA in CT. Bob has been with Webster for 24+ years. Prior to that he was a Captain in the Army and is a Vice Chair of the Masonic Charity Foundation for 10+ years.
Bob manages Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island markets as well. Bob has been through 8 SBA reviews and has every gray hair to show for it!