March 27, 2014

MariaContrerasSweetSenateHearingSmallSenate Confirms Maria Contreras-Sweet as SBA Administrator – Special Coleman Mover’s and Shakers Edition

“As a community banker who specialized in supporting underserved small businesses, Maria Contreras-Sweet brings the leadership and experience the nation’s small businesses need at the SBA,” said National Association of Development Companies President & CEO Beth Solomon. “In an economy where attaining critical access to capital remains a challenge for small businesses, Ms. Contreras-Sweet’s expertise and experience will be integral to our goal of expanding credit to America’s job creators and underserved communities.”

Reports Kent Hoover, “Even Sen. James Risch of Idaho, one of the most conservative Republicans in the Senate, was knocked out by Contreras-Sweet’s credentials and said he was glad President Barack Obama nominated someone with such a ‘strong background’ for the post.”

homebancPeter M. O’Hern Joins HomeBanc as Regional President, SBA Lending

The Bank, with headquarters in Tampa, Florida has fifteen offices, including fourteen retail offices in Lake Mary, Winter Park, Lakewood Ranch (Sarasota), Belleair Bluffs, Countryside (Clearwater), Dunedin, Kenneth City, Pinellas Park, Seminole, Largo, St. Petersburg and in Tampa at Rocky Point, on North Dale Mabry Highway and in Westchase.

Mr. O’Hern brings to HomeBanc more than 20 years of SBA loan origination and sales management, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St. Bonaventure University. He can be reached at (817) 929-9211 or

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