Spotlight: Leading SBA lenders 2012

(Listed alphabetically by institution.)James HoffmanBank of America, N.A.

1000 Fourth St., San Rafael, 94901, 415-451-2770

James Hoffman is a small business banker for Bank of America in the North Bay, responsible for consulting with small business owners concerning their capital needs and working with existing small business clients. With more than 30 years of experience in business development across San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma counties, Mr. Hoffman has worked with companies from small size to the Fortune 500 level.

Helping a business owner to use an SBA 504 loan to finance transition from renter to owner in his property is a source of pride for Mr. Hoffman, who noted that the loan helped the 30 employees remain in their home community.

Mr. Hoffman has a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from San Francisco State University. He is active in several organizations that provide education and health services to the disabled, including the Elpida House in Mill Valley, Marin Ventures and Naturebridge.Robert ThompsonBay Area Development Company

1801 Oakland Blvd., #100, Walnut Creek, 94596, 925-472-5603

As vice president and loan officer at Bay Area Development Co., Robert Thompson is in charge of business development for the North Bay. His career began in 1985 with First Capital CALBIDCO, which later became First Capital, where he was a credit officer focused on underwriting SBA 7(a) requests. Mr. Thompson rose to senior credit officer and senior development roles before joining Bay Area Development Company in 1995. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, with a bachelor’s degree in business and an emphasis in marketing.

Mr. Thompson said that he enjoys helping small businesses achieve their financing needs, even sometimes finding solutions other than the SBA 504 loans that are the focus of Certified Development Companies. Yet activity is picking up in the 504 world, partially due to the temporary 504 refinance program. Kelly RyanCDC Small Business Finance

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