BRIAR Asset-Based Lenders

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS

Jeff Van Sickle, Executive Vice President, Texas Market Manager, Houston
Jeff Van Sickle is an experienced business development professional with a successful track record in sales and sales management. Prior to joining Briar Capital, Mr. Van Sickle served as a Zone Manager in Houston for Ford Motor Company where he was recognized for improving retail sales performance while enhancing customer service scores. Mr. Van Sickle is Past President of the Commercial Finance Association, Houston Chapter.
Vincent D. Cater, Senior Consultant, Georgia
Vince Cater is a career banker with more than 45 years experience in domestic and international banking.  He has worked for banks ranging from one of the world's largest to start-up community banks, and has served as president of four banks.  His career has been interspersed with several stints in specialized consulting for banks and Fortune 500 companies.  He has a very broad background in finance, international trade, community banking and factoring.
Lana Ruple, San Antonio
Lana Ruple began her career in the commercial finance industry in 2007 with Phoenix-based First Community Financial in Houston, Texas.  Prior to joining Briar in San Antonio, Ms. Ruple obtained her CPA license and worked in public accounting for Ernst & Young, LLP as an auditor in the financial institutions and insurance group.
Scott Deal, San Antonio
Scott brings a strong analytical background to Briar.  Prior to joining the company, Scott worked as a credit analyst for many years and most recently as a commercial loan officer.  His experience working for local Texas based banks makes him a valuable asset to the San Antonio and Austin markets.
Blair A. Majcina, Dallas
Blair Majcina has experience with various financing solutions across multiple industries.  Mr. Majcina started his career with Wells Fargo Capital Finance in Dallas, TX, providing medium to large-sized financiers working capital and growth financing.  Prior to joining Briar, Mr. Majcina worked with Lantern Asset Management, L.P., a middle-market private equity firm focused on building value through origination, underwriting, acquisition and improving the performance of assets and related investments. 
Jess Roman, Phoenix
Jess Roman has worked for 25 years in community banking.  His focus has been providing commercial banking services to C&I clients with annual sales in the range of $5MM to $75MM.  During his career, he served a diverse set of clients in the segments of business services, distribution and manufacturing.  He possesses a strong commitment to assist each of his clients to achieve their business financial goals.
Jeff Appleton, SVP, Georgia
Jeff brings 25 years of asset-based lending and 7 years of SBA lending experience to the Georgia office.  Prior to joining Briar, Mr. Appleton held senior lending positions at JPMorgan Chase & Co, TD Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank.  He began his career at Ernst & Whinney, held ABL audit positions at GE Capital, and handled underwriting at National Bank of Georgia/First American Bank.  Years of experience in underwriting, collateral analysis and business development are valuable assets in the Georgia market.