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Small Business Lending Team

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Sandesh M. "Sand" Patel

Senior Vice President,
SBA Lending

Sandesh M. "Sand" Patel
In small business banking, every day brings new challenges and solutions. I enjoy learning about companies, their industry, how they make money, and how I can help them.

Focus: Small Business Lending

Experience: Over 20 years of experience lending to small to mid-size operating businesses in a wide variety of industries

Education: North Carolina State University, BA in Accounting

Representative Transactions:

  • $5,250,000 real estate loan to restructure debt on a franchised hotel
  • $3,250,000 term loan to expand operations of a radiology practice
  • $2,200,000 real estate loan to a manufacturing company
  • $5,800,000 real estate loan for the construction of a franchised hotel

J. Huff Forness, Jr.

Senior Vice President,
SBA Lending

J. Huff Forness, Jr.
In our dynamic economy I strive to be a trusted advisor to my clients when it comes to their capital formation needs. Whether they are thinking about expanding their business or making a strategic acquisition, our SBA clients need a trusted resource to help them navigate the process. I take great pride in delivering solutions to my clients and providing the necessary resources to ensure a smooth transaction.

Focus: Small Business Lending

Experience: Over 12 years of experience lending to small and mid-size operating businesses in a wide variety of industries

Education: Georgia Southern University, BA in Finance

                  Mercer University, Masters in Business Administration                

Representative Transactions:

$2,110,000 term loan for a business acquisition

$3,000,000 term loan to facilitate a partnership buyout

$3,900,000 term loan to facilitate a partnership buyout

Dany M. Lee

Senior Vice President,
SBA Lending

Dany M. Lee
I have spent my entire career working to help businesses achieve their goals. Every business is unique and has its own needs, and I enjoy the challenge of bringing custom solutions to each client.

Focus: Small Business Lending

Experience: Over 20 years of experience lending to small to mid-size operating businesses in a wide variety of industries

Education: University of Georgia, BBA in Accounting

Affiliations: Member of GA Resource Capital (an SBA 504 Certified Development Company)

Representative Transactions:
  • $1,700,000 real estate loan for the acquisition of a franchised hotel 
  • $800,000 working capital line of credit and treasury management services for a $15 million closely held business
  • $3,500,000 real estate loan to refinance debt on a franchised hotel
  • $1,700,000 real estate loan for the acquisition of a mini-warehouse facility

Lee A. McLean

Vice President,
SBA Lending

Lee A. McLean
Entrepreneurs and small businesses are the backbone of our economy. Whether providing financing for a business acquisition, a business expansion, or a business start-up, my passion is helping to make the dream of business ownership a reality for my clients.

Focus: SBA Lending

Experience: Financial Services Professional with more than 10 years of experience in all aspects of commercial real estate and SBA Lending

Education: Mercer University, BBA in Finance; Troy University, MBA in Management

Affiliations: Business Brokers of Florida; Association for Corporate Growth; Small Business Resource Network

Representative Transactions:

  • $1,200,000 business acquisition for an airplane charter company
  • $620,000 real estate loan for a pet boarding facility
  • $650,000 franchise restaurant start-up
  • $700,000 medical practice start-up

Beemal M. "Beem" Patel

Vice President,
SBA Lending

Beemal M.
I enjoy helping people with business analysis and planning. My combined experience provides a keen understanding of complex financial and operational issues that often impact value, while maintaining a personal, yet strategic approach.

Focus: Small Business Lending

Experience: Senior Financial professional and entrepreneur with 11 years institutional investment experience in syndicated loans and private placements, and over 14 years of experience in hotel ownership, development, and management.

Education: University of Delaware, MBA in Finance; University of Southern California, BS in Accounting

Affiliations: Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA)

Representative Transactions:

  • $4,300,000 real estate loan for the acquisition of a franchised hotel
  • $2,400,000 real estate loan to refinance debt on a franchised hotel
  • $400,000 term loan for renovations of a franchised hotel