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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

Tony T. Brevard

Senior Vice President,
SBA Lending

Tony T. Brevard
The key to being an asset to any client is to give them fresh eyes on each opportunity, and to maximize their profitability with minimal interruption to their operating structure. Every opportunity that arises for my client deserves my full attention, and above all, I will never provide a product or service that does not make them better as a result.

Focus: SBA Business Development

Experience: Over 25 years of banking experience lending to closely-held small to mid-size operating business, including SBA lending, Commercial Real Estate lending, and commercial business development

Education: The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, BS in Business and Finance

Affiliations: Georgia Association of Business Brokers; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; Jack and Jill (Greater Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter)

Representative Transactions:
  • Multiple Allstate Agency acquisitions/expansions nationally
  • $650,000 SBA 7(a) loan for a high-end furniture store expansion
  • $1,100,000 SBA 7(a) loan for the construction of a cement plant

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

Brian C. Harper

Senior Vice President,
SBA Lending

Brian C. Harper
Entrepreneurs have big dreams and I find it extremely satisfying to help individuals fulfill these dreams. If buying a company, owning a building, or growing a business is their goal, then I want to help make that a reality. Every business is different and Atlantic Capital Bank provides me a platform to evaluate each client based on their unique story and not just the numbers.

Focus: SBA Lending

Experience: Over 25 years of business banking and lending experience

Education: Washington & Lee University, BS

Affiliations: Rotary Club of Dunwoody; Junior Achievement; Georgia Lender's Quality Circle; National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders; Georgia Association of Business Brokers; Our Lady of the Assumption Church

Representative Transactions:

  • $1.8 million business and real estate acquisition loan for a retail company
  • $1.8 million loan to refinance and fund property improvement plan for a family-owned hotel
  • $1.5 million real estate loan to refinance property and fund construction of a warehouse addition for a technology company
  • $1.4 million real estate acquisition and renovation loan for an automotive repair facility
  • $700,000 working capital and equipment loan for a successful family-owned business
  • $130,000 business acquisition loan for a wholesale company

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