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How Non-Traditional Lenders Support Our Local Businesses
Our June Meeting will be centered on Community Funding and how non-traditional lenders support our local businesses. Our featured speakers are executives from two of the leading Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI's) in our area. We will have Robin Wang, Executive Director of Ascent Funding (Formerly Albina Opportunities Corporation) and Adam Zimmerman, President & CEO of Craft3 to discuss trends of CDFI's and how their organizations fill in the local lending gap for many of our local businesses and how the need for these types of lending services is growing. Join us for this unique opportunity to speak with the leaders of these great organizations.
Our Featured Speaker
Executive Director- Ascent Funding
Robin Wang brings over 20 years of experience working in various small business ventures involving technology, media, and social responsibility advocacy. Most recently, he owned a mission-based business that fostered the local green economies in several regions throughout the West. In largely a finance, sales, and operations role and together with his business partner, he expanded the business into 3 regions and grew annual revenues 5-fold. Since selling that business, he has served as an advisor helping other aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners achieve happiness. Robin is a native New Yorker who has called Portland home since 2003, has degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of the Portland Fruit Tree Project.
President & CEO - Craft3
Adam Zimmerman has worked at Craft3 for 14 years, assuming the role of President and CEO in 2016. Adam has been a member of Craft3’s executive management team since 2011, and previous to accepting the President role, served as Executive Vice President guiding organizational growth, consumer lending, external affairs and brand management. When Adam started with Craft3 in 2002, the organization managed $8 million with a staff of 10, and his early work in rural economic development focused on organic farms and food systems businesses.
Key Bank - VP of SR Business Banking RM
Tiffany Canifax has over 27 years of financial service industry experience, working with business owners whose annual sales typically fall within 3MM-10MM. As a Sr Business Banking Relatinship Manager for KeyBank East County she has a book of clients that she works with on a daily basis to ensure they continue to grow, maintain and transition to that next generation. Tiffany began her career in El Paso Texas as a branch teller while attending and obtaining her business degree at The University of Texas El Paso, working in the savings and loan industry. She quickly gravitated into the banking industry with the ability to work with clients and clearly understand their needs. She has been with KeyBank for over 12 years and attributes her long tenure at Key to the sales culture and solutions oriented approach to helping business owners.
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East Metro Economic Alliance is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. PO Box 422, Gresham, OR 97030