Category: Current Issue

Taking the Road Less Traveled: An Experienced Lender Choreographs a Borrower’s Turnaround

When a distressed company approaches a lender for financing, it usually comes down to a black-and-white decision: Will the company be able to repay the loan or not? In most cases, the lender doesn’t become involved in the turnaround of a borrower. But Robert Miller relates a more nuanced story, showing how a lender can take the road less traveled and provide more than financing to restore a failing company.

Keeping it Under Control: Robert Radway and NXT Capital Keep a Tight Rein on the Finance Business

Robert Radway worked for some of the largest companies in the commercial finance business including The Finova Group and Heller Financial. He founded Merrill Lynch Capital only to see it sold off to GE Capital after the mortgage crisis hit. Determined to take a different path, he built a team of co-workers from his past employers and started NXT Capital, a small company with a large vision that he could more easily control.

Innovative Financing: From Mellon & Sons to Alternative Lenders’ Impact on ABL Today

In the face of continuing bank regulation, alternative lending companies are launching to fill in the gaps. ABF Journal contributor Hugh Larratt-Smith examines the types of loans these lenders are providing and shows how ABL lenders can benefit by teaming up with these new players.

Saving Shawnee Tubing: Oklahoma Lender and Business Community Rally to Save Local Factory

Since 1974, the Wolverine Tube factory cranked out copper tubing for industry and construction use from its Shawnee, OK plant. Last year, the Canadian owners decided to sell the factory, threatening more than 500 Shawnee jobs. Greg Gallman, the plant’s general manager, worked with local investors and bankers, the city’s Economic Redevelopment Foundation and MB Business Capital to save the business and renamed it Shawnee Tubing Solutions.

Starting from Scratch: Keith Broyles and Yvonne Kizner Build an ABL Division at Blue Hills Bank

When Blue Hills Bank, a 140-year old community bank, decided to start an ABL division, it offered veteran ABL lenders Keith Broyles and Yvonne Kizner the opportunity to build the new division from scratch. The pair jumped at the chance. They spoke with ABF Journal Editor Nadine Bonner and shared their optimism and excitement about this new venture.