Accord Financial hired Ryan Ray, an asset-based lending and equipment professional, as director of business development for U.S. asset-based finance.

“Ryan is well-regarded within the financing community for expertise in asset valuations, his relationship building skills and his ability to develop successful financial solutions for his clients and partners,” Jim Hogan, president, U.S. commercial finance at Accord Financial, said. “In his new position as director, business development, U.S. asset-based finance, he brings a broad viewpoint to Accord, with a client-centric approach that will be a great fit within the organization.”

Ray’s experience includes business development and management roles at Gordon Brothers Group and AccuVal Associates. He most recently originated loans for a middle-market asset-based lender. He has professional certifications from the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and the American Society of Appraisers.

“Accord’s strong focus on collateral meshes well with my expertise and credentials in the inventory and equipment area,” Ray said. “I look forward to helping middle-market businesses with creative solutions specifically tailored to their goals.”