Briar Capital has named commercial lending veteran Paul Count as senior vice president, Midwest Markets.

Based in Indianapolis, Count will be responsible for developing owner-occupied, commercial real estate financing opportunities throughout the Midwest.

“We’ve been looking to expand our presence to the Midwest by adding an asset-based lending and/or banking veteran with roots in the region,” notes Jeff Van Sickle, president of Briar Capital. “Having spent over 35 years in commercial lending, all of which in the Midwest, Paul is the perfect fit for our organization.”

In addition to his extensive asset-based lending and banking experience, Count served as founding president of the Association for Corporate Growth – Indiana and founding President of the Indiana Association for Corporate Renewal.