ORION’S FIFTH ANNUAL SMALL BUSINESS LENDING FORUM

BY CURTIS COSTNER

Steve House, Keynote Speaker

Steve House, Keynote Speaker

Orion First Financial held its fifth annual Small Business Lending Forum (SBLF) on July 22, 2019 in Denver. Participants included 93 attendees from small business lenders, lessors and service providers across the country.  

Recognizing small business as the backbone of the U.S. economy, SBLF is dedicated to a thriving small business community with access to capital. This year’s program focused on key topics to small business lenders including:

• Credit Scoring’s Place in Underwriting

• Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) Standards

• Political Advocacy

• Preparing for a Downturn

• What Makes a Company Culture Great

Keynote speaker Steve House, an extreme climber, author and entrepreneur, set an inspiring tone as he spoke of thriving through adversity and the perfect preparation needed in his journeys as a mountain climber, themes that resonated with the business audience.  

Continued optimism for this year’s business environment permeated among attendees. However, despite the positive outlook, the seasoned audience was also keen to economic cycles and the need to prepare their businesses for tougher times when they come. •

Panelists (L-R)   : Paul Marcoe, CTO, Orion First; Jenny Wood, SVP Client Services, Orion First; Curtis Costner, VP, Marketing, Orion First

Panelists (L-R): Paul Marcoe, CTO, Orion First; Jenny Wood, SVP Client Services, Orion First; Curtis Costner, VP, Marketing, Orion First

Moderator (Far Left)   : Jenny Wood, SVP, Client Services, Orion First     Panelists (L-R)   : Lori Frasier, SVP, Strategy and Performance Management, Key Equipment Finance; Ken Schneider, SVP, Business Development and Underwriting, Great American Insurance Company; Mike Smith, President, RTR Services

Moderator (Far Left): Jenny Wood, SVP, Client Services, Orion First

Panelists (L-R): Lori Frasier, SVP, Strategy and Performance Management, Key Equipment Finance; Ken Schneider, SVP, Business Development and Underwriting, Great American Insurance Company; Mike Smith, President, RTR Services

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Attendees enjoying a hike.    (L-R)   : Lisa Rafter, Publisher,  Monitor ; Jaimie Haver, CLFP, SVP, Operations Manager, Hanmi Bank; Steve House, World-Renowned Mountaineer

Attendees enjoying a hike. (L-R): Lisa Rafter, Publisher, Monitor; Jaimie Haver, CLFP, SVP, Operations Manager, Hanmi Bank; Steve House, World-Renowned Mountaineer

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