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Julie M. Skulley

Market Area 

Carolinas and Tennessee
 
What is your niche or expertise?

SBA 7(a) Lending, Business Acquisitions, Business Expansions 
 
Banking Experience

After working for over 15 years closing high volume commercial and residential real estate transactions as a paralegal, Julie set out to utilize her loan closing, title research and business formation skills to make the transition into banking.  Julie began as a Commercial Banking Associate and quickly managed one of the largest commercial portfolios in the bank.  She transitioned from commercial lending to SBA, gaining great insight and experience with the documentation and processing of the SBA loans. Her knowledge of SBA lending guidelines and procedures continues to grow, and Julie says “Now I am doing exactly what I love to do, working closely with SBA customers, allowing me the opportunity and privilege to make a positive impact in their lives and business!”.
 
Certifications and Education 

National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders Certificate Received in Closing and Funding SBA Loans
Certified Coleman SBA 7 (a) Loan Closer
Certified Coleman SBA 7 (a) Loan Underwriter
Mount Olive College, Associate Studies
Mount Olive College, Bachelor Studies
 
Skills, Accomplishments, and Awards

Obtained Omega Business Lending Fundamentals Certification in 2018 which strengthened my skills in conducting beneficial conversations with business owners about their business borrowing needs, assessing the business’s industry position, management, and strategies for growth.
 
Personal Interests and Community Involvement

When not enjoying time with her three amazing children or church fellowship, Julie seeks out volunteer opportunities with organizations that are passionate about helping to support the day-to-day living and housing for our Senior Citizen Community.
 
“We don’t grow when things are easy, we grow when we face challenges” – Joyce Meyer

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Jennifer P. King

Market Area 

Carolinas & TN Market

What is your niche or expertise? 

SBA & USDA Lending

Banking Experience

I started my career in banking in 1999 with the former First Union Bank thru their Licensed Financial Specialist Training Program.  I developed my interest in Small Business early on in my career, then transitioned to my first SBA position with Bank of America in 2004.  Since then I have been dedicated to helping as many small business owners achieve their financial and growth goals by utilizing the advantageous SBA programs.   

Certifications and Education 

East Carolina University, Commercial School of Banking. 2001-2002

Montreat College, Associate Studies

Mount Olive College, Bachelor Studies 

Brevard College, Associate Studies  

Skills, Accomplishments, and Awards

Small Business Owner myself who is committed to her clients and helping more business owners navigate thru the sometimes complex SBA Process.  I enjoy building relationships with clients, getting to know my borrowers, and then helping them realize their business goals.

Circle of Excellence / #1 SBA Loan Officer in 2014, 2015 & 2016 for PNC Bank (5th largest bank in the country)  

Personal Interests and Community Involvement

Board Member OnTrack Financial, Asheville, NC.  2015-2019

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Akem Durand

Market Area 

North Carolina Market. Specifically, the Raleigh Durham Area

What is your niche or expertise?

SBA Lending, has a background in SBA Underwriting, Credit Analysis and SBA Packaging

Banking Experience

I started my career as a loan processor for a CDFI in Raleigh called the Carolina Small Business Development Fund. The Carolina Small Business Development Fund is a CDFI that specialized in SBA lending. I later was promoted to a Credit Analyst and then to an Underwriter. I spent 5 years at the Carolina Small Business Development Fund and then moved on to work at Wells Fargo as a Mortgage Underwriter Level 3. At Wells Fargo, I was able to get a better understanding of the mortgage lending industry. I was then able to get an opportunity to work with a national SBA lender specializing in owner-occupied commercial Real-Estate. I have worked in the banking industry for 7 years, I have gotten a chance to work in multiple departments within the lending arena which has prepared me to best serve my clients.

Certifications and Education

Bachelor of Science in Business Management

Economic Development Finance Professional Certification

Skills, Accomplishments, and Awards

Economic Development Finance Professional, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary & Service Certificate Medals, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Training Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal

Personal Interests and Community Involvement

My personal interests include Philosophy Poetry and entrepreneurship. I was a committee member for Launch Raleigh which was an incubator program for Entrepreneurs in Raleigh Area

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing”