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Akem Durand
Vice President and SBA Business Development Officer

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”

Akem Durand

NMLS# 2027363

202 W. Trade St
Dallas, NC 28034