James G. Steube Vice President Business Development Officer East Region
James Steube joins Harvest Small Business Finance with over 14 years of experience in the financial industry. He has worked at several of the top asset managers in NYC as both a head trader and portfolio manager as well as founder of a startup hedge fund.
Being an entrepreneur at heart and understanding what it takes to own a business himself, James can assist clients with all commercial real estate needs.
Robyn Drago, MBA, Licensed Real Estate Agent Senior Vice President/Business Development Officer
Robyn Drago has over 30 years of commercial real estate lending experience as well business acquisition and real estate brokerage experience. As a commercial lender with a unique specialization in government guaranteed lending, Robyn takes on a consultative approach in assisting her clients to find the best financing solution. Her diverse background allows her to work with borrowers and their trusted advisors efficiently facilitating transactions from the application stage through funding.
In 1987, Robyn began her banking career in Houston as a credit analyst, followed by both Credit and Loan Department management positions. In 1993, she joined a small independent bank and launched her career as a commercial lender with a unique specialization in government guaranteed lending. She later joined an investment bank as a real estate lender for owner-occupied as well as investment properties. In 2008, she joined a merger and acquisition firm acting as an intermediary for buyers and sellers of small to middle market sized companies. She spent the past 7 years with a regional commercial bank serving small to middle market clients by offering a variety of loan options.
Robyn obtained an M.B.A. with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Houston and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Louisiana State University. Additionally, she is a licensed real estate agent.
Robyn is an active participant in various professional organizations including Commercial Real Estate Women, Women’s Finance Exchange, and the Houston Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders. Additionally, she serves as a Board Member for Community Business Finance a nonprofit provider of business finance solutions for owner-managed companies. She’s also a participant and past board member of the Texas Association of Business Brokers, CCIM, Memorial High School Booster Club, Friends of Spring Spirit and the Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association.
DARRICK BROWN Senior Vice President Business Development Officer South Western Region
Darrick Brown's track record of getting things done for his clients is exemplified by his long and storied career in the finance and banking industry, and as a business owner.
For 27 years he has served clients while wearing many hats at Wells Fargo, including operations, retail banking, executive banking, commercial banking and credit analysis. He was also owner and operator of a commercial loan brokerage consulting firm, and was a partner/owner of Jazz at Jacks jazz club in downtown Denver Pavillions.
Commitment to his clients and community is a primary driver for Darrick. He currently lends a hand to up-and-coming entrepreneurs as a board member for Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute.
When Darrick isn't assisting others with their business endeavors, he spends his time as a jazz vocalist, enjoys running, biking and traveling.
Patrick Appleton Senior Vice President Business Development Officer Midwest Region
Patrick Appleton has nearly two decades of experience in the financial services industry and a proven record of building strong relationships – listening to and learning the unique needs of his customers and exceeding through service excellence. He has excellent experience in commercial lending, government guaranteed lending, treasury management, and commercial real estate finance across the United States.
Patrick leverages his lending, credit, and treasury management expertise to help entrepreneurs navigate the Small Business Administration (SBA) loan process so they can get back to the business sooner. He is a graduate of several National Associations of Government Guaranteed Lenders leadership courses, including, Understanding the SOP, Fundamentals of SBA Credit Underwriting, Advanced Cash Flow Analysis, and Explore the CAPLines Program.
Patrick attended Purdue University for his undergrad and Central Michigan University for his Masters, and he is a graduate of the Hamilton County Leadership program. Patrick volunteers as a mentor for the Starfish Initiative program and serves on the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association. Patrick lives in Carmel, Indiana and is married with three kids.
Tony Wagner Senior Vice President Business Development Officer Southern Region Tony Wagner joins the Harvest Small Business Finance with over 15 years of experience in the financial industry where he has provided financing for owner-occupied commercial real estate; refinance of debt; business expansion; business acquisitions, partner buy-outs and start up financing.
Tony has helped businesses leverage their strengths by providing financial lending solutions and expert business guidance that has helped business owners grow systematically and flourish beyond all expectations.
Tony truly appreciates and understands the challenges of entrepreneurship and needs capital, his commitment to building better business relationships is evident by his involvement in the Tampa Bay area Chamber of Commerce and several other organizations; he currently serves on the Board of Directors for Paddle Board Against Cancer.
Chris McDonald Senior Vice President Business Development Officer Midwest Region
Chris McDonald has been in the banking and finance industry for 15 years with experience in commercial lending, government guaranteed lending, and commercial real estate finance. He has worked for organizations such as Wintrust, Citizens Bank, Associated Bank, and a non-profit providing SBA 504 financing.
Chris truly appreciates working with business owners and understands the importance of working as accurately and efficiently as possible to meet his clients’ needs. Given the speed and organization at which Harvest functions he is more excited than ever to deliver optimal solutions for his customers. Chris is a trusted advisor and provides valuable solutions as he fully understands the challenges of owning a business.
Chris graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Finance. When he’s not working or spending time with his wife and 1-year-old Chris enjoys traveling, playing sports, and strumming his guitar.
Ian Williams Senior Vice President Business Development Officer East Region
Ian Williams joins Harvest Small Business Finance with over 30 years of experience in the financial and lending industry. He has worked at some of the nation’s top financial firms, and has led his own companies with the steadfast goal of making clients’ dreams of business ownership a reality. As a lending professional he has earned high accolades for his professionalism and productivity, and has been nationally recognized as a top producer.
Ian is an active member of the Hamden, CT Chamber of Commerce (Board of Director), a member of the executive board of the Hamden Pop Warner Football Association and routinely participates in the funding of local charities.
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