SEED Hires Anne Trevisani and Promotes Lending Staff

SEED Corporation is pleased to announce that Anne Trevisani has joined its lending staff as vice president and commercial loan officer.  “Anne brings a wealth of commercial lending and credit expertise to SEED,” stated Maria Gooch-Smith, SEED’s executive director.

Prior to joining SEED, Anne was a first vice president and commercial lender at Rockland Trust Company for 18 years. Her 31 years of banking experience includes commercial lending positions at Shawmut Bank, State Street Bank, and Union Bank. Anne graduated from the University of Denver in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

SEED has also promoted Lisa Holmes to vice president and lending team leader. “Lisa is now responsible for overseeing a lending team of seven, and insuring that SEED works effectively with its lending partners to meet the financing needs of small businesses in the region in a responsive and professional manner,” added Gooch-Smith.

“Lisa has been an instrumental part of SEED for the last 10 years, and she brings a level of technical expertise and devotion to her job which is unmatched,” added Gooch-Smith. Prior to joining SEED, Lisa was a commercial credit analyst at Plymouth Savings Bank. She has received certificates from numerous professional training programs including Babson College, New England College of Finance and Fairfield University.

Laurie Driscoll is now an assistant vice president and commercial loan officer responsible primarily for loans under the SBA 504 Program. “In addition to making loans under SEED’s small loan programs, Laurie is now bringing her client communication skills and dedication to the larger SBA 504 Program which finances buildings for small business expansion,” explained Gooch-Smith.

Laurie has been with SEED for nine years, most recently serving as commercial loan officer for SEED’s small loan programs, and manager of SEED’s small business technical assistance program. She is the recipient of the 2010 RI SBA Financial Services Champion of the Year for her work with small businesses.

Tamarah Bacon is now the business development and assistance manager primarily responsible for SEED’s small loans up to $200,000. “In addition to her small business technical assistance duties, Tamarah is now devoting her energy to informing small businesses, bankers and our other partners about SEED’s small loans,” state Gooch-Smith.

Tamarah has been with SEED for five years. She earned her Master of Arts in Public Administration with a concentration in economic and community development at Bridgewater State College.

Diana Arocho joined SEED’s lending team last year as a credit analyst. “Diana’s financial skills and learning ability have made her an indispensible member of the team,” stated Gooch-Smith. Prior to joining SEED, Diana worked as an accountant for five years, most recently at Bridgewater State College where she graduated from in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance.

The other two members of SEED’s lending team are Frank Celino and Susann Patterson who serve as business development officers. Both are retired bankers with extensive experience in commercial lending. “We are very lucky to have the expertise of such seasoned lenders,” added Gooch-Smith.

As a regional nonprofit economic development corporation, South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation focuses on job creation by financing all types of small businesses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. SEED makes loans ranging from a $1,000 Micro Loan to a $5.5 million SBA 504 Loan and also administers a small business technical assistance program.

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