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SBA Lending Experts

Our team of financial experts work to understand your business goals, direct you to the right type of SBA loan, and assist you every step of the way with your application.

  • Experienced SBA lenders

  • Personalized service

  • Options clearly explained

Our people make it happen

Meet with one of our experienced SBA lenders today.

SBA Lending Experts

Mitt Weissinger

VP, BDO Manager​

Mitt has 20 years of experience in the lending business, with over 10 of these years being focused on SBA lending. He has worked in business development for multiple national lending companies, and has also worked as an independent commercial loan broker. Mitt has a degree in Business Administration from Presbyterian College.

Vicki R. Beaudry

SBA Business Development Officer

Vicki Beaudry has more than 25 years of experience in commercial and SBA financing. Prior to joining Ameris Bank, Vicki was executive vice president and senior lender at First Coast Community Bank, a division of Synovus Bank, while also managing the SBA division for Synovus. Vicki has received numerous awards from the SBA including SBA Financial Services Advocate of the Year.

Janice Bounds

GGL Business Development Officer

Janice Bounds has 27 years of experience in the financial services industry with 15 years progressive experience in business development. Her vast experiences will afford you the greatest opportunity for securing the right credit solutions for all of your business needs. Janice was acknowledged as an SBA 2017 Financial Advocate of the Year for the North Florida area. Janice is located in Jacksonville Beach, FL and serves her clients locally and nationwide.

Bruce Hurta

VP, SBA Business Development Officer

Bruce Hurta is an SBA real estate loan expert, lender, blogger and public speaker committed to helping small business owners achieve affordable financing to build and grow their business. With over 20 years of SBA loan experience, Bruce is a trusted expert in the Houston area. He has been the president of the Houston Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (HAGGL) and has received the Houston District SBA’s award for Financial Services Champion of the Year. Bruce received his B.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.

John Jones

VP, SBA Business Development Officer

Thomas S. Koether

VP, SBA Business Development Officer

Thomas S. Koether has over three decades of banking and SBA lending experience in the metro Atlanta area. As a Business Development Officer, he is focused on assisting small business with their unique financial needs. He graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and he also earned an advanced banking degree from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. Tom is married, has a daughter and he resides in Canton, Georgia.

Brian Martin

SBA Business Development Officer

Brian Martin has nearly 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, with the vast majority of experience in banking and lending to small business.  Brian specializes in the cultivation, review and advocacy of his clients’ loan requests from application to approval to funding.  Brian’s vast experiences in all aspects of small business lending will afford you the greatest opportunity for securing the right credit solutions for all of your business needs.

Jordan Richmond

VP, SBA Business Development Officer

Jordan Richmond is a Vice President of SBA lending at Ameris Bank, specializing in large goodwill transactions. His passion is advising buyers in Business Acquisitions, Franchise Financing and Commercial Real Estate. Jordan is well-known in the SBA industry for his public speaking workshops, educational webinars and community involvement. He is an expert in cash flow lending and national SBA financing. Jordan has been in banking for 18 years and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Jordan Samsel

SBA Business Development Officer

Jordan Samsel has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Jordan’s SBA lending experience spans 16 years, with expertise in all areas of SBA lending from business development, packaging, underwriting and closing. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance from Kennesaw State University. Jordan spent the last 20 years living and working in metro Atlanta, and currently resides in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Corey L. Townsend

SBA Business Development Officer

Corey Townsend provides debt financing to small businesses for acquisitions, expansion, and improvements utilizing SBA guaranteed loans. Prior to joining Ameris Bank, Corey worked for over a decade in wealth management, as a private wealth advisor at Morgan Stanley and later Merrill Lynch, serving ultra-high net worth individuals. He is an attorney by trade, and briefly worked for the IRS office of Chief Counsel, Financial Products and Institutions Division, before transitioning to the private sector. Corey is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. He also holds a Masters in Finance from Georgia State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas.

Client Testimonials:

“Corey Townsend and all the staff involved in our SBA loan were knowledgeable and provided great customer service. It was a pleasure working with Ameris Bank, mainly because of the personalized service we received.”

  • Jennifer Hamlin, Hamlin Psychological Services

“I am a first time business owner. Ameris Bank agreed to fund an SBA loan, walked me through the process, and dialed back potential anxieties.”

  • Darlyne Johnson, Co-Owner of Ulfberht LLC / Kale Me Crazy


We're here to help every step of the way.


We're here to help every step of the way.

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