Team

  • Phil Carlson
    President & CEO
    Phil Carlson
    President & CEO

    Phil has 35 years of commercial lending and leasing experience. Most recently Phil served as Senior Managing Director at FirstLight Financial Corporation, a commercial finance company that focused on providing senior debt to middle market companies. Prior to FirstLight, Phil was with GE Capital Commercial Equipment Finance for 14 years in a series of sales management and general management positions. Prior to GE, Phil was Director of Lease Syndications for John Hancock Leasing Corporation, Executive Vice President for BancIreland First Financial and a Vice President for Integrated Resources, Inc. He holds a BA from St. Lawrence University and an MBA from Babson College.

    Phone: 203-229-2223

    Email: moc.ecnaniftnempiuqesnoitannull@noslracp

  • Dennis Bickerstaff
    EVP and Senior Credit Officer
    Dennis Bickerstaff
    EVP and Senior Credit Officer

    Dennis has 37 years of commercial lending experience and was most recently with GE Capital for 18 years. While at GE Capital, Dennis held various senior management positions in both risk management and business development. Included in his GE Capital experience is 6 years as the Chief Risk Officer for their leveraged finance business where he was responsible for a $7 billion loan portfolio and an 80 person credit staff. Prior to GE, Dennis was a commercial lender for six years with Maryland National Bank and for nine years with Core States Bank. His background includes expertise in asset based & cash flow lending, leasing and mezzanine investing. He holds a BS in Finance and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University.

    Phone 203-229-2226

    Email: moc.ecnaniftnempiuqesnoitannull@ffatsrekcibd

  • Ed Stolarski
    Executive Vice President, Originations
    Ed Stolarski
    Executive Vice President, Originations

    Ed has 30 years of corporate finance experience. His background includes 16 years with GE Capital in various sales leadership positions where he originated and structured transactions, and three years as the CEO of a publicly traded investment firm. Most recently, Ed served as Senior Managing Director and Business Head for Tygris Corporate Finance, a start-up that provided customized financing solutions within segments that require significant understanding of their capitalization needs and industry specialization. Prior to Tygris, he headed up the Energy Finance team at FirstLight Financial Corporation, a commercial finance company that focused on providing senior debt to middle market companies. Ed’s last position at GE Capital was running the North American sales team for GE Energy Financial Services. Ed holds a BS degree from St. Johns University.

    Phone 203-229-2224

    Email: moc.ecnaniftnempiuqesnoitannull@iksralotse

  • Randy Hicks
    Executive Vice President, Originations
    Randy Hicks
    Executive Vice President, Originations

    Randy has 28 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently he was with KPS Capital Partners where he was responsible for originating control equity investments in middle market companies in need of operational and financial restructurings. Prior to KPS, he was with FirstLight Financial Corporation, a commercial finance company that focused on providing senior debt to middle market companies. Prior to FirstLight, Randy spent 14 years with GE Capital in various transaction and leadership roles based in Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL, and Norwalk, CT. He also spent 2 years with US West Capital in their project finance group. Randy began his career in Boston as a financial analyst with Banc Ireland First Financial, a boutique leasing, project finance and corporate finance group. He received a BS in Finance and Investments from Babson College.

    Phone 203-229-2225

    Email: moc.ecnaniftnempiuqesnoitannull@skcihr

  • Saurin Shah
    EVP and Senior Credit Officer
    Saurin Shah
    EVP and Senior Credit Officer

    Saurin has over 17 years of experience in corporate finance including asset based and leveraged lending, capital markets, structured finance, portfolio management and restructuring. Saurin most recently worked for FirstLight Financial Corporation, a commercial finance company that focused on providing senior debt to middle market companies, where he was Senior Vice President of Underwriting and Portfolio Management. Saurin started his career in the Technical Leadership Program (TLP) at GE and held various positions of increasing responsibility with GE Plastics, GE Energy, GE Corporate Audit Staff and GE Capital spanning a 10 year period. Saurin graduated with honors from Purdue University with a BS in Material Science and Engineering and also holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

    Phone 203-229-2227

    Email: moc.ecnaniftnempiuqesnoitannull@hahss

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