The perfect team — smart, ethical, and with a wealth of experience. And an unfettered dedication to helping your business grow.
Sean Hawley, CEO
With over 20 years experience in non profit capital acquisition and in the private banking sector, there is very little that Sean has not encountered from a funding desk. A vast array of industry relationships, a keen sense of underwriting metrics and killer instincts provides him with the ability to locate a source of capital for every situation. And having owned several small businesses himself, he knows exactly what it's like to go through the daily grind of running the whole show.
In addition to running the day-to-day operations of BLF, Sean is also a consultant for the industry, providing insight at the operational level for new/existing firms and at the investment level for funders/lenders.
Ronnie Doucette, COO
Ronnie started out in the insurance industry after moving to NYC from the Long Island suburbs. She began her career as a bookkeeper for NY Life, eventually moving up to the important role of Corporate Budget Director. It was during her tenure that computerized accounting first came to the marketplace. As the technology was in its relative infancy, there were few people who possessed both technical skills and accounting know-how to implement the software properly. Ronnie taught herself programming basics and before long was heading the entire division within the company
Ronnie spends her time lending her great skills to perform accounting duties for several not for profit companies. Any spare time left after that is usually spent with her daughter, a recent a graduate student at Albany Rensselear School of Engineering.
Ronnie's awareness cause is The Pink Fund Inc- The Pink Fund helps patients who have lost all or part of their income due to treatment by covering patients’ health insurance costs, mortgage payments, utility bills, car insurance and other basic living expenses. https://www.pinkfund.org/
John Attanasio, Commercial Real Estate, Private Lending
With a career span of over thirty years working in commercial banks such as JP Morgan Chase, Citibank and TD Bank and with real estate giants Cushman & Wakefield and Massey Knakal, John has forged deep relationships for virtually any deal. He has worked on every type of deal imaginable from commercial mortgages, lines of credit, term loans and equipment financing to private equity and hard money lending. He is the 'insider' who can utilize his vast network to find a solution for seemingly impossible financing. And John is not only a pro, he is also as honest and transparent as they come. He can often be heard comforting clients with "I would never tell a client to accept a deal that I would not take myself".
A native New Yorker and and avid restaurateur, John enjoys spending time with his daughter, a college student in Manhattan, and showing her all the culture and beauty this city has to offer.
John's awareness cause is Little Saint Nick Foundation- who's mission is to ease the fear, anxiety and isolation of sick kids both in and out of hospital by organizing 'kids helping kids; programs across the US. http://littlestnick.org/
David Evans, Underwriting Manager
A private banking portfolio manager for 15 years and self funded lender for the last 6, David has the unique position of having underwriting skills from a a true lender's perspective. This experience allows him to see a funding candidate as more than simply numbers on a page. His aim to understand the greater picture rather than the economics of a lending matrix. Every merchant has his/her own story, each application a sum of its parts. He green lights loans more from a logical and real world sense rather than a mathematical and statistical standpoint.
In his spare time David plays guitar and surfs. He and his wife recently became the proud parents of twin boys.
Nathan Asaph, ISO Relations Manager
Nathan has seen and done everything in the merchant lending industry. He has run both lenders and ISOs and has been a consultant for many of the industries largest firms. Understanding the needs of the funding source as well as the daily operations of independent sales shops allows him to speak both sides of the conversation. He is the first to admit that small business funding is a challenging workplace when ISOs and lenders are involved on the same project. His experience in the industry and excellent negotiating skills are an asset to both sides.
Nathan lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL with his wife and 3 children. He is fan of the opera and art.
Nathan's awareness cause is Plant a Billion Trees- encouraging people, communities, organizations, business and industry, civil society and governments to collectively plant at least one billion trees worldwide each year. http://www.plantabillion.org/
John Flynn, I/T Manager
As a graduate of MIT, John first began developing technology systems for large insurance companies. Having established several platforms that are utilized across the industry he serves as both consultant and administrator for systems and CRM infrastructure for many companies across the US, including Bright Light Funding. His intrinsic ability to customize systems and collaborate with sales allows him to create workable systems with little or no redundancy.
John is an aspiring documentary film maker as well as avid jazz musician and he often plays with a trio in the NYC area. He calls Williamsburg, Brooklyn his home.
John' awareness cause is City Harvest- the world’s first food rescue organization. Through donation and community activism City Harvest is dedicated to helping feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger. http://www.cityharvest.org/
James Codomo, Funding Manager
James began his career in retail, managing one, and then eventually 8 family owned electronic stores in NYC. He is familiar with all aspects of business ownership from raising capital, inventory management, human resources and accounting/book keeping. He broadened his business acumen by transitioning to mortgage lending before eventually settling in private money lending. He is affable with his clients, demanding of his underwriters, and meticulous at the funding stage.
James enjoys cinema, fashion and the theater. He lives in Deer Park NY but spends he time away from the office enjoying all that NYC has to offer.
Allison Goldfield, Funding Manager
Allison has worked her way up the corporate ladder from administration to sales, eventually managing her own team. She is known for her utmost dedication to the needs of her clients and will fight for them through every stage of the funding process. If she believes in the merits of a business she will find a way to make a deal happen. Her ever growing book of renewing business is proof that emphasis on customer service leads to loyal customers as well as new clients.
Allison love photography, painting, and volunteering for Food Harvest NYC. She lives in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn with her husband Adam and their three cats Oreo, Lucky and Max.