The perfect team — smart, ethical, 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 management and private consulting, there is very little that Sean has not encountered along the way. A vast array of industry relationships, a keen sense of business building and killer instincts provides him with the ability to offer guidance for nearly 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.
When he is not working with his small business clients Sean can often be found pursuing his many creative projects. He is a an accomplished music composer, producer, and mixing engineer. He is also a dedicated animal rescuer and meditation instructor.
Thu Nugyen, CFO
Thu began her journey to New York far away as a refugee of the Vietnam War. This early experience made her tough as nails and able to deal with a world that is not always fair or easy. There is no problem (or crisis) that she will not take head on with unwavering confidence and nerves of steel. Art Director by trade and financial manager by practice, Thu's creative ability to think outside the box allows her to reduce complex problems to simplicity. She also speaks 5 languages- an asset in an industry that is dominated by foreign lending sources.
Avid traveler. Amazing chef. World class mother. Thu is proof that good things come in small packages.
Thu's awareness cause is UNICEF- a worldwide charity that is headquartered in New York City providing long-term humanitarian aid and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. http://www.unicef.org/
David Blandford, Logistics Director
David comes with decades of management and consulting experience in the transportation industry, specializing in consulting smaller trucking companies that are positioned for growth. He effectively cultivates carrier/shipper relationships to better secure the right lanes and rates. As an advocate for the carrier side, David provides smaller operations with long term, sustainable opportunities. His logistics consulting practice can be found here.
A true southern gentlemen (and always on the go), David splits his time between Atlanta and New Orleans
David's awareness cause is Hands On Atlanta- in conjunction with the Truly Living Well Center, an urban agricultural site committed to bringing good food, good health and well-being to Atlanta’s inner-city community. https://www.handsonatlanta.org/
Bill Bonfanti, Consultant
A private banking portfolio manager for 10 years and UW lender for the last 6, Bill has the unique position of having underwriting skills from a a true lender's perspective. This experience allows him to see a business candidate as more than simply numbers on a page. His aim to understand the greater picture rather than the economics of a portfolio matrix. Every owner has his/her own story, each application a sum of its parts. He guides more from a logical and real world sense rather than a mathematical and statistical standpoint.
In his spare time Bill is an aspiring screenwriter. A true cinephile, Bill has predicted the last 12 straight Oscar Winning films for Best Picture! He shares his life with his beautiful wife and their two teenage children.
Tony Mendenhall, ISO/ISA Director
Tony has seen and done everything in the merchant lending industry and has been with us since day one. 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 technical skills are an asset to both sides.
Tony splits his time between NY and his home state of Alabama. He is a fan of music, art and sports, especially his beloved Crimson Tide.
Tony'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
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.
Christine King, Funding Manager
Christine 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.
Christine loves photography, painting, and volunteering for Food Harvest NYC. She lives in Little Rock, AK with her brother and six (at last count) pit bull rescues that were all slated for euthanasia due to overcrowding.