SBA Kentucky District Office Newsletter - December 2012

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Winter 2012

SBA Kentucky District Office Newsletter

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2012 Kentucky SBA Lender Awards 

In FY2012, the Kentucky SBA District Office and its lending partners had 678 loans for over $167 million.  This included 411 SBA 7(a) loans, 60 SBA 504 loans and 207 microloans.  Recently, the Kentucky SBA Lenders Association held its annual conference to recognize SBA lenders, Resource Partners (SBDC, SCORE and Women’s Business Center), credit unions and economic development organizations across Kentucky. 

Lender awards were presented for SBA loan numbers and dollars to the most active community and national/regional banks, certified development company/504 lender and microlender categories. Top National/Regional Lenders include The Huntington National Bank (Gold), U.S. Bank (Silver) and JP Morgan Chase (Bronze).  Top Community Lenders include Community Trust Bank (Gold), Stock Yards Bank (Silver) and Traditional Bank (Bronze).  The top 504 lender was Capital Access Corporation, and the top microlender was Community Ventures Corporation.  The SBA Kentucky District Office also acknowledged eight individual loan officers for their achievements and named them to the 2012 SBA All-Star Team (photo below).

Kathy Pleasant, SBA Loan Specialist at Fifth Third Bank and President of the Association, thanked the sponsors for this year’s event as well as those who participated.  

McClure Promoted to Oversee GA Lender Relations

John McClure, Lender Relations Specialist for the SBA Kentucky District Office for the past two years, accepted a promotion as SBA Lead Lender Relations Specialist for Georgia in November 2012.

John has been a tremendous asset to the Kentucky District Office and to lenders across the Commonwealth, and he is already missed in Kentucky.  True to form, John has hit the ground running in Atlanta, and those who know him are confident that he will do an equally tremendous job for the Georgia District Office and SBA lenders in the Peachtree State.  Join us in wishing John well in his new role.

Sandi Preston Wins Prestigious Paralegal Award

Sandi Preston, Paralegal Specialist with the SBA Kentucky District Office, recently received the prestigious 2012 Kentucky Paralegal Association's Founder's Award.  In 1997, the KPA implemented the Founder's Award to recognize outstanding paralegals who have contributed to the enhancement and development of the paralegal field.  Recipients of the award have demonstrated major contributions to the profession above and beyond the normal job requirements and/or been significantly involved in projects, activities or organizations in the paralegal field.

Ms. Preston is active in the Kentucky Paralegal Association, the Louisville Association of Paralegals and the Sullivan University Legal Studies Advisory Board.  She is currently an officer in the Federal Alternative Dispute Resolution Council, Inc. and mediates workplace conflict with that group. 

Sandi grew up in Belfry, KY and moved to Louisville in 1977.  She started her career with SBA in 1982.  Sandi is married to David Preston, and they have two dogs, Bailey and Beep. 


Small Business Award Nomination Date Extended

The due date for SBA Small Business Award Nominations has been extended to January 10, 2013.  For details, go to the Kentucky District Office website,


2013 Schedule Announced

The SBA Kentucky District Office Lender Relations team has scheduled lender training in eight cities across Kentucky this year.  Contact Michael Ashcraft for details at or 502-582-5976 ext. 225.