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HTLF Specialized Industries

Specialty financing solutions for growth, buyouts, recapitalization, acquisitions and refinancing transactions.

HTLF Specialized Industries

To grow your business and reach your goals, a banker with an extensive understanding of your industry can provide the best financial solutions to meet your needs. Business operations are more effective and streamlined with a financial team that truly knows how to help you meet your goals strategically and financially.

HTLF Specialized Industries partners with companies to provide senior secured financing expertise focused on helping growth companies and investors across the United States. By applying our understanding of industry opportunities and challenges, we help companies seeking growth, buyouts, recapitalization, refinancing, acquisitions and more. We deliver results quickly and with confidence and certainty of execution.

Our team of industry experts is ready to help your business grow.

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Specialized Industries:

Loan Syndications

For clients in need of large and complex financing that requires more than one bank to execute, we can help! Our syndicated loan team has strong expertise to help effectively lead, arrange, structure, distribute, and administer a multibank credit facility. 

 

Commercial Real Estate

Our Commercial Real Estate team provides expertise to middle-market and institutional real estate investors and developers. We recognize every deal is different and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. We understand the value of flexibility in the terms and structure, offering customized solutions for each project. Through construction, bridge and permanent property level financing, along with working capital and subscription lines of credit, we can structure, facilitate and syndicate transactions up to $150 million:

• Commercial
• Multifamily
• Residential

• Office
• Industrial

 

Healthcare

You play an important role in the communities you serve, and we understand what you’re facing day-to-day. As you focus on your patients and growing your business in today’s ever-changing marketplace, we have the resources and expertise to help through every aspect of operations. We work directly with practices, sponsors, and ancillary healthcare providers of all types:

• Hospitals
• Skilled Nursing
• Senior Housing
• Behavioral Health
• Home Health
• Hospice
• Pharmacy
• Rehab/therapy
• ASC

• Practice Finance solutions for: Physicians, Dentists and more
• Ancillary service providers: Revenue Cycle Management (RCM), Healthcare IT, and Medical Equipment Manufacturing and Distribution.

 

Franchise Finance

Franchise owners and operators face many unique challenges such as increases in competition, oversaturation, changing tastes and preferences, supply chain, wage pressure, labor shortage, expansions & remodels, and rising costs. For franchisees, an experienced banking team can make all the difference in your success. We provide Franchise Finance expertise for national and large, regional Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) and Full-Service Restaurant (FSR) franchisees. For experienced franchisees with 10 or more operating units, we can help with financing for:

• Acquisitions
• Expansion

• Remodels
• Recapitalization

 

Professional Services

In a highly competitive industry where your success is greatly dependent on your clients’ success, an experienced bank that offers innovative financial services and resources to acquire and retain those clients is crucial. We help clients in the professional services space finance equipment, estimate relocation and project costs, monitor cash flow, transfer assets, and manage day-to-day operational banking needs.

• Accounting
• Architecture
• Engineering
• Law Firms

• Clinical Practices
• Technology and Data
• Logistics
• Advertising

 

Specialty Manufacturing and Distribution

To successfully manage supply and demand, we help your business balance the fluctuations that come with distinct capabilities to manufacture or distribute products with unique attributes. From navigating the complexities of varying demand cycles, to scalable inventory management and evolving equipment and technology needs, we have the financial solutions to help you successfully move your business forward.

 

Meet Our Team of Specialized Financial Experts

Brian Jones

Brian Jones

Senior Managing Director

Brian Jones

Brian Jones

Senior Managing Director
312.622.6407
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Brian joined HTLF in September 2019. His experience spans across commercial real estate, capital markets, wealth management and middle market/corporate banking. Throughout his career, Brian has led commercial banking sales teams across various geographies.

Brian earned his MBA from Northwestern University at the Kellogg School of Management with concentrations in marketing, finance and strategy. He has an undergraduate degree in Finance from Michigan State University, graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School at University of Washington, and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

Gary Fowler

Gary Fowler

Managing Director
Middle-Market

Gary Fowler

Gary Fowler

Managing Director
303.204.2355
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Gary joined HTLF in October 2020. He is a noted speaker on the debt markets and has over thirty years of banking and finance experience. Throughout his career, Gary has been responsible for originating, structuring and managing corporate banking transactions including growth capital, acquisitions, management and leverage buyouts, turnarounds and recapitalizations. In his role at HTLF, Gary is responsible for new business development, portfolio management, credit quality and overall relationship management.

Gary is a Southern California native, enjoys the outdoors including golfing, fishing, hunting and water sports. He earned his undergraduate degree in Finance at the University of Southern California.

Chris Leff

Chris Leff

Managing Director
Commercial Real Estate

Chris Leff

Chris Leff

Managing Director
312.498.1222
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Chris joined HTLF in 2021 as the Director of Commercial Real Estate, bringing a diverse background across the banking landscape, having managed teams across lending, credit and workout. He joins us with nearly 20 years of banking experience, most recently at The PrivateBank/CIBC where he served as the Head of Regional Commercial Real Estate overseeing a team of 25 professionals across nine markets. He was involved in developing the growth and client acquisition strategies for a portfolio of $4 billion in construction, bridge and term loans and maintains a vast network of real estate investors and developers across the country.

Chris specializes in structuring creative solutions for real estate developers and investment firms that are focused on growing full-service relationships. He is responsible for collaborating with our family of banks to source new and grow existing commercial real estate relationships throughout our footprint.

Chris is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with a double major in Real Estate & Urban Land Economics, and Finance & Investment Banking. Chris is based in the Greater Chicagoland area.

Bryan Nance

Bryan Nance

Director
Healthcare

Bryan Nance

Bryan Nance

Director
504.400.6923
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Bryan joined HTLF in October 2020 as a seasoned finance and middle market healthcare lender with knowledge across multiple sub-sectors and product lines. He has 20 years of experience in healthcare and lending, having started his career working for a large, national nursing home operator before moving into the finance and lending side of the business.

Bryan has been responsible for managing and structuring transactions across multiple healthcare sectors and credit structures, including real estate, leveraged lending and asset-based lending in support of transactions supporting acquisitions/expansions, growth, working capital, recapitalizations, bridge financing and others. His experience includes navigating the healthcare risk, regulatory and reimbursement environment.

Bryan earned his undergraduate and MBA at Ohio University. He lives in Denver with his wife, 2-year old son Nash, and pup Ella. He and his family are taking advantage of all the outdoor activities Denver has to offer. In normal times, they also love to explore food/restaurants and live music.

Julie (Carlisle) Streu

Director
Syndications

Julie (Carlisle) Streu

Director
708.732.1235
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Julie is the Director of Syndications at Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (HTLF). She is responsible for building out the company’s syndications vertical, which includes coordinating external sell-side and buy-side syndication activity on behalf of our family of community banks. In addition, Julie serves in an advisory capacity to provide market intel, industry data and loan comp analysis for all Commercial Relationship Managers, including deals that do not have a syndication component.

Prior to joining HTLF, Julie served as Vice President of Syndications at Wintrust Financial. In 2015, she helped forge their syndications vertical, and eventually led Commercial and Industrial (C&I) syndications, and covered all C&I and specialty syndication volume which included franchise finance, insurance, contractors, ESOP, sponsor finance, asset-based lending, premium finance and mortgage warehousing.

Julie earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Psychology from Northwestern University. She is a member of the Chicago Partnership Board for Avenues to Independence, an organization that focuses on improving quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. Julie and her husband have a son named Ryan, and a golden retriever named Summer. Together, they like spending time with their family and friends and walking and jogging around their neighborhood in Chicago.

Ed Cooper

Ed Cooper

Director
Food & Beverage

Ed Cooper

Ed Cooper

Director
773.899.1925
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Ed is Director Specialized Industries, SVP of Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (HTLF). He is responsible for the company’s food and beverage business including: refining our market strategy, growing existing partnerships and expanding our breadth of relationships, in direct collaboration with team members throughout our family of community banks.

Prior to joining HTLF, Ed served as Senior Vice President for Wells Fargo, where he joined in 2005. He was responsible for new business development and managing client relationships for the Food and Agribusiness Middle Market Banking Office. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, he held positions at Cole Taylor Bank, Bank of America and BMO/Harris Bank.

In addition to his company responsibilities, Ed has conducted speaking engagements at industry conferences and has published articles in the ABA and RMA Journals. He is on the Board of Directors of John Carroll University, is on the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation Board of Directors where he serves on the Executive Committee, is a member of Posse Foundation’s Chicago Leadership Council, is the past Chairman of the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention, and is a past President of the Union League Club of Chicago.

Cooper received his Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management and his Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Administration from John Carroll University. He resides in Chicago with his wife Patty DeBiasi, and has two adult children: James and Grace. Cooper enjoys audio books, golfing, biking, and playing basketball.

Patrick Harrington

Patrick Harrington

Director
Commercial Real Estate

Patrick Harrington

Patrick Harrington

Director
708.519.0944
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Patrick joined HTLF as the Director of Commercial Real Estate in 2021. In this role, he supports commercial real estate investors and developers, specializing in deals that require a more complex structure. He also collaborates with team members throughout the HTLF family of community banks, partnering with them to assist in Commercial Real Estate space.

Patrick comes to us from Wintrust Financial Corporation where he was most recently VP of Commercial Real Estate. During his 10 years at Wintrust, he structured and originated over $400MM in commercial loans and lines of credit to local and institutional real estate developers and investors.

Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from The Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and is based out of the Chicagoland area.

Mark Smith

Mark Smith

Director
Middle-Market

Mark Smith

Mark Smith

Director
949.698.8309
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Mark Smith joins HTLF Specialized Industries as a Director with over 30 years experience in asset based and C&I lower middle market/middle market lending. During his career, he has  structured M&A and recapitalizations as well as lines of credit, growth capital and cash flow facilities along with foreign trade and commercial real estate. He brings a wealth of industry expertise in automotive, aerospace, food, and healthcare.

Mark graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He is married with two children and enjoys spending time with his family, reading and outdoor activities.

Luke Rhyner

Luke Rhyner

Director
Franchise Finance

Luke Rhyner

Luke Rhyner

Director
920.203.6285
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Luke joins HTLF as the Director of Franchise Finance with 18 years of banking experience, most recently as a Senior Vice President at BBVA USA in Phoenix, Arizona. Luke has a successful record of improving and growing customer sales base through effective sales process management, strategic planning and team leadership.

Here at HTLF, Luke is responsible for growing new relationships within franchise finance and collaborating with member banks to enrich prospective relationships that require more complex structuring to win and retain business.

Luke is an avid Wisconsin sports fan. He is competitive marathon runner and has qualified for and ran the Boston Marathon multiple times. Luke enjoys spending time with his eight year old daughter, Mollie, and his wife, Lorna. They frequently can be found camping and hiking around Arizona.

Mike Lee

Mike Lee

Associate Director
Middle Market

Mike Lee

Mike Lee

Associate Director
419.351.4443
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Mike joined the HTLF team in 2016. After serving various roles in Credit and Portfolio Management, he joined HTLF Specialized Industries in the fall of 2021 as an Associate Director of Middle Market Banking. Throughout his career, Mike has been responsible for structuring and managing corporate banking transactions including acquisitions, buyouts, working capital and growth financings. In his current role, Mike is responsible for developing new business in the middle market along with collaborating with HTLF’s member banks.

A Northwest Ohio native, Mike earned his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and his MBA from The University of Toledo. He resides in Denver with his wife, Kelsie, and dog, Finn, where they enjoy an active lifestyle, including skiing, fishing and traveling.


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