Product Financing News: A Letter from Ben Jones

January 1, 2014 No Comments

I am very excited writing this as the newest member of the executive team at Live Oak Bank where I am part of a small group of specialized lenders who are starting a new niche lending division that will focus specifically on providing financing for FECs, small parks and attractions.

As senior lender/FEC domain expert of Live Oak Bank’s FEC vertical, my role is to facilitate loan opportunities by assisting manufactures, suppliers, distributors and operators to identify needs and then working in concert with clients to formulate the financing avenues to meet those needs. As an industry peer and former operator, I am uniquely positioned and bring practitioner experience to the financing solutions we will offer FECs and related industries. The programs we have established encompass refinancing, acquisitions, new development, remodeling, equipment purchases and succession financing. With loan amounts of up to $5M, our terms and rates are competitive with fully amortizing maturities of up to 25 years without balloons, calls or crazy covenants. We are a cash flow lender with a focus on our client’s long-term health, prosperity and growth. If you have financing needs such as lowering existing loan payments to improve cash flow, making an equipment purchase or if you want to grow your business, we should connect.

Live Oak Bank started in 2008 with a singular goal to provide loans to small independent businesses whose markets and industries had been overlooked by traditional banks and institutions. Being overlooked or even mistreated by a vast majority of the banking world is a familiar cry from almost every FEC operator or professional. In the 27 years I have been involved in the amusement and FEC business, we have never had a national lender remotely interested, let alone committed to learning about the nuances of our business or lending money to our industry. Live Oak Bank’s approach and business model is working, as Live Oak is already the nation’s second largest originator of small business loans with clients all across the country.

It is inspiring to be part of an amazing company with great vision, a willingness to learn and where the opportunities to make a difference within an industry I love are endless. In the coming weeks and months, I will be reaching out to the FEC community with more details. In the interim, let me know how I can help: you, your business or our industry; I invite your inquiry and feedback.

(Ben Jones is a senior lender/FEC domain expert with Live Oak Bank. For more information, visit www.liveoakbank.com.)

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