Speakers Bureau

Community First Funds Speakers Bureau is a comprehensive list of staff members who are available for speaking engagements at meetings and events.  With topics ranging from starting a business to obstacles faced by entrepreneurs, economic development in small cities to affordable housing development, Community First staff is committed to making your event a success.

Contact Jamie Frey at jfrey@commfirstfund.org or the marketing department at marketing@commfirstfund.org to request a speaker.  Full topic descriptions are listed at the bottom of page.

Staff Person Topics
Dan Betancourt,
President & CEO
  • Starting a Small Business
  • Small Business Lending
  • SBA Lending
  • Non-Profit Lending
  • Lending in Low-Income Communities and to People of Color
  • Small Cities Redevelopment
  • CDFI Industry Overview
Joan Brodhead,
Senior Vice President & COO
  • Small Business Lending
  • SBA Lending
  • Non-Profit Lending
  • Women in Business
  • Lending in Low-Income Communities and to People of Color
  • Small Cities Redevelopment
  • CDFI Industry Overview

Controller

 

  • Small Business Lending
  • SBA Lending
  • Loan Portfolio Management
  • Managing Investments

James E. Buerger,
Vice President, Senior Director of Community Lending

 

  • Small Business Lending
  • SBA Lending
  • Non-Profit Lending
  • Small Cities Redevelopment
Daniel T. Beck,
Vice President, Community Lending
  • Small Business Lending
  • SBA Lending
  • Non-Profit Lending
  • Small Cities Redevelopment

Mary Kay Eckenrode, Director of Community Lending

 

  • Non-Profit Lending
  • Women in Business
  • Lending in Low-Income Communities and to People of Color
  • Small Cities Redevelopment
  • Affordable Housing Financing
  • Affordable Housing Needs and Challenges
Topic Descriptions
  • Starting a Small Business:  Basic facts of starting a business and typical pitfalls to avoid
  • Small Business Lending:  Addressing challenges faced by small business owners seeking financing
  • SBA Lending:  Understanding guarantee and other lending programs offered by the SBA and how clients can benefit
  • Non-Profit Lending:  Identifying needs and addressing challenges faced by non-profit agencies as they apply for financing
  • Lending in Low-Income Communities and to People of Color:  Understanding obstacles typically faced by these constituents and how to work with them to develop strong business
  • Small Cities Redevelopment:  Understanding the challenges faced by small cities and how to make strategic and impactful decisions regarding financing
  • Women Owned Businesses: Overcoming challenges facing women entrepreneurs regarding credit, collateral, and financing
  • Affordable Housing Financing:  Understanding how to work with developers on the creation and financing of affordable housing
  • Affordable Housing Needs and Challenges:  Understanding the needs in Pennsylvania for affordable housing and the challenges developers and advocates face
  • Loan Portfolio Management:   Understanding the components of loan portfolio management  including individual and portfolio risks 
  •  Managing Investments:   Overview of  how to forecast need for future loan capital and secure and negotiate debt and equity investments
  • CDFI Industry Overview:  Basic facts and history of the Community Development Financial Industry and the major organizations driving policy