Stewart Chesters

Chief Executive Officer 504.262.8602

As the CEO and Founder of Republic Business Credit, Stewart employs over 20 years of commercial finance experience in executive roles, from across two continents. Stewart has served on the Data & Advocacy committee for the SF Net organization and is a former Board member of the International Factoring Association. Stewart has an MBA from Aston University in the UK, he also holds a Professional Diploma in Asset Based Working Capital Finance from the Institute of Financial Services in the UK. Stewart resides in New Orleans.

Robert E. Meyers, II

President 847.850.0975

Heading the Origination, Underwriting and Marketing departments as President and Chief Commercial Officer of Republic Business Credit, Robert puts into practice more than 15 years of commercial finance experience. Currently, Robert serves as an Executive Committee Member of the Secured Finance Network, previously serving as the President of the Turnaround Management Association & President of the Secured Finance Network’s Midwest Chapters. Robert is a graduate of the University of Chicago and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Robert was awarded the SFNet Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2016. Robert resides in Chicago with this family.

Matthew Begley

Chief Operating Officer 818.737.3733

As a member of the board, Matt leads client management staff across Republic’s suite of products, bringing more 20 years of middle market lending experience including being the CEO & founder of a nationwide commercial finance company, Division President of a Fortune 100 firm. Matt serves as a board member of the Secured Finance Network and its California Chapter of the SF Net. Matt has a BA from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Matt resides in California with his family.

Danika Louis

SVP, Portfolio Manager 504.262.8606

As a member of the management team, with more than 20 years of bank and non-bank commercial lending experience, Danika manages the recourse factoring portfolio, reporting into the COO. In recognition of her efforts in portfolio management, Danika was awarded the SFNet Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2017 and Top Women in Asset Based Lending by the ABF Journal in 2022. As an adept team leader, she has enjoyed serving as moderator on multiple SFNet panels. Danika graduated from Xavier University in Louisiana and resides in New Orleans with her family.

Melissa Baines

Chief Risk Officer 504.262.8604

Melissa is a member of the Senior Management Team with more than 20 years of operational, credit and risk experience in commercial finance. Heading the Risk Management team at Republic Business Credit, Melissa helps to secure solid portfolio performance. Prior to joining Republic in its founding year, Melissa oversaw the operations, underwriting and legal functions as Midwest region head for a global commercial finance company. A Chicago native, and having attended the University of Illinois, Melissa now resides with her family in New Orleans. Melissa was awarded as Leading Women in Secured Finance by the SF Net in 2019.

Diane Wszalek

Controller 504.262.8605

As a member of the senior management team, Diane has more than 10 years of commercial lending experience across accounting, operations and underwriting at Republic. Diane received an Accounting Degree from the University of New Orleans and is currently pursuing her CPA designation. Previously, Diane was a two year captain and Collegiate Champion soccer goalkeeper at James Madison University in Virginia, where she graduated with a BBA in Finance.

Jason G. Carmona

EVP, Western Regional Manager - Los Angeles 818.737.3761

Leading the Western Regional Sales Team for Republic, Jason combines over 20 years of Asset Based Lending in both bank and non-bank institutions including credit management, client management and a perennial top originator earning several awards over the years. He has served on the Executive Board for the Southern California chapter of the TMA and is an active member of the Association of Corporate Growth and the California chapter of the Secured Finance Network. Jason has a BA in Economics with emphasis in Business from University of California.

Gammie Chung

VP, Team Leader 818.737.3760

Gammie is a member of the Client Management Team out of Republic’s Los Angeles office. Gammie has over 15 years of operational, credit and underwriting experience in commercial finance across Factoring and FinTech in both Los Angeles and New York. Gammie attended the University of Utah and is a member of the Advisory Board at a Los Angeles-based digital advertising agency.

Chad Crunelle

AVP, Operations Manager 818.940.1607

Chad has over 10 years of operational and client management experience across both factoring and asset based lending disciplines of commercial finance. Before joining Republic, he worked as a Collateral Analyst and Relationship Manager with Continental Business Credit. Prior to entering the world of finance, he coached high school baseball for several years. Chad is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara, and holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Eric Dorner

VP, Business Development - Chicago 847.696.6445

Representing the Midwest region for Republic, Eric has over ten years of experience in Factoring and Asset Based Lending. He serves as the Co-Chair for the Nextgen for the Turnaround Management Association and Vice President for the Midwest Chapter of the Secured Finance Network. Eric is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and a member of the Midwest Business Brokers & Intermediaries Association. Eric graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Go Braves. Eric resides in Illinois with his wife and family. Eric was awarded “Emerging Leader” by the Midwest Chapter of the TMA in 2020.

Leigh Guglielmo

SVP, Business Development - New Orleans 504.262.8622

Representing Republic in the Gulf Coast region, Leigh joined the team in 2011 bringing over 20 years of professional sales experience. Leigh focuses on providing both factoring and asset-based solutions. Active in the local community, Leigh serves as the Membership Chairman of Louisiana Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association and is a member of the Association of Corporate Growth and the Southwest Chapter of the SFNet. Leigh was awarded as Top Women in Secured Finance by the SF Net in 2022. Originally from Louisiana, Leigh is a graduate of the University of Alabama and now resides in New Orleans.

Tae Chung

SVP, Business Development - Los Angeles

Representing Republic in the California Market with a focus on the consumer packaged goods, apparel and textile industries, Tae brings over 20 years of experience in the factoring, credit and commercial finance industry. Tae joined Republic in 2020, bringing his extensive knowledge in factoring, asset-based lending, client management and collection only facilities. Tae is an active member of the SFNet California Chapter along with being certified by the International Factoring Association.

Toya Tyler

Account Executive 504.262.8608

Toya joined the Client Service team in 2015, bringing more than 10 years of factoring experience. Toya is an important part of the client service team that focuses on the funding needs of our clients. Toya manages clients across our staffing, oil field service, transportation and manufacturing industries. Born and raised in New Orleans, Toya attended Southern University of New Orleans and after a 10 year spell in Georgia, she lives back in New Orleans with her family.

Candice Hubert

SVP, Business Development - Houston 713.234.0037

Representing Republic in the Texas market out of an expanding Houston office, Candice brings 20 years of banking and commercial finance experience. Candice joined Republic in 2012 and focuses on delivering both asset-based and factoring solutions. Candice holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Candice was awarded the SF Net’s Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2018. Candice is a member of the ACG Houston, a committee member of the Houston TMA Chapter programs and national committee chair for the SFNet DEI mentorship program.

William Kemp

VP, Business Development - Houston 832.413.4999

Representing the Texas Market for Republic, out of its expanding Houston office; William brings more than 10 years of asset based lending and factoring experience. Prior to moving to Houston in 2017, William previously spent more than four years developing the Midwest region. He is the Director and Sponsorship Chair for the Houston Chapter of the TMA and is the Vice President of the SF Net Houston Chapter. William is a graduate of the University of Michigan. William was awarded “Emerging Leader” by the Midwest Chapter of the TMA in 2017.

Brian Daray

SVP, Underwriting Manager

Leading the underwriting department of our Client Acquisition Team, Brian reports directly to Republic’s President. Brian works with the business development and client management teams to support the onboarding of new client relationships. Bringing over a decade of asset based lending and factoring experience, Brian previously worked as an underwriter and field examiner at both a bank and commercial finance company. Brian graduated from the University of New Orleans. After 3 years in Washington DC, Brian resides back in New Orleans with his wife and family.

Yoselyn Melendez

VP, Underwriter 504.262.8631

As part of the Client Acquisition Team, in the underwriting department, Yoselyn is focused on the onboarding of new client relationships. Yoselyn works with the business development and client management teams to support funding new clients. Prior to joining the underwriting team in 2016, Yoselyn gained experience throughout the credit and operation teams at Republic. She is a member of the Young Leadership Council and an avid FC Barcelona fan. Yoselyn graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans. Yoselyn was awarded Top 40 Under 40 by SF Net in 2021.

Micaella Cosentino

Underwriting Analyst

As part of the Client Acquisition Team, in the underwriting department, Micaella brings over 10 years of experience across recourse and non-recourse factoring. Prior to joining the underwriting department, Micaella worked with the client onboarding, risk, credit, and client service teams. Micaella works with the business development and client management teams to successfully onboard support funding new clients. She is an avid Chicago sports fan, especially cheering for the Bears. Micaella graduated from Benedictine University in Illinois.

Ana Navarro

Deputy Portfolio Manager 504.262.8610

Ana joined the Client Service team in 2011, bringing more than 15 years of commercial finance experience in factoring. She supports clients and the recourse factoring portfolio management. Ana reports directly to the portfolio manager and is a founding employee. She resides in New Orleans with her family.

Bruce Sarver

SVP, Relationship Manager 818-305-6067

Prior to joining the asset based lending portfolio team in 2021, Bruce was an SVP in our underwriting department. Bruce joined Republic in 2019 and brings more than 10 years of experience managing, underwriting and servicing clients in both asset based lending and factoring. Prior to his career transition to commercial finance, he held various management roles in consumer finance, sales and banking. Bruce is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University.

Mirela Steinbach

VP, Relationship Manager 818.737.3729

Mirela joined the Client Service Team in 2019, bringing more than 25 years of asset based lending and factoring experience. Previously, she managed the operations and asset based lending departments at various commercial finance companies. Mirela started in forensic accounting as a Field Auditor at Bank Of New York. Having graduated from The University of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Mirela also attended UCLA for finance and forensic accounting studies. Mirela resides in California with her family.

Diane Wagner

Project & Information Technology Manager 818.737.3768

Diane joined Republic in 2019, bringing more than 30 years of experience in the receivable finance, factoring and asset based lending industries. Diane gained her experience by working in and extensively supporting the business development, client management, credit and operations teams. Residing in California, Diane is graduate of The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.

Maria Oser

Account Executive

Joining the Client Service team in 2017, Maria was promoted to Account Executive shortly thereafter. Maria brings over 20 years of banking experience across factoring and accounts receivable management. Managing all of the client relationships within the Fast AR Funding division, Maria also supports clients across the entire recourse factoring portfolio. Born in Managua, Nicaragua, Maria resides in Louisiana with her family.

Skip Lemoine

VP, Account Executive 504.262.8616

Skip joined the Client Service team in 2022, bringing over 20 years of asset based lending, factoring and client management experience. Reporting directly to the Portfolio Manager, Skip brings his experience from both the bank and non-bank finance company perspective. His experience includes various relationship management, account management and field examiner roles. Skip resides with his family in Louisiana.

Mary Carrillo

VP, Customer Credit Manager

Mary joined Republic in 2022 as head of the customer credit department, where she supports our client management teams across the recourse and non-recourse factoring portfolios. Bringing over 20 years of management and credit experience in the factoring, asset based lending, customer and client credit industry, Mary enjoys working with clients and sharing her experience across collection management and customer credit across the apparel and textile industries. Mary enjoys cultural events with her family.

Timothy Jung

VP, Account Executive

Timothy joined the traditional factoring Client Service team in 2020, bringing over 15 years of experience in factoring, customer credit and apparel industry. Timothy has worked as a customer credit manager, client administrator, account executive and even owned his own retail store. He studied business administration at Cal State University and resides in Los Angeles with his family.

Miesha Henry

Collateral Analyst 504.262.8630

Joining Republic in 2018, Miesha is a Collateral Analyst in the New Orleans Client Service team, working closely with clients and debtors. Miesha is a native resident of New Orleans who enjoys spending time with family and friends. She attended Tulane University, majoring in Sports Medicine.

Jaime Hartwick

Collateral Analyst 504.262.8632

Jaime is a Collateral Analyst in the New Orleans Client Service team. With over 5 years of experience in the factoring and asset based lending industry, Jaime works closely with clients and debtors. Jaime is a graduate of Nunez Community College with a degree in Science, and lives in New Orleans with her family.

Offices

New Orleans

Headquarters

900 Camp Street, Suite 301
New Orleans, LA 70170

866.722.4987
504.262.8699 (fax)

New Orleans

Chicago

Office

222 S. Riverside Plaza, 15th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

847.850.0975
866.925.7206 (fax)

Chicago

Houston

Office

609 Main Street, Floor 25
Houston, TX 77002

877.713.3119

Houston

Los Angeles

Office

15260 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 1920
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

contact@republicbc.com

Los Angeles