Stewart Chesters


As the CEO and a Founder of Republic Business Credit, Stewart employs over 20 years of commercial finance experience in executive roles, from across two continents. Stewart is a committee member for the National CFA 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.

Robert Meyers


Heading the Origination and Marketing departments for Republic Business Credit, Robert puts into practice more than 12 years of commercial finance experience. Currently, Robert serves as the VP of Programs for the Turnaround Management Association Midwest Chapter, CFA Executive Committee Member and past President of the Midwest Chapter of the Commercial Finance Association. Robert is a graduate of the University of Chicago and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Robert was awarded the CFA’s Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2016.

Allen E. Frederic, Jr

Vice Chairman

Allen is a co-Founder of Republic Business Credit, with over 40 years of commercial banking, asset based lending, and factoring experience; he previously founded a New Orleans based factoring company, after serving as President of several New Orleans banks. Allen is currently the President of the AFA, a past Director and Executive Committee Member of the CFA, past Advisory Director of the IFA, and an instructor for both the CFA and IFA. Allen earned both his Bachelor’s degree and MBA from Louisiana State University.

Danika Louis

Portfolio Manager

As a member of the senior management team and credit committee, Danika imparts more than 17 years of Bank and Non-Bank commercial lending experience. Danika manages both the operations and portfolio management teams. Danika was awarded the Commercial Finance Association’s Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2017 recognizing her efforts in Portfolio Management. Danika graduated from Xavier University in Louisiana.

Melissa Baines

Risk Manager

Melissa is a member of the Senior Management Team with more than 15 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.

Diane Wszalek


Diane is a member of the senior management team with more than five years of commercial lending experience in both operations and underwriting at Republic. Prior to her promotion to Controller in 2016, 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 from, with a BBA in Finance.

Fred Gaylord

SVP, Business Development - Los Angeles

Expanding Republic’s California office, Fred brings more than 30 years of experience in the receivables finance, asset based lending and commercial finance industries. During his career, Fred has served as past Chairman of the Commercial Finance Conference of California; as a Board Member on the City of Hope Professions for Finance and Apparel; and as a member of the Textile Association of Los Angeles and the California Fashion Association.

Leigh Guglielmo

SVP, Business Development - New Orleans

Representing Republic in the Gulf Coast region out of Republic’s headquarters in New Orleans, Leigh joined in 2011 bringing over 20 years of professional sales experience. Originally from Louisiana, Leigh focuses on providing both factoring and asset based solutions. Leigh is active in the local community serving as the Membership Chairman of Louisiana Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, Association of Corporate Growth and the Southwest Chapter of the Commercial Finance Association. Leigh is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

Candice Hubert

SVP, Business Development - Houston

Representing Republic in the Texas market out of an expanding Houston office, Candice brings more than 16 years of banking and commercial finance experience. Candice joined Republic in 2012 and focuses on delivering both asset based and factoring solutions. She is a member of the Houston Chapters for both the Association for Corporate Growth and the Turnaround Management Association. Candice holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

Tom Harris

SVP, Business Development - Chicago

Representing Republic in the Midwest, Tom brings more than 20 years of commercial lending and alternative finance experience, along with a deep understanding of credit, sales leadership and relationship management. A lifelong resident of the Midwest, Tom is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, and resides in the Chicago area with his wife and two sons.

Eric Dorner

VP, Business Development - Chicago

Representing the Midwest region for Republic Business Credit, Eric has over eight years of experience in Factoring and Asset Based Lending. He serves as the Co-Chair for both the Breakfast Committee for the Turnaround Management Association and Co-Chair of the Young Professionals Committee for the Chicago Chapter of the Commercial Finance Association. Eric is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and a member of the Midwest Business Brokers and Intermediaries association. Eric graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

William Kemp

VP, Business Development - Houston

Representing the Texas Market for Republic, out of its expanding Houston office; previously, William previously spent more than four years developing the Midwest region. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Young Professionals Committee for the Commercial Finance Association in Houston, Co-Chair of the Communication Committee for the Chicago Turnaround Management Association and member of the Association for Corporate Growth. William is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Andrea Marus


Focused on the client on-boarding process, Andrea works with both the business development and client management teams to support new clients. Prior to joining the underwriting team in 2016, Andrea completed the Financial Analyst Program with Wells Fargo Bank and worked in their New Orleans office for the Middle Market group. Originally from Memphis Tennessee, Andrea relocated to New Orleans and joined the Young Leadership Council after graduating with a B.S. in International Business from the College of Charleston.

Yoselyn Melendez

Underwriting Analyst

Focused on the client on-boarding process, Yoselyn works with both the business development and client management teams to support 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 avid FC Barcelona fan. Yoselyn graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans.


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