Stewart Chesters

CEO 504.262.8602

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 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.

Robert E. Meyers, II

President 847.850.0975

Heading the Origination and Marketing departments for Republic Business Credit, Robert puts into practice more than 15 years of commercial finance experience. Currently, Robert serves as the President for the Turnaround Management Association Midwest Chapter, SF Net Executive Committee Member and past President of the Midwest Chapter of the Secured Finance Network. Robert is a graduate of the University of Chicago and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Robert was awarded the SF Net’s Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2016.

Matt Begley

COO 818.737.3733

Matt leads all client relationships 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 a MBA from Pepperdine University. Matt resides in California with his wife and two kids.

Danika Louis

Portfolio Manager 504.262.8606

As a member of the management team, 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 504.262.8604

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

Controller 504.262.8605

Diane is a member of the senior management team with more than seven 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.

Vanessa Blade

Relationship Manager 504.262.8623

Vanessa is a Team leader of the client management team and reports directly to to the portfolio manager. Vanessa possess over 15 years of commercial finance experience across both factoring and asset based lending. Vanessa has worked for Republic for more than six years. Vanessa is very dedicated New Orleans Saints fan.

Scott Bobbins

SVP, Non-Recourse Credit Manager 818.737.3753

Scott has 40 years of experience in the Commercial Credit Industry. He began his career as a collector with Milberg Factors in New York. Most recently he held the position of Credit and Collections Manager for Continental Business Credit. Previously, he held similar positions at CIT Group, GE Capital and First Capital. A native New Yorker, Scott studied Business at CUNY Baruch College.

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 SF Net. Jason has a BA in Economics with emphasis in Business from University of California at Santa Barbara.

Gammie Chung

VP, Relationship Manager 818.737.3760

Gammie is a member of the Client Management Team out of Republic’s Los Angeles office. Gammie has over 10 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

Collateral Analyst 818.940.1607

Chad has over 5 years of operational and client management experience in commercial finance. Before joining RBC, 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 Business Credit, Eric has over eight years of experience in Factoring and Asset Based Lending. He serves as the Co-Chair for both the Nextgen for the Turnaround Management Association and Co-Chairs the Newsletter 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!

Fred Gaylord

SVP, Sales & Marketing 213.248.3977

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 California Chapter of SF Net; 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 504.262.8622

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 Secured Finance Network. Leigh is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

Tae Chung

SVP, Business Development - Los Angeles
Tae has built his career in the California apparel industry, entering his 20th year of providing factoring and asset-based lending solutions.  He has a deep industry knowledge of the California factoring and lending markets.  Tae is a member of the California chapter of Secured Finance Network, The Professional Club and various trade show associations.

Toya Harvey

Account Executive 504.262.8608

Toya is an important part of the client management team that focuses on the funding needs of our clients. She is the day-to-day contact for several of our growing clients. Toya joined Republic more than two years ago and lives in New Orleans.

Candice Hubert

SVP, Business Development - Houston 713.234.0037

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. 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 joined the board of the ACG Houston Chapter in 2019 for their membership committee and is a member of the Houston TMA Chapter.

William Kemp

VP, Business Development - Houston 832.413.4999

Representing the Texas Market for Republic, out of its expanding Houston office; previously, William spent more than four years developing the Midwest region. He is currently Chair of Programs for the Houston Chapter of the Secured Finance Network, Director of the Houston Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association and member of the Association for Corporate Growth. William is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Yoselyn Melendez

Underwriting Analyst 504.262.8631

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 an avid FC Barcelona fan. Yoselyn graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans.

Ana Navarro

Deputy Portfolio Manager 504.262.8610

Ana supports the client management teams along with managing the data administration team. Ana reports directly to the portfolio manager and has been with Republic for more than six years. Ana possesses more than 15 years of commercial finance experience in factoring and asset based lending.

Bruce Sarver

SVP, Underwriting 818-305-6067

Bruce serves as an underwriter in our Client Acquisition Team, Bruce brings over a decade of underwriting and client management experience across factoring and asset-based lending industries.  Prior to his 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 has over 35 years of experience in asset based lending and factoring. Previously she managed the operations and asset based lending departments at Coast Business Credit. Mirela utilized forensic accounting as a Field Auditor at Bank Of New York. Graduated from The University of Economic Studies in Bucharest. Attended UCLA for finance and forensic accounting studies.

Diane Wagner

Project & Information Technology Manager 818.737.3768

Diane has 30 years of experience in the receivable finance and asset based lending industries. Diane gained her experience by working in and supporting extensively the business development, client management, credit and operations teams. Diane is graduate of The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.


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