New Orleans, LA –

Republic Business Credit is proud to announce that Controller Diane Wszalek was selected as one of Secured Finance Network’s “40 Under 40” honorees. Awarded annually, this prestigious recognition honors exemplary young professionals who are successful in the secured finance industry and have made significant contributions to their communities.

“We are extremely proud of Diane and her growth within the company,” Republic Business Credit CEO Stewart Chesters said. “She is constantly seeking out opportunities to learn and take on additional responsibilities, from our acquisition and accounting work to IT to onboarding new employees and more. This recognition is well deserved.”

Wszalek joined Republic a little over a decade ago. She oversees all of Republic’s finance functions as well as IT management, project management and human resources. She helped found Republic’s senior management team where she reports on all finance matters. She was instrumental in the merger/acquisition of Republic with Renasant Bank Corp., as well as Republic’s prior acquisitions.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by SFNet. I love working in the secured finance industry where I have the opportunity to help businesses thrive and to support entrepreneurs. I’m proud to be part of the Republic team as we grow and expand our portfolio. I would not be where I am without the guidance and confidence of Republic’s leadership,” Wszalek said.

A Pennsylvania native, Wszalek earned a Business Administration degree in finance and a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from James Madison University in Virginia where she was a goalkeeper and two-year captain of the women’s soccer team. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of New Orleans and is pursuing her CMA designation. She currently resides in New Orleans.

The Secured Finance Network is the premier professional organization of the secured finance industry. The “40 Under 40” awards recognize the future of the industry. A gala to honor the 2023 class will be held June 15 at the iconic Plaza Hotel in New York City.