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SBA 504 Lender Names Flores as President, CEO

Nonprofit SBA 504 lender SomerCor has named Manuel Flores as president and CEO. Flores takes the reins after serving two years as a member of SomerCor’s board.

Flores offers “a transformative vision for SomerCor that promises to build our bench strength in SBA 504 lending and expand our reach to more small business owners from more walks of life—particularly women, minority and veteran-owned businesses,” said Margy Sweeney, a member of the executive committee of the SomerCor board.

He recently led all communications, marketing and business development as chief strategy officer for Glass Mountain Capital LLC, a national accounts receivables firm. He also practiced law at Kelleher & Buckley and at Arnstein & Lehr.

Previously, Flores served on the Chicago City Council with distinction as Alderman of the 1st Ward, and went on to lead the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation as director and acting secretary.

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