SomerCor has appointed Brian Comiskey, CPA, as executive vice president and chief lending officer of the firm. In this role, Comiskey will be leading a strategic reboot of SomerCor’s SBA 504 loan program focusing on improving operations and driving growth.
Comiskey brings to SomerCor more than 20 years of experience delivering financing solutions to small- and lower-middle-market businesses, including 11 years at SomerCor from 1995-2006. Most recently, Comiskey was vice president, senior relationship manager at Growth Corp where he originated and underwrote more than 400 new loan commitments during his tenure there.
“Brian’s extensive loan origination experience and SBA 504 expertise will significantly contribute to our growth plan,” said Manny Flores, president and CEO, SomerCor. “Our focus is the excellent delivery of financing options to small businesses in close and trusted collaboration with lenders and the Small Business Administration. Brian is a strong leader with influence and credibility. His passion for building client relationships and serving small businesses, along with his SBA knowledge, will shine through in his new role as we continue our mission to be an outstanding CDC.”
The addition of Comiskey to the SomerCor team will support vision of Flores—who joined the firm as president and CEO in November—to realize the firm’s full potential to become a premier CDC partner of choice for entrepreneurs, SBA lenders and economic development organizations. This new appointment will directly impact the firm’s ability to expand and diversify the firm’s overall loan referral network and enhance existing banking relationships.
“I am honored to be leading the effort to transform SomerCor’s lending programs to provide the highest level of service to our clients and to extend our outreach in the markets we serve,” said Comiskey.
In addition to his past roles at Growth Corp and SomerCor, Comiskey has held roles at The Money Store Investment Corporation and the First National Bank of Chicago. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Arizona State University. Comiskey received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in finance, strategic management and entrepreneurship. Comiskey is a Certified Public Accountant and he served as Co-Chair of the Economic Development Advisory Board in the Village of Orland Park from 1999-2017.