RPC hires associate partner

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Elisa Starnes. Courtesy Rende Progress Capital

Rende Progress Capital (RPC) hired an associate partner for lending opportunity and administration.

The Grand Rapids-based racial equity lending firm said Tuesday, Dec. 28, it appointed Elisa Starnes to the role, effective Nov. 15.

Cuong Quy “CQ” Huynh, RPC co-founder and general manager, said Starnes’ position is “very important” and tied to RPC’s central focus of racial equity small business lending.

“We were very methodical and deliberative in our recruitment and hiring process,” Huynh said. “This position matches (Starnes’) experience and commitment to access to capital and equity and inclusion for underrepresented populations.”

In her new role, Starnes leads RPC’s work in small business loan origination, underwriting, recommending RPC business loan applicants, conducting loan application management, analysis, direct loan servicing with customers and new loan customer cultivation.

Additionally, based on her experience facilitating quality control processes and systems for credit union customers and staff, Starnes manages RPC lending processes and assists the RPC Managing Director Eric Foster with loan quality control and some organizational/administrative systems.

Starnes brings eight years of experience in commercial lending, business loan development, member services, loan account management, customer service, new client development and loan product outreach from her time at United Federal Credit Union in St. Joseph, Comerica Bank and 1st Source Bank. In addition to her technical work at the credit union developing loans, Starnes also was a leader in the people-focused and customer relations aspects of loan matters through her positions as a member services adviser and customer service representative.

“On behalf of our current and future customers, fellow staff, (and) board and loan committee, we are pleased to welcome Elisa Starnes to the RPC team,” Huynh said. “Among the many skillsets that she will (offer) RPC, we appreciate the fact that during her time with conventional lending institutions, she was a member and active participant of a diversity, equity and inclusion council to equip her institution with the values and culture to make stakeholders feel respected and empowered. We are excited that her passion in this area aligns with our values, systems and intentional lending to excluded entrepreneurs of color.”

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