Edward N. Cohn

Ed’s strong leadership, strategic and technical skills, combined with a passion to help others, can be seen throughout his 25+ years of successfully leading multi-million-dollar institutions and non-profit organizations. His easy and approachable demeanor, coupled with his determination to help people succeed, shapes United Midwest’s culture and is the cornerstone of the bank’s unique business model.

President and CEO

Craig Street

Driven to excel at what he’s good at, Craig’s 25 years of industry success has been nothing short of incredible. With an enviable SBA lending record, and a little baseball coaching experience on the side, he has built a team of lenders who are experts in the SBA field.  When asked to describe United Midwest's strength, Craig believes it’s simple: we’re focused on key areas of the banking business which allows us to be great at what we do.

Executive Vice President / Chief Lending Officer

Jennifer Thomas

Jennifer has always been a planner—a skill that comes in handy as a CFO. With over 12 years of financial experience in banking and prior experience as a corporate controller, she believes planning ahead for those large, more detailed tasks is the key to good performance and results. When she’s not crunching the numbers, Jennifer loves music and discovering the history of jazz here in Ohio and the Midwest. This is a personal interest for her as her grandmother played the saxophone and toured with Ada Leonard’s all girl band during WWII.

Chief Financial Officer

Rick Bates

A tinkerer at heart, Rick’s ability to see how things work makes his service at United Midwest invaluable. And with over 20 years’ experience, it is easy to see how his attention to detail benefits the bank’s customers while keeping the bank technologically driven.

SVP, Information Technology & Facilities

Judy K. Lease

A true multi-tasker, Judy brings 36 years of banking experience and powerful acumen to the office every day. Her can-do attitude and ability to handle so many different aspects of the bank’s branches, mortgage department, and CRA compliance is what gives United Midwest a high mark of excellence.

Vice President Chief Retail Banking Officer

Jenny Flocken

When it comes to overseeing all of the SBA loan underwriting, decisions, closings, and funding at United Midwest, Jenny’s wit and determination ensures excellence. A proud Ohio State graduate, she began her career with the U.S. Small Business Administration and her work has even received presidential recognition! Now on the banking side of the business, her desire to help small businesses thrive provides the backbone to United Midwest’s lending success.

Senior Vice President Commercial Credit and Operations

Michael A. Childs

Not many people can say they’ve bowled one perfect game, but Michael can say he’s bowled two! As Community Development Director, Michael is responsible for planning and overseeing the implementation of the outreach and activities within the bank’s cities and neighborhoods. His 30 years of banking experience coupled with his supportive nature allows him to network with key leaders, constituents and partners with ease and stay on top of the latest trends and needs of our communities.

Vice President Community Development Director / CRA

John Anderson

John’s previous experience in the emergency and surgical medical fields, and in the hotel business provides insight that he uses now as an SBA lender specializing in helping business owners in both of these industries.  As a father of six, he is an expert in multi-tasking and maintaining meticulous attention to details, making sure his clients get the financing they need when they need it.

Click here to email or call 559-917-4042

Hospitality, General Industry, Medical, Dental, Optometry, Veterinary

Bob Bruno

Having financed more hotel purchases than any other lender in the Midwest, Bob is truly an expert with larger SBA loans. With his deep knowledge of all types of financing and enthusiasm for good service it’s no wonder that he has financed over $500 million in business loans in his banking career.

Click here to email or call 216-403-7899

Hospitality, General Industry

Patrick Burns

Patrick’s love of sports spills over into his profession as an SBA lender for the last 23 years, specializing in insurance, medical, dental, veterinary and general businesses. He relentlessly pursues ways to build the best financing solutions for his clients, and believes in a team approach for each step so clients understand the process and ultimately close the loan quickly.

Click here to email or call 972-943-8121

Insurance Agencies, Medical, Veterinary, Dental, General Industry

Jerry Casteel

Jerry is one of the most reliable commercial real estate lenders in the industry. With over 40 years of experience, there isn’t an aspect of lending that he hasn’t mastered, and that is exactly the kind of excellence that makes Jerry and United Midwest partners you can trust.

Click here to email or call 928-710-3174

Hospitality, General Industry

Chad Fondriest

SBA loans always have roadblocks. Chad’s expertise to navigate those has been developed over the past 15 years as a business acquisition lender. For him, United Midwest is group of colleagues who worked together before, and have come together again, to build a top performing bank that specializes in SBA lending. 

Click here to email or call 614-205-7600

Insurance Agencies, Funeral Homes, Independent Pharmacies, General Industry

Aaron Hodgkins

Aaron believes in setting the right expectations up front with his clients and providing an open dialogue throughout the entire loan process. With 25 years of experience in commercial and SBA/USDA lending, Aaron’s strength continues to be his dedication to helping small businesses grow and thrive.

Click here to email or call 916-402-9577

Hospitality, Medical, Veterinary, Insurance Agencies, General Industry

Dolores McKinnon

Two things that her clients can count on when working with Dolores: her energy and knowledge of both business acquisitions and SBA/USDA lending. Dolores believes it’s vital to listen carefully to the clients’ needs and then structure the financing to fit those needs. Similar to her love of baking and cooking, she believes the right ingredients make the right business loan. 

Click here to email or call 503-939-0172

Medical, Dental, Optometry, Veterinary, Insurance Agencies, General Industry

Lance Noel

Though he considers himself a generalist when it comes to the different industries he works with, there is no mistaking the attention to detail that Lance provides to his clients and their business needs. Accessibility, communication and over 15 years of experience are essential to a being strong lending partner, but Lance adds being friendly and supportive as truly the keys to a successful business relationship.  A native Midwesterner now living in the Southwest, he loves the outdoors and it still a huge fan of all sports in his home state of Missouri. Ask him about playing football in Sweden!

Click here to email or call 602-550-7969

General Industry

Cinnamon Trimmer

What do you do after you’ve dabbled in race cars, trained to climb Mt. Everest, been mom to four boys, and witnessed popular bands create hit music in your parents’ garage? You take your talents to United Midwest as a commercial/SBA lender. Cinnamon Trimmer joins the team with 28 years of commercial real estate and lending experience. Her knowledge and understanding of acquisitions, real estate transactions, timelines and lending nuances allow her to become her clients’ “powerhouse partner.” Many ask Cinnamon about her name; here is a clue: it’s not from the Neil Young song but it is from a once popular TV show. Ask her about it!

Click here to email or call 720-431-6937

General Industry, Hospitality Industry, Medical Practices

Spencer Twyford

When it comes to providing ideal lending solutions to medical practitioners, Spencer’s depth of knowledge—from over 22 years’ banking experience—is second to none. His passionate focus on the medical industry, specifically dental, and the bank’s specialized lender programs for these industries, are what put United Midwest in a unique position to effectively handle the medical professional’s lending needs.

Click here to email or call 614-203-4826

Medical, Dental, Optometry, Veterinary

Blessing Wilhelmsen

Blessing has worked in all areas of SBA lending, making her very knowledgeable of the entire loan process and determined to use her experience to help clients reach their financing goals faster and easier. She believes that United Midwest’s focus on their clients builds a foundation of trust that is essential to a business’s success, and is excited to be part of a team that is quickly becoming one of the top lenders in the country.

Click here to email or call 614-255-3544

Medical, Dental, Optometry, Veterinary, Chiropractic, Insurance Agencies, Funeral Homes, General Industry

Fred Crispen

When Fred talks about touring the African Safari, you get an idea of his sense of adventure. He applies that same boldness as he helps customers finance their businesses. With over 45 years in SBA lending, his expertise and dynamic personality helps United Midwest excel at SBA loans for under $150,000.

To contact SBA Small Loans, click here to email or call 844-531-9722

Senior Vice President SBA Small Loans

Terry Crispen

With the same methodical approach that awarded him U.S.A.F.A. survival training certification, Terry handles Small Business Administration loans of under $150,000 with military precision. Having nearly 20 years of lending experience and the ability to pull disconnected ideas together, makes Terry the partner you want in the trenches of your SBA loan.   

To contact SBA Small Loans, click here to email or call 844-531-9722

Senior Vice President SBA Small Loans

Judd R. Oiler

Judd brings over 49 years’ experience and extensive knowledge of Consumer Lending to United Midwest. His intense focus and appreciation for the progressive banking of UMWSB makes Judd one of the top lenders in the industry.

Senior Vice President Consumer Lending

Travis Stadler

With a commitment to his customers that rivals his love for OSU, Travis is a great addition to the UMWSB team. His ability to objectively view both consumer and retail needs for an optimal outcome gives him the effective edge you won’t find in other lending partners.

Senior Vice President Consumer / Retail Lending

Chris Homan

As a football coach and father of three under 10 years old, Chris is an expert at blocking, tackling and finding creative ways to get a job done. He believes this same mentality applies to mortgage lending. With over 17 years of experience, Chris is able to look at each loan and its circumstances, develop options, and ultimately help each customer find their best financing solution.

Click here to email Chris for more information about our residential mortgage loans

AVP, Residential Mortgage Lending, NMLS #525970, 614-306-5700