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Siena Lending Group is a diverse team of experienced asset-based lending (ABL) professionals. Our team members are recognized authorities on commercial finance, frequently honored by industry associations for their excellence.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: David Grende

    David Grende

    President & CEO

    David Grende

    President & CEO

    David is a specialized lending executive with more than 30 years experience building and running asset-based lending businesses, executing debt restructurings, taking on interim management roles, and completing complex asset workouts and recoveries.

    Prior to co-founding Siena, David was Chief Executive Officer of Burdale Capital Finance (BCF), a wholly owned asset-based lending subsidiary of Bank of Ireland, which provided transatlantic financing solutions to a $1.7 billion portfolio of clients. In 2006, David was hired to start BCF as a de novo ABL U.S. business and built it into a widely recognized brand. BCF was sold to Wells Fargo in 2012 as part of the bank’s deleveraging, necessitated by the IMF’s bailout of Ireland in 2010. More

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Steve Sanicola

    Steve Sanicola

    Director Risk & Portfolio Management

    Steve Sanicola

    Director Risk & Portfolio Management

    Steve has more than 32 years of commercial finance experience, specifically in underwriting, risk management and portfolio management. Prior to Siena, Steve was Director and Head of Portfolio Management at Burdale. Steve’s ABL background includes various credit roles at GE Capital and Fleet Bank/Connecticut Bank & Trust.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Miin Chen

    Miin Chen

    CFO

    Miin Chen

    CFO

    Miin has 10 years of experience in accounting, audit, operations and treasury management. Prior to Siena, Miin was a direct report to the Controller at Burdale and has worked as an auditor at both PricewaterhouseCoopers and JH Cohn (CohnReznick). Miin is a CPA in the state of New Jersey and holds a Masters in Accounting from Boston College.

David Grende

President & CEO

David is a specialized lending executive with more than 30 years experience building and running asset-based lending businesses, executing debt restructurings, taking on interim management roles, and completing complex asset workouts and recoveries.

Prior to co-founding Siena, David was Chief Executive Officer of Burdale Capital Finance (BCF), a wholly owned asset-based lending subsidiary of Bank of Ireland, which provided transatlantic financing solutions to a $1.7 billion portfolio of clients. In 2006, David was hired to start BCF as a de novo ABL U.S. business and built it into a widely recognized brand. BCF was sold to Wells Fargo in 2012 as part of the bank’s deleveraging, necessitated by the IMF’s bailout of Ireland in 2010. More

Steve Sanicola

Director Risk & Portfolio Management

Steve has more than 32 years of commercial finance experience, specifically in underwriting, risk management and portfolio management. Prior to Siena, Steve was Director and Head of Portfolio Management at Burdale. Steve’s ABL background includes various credit roles at GE Capital and Fleet Bank/Connecticut Bank & Trust.

Miin Chen

CFO

Miin has 10 years of experience in accounting, audit, operations and treasury management. Prior to Siena, Miin was a direct report to the Controller at Burdale and has worked as an auditor at both PricewaterhouseCoopers and JH Cohn (CohnReznick). Miin is a CPA in the state of New Jersey and holds a Masters in Accounting from Boston College.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Anthony Lavinio

    Anthony Lavinio

    Director Underwriting

    Anthony Lavinio

    Director Underwriting

    Anthony has 16 years of experience in the ABL industry, with a background of structuring and underwriting transactions between $3 million to $100 million. Prior to Siena, Anthony was the Senior Underwriter at Burdale. Anthony’s ABL background includes ABL underwriting roles at CIT, FINOVA Capital, LaSalle Business Credit and Keltic Financial Services.

Anthony Lavinio

Director Underwriting

Anthony has 16 years of experience in the ABL industry, with a background of structuring and underwriting transactions between $3 million to $100 million. Prior to Siena, Anthony was the Senior Underwriter at Burdale. Anthony’s ABL background includes ABL underwriting roles at CIT, FINOVA Capital, LaSalle Business Credit and Keltic Financial Services.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Jorge Chiluisa

    Jorge Chiluisa

    Sr. VP Portfolio Management

    Jorge Chiluisa

    Sr. VP Portfolio Management

    Jorge has 24 years of experience in the Commercial Lending industry primarily in Underwriting and Portfolio Management. Prior to Siena, Jorge worked at GE Capital for 23 years and at People’s United Bank.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Carrie Maiya

    Carrie Maiya

    Sr. VP Portfolio Management

    Carrie Maiya

    Sr. VP Portfolio Management

    Carrie has more than 11 years of commercial finance experience, spanning underwriting, portfolio management, workout, and field exam management. Prior to joining Siena, Carrie worked in various ABL and Cash Flow roles at GE Capital.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Steven Ratty

    Steven Ratty

    VP Portfolio Management

    Steven Ratty

    VP Portfolio Management

    Steve has approximately 25 years of commercial finance experience, primarily in the asset-based lending industry, and 8 years of Big 4 audit experience at Deloitte & Touche. Prior to joining Siena, Steve worked in various roles at GE Capital, Capital Source and Chrysler Capital.

Jorge Chiluisa

Sr. VP Portfolio Management

Jorge has 24 years of experience in the Commercial Lending industry primarily in Underwriting and Portfolio Management. Prior to Siena, Jorge worked at GE Capital for 23 years and at People’s United Bank.

Carrie Maiya

Sr. VP Portfolio Management

Carrie has more than 11 years of commercial finance experience, spanning underwriting, portfolio management, workout, and field exam management. Prior to joining Siena, Carrie worked in various ABL and Cash Flow roles at GE Capital.

Steven Ratty

VP Portfolio Management

Steve has approximately 25 years of commercial finance experience, primarily in the asset-based lending industry, and 8 years of Big 4 audit experience at Deloitte & Touche. Prior to joining Siena, Steve worked in various roles at GE Capital, Capital Source and Chrysler Capital.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Steve Sanicola

    Steve Sanicola

    Director Risk & Portfolio Management

    Steve Sanicola

    Director Risk & Portfolio Management

    Steve has more than 32 years of commercial finance experience, specifically in underwriting, risk management and portfolio management. Prior to Siena, Steve was Director and Head of Portfolio Management at Burdale. Steve’s ABL background includes various credit roles at GE Capital and Fleet Bank/Connecticut Bank & Trust.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Bill Seibold

    Bill Seibold

    VP Portfolio Management

    Bill Seibold

    VP Portfolio Management

    Bill has more than 40 years experience in ABL/Commercial Financing and Factoring, covering all facets of Credit Administration and Portfolio Management. Prior to joining Siena, Bill was employed in various Credit and Portfolio Management capacities with both banking and independent ABL institutions, serving the entrepreneurial and middle markets.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Dexter-Leon Taylor

    Dexter-Leon Taylor

    VP Audit

    Dexter-Leon Taylor

    VP Audit

    Dex has more than 20 years of asset-based lending experience specializing in audit and risk management. Prior to joining Siena, Dex’s background includes various audit and credit roles at First Capital Business Credit, GE Commercial Distribution Finance, Textron Financial Business Credit, Evergreen Collateral Consulting LLC, Jefferson Wells International and CIT.

Steve Sanicola

Director Risk & Portfolio Management

Steve has more than 32 years of commercial finance experience, specifically in underwriting, risk management and portfolio management. Prior to Siena, Steve was Director and Head of Portfolio Management at Burdale. Steve’s ABL background includes various credit roles at GE Capital and Fleet Bank/Connecticut Bank & Trust.

Bill Seibold

VP Portfolio Management

Bill has more than 40 years experience in ABL/Commercial Financing and Factoring, covering all facets of Credit Administration and Portfolio Management. Prior to joining Siena, Bill was employed in various Credit and Portfolio Management capacities with both banking and independent ABL institutions, serving the entrepreneurial and middle markets.

Dexter-Leon Taylor

VP Audit

Dex has more than 20 years of asset-based lending experience specializing in audit and risk management. Prior to joining Siena, Dex’s background includes various audit and credit roles at First Capital Business Credit, GE Commercial Distribution Finance, Textron Financial Business Credit, Evergreen Collateral Consulting LLC, Jefferson Wells International and CIT.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Michael Zielinski

    Michael Zielinski

    Sr. VP Portfolio Management

    Michael Zielinski

    Sr. VP Portfolio Management

    Michael has approximately 20 years of finance experience with his last 13 years focused on various roles in the Asset Based Lending Industry. Prior to joining Siena, Michael worked at Access Capital and Keltic Financial Service.

Michael Zielinski

Sr. VP Portfolio Management

Michael has approximately 20 years of finance experience with his last 13 years focused on various roles in the Asset Based Lending Industry. Prior to joining Siena, Michael worked at Access Capital and Keltic Financial Service.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Scott Elliotto

    Scott Elliotto

    Director – New Business Originations

    Scott Elliotto

    Director – New Business Originations

    Scott is an asset based lending professional with more than 20 years of experience. Prior to joining Siena, Scott worked in business development and origination roles for Burdale and GE Commercial Finance, and underwriting roles at Fleet Capital and CIT.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Stephen Fuscaldo

    Stephen Fuscaldo

    Director – New Business Originations

    Stephen Fuscaldo

    Director – New Business Originations

    Steve has more than 28 years of experience in asset based lending, specifically in account management, underwriting, sales leadership and in origination. Prior to Siena, Steve served in various origination and credit roles at TD Bank, Burdale, GE Capital, and CIT.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Eric R. Gill

    Eric R. Gill

    Director – Southeastern Region New Business Origination

    Eric R. Gill

    Director – Southeastern Region New Business Origination

    Eric is the Director of New Business Origination – Southeastern Region, based out of Charlotte. Eric has over 35 years of experience in the finance and asset-based lending industry. Prior to joining Siena, Eric was the Chief Credit Officer at Virginia Commercial Finance and has held senior sales positions at Webster Business Credit, GE Commercial Finance and CIT.

Scott Elliotto

Director – New Business Originations

Scott is an asset based lending professional with more than 20 years of experience. Prior to joining Siena, Scott worked in business development and origination roles for Burdale and GE Commercial Finance, and underwriting roles at Fleet Capital and CIT.

Stephen Fuscaldo

Director – New Business Originations

Steve has more than 28 years of experience in asset based lending, specifically in account management, underwriting, sales leadership and in origination. Prior to Siena, Steve served in various origination and credit roles at TD Bank, Burdale, GE Capital, and CIT.

Eric R. Gill

Director – Southeastern Region New Business Origination

Eric is the Director of New Business Origination – Southeastern Region, based out of Charlotte. Eric has over 35 years of experience in the finance and asset-based lending industry. Prior to joining Siena, Eric was the Chief Credit Officer at Virginia Commercial Finance and has held senior sales positions at Webster Business Credit, GE Commercial Finance and CIT.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Mark Orlando

    Mark Orlando

    Director – Western Region

    Mark Orlando

    Director – Western Region

    Mark is the Western Region New Business Director, based out of Los Angeles. Mark has over 25 years of experience in the finance and asset-based lending industry. Prior to joining Siena, Mark was Principal and Senior Vice President at Ares Commercial Finance and Ares’ predecessor, First Capital. Mark has also served in various senior business development, credit, and management roles for Rabobank, U.S. Bank and LaSalle Bank (now part of Bank of America), as well as founding his own firm, Arrowhead Capital, where he served as Managing Director.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Nick Payne

    Nick Payne

    Director – New Business Originations

    Nick Payne

    Director – New Business Originations

    Nick is the Director of New Business Origination for the Midwest, based out of Chicago. Prior to joining Siena, Nick held various business development roles for Nations Equipment Finance, Van Eck Global, and Morgan Stanley.

Mark Orlando

Director – Western Region

Mark is the Western Region New Business Director, based out of Los Angeles. Mark has over 25 years of experience in the finance and asset-based lending industry. Prior to joining Siena, Mark was Principal and Senior Vice President at Ares Commercial Finance and Ares’ predecessor, First Capital. Mark has also served in various senior business development, credit, and management roles for Rabobank, U.S. Bank and LaSalle Bank (now part of Bank of America), as well as founding his own firm, Arrowhead Capital, where he served as Managing Director.

Nick Payne

Director – New Business Originations

Nick is the Director of New Business Origination for the Midwest, based out of Chicago. Prior to joining Siena, Nick held various business development roles for Nations Equipment Finance, Van Eck Global, and Morgan Stanley.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Mohammed Islam

    Mohammed Islam

    Underwriter Associate

    Mohammed Islam

    Underwriter Associate

    Mohammed is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University where he attained his BBA with a concentration in Finance. Prior to joining Siena, Mohammed worked at Union Savings Bank in the Finance and Treasury department.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Anthony Lavinio

    Anthony Lavinio

    Director Underwriting

    Anthony Lavinio

    Director Underwriting

    Anthony has 16 years of experience in the ABL industry, with a background of structuring and underwriting transactions between $3 million to $100 million. Prior to Siena, Anthony was the Senior Underwriter at Burdale. Anthony’s ABL background includes ABL underwriting roles at CIT, FINOVA Capital, LaSalle Business Credit and Keltic Financial Services.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: James Persico

    James Persico

    Sr. VP Underwriting

    James Persico

    Sr. VP Underwriting

    Jim has over 20 years of experience across a multitude of leverage lending products, structures, industries, and economic cycles. Prior to joining Siena, Jim led various teams at GE Capital in managing leverage loans through their entire life cycle, including origination, underwriting, portfolio management, workout, and restructuring. Products include Unitranche, Securitization, Agency, Participation, DIP, Cash Flow, ABL and Restructured Equity. Jim is also a CPA and was employed at KPMG prior to GE Capital.

Mohammed Islam

Underwriter Associate

Mohammed is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University where he attained his BBA with a concentration in Finance. Prior to joining Siena, Mohammed worked at Union Savings Bank in the Finance and Treasury department.

Anthony Lavinio

Director Underwriting

Anthony has 16 years of experience in the ABL industry, with a background of structuring and underwriting transactions between $3 million to $100 million. Prior to Siena, Anthony was the Senior Underwriter at Burdale. Anthony’s ABL background includes ABL underwriting roles at CIT, FINOVA Capital, LaSalle Business Credit and Keltic Financial Services.

James Persico

Sr. VP Underwriting

Jim has over 20 years of experience across a multitude of leverage lending products, structures, industries, and economic cycles. Prior to joining Siena, Jim led various teams at GE Capital in managing leverage loans through their entire life cycle, including origination, underwriting, portfolio management, workout, and restructuring. Products include Unitranche, Securitization, Agency, Participation, DIP, Cash Flow, ABL and Restructured Equity. Jim is also a CPA and was employed at KPMG prior to GE Capital.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Jason Schick

    Jason Schick

    Sr. VP Underwriting

    Jason Schick

    Sr. VP Underwriting

    Jason has 15 years of experience in the Public Accounting and Banking industries, with experience at institutions including JPMorgan Chase Bank, Burdale Capital, and CIT. Jason has experience structuring, underwriting and syndicating transactions.

Jason Schick

Sr. VP Underwriting

Jason has 15 years of experience in the Public Accounting and Banking industries, with experience at institutions including JPMorgan Chase Bank, Burdale Capital, and CIT. Jason has experience structuring, underwriting and syndicating transactions.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Alkesh Badshah

    Alkesh Badshah

    Senior Software Engineer

    Alkesh Badshah

    Senior Software Engineer

    Alkesh brings 20 years of software engineering and leadership experience to our team. At Siena, he is responsible for maintaining and enhancing our Passport system.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Joseph Colacino

    Joseph Colacino

    Collateral Analyst

    Joseph Colacino

    Collateral Analyst

    Joe has over 10 years of experience in Asset Based Lending as both a Collateral Analyst and a CA Team Lead. Prior to Siena, Joe worked at G.E. Capital and Chase Manhattan Bank in various operational and audit positions.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Martin Goni

    Martin Goni

    Collateral Analyst

    Martin Goni

    Collateral Analyst

    Martin graduated from Babson College with a B.Sc. in Finance and Economics. While at Babson, he held leadership positions in various programs, building foundations in financial and strategic analysis.

Alkesh Badshah

Senior Software Engineer

Alkesh brings 20 years of software engineering and leadership experience to our team. At Siena, he is responsible for maintaining and enhancing our Passport system.

Joseph Colacino

Collateral Analyst

Joe has over 10 years of experience in Asset Based Lending as both a Collateral Analyst and a CA Team Lead. Prior to Siena, Joe worked at G.E. Capital and Chase Manhattan Bank in various operational and audit positions.

Martin Goni

Collateral Analyst

Martin graduated from Babson College with a B.Sc. in Finance and Economics. While at Babson, he held leadership positions in various programs, building foundations in financial and strategic analysis.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Jeffrey Grobarcik

    Jeffrey Grobarcik

    Credit Operations Manager

    Jeffrey Grobarcik

    Credit Operations Manager

    Jeff has more than 13 years of experience in Asset Based Lending as both a Collateral Analyst and Operations Manager. Prior to Siena, Jeff worked at Citigroup, N.A., G.E. Capital and Burdale in various operational roles.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Troy Larsen

    Troy Larsen

    Collateral Analyst

    Troy Larsen

    Collateral Analyst

    Troy graduated from Stonehill College with a BS in Finance and Economics. At Stonehill, he held leadership roles with the Financial Management Association as well as the Investment Finance Initiative. He holds certifications in Microsoft Excel, Bloomberg, and JMP.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Omoyeni Makinde

    Omoyeni Makinde

    Collateral Analyst

    Omoyeni Makinde

    Collateral Analyst

    Omoyeni has over 10 years of experience in Asset Based Lending as a Collateral Analyst. Prior to Siena, Omoyeni worked at Wells Fargo, Capital Finance and CIT, Business Capital in operations.

Jeffrey Grobarcik

Credit Operations Manager

Jeff has more than 13 years of experience in Asset Based Lending as both a Collateral Analyst and Operations Manager. Prior to Siena, Jeff worked at Citigroup, N.A., G.E. Capital and Burdale in various operational roles.

Troy Larsen

Collateral Analyst

Troy graduated from Stonehill College with a BS in Finance and Economics. At Stonehill, he held leadership roles with the Financial Management Association as well as the Investment Finance Initiative. He holds certifications in Microsoft Excel, Bloomberg, and JMP.

Omoyeni Makinde

Collateral Analyst

Omoyeni has over 10 years of experience in Asset Based Lending as a Collateral Analyst. Prior to Siena, Omoyeni worked at Wells Fargo, Capital Finance and CIT, Business Capital in operations.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Vlad Paskas

    Vlad Paskas

    Collateral Analyst

    Vlad Paskas

    Collateral Analyst

    Vlad graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a BS in International Business and Trade Commerce and an MBA in Analytics Intelligence. Vlad also has certifications for Financial Markets from Yale University and Macroeconomics from University of California, Irvine.

Vlad Paskas

Collateral Analyst

Vlad graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a BS in International Business and Trade Commerce and an MBA in Analytics Intelligence. Vlad also has certifications for Financial Markets from Yale University and Macroeconomics from University of California, Irvine.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Miin Chen

    Miin Chen

    CFO

    Miin Chen

    CFO

    Miin has 10 years of experience in accounting, audit, operations and treasury management. Prior to Siena, Miin was a direct report to the Controller at Burdale and has worked as an auditor at both PricewaterhouseCoopers and JH Cohn (CohnReznick). Miin is a CPA in the state of New Jersey and holds a Masters in Accounting from Boston College.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Andrew Forsythe

    Andrew Forsythe

    Controller

    Andrew Forsythe

    Controller

    Andrew has over 10 years of accounting and taxation experience in both public accounting and private sector settings. His previous employers include Kreischer Miller, Verizon and most recently corporate accounting manager of a Philadelphia based investment management firm. Andrew is a CPA licensed in the state of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from Philadelphia University.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Robin Kerr

    Robin Kerr

    Office Manager

    Robin Kerr

    Office Manager

    Robin has more than 20 years of experience in operations, sales and marketing. Prior to joining Siena, she worked at Commodity Risk Management Group and KOR Capital. Robin is a graduate of Denison University.

Miin Chen

CFO

Miin has 10 years of experience in accounting, audit, operations and treasury management. Prior to Siena, Miin was a direct report to the Controller at Burdale and has worked as an auditor at both PricewaterhouseCoopers and JH Cohn (CohnReznick). Miin is a CPA in the state of New Jersey and holds a Masters in Accounting from Boston College.

Andrew Forsythe

Controller

Andrew has over 10 years of accounting and taxation experience in both public accounting and private sector settings. His previous employers include Kreischer Miller, Verizon and most recently corporate accounting manager of a Philadelphia based investment management firm. Andrew is a CPA licensed in the state of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from Philadelphia University.

Robin Kerr

Office Manager

Robin has more than 20 years of experience in operations, sales and marketing. Prior to joining Siena, she worked at Commodity Risk Management Group and KOR Capital. Robin is a graduate of Denison University.

  • Meet Siena's Commercial Team: Laura Merritt

    Laura Merritt

    Staff Accountant

    Laura Merritt

    Staff Accountant

    Laura has worked as a staff accountant in auditing and tax departments at both large and midsize public accounting firms. Additionally, before coming to Siena, she was a staff accountant at Townsquare Media, Inc. and their online division, Townsquare Interactive. She graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a BBA in Financial Accounting.

Laura Merritt

Staff Accountant

Laura has worked as a staff accountant in auditing and tax departments at both large and midsize public accounting firms. Additionally, before coming to Siena, she was a staff accountant at Townsquare Media, Inc. and their online division, Townsquare Interactive. She graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a BBA in Financial Accounting.