Lindsey started her career as a staff accountant with a local CPA firm specializing in services to Credit Unions. There, her attention to detail and comprehensive understanding of regulations stood out in audit engagements and led her to a position as Chief Financial Officer in one of her Credit Union clients. After leaving the credit union, she ran her own small business accounting and consulting firm where she served as a consultant and outsourced CFO for many small businesses providing accounting, tax, and financial services which included loan packaging and loan term negotiation. When one of her clients planned to expand their business nationwide, she spent several years as their CFO assisting them in implementing their growth strategy and managing the accounting and finance operations in multiple states with a dozen offices and over a hundred employees and thousands of independent contractors. Nine years ago, she decided to focus on government guaranteed lending when the CDC where she served on the Board made an aggressive growth plan. Lindsey spent the next several years originating, underwriting, packaging and servicing SBA 504 loans as well as coordinating with other lenders for borrowers who had financing needs that were not eligible for the SBA 504 program. Over five years ago, her work in this area led to an introduction to the team that now operates under the platform of Madison One. Since that time, she has worked in different capacities with the same team and now manages the Lender Service operations out of an office in Florence, South Carolina. Lindsey is a graduate of Chapman University in Orange, California, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, major in Accounting. She has served as board member, treasurer, and advisor to various community organizations in and around her home in Florence.
Lauren Bengert is a Loan Servicing Specialist for Madison One Lender Services with over 15 years of experience in Accounting, Commercial Real Estate, Banking, and Wealth Management. Lauren began her career in New York City with W. P. Carey & Co. LLC as an accountant for the Company’s REITs. There, her responsibilities grew to include managing the finances of both the W. P. Carey Foundation and the Chairman’s private companies. Following her time at W. P. Carey, she served as an investment accountant for Opportunistic Commercial Real Estate Funds at Citi Alternative Investments. Lauren moved back to the Phoenix area in 2007, changing directions at Citigroup as an Associate Banker with Citi Private Bank. At Citi Private Bank, she worked with high net worth individuals to meet their financial needs in various capacities, including general credit and banking, wealth management, and strategic trust and estate planning. In 2011, Lauren had the opportunity to join STORE Capital, one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing net-lease REITs, on the ground floor as a credit analyst. After her time at STORE Capital, Lauren put her diverse set of skills and experience to work in the business community, assisting companies in portfolio management, loan servicing, accounting and driving the implementation of complex accounting systems. Lauren was delighted to join Madison One Lender Services in May of 2018, where she assists in on-boarding loans and monitoring construction draws. Lauren is an Arizona State University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and Computer Information Systems. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Arizona.
Mary Lineback joined Madison One Lender Services as Commercial Loan Servicer in January 2020. She brings her 40+ years of expertise in project and team management, accounting, and real estate to the M1LS team. Mary understands Borrowers’ needs because she’s been there before, processing and requesting construction draws, negotiating leases, managing subcontractors, and coordinating with engineers and regulatory agencies. She began her career working to aid a burgeoning Law Firm in Phoenix, Arizona, expand during a rapid growth stage, taking responsibility for employee onboarding and office management. She also performed all accounting functions for the firm, a skillset Mary would carry forward to her future endeavors. Over the next 27 years Mary expanded her repertoire with her involvement in various aspects of multiple Real Estate Development companies. One of her greatest strengths is her ability to serve as an expert liaison between parties, whether in her capacity as a licensed Real Estate Broker or working to connect a client with investors. Mary welcomes the new challenges and opportunities at M1LS where she will be working with borrowers and lenders on all servicing requests. Mary earned an Associate of Science from Indiana College of Business and Technology in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Garrett Handke was excited to join M1LS as a Commercial Servicing Processor in August 2020. Garrett’s experience in diverse parts of the small business world has been a valuable addition to our team. He started his career as an Alpine Guide at SWS Mountain Guides in Mt. Shasta, CA. There, he developed intense attention to detail and risk management over the 100+ groups he took on summit attempts. While remaining as a guide seasonally, Garrett entered the finance world as a Staff Accountant and Operations Manager for Timberline Mountain Guides in Bend, OR. There, he developed a rich skill set in accounting and finance, including business automation, customer service, general accounting, and forecasting. His knowledge of business organization, day-to-day operations, and customer’s needs are perfect for servicing our commercial loans. Garrett received his Bachelor of Science degree in Experiential Education and Leadership from Oregon State University in 2014 and spent the next several years teaching Leadership and Health courses as an Adjunct Professor at Central Oregon Community College. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Finance degree with a specialization in Accounting from Colorado State University.
Laura Taylor was excited to join M1LS as a Commercial Packaging Coordinator, but it was almost like coming home because she had worked with a couple of us almost 10 years ago. Laura brings 30+ years of banking experience, starting as an assistant to an Area Manager where she got exposed to Corporate Banking, Trust, Private Banking, and Mortgage. It was in this position where she discovered her love of loans and jumped at an opportunity to join Corporate Banking. She spent many years in Corporate, Small, and Middle-Market Banking, Corporate/Syndications, and Agricultural Banking, but Small Banking was her favorite because it was there she felt she could make a difference. This led Laura to begin her 20+ years of SBA experience, working at a CDC for many years as a Closing Officer in Central Indiana. She then joined a Lender Service Provider as a Closing Officer and found her true love of learning all about the SBA 7(a) programs, doing those countrywide for a couple of years before going back to a bank. One of her more interesting experiences was working with the FDIC for whom she audit 500+ SBA files. Although she did stay long in this position, she did go on to work with another LSP doing SBA loans countrywide. However, the draw of setting up SBA departments for banks kept pulling her in and she has helped set up several successful offices in central Indiana, one of which was successful in going nationwide. Laura enjoys working with her loan officers, credit teams, packagers, closers, and servicing teams to help make a difference for her internal and external clients. Laura has a Bachelor of Science in Business Education and Office Administration from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where she was welcomed into the Beta Gamma Delta Business Honor Society.
We were happy to welcome Wes Golden to our team in February 2021. Wes brings an extensive background in SBA lending and portfolio management as well as experience with conventional business lending. Wes has spent his career managing risk through constant contact with borrowers, actively monitoring his SBA loan portfolio, and working through all types of servicing actions. Wes prides himself on accurate and timely reporting to meet bank and SBA requirements.
He began his career as a Commercial Loan Examiner at Regions Financial Corporation where he learned the ins and outs of the commercial loan process, underwriting credits and performing internal exams. Wes transitioned into a lending role within the commercial construction loan department at Regions Bank. Later he joined Aliant Bank, where he was a VP in the commercial loan department. His responsibilities expanded into producing and servicing, especially in the bank’s growing 7a and 504 portfolios. Wes was able to transfer these skills to becoming Portfolio Manager at Southern Development Council (an Alabama CDC). At SDC, Wes was responsible for all servicing actions on 504 loans in the $160MM+ portfolio.
Over his 25+ year career, Wes has remained an active member of his community, serving with multiple nonprofit and professional organizations. Wes holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance from Auburn University at Montgomery.