President, Chairman & CEO
Mr. Sloane is the President, Chairman and CEO of NewtekOne. Prior to joining NewtekOne, Mr. Sloane was a Managing Director of Smith Barney, Inc. where he directed the Commercial and Residential Real Estate Securitization Unit and, prior to that, he was national sales manager for institutional mortgage and asset backed securities sales. Mr. Sloane was founder and President of Aegis Capital Markets, a consumer loan origination and securitization business. Additionally, he was Senior Vice President of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, where he was responsible for directing sales of mortgage-backed securities and was a senior mortgage security salesperson and trader for Bear Stearns, L.F. Rothschild, E.F. Hutton and Paine Webber.
CLO, Director, & President of
Newtek Small Business Finance
Mr. Downs is our Chief Lending Officer, Director and President of Newtek Small Business Finance. He joined NewtekOne in 2003 and has been the President of Newtek Small Business Finance and a member of the Risk committee for the company. He has had primary responsibility for the development of the company’s lending policies and procedures, portfolio and marketing, from its inception. In 2008, Mr. Downs took on the additional responsibility as the Chief Credit Officer of Newtek Business Credit, with the primary responsibility to grow and manage the company’s accounts receivable finance and management business. In addition, he has been a member of the credit committee for each of the Company's Capcos. Prior to joining NewtekOne in 2003, Mr. Downs spent sixteen years in various small business lending roles within the banking industry. From 1990 to 2001, he was employed with European American Bank (“EAB”), where he held various positions including New Business Development Officer for Small Business Lending and Group Manager of Retail Small Business Lending which encompassed the underwriting and servicing of the bank’s small business loan portfolio. With EAB’s acquisition by Citibank, Mr. Downs was asked to run the bank’s SBA lending portfolio in New York, eventually named the National Director of SBA lending, coordinating the bank’s SBA underwriting and sales efforts in all Citibank markets across the country. In addition to his banking experience, he has been involved in several non-profit small business advisory boards, and has been a member of the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL) Regional Technical Issues Committee.
Nicholas J. Leger
Chief Accounting Officer
Mr. Leger is Company’s Chief Accounting Officer, and previously served as Vice President of Finance and Controller of NSBF, the Company’s consolidated subsidiary that operates as a nationally licensed SBA lender under the federal Section 7(a) loan program, with principal responsibility for financial reporting and the development and implementation of NSBF’s accounting policies and practices. Mr. Leger previously worked at First Data Corp. as a Manager and Senior Accountant, in the Financial Planning and Reporting department, from 2005 to 2015, and previously worked in public accounting as a Senior Associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) from 2004 to 2005 and with RSM from 2001 to 2004, primarily in the audit of public and private entities. Mr. Leger graduated from Bentley University in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.
Richard J. Salute
CPA, Independent Director
A veteran accounting and audit executive, with over 40 years’ of experience, Mr. Salute will serve on the Board and as Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Salute served as a Managing Partner of the Long Island office of CohnReznick, where he was the Capital Markets and SEC Practice Director until his retirement in April of 2012. Additionally, during his tenure at CohnReznick, he was the engagement partner on NewtekOne’s account for approximately 5 years through 2010. Prior to CohnReznick, Mr. Salute spent nearly 30 years at Arthur Anderson, a global accounting firm, managing complex audits for medium- and large-sized public and private companies, and was responsible for providing his clients with strategic planning services as well as consultation in areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and process evaluation. Throughout his career, Mr. Salute has been the key accounting and finance professional in numerous initial public offerings and had an integral role in raising capital in the public markets for many of his clients. During his career, he has represented a multitude of publicly traded clients.
Mr. Mulia began his career in Finance in 1980 with General Electric’s Financial Services Division, GE Capital. In various assignments he was responsible for developing new businesses as well as creating innovative loan and lease products. In the capacity of lead banker, Mr. Mulia led the acquisition and syndication of $4.0 billion of loan/lease receivables, and was instrumental in developing the business plan for GE Capital’s entry into SBA lending. Since 1993 Sal has been a principal in RTM Financial Services Inc. (“RTM”), an investment and advisory firm dedicated to helping small businesses. In an advisory role, he created Pitney Bowes SBA Lending Unit, and was responsible for loan portfolio acquisitions. RTM is a principal and equity investor in leasing/lending companies and R.E. partnerships and maintains close relationships within the banking community.
Gregory L. Zink
Mr. Zink is a Partner at Newport LLC, a national strategic advisory firm that specializes in helping owners and CEOs of lower middle market, privately held, growth stage companies accelerate growth and significantly improve the value of their businesses. Since 1998 Mr. Zink has been the principal of the Lowell Group, LLC, a management consulting firm which provides strategic, operational, marketing and financial consulting assistance to start-up, small and medium size businesses. From 1988 through 2018, Mr. Zink served as the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Director of NGJ Brand Solutions, a distributor of commercial fitness equipment and health and wellness solutions provider in Japan. Mr. Zink was also previously employed by Newtek as an Executive Vice President from 2000-2005, Touche Ross/Deloitte Consulting, AT&T, and is a graduate of the General Electric Financial Management Program. Mr. Zink graduated from Penn State University with a BS in Finance and with a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Administrative Officer & SVP, Human Resources
Mrs. Razon-Feingold has served as the Company’s Chief Administrative Officer since July 2016 and as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the Company since July 2019. Mrs. Razon-Feingold’s tenure at NewtekOne spans over ten years, with her current principal responsibilities centered on managing the Executive department and all areas of Human Resources for the Company and all of its controlled portfolio companies. Mrs. Razon-Feingold holds a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from CUNY Baruch College and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hofstra University. Mrs. Razon-Feingold was elected to NewtekOne’s Board of Directors in September 2021.
Mr. Perez-Hickman is an experienced executive with a proven track record in management, mergers & acquisitions, and value creation at financial services businesses. Mr. Perez-Hickman previously served as Vice Chairman, Director of Corporate Strategy and member of IBERIABANK’s Planning Group Committee from August 2017 until its merger with First Horizon Bank in July 2020. In this role, Mr. Perez-Hickman was responsible for Corporate Strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions, supervising the Consumer and Retail Banking Division, reporting to the CEO. From June 2007 to August 2017, Mr. Hickman served as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sabadell United Bank, and from June 1998 to June 2007 served as Managing Director of Santander Private Banking International. Mr. Perez-Hickman was elected to NewtekOne’s Board as an independent director in September 2021.