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Ron Reuss
Ron has been actively involved in small business lending and economic development since 1979. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Penn State University and a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Syracuse University. He is also a real estate broker licensed in the States of Colorado and Florida.

During the course of his career, Ron has been associated with five SBA Certified Development Companies (CDC) situated within three different regions of the country. In the early 1980’s, Reuss assisted in packaging 502/503 loans for CEDCO-Small Business Finance Corporation, Colorado’s statewide CDC; in the mid-80’s, he helped start up Preferred Lending Partners on behalf of the City and County of Denver; in the late 1980’s, Ron was an officer of Rochester Economic Development Corporation (REDCO); after serving as Business Development Manager of the City of Thornton, Colorado, Reuss then headed up Front Range Regional Economic Development Company, know as Colorado Lending Source. He currently serves as President of GulfCoast Business Finance, Inc. in the Tampa Bay region of Florida. 
Throughout his career, Ron has been an active member of the CDC industry’s national trade association, the National Association of Development Companies (NADCO);
  • in 1998, he was elected to serve in SBA’s region 8, representing CDCs located in the six- state mid-west region prior to moving to Florida;
  • in 2006, he was elected to serve in SBA’s region 4, representing CDCs located in the seven-state southeastern region, and;
  • since 2003 he has served on the NADCO Sacramento Users Committee, which was established to work directly with SBA officials to improve the 504 program’s effectiveness.
In addition to serving on numerous chamber and economic development committees, Ron currently serves as a board member of the following organizations:
  • National Association of Development Companies (NADCO)
  • Bradenton Central Economic Development Center

Linda Anderson
Vice President
Portfolio Manager
Linda Anderson has worked for Gulfcoast Business Finance, Inc. since May 1992, when the company was operating as an economic development entity of the City of St. Petersburg. When the company transitioned into its current non-profit private operation in June 1995, Linda took on the administrative and bookkeeping functions of the company, as well as training in the loan servicing area. Her primary focus with GulfCoast is Portfolio Management, where she manages all day-to-day servicing of the loan portfolio, as well as customer care, loan service actions and assisting management in various administrative functions.

Linda has been in the lending and financial service industry since 1973, having worked in the secondary market division of two savings and loan associations for nine years, later creating a correspondent lending program and heading up a conventional loan trading team for a large California mortgage banking firm. Her interests include camping, reading, crafts and spending time with family and friends.

Jim Burnham
Vice President
Loan Operations
Jim is a “nearly native” Floridian having been a resident of Pinellas county since sometime back in the 20th century. He has spent much of his career managing the business operations of a large corporation and has developed a keen understanding of using financial data to determine the success and effectiveness of the business management. His background also includes program management, process control, quality control, and customer relations.

Jim joined GulfCoast Business Finance, Inc. in 2005 and is currently responsible for a dedicated group of people who package, underwrite, service, and close 504 and CRF loans. He is very proud of their contribution to the success of small businesses and the three thousand jobs that have been created by the customers in our loan portfolio.

He, and his department, are eager to provide your business with their assistance and will work hard to provide you with prompt, courteous service. Your borrowing experience with GulfCoast Business Finance, Inc. will be both rewarding, and beneficial to your business so give us a call.

John McCabe

Vice President 
Economic Development & Community SBA Lending

John is responsible for marketing and educating our lending partners, borrowers and centers of influence on the mechanics and qualifications of the SBA Real Estate Advantage Loan (aka 504) and the SBA Community Advantage Loan (7a) program newly adopted by GBF.

John has close to thirty years’ experience in Financial Services having spent a majority of his career in the securities industry as a municipal bond trader and advisor working with First Equity Corporation and American Express.

The last ten years john has been committed to small business lending throughout the state of Florida working with Crestmark Bank and Capital Banking Solutions.  An expert in asset based lending and SBA Capline (7a) programs, John has partnered with financial institutions in all the major markets of the state.

As a former Board member of GBF John realized the great work and great opportunities that exist in this economic climate for all small business operators to work with the expanded SBA programs GBF is offering to help them grow and be successful.

Sandra Anderson
Loan Officer
Before accepting a Loan Processor position with GulfCoast Business Finance, Inc. at the beginning of 2008, Sandra Anderson spent over five years as a residential loan originator. In that position, she used her credit analysis skills and her knowledge of loan programs to help borrowers find the best financing options available to meet their specific needs. Prior to that, she worked in the field of information technology in both individual contributor and management roles. Areas of expertise include programming, technical writing, configuration management, quality management and process management.

Sandra has a BS in Business and Professional Management and a Masters of Business Administration from NOVA Southeastern University. Professional courses include National Association of Development Companies: Introduction to SBA 504 Loans; Credit Analysis (May 2008).

Hobbies and leisure activities include: amateur radio, spending time with friends, family, and Fiona (her adorable kitty), and reading a wide variety of books.

Beth Herdegen
Southeast Florida Region
Vice President
Commercial Real Estate & SBA Lending
Beth Herdegen has more than 20 years of SBA & Commercial Real Estate lending experience.  Beth, a Miami Beach Florida native, began her SBA lending career in 1988.  She has assisted hundreds of small businesses throughout the State of Florida and Nationwide by providing SBA 504, 7a and commercial loans for real estate acquisitions, including office condos, industrial warehouses, hotels, car washes and gas stations; business acquisitions, and working capital.  In addition to SBA financing, she has provided commercial and conventional financing for owner occupied, multi-family, and investment properties, as well as USDA commercial loans, refinance and cash-out refi loans.  Beth is also actively involved in many state, local and national commercial real estate and mortgage related organizations, including chairing the South Florida SBA Lenders Group (since 2004).  Prior to joining Gulf Coast Business Finance, Beth spent eleven years as Vice President, Business Development Officer for two leading National SBA lenders.

Jessica McCall
Loan Processor

Before accepting the Loan Processing position at GulfCoast Business Finance, Inc. Jessica worked as a Bank Representative for a local credit union for a year, where she gained valuable experience and knowledge of the banking and loan industry. She then moved on to working with a credit restoration company based in Plano, Texas in 2012, where she was able to help those in need of a “credit face-lift.” She is now back in her hometown of Saint Petersburg, Florida to continue with a career in the business and finance world.

Jessica has an Associate in Arts Degree from Saint Petersburg College and is pursuing her B.A.S. degree in Management & Organizational Leadership.

Jessica enjoys spending time with family, friends and Neeka, her Siberian husky.  Jessica also has a passion for motorsports including, but not limited to, NASCAR and Drag Racing.


Bob Burris 
Vice President
Business Development

Bob Burris has more than 38 years of Commercial and SBA 504 lending.  Bob, a Jacksonville, Florida native, began his lending career in 1974.  Throughout this period he has assisted thousands of businesses in the North Florida area through business, commercial, SBA 504 and 7(a) loans. 

Bob has spent more than 31 years in the commercial banking industry providing both consumer and business loans for auto, equity lines, small office buildings and refinance, as well as merchant and treasury management services.  He was the President of the North Florida Group Three Lending Association from 1983 to 1985, President of the Baymeadows Kiwanis Club from 2002 to 2005 and an active member in the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.  Prior to joining GulfCoast Business Finance, Bob spent the past seven years as a Vice President and Business Development Officer for a leading SBA lender maintaining the ranking of the number one CDC for North Florida on number of loans approved by SBA.  Let Bob put his expertise to work for you.



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