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Mike Sharkey Reflects on an Extraordinary Career in the ABL Industry

Date: Sep 21, 2020 @ 08:00 PM
Filed Under: Industry Trends

ABL Advisor Video Series: Mike Sharkey, President, Fifth Third Business Capital recently announced his retirement following a highly successful career establishing and managing some of the most iconic businesses in the asset-based lending industry. In this exclusive interview, Sharkey shares his personal insights into the keys to success in the lending industry, what borrowers expect from lenders, and his ongoing commitment to working with various charities.

Co-hosting this video interview is Sue Bury, President and CEO of 1stWest Background Due Diligence. Sue has over 25 years of experience in broadcast and digital media. She is recognized as a national due diligence expert in business risk mitigation and most recently launched Business ON Media where is she is the featured host and executive producer of the Business ON Video Cast with Sue Bury.

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Michael Sharkey
President | Fifth Third Business Capital
Michael D. Sharkey is the President of Fifth Third Business Capital. He oversees a nationwide market with regional offices across the United States and Canada. Mr. Sharkey has more than 40 years of experience in financial services. Prior to the Fifth Third Bank merger with MB Financial, Mr. Sharkey was responsible for the bank’s asset-based lending group, Cole Taylor Business Capital and then MB Business Capital. For 15 years prior, he ran LaSalle Bank’s nationally ranked asset-based lending group. As president and CEO of LaSalle Business Credit, he helped build the group into the fifth largest asset-based lending company in the United States. During his tenure at LaSalle, he also served as executive vice president for LaSalle Bank and ABN AMRO. Mr. Sharkey began his career in financial services with GE Capital as a field examiner and loan officer and moved on to Manufacturers Hanover Commercial Corporation where he served as senior loan officer. From there, he joined and within four years became president of StanChart Business Credit, which was ultimately acquired by LaSalle Bank.

Mr. Sharkey is a permanent member of the Executive Committee of the Commercial Finance Association/Secured Finance Network (CFA/SFN), as well as past president and chairman of that organization. He is also past president of the American Brain Tumor Association. He is the recipient of the SFN Lifetime Achievement Award and a recent inductee into the inaugural SFN Hall of Fame. Mr. Sharkey is a graduate of Rutgers University and J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University
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