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Republic Business Credit Announces Promotion of Chesters to CEO, Other Milestones

May 10, 2016, 08:01 AM

Republic Business Credit promoted Stewart Chesters to Chief Executive Officer, Managing Member.   Robert Meyers, Chief Commercial Officer, was formally appointed to Managing Member and will support Chesters in his new role.

A management-led buyout of the majority of the shareholders was completed by Chesters, Meyers and a large single family office, securing an extension of both its senior secured facility and institutional investor structured capital line. 

“This management led buyout supports the creation of long-term value in Republic through embracing technology, product development and a continuing customer centric focus,” said Chesters.

Meyers, Chesters and the single family office contributed significant capital to buyout all of the existing shareholders, including its prior CEO, Allen E. Frederic, who will continue to provide his valued experience to Republic Business Credit as Vice Chairman and will continue to be actively engaged in the American Factoring Association, International Factoring Association and the Commercial Finance Association.  

Chesters, previously Republic’s President & COO, has stepped into the role of CEO and Managing Member. Meyers, following the investment, became a Managing Member in addition to his responsibilities as Chief Commercial Officer. 

“Investing into a strong business poised for substantive growth as part of its succession planning is a wonderful opportunity. Seeing the business add $12 million in new client facilities in the first quarter has been a thrilling start”, said Meyers.

“With these changes in place, Republic Business Credit will have the financial footing, flexibility and management needed to launch new products, grow its regional offices and expand into new locations,” said Frederic “I am proud to have been a founding member of Republic and look forward to supporting the team as it continues its growth and success.”

Republic Business Credit provides flexible working capital solutions to help rapidly growing businesses, start-ups, and companies in turnaround or recoverable distressed situations that need facilities of up to $10 million. Winner of the 2015 Emerging Growth Company of the Year award from the Louisiana Chapter of the Association of Corporate Growth, the Republic Business Credit team has the expertise necessary to meet the nuanced financial needs of companies across a wide variety of industries. It provides factoring and asset-based facilities, including ABL, receivables purchase lines of credit, inventory, equipment, and purchase order lines. Since its founding in 2011, Republic Business Credit has provided over $1.2 billion in fast, flexible working capital.

The company is led by Stewart Chesters, an English transplant to New Orleans who has led commercial finance companies on both sides of the Atlantic and Robert Meyers, a new business leader previously with Bibby Financial Services in Chicago and Los Angeles.

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