Dennis Schlesner was named president of Presidential Financial
May 5, 2016.
Mr. Schlesner's experience working with companies seeking
liquidity and flexibility to support growth, acquisition or
economic recovery is well respected in the financial industry. With
more than 35 years of experience, his background is strong with
executive leadership in new business development and portfolio
management of asset based lending throughout the United States,
serving manufacturing, distribution, wholesale, and retail
industries, among others.
After more than three decades in the financial industry, Mr.
Schlesner has built an exemplary reputation as a business
development and sales leader, marketing manager, and portfolio
management executive. He joined Presidential Financial from
FirstMerit Bank Business Credit where he was a senior vice
president - national marketing manager. He led a 10-member business
development team responsible for the marketing and new business
development activities throughout the United States. Prior to his
four and a half years at FirstMerit, Mr. Schlesner worked for 26
years at Wells Fargo Capital Finance. As a senior vice president,
he was responsible for the acquisition and booking of commercial
finance transactions through the development and implementation of
marketing plans and strategies. He provided sales and marketing
direction for a staff of eight business development representatives
located in nine states. Prior to his role in new business
development, Mr. Schlesner held various management roles in the
audit, credit and portfolio management functions at Wells
Mr. Schlesner is an active member of the Association for
Corporate Growth, Turnaround Management Association and the
Commercial Finance Association. He earned his bachelor's degree in
finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Dennis Schlesner can be reached at 770-723-7402 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frank Palmieri, Senior Vice
President, Portfolio Manager
Frank Palmieri has spent over 30 years in the commercial lending
industry, primarily in credit and client management roles. As
Portfolio Manager, Frank oversees the entire client portfolio and
supervises the staff of account officers and credit managers.
In addition to maintaining and overseeing client relationships, he
is also responsible for risk identification and risk mitigation
efforts, and participates in the new business process by reviewing
credit needs and requirements on prospective new client
Frank brings extensive credit expertise to Presidential.
After beginning his career at Irving Trust Bank in New York, Frank
spent 25 years at Security Pacific Bank and Bank of America where
he held several credit and management roles. Frank joined
Presidential Financial in 2005.
Frank Palmieri can be reached at 770-723-7414 or email@example.com.
Krantz, Senior Vice President, Business Development
Paul Krantz has been in asset-based lending his entire career in
both credit and business development positions. As a business
development officer based in Chicago, Paul is responsible for
originating, structuring, and funding asset-based financing
solutions with commitment amounts from $2 million to $30 million
for middle-market businesses. Paul is expanding Presidential's
presence in the Midwest market with a calling effort focused in
Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Minnesota and Indiana, but he will
also follow his referral source to transactions anywhere in the
Paul has helped businesses finance their growth, turnaround or
acquisitions throughout his career, most recently serving more than
six years with PNC Business Credit as senior marketing officer
before joining PFC. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from
St. Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota, and a Master of Finance
from DePaul University.
Paul is a past president of the Association of Corporate
Growth's Chicago Chapter and an active member of the Association
for Corporate Growth, Turnaround Management Association, and
Commercial Finance Association. Paul also has his certified public
Paul Krantz can be reached at 312-474-6460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hanes, Senior Vice President, Business Development
Based in Cleveland, Jason Hanes is responsible for originating,
structuring, and funding asset-based financing solutions with
commitment amounts up to $30 million for middle-market businesses
in the Great Lakes regions. Jason's calling efforts will be focused
on Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and upstate New York. Jason has
more than 16 years of asset-based lending experience in the field
exam, portfolio management, credit underwriting and new business
Jason's career has encompassed many responsibilities, including
turnaround management, special situations investment banking and
financial due-diligence. He came to Presidential Financial after
spending 1 ½ years with Phoenix Management Services. Prior to
Phoenix, Jason worked for FirstMerit Bank Business Credit, Wells
Fargo Capital Finance and National City Business Credit. He earned
a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Bowling Green State
University and a Master of Business Administration from Cleveland
Jason is a Past President of Commercial Finance Association -
Ohio Chapter and an active member of the Association for Corporate
Growth, Turnaround Management Association, and Commercial Finance
Association. He is also an active certified public accountant
licensed in the state of Ohio.
Jason Hanes can be reached at 216-536-3422 or email@example.com.
Tom Matthesen, Director
Tom Matthesen provides leadership and strategic
direction for the company as director and as former CEO of
Presidential Financial. Mr. Matthesen was selected to lead
Presidential in 2008 based on his extensive knowledge of the
commercial finance industry and his dynamic leadership skills. With
a passion for assisting the small and mid-size growth company, he
actively engaged in forming strategic partnerships that drove
profitability and market value growth for his clients. His
turnaround and entrepreneurial management experience provide him a
unique vantage point for Presidential clients.
Following his eight years at President Financial,
Matthesen became President and Director of THRIVE Farmers, a social
enterprise focused on bringing economic sustainability to coffee
farmers. He will lead the company in its growth initiatives through
the next phases of business and strategy. Formerly, he was CEO of
Wall Financial, an asset-based commercial finance company he
founded in 2004. He was previously Senior Vice President with GE
Capital and Regional President of Heller Financial, and Sun Trust
Bank in Atlanta.
He has authored several trade journal articles and
wrote a thesis published by the American Bankers Association. Mr.
Matthesen holds a BS in Business/Finance from the University of
Colorado and a MBA in Business Administration from Georgia State
University, where he serves on the Board of Advisors for the J.
Mack Robinson College of Business. He is also a graduate of the
Stonier Graduate School of Finance and Banking (University of
Delaware) where he graduated with the top honor of "Distinction."
Mr. Matthesen has received his Six Sigma Quality and Executive
Leadership certification from GE.
Randy Roper joined MidFirst Bank in June 2005 and
serves as chief credit officer and first executive vice president.
He is also a board member for Presidential Financial
During his more than 30 years of experience in the
banking industry in Oklahoma City, Mr. Roper has served as
president for two different financial institutions in the
metropolitan area. During his career, he has been named a member of
Metro Journal 40 under 40, and was the chairman for the Central
Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board.
Making an indelible mark on the community, Mr.
Roper is currently on the board for Allied Arts, Greater Oklahoma
City YMCA, Leadership OKC, State of Oklahoma Legislative
Compensation Board, University of Oklahoma Michael Price Business
School and United Way of Central Oklahoma. He is a Past President
of Leadership Oklahoma City and the Edmond Public Schools
Foundation. Mr. Roper has also served on the boards for the Greater
Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Prayer Breakfast.
He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma and a
master's degree from Oklahoma City University.