SomerCor hires SBA veteran lender Margaret Griffin as Chief Lending Officer and names SBA 504 leader Brian Comiskey, CPA Chief Credit Officer  

Margaret Griffin
EVP, Chief Lending Officer
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Brian Comiskey, CPA
EVP, Chief Credit Officer
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CHICAGOSomerCor, a Small Business Administration (SBA) Certified Development Company (CDC), is proud to announce the hire of veteran SBA banker Margaret Griffin as Chief Lending Officer and Executive Vice President, and the appointment of SomerCor’s Brian Comiskey, CPA as Chief Credit Officer and Executive Vice President. With a combined 35 years of industry experience, Griffin and Comiskey assume these key leadership roles as part of a strategic growth plan and a continued commitment to outstanding customer service and best-in-class SBA compliance.

Griffin comes to SomerCor with extensive SBA lending experience and a distinguished management track record. She recently served as Senior Vice President, SBA Regional Sales Manager, for Huntington National Bank, where she led a team of bankers that ranked number one in the Chicagoland area three years consecutively in SBA loan origination volume. Griffin has worked with SomerCor throughout her career, she served on the company’s board of directors for two years, 2019-2021. Previously, Griffin served as Vice President, SBA Development Manager at Ridgestone Bank (now Byline Bank). Margaret is a subject matter expert presenter for the SBA Illinois District Office and SCORE.

“Margaret is a highly respected business banker. She brings SBA industry expertise, business development acumen, and strong leadership. I am thrilled to have Margaret on board as part of our executive management group,” said Manuel Flores, SomerCor President and CEO.

“I have worked with SomerCor as a banker and board member and am excited to be part of such a talented team. I look forward to helping SomerCor scale its growth to make sure more small businesses can benefit from the SBA 504 program,” said Griffin.

Comiskey has been named Chief Credit Officer. He will lead the company’s SBA 504 credit and underwriting activities, including the development and implementation of credit policies, and overseeing operational processes. Comiskey is also tasked with supporting Griffin and the loan origination team on complex loan structuring and eligibility matters. Comiskey is transitioning into this role after successfully serving as SomerCor’s Chief Lending Officer for the last two years, where he was instrumental in growing loan production by 56% and spearheading operational efficiencies.

“SomerCor’s priority is to provide superior access to the 504 loan program with a focus on execution, speed, and certainty.  SomerCor’s continued loan growth calls for an expansion of our credit shop to maintain our high level of service and expertise.  I am eager to transition into my new position,” said Comiskey.

“Brian has played a pivotal role in growing our loan origination and streamlining our operations. Brian’s deep knowledge of the SBA 504 program along with his loan origination experience and credit background make him uniquely qualified for his new role. We have substantially raised the talent bar by pairing Brian and Margaret,” said Flores.


About SomerCor

SomerCor is a non-profit lender, certified by the Small Business Administration, that specializes in originating and servicing SBA 504 loans. Since its founding in 1992, SomerCor has funded over 2300 loans with a total volume of $1.42 billion. SomerCor also administers the Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) and Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) grants for the city of Chicago.

Based in Chicago, the SomerCor mission is to grow businesses, create jobs, and increase impactful investment in every community through access to capital.