Paula Cook is the Business Development Team Lead in the Wisconsin/Illinois markets, with Huntington National Bank's SBA segment, based out of Milwaukee, WI. With over 20 years of lending experience, Paula and her team specializes in working with small businesses to help choose the best loan option fit for their financing needs. Specializing in business acquisition/partner buyout financing, owner-user real estate, new construction, start up lending, equipment, expansion & leasehold improvement needs, or balance sheet restructuring, you will benefit from a seasoned and consistent lender that is committed to the SBA lending program in all economic cycles.
Our approach is to make the SBA loan process more customer centric, providing fast answers and advice based on dedicated lending. We focus on making a government loan program easier for our small business owner clients to navigate through. Since most transactions are deadline specific, we pay close attention to contract dates and structure, and understand the importance to meeting those deadlines & expectations. Our commitment is to be the key lending advisor in any small, large or complex SBA transaction.
Huntington Bank is the #1 SBA Lender in Huntington's footprint states. We have a dedicated business segment solely committed to understanding, navigating and delivering on a successful SBA transaction for our clients. Paula is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has a team of business development officers throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. This team is able to seamlessly conduct a transaction anywhere within our footprint states or follow a borrower elsewhere.
Prior to joining Huntington Bank, Paula held management roles with Wells Fargo for over 20 years. Most recently, she was the top producing ( #1 Business Development Officer ) in the Great Lakes Region with Wells Fargo SBA, and recognized as a year over year top performer. She is very well respected by her peers, referral sources, and colleagues. Paula is the President of MBBI, Wisconsin Chapter, a Chicago based M&A organization for 2017.
Prior to working in the SBA arena, Paula was a District Manager for Wells Fargo, where she led sales teams in the Wisconsin and Illinois markets since 1999. Consistently a top performer in recruiting, retaining and developing her teams to their fullest potential, while producing at very high levels.