Fountainhead is Chris’ second go as an entrepreneur in SBA 504 lending. In 2002, he founded Mercantile Capital Corp., which specialized in lending to small business owners (first in Florida, but then the company began operating nationwide) using the SBA 504 program. Chris sold Mercantile to Orlando-based Old Florida National Bank late in 2010. When Old Florida reached a deal to be acquired by IberiaBank in 2014, Chris saw this as an opportunity to return to his entrepreneurial roots and create Fountainhead, making not only interim second mortgages (like Mercantile), but also focusing on ground-up construction loans and becoming an active first mortgage lender for SBA 504 loans.
Chris, having literally written the book on SBA 504 loans, and being featured in numerous media, loves sharing the benefits of the SBA 504 program with all owners of small to midsized businesses, especially because he is one himself. Chris is passionate about building wealth for small business owners and works to empower small business owners to grow their companies with commercial real estate ownership.
Chris is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Center of Government (part of the Wharton School of Business at that time) and received two undergraduate degrees, magna cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago.