The staff of Bridgeway Capital possess extensive industry experience and expertise. We are dedicated, knowledgeable individuals who understand the importance of small business growth. We do all we can to help our clients succeed.
Business Education Director
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Aaron has 9 years of experience in the banking and finance industry. He worked as a Branch Manager for several banks before joining Bridgeway Capital in 2012 as an Entrepreneur Loan Officer. He was awarded various awards during his banking career including a PNC Achievement Award and he was a 2 time Champion Award winner at National City Bank. He is currently the Business Education Director at Bridgeway Capital where he oversees the technical assistance program. Aaron enjoys community service and has facilitated financial literacy courses at area high schools and churches. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Northside Christian Health Center as the Vice President. Aaron received his BA in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and his MBA from Point Park University.
Loan Closing Specialist
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Elizabeth brings 20 years of real estate and business experience to her role at Bridgeway Capital. Over the years, Elizabeth has worked on numerous real estate related transactions and projects, including property management, commercial and residential leasing and administration. Elizabeth received her BA in Political Science from Bowling Green State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston.
Chief Underwriting Officer
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As Chief Underwriting Officer, T.J. is responsible for all aspects of credit approval, credit administration, loan underwriting, closing for all loan products, portfolio administration, and policy development. T.J. brings over two decades of diverse banking experience to Bridgeway Capital. Working for a Pittsburgh based superregional bank, he most recently focused on credit portfolio management and strategy, policy development, regulatory compliance, and governance and process improvement. He also has extensive experience managing commercial real estate problem assets and as a corporate finance account manager and credit analyst. T.J. holds a BBA in Finance and Business Economics from the University of Notre Dame.
Associate Director of Communications
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Katherine brings nonprofit marketing and event production skills to her role at Bridgeway Capital. In her previous position as Relationship Manager of GTECH Strategies Katherine managed marketing campaigns, development activities, and events. Katherine earned a BFA in Fine Art from Ringling College of Art and Design.
Arthur T. Clinger
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Art has been in the banking industry since 2004 and most recently served as a Branch Manager, Vice President at First Niagara Bank. He has worked with various types of businesses in all stages of growth and development to help develop and deliver custom solutions to meet their unique needs. Art received his BS from Clarion University and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Community Development Loan Officer
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Jeni has nearly 10 years of experience in the banking and community development field. Most recently, Jeni worked as an Entrepreneurship Investment Specialist for the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. This followed her time as Branch Manager and Community Development Chair for the Southwestern Pennsylvania region of WesBanco Bank. In 2012, Jeni received the Community Bank CRA Officer Appreciation Award from Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group for her work as CRA Officer at Fidelity Bank. She is currently a Community Development Loan Officer at Bridgeway Capital where she manages various community development projects throughout the 15-county region covered by Bridgeway Capital. Jeni received her BS in Business Administration – Finance from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2015, Jeni became a certified LEED Green Associate.
Mary Kay Ferrance
Mary Kay brings 17 years of experience to Bridgeway Capital as an accounting manager with Highmark Inc. and its subsidiary companies. While there she worked with both non-profit and for-profit entities in a variety of industries. Prior to her experience at Highmark, Mary Kay worked as an accounting manager for a major Pittsburgh retailer. She received her BS in Accounting from Point Park University and also holds a BS in Music Education from Duquesne University.
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Tanner graduated from Penn State University in 2013 with a BS in Finance. Prior to joining Bridgeway Capital, Tanner was a Senior Auditor and AVP at PNC where he worked on the Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses (ALLL). His responsibilities included analysis of PNC’s loan loss reserves, as well as proper accounting treatment and reporting of troubled credit. He worked in Investment Operations at Federated before his time at PNC. Tanner has successfully completed all required testing to obtain a CPA License.
Director of Erie Office
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T.J. has been in the business banking industry for 6 years, and has specialized in helping businesses get the capital they need to expand throughout the area. His most recent position was with Huntington Bank as a Business Banking Specialist where he managed and helped grow the portfolio of the Northwest Pennsylvania region that he covered. T.J. received his BS in Business Administration from DeVry University in Columbus, Ohio.
Director of the Craft Business Accelerator
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Adam brings a comprehensive nonprofit administration skill set to his role at Bridgeway Capital. His previous position was as the Executive Director of Touchstone Center for Crafts where he managed a wide range of activities including marketing, development, and program design. Adam also served as the Manager of Operations for the Arts Education Collaborative, an arts education advocacy organization under the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. In addition, he possesses 20 years of experience as a glassmaker in production and academic settings. Adam earned a BA in History from Centre College, and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master of Art Management (MAM) degree.
Chief Financial Officer
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Scott Langill has nearly 20 years of accounting and finance experience with various higher-education and nonprofit institutions. Scott brings extensive experience in areas such as financial reporting, gift and grant accounting, capital and operational budgeting, and business administration. Scott holds a BS in Accounting from Bentley University, and has done graduate work in Management at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA.
Senior Commercial Credit Officer
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Bruce brings over 35 years of business and banking experience to Bridgeway Capital, beginning as a clerk in the parts room of his family’s automobile dealership, gaining experience in each department, graduating from the Chevrolet School of Merchandising and Management, and progressing to the position of General Manager. After returning to school to complete a graduate degree, he served for 7 years with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency where he earned a commission as a National Bank Examiner. Bruce served as examiner in charge or assisting examiner in banks of all sizes and conditions throughout the Southeastern District and as an instructor for district schools. In addition, he served on a special task force in Washington that was charged with determining the circumstances that led to national bank failures. The information obtained by the task force was used in the booklet entitled Bank Failure – An Evaluation of the Factors Contributing to the Failure of National Banks that was circulated industry-wide.
Since leaving the OCC, Bruce has served several banks in positions including Vice President and Northern Virginia Team Leader – Credit Review in NationsBank’s Washington Metro Area, Loan Review Officer with Johnstown Savings Bank, President and CEO of Premier Bank – North, and SVP and Regional Executive for F & M Bank – West Virginia. Bruce earned a BA in History and an MBA from West Virginia University.
Christopher A. Luedy
Senior Commercial Real Estate Officer
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Chris brings 20 years of commercial real estate, lending, and credit experience to his role at Bridgeway Capital. He has managed several commercial loan portfolios in the local market ranging from $50MM to $70MM in portfolio size. Over the years, Chris has worked on numerous investment real estate transactions including residential land development, apartment, office, warehouse, and self-storage space. In his prior positions, he has been responsible for the management and growth of existing commercial portfolios coupled with credit and underwriting analysis of loan transactions. Chris received his BA in History from the University of Pittsburgh and an Advanced Accounting Certificate from Duquesne University.
Chief Strategy and Development Officer
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Prior to joining Bridgeway Capital, Matt was a regulatory policy analyst for a Washington D.C.- based nonprofit advocacy organization. Matt has eight years of experience with data and financial analysis, strategic communication, and stakeholder management in the nonprofit environment. He received a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Landscape Contracting from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA in Sustainability from Duquesne University.
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Nick has 6 years of experience in banking, financial services, and lending services. He most recently worked for First Commonwealth Bank as a Financial Solutions Specialist. He received a B.A. in Media Arts from Robert Morris University in 2007.
President & CEO
Mark Peterson founded and leads Bridgeway Capital, which manages $96 million and invests in economic opportunity and community revitalization across western Pennsylvania. Since 1990, the organization’s team has help placed over 1,000 loans for $145 million, which have leveraged nearly $470 million in additional financing. More than 11,000 jobs have been created and retained, leading toward its mission to create a thriving region for all. Mr. Peterson has more than 38 years of experience in managing nonprofit organizations in Pittsburgh. Prior to founding Bridgeway Capital, he served as a management and fundraising consultant to nonprofit organizations. Mark received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Wittenberg University.
Chief Lending Officer
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Dwayne has been a part of the banking industry in western Pennsylvania for over 10 years. He has managed multiple branches and has led teams to exceed revenue goals, increase loan application production, and develop customer engagement programs. His most recent position was with Huntington Bank as a Branch Manager/Assistant Vice President. Dwayne received his degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
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Jennie brings 14 years of industry experience to her position at Bridgeway Capital where she implements new and revises existing procedures at Bridgeway for speed and efficiency. As the Executive Administrator, she assisted the lending team with applications, client communications, and closing documents. Prior to that position, Jennie worked as the Office Manager for Bridgeway Capital. She has also worked as a guest relations officer and production assistant for a major advertising and public relations firm located in Downtown Pittsburgh. Jennie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Communications from Pennsylvania State University.
Jacob M. Sault, CPA
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Prior to joining Bridgeway Capital, Jake spent more than 6 years in public accounting at a firm in Elmhurst, IL, during which time he worked primarily servicing the accounting, tax and advisory needs of small businesses in the Chicago area. He then spent 3 years as the first corporate controller of an established Midwest freight transportation company, where he developed their accounting procedures and systems while overseeing all finance and accounting duties and staff. During this time in Illinois, he also was appointed and served as treasurer for his church for 6 years as well as treasurer of a church denominational fund for 3 years. He holds a BS in Accounting from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL and achieved CPA status in 2011.
Healthy Food Access Program Manager
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As Healthy Food Financing Specialist, Blair is responsible for developing and executing strategies related to improving food access in Western Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Bridgeway Capital, Blair served as a senior analyst at BNY Mellon and was instrumental in launching the global Social Finance initiative. She brings 7 years of project management, stakeholder engagement, and strategic communications experience in both the public and private sectors to Bridgeway Capital. Blair holds an MBA in Sustainability from Duquesne University and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Allegheny College.
Community Development Loan Officer
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Andre Simon is a Community Development Loan Officer. Formerly of Bank of American Merrill Lynch, he has several years of financial analysis experience underwriting various credit facilities for commercial baking clients. Andre has a comprehensive understanding of lending through his formal credit training while he also has a background in sales. Andre is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and hold a Bachelor of Arts; Anthropology focus International Business, Posse Foundation Scholar. Also, he is expected to graduate from Carnegie Mellon University; Masters of Public Management focus Entrepreneurship & Social Community Development spring of 2018.
Director of Uniontown Office
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Reid has been in the banking industry for over 25 years with the last 15 years devoted to small business and commercial banking. He has worked with businesses ranging from start-ups to those with over $20 million in total revenue. His most recent positions were with National City/First Niagara and S&T Bank. Reid is a past Board Chairman of the Uniontown YMCA and currently serves on their Board of Trustees, Strategic Planning and Executive Committees. He has BS Degree in Business Administration and Finance from Waynesburg College.
Senior Credit Analyst
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Carla brings over 25 years of banking experience to Bridgeway Capital. A majority of that time was spent in the community bank environment where she gained extensive knowledge of small business credit and lending practices, regulatory requirements and commercial loan documentation. Her responsibilities at Bridgeway Capital include review of new loan applications/proposals, financial analysis, collateral assessment and credit underwriting. Carla received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political-Science from Saint Leo University.
Entrepreneur Lending Director
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Shawn has been in the banking industry for the last 10 years and most recently served as Bank Manager/Vice President at PNC Bank. He has worked with various businesses and clients in consumer and business banking helping them to deliver customer solutions. He has also managed many banks in the Pittsburgh area. Shawn sits on several nonprofit boards in western Pennsylvania. Shawn received his BS in Business Administration and Business Management from La Roche College.
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Kara has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014. Kara has over 10 years experience in Public Housing and Property Management. In addition to managing the day to day functions as Bridgeway’s office manager, Kara provides support to our credit and lending team and as well as our finance department.