Congratulations to SFNet’s 2020 40 Under 40 Award Recipients!

Please join us in celebrating the best and brightest rising stars in secured finance. Although we will not be able to celebrate the Class of 2020 in person until next year, we’ll be highlighting their achievements in the September issue of The Secured Lender. We also have a special congratulatory video featured below.

SFNet's 40 Under 40 Recipients 

Business Consulting/Turnaround

Michelle Gross Kuhr, Riveron

Business Development

Meredith Carter, Context Business Lending, LLC

Bryan Courcier, Hilco Global

David Estrakh, Express Trade Capital

Daniel Pfeiffer, Wells Fargo

Aaron Sceva, U.S. Bank

Kenny Smith, Crystal Financial

Leena Stover, Truist Financial

Farrah Vargas, Allied Affiliated Funding, a division of Axiom Bank, N.A.

External Field Exam

Trevor Brown, Bluewater Transaction Advisors

Legal Services

Samir Ahuja, Blank Rome LLP

Elizabeth A. Buckley, McGuireWoods LLP

Daniela Cohen, Winston & Strawn London

Jennifer Conway Fenn, Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP

Jeffrey Dunlop, Goldberg Kohn Ltd.

Kelley C. Gass, Parker Hudson Rainer & Dobbs LLP

Julia Gavrilov, Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP

Tabitha Humphries, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Elizabeth R. Khoury Ali, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Richard Kim, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Ikhwan Rafeek, Otterbourg P.C.

Bhavjyot Singh, Paul Hastings

Justin Wood, Troutman Pepper


Ryan Davis, Tiger Group

Mosana Khan, Gordon Brothers


Agnes Falconer, Gibraltar Business Capital LLC

Katie Marrs, Wells Fargo Capital Finance

Hailey Benton-Thomas, TBS Factoring Service, LLC

William Thompson, Fifth Third Business Capital

Portfolio/Risk Management

Tessa Brend, North Mill Capital

Edward Chang, Wells Fargo Capital Finance

JohnPaul Nuzzo, Santander Bank N.A.

Erika Duran-Polite, Merchant Financial

Lauren Wagner, PNC Business Credit


Sarah Becker, Citizens Bank

Megan Flaherty, Rosenthal & Rosenthal, Inc.

Daniel Goll, CIT Northbridge Credit

Mohammed Islam, Siena Lending Group

Jason Schumacher, Leumi Business Credit, a division of Bank Leumi USA

Lauren Trussell, Bank of America

The SFNet 40 Under 40 Awards, established in 2016, celebrate the achievements of young professionals in the secured finance industry — movers and shakers who exemplify true excellence in their careers and who also contribute to their communities and the industry as a whole. SFNet’s 40 Under 40 recipients are the future of the secured finance community.


To see our past SFNet 40 Under 40 recipients, click on year below for each 40 Under 40 Ceremony:

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