Ridgestone Bank Enters Tennessee Market with SBA Lending

BROOKFIELD, Wis. (April 22, 2015) – Ridgestone Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Jerry Woods to its SBA and USDA Commercial Lending Team as a Vice-President, Commercial Lending.  At Ridgestone Bank, Woods will utilize his breadth of experience to provide SBA and USDA lending options to small and mid-sized businesses throughout Tennessee and the Southeast. Ridgestone Bank’s Tennessee loan production office is located at 725 Cool Springs Blvd in Franklin.

 “We are looking forward to working within Tennessee and the Southeast to help companies underserved by traditional banks find access to long-term working capital,” said Bruce Lammers, president and CEO of Ridgestone Bank.  “As one of the Top 10 SBA lenders in the country, we have the knowledge and expertise to offer a streamlined process for SBA loans.”

Jerry Woods has enjoyed a diversified career in banking, financial consulting, and brokerage for more than 33 years.  He has held various levels of responsibility in the banking industry, primarily associated with serving the needs of small business through Small Business Administration lending in Ohio, Illinois, Arizona, and Tennessee.  Woods also started a small business consulting firm, advising in cash flow and capital asset management, leadership development, operations management, enterprise value maximization and succession planning.

Woods earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Toledo with an emphasis in financial management and accounting and has earned certifications and licenses in the areas of business brokerage, real estate brokerage and commercial mortgage brokerage.  Woods has served on various boards of directors for educational and cultural organizations as well as for the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL).  He currently serves as Director of the Ignite-Business program at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, Tenn. 

Ridgestone Bank is a privately-held bank with full-service branch locations in Brookfield, Wis. and Schaumburg, Ill., as well as loan production offices in Indianapolis, Northeast Wisconsin, Northcentral Wisconsin, Tennessee, Ohio and Southern California.  Founded in 1995, the bank is a leader in small business and government guaranteed lending nationwide.  Distinguished by the SBA as an “SBA Preferred Lender,” Ridgestone Bank is a top 10 SBA lender in the nation is the number one SBA lender in Illinois and is the number one SBA lender in its asset size in Wisconsin.  Ridgestone Bank is a leader in USDA lending in the United States and has been recognized as a valued partner by the USDA for its commitment to small businesses.  For more information, visit


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