Barbara Arena a long time director on the NEFA Board of Directors has taken a leave of absence for personal reasons. The NEFA Board of Directors have graciously accepted Barbara’s request, and have also agreed to allow Jean Jackson to stand in Barbara’s place on the NEFA Board until Barbara returns, hopefully sometime in March.

Jean C. Jackson is a Regional Account Manager for CIT Small Business Lending, the # 1 SBA 7A lender since 2000. Formed in 1908, CIT has over 70 billion in owned and managed assets with over 7000 employees worldwide and is a Preferred (PLP) lender for the SBA.

Jean is responsible for generating SBA 7A, SBA 504 and conventional commercial mortgage loans in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont.  She brings 25 years of commercial lending experience to her customers and prospects and has held the position of Vice President a several commercial banks prior to joining CIT. Jean holds a B.S. Business Administration/Marketing from Quinnipiac University, 1980.

Jean has extensive experience in structuring financing, evaluating rapidly growing companies, and has a proven track record on credit and management issues. Leading teams is a passion of Jean’s as she is a Board of Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Sullivan Tire Company, Former President of the South Shore Economic Development Corporation, Past Treasurer for the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, Past Executive Committee and Board of Director of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and Facilitator for The Board Forum: CEO Roundtable. Jean is a long time volunteer in her home town of Duxbury, MA where she has served on the Fiscal Advisory Committee, North Hill Golf Course Committee, Town Manager Search Committee, and 20 year member of Rotary.

The NEFA Board of Directors is proud to have Jean serve on the board.

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