We have a team dedicated to our strategic partnerships with Franchisors, Business Brokers and Consultants, Lenders and CPA professionals. Our team helps to education on the products available for starting or buying a business, supports with transfers and growth capital and educates on most popular product line, Rollover for Business Start-ups.
National Business Development Manager
Allison joined Guidant in early 2013 as the Business Development Manager of the West Coast. She’s been successful in growing essential partner relationships. In the spring of 2014, Allison moved into a National Business Development role. She’s become a vital leader for the team and is responsible for managing accounts and creating lasting partnerships with key executives in the franchising industry.
Prior to joining Guidant Financial, Allison spent three years as the National Account Director for ScentAir Technologies. In this role, she was responsible for prospecting and winning national accounts in industries such as retail, hospitality, apartment management, healthcare and entertainment. Before ScentAir, Allison spent seven years in the financial industry, working to identify, target and win new accounts with home builders to sell loan programs to homeowners.
Senior Vice President of Sales
Her past work includes leading sales for high growth companies in senior housing as well as consulting for startups and technology companies with an emphasis on building and scaling sales. Katie was instrumental in the growth of A Place for Mom, which is the U.S.’s largest senior care referral service. Katie is a mentor at TechStars, a technology startup incubator program that launches 10 new technology companies annually. Katie has served on various Boards and advocacy groups from senior housing advisory, to child healthcare and women in leadership. Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism.
Franchise Finance Consultant
Nilssen understands first-hand what it takes to achieve small business success and is able to provide expert funding advice to clients, coupled with invaluable industry insights. Known for his “do-what-it-takes” attitude to drive and deliver results, he currently works with Guidant partners and their candidates to coach them through the financing process. Prior to his Senior Financing Consultant role, Steve was a Sales Coordinator at Guidant, connecting clients with financing experts to help them reach their buisiness goals.
Outside of work, Steve can be found practicing his stand-up comedy routine and testing his fluency in the Mandarin Chinese language.
Franchise Finance Consultant
Ralph’s extensive experience includes key leadership roles in sales and business development, as well as a strong background in the financial industry. He was a financial planner, holding a Series 7 and 65 license, as well as a Series 24, which allowed him to supervise other registered representatives. Ralph’s experience in building small businesses and working with their owners has led to his passion for entrepreneurship.
Outside of the office, Ralph has traveled to all 50 states in the U.S. and is an avid aquatics buff. He loves the ocean and has built several large saltwater aquariums in his spare time.
Jordan enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, as well as escaping to the golf course and cheering on the Seahawks to their next win.
Nita’s diverse banking background includes roles in business banking and management. She’s a pro at building relationships and asks thoughtful questions about how she can fulfill her clients’ needs. Excellent listening skills, passion and patience makes her a top-notch problem solver.
On the weekends, Nita stays active hiking the beautiful Pacific Northwest and cheering on Seattle sports teams.
Beegees also has firsthand knowledge of what it takes to run a small business or franchise. Prior to joining Guidant, she served as the General Manager for a chain of tanning salon franchises, and before that, she was the Sales & Marketing Director for an independent health and fitness business. Today, she uses that experience to relate to clients and provide firsthand advice.
Beegees enjoys long walks on the beach, but she’d much rather be in the water, racing her son to the closest buoy. In the fall, she can also be found cheering on her favorite Seahawk, Marshawn Lynch, to another touchdown.
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