Our experienced partner team is committed to our partnerships with franchisors; business brokers and consultants; lenders; and CPA professionals.
This dedicated team is here to provide education about financing options to start or buy a business — such as 401(k) business financing (also known as Rollovers for Business Start-ups or ROBS). Our partners are also eager to provide support for transfers, growth capital, and other financing methods such as ROBS as a down payment for an SBA loan.
Director of Business Development
Allison joined Guidant in early 2013 and has been successful in growing essential partner relationships and has become a vital leader within Guidant. She is responsible for winning new accounts, managing existing accounts and creating lasting partnerships with key executives in the franchising industry. Allison and her team provide top notch service and results to all the verticals within 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.
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.
Business Development Officer
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 66 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.
Franchise Financing Consultant
Having been with Painting with a Twist Because from the start, Lexi also learned the back-end operations, giving her a well-rounded knowledge of the business. Lexi loves getting to know potential franchisees and hearing their stories. That energy, excitement, and passion allows her to thrive.
Because Lexi knows Guidant’s partners have varying franchise backgrounds and she understands the nuances of this process, she’s confident and excited to work with them. This dynamic relationship puts Guidant’s clients in the best position to fulfill their dreams of owning their own business – and Lexi is honored to be a part of that.
Franchise Financing Consultant
In her off time, Ashley enjoys attending baseball games (Go Mariners!), hiking and spending time with her fiancé and two wonderful dachshunds.
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