Banking & Commercial Finance Partner

Derek Schlender, CPC

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About Derek Schlender, CPC

Derek is a Recruiter and Partner with the Commercial Banking and Finance team at ThinkingAhead. He leads the SBA/Government Guaranteed Lending practice nationally, placing director/manage level leaders, business development officers, underwriters, and operations specialists.

In 2022, Derek was the recipient of the Ralph Mosley Award, a peer-nominated award that represents the highest honor at ThinkingAhead. Derek attended the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia with a degree in business management, and is a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC). He and his family of five live in the Nashville area.

“Derek was one of the best recruiters I have ever worked with. He stayed in contact throughout my job search and was always available when needed. He was able to work with me in getting a job that was in my career path and without him it wouldn’t have been possible.”

Heather Palmer, VP, GGL Operations Team Leader at First Bank of the Lake

SBA Subject Matter Expert
Director/Leadership Placements
Sales, Credit, and Operations