About Derek Schlender, CPC

Derek is a Recruiter with the Commercial Banking and Finance team at ThinkingAhead. He leads the banking team’s SBA/Government Guaranteed Lending search practice nationally, placing director/manage level leaders, business development officers, underwriters, and operations specialists for bank and non-bank lenders.

Prior to joining ThinkingAhead, Derek helped direct the operation of a $12 million dollar multi-unit Chick-fil-A operation where he oversaw staffing, recruiting and onboarding of all new employees. Along with his business operations experience, Derek spent three years in direct sales with the Southwestern Advantage company, consistently ranking as a top producer.

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 four live in the Nashville area.

Commercial Banking
Commercial Lending
Talent Evaluation and Acquisition