Finance Authority Expands Team

We’re pleased to announce that Matt Lima has joined Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority to fill a new position: Small Business Loan Officer.  He began work the first week of April.

Lima fills a much-needed role to help us reach and support smaller organizations with financing. In recent years, CFFA added small business loan products for fixed-asset investments, with a priority on financing minority businesses. “We created Matt’s position to continue our growth, expand our connections to serve more clients, and fully focus on these small business loan needs,” said CFFA President Jean Carter Ryan. Lima will manage two small business loan programs and CFFA’s small business Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which provides financing for energy efficiency improvements.

“We’re excited to have someone of Matt’s caliber join our team,” said CFFA Vice President Patty Huddle. “There is steady demand for these types of loans, and he’s eager to get out into the community to meet with prospective borrowers, guiding them through the application process to final approvals.” 

Lima will work in coordination with internal team members as well as our financial advisory firm and legal counsel. “It’s exciting to join this incredibly efficient team that makes such a big impact in our community,” said Lima. “I can’t wait to use our programs to help small businesses and nonprofits grow.”

Lima has a BA in Mass Communication from Wright State University and earned his NMLS loan originator license in 2020. He most recently worked for JPMorgan Chase in asset wealth management as a securities-based lending analyst.