Welcome to Wintrust Franchise Finance


MEET OUR FRANCHISE FINANCE EXPERTS

Your business is part of a quickly changing market. As a franchise owner, you deal with trends that come and go, or rapidly shifting customer tastes, and your industry has very concentrated competition. You need a team that understands the issues you face and can offer the appropriate tool for the task. Our team of experienced bankers can help with finance needs as well as wealth management and treasury services. We offer the tools and expertise to execute a strategy for today’s needs, and a plan for the future.



SALES & CLIENT MANAGEMENT


Sandra McCraren

Senior Managing Director
847-432-2488
| smccraren@wintrust.com

Sandy has worked in banking for more than 27 years, primarily in commercial lending with an expertise in franchise finance. She joined Wintrust in 2001, founding the franchise finance lending group. Sandy provides oversight and strategy for the franchise lending team, as well as expertise in structuring transactions and managing relationships.

Paul Cantieri

Managing Director
847-432-4399
| pcantieri@wintrust.com

Paul has more than 25 years of commercial lending and banking experience with more than 20 years in the franchise finance space and the past 11 with GE Capital Franchise Finance as senior vice president. Paul has in-depth knowledge of franchise financing and is able to identify customer needs, generate solutions and structure complex transactions.

Lori Christensen

Managing Director
847-432-2399
| lchristensen@wintrust.com

Lori has 23 years of commercial banking experience and has worked exclusively with franchise owners at Wintrust for the past 11 years. She has extensive experience managing customer relationships, including identifying and structuring financing opportunities through credit underwriting and ongoing portfolio management.

Todd Cortell

Managing Director
949-557-8412
| tcortell@wintrust.com

Todd has more than 25 years of commercial lending and banking experience, including 16 years with GE Capital, of which the last 10 were with GE Capital Franchise Finance as senior vice president. Todd has extensive knowledge of the franchise industry. He is able to work with customers to identify the most fitting tools and develop customized solutions for each need.

Sean Willison

Director
847-295-4272
| swillison@wintrust.com

Sean has 15 years of commercial banking experience and has worked exclusively with franchise owners at Wintrust for the past seven years. He has extensive experience managing customer relationships, including identifying and structuring financing opportunities through credit underwriting and ongoing portfolio management.

Harris Rafiq

Vice President
949-557-8413
| hrafiq@wintrust.com

Harris has more than 13 years of commercial underwriting and banking experience including the past two years with GE Capital Franchise Finance as assistant vice president. Harris has extensive knowledge of franchise financing and works with each client’s unique circumstances to generate solutions and tools to meet each complex need.


RISK & SUPPORT

Evan Bossard

Senior Vice President, Risk
847-266-2141
| ebossard@wintrust.com

Evan has more than 20 years of commercial underwriting and banking experience including the past 10 years with GE Capital Franchise Finance as senior vice president. Evan leads Wintrust Franchise Finance’s risk team and has in-depth knowledge of franchise financing and deal structuring.

Sharon Moeller

Vice President, Risk
847-432-4905
| smoeller@wintrust.com

Sharon has more than ten years of commercial underwriting and banking experience including the past seven years with GE Capital Franchise Finance as a vice president of risk management. Sharon offers franchise financing expertise and is able to identify customer needs in order to develop customized solutions and offer complex transactions.

Melissa Reed

Closing Specialist
847-432-2394
| mreed@wintrust.com

Melissa has more than 20 years of banking experience and has worked exclusively with franchise owners at Wintrust for the past eight years. She has a comprehensive understanding of the operational aspects of loan administration while maintaining daily customer contact to manage and organize closing transactions and all department post-closing requirements.