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Advisory Board
The IFA Advisory Board members serve a two-year term and assist the IFA in broadening the public understanding of the uses and benefits of factoring and help to both design training programs and foster new ideas to benefit its member organizations.

Robyn Barrett – FSW Funding – Phoenix, AZ
Robyn earned her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and a CPA license. Robyn's first official role in accounting was at Restaurant, Inc. in Phoenix, a food contract management company and subsidiary of the Greyhound Corporation. Three years later, she left the company to take on larger-scale accounting pursuits at The Dial Corporation. After six years at The Dial Corporation, Barrett ventured into the world of corporate finance at FINOVA Capital Corporation, a Phoenix-based publicly traded commercial lender. During her tenure at FINOVA, Barrett held numerous positions including: senior finance manager, senior marketing analyst, senior credit underwriter and vice president of marketing. After leaving FINOVA in 2000, she went on to serve as vice president of marketing and business development at ZoomLot Corporation. In 2001, Barrett founded Scottsdale-based Factors Southwest, LLC. Barrett holds a master’s degree in business administration from Grand Canyon University and is an active member of numerous industry organizations including: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA); Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA); Turnaround Management Association (TMA); Risk Management Association (RMA); International Factoring Association (IFA); Commercial Finance Association, and the Association for Corporate Growth.

Eric Belk - Match Factors, Inc. - Florence, SC
Eric is the Vice President of Match Factors, Inc, a transportation factoring company in Florence, SC, that specializes in providing simple factoring solutions to small and medium-sized trucking firms. In addition to leading Match Factors, Eric also manages its affiliated companies – The Match Maker Inc., Logistec/TTS Resident Agents Service, Inc., and Truck Insurance, Inc. A Certified Account Executive in Factoring (CAEF) and a Certified Transportation Broker (CTB), Eric has over 20 years of industry experience. He received his MBA from the University of South Carolina in 2001, and currently serves as Professor of Business at Francis Marion University, where he has taught since 2003. In addition, Eric previously assisted aspiring entrepreneurs as a consultant with the Small Business Development Center. A hometown product, Eric remains actively involved in promoting the area and small business in the greater Florence community. He was a founding member of the Young Professionals of Florence, a civic organization committed to developing professional networking opportunities and supporting business growth, and has served in various leadership positions on the organization’s board since its inception.

Melissa Donald - LDI Growth Partners, LLC - Walnut Creek, CAbr> Melissa began her career working in and then managing a small commercial collection agency in the San Francisco Bay Area. During her time there, she worked in every area of the business from direct collections to litigation management. In 2001, she took a job with a young factoring company in Walnut Creek, California. She quickly moved from a Senior Account Executive, to Operations Manager and Vice President. In 2007, she and her partner launched LDI Growth Partners, a small factoring firm and focused her efforts in educating entrepreneurs about the benefits of factoring at a grassroots level. The result is that LDI does business only by personal referral, and works primarily with business owners with under $2M in annual sales. Melissa is currently the President of the Board of Directors for Community Violence Solutions, the umbrella organization for the rape crisis center, anti-human trafficking and other programs to end sexual assault and family violence. CVS serves Contra Costa and Marin counties. In her spare time, she is heavily involved in dog rescue; fostering, raising, training and rehabbing large breed working dogs. She lives in Antioch, California with her 4-legged companion, Acheron, a Cane Corso mastiff.

Harvey Friedman - Lenders Funding - Williamsburg, VA
Harvey is the Chief Operating Officer for Lenders Funding. He has been with Lenders Funding for the last 11 years. Mr. Friedman has over 45 years of experience in factoring and asset based lending. He was the Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at Gibraltar Corporation of America (“GCA”), a wholly owned subsidiary of United Jersey Bank. He worked for GCA for 32 years overseeing over $900 Million in collateral backed loans. After retiring from GCA Mr. Friedman became the Managing Director of Sterling Bank’s Asset Based Lending Division.

Cole Harmonson – Far West Capital – Austin, TX
Cole is co- founder and CEO of Far West Capital “FWC”, an independent asset based lending and factoring company based in Austin, Texas, since 2007. FWC serves companies with needs of less than $10mm, and has 6 offices nationwide. Cole has been employed in commercial finance and banking his entire career since graduating with a BBA in Finance from Texas Tech University in 1993. Active in the community, Cole currently serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Commercial Finance Association and the American Factoring Association.

John La Lota – Sterling National Bank - Factoring & Trade Finance Division- New York, NY
John is currently President of the Factoring and Trade Finance Division at Sterling National Bank. His responsibilities include the management of day-to-day operations in a highly regulated banking environment. He has overseen the acquisition of two factoring businesses over the past several years and helped Sterling become one of the largest factoring companies in the country. Prior to joining Sterling in 2000, John held senior level positions at Heller Financial and Congress Talcott. He is an active member in a number of trade and business associations including the Commercial Finance Association, the International Factoring Association and The Turnaround Management Association. John has volunteered with several charitable organizations, including The Needler’s Foundation and the Chabad Vocational Schools, where he is a former honoree. With over 34 years of experience in the factoring and asset based lending industry , he is also a trusted resource and has contributed to several publications including the Commercial Factor, The Secured Lender, ABF Journal, Woman’s Wear Daily, California Apparel News, Home Furnishing News and Bloomberg News. John resides in Long Island, New York with Karen, his wife of 27 years.

John Martin - General Electric Company - Atlanta, GA
With over 19 years as a practicing attorney, member of the Louisiana State Bar, and the last 12+ years as in-house counsel for General Electric Company, John serves as Executive Counsel - Finance overseeing the GE Global Monetization Centre of Excellence and serves as the leader of the GE Industrial AR Factoring Counsel. John’s areas of expertise concern International law and commercial finance - concentrating in the global transfer of trade receivables, securitization, capital market syndication, and leasing. John holds a BA in Political Science and a MBA from Louisiana State University, a JD from Southern University, and is an active volunteer in Junior Achievement U.S.A., Street Law Inc., Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, and youth baseball. Married to Deborah Martin and father of 3 children, John and family currently live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Fred Moss - Accord Financial Corp. - Montréal, QC, CANADA
Fred brings a wealth of experience and expertise in all aspects of the finance industry to his role as president of Accord’s Montreal-based subsidiary. Formerly president of CAFCO, he went on to found Montcap Financial Corp in 1990. Under his careful leadership, the factoring company grew substantially and was subsequently sold to Accord Financial in 1992. Today, the subsidiary is a Canadian leader in non-traditional financing, providing flexible asset based loans, factoring and purchase order financing to small- and medium-sized enterprises. Fred holds a BComm from McGill University and is a member of the Quebec Chartered Professional Accountants Order since 1965.