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Fred Abousleman, President & CEO

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Fred was previously the Executive Director of Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG). OCWCOG has been a leader in regional economic development, business lending, and job creation. The agency has helped start or expand, through 504, EDA, USDA and local and state funds, hundreds of businesses in the Willamette Valley and Oregon Coast over its 40 year history. Prior to moving to Oregon, Fred was the Executive Director of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) in Washington, D.C. where he oversaw advocacy and services for the Association's 300 members including managing a legislative portfolio on economic development, emergency management, transportation and environment.


Julia Peacock, Marketing and Communications Manager

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Julia Peacock is NADCO’s Marketing and Communications Manager. Ms. Peacock leads the association’s messaging efforts through social media as well as targeted outreach opportunities to further educate stakeholders about the SBA 504 program and CDC industry. She brings her prior knowledge of trade association marketing and received her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University.


Rhonda Pointon, Chief Operating Officer, Regulatory Affairs and Training

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Rhonda Pointon joined the National Association of Development Companies (NADCO) as Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Training & Support in March, 2013. In her position at NADCO, Ms. Pointon spearheads regulatory affairs, representing the organization before SBA and other federal agencies. Ms. Pointon is an accomplished leader with over twenty-three years of experience in the banking and finance industries with a focus on SBA and commercial lending. Prior to NADCO, Ms. Pointon served as part of the executive management team of Congressional Bank as a Senior Vice President. She also spent seven years as a Business Development Officer/Lender with Business Finance Group, a Certified Development Company in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Earlier, Ms. Pointon worked for Central Fidelity Bank, now Wachovia. Rhonda earned her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Denise Ripley, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Training & Support

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Denise Ripley is NADCO's Director of Regulatory Affairs, Training & Support. Ms. Ripley joined NADCO from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Credit Risk Management, where she worked for Director Brent Ciurlino, the agency’s regulatory chief. Ms. Ripley brings broad knowledge of the SBA to NADCO, the trade industry for SBA loan facilitators known as Certified Development Companies which deliver small business loans including the Real Estate Advantage 504 Loan commercial real-estate finance loan and working capital loans known as Community Advantage. Ms. Ripley previously worked for The UPS Store and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Towson University.


Mandy Robertson, Vice President Conferences & Administration

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Mandy Robertson

Ms. Robertson joins NADCO from the Navy League, where as Vice President, Meetings and Events, she led conferences drawing upwards of 12,000 registrants and over 200 exhibiting companies annually. Prior to that, she was Senior Conference Planning and Sales Manager of the Aramark-AED Conference Center, hosting federal and business events including White House and Cabinet officials. Ms. Robertson was the top revenue generator in the organization. She earned her bachelor’s degree and received an MBA from James Madison University.


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ADDRESS: 1725 DeSales Street NW, Suite 504 | Washington, DC 20036

PHONE: (202) 349-0070
Ext. 21 Fred Abousleman (President & CEO)
Ext. 16 Rhonda Pointon (Regulatory, Training)
Ext. 17 Denise Ripley (Funding, Regulatory, Training)
Ext. 18 Mandy Robertson (Events, Website, Membership)
Ext. 19 Julia Peacock (Marketing, Communications)

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