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Washington Federal Launches Franchise Finance Division, Appoints Leader

April 09, 2018, 07:30 AM
Filed Under: Franchise Finance

Washington Federal has launched a formal Franchise Finance Division focused on helping established restaurant franchisees secure funding for their businesses. The division is being led by industry veteran Marisa Felker, who will work from the Arizona Regional Headquarters office in Scottsdale and oversee the program across Washington Federal’s eight-state footprint.

“In recent years the restaurant franchise industry has been growing approximately 6 percent per year, and it is currently a $256 billion industry with no signs of slowing,” said Mike Brown, Arizona Regional President of Washington Federal. “While Washington Federal has been involved in helping franchisees for decades, with the addition of Marisa’s expertise, the time felt right to launch our own platform to help these businesses reach full potential.”

Over her 25-year career, Felker has served as a leader in franchise funding and also brings expertise in the areas of private banking and portfolio management. She has worked in leadership roles with both CitiCapital and GE Capital in franchise finance. Felker holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Southern Illinois University. She earned her master’s degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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