Steve Bennett serves as Senior Director, Loan Origination for Franklin Street Capital Advisors. With more than 25 years of corporate banking experience, Mr. Bennett specializes in loan origination, negotiation, and structuring of debt and equity investments for all asset types.
Mr. Bennett most recently served as Senior Vice President of Capital Markets for Stonehill Strategic Capital, a direct lender in the hospitality sector. Prior to joining Stonehill, he was the Co-founder of Latitude Capital Advisors, a real estate and capital advisory firm with a focus on the hospitality industry. Mr. Bennett also served as Senior Vice President of Loan Syndications for the Specialty Finance Group, LLC (SFG), a subsidiary of Silverton Bank and a full-service lending platform originating more than $2.1 billion of hotel construction loans for leading hotel brands such as Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, and Intercontinental. Mr. Bennett and his team syndicated nearly $1 billion of those loans to more than 200 community banks in the form of loan participations.
Before joining SFG, Mr. Bennett worked for ten years as a Vice President and Business Development Officer in the large corporate lending divisions of KBC Bank – a large Belgian Bank – and Wachovia Bank. He began his banking career with The First National Bank of Chicago in their healthcare group focusing on equipment lending for healthcare systems across the United States.
Mr. Bennett received his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and holds a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.