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Christopher Hurn Cofounder/CEO, Mercantile Capital Corporation

Chris Hurn is the Cofounder and CEO of Mercantile Capital Corporation, a nationwide, commercial lending firm that specializes in SBA 504 loans for business owners who want to own their commercial property.

Chris has become well-known for his advocacy on behalf of small business owners. As a small business owner who provides financing for small business owners, he has a unique perspective on the commercial lending industry as well as a deep understanding of what it means to be a small business owner in America today. His passion for this work has propelled his company to great success. Here are a few honors and awards garnered by Chris and Mercantile Capital Corporation:

• A \\\"Top 100 2012 Small Business Influencer Champion\\\"
• The SBA’s \\\"Financial Services Champion of the Year\\\" (2010 and 2006)
• \\\"Top Twenty Most Influential People in Small Business Lending\\\"
• \\\"SBA Marketing Guru of the Year\\\"
• Inc.500/5000 List of \\\"America’s Fastest-Growing Companies\\\" (three years in a row)
• NADCO’s \\\"Banker of the Year\\\" (2006)
• Reader’s Choice Award for \\\"Most Respected Executive in Central Florida\\\" and \\\"Best Small Company in Central Florida\\\" (2007)
• \\\"Top Male, 40 Under 40\\\" in Orlando by the Orlando Business Journal (2006)

Throughout his career, Chris has served in various leadership positions, including his background as a business consultant and financier with GE Capital and as CFO for the NAI Realvest group of companies. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago with two magna cum laude bachelor degrees; earned a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Center (formerly at the Wharton School of Business); and left Georgetown University Law Center after his first year, deciding not to pursue a legal career.

Chris is a frequent speaker and writer for events and publications both regional and national, and has appeared in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Inc. magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, New York Times, Sacramento Bee, Orlando Sentinel, Scotsman Guide, Orlando Business Journal, SmartMoney, Origination News, FranchiseWorld, Franchise Times, and is a blogger for the Huffington Post. FOX Business News has asked him to comment on small business growth, SBA lending and other topics on five separate occasions, and has also appeared on PBS’ Nightly Business Report. Chris has been featured in 10 business books to date, and his first book — The Entrepreneur’s Secret to Wealth Creation: How Smart Business Owners Build their Fortunes — was released on October 1, 2012.

Chris is also the Chairman, Cofounder and CEO of Kennedy’s All-American Barber Club®. Kennedy’s is an upscale, franchised barbershop concept that offers the finest haircuts for men, the lost art of straight-razor shaves, and a modern selection of grooming products all within an award-winning, membership-based, nostalgic club atmosphere. He is currently franchising Kennedy’s nationwide with 13 clubs open in Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, and soon in New Jersey. He also owns one of the Kennedy’s Club as a franchisee of his concept.

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