Regions Business Capital Leadership Team

Regions Business Capital

The Regions Business Capital Leadership Team has the experience and market knowledge to come up with truly innovative financing solutions for the needs of large corporate and middle-market borrowers. This group of seasoned financial professionals is focused on using their wide range of industry experience to deliver solutions in asset-backed financing.

Regions Business Capital
1717 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75202

Courtney Jeans
Regions Business Capital Division Executive

courtney.jeans@regions.com
Courtney Jeans is executive managing director and division executive for Regions Business Capital. Courtney joined Regions Business Capital in January 2022, bringing over 27 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most of Courtney's career has focused on lending activities within the middle-market and large corporate sectors in both banking and specialty finance, where he held positions in business development, portfolio management and risk management. Courtney spent his entire career prior to joining Regions with one of the nation’s largest financial institutions, primarily based in Dallas, Texas. Courtney earned a BS and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in Finance and Marketing.

Donald E. Smith, Jr.
Southern Region President

donald.smith@regions.com
Don Smith is managing director and Regions Business Capital Southern Region president. He is responsible for oversight of the Southern Region, which includes teams in Atlanta, Birmingham and Charlotte that handle relationship management and new business development for the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Don joined Regions in April 2006, after 22 years with another major financial institution. His experience includes asset-based lending, leveraged finance, loan workouts, private equity group lending, large corporate and middle market lending, aircraft finance, government contract finance and healthcare finance. He earned an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Georgia State University and a BA in Finance/Accounting from Furman University.

W. Eugene Wilson, Jr.
Northern Region President

gene.wilson@regions.co
Gene Wilson is managing director and Regions Business Capital Northern Region president. In addition to oversight of the New York office, he is responsible for the Retail Finance, Supply Chain Finance, and Lender Finance specialty businesses. Gene joined Regions in April 2006, after 22 years with another major financial institution. His experience includes asset-based lending, leveraged finance, private equity group lending, large corporate lending, middle market corporate banking, risk management and retail banking management. Gene is a member of the Corporate Finance Association, a member of the board of directors of a non-profit organization in New York City and is a prior graduate of Leadership Georgia and Leadership Augusta. He earned a BBA in Banking and Finance from the University of Georgia and a Certificate in International Business from Nijenrode University in the Netherlands.

Brian L. Tornow
Western Region President

brian.tornow@regions.com
Brian Tornow is managing director and Western Region president for Regions Business Capital. He is responsible for oversight of the Western Region, which includes teams in Chicago and Dallas, that handles relationship management and new business development for the Midwest, the Southwest and ABL Energy Finance. Brian rejoined Regions Business Capital in September 2010, with over 25 years of banking and business experience, after a three-year stint as president of a Texas distribution concern. He built out the Chicago office and then relocated to Atlanta in 2015 to lead the National Origination team. In January 2017, Brian became the Western Region president. His banking experience spans leveraged finance, including cash flow and asset-based lending, auditing, underwriting, portfolio administration, origination and management. Brian earned a BA in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and is a CPA.

C. Mark Smith
Underwriting Executive

mark.c.smith@regions.com
Mark Smith is managing director and Regions Business Capital underwriting executive. He has oversight of all new portfolio underwriting. Mark joined Regions in April 2008, bringing more than 20 years of diversified financial experience. Prior to joining Regions, Mark held leadership positions with other large financial institutions. His background includes asset-based lending, leveraged finance, workouts, middle market lending, auditing and collateral examination. Mark was also the director of financial reporting for a publicly traded retailer and a manager at a large public accounting firm. He earned a BS in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Virginia.

Fred Cecil
Credit Executive

fred.cecil@regions.com
Fred Cecil is senior vice president and Regions Business Capital credit executive. He is responsible for credit oversight of the Regions Business Capital portfolio. Fred joined Regions Business Capital as credit executive in July 2017, after holding various credit leadership roles at Regions over 10 years, including credit executive for Regional Corporate Banking. Fred came to Regions with over 29 years of banking experience from another major financial institution. His background includes business unit management, relationship management, and risk management in the areas of retail, small business, asset-based lending and corporate lending. Fred earned a BA in Accounting from Duke University.

Sharon S. Cobb
Chief Operations Officer

Sharon.Cobb@regions.com
Sharon Cobb is senior vice president and Regions Business Capital chief operations officer. She is responsible for oversight of all Regions Business Capital operations. Sharon joined Regions Business Capital in 2008, after 22 years with another major financial institution. Her experience spans asset-based lending; financial analysis and forecasting for retail, wealth, business banking, commercial middle market, and real estate lines of business; operational compliance; and loss prevention. Sharon earned a BS in Accounting from the University of Tennessee.

Patti W. Aeschlimann
Customer Service & Operations Executive

Patti.Aeschlimann@regions.com
Patti Aeschlimann is senior vice president and Regions Business Capital customer service and operations executive. She is responsible for oversight of the RBC customer service teams in Atlanta and Birmingham as well as the RBC collateral management team in Atlanta. Patti joined Regions Business Capital as customer service manager in 2013, after 39 years with another major financial institution, and was promoted to the executive position in 2015. Her experience includes customer service and loan operations in real estate finance, middle market and credit card services. Patti earned an AD from DeKalb Technical College.