Sam Marder, an account executive at Gibraltar Business Capital, manages a portfolio of credit facilities, where he works to provide clients with capital structures appropriate for their business goals. Sam also underwrites new credit facilities with an eye towards meeting the needs of both the prospective client and GBC.
What do you find most enjoyable about your work?
I enjoy analyzing my clients’ businesses and discussing their strategic initiatives to see how GBC can continue to partner with them to achieve their short- and long-term goals.
You worked at Gibraltar years ago and had a brief stint at another company. What motivated you to come back?
I initially left because I wanted to expand my credit knowledge about fixed asset lending, primarily M&E — as well as to learn about the appraisal and liquidation ends of M&E lending. But I missed the in-depth working capital analysis and the GBC culture. The opportunity to rejoin GBC became available and allowed me to be more involved in the day-to-day analysis and so I jumped at the chance.
What makes GBC unique from your point of view?
GBC has such a great culture, one that is not characteristic of commercial lending firms. From celebrating company anniversaries to quarterly outings, the GBC team really goes the extra mile to make it feel like we’re a tight-knit family.
What do you find most rewarding about working at GBC?
I enjoy the opportunity to gain insight into a variety of industries, networking in the greater Chicagoland area, and providing our clients with in-depth valuable insight. I enjoy providing perspectives that help our clients think big picture about the direction of their business and industry, vis-à-vis the capital markets.
How do you enjoy spending your time outside of work?
I spend my free time playing basketball (pandemic permitting), playing canasta, cooking and going for long walks, hikes, bikes, or runs. A fun fact about me is that I got married during the pandemic, which quickly changed our plans for a 400-person wedding down to a small ceremony of 20 people (socially distanced, of course).
What are you looking forward to in 2021 and beyond?
Beyond hopefully getting back to the office and reconnecting with my co-workers, I am looking forward to helping our clients navigate their headwinds and celebrate their successes.