Executive Management Info

Shane Knighton, President / CEO

Mr. Knighton has over 17 years of commercial lending experience encompassing all aspects from origination to liquidation. Mr. Knighton formerly served in various leadership roles for Member Business Lending LLC (MBL), including Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. During his tenure, MBL grew to become a nationally recognized commercial loan service provider and the largest SBA loan service provider to credit unions.

Prior to returning to MBL, Mr. Knighton served as First Vice President – Business Services for Kinecta Federal Credit Union. Under his leadership, Kinecta grew its commercial loan portfolio to nearly $1 billion, the 3rd largest in the credit union industry, and the 2nd largest SBA lender amongst credit unions in fiscal year 2018. Prior to joining Kinecta, he served as Vice President of Business Services for Western Federal Credit Union (now Unify Financial Credit Union) where he led the business services team to over $42 million in annual loan production.

Shawn A. Kisana, Executive Vice President / CFO

Mr. Kisana is responsible for MBL’s accounting, human resources and other administrative functions of MBL. He is responsible for developing and implementing the accounting policies and procedures that govern financial reporting. He also oversees the operations of the loan accounting department.

Mr. Kisana is a licensed CPA and has 9 years of experience with credit union commercial/SBA lending. Mr. Kisana was an auditor with a public accounting firm for several years prior to joining MBL. In that capacity he developed a proficient knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles. He has also performed a number of consulting engagements to improve profitability and operational efficiency for small to medium companies in a wide array of industries. Mr. Kisana has an extensive background in information systems. He is expert in relational database development and maintenance and is proficient in several programming languages. This experience contributes a great deal to the innovations being put in place by MBL.

Blake Marsh, Executive Vice President / COO

Mr. Marsh has over 14 years of experience in the financial services industry and over 12 years of commercial/SBA lending experience. He has experience in underwriting, processing, closing, and servicing of SBA and commercial loans. He oversees all aspects of loan operations at MBL. He regularly trains, coaches and evaluates internal staff on SBA and NCUA policies, procedures, and department functions to encourage the achievement of participant credit union goals. He is well-versed in SBA lending regulations for the 7(a) and 504 loan programs. He received Six Sigma and Lean training which is used to analyze existing processes and improve the company’s efficiency to provide exceptional customer service to MBL’s participant credit unions.

Joey Duckworth, Vice President / Director of Marketing

Mr. Duckworth has over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry, and over 16 years of experience in the credit union industry, including more than 10 years of experience underwriting, analyzing and servicing SBA and commercial loans. He joined MBL in January 2006 as the Credit Union Development Officer and was responsible for the development of comprehensive training programs focused on assisting credit unions in the development of their business lending programs. Over the years he has held various positions with MBL and has developed and managed customized business loan products designed to assist credit unions in taking full advantage of the SBA’s 7a program.

In his current role, Mr. Duckworth is responsible for planning, organizing, and managing all marketing functions to achieve company objectives, and visibility while ensuring a consistent marketing message and positioning, consistent with the corporate direction. He is also responsible for the development of strategy, tactics, and programs used to create interest, demand, and recognition for MBL’s products and services. This includes the oversight of the annual MBL Symposium, a nationwide lender’s conference. Mr. Duckworth also continues in his role to assist in the development of web-based information systems which provide real time, online solutions for participant credit unions, and in assisting credit unions in the development of their business lending programs.