Press Release

Merz Named Financial Services Champion of the Year by SBA

Natasha Merz, Vice President of Business Lending, has been Financial Services (Credit Union) Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Richmond District Office. This award is presented to an individual who assists small businesses through advocacy efforts, going above and beyond assistance given to small businesses in order to obtain financing, and other significant contributions to advance small business interests. Each year, the SBA recognizes small business owners and advocates that have made critical contributions to America's entrepreneurs and small business owners.

"Credit unions play an important role in SBA and small business lending," said Small Business Administration Richmond District Office Director Jayne Armstrong. "We are extremely proud of each and every winner for their hard work, dedication and fortitude that is reflected by our small businesses across Virginia."

The SBA Richmond District spans from Virginia Beach/Chesapeake to the borders of Prince William County. Langley also ranked number 12 overall among all SBA Lenders in the Richmond District region and has been offering SBA Loans since 2008.

"I am honored to be recognized by the SBA as the Financial Services Champion of the Year," stated Merz. "The Business Lending staff worked extremely hard to increase our SBA loan volume while meeting the needs of our business clients. It's great to see our hard work and persistence pay off with the recognition from the Richmond District Office of the SBA. We realize the importance small businesses play in our local economy and will continue to support them in the upcoming year."

Pictured (L-R) Joining Merz during the award presentation from Langley are Sr. Vice President of Lending Curtis Baker, Commercial Loan Administrator Tracey Pesante, Director of Business Lending Operations Heidi Williams, Vice President of Business Lending and award recipient Natasha Merz, Business Lending Officer Dara Jackson, and Business Lending Officer Cynthia Colonna.