With the launch ofÂ Building Banking on Values, a new VoiceAmerica radio series I’m hosting that goes behind the scenes to tell the stories of the people, passion and positivity within the values-based banking and financing sector; I thought to introduce you to some of our guests.Â Listen to the show episodes right here!
Meet Laurie J Spengler:Â PresidentÂ and Chief Executive Officer of Enclude Capital Solutions (USA)
Laurie is President and CEO of Enclude, an advisory firm dedicated to building more sustainable businesses and institutions by offering the integrated capacityÂ and capital solutions that power economic growth, enterprise profitability and social transformation.
As President and CEO of Enclude (formerly ShoreBank International and Triodos Facet), Laurie is focused on expanding access to financial and livelihood opportunities for small and growing businesses, entrepreneurs and households. The goal: contribute to building a more inclusive and equitable global economy.
Her professional experience and interests are focused on supply and demand-side solutions to extend access to capital and economic participation.Â Professionally, Laurie has more than 25 years of experience as a strategy and transaction services professional, with significant experience in capital raising, M&A, and private equity transactions. Over the past decade, Laurie has developed a particular focus on access to capital for double and triple-bottom line businesses.
Prior to joining Enclude, Laurie was the founder and CEO of Central European Advisory Group. She worked as an attorney with the New York, Brussels and Prague offices of White & Case. Laurie values community engagement and has served on a number of community service boards, including the American Chamber of Commerce and the Fulbright Board in the Czech Republic. Laurie is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Learn more.
Human needs are at the heart of what we do. We work with clients and partners to build economic resiliency, foster entrepreneurial opportunity and protect environmental resources so that individuals and their communities are empowered to participate more meaningfully in the promise of prosperity.
We are as committed to generating a positive return for our clients as we are to âencludingâ those who are un(der)served by the global economy.
Meet Jim Prouty:Â Chief Executive Officer, Director and Chairman of the Investment Committee, SFREÂ
Jim Prouty, Chief Executive Officer, Director and Chairman of the Investment Committee, SFRE (Sustainability | Finance | Real Economies). Jim has over 35 years of international, corporate, investment banking and SME lending experience gained primarily at Bank of America and Heller Financial.
Jim started his career in banking with JP Morgan Chase (the former Chemical Bank) in New York. At Bank of America he worked in New York, Los Angeles, London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Germany and Paris in positions of increasing responsibility until he was appointed Senior Vice President for Continental Europe. During his time at the bank, he also headed the Financial Institutions Group for EMEA, overseeing 1100 banking relationships. He later served for 5 years as an Executive Vice President and then President of the Heller International Group, one of the worldâs largest SME lenders, operating in 22 countries in a JV structure with major international banks in Asia, Latin America and Europe. More recently Jim has been actively engaged in the Microfinance sector in Mexico and India. He is currently a Director and Chairman of the Risk and Asset and Liability Committees of Bhartiya Samruddhi Finance Limited in India. He has been President of the US Chamber of Commerce in Brussels, President of the American Council of European Chambers of Commerce, and was appointed by the US Ambassador to Belgium to be Chairman of the United States Trade and Investment Center, which focused on expanding trade with Central and Eastern Europe.
Jim has always been active in community affairs including roles with The United Way, Boy Scouts of America and The Duke of Edinburgh Award. Jim has an MBA in Finance from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Learn more.Â
Don’t forget to tune into Building Banking on Values. My VoiceAmerica radio show airs on Thursdays 15:00 PDT on the Business channel.Â Learn more.
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