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Meet our leadership team
Rick Dennen: Founder, President & CEO
Rick Dennen is President and CEO of First Commercial Finance, a division of First Financial Bank, which operates under the brands of Oak Street Funding and First Franchise Capital Corporation. As founder of Oak Street Funding, Rick led the specialty lending company from a business concept in 2003 to the nation’s top insurance lender. Since then Oak Street expanded its lending offerings to registered investment advisors (RIAs), certified public accountants (CPAs) and indirect auto finance companies. In addition, Oak Street offers third-party loan servicing to multinational bank portfolios and backup servicing to securitized portfolios. After Oak Street Funding was purchased by First Financial Bank in 2015, Rick took on the additional role of President of First Franchise Capital Corporation, a business providing commercial lending to restaurant franchisees. Through Rick’s leadership, First Commercial Finance has experienced exponential growth resulting in a portfolio that exceeds $1B.
Before founding Oak Street, Rick was a partner in a venture capital firm serving various capacities for portfolio companies within the fund. He was also a Senior Manager at Deloitte serving public and private companies in the financial services and manufacturing industries.
Rick earned both a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Indiana, as well as a licensed agent for Life, Accident and Health products in Indiana and holds one or more of these licenses in 45 other states. Rick has authored and been featured in numerous articles in leading publications. He is an adjunct professor of venture capital and entrepreneurial finance at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and has spoken at conferences, universities, seminars and other events.
Telephone: (317) 428-3800
Fax: (317) 428-5000
Alicia Mitchell Chandler: Chief Counsel
As Chief Counsel, Alicia is a member of the management team and is responsible for managing all aspects of legal services for Oak Street and First Franchise Capital, including, but not limited to, negotiations, contracts, loan documentation, collections, litigation, and direction of work with outside law firms. Alicia developed and advanced Oak Street’s legal department during extensive company growth. Prior to joining Oak Street, Alicia was first an associate, and then became a partner, at a mid-size Indianapolis firm where she handled much of Oak Street’s legal work. Alicia holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati and her Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Alicia is a member of the bar in Indiana, United States District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana, United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern and Northern District of Indiana.
Telephone: (317) 428-3847
Fax: (317) 428-5197
Kathy Yeary: Executive Director Customer Service and Human Resources
Telephone: (317) 428-3838
Fax: (317) 805-2714
Bill Nicholson: Executive Director of Sales
Telephone: (317) 428-3835
Fax: (317) 428-5195
David Christman: Chief Information Officer
Telephone: (317) 428-3811
Fax: (317) 428-5111
Sharon Robbins: Chief Marketing Officer
Sharon has served on the boards of several for-profit and non-profit organizations. Her diverse experience, master’s degree with honors in industrial and consumer psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J., and business expertise have made her a highly sought-after speaker/advisor at many marketing forums.
Telephone: (317) 428-3804
Kirsten Petras: Executive Director of Sales
Kirsten has a Bachelor of Business Administration and Management from Marian University. She has received several sales leadership awards throughout her career including most recently being named to the list of 2016 & 2017 Elite Women by Insurance Business America magazine.
Telephone: (317) 428-5156
Fax: (317) 805-2551
Barry Kehl: Executive Director of Underwriting
Barry has successfully managed the performance, risk and monitoring of a $1 Billion plus commercial loan portfolio, managed commercial credit underwriting, and worked with regulatory bodies to ensure compliance. Barry is a graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Finance and a Master’s degree in Accounting.
Telephone: (317) 428-3805
Fax: (317) 805-2769
Alan Paterson: Chief Credit Officer, First Franchise Capital
Alan is a commercial lending professional with over 35 years of experience and has served in a number of leadership roles over this period, having led teams engaged in client relationship management, credit underwriting and approval for portfolios exceeding $3 Billion, organizational risk supervision and interaction with regulators. Alan is a graduate of Oakland University and a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve.
Telephone: (513) 979-5791
Mobile: (614) 296-2879
Brian Henson: Director of Underwriting, Strategic Markets
Brian started his lending career in 2002 and has since held positions in credit, sales and portfolio management at several regional banks. Prior to joining Oak Street, he managed a $200MM national real estate loan portfolio. Brian has a Bachelor of Science in Management from Purdue University.
Telephone: (317) 428-3843
Fax: (317) 428-5183
Maranda Stars: Controller
Telephone: (317) 428-3845
Fax: (317) 805-2765