Officers

Co-CEO:
  Brian J. Van Nevel
Co-CEO:
  Steve Lowenthal
President:
  Anthony Gizinski

 

Biographies

BRIAN J. VAN NEVEL

Co-CEO

SPECTRUM Commercial Services Company

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

Brian J. Van Nevel is Co-CEO of SPECTRUM Commercial Services Company. Mr. Van Nevel and his partner, Steve Lowenthal, originally purchased SPECTRUM from U.S. Bancorp in March of 2001.

As Co-CEO’s of SPECTRUM, Brian and Steve share responsibility for strategic planning and management of SPECTRUM's growth and success. Brian’s day to day responsibilities include managing the accounts receivable financing program as well as the sales force for the entire organization including offices in Minneapolis and Detroit, coupled with a nationwide broker network.

In 1997, Brian joined SPECTRUM shortly after its founding as its first marketing professional, developing SPECTRUM’s marketing strategy and various marketing and financing programs aimed at referral sources and customers. Brian was very successful in developing a vast referral network of community banks, attorneys, accountants and other financial professionals. He was directly responsible for sourcing the vast majority of SPECTRUM’s portfolio growth. Additionally, during his tenure at SPECTRUM, Mr. Van Nevel has served in numerous roles including:

Prior to SPECTRUM, Brian opened a Minneapolis office for Cascade Finance as Regional Vice President for the Midwest Region providing working capital finance from $50,000 to $2,000,000. Previously, Brian opened a successful Portland, Oregon office as Vice President for CAPCO Financial. Mr. Van Nevel began his asset-based lending career with Fidelcor Business Credit in Los Angeles in 1987 as an account executive and credit analyst working on $500,000 to $10,000,000 loans.

Mr. Van Nevel graduated from Carleton College (cum laude) with a BA in Economics and received his law degree from the Northwest School of Law of Lewis and Clark College (cum laude). Mr. Van Nevel was admitted to the Bar in Oregon and Minnesota.

Mr. Van Nevel published an article entitled “Invoice Financing Turns Paper Into Coin” in Corporate Report Ventures in 1996. He appeared as a guest speaker on the Everyday Entrepreneur Show in 1997 addressing the topic of “Financing Alternatives for Small Businesses.”

Mr. Van Nevel has been a member of the Commercial Finance Association since 1995 and currently serves on its Board of Directors. He is an active member in the Association for Corporate Growth. He has also been a member of the Turnaround Management Association (“TMA”) since 1998, and was the President of the Minnesota TMA for 2004. In 2004, Mr. Van Nevel was recognized by The Business Journal as one of the "40 under 40" recipients in recognition of his achievements in the Minnesota business community.


STEVEN LOWENTHAL

Co-CEO

SPECTRUM Commercial Services Company

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

Steven Lowenthal is a Co-CEO of SPECTRUM Commercial Services Company.  Mr. Lowenthal and his partner, Brian Van Nevel, originally purchased SPECTRUM from U.S. Bancorp in March of 2001.

As Co-CEO’s of SPECTRUM, Steve and Brian share responsibility for strategic planning and management of SPECTRUM’s growth and success. Day to day, Steve is responsible for operations and administration, asset-based loan management as well as corporate finance.

Steve joined SPECTRUM in 1996 and is its longest serving team member. He developed its lending philosophies as well as the bulk of its monitoring systems and procedures. He has successfully underwritten hundreds of loans and financing relationships helping SPECTRUM’s many customers prosper. He is the originator of SPECTRUM’s customer focused approach to lending.

Steve has been active in the asset-based, factoring and purchase order financing arenas since 1986 and maintains an excellent record in the recovery of troubled loans. Prior to SPECTRUM, Steve worked as a senior account executive at US Bank’s asset based lending division. Previously, Steve also served as an account executive for a provider of working capital through factoring and purchase order financing programs. When Steve was the portfolio manager at SIMCOR Business Credit, the owner of SIMCOR lost access to capital and Steve successfully wound down the entire portfolio, finding a home for each and every borrower.

Mr. Lowenthal received his undergraduate degree (BSB in Business) from the University of Minnesota and his law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law (graduating in the top 10 students of his class) and has completed portions of his Masters of Business Administration. Steve was admitted to the Bar of the State of Minnesota. He is a member of the Commercial Financial Association and the Turnaround Management Association.


ANTHONY GIZINSKI

President

SPECTRUM Commercial Services Company

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

Anthony Gizinski is President of SPECTRUM and his duties include shared responsibility for strategic planning and management of SPECTRUM's growth and success.  Day to day responsibilities include oversight of SPECTRUM's sales force and various lending programs as well as the general operations of the company.

Anthony specializes in working with privately owned companies in the distribution, service, and manufacturing industries.  He is also experienced in financing acquisitions, rapidly growing companies, and those in the mature or early stages of business.  His credentials include a B.S. and M.B.A., both with an emphasis in finance, from the Carlson School of Management, as well as a diploma from the ABA National Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Anthony remains active in the Carlson School Mentorship Program and has also been a guest lecturer at the St. Thomas Law School, the Opus School of Business, and the Carlson School of Management.

Anthony began his career with Fidelity Bank in 1995, where he worked until joining SPECTRUM Commercial Services in 2013.  At Fidelity Bank Anthony managed a successful team of commercial lenders and analysts and also developed and maintained a substantial loan portfolio.

Anthony has been actively involved with the following organizations:  Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), First Tuesday, The Carlson School Mentorship Program, The Risk Management Association (RMA), Entrepreneur's Organization (EO) and the Commercial Finance Association (CFA).