Chris Hern is the CEO and Cofounder of Mercantile Capital Corporation, the SBA 504 Loan Experts. Mercantile is a nationwide, commercial lending firm that specializes in providing smarter commercial property financing for business owners and entrepreneurs buying their commercial property. Owning commercial property is one of the quickest ways for business owners to create wealth, and Mercantile specializes in making the complex commercial real estate purchasing process very simple for its Clients and their advisors.
Mercantile has appeared on the Inc. 500|5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies in 2009, 2008, and 2007, originally ranked #245 with 951% growth over a 3-year period. Through January 31, 2013, Mercantile has closed commercial loans worth more than $1.18 billion in total project costs across 37 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, while creating or retaining 8,030 jobs.
Chris is a #1 Amazon Best-Selling Author for his first book, The Entrepreneur's Secret to Creating Wealth. He has appeared on PBS and FOX Business News (seven times) commenting on small business issues, and have also been in such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and many others.
Chis is also the CEO/Cofounder/Chairman of Kennedy’s, a franchised men's barbershop concept (13 locations open, so far) that offers the finest haircuts for men, the lost art of straight-razor shaves, and a modern selection of grooming products all within a membership-based, nostalgic club-like atmosphere.
Specialties: Commercial Real Estate Lending, Commercial Property Financing, SBA 504 Loans, Commercial Property Loans, Finance, Marketing, Small Business Loans, Business Coaching and Consulting, business plan competition judge, etc.
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