Small Business Insight The concept for Small Business Insight was born out of a group of small business owners in the Hampton Roads area who experience a common need. Having searched for a publication to discuss the countless issues of importance to someone developing a growing company, we finally decided to take the entrepreneurial approach and start our own publication to fulfill that need. We hope Small Business Insight will give area business owners a way to better communicate with each other as well as a forum to learn, develop relationships and share both the difficulties and joys of growing a business. We offer a variety of articles on small business issues as well as profiles of successful local companies. We also wanted to build a community of small business people by offering a variety of networking experiences by which we can all learn from each other.
Albert “Rusty” Mills is the Senior Commercial Lender at M&F Bank. He is responsible for business development, commercial loan production, and relationship management in the Charlotte, NC market area.
Prior to joining M&F Bank, Rusty worked for Fannie Mae where he served as Senior Product Development Manager, Southeast Regional Director for Fannie Mae’s Community Development Business Center (NC, SC, GA, AL, TN, and FL), Senior Underwriting Manager, and Senior Business Manager.
Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Rusty served as Vice Predsident of Community Development Finance at Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo). In addition, Rusty previously held positions in the Commercial Real Estate Division with First Union Bank in the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland, and Georgia.
Rusty has served on several non-profit boards, task forces, and as an advisor – all focused on economic development, affordable housing, and the creation of sustainable communities.
Rusty volunteers annually for the Room In The Inn Program in Charlotte that provides shelter and meals for the homeless during the winter season.
Rusty graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in Business Administration.
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