National Funding CEO and CFO Both Finalists in San Diego Awards Programs


National Funding, a small business financial services company, is pleased to announce its Chief Executive Officer, David Gilbert and Chief Financial Officer, Bob Sweeney were both finalists in the San Diego Business Journal’s C-level executive awards programs.

David Gilbert, SDBJ Awards Finalist for CEO of the Year

David Gilbert, National Funding CEO

National Funding CEO, David Gilbert was a finalist in the 7th Annual Most Admired CEO program held on December 2013. It recognized San Diego’s most dynamic and innovative business leaders. Winners and finalists were selected based on guiding their company’s continued success through their vision, foresight and tenacity. Asaf Benhaim, of IMatrix nominated Gilbert for the CEO award.

National Funding CFO, Bob Sweeney was a finalist in the 8th Annual CFO of the Year Awards program held on March 2014. The awards program recognized CFOs for the roles they play in the success of their businesses and their positive impact on the company. Winners and finalists are key professionals who exemplify hard work, dedication and ethics with the ability to inspire others to work together to find solutions to business challenges. Greg Sallee of CPA firm Gatto, Pope & Walwick LLP nominated Sweeney for the CFO award.

Under Gilbert’s leadership, National Funding was recognized as one of San Diego’s 2013 Fastest Growing Companies by the San Diego Business Journal, and made the Inc. 500|5000 2013 list of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies. The company has since gone from 65 to 105 employees. Previously Gilbert was named the 2007 USC Marshall School of Business Entrepreneur of the Year. In the area of community involvement, Gilbert was named to the Board of Trustees of the Seacrest Village Retirement Communities.

“It’s a great honor to be selected as a finalist in the CEO competition,” said David Gilbert. “With thousands of businesses in the region, to achieve this honor is a distinct privilege. It wouldn’t have been possible without our dedicated family of employees. It’s the pride that we have in our city, company and services that keeps us on our growth track.”

Bob Sweeney, SDBJ Awards Finalist for CFO of the Year

Bob Sweeney, National Funding CFO

Sweeney’s knowledge and expertise in the financial services industry is integral for National Funding’s expansion efforts. His managerial, analytical and financial experience make him an ideal leader to head up the finance department. He was able to obtain a $30 million line of credit for the company putting National Funding in a strong position to increase its lending business. As the company has grown, so has its product line. Currently National Funding is considered one of the country’s largest private lenders of small business loans.

“It’s a great privilege to be a finalist in San Diego Business Journal’s prestigious CFO awards program,” said Bob Sweeney. “The awards program honors the men and women who are the financial stewards of San Diego’s business, government and nonprofit sectors. To be included in the CFO honor roll is a recognition that reflects on National Funding’s solid financial foundation.” For more information about financing and leasing equipment, visit National Funding’s website.

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