Washington Federal locates new division in Scottsdale

Scottsdale will be the home of Washington Federal’s Franchise Finance Division, which will focus on helping established restaurant franchisees secure funding for their businesses.

Marisa Felker

The division is being led by Marisa Felker, who will work from the Arizona regional headquarters office in Scottsdale and oversee the program across Washington Federal’s eight-state footprint.

“In recent years, the restaurant franchise industry has been growing approximately 6 percent per year, and it is currently a $256 billion industry with no signs of slowing,” Mike Brown, Arizona regional president of Washington Federal, stated in a release. “While Washington Federal has been involved in helping franchisees for decades, with the addition of Marisa’s expertise, the time felt right to launch our own platform to help these businesses reach full potential.”

Over her 25-year career, Ms. Felker has served as a leader in franchise funding and also brings expertise in the areas of private banking and portfolio management, the release stated. She has worked in leadership roles with both CitiCapital and GE Capital in franchise finance.

Ms. Felker has a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Southern Illinois University. She earned her master’s degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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