Sure Sports Lending
Sure Sports Lending Newsletter
September 2014

We are making it easier for you stay informed!  You can now see company updates on our LinkedIn company page.  Also, keep an eye out for our website face-lift due to be complete by November.  

Sure Sports Summit Day 

SSL President, Leon McKenzie, has declared each Wednesday as Sure Sports Summit Day!  Every Wednesday, Leon will dedicate 4 hours to meetings with anyone who reaches out. This includes business managers, advisors, bankers, investors, underwriters, players, current clients and job seekers. Want to learn more about athlete lending?  Want to share your story?  If you're local, stop by our office and if you're remote, we'll setup a video chat.  Reach out to Claribel Cruz at and setup your 30 minute meeting, before he's fully booked.  We look forward to hearing from you!
Movers and Shakers 

We are excited to announce that
Claribel Cruz has been hired as Executive Assistant and  Joleen Matte has been hired as Director of Operations.  Welcome to the Team!

Our Legal Counsel, Darren Heitner, launches his own firm,
Heitner Legal.  Congratulations!

Lauren Flanders' last day of work was on August 1
st and we wish her the best in her future endeavors!

What's Happening & Upcoming Events 


  • We are looking to expand our home office in Hollywood, FL and will be breaking walls, to an extra suite, adding an additional 500 sq. feet of work-space.  Renovations expected to be complete by December.
  • We will be working with local universities to create an internship program for the 2015/2016 school year.
  • We will be renewing the campaign for McKenzie Promising Futures Fund, creating additional scholarships for children at Lansdowne Friends School next school year!  We look forward to visiting the school on Thursday, September 25th to see what the new school year brings!
  • We joined the Association for Independent Community Bankers of America in an effort to build stronger relationships with community banks.  Keep an eye out for our advertorial in an upcoming issue of Independent Banker!
  • Mark Condello, one of our underwriters, is visiting our Florida office this week.  If any of our affiliates in South Florida would like to meet Mark, join us for Happy Hour on Thursday, September 18th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.  We will be having drinks at Lobster Bar Sea Grille in Ft. Lauderdale.
  • We are excited to be receiving 2015 NFL pre-draft requests.  If you have specific needs, let's connect the last week in November when prospects begin to solidify themselves. We do not have any published boards for us to rank players at this time.  
  • We will be representing in Philadelphia on Thursday, September 25th and in Baltimore on Monday, September 29th. If you are in those areas and would like to meet in person, let us know in advance so we can make some time for you.

We are looking for client testimonials.  Your story will help inform our potential clients why it's good to work with us and how they can benefit.  Please complete a short survey to offer feedback and receive a SSL golf shirt! 


Joleen Matte
Director of Operations 
In This Issue
Sure Sports Summit Day
Movers and Shakers
What's Happening?
Key Case & Approvals
Key Case & Approvals

Case: An NBA Lottery Pick will be relocating to a new city and wants to purchase a house prior to reporting to training camp.


Hurdle:  Player has no credit, very little liquid reserve and hasn't received his first paycheck.


Resolution: His business manager reached out to SSL and within 3 business days, he had 3 competitive offers from community banks, located in the city of his new NBA team.


Credit Facility:  

  • 80% LTV 1st Mortgage @ 3.75%
  • 20% LTV 2nd Mortgage @4.25%
  • Closing was scheduled within 10 business days
The Community Bank receives an initial deposit of $100K at the time of closing and net deposits, just over $12M.


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