Mark Stanley is the President and CEO of Skyline Commercial Capital LLC. He started Skyline to help companies access capital and to help company owners better understand and navigate the often-obscure world of business financing. He holds an MBA in finance from Drake University, and he brings a unique blend of experience in economic development, corporate training, and small business development to Skyline. He is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP), and a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). He has had specialized training in business valuation, real estate financing, credit analysis, financial packaging, entrepreneurial consulting, lean manufacturing, and commercial loan brokering.
Mark developed his skills over years working with small to mid-size manufacturing, retail, and service businesses. He has packaged financing for business starts, expansions, and acquisitions, and he has provided consulting services in valuation, business planning, strategic planning, and financial analysis. He has developed and delivered customized seminars on topics including new venture feasibility, business planning, business valuation, finance for manufacturing, and entrepreneurial finance, among others. Mark has taught college level classes in statistics, entrepreneurship, finance, investments, and business management.
He understands the challenges, highs, and lows of business ownership, and he brings that understanding with him to Skyline. Mark co-founded and later sold a franchised restaurant, and he founded a management consulting company providing financial and strategic consulting services to small and mid-sized companies. He and his wife Angela also founded and ran a physical therapy company that grew tenfold over a ten-year period.
Mark believes that “What is in the best interest of the client is in the best interest of Skyline.” That principle leads to the greatest value for the client and Skyline, and it also guides the engagement process and provides focus. “If we start with the goals of the client, the process, services, and product will naturally follow.”