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Michael Smith, Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer, Member – Board of Managers

Mr. Smith, an attorney, started at Firestone Financial in 2008 and oversees the daily operations of Firestone, including sales and marketing, portfolio and risk management, and credit and loan operations.

Catherine Taskaya, Senior Vice President, Credit and Operations Officer

Ms. Taskaya joined Firestone Financial in 2013 and oversees daily operations of the Credit and Loan Operations groups as well as leading Credit Committee. She has over 25 years of experience in the credit, banking, and finance field and previously held roles in commercial lending at Westpac Banking Corporation in Australia and as Credit Risk Manager at Edison Mission Energy.

Steven Principi, Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management

Mr. Principi joined Firestone Financial in September 2018 and manages the Portfolio Management and Compliance departments of Firestone. He has over 30 years of banking and financial services experience. Prior to joining Firestone, he held senior positions at various banking institutions, including Eastern Bank and Citizens Bank.

Tom Varriale, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business Development

Mr. Varriale brought more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience to the Firestone Financial executive team when he joined the company in 2018. In his current role, he oversees strategic planning and initiatives for Marketing and Business Development. Prior to Firestone, he held sales and marketing executive positions at several software companies, including Sophos, Progress Software, and Nuance Communications.


Sal Cifala, AVP Business Development -- Amusement, Family Entertainment Centers, Vending, Video Lottery, and Carnival & Parks
Email Sal | Call Sal @ 617-641-9230

Carol Francis, VP of Business Development – Franchises, Family Entertainment Centers, Vehicles, Concessions, Fitness & Wellness
Email Carol | Call Carol @ 781-400-4758

Alex Baggetta, Business Development Representative - Amusement, Family Entertainment Centers, Vending, and Carnival & Parks
Email Alex | Call Alex @ 617-641-9235

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