Senior Vice President, Partner Funding Division Navitas Credit Corp., A United Community Bank Company
Debra Jones currently serves as senior vice president for the Partner Funding Credit (PFC) Division of Navitas Credit Corp., a United Community Bank company. Since assuming this role in 2017, Jones has been responsible for all operations and originations associated with the group, accomplishing an annual origination volume increase of more than 200% and making PFC the largest origination division within Navitas. Additionally, she has led several high priority internal projects, including vision and development of a next generation broker portal and implementation of an enterprise-level documentation vaulting system.
VISION FOR THE FUTURE:
“My vision for the industry is to increase the means by which the next generation of leaders are developed and ensure lenders in the broker marketplace remain stable and capable of servicing businesses of all sizes through periods of both prosperity and uncertainty alike.”
Jones prides herself on a strong work ethic, respect for others and trust in the Navitas team and PFC’s broker relationships. She sees a strong team as essential, and her motto has always been, “You are only as good as the team around you.” Jones considers it her mission to both support the talented team at Navitas and to provide excellent service to PFC’s brokers. She views those partnerships as an extension of the group and truly vital to the operation’s continued stability and long-term success.
“What makes Debra Jones a valuable member of our industry is her impressive attention to detail, broad knowledge of all facets of the business and her ‘no nonsense’ approach to accomplishing her goals and managing her staff. She is extremely valuable as a member of the senior management team for her opinions and contributions. She has a dedicated and loyal team that supports her and is well respected in the company. Debra is not afraid to make hard decisions and make calls to customers or employees when trouble arises. She is fair, thoughtful and tries to make the right decisions for the company and for customers,” Gary Shivers, CEO of Navitas, says.
Jones originally entered the equipment financing industry when she joined Republic Leasing Company as director of operations in 1994. She subsequently held positions at NetBank Business Finance and LEAF Specialty Finance as vice president of broker operations until 2011, when she joined Navitas as senior vice president of account services and operations. She very much enjoys the “fast-paced and ever-changing environment” the industry offers. Just as importantly, she enjoys giving back to others and has been part of the Tim Tebow Night to Shine and Missions Lexington charity and has served on the board of several educational foundations.