Case Study: Growth through Niche Lending

Despite a fiercely competitive marketplace and continued fallout from the latest recession, banks that are willing to make the resource commitment can generate loan growth through specialized lending programs. In this video, Steve Kent of River Branch Capital LLC, shares how his client, QCR Holdings Inc., developed a scalable and profitable loan portfolio of niche businesses.


Steve Kent

Director and Risk Committee Chair

Steve Kent is a director and the risk committee chair at Byline Bank. He has served on the board of directors since June 2019. He is also a member of the audit, executive credit, compensation, governance and nominating and ALCO committees.

Mr. Kent served as vice chairman and a managing director of the financial services group at Piper Sandler Companies (formerly Piper Jaffray Companies) until January 2021, where he focused on merger and acquisition advisory and capital market transactions for financial services companies. Prior to joining Piper Sandler in October 2015, Mr. Kent co-founded and served as president of River Branch Capital from March 2011 through its sale to Piper Jaffray in September 2015. Mr. Kent advised client banking companies on capital management, equity recapitalizations, merger and acquisition transactions and private equity executions where, in select instances, affiliates of River Branch acted as an investing principal.