Pet Care Loan Officer
With over a decade of experience in growing successful start-ups, Ashlee knows what it takes to build a successful business from the ground up. Her passion for entrepreneurship and seeing the dreams of a business owner come to fruition is the driving force behind her work funding small business ownership.
Through her work as a Sales and Business Development professional, Ashlee has been an integral part of the success and growth of businesses in the health, wellness, and pet care space. She has worked with pet care businesses across the country, is passionate about their results, and knows what it takes to stand out in this very competitive field. Before joining the First Financial team, she worked with various small businesses as the creator of launch and expansion strategies that have achieved exponential growth. She holds a degree in Business Management and Marketing from Penn State, and has leveraged her knowledge and expertise to ensure the goals of small business owners are achieved.
Outside of work, Ashlee is passionate about animal welfare, and volunteers weekly at a local animal shelter. She is a lifelong athlete and martial artist, and loves participating in outdoor activities with her husband, children, and dogs. When there is down time, she enjoys reading and spending quality time with her family.
Managing Director / Loan Officer
Dr. Schwanda Flowers is an accomplished pharmacist, entrepreneur, and educator with a passion for supporting the next generation of small business owners. With decades of experience as a pharmacy owner and academic leader, she has honed her expertise in business planning, leadership, and professional development, and she is committed to sharing her knowledge with future small business owners. As the co-creator of the Pharmacy Ownership and Leadership Academy (POLA), she is helping to prepare the next generation of pharmacists for success in ownership. Outside of work, Schwanda enjoys traveling, golfing, and spending time outdoors with her family.