LOANS FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Founded in the Bay Area in 2014, Veteran Launch is now serving all of California.

Veteran Launch is currently not accepting loan applications, thank you for your interest in the program.

OUR TEAM

Mike McGrane, USAF

Mike McGrane is the NorCal Lending Director of Veteran Launch, based in the Sacramento area. His duties are mainly as a Business Development Officer and Underwriter. Mike works with small business owners or their spouse…
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Josh Marquez, USMC

Josh is focused on lending to eligible veteran-owned businesses in the nine Bay Area counties. Through his own extensive network and Main Street’s nationwide partnerships with veteran service organizations, Josh is able to tap into resources that empower entrepreneurs… Learn More >>

Darius Mahajer

In June 2018, Darius relocated to San Diego to replicate his work and serve veteran, active duty and military spouse business owners, in Southern California, under Main Street Launch’s program – Veteran Launch. Darius is currently working… Learn More >>

Robert Blundell, USMC

Robert Blundell is the Portfolio Manager for Veteran Launch. He manages risk levels in the portfolio and provides technical assistance to clients. Robert brings a wealth of knowledge and experience helping business start-ups… Learn More >>

The Veteran Launch Advisory Board includes military veterans and military spouses dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship and community development.

JIM WONG, USMC
Veteran Program Advisory Board Chair

A Main Street Launch board member, Jim offers both entrepreneurial startup and P&L experience in global corporations, to include serving on the boards of publicly-traded companies and three decades of serving as a volunteer and board member of nonprofit organizations. In all his endeavors… Learn More >>

STEPHANIE BROWN, MSP

Founder and CEO of The Rosie Network, Stephanie is a member of the DoD Office of the Assistant Secretary, Spouse Ambassador Network and a founding affiliate partner of the Coalition for Veteran Owned Business (CVOB) with other founding companies Disney, USAA, Walmart… Learn More >>

CLAUDE BURNS, USN

Claude Burns is an Oakland-based serial food and beverage entrepreneur whose companies have been featured in Fortune, Food and Wine, Urban Daddy, and Liquid Bread. Now as CEO of Office Libations, a corporate refreshment service, and Ale Tales, a specialty bottle… Learn More >>

TERESA DAVIES, USN

Spanning both public and private sectors, Ms. Davies has a depth of experience in business development, sales strategy, client advocacy, and operations management, driving results and strengthening customer loyalty. Teresa served most recently as Head of Department, Program Development… Learn More >>

KAREN DROSKY

Karen Drosky is VP of Human Resources at SoFi.  She has 20 years of broad experience in human resources, including talent acquisition, organization development, business partnership and executive coaching. She joined SoFi in July 2015. Prior to joining SoFi… Learn More >>

JIM H. KEFFER, USAF

Since his retirement, Major General Jim H. Keffer has started his own small business consultancy. He brings his tremendous leadership, small business experience and desire to help veterans to Veteran Program. General Keffer retired in November 2015 as the Chief of Staff, U.S. Cyber Command… Learn More >>

BOB LEET, USN

Bob Leet is Vice Chair of Presidio Bank, located in San Francisco. Beginning at Wells Fargo Bank in 1964, his commercial banking career spans over 50 years. Bob has served in numerous domestic and international capacities in his banking career, including as CEO for two San Francisco… Learn More >>

LYNN LOWDER, USMC

A leader with in-depth experience in business, law and the military, Lynn is the co-founder and current CEO of ​nonprofit Veteran Business Project (VBP), which energizes and sustains veteran and military spouse entrepreneurship. Among its services, VBP offers a unique “Vharmony” matchmaking… Learn More >>

MICHAEL MALONE, USMC

Mr. Malone is an experienced senior software executive who has specialized in managing and growing leading edge technology companies. Previously CEO of Gryphon Software Corporation and COO of Stellcom Technologies, he is also founding President of the San Diego Software… Learn More >>

FRED PARRISH, USMC

Son of a Marine veteran, Fred Parrish is Founder and CEO of The Profit Experts, an affordable CFO service that helps small business owners improve their profitability and cash flow. He is also creator of The Profit BeaconTM, a new app that provides predictive… Learn More >>

JACOB SINGER, PhD

Jacob started Veteran Launch inspired in part by earlier work in veteran entrepreneurship by Alexsis de Raadt St James, a Bay Area philanthropist and venture capitalist. Jacob’s father, a merchant marine at the beginning of WW2, became a diesel engineer in the Navy and served… Learn More >>

CHRISTOPHER STARLING, USMC

Chris Starling retired from the Marine Corps as a Colonel with 26 years of service as an infantry officer, completing ten overseas deployments including three combat tours. His post retirement work has been focused on the veteran community. Currently he is the Executive… Learn More >>