Featured Borrowers

The success of our borrowers is what makes our jobs exciting.  Our goal is to make the 504 Loan Process easy for every borrower.  We provide assistance to each borrower from start to finish.  Helping make obtaining financing as smooth as possible, whether they are financing a building, purchasing equipment, or “going green”.  Below you can read more about a few of our successful borrowers and their businesses.

Premium Panels Inc.

Mr. Jeffrey Patch founded Premium Panels, Inc. in 2000.  At Premium Panels they offer metal roofing options to both commercial and residential customers.  Over the last 16 years they’ve focused on providing their customers with the ultimate experience in customer service and product quality.  They use state of the art, elite equipment both on site and in house, to insure precision and excellence.  Just recently they added a 21’ long folder machine to their manufacturing capabilities which means they can now bend products that are up to 21’ in length.Prem Panels Folder

In June of 2015, Premium Panels was able to buy their own building with the partnership of Wells Fargo Bank NA and Preferred Lending Partners through the use of the 504 loan program.  Shortly after moving into their new facility they were recognized by the city, for their job creation numbers.  This is one of the main goals of the 504 loan program, so Preferred Lending Partners was thrilled to hear about Premium Panels’ growth.

Premium Panels is also conscious of the environment and the importance of recycling their scrap metal.  They provide services to their clients to assist them with recycling scrap metal as well and they provide a product that has “green” benefits, as discussed in our blog about Keeping Green in Mind.



Mathias Lock and Key

Established in 1901 by John Mathias, Mathias Lock and Key was originally known as John F. Mathias Novelty Works.  At the time John Mathias was a man of many traits, he sharpened anything that needed sharpening and fixed anything mechanical or that moved; such as push lawn mowers, toys, locks and safes.  As the city grew so did the company, it evolved to take on more of the customer’s needs, still providing repairs for mechanical items such as electric trains, but shifted its focus to door closes and other locksmith items.  By 1981 when Mary and Steve Benoit took over the business it was clear that the business could not provide all services to all people, and they steered they’re focus on locks, keys and security.

Floor v1In 2005, Mathias Lock and Key secured the building on Delaware Street in Denver, with the assistance of Preferred Lending Partners and The Bank of Denver.  They have continued to explore growth options, expanding into Colorado Springs and a second location in Downtown Denver.  Although, not all expansion projects have been successful, Mathias Lock and Key continues to learn from their years of experience and shape their future based on their past experiences.  Mary Benoit, President of Mathias Lock and Key shares her thoughts and recommendations concerning growth and expansion in A Woman’s Perspective on Business Success.

To this day Mathias Lock and Key is still being managed by the family and is now on the fourth generation.  They attributing their success to their loyal customers, dependable employees and dedicated management team.  Even today the management team continue to analyze their business and their customers’ needs, making sure they are providing their clients with what they need and want, while also eliminating the less profitable services.


Footers Catering

Footers Catering started out as a restaurant on Capitol Hill, founded by Jimmy Lambatos, who had a desire to provide restaurant quality food to catered events.  This is what has made Footers special over the years and something Footers continues to strive for in the A with Mission_nov2015quality of the services they provide to their clients.  In 2010 Jimmy sold the business to his son and daughter in law, Anthony and April Lambatos.  Today Footers Catering is a second-generation family owned business.  They are recognized as one of Denver’s top caterers, using only the best ingredients and freshest foods, cooked on site.

In 2012, Anthony and April moved the business into their current location.  Together they have focused on providing exceptional services to their clients and growing their business, but also in creating a great environment to work in for their employees.  By 2014 they were ready to purchase the facility and with the assistance of Preferred Lending Partners and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. they were able to become borrowers, utilizing the SBA 504 Loan Program to purchase their building with only 10% down payment, and lock in 20 year fixed interest rates.

Anthony contributes their success to working with and surrounding their business with great people, working hard, and learning from mentors and past experiences.  You can read more on Anthony’s entrepreneurial advice and journey HERE.


Past Featured Borrowers

Mike Ward Infiniti

Mike Ward has run Colorado’s premier Infiniti Dealership since 2007. When the opportunity arose to move the dealership from Wadsworth Blvd. to the highly visible location of C-470 and Lucent Blvd., Mike jumped at the chance.
Mike-Ward-Infiniti-2Mike was one of Preferred Lending Partners’ first borrowers to constructed a new “green” building using the SBA Green Initiative.  It was made possible with the partnership of Colorado State Bank and Trust. Solar panels, water saving fixtures and energy efficient heating and air conditioning systems contributed to the new facility’s award of Silver LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) Certification, making Mike Ward Infiniti the first Infiniti dealer in the country to achieve LEED status.

Infiniti has leading Hybrid technology and Mike Ward Infiniti continues to be a leader in the market when it comes to treating his customers and employees with respect. Customers have consistently rated Mike Ward Infiniti top honors when it comes to customer service and employees are treated to an onsite workout facility complete with locker rooms.Mike-Ward-Infiniti-1


Preferred Lending Partners is honored to have played a part in Mike Ward Infiniti’s success story and look forward to seeing them continue to grow as a leader in the community. 

Snooze an A.M. Eatery

Snooze began as just a dream for brothers Jon and Adam Schlegel. They dreamt of creating a restaurant to house what they call “the breakfast experience”, a restaurant with community, creativity and sustainability at the center. In 2005, after being turned down by over 2 dozen banks, they found their way to Preferred Lending Partner. Along with Peak National Bank, Preferred Lending Partners were able to provide the means to make the Schlegel’s dream a reality. In 2006 Snooze an A.M. Eatery officially opened it’s doors.

Snooze-PictureSince opening in 2006, Snooze has grown to have 6 locations in Colorado – Downtown Denver, Colorado Blvd, Ft. Collins, SouthGlenn and Boulder. Out of state Snooze locations include California and Arizona.

It’s easy to understand why Snooze is so popular once you’ve eaten there. Offering a “pancake of the day”, every day, is reason enough (Pineapple Upside Down Pancake anyone?) but they also offer a wide range of other breakfast, brunch and lunch classics such as various versions of Eggs Benedict (affectionately referred to as “the art of hollandaise”) , corned beef hash, a killer B.L.T. sandwich, fish tacos and even a breakfast pot pie. Not to mention one of the best bloody mary’s in town.

But it’s not just great food that makes Snooze great, it’s also the service. They go the extra mile caring for their staff and this has created a team loyal to the Snooze name and the Snooze experience.

Snooze is one of the greatest examples of how the SBA 504 program can help a small business’s dream of having a place to call their own come true. Preferred Lending Partners is eager to see what Snooze has in store for the future, but in the meantime will settle for a breakfast visit every now and then. Learn more about our borrowers on their website HERE