Meet The Team
Institutional Advisor Team
Licensed Lender Advisors
Carefully selected veteran, multi-licensed, expert FINRA-member lender advisors responsible for handling all ABN client finance.
ABN has over 4,000 registered referral agents across the U. S.
Registered Agent Team
Registered ABN Agents
Over 4,000 licensed financial advisors, business brokers, commercial real estate representatives and financial planners,
Organization Firm Team
Organization Partners
Over 30+ major franchise, business brokering, and commercial real estate firms
G. Donald Johnson
President, A. B. Nicholas
Principal, Diamond America & FranchiseLeasing. 20 years experience in business finance.
B. A., Fairleigh Dickenson University.
Dan Stafford
Sr. Consultant
16+ years in securities finance. Prior: U. S. Dept. of Commerce, International Trade Administration.
M. A., University of Chicago, Booth School.

Stock-Secured Lending by Necessity

2010 – and A. B. Nicholas LLC is founded as the effects of the Great Recession took hold. We need another way to serve our core franchise and business acquisition clients. Our “go-to” financing resources (SBA, business loans at major banks, etc.) were either lending far less at much higher rates, or not lending at all. We need an alternative.

Settling on Portfolios as Collateral

We look over the options and after a careful analysis, settle on a securities-based line of credit. But to make it work, we need a custom line, without mandatory brokerage fees. Our clients only wanted lending, not necessarily management or advice. After numerous turndowns, we finally find an advisor with a background in real estate who understands our concept.

Demanding Clients, Demanding Wish-List

The type of clients we serve demand no mandatory lender-side fees, competitive interest rates, high loan-to-value, and minimal documentation or delay for an asset-based loan. From our first major licensed lender partner to our current three major providers and FINRA-member advisers, LeverageLine can now state that we have achieved all of our objectives.

Inform, Qualify, Quote, and Hand Off

Our role at A. B. Nicholas is to present this loan product, which we call LeverageLine™,  and in so doing help prospective clients understand how it works and what features are available. We issue the term sheets with input from the client’s lender.  These are pre approved financing quotes.

Our duties are simple: we confirm eligibility, answer any general questions, then ensure that the financing will meet their specific deadlines. We send the application to the lending institution, then build the terms into a clear term sheet.  Once signed, we set up an introduction to their licensed lender adviser — an expert carefully selected by us and an employee of the licensed lending institution. Then we step away.

No Up-Front A. B. Nicholas Fees

A. B. Nicholas is compensated only after we’ve delivered the client’s funding as promised. We carry out this work as a service for our clients, many of who need financing for their franchises or businesses quickly and inexpensively. We at A. B. Nicholas receive no compensation or incentives of any kind from our lending partners: we serve our clients only.

A. B. Nicholas has also serves many of the big business brokering firms in the nation. These firms (see our partners page for samples) trust A. B. Nicholas to deliver, and we do. Every time.

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