• Houston native Tom Salisbury has been named as Region VII administrator of the Small Business Administration. He will oversee SBA programs, offices and operations in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Salisbury previously served as the small business liaison for U.S. Sen. Roy D. Blunt in Kansas City.

For six years he was responsible for interaction with business leaders, local government and constituents in a 23-county northwest Missouri region. Salisbury received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1974 and attended the American Banking Association School of Bankcard Management.

His parents were Fred and Mary Ellen Salisbury.

Salisbury spent the majority of his career since 1983 in the lending industry, most recently as a vice president and manager of correspondent banking with UMB Bank, N.A.

“Tom Salisbury has been a tremendous asset to my office and the people we serve,” Blunt said. “Tom’s firsthand experience working at the nexus of government and Main Street, coupled with his business background, will greatly benefit the Small Business Administration. I appreciate all of Tom’s hard work and dedication to public service, and wish him the very best in his new role.”

In his new role, Salisbury will administer the delivery of SBA federal programs and services by Region VII’s five district offices. Region VII SBA offices provide program training and support to hundreds of SBA participating program lender institutions and SBA-financed microlenders, who loan federally guaranteed capital to small businesses.

Additionally, SBA oversees more than 85 grantee resource partner sites within the region, which provide free or low cost small business counseling, training and mentoring services.

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